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Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by jjsound, Apr 20, 2016.

  1. jjsound
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    Found this for sale last week and brought it home today. I'll be utilizing the Bishop/Tardel publication "How To Build A Traditional Hot Rod", McNicholl's "How To Build Ford Flathead V-8 Horsepower", and Remus' "How-To Chop Tops". I'm looking forward to this project.
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  2. Don't blindly follow the measurements in the bishop trade book is about the only piece of advice I can give ya.

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  3. jjsound
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    Noted, thanks.
     
  4. Good luck on your Model A build, I'll be watching.
     
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    Subscribed.
     
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  6. J'st Wandering
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    Looks like a nice start. Will follow your build.
     
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  7. Russ Tee
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    I'm subscribed.
     
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  8. jjsound
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    A couple of low quality engine photos to keep this thing moving forward. I'm looking to disassemble the engine this weekend and get it to the machine shop for a bath and magna flux. I have a Mercury crank that will be usable after some machine work.
     

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  9. jjsound
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    Moved shops this summer and finally got back at it.

    Stripped the frame down and had it blasted.

    Repaired some cracks on the front crossmember.

    Today I started the rear frame step.

    Sections of the frame are too thin and will be getting repaired.

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  10. Oldbill51
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    Watching with great interest!
     
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  11. jjsound
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    Worked on the frame step and spring reversing today.

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  12. jjsound
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    Here's a time-lapse of today's work.

     
  13. Jimmy2car
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    Before you spend a lot of money on machine work for the engine, try your best to have the block sonic checked & pressure tested. It'll be money well spent
     
  14. dwollam
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    That is how I reverse my springs for the front but never tried the rear. Did you heat it? Seems like a major re-bend on the rear main leaf.
     
  15. Aaron D.
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    Hi JJ, we are in about the same place in our builds, you're slightly ahead of me. I'll be following your lead! Looks great so far, keep posting your progress.
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  16. Binger
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    Looks good! Subscribed!
     
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  17. jjsound
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    We did the front first then moved to the rear. No heat, just worked from the center out either direction. We went with multiple passes of small bends. Worked quite nicely. If you look closely it's not perfect but awfully close.


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  18. jjsound
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    Aaron, I just subscribed to your build as well. Looks like you have some serious hot rod goodies gathered. That body is CLEAN. I'm interested in seeing how different our projects turn out while following the same book.


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  19. jjsound
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    If I build anything it'll definitely start on the magna-flux bench. I have a few "runners" in the ever-growing sea of mills.

    I should add this is 100% a budget build. If I had the loot I would've started with a much straighter body. It'll be a learning experience.


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  20. Binger
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    Do you have any more pictures of the body? The one pic doesn't look too bad. How much are you going to chop it? Is it a Special coupe or a standard? Plans to put any of the wood back into it? Lots of questions. HAHA. I am almost finished with my '29. I have some wiring, top and upholstery left to do this winter.
     
  21. jjsound
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    I'll get some up later.

    It's the coupe with the leather back. I don't remember the names anymore, been out of the game for a few years. The body actually has sedan windows tacked to it. I have a compete coupe driver's side and roof and will be getting the passenger' side as well. I want a steel coupe.

    As far as chop, we haven't really discussed in depth. Likely 2-2 1/2". Subtle. The whole build is based on tradition and subtlety. Oh, and budget. Have I mentioned that?


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  22. Binger
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    The Leatherback one is called the special coupe. I understand about having a steel one. Plans for filling the roof also? I like subtle chops too. I like chopping enough for the quarter windows to be square. I didn't chop mine because I am a big and tall guy and didn't think I could spare the headroom.
     
  23. jjsound
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    Right, the car is small enough to begin with. This is being built in the "hi-boy" style. I don't like losing the leg/foot room.

    I've always liked to upholstered roofs but that is aways out.
     
  24. Binger
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    Sounds like a plan. for more room I moved the front seat back 6" too. I used a stock seat riser and cut the package tray. I am going to have to shorten the cushion springs to get a bit more room too.
     
  25. alchemy
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    I hate to be a Debbie Downer, but that main leaf is way too rusty/pitted to trust. Especially since it was reversed (added stresses). Model A springs aren't expensive or hard to find. You should find a nicer one to trust your life on.
     
  26. jjsound
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    Today I'm working on horn and front crossmember repair. Finding TIG to work well on the bottom side since there's no room to grind. Those springs fit snug.


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  27. jjsound
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    I appreciate you thinking of our safety, Debbie errr…Alchemy. I'll search for some quality springs.

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  28. jjsound
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    Frame repair progress. Cutting out the rot and replacing with 3/16" material. Are the original rails 10 gage? They don't seem to be 1/8" or 3/16".


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  29. redoxide
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    Great project and excellent progress. loving the quality of your work too.

    looking forward to seeing your progress.
     
  30. jjsound
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    Thanks, Redoxide.

    Finally having the facility, time, and tooling to do the project efficiently is making it productive and enjoyable.


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