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Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by 53studecoupe, Nov 30, 2019.

  1. 53studecoupe
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    20191109_155034.jpg I have always liked this site with so cool stuff. I never considered building nothing like I see here. I was always stuck in the 50's nothing wrong with either until I went to a SEMCO show here in WI. I enjoyed to old hot rods and caught the fever in Bonneville. So I bought a model a frame from a fellow hamber here. Thank you guys although my wife has a different opinion......
     
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  2. Nice looking frame....what is the plan?
     
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  3. 53studecoupe
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    I am not 100% sure. It will be a 1931 roadster. But I saw one channeled with fenders and it was different, low to the ground made a nice stance.
     
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  4. 53studecoupe
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    Oh a flatty for sure!
     
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  5. cederholm
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    I'm in the middle of my own AV8 build myself - also a "first timer". I've found the Vern Tardel big book to be very helpful.

    ~ Carl
     
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  6. Flathead Youngin'
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    Welcome! Be sure to start a build thread...... Nothing like the first time you take the rattle-trap down the road the first time....
     
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  7. sounds good to me........
     
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  8. or Studiebaker power...........
     
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  9. 53studecoupe
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    20191207_144310.jpg Oh I get it! Since I don't have any sheet metal to play with just yet. I put the gauge package together today. Not going with the cowl gas tank.
     
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  10. 53studecoupe
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    First thing I bought.
    Thanks.
     
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  11. 53studecoupe
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    20201202_153954.jpg 20201114_193910.jpg 20201114_183211.jpg 20201114_193910.jpg 20201114_183211.jpg I have not posted in a while too busy in the garage. 1931 roadster all steel with fenders. Going a little different than most. 3" kickup in the rear frame and a 4" drop axle up front. 8BA flathead with 3 Strombergs. Just tacked up some lake headers. Barely fit the cowl and fender but it does. The other side has the F1 steering box. That one will be a challenge.
     
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  12. Tow Truck Tom
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    The look of full fenders, lowered is always impressive. Enjoy.
     
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  13. wheeldog57
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    Looks like you are well on your way, keep it up and keep us posted
     
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  14. 53studecoupe
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    20201203_160142.jpg 20201203_160210.jpg 20201203_160225.jpg 20201203_140000.jpg 20201203_132554.jpg I was able to get one header built and still not hit the cowl or the front fender.
    I could have gone higher in the vertical as the fender pulls away but i didn't like the look so we split hairs here. No paint to worry about either.
    I purchased parts from Speedway and some tight radius starters. Very easy to build really. Note to self. Put the bad welds on the bottom....
     
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  15. 53studecoupe
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  16. 21studder
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    Really nice work!
     
  17. 53studecoupe
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    Took the 40 banjo apart and welded up over the top spring perches. I guess I found a pretty good deal. Complete with brakes bones and torque tube for $100.
    Check out the bearing surfaces and if it couldnt get any better a nice set of 3.54 gears! 20201211_143900.jpg 20201209_141200.jpg
     
  18. GordonC
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    Looking good so far!
     
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  19. Aaron D.
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    That's a great deal. All that stuff is usable in an AV8.
     
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  20. 53studecoupe
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    20201221_150445.jpg 20201221_155449.jpg 20201222_130626.jpg Banjo all cleaned inside and inspected for wear. None! Clean leaves of rust and apply anti seize compound. Mount model a spring with main leaf first and C clamped the rest. Always kept a treaded rod engaged in the center hole just in case. Ended up going from 7 leaves to 4 for a lowered look as well as a softer ride. We will see....at least the shackles ended up at a 45 degree like they are supposed to. View attachment 4917493 View attachment 4917493 20201222_130700.jpg
     
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  21. v8flat44
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    Some one at your place does real nice work on a really neat project....tell em to keep it up.....
     
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  22. 53studecoupe
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    Little more work done on the roadster. Found a Dodge Caravan second row seat for $20. It was like it was made for the car. Fits right on the seat riser. It will help locate the steering wheel and pedals for a comfortable position. Yes I will be recovering the upholstery at a later date. 20210118_160806.jpg 20210117_172756.jpg 20210109_140228.jpg
     
  23. 53studecoupe
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    Here is a Caravan seat recovered. It will need some foam work to lose Screenshot_20210106-111131_Chrome.jpg the butt and backrest impressions. It looks beautiful!
     
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  24. Nice..............
     
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  25. 53studecoupe
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    20210203_144950.jpg Its a roller!
    4" dropped axle. Round back spindles and 40 drums. Posie spring and split wishbones with Speedway mount kit. Not welded just yet. But the chassis with 29.0 rear tire and a 25.0 front I get a nice three deg rake. 20210203_162307.jpg 20210203_144903.jpg 20210203_144928.jpg
     
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  27. 53studecoupe
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    Mine are not attached just yet but are positioned where they go. I noticed the sub rail could have extended a little farther to give the top two holes to bolt/rivet to. 20210204_113225.jpg
     
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  28. 53studecoupe
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    Hope this helps.
     
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  29. 53studecoupe
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    20210212_132237.jpg I have a 4" kickup in the rear for the rear spring. I did a little sheet metal work today in the shop. Can you tell I have done HVAC work in the past? Don't have a beading tool but it does the job. Small little trunk now. Hope to fit a gas tank in there somewhere. 20210212_145043.jpg View attachment 4974012 View attachment 4974012
     
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  30. 53studecoupe
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    Finished mocking up the rest of the floor.
    The toe boards. I used a F1 trans cover to clear the 32 crossmember and trans tower. Again trying to use old ford parts.
    I was almost going to use plywood but I just couldn't bring self to doing it. Shifter tower is a little off from the F1 location in the cover. A little patching will fix that. Next clearance the steering column and pedals and we can start hanging the body. 20210215_153850.jpg
    20210215_153527.jpg
     
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