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Features 32 3-W Survivor "Tuffy" part 2

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by kisam, Nov 24, 2009.

  1. kisam
    Joined: Feb 28, 2005
    Posts: 1,916


    Part One -

    From now on start looking for "Tuffy". This is what the wife told me they always called the 32, even though everyone else had fancy names.

    Finally, I am back home and not working out of town, so I can now get started. I had a day off Saturday so I pulled out the frame and cleaned it up a bit with a wire wheel.

    Then while I was waiting on Unclee to show up, I started on the shock mounts.

    When Lee got there, we assessed the frame and got out the torch and straightened it up. Then we decided that was all we could do untill the x member showed up, so we started pulling the engine apart and man was I smiling.
    Heads appear to have been rebuilt and ready
    Crank looked good and was standard
    Cylinder walls looked good and still has cross hatching and appear to be stock bore but I haven't mic'd them yet (but I can't catch a fingernail on it)
    My New Best Friend, Norm, brought me an 833 Chyrsler 4 speed to DOTD and guess what - My luck is still holding - look what was already on the engine. I think all I will need is a pilot bearing and about a '70 Mopar bellhousing.


    Might as well open up the quick change and have a look - pretty, but no gears.
    The x-member showed up yesterday, so back to the frame. That's all for now.
  2. 3wLarry
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
    Posts: 12,420

    from Owasso, Ok

    note to self...send kathy a "lucky turd" card...
  3. JeffreyJames
    Joined: Jun 13, 2007
    Posts: 16,512

    from SUGAR CITY

    There is something about a original 32 frame that gives me goose bumps. I think they are a holy grail of sorts........wait what's that? Yours came with one of the baddest 32 Coupe bodies that happend to be a significant hot rod? Lucky Turd indeed!!!

    Congrats on the engine being in goon condition. Couple day a month and you should have this thing in the right direction in no time!
  4. tinmann
    Joined: Nov 11, 2005
    Posts: 1,563


    Lunch breaks over!!!!..... get back out there and do some more..... and post the pics........ please!! I'll be tuned in as Tuffy continues to take shape.
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  5. Rooney00
    Joined: Dec 2, 2006
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  6. broncojohn
    Joined: Mar 2, 2009
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  7. Sparkswillfly
    Joined: Oct 25, 2006
    Posts: 1,047

    from Colorado

  8. Church
    Joined: Nov 15, 2002
    Posts: 2,794

    from South Bay

    Great story. I'm sure if you could swing giving the widow a ride when you are done would mean the world to her.
  9. FalconMan
    Joined: Sep 9, 2008
    Posts: 1,097

    from Minnesota

    Keep the updates coming !!! A great car ...........
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    Joined: Jul 26, 2005
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  11. kiwicowboy
    Joined: Nov 28, 2008
    Posts: 351

    from linwood nc

    Grate start keep it coming.are you using the std axle or are you going with a droped I beam.coil over or spring.
  12. Skotz
    Joined: Aug 24, 2005
    Posts: 1,474


    Cool update on you new baby:D....remember....Utah next Sept????
  13. kisam
    Joined: Feb 28, 2005
    Posts: 1,916


    I think the wife and daughter will meet me at the salt. The wife told me that when they were dating "I could here him coming for a mile to pick me up"!

    That's the goal! Hoping for a roller by the first of the year!
  14. Casey
    Joined: Nov 8, 2005
    Posts: 3,294

    Member Emeritus

    very cool !
  15. greaser
    Joined: Apr 30, 2006
    Posts: 528


    I'm tuned in...That coupe kicks butt!
    With your luck, you really should buy lottery tickets!
  16. Harps
    Joined: Oct 12, 2007
    Posts: 86


    Awesome car, and an even better story. Can't wait to follow this and see it when you get done.
  17. You're my favorite niece!

    Let me add that Kathy still needs a flywheel, and after my correspondence with 73RR; I found there is an infinite number of starters/flywheels/crank-lengths & only the right combo works. (actually, there is two of each but were introduced in an overlapping and convoluted pattern that seems to mystify even the Ford fanatics) "but I mean that in a good way"

    What you have on hand is:
    A. '58 (or is it '57) block/crank
    B. Wilcap adapter
    C. Some sort of crank adapter
    D. Later factory starter? but does bolt to the block adapter
    E. Flywheel offer from RichardD, '54 industrial

    I guess we need to get that flywheel from Richard for mock-up and go from there? Or do we need a newer flywheel? Not sure about that aluminum flange being up to holding a real flywheel. I just have the feeling that this one item is a major stumbling block!

    If anyone has some advice, Please chime in! Any help will be appreciated.

    Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!!!!!
  18. 4speedman
    Joined: Mar 10, 2005
    Posts: 111


    way cool, keep the updates coming!!
  19. kisam
    Joined: Feb 28, 2005
    Posts: 1,916


    The block is a 57. And I did get a flywheel and clutch from Norm with the transmission. The flywheel is 162 or 3? tooth. The clutch is 10 1/2". I think the starter is the right one and on the driver's side. I was told to contact Pat with Wilcap to see about the bearing and bellhousing that I need.
  20. panhead_pete
    Joined: Feb 22, 2006
    Posts: 2,239


    Cool mate keep the posts coming. You are building a lot of people's dream car. :) Just a suggesstion rather the having new "parts" for each stage of the build, try and keep it all together so its easy for us to follow along??
  21. Delmo
    Joined: Apr 16, 2004
    Posts: 236

    from Burbank

    I've had that old pic of this car as my sceen saver forever. Love it man, can't wait to see it again.
  22. Good enough! Looks like that is gonna work out, what the hell was I worried about? I'll bring some measuring instruments up next time you are off, and we can wash all that damned cosmoline off everything and see if that motor is as good as it looks. You know, seeing all those new bearings and rings and the condition of the cylinder walls makes me think that the cool old guy had it ready to assemble, just lacking a cam (and a few head bolts).
  23. lorodz
    Joined: Jul 26, 2009
    Posts: 3,724


    sweet build it ...keep it up...
  24. n.z.rodder
    Joined: Nov 18, 2008
    Posts: 1,009


    Geez I don't know how I missed this one, totally cool rod.
    Was there any magazine write-ups on the car? The way other Hambers, that know the car, rave on about it there must be something in print.
    I wish I could get my wife as involved as you, she likes the cars but just wont do the grinding/sanding thing.
  25. MadJack68
    Joined: Nov 24, 2009
    Posts: 66


    Good story. I look forward to seeing the rebuild!
  26. kisam
    Joined: Feb 28, 2005
    Posts: 1,916


    No, no magazines that I know of, but supposedly built some Hemi's for Garlits back in the early days when he was starting out. Still trying to confirm this. Been grinding on the front end today!
    Last edited: Jan 15, 2011
  27. TR Waters
    Joined: Nov 18, 2006
    Posts: 1,377

    TR Waters
    from Vermont
    1. Early Hemi Tech

    The flywheel needed is a 130 tooth 70-71 426 hemi piece. I believe that Wilcap installs their pilot bearing into the flywheel, so a call to Pat should take care of things in that dept.

    Do not worry about the crank flange spacer being aluminum. It is just that, a spacer.

    Any 70's style small block Mopar bellhousing will work, just check for the correct size center hole. Most people opt for a late 80's early 90's V-8 mini starter ( i.e.,Dodge Dakota), as it gives a bit more room for headers, etc. All V-8 Mopar starters are on the drivers side.
    If you decide to go with a Lakewood or QuickTime housing, just purchase one for a SB Mopar application, and use with your same Wilcap adapter.
  28. captainjunk#2
    Joined: Mar 13, 2008
    Posts: 3,997


    cool project i like the photos at the begining of the thread ,
  29. kisam
    Joined: Feb 28, 2005
    Posts: 1,916


    Thanks Tom! You have been a wealth of knowlege and I so appreciate it! I am thinking a scattershield is the way to go.
    Last edited: Jun 23, 2010
  30. Louie S.
    Joined: Apr 18, 2007
    Posts: 644

    Louie S.

    That car is going to be awesome, i had the privlege to see it in person and help out a little. The car is even cooler in person. Can't wait to see it done.

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