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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 66miles99, Dec 5, 2010.

  1. HRK-hotrods
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    Thanks... You're a lot further along than me. I've had my 29' Chevy roadster almost 9 years and have been slowly gathering parts. Almost ready to build so I need to get my head around this again.
     
  2. 66miles99
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    The original material used typically was whatever was available, oak, ash, they were not particularly loyal to any one species. The brochures I read always just said "hardwood", I wanted something reasonably affordable which I assumed was their criteria as well! The material I took out of mine was softer although 50 years in a field might do that to ya'.
     
  3. 66miles99
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    More wood work this weekend.

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  4. 66miles99
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    And now if it rains and I had a windshield I could clean it.
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    New fender well installed sure does stiffen up the back quarter panels.


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    Just found this thread. Great job! I'd like to see more on your DIY dimple die, too.
     
  8. 66miles99
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    Pretty basic really. Just found parts that fit the bill. 2 1/2" diameter bearing race for the bottom with a 1/2" bolt welded to base plate. The back plate from an angle grinder that had the bevel I needed at the right diameter for the top. After that just a couple of washers and spacers.

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  9. I love this project. Nice job!
     
  10. bengeltiger
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    Thanks for sharing that. I like the dimpled holes and am always interested in how different people make their own tools.
     
  11. 66miles99
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    So I had this idea that the Caddy taillights would poke out through the rear trunk. Had kind of a quasi-frenched in look. Unfortunately they struck out so far I couldn't open the trunk and so modification time. I had to pull the tail lights back 1 3/4" to clear the trunk.

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    Mounting bracket Before

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    After

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    Plus I got to use up those two extra Pistons I had!

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  12. 66miles99
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    Well cleaned up the body. Right now it's got a coat of Gibbs on it, I guess we will see about paint later, love that clean bare metal now though.

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  13. bct
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    Great progress .
     
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  15. 66miles99
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    Thanks! It's slowly progressing.

    Festive dash colors.

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  16. 66miles99
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    I have an issue where the only reasonable route to the bottom of the radiator was through the frame. Basically the Axle gets in the way. So I tried to restrain and protect it best I could.

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    And that took up a weekend!


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    Didn't follow the instructions very well step 1 was install the fuse box. But then step 2 would be lay on your back for 3 days wiring the dash so I did this instead, hope it doesn't bite me in the ass later.

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    Not that it's visible but the windshield (likely the only piece of glass) is installed.


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  21. 66miles99
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    No pictures today, but after lowering the body down over the chassis I realized 5 clearance issues so far. When you compress all the mechanical and electrical systems into half the available space I guess it's bound to happen. It was a risk I knew would have potential, in the end I think I'll still be a fair bit of trouble ahead.


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  22. 66miles99
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    2 1/2 years these two have been separated! Time kinda slips by on you sometimes.

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    ....the body and the chassis I mean.



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  23. Wow looks great! Taking it for a spin is just around the corner!
     
  24. 66miles99
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    I think that's why its easy to find 8 to 10 hours to work on it each week, 'cause the end is near!


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  25. That's how it was with my 33 Chevy. I busted my butt the last 9 months so I could drive it before the snow would come again. Keep at it, the reward in the end is worth it. By the way that engine fills the compartment nicely!
     
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  26. 66miles99
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    Thanks for the encouragement! Yes the inline definitely takes up the right proportional amount of space the Olds are a little longer than the fords in that regard.


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  27. 66miles99
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    I think I've spent $500 in wire and connections! Picking up new custom battery cable tonight.

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    Remote trunk battery means another solenoid required to avoid the live 1/0 cable running thru the chassis waiting to start a fire.


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  28. 66miles99
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    Battery secured and looking very non de script after the cover installed in the end.

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    Spoke with my local starter and alternator shop and they talked me into a Northstar battery, pretty good warranty, said they were as good or better than Odyssey?


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  29. loudbang
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    Battery posts on the side?
     
  30. I like those battery straps!
     
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