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Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by 34 Airflow, Jan 1, 2019.

  1. 34 Airflow
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    Hi Andy,
    Looking at the telltale welds the front rails have been made/modified with three cuts and then boxed. Having not been part of the initial build I can only work off the few signs I can see.
    The engine mounts are Jaguar, the guy who painted the chassis for me has used the same mounts on his Morris Commercial project.
     
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  2. 34 Airflow
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    A bit more progress, dummy fit up of the driveline to check clearances and where we will run brake lines etc. Bodywise getting all the hanging panels in primer and tidying up a few odds and ends. Next job will be to finish off the dashboard fabrication and make some headers. The list of jobs is getting shorter and longer at the same time!
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  3. 73RR
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  4. Awesome - keep em coming, I love these Chryslers, esp the 39 ;)
     
  5. 34 Airflow
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    Had a bit of a lazy weekend on the coupe, fitted up the tyres I plan on running to try and get some further motivation. 20191109_135044.jpg 20191109_135050.jpg 20191109_135057.jpg
     
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  6. 34 Airflow
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    A new dash insert has been made to suit the 41 Cluster I have for the car, at this stage it needs a fair bit of work to make look a bit flasher but happy with location of the cluster and shifter. 20191113_175411.jpg 20191113_180418.jpg Minor rust repairs have been made to the inner wheel tubs and primer on ready for the next stages.
     
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  7. 34 Airflow
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    Bit of a catch up here, had a few months of little productivity but in the last three weeks we have achieved a bit. We managed to borrow a rotisserie to finish some floor fabrication and get the floors sand blasted inside and out. 20200311_180810.jpg 20200311_181209.jpg
     
  8. Lines
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    Looking good. Perfection takes time.
     
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  9. 34 Airflow
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    20200318_181950.jpg 20200318_182005.jpg 20200318_182015.jpg Here's a few from after the blasting, pretty happy not to see many holes! We also found the firewall welding done by a previous shop hadn't been finished judging by the daylight on the left hand side visible in the first shot.
     
  10. 34 Airflow
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    Next step was to get some primer on and put some underbody protectant on the floors as this car will be a driver. Hopefully in the next few weeks I will be able to get the body back sitting on the completed Chassis and get the car home for reassembly. There's a bucket load more work to do yet but looking forward to seeing it back on the ground.
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  11. WC Durant
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    Overall it looks like a really solid body. The chassis looks great all painted up.
     
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  12. 34 Airflow
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    We wheeled the body out of the booth on the weekend and I started work on cleaning down all the surface rust off the metal using a Scotchbrite disc and hitting the fresh steel with some Gibbs, hopefully next week the body will go back on the chassis again. I figured cleaning the body was a whole lot easier while it was already on the rotisserie. After the shell was finished I started attacking all the bolt on panels too, I ran out of hours with only the trunklid (boot) and one door still needing to be done.
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  13. Lines
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    What did you use for cleaning / sanding the body?
     
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  14. 34 Airflow
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    I had just used a 3M/ Scothbrite strip disc on a polisher.
     
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  17. 34 Airflow
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  18. Lines
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    Question to youre frame,
    I saw that you boxed the frame. Did you weld dowm the frame to a table so it wouldn't twist by welding? Perhaps you could give me your steps in afew words how you boxed it.
    Regards Marcus
     
  19. Hi, Marcus. Framejob was started in USA. A complete original Mustang II was welded in to the frame.
    Front stubs with radiator support is made of 3"x 2"'s.
    I reinforced the installation and boxed it in and made it look a bit more like original. I don't think they used a welding frame.
    Good luck !

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  20. 34 Airflow
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    A little bit of progress in between work has seen the brake lines and fuel lines run and over the weekend we dropped the body back onto the chassis, maybe for the last time but realistically probably not;)
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  21. 34 Airflow
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    I spent yesterday fitting some of the front sheetmetal back on and sorting out where the alternator is going to sit and clearances for headers, this weekend I hope to get a lot more of the front sheetmetal on and make up some brackets for the alternator. We also have to modify the rear body mounts but otherwise it seems to be going back together OK.
    Cragars are back on until we finish the bodywork.
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  22. RodStRace
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    You can use a headlight bucket or something similar to 'bubble' out an area for clearance, too.
     
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  23. 34 Airflow
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    Not a huge amount of progress visible here however we have spent a fair bit of time getting the body mounted up properly and modifying the inner guard for the alternator clearance. Other jobs included making some block hugger headers for the Poly to clear the steering and trial fitting the front sheetmetal and bootlid(trunk). The next major job will be getting the trunk to fit better and repair the opening which has a few minor issues. We'll get the correct wheels on and get rid of the excessive ride height too. 20200711_154221.jpg 20200711_161405.jpg
     
  24. I have a question re the front floor?............these originally had a one piece full width panel that bolted to the lower firewall, each side 8-10 inches in from the rockers and across in front of the seat edge.....has this been replaced by a welded in panel?...............and you mentioned the alternator mount...........doesn't the Edelbrock P600 intake have a pair of bosses at the US passenger side front of the intake?............I used these which the stock intakes and Wieand 4 barrel intake has to mount the alternator on my 318 Poly....see pic.....the 2 caps screw bolt heads are just visible near the 2 red wires from the alternator.............andyd
     

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  25. 34 Airflow
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    HI Andy, the whole firewall has been fabricated and welded to the front floors which you can probably see in the earlier photos whilst the body was on the rotisserie. I see what you mean regarding the alternator mount, we have put the fuel block there for the moment. Having now seen that I wish I hadn't been so hasty modifying the inner again.
     
  26. Oops.....I meant the US drivers side is where those 2 bosses are............as for installing a Poly............the only modification I did to instal my poly was to make a small, 3" x 4" x 1.5" deep box on the lower edge of the firewall to gain clearance for the stock 1962 Chrysler Royal throttle linkage when I built the car....its located just to the right of the distributor & is barely noticeable.........all the inner panels, chassis & firewall are unmodified tho' the firewall was smoothed and a recess created for the pendant pedal brace and brake booster as this old pic shows.........I mounted the engine 2-3" lower than your cars..........andyd
     

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