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Old 02-12-2012, 05:37 PM   #1
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Default Project - Hemi Powered 1934 Ford Five Window Highboy

Since I have started working on the '34 in earnest I thought I would start a build thread. I need to catch up to a few other builds on the HAMB and this has car has been sitting on the back burner way too long.

Last month I took the car down to the shop and it looked like this.




Last Sunday I pulled the body, stripped the chassis and laid it up on the work table. I really did not like some of the work I did on the original X member, so I am starting with a new X kit from Jim Wiemer, taking out the 4 bar rear and changing to a ladder bar rear.



I started by squaring up the X member kit on the table and tacking some support braces in place in areas that I didn't think would interfere with the cross tubes, and tranny crossmember.

Next I scribed a centerline on the table, and two additional lines parallel to it that were the same width as the middle of the x member. On these centerlines I tacked two 3x3 pieces of square tubing that act as a jig to center the X on the Table.

Then I centered the frame on the table and tacked it in place, and started to trim the X member with a cut-off wheel, first the lower legs, and once they were trimmed the X dropped down over the 3x3 tubing. Then I trimmed the upper legs and it fell right in place centered off the 3X3 tubing.




Here you can see the 3X3 tacked to the table and the rectangular cross braces tacked to the x member.



Now I can play with the final placement of the center cross bar, ladder bar crossmember and the tranny crossmember before I weld them in place.

I got the x member dropped down and tacked in place. I need to make a plate for the one lower rear tube to attach to.



Next will be to get the rear set-up with the ladder bars.


And then after that, I change the front over to an I beam and hairpins, and get the 392 HEMI mocked up with the 4 speed. I think I might be able to use the existing motor tabs I made for the BBC, but I may add a tube under the oil pan.

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Old 02-12-2012, 05:42 PM   #2
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Default Re: Finally..I'm working on the '34 again.

Lookin Good! Redliner approved!
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Old 02-12-2012, 05:48 PM   #3
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I hope it launches like your stude

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Old 02-12-2012, 06:21 PM   #4
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Subscribed...hope you make it worth my while!
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Old 02-12-2012, 09:07 PM   #5
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The pressure is on

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Old 02-12-2012, 09:15 PM   #6
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Going to be an awesome car, good luck with your build.
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Old 02-12-2012, 10:54 PM   #7
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Looks good man, glad to hear of the progress!
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Old 02-12-2012, 10:59 PM   #8
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Look forward to your progress. I love 33/34s!
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Old 02-13-2012, 06:47 AM   #9
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Looks awesome
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Old 02-13-2012, 07:53 AM   #10
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Never like to see a BBC replaced but since your installing a Hemi.........all is forgiven. Keep the updates coming.

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Old 02-13-2012, 08:31 AM   #11
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This one is headed in a whole new direction.
A better direction.
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Old 02-13-2012, 07:20 PM   #12
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Default Re: Finally..I'm working on the '34 again.

Thanks, I'll try to get some pics of the motor next weekend.


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Old 02-13-2012, 07:29 PM   #13
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Lookin good!!! Keep up the good work!!!
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Old 02-13-2012, 07:40 PM   #14
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Good looking project!!!!
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Old 02-19-2012, 08:37 PM   #15
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Default Re: Finally..I'm working on the '34 again.(2-19-12 update)

New Update. Yesterday and today I worked on getting the ladder bar set-up tacked in. This took considerable more time than I anticipated as I had to change how I had the frame tacked to the table in order to make room for the ladder bars.

I also discovered my X member was "racked" just a little. So I broke the tack on the driver side and use a strap to pull it forward slightly. This cleared up measurement error I was finding.

That allowed me to get the ladder bar x-member in place. I clamped the bars to the steel stock and piece of railroad tie, to hold them perpendicular, and used a piece of 1" steel tubing underneath the front of the bars to set their height.

After checking the wheelbase, and a hundred more diagonal measurements I tacked everything up.

New Axle and Hairpins should be here tomorrow. I hope to get that tacked up during the week and get the rear housing tacked in place as well.








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Old 02-20-2012, 12:33 AM   #16
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Nice work!
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Old 02-20-2012, 12:47 AM   #17
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Default Re: Finally..I'm working on the '34 again.(2-19-12 update)

it's gotta be the angle of the shot,but that 2nd pic looks kinda wacked. frame looks good
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Old 02-20-2012, 10:39 AM   #18
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Default Re: Finally..I'm working on the '34 again.(2-19-12 update)

Yeah, its the lens doing some funky stuff.
Got to see if the UPS guy drops the axle and hairpin off today..
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Old 02-21-2012, 09:28 PM   #19
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Default Re: Finally..I'm working on the '34 again.(2-21-12 update)

New Axle and Hairpins showed up today on UPS. I went with So Cal hairpins. They have the integral cast stainless bat-wing, shock mount, panhard, and I got one of their forged axles. Nice stuff.

I adjusted the bars so they were the same length on both sides and installed them on the existing spring.

I have the frame at a rake that is at ride height, and I got the spring partially compressed. With this I have 6 degree caster. I'll probably get another degree at full compression.

I got the bars squared up, stopped short of tacking them tonight. I'll need to trim the 4 bar brackets off as well.





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Old 02-22-2012, 09:54 AM   #20
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Next will be to put the ford or dodge shock mounts on the frame. Looking sharp bro.
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