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Old 02-25-2012, 11:54 AM
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I keep wanting to go up there after the day job and work on it, but I find my Old 1950's fridge with 1/2 barrel and my son far too much fun instead!!!!
LOL... I had the same issue a while back. I had to loose the fridge as the cooler for the keg as I wasn't getting anything done in the evenings. The only way I could free my self was to turn the fridge into a smoker... I use it often and get much more done in the evenings now. Must admit I still like the silver bullets though.



Really enjoying your build on the "A" don't stop! I have one of those projects that keeps getting shoved to the back of the garage to be finished when I get time. Started thinking about it the other day and Ive been moving it around now for 36 years now. Its a 30 5 window coupe "A". Hummm, on second thought maybe it doesn't matter what the fridge is used for.

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Old 02-26-2012, 02:07 PM
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I like that a LOT. Dig the headers! Very cool!
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Old 02-26-2012, 02:25 PM
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Here are a few new pics. They don't show much. I am bad about taking pics in the first place but they should show a little of what's going on.

In the first pic, I cut out the bad area on the passenger roof. Put in a patch panel.

The last few pics are of new interior skin. There will not be windows in the vehicle other than the windshield so I opted to weld some new sheet over the rear side windows to clean things up a smidge.

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Old 02-26-2012, 02:44 PM
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Really like that dimpled visor... Gives a new tech look to an old school mod. It finishes it off nicely.
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Alright. Well, after more than a year hiatus of no shop, except for repairs, I FINALLY got back to my project over Thanksgiving. I was able to pull the donor 3/4 ton van in and remove it's heart (sbc tbi 350 and th400). I got it cleaned up and pulled it apart to replace all the gaskets and pull some cleaner valve covers and am using an open air element. My buddy is building the harness (Boeing electrical engineer genius type).

The pics below are the progress over the last month. I've had about 50hrs in this since starting back up.

I was able to put the "new" power plant in. Enamel the frame. Tub the rear wheelwells and used split tube to finish it out. I also completely boxed in the entire underside of the body. Replaced all the rotted sheetmetal along the vehicle's lower section. That includes the rear quarters, rear pan, door bottoms and bottom of A pillar behind cowel. I finished up the seat "cage" that pins to the frame for safety and easy removal. I plan to use some bucket seats with low rise sliders but may switch over to bomber style buckets eventually. Built a tranny crossmember for the th400 and also to strengthen the frame.

I am running brake lines tomorrow and hooing up the jeep cherokee driveshaft that fits PERFECTLY with NO modifications!! I can then drop the body back on and start mocking up some other things I have in mind.
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Old 01-02-2014, 09:29 PM
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Here is a pic of a door. I replaced the entire top portion on both doors with fresh metal from a friendly donor. I also replaced the lower skin and hammered smooth. You can't tell from the pics but they are smooth to the touch and evenly contoured.

I am definitely learning a LOT about body work and sheetmetal...
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Old 01-03-2014, 07:40 AM
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Hey Grant,

Looks great! Awesome to see you back on here as well. I've been sort of wondering the same thing that Bullnerd has...where is everybody? Glad to see you're still kicking.

Any plans for wheels and tires yet? I hate to sound like everyone over at the HAMB, but that thing is screaming for bias plies...maybe dirt trackers on the back and ribs on the front.

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Old 01-04-2014, 11:58 AM
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.....Any plans for wheels and tires yet? I hate to sound like everyone over at the HAMB, but that thing is screaming for bias plies...maybe dirt trackers on the back and ribs on the front.

I would love some bias ply cokers for it. Now, if I can just convince my wife of the N E E D for them ;-)

I have some Cragar S/S for standby to get it rolling but by no means are they going to remain.
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Old 01-13-2014, 07:48 PM
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Here are a couple pics of the steering wheel and column that I made as well as the body test fit. Tight in a couple spots but I pulled it back off and moved some things around. Should fit like a glove now.
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Old 01-13-2014, 07:55 PM
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I suppose I could put a description of what I did. The above column was made from a piece of 1.75" OD tubing and then I machined some press fit "collars" that use spindle bearings and races. The "D" rod inside the column is a piece of 1" SS I machined some flats on. They connect to the u-joint pictured.
The steering wheel is made from some round bar I rolled and cut into three piece to make the "bowl" and then I welded an old flywheel in the center.
The pic of the car was a test fit-AGAIN (have done this over and over). This time the headers were on. There was some interference at the cowel lowers so I cut the three bolt flange off and bought some turnouts that I will weld on facing downward and out. I had to cut the headers at the flange when I first mounted them up because the 4 bar suspension was smack dab in the way.
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Old 01-14-2014, 12:12 PM
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Jackalope,

I like the progress. That steering column sounds much beefier then the ones that are sold by lots of hotrod suppliers. I like your steering wheel too but you could loose a lot of knuckle skin on the ring gear when making U-turns.

Keep it up man,
Jaysin

P.S. I know what you mean when it comes to "I test fit that AGAIN and AGAIN and AGAIN." Sometimes I feel like I spend more of my time test fitting then actually building things.
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Great work Grant and so happy to see you back in the shop. I missed your updates. The car is looking great. I think I would end up gouging my knees on that flywheel, but it does look cool.
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Old 01-14-2014, 06:41 PM
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Believe me, it's good to be back. Just a lot going on.

I actually have enough knuckle room so skin isn't much of a concern.

I did go back and look at what Clint was saying about knee space and it sure looks tight from that angle!! What is weird is I sat in there and had plenty of room? One thing I may change regardless is the seat "cage". Yeah it is for safety as it pins to the frame but I may end up building some different seating arrangements. Hard to tell. I just am not sold on the "look" of that seat design I came up with. I think I could build something just as safe and make it look way nicer.

I was hoping to have the American Shifter assembly for the th400 this evening but it didn't show up and my son has basketball practice so.... Web wheel for the evening I guess.
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Old 02-03-2014, 08:34 PM
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Couple update pics. The wheels are just rollers. I am going with Vintiques and black wall cokers. I squirted some primer on her and that will serve as protection until I save up for a nice paint job in the future.
I'm also NOT going to use the seat "cage" and instead go with bomber seats bolted to the floor with the seatbelts anchored to the frame from behind the seats. More period look.
It's coming along.
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awesome.. keep up ...
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What's left before you can start driving it? It sure looks close from the photos.
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What's left before you can start driving it? It sure looks close from the photos.
Not a ton, but this car is F A R from finished. I need to slap the from brakes on, radiator and mounting, fuel tank and sending unit/pump and skinny pedal. That could all be done in short order. I need to figure out seating a little better as well. My buddy is doing the harness.

One day, when I get more cash, I will have the body work done by a pro. I definitely know my limitations! ;-)
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Old 03-04-2014, 10:38 AM
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Well not much to update other than I FINALLY got around to ordering the wheels and tires. Got some 15x5 and 16x6 vintiques and Coker Bias plies with blackwall. Once I shoot some paint on the wheels I will get 'em mounted. Will give a bit of rake to the overall look.

I did get the front brakes mounted as well. Radiator came in and once the wheels/tires are mounted up I will weld in the supports for the radiator. Wanna make sure the lines all flow.

Getting there..............
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Old 03-04-2014, 11:08 AM
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When you say vintiques, what style are you talking about?
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Series 12 like these
http://www.ebay.com.my/itm/191027949...84.m1423.l2649

I'm gonna shoot them in black and use a chrome moon or or something to break up the black.
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