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Old 04-19-2006, 10:45 PM   #1
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Default She's getting there....

Been working on getting Pops old '29 back on the raod afer 38 years in the garage.
Car was built in 59-60, pop quit driving it in 68 when I was born, and it has been parked since.
Started working on her last fall.
She's got :
Correct, original,Vintage 1954 Olds 324 , Isky cam, 3-94's, early Hydromatic.
New brakes,( everything ). Radiator recored, Starter rebuilt, new wishbone mounts, rewelded whole frame, rewired,new headlight mounts, new WWW tires, repainted frame, rebult carbs, all new ignition, recovered seat,rebuilt water pump, new poly fuel tank.
I am at the stage of starting the bodywork and paint.
Going with the same color Pop had it done in, sort of a dark aqua metallic, only in acrylic enamel this time.

Should be cool to get it back on the road, and I am looking forward to cruising Gratiot with her....
Mark
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Old 04-19-2006, 10:49 PM   #2
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Default Re: She's getting there....

Man... thats awesome! A survivor!
Your already way ahead of the game!
Good lookin' car.

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Old 04-19-2006, 10:55 PM   #3
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Thanks Josh. Yes, it is a real Time Machine. It really shows you how things were done when this hobby was in it's infancy.
Contrary to common belief, an "Old school" rod does not have to be primer. Some even got painted. ....hope nobody will think less of me for recreating the original finish. Here's one from after it got rubbed out, in about 1961.

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Old 04-19-2006, 11:02 PM   #4
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My next car will be PAINTED.
Early 60's style.
Put it just like the old photos Mark and you'll be a HERO!

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Old 04-19-2006, 11:04 PM   #5
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that is just about as cool as it gets right there
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Old 04-20-2006, 12:02 AM   #6
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Love the old pics, thanks for sharing!
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Old 04-20-2006, 12:02 AM   #7
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thats too cool!
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Old 04-20-2006, 12:24 AM   #8
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thats cool...thanks for sharing!!!
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Old 04-20-2006, 12:28 AM   #9
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what kind of rearend did pappy put in there?
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Old 04-20-2006, 12:41 AM   #10
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Neato! Well done...

What's happening on the rails there ahead of the firewall? Looks like covers in one shot but then just silver painted frame in the next...???

The windscreen surround makes it look so different than any A I've seen. Very simple.
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Old 04-20-2006, 01:23 AM   #11
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Fucking fantastic!!! I wish my pop would have had something like that still around. He had some cool cars and bikes in his day, but they were gone by the time I was old enough to know what they were. You just keep on rocking and get that beauty back on the road!!
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Old 04-20-2006, 05:49 AM   #12
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Thanks guys, I am pretty proud of the car so far, and it's history.
The windshield I have no idea about. I have never seenan A like this. I know it WAS a coupe, and that it had been burned back in the day by a guy using the wrong fuel line. This in turn warped the roof, which was cut off BY HAND, making it a roadster.
Any ideas whare that windshield came from would be appreciated. I have even heard maybe an old boat.
The front frame is covered with aluminum from the firewall to the shock mount, this was done because the frame is pretty ugly up there. I replicated this also. Hey, why mess with history ?

Rear brakes are 54 Ford, so I beleive the rear end to also be the same make and vintage.

Visually, the car will be identical to the way it was back in the day. I don't want to deviate from the way it was other than to make it safe to drive.

Thanks guys,
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Old 04-20-2006, 05:58 AM   #13
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Hey Mark that car is sensational!!

By the way isn't that a young(Very young) Sam Sipreino standing infront of the 32 5 window. I think I have seen that pic before, who is your dad?

Where exactly are you from, you say cruise gratiot so I'm thinking East side.
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Old 04-20-2006, 06:07 AM   #14
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Un-friggin'-beleivable! Is it gonna be at Billetproof? Please say yes...I need to see this one in person.
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Old 04-20-2006, 06:20 AM   #15
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Looks like a volkswagon windshield to me.
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Old 04-20-2006, 06:24 AM   #16
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That's very cool. You're doing a great thing.

Too often old hot rods get "restored" with a 350/350, ugly mags and white letter radials.

I can't wait to see the "after" pics. Oh, and good on your dad for keeping her all those years.
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Old 04-20-2006, 07:30 AM   #17
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Thanks for the photos, your Pop had it together. What a prize. One word of advise...don't ever sell it. Keep that baby and pass it down to your youngins. I made the mistake of selling a 55 Chevy I bought from my grandfather and I kick myself everytime I see one. Nice job on the resto.
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Old 04-20-2006, 08:04 AM   #18
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Should be cool to get it back on the road, and I am looking forward to cruising Gratiot with her....
Mark
Gratiot... You must be on my old side of town... 13 and Grosbeck. I left @13y.o. in '77...

Nice car
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Old 04-20-2006, 08:22 AM   #19
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what caps are you planning the 57 plymouth or the dodge lancers?
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Old 04-20-2006, 04:36 PM   #20
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I would LOVE to find a set of the Plymouth caps. However, the only ones I ahve found were 14", not the 15" I need.
If anyone has a lead....

I still have the old, slightly used Dodge caps on it. They are a sort of conglomerate cap, as the spinner doesnt really go with the cap. I'll shoot a closer pick next time I get out there to work on it.

Roadstar, yes, that is Sammy Cipriano, and he has this pic on his wall at the shop. Him and the old man were buddies back then. Sam owns Better Maid Potato Chips . Dads name was Charlie , and he lived on the lower east side by City Airport. DeLaSalle grad, 1957 I think. You must be from the area also. Sam is closing up the Motor City Antique Auto Supply, if you did not know. Open form 10-1 only once a week, on Saturday.
I will see if I have any other pics of him. I do have some other pics of cars the old man built back then, I'll dig them out and scan them.

4t64rd, yes, I live in the 12 / Groesbeck area. Gratiot action isn't what it used to be. Kinda died off after that kid got beaten to death with a bat about 15 years ago. Roesville cops HATE cruisers, mostly in my opinion because todays kids think anything goes and have little respect for anyone or anything.

AMAN, no, this thing isn't going anywhere. When dad knew he was sick, he made mom promise never to get rid of it unless it meant feeding us kids. Thank God I never got too hungry

I would love to get it to Billetproof. That sounds like neat gathering.

I really enjoy working on this thing too, it's a connection I have to the old man that passed when I was 12. Thats why I am really trying to keep it as accurate to the 1959 style as I can, with only concession to safety.

I blasted it down the raod for the hell of it, and all I can say is it's quick, and it'll be LOTS of fun!

Thanks for all the ecouragement also. I like to think I am on the right track with this contraption.


Mark

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