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Projects 1930 Model A Pickup Build (my first build thread)

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Grudge, Jan 4, 2013.

  1. Grudge
    Joined: Jun 26, 2008
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    *Package arrives* "Cool my brake drums are here"

    *Unboxes one* "Wow these are nice"
    ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1378527126.680197.jpg

    *Unboxes other one* "What is this shit!?"
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    *Looks closer* "Seriously what the fuck!?"
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    *Looks even closer* "..."
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    *Can't believe/dissatisfied* "Even I won't run this shit"

    I think the quality guy was napping when this one passed by. Sort of ironic that it's right next to the "U.S.A.". I don't think I'm being too picky to ask for no obvious HOLES in my brake drums. Also, whoever went to town with the grinder should have said something.

    *Plans to call vendor tomorrow*

    Aaron


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  2. Gremlinguy
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    Can't believe that got shipped liked that!
     
  3. voodoo1
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    Looks like Stevie Wonder had the day off...

    Mike
     
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  4. Grudge
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    The thing is, these things aren't cheap, so I expect a bit more.

    To be fair, the vendor I bought from just gets these from a supplier themselves, and never has a chance to look at them. I'm not going to name names because it's a reputable outfit and I'm sure they'll make I right (accept the return at no cost to me and send me a new one).

    Aaron


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  5. This is one of the better build threads I have seen in a while! You really tackled a lot of the areas I've been thinking too much about; fuel tank placement, rear frame kickup, and battery placement just to name a few. You've really built a nice hot rod pickup that is still functional as a pickup(unlike most I've seen). Keep up the great work and I hope to be able to check it out when I move back up to the Northwest!
     
  6. Man that sucks!
    i hope they come good on making this problem go away.

    On the flip side of that,
    glad to see i'm not the only one that kind of shit happens to.
     
  7. Grudge
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    Hey thanks, glad you think so. I'm about a year behind, so maybe I'll see you at the Portland Transmission show next May.

    Aaron


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  8. Grudge
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    No offense to "Traditional Discussion and Happenings", but is there a reason my build thread is here? Can I request to move it?

    Aaron


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  9. Grudge
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    Well I finished my chassis brake lines, but am still waiting (!) on my replacement drum.

    Long block is together. Intake is ready. Need to patch panel my oil pan. After that I'm ready to assemble and paint the engine, then finally move on to the bed and cab paint.

    I'll try to post some pictures this weekend.

    Aaron
     
  10. flatheadz-forever
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    from new jersey

  11. Grudge
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    Ah, nice! My replacement drum is here...

    ...after UPS lost the shitty one on the way back to NY...

    ...bout time this got here...

    ...ok, moment of truth...

    *cuts open box*

    ...

    ...wh..WHA!?

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    WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS!?

    Aaron


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  12. WTF?? That must be some new kinda drum ...


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  13. CoolHand
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    Well, it wasn't a live rattlesnake.

    So there's that. :D

    In a month and a half or so, they'll send you another slightly larger box containing a small Chinese man with a set of bastard files, some bondo, and a return shipping label.

    He'll transform your rotor into the drum you need, and then you can just ship him back again when he's done.

    If you need faster service, you'll have to find your own Chinese guy. ;)
     
  14. ^^^^Doesn't this kind of crap just drive you nuts?!! It does me.

    Only took TWO monghs for Vintage Air to correct a problem!
    Thanks to George Packard for coming through.
     
  15. I wonder what they'll send you next?
     
  16. Grudge
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    My build thread quickly devolved into a rant, sorry about that.

    I've been building the engine, which is almost done. I still need to patch panel my oil pan, get a water pump and a few other things.

    Thought I'd share what I did with my front hubs. I searched this forum trying to figure out how to convert to new drums. People say to use some special hub bolt but they're on back order, so I figured a different way.

    As you know, OE hubs/drums are swaged or swedged or whatever together.

    I cut the wheel studs off and used a sheet metal cutter to remove the "mushroomed" part of the stud. After that they tap out.

    I bought 10 Dorman studs, Autozone p/n 610-153.1 ($1.50 each)

    I drilled the hubs with a 39/64" bit. I also used a bench grinder to put a flat spot on each stud.
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    The shoulder sticks through the hub enough to grab the drum nicely.
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    And when you put a wheel on there's a nice amount of thread showing.
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    Getting there...
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    Aaron



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    from new jersey

  18. Nice work Aaron as always!


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  19. Grudge
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    Thanks guys. I think I'm getting close to really seeing it come together (at least the chassis).

    By the way, I heard somebody say you can "paint" an engine with POR15, anybody try that? I'd be curious how it holds up especially in high-heat areas around the exhaust ports.

    Aaron
     
  20. Grudge
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    Progress is slow but I'm chipping away at it.
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    Aaron


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  21. zgears
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    I wish I had the time and money to come lend a hand. I'd be worth it for the experience. Nice work as always.
     
  22. Keep on keepin' on.
    What's sitting there looks real good!
     
  23. Grudge
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    Thanks guys. I'm a year behind :(

    Good news is I have 27 days off next month!!! Should be able to make good progress.

    Aaron


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  24. Grudge
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    Made some progress this weekend, finished the motor, painted a bunch of small stuff and got the powertrain back in the chassis.

    Note to self: That transmission is heavy
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    Painted my front brake lines so they are less visible
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    Engine and trans are in! I hope they stay there. It's starting to look like something
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  25. Grudge
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    Did a little exhaust work. Got 22" Smithy's, snug fit
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    Made some flanges
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    Cut up some mandrel bends
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    Next step over the crossmember, maybe this week
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    Aaron


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  26. Wow this is turning out great!


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  27. Grudge
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    Made some progress today on my parking brake. I was stupid and didn't mock this up before I painted everything, but fortunately there's no welding needed on the frame.

    Made two of these brackets for the cables. I "aimed" each cable toward the center.
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    Here's the pivot for the lever arm.
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    Recognize that lever? Yeah it was my stock 'A' brake pedal. Twisted it up and it worked out ok.
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    Top view. I still need to finish up the connections.
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  28. Nice re purpose on the brake pedal.
    I really like the exhaust flanges
     
  29. Grudge
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    I had a great weekend; I actually crossed something off my list, the parking brake is 100% and works great.

    Added a little tab to my (former) brake pedal
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    Clean parts, then painted. We had great weather in Portland today
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    Here's everything installed
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    I also made some progress on the exhaust, should have it done over thanksgiving
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    Aaron


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  30. CoolHand
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    Bastard. :D

    It was 28° here today.

    Chassis looks real good though. ;)
     

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