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Projects 1941 Chevy Sedan Build Thread

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Voh, May 8, 2011.

  1. farmer12
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    Great to see you went with the m2 setup, you won't regret it. Looking good!
     
  2. Voh
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    THanks farmer. Just wish I would have chased it down the first time, not after buying a few sets of parts. Live and learn. I did right on that crossmember, like 1/2 the standard cost. Got a bunch of the MII stuff with the car. Its getting there!
     
  3. I have the exact same set up in my 47, not done with the install yet but but there is nothing special about the lower arm bolt, grade 5 is standard, just use a nylok nut. Got mine in a kit with the upper a-arm t-bolts via eBay. Getting the strut rod mounts lined up is pain and then getting the strut on the arm and all the bushings/bolts in the holes as you install is challenging but it will go with patience. What brakes are you going with? I went with 11" vented non-drilled and metric calipers, should be much better than the stock
     
  4. Voh
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    havent got to the brakes yet. I have a set of GM rotors, 9" i believe, but nothing else. Will prolly order a new hub out set.

    Why do most the kits indicate that a 1" offset occurs? Any not offset?
     
  5. Voh
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    Rear axle is out of the way!! It's funny how one bolt acts like it was new last year and the one right next to seems to be welded in!!

    I have the rear shocks and front shocks if anyone wants them. Just the ride and they are yours.


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  6. I was worried about that as well but the off-set measure seems to be from a stock Mustang II width, with the extra width it is actually still a tiny bit narrower than the stock Chevy track width acording to the marks I made on my floor before I took the original suspension off, so the extra width is OK and should leave plenty of room for the wheels to turn (haven't yet put the fenders back on).
     
  7. Voh
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    Got the motor in place. Need to modify the transmission mount.

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  8. monkeyspunk79
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    nice progress on your Chevy! How are the rear fender mounting flanges? Any rust through?
     
  9. Voh
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    thanks!! The flanges are way past rust thru and all the way to gone. Both fenders were welded on. These will be welded back on too.
     
  10. Voh
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    Next dilemma is the lowering of the rear. Should I reuse the existing leaf springs or use new ones?

    Im thinking about reusing the originals, tall saddles and 2-3" blocks. also thinking I can revers the eyes.

    Can anyone offer suggestions? The front is a MII with stock spindles. It will ride there for at least this version. That's why I am thinking the original rears will suffice.
     
  11. monkeyspunk79
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    Haven't lowered mine, but a lot of folks seem to get by with the 2" blocks and it looks good on these cars without too much fuss or $. If you don't like the look, you could always sell the blocks and go to plan B later on.
     
  12. farmer12
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    Looking good! Try the 2" blocks first, that should do the trick.
     
  13. 1949 caddyman
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    The rear springs were made for use with the torque tube rear end. Under hard acceleration they wrap up. I got one of the Chassis Engineering spring kits with a sway bar. Worked great on my 41 chev coupe.
     
  14. Voh
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    That's my preferred method. Just want to get her rolling again. BUT i know its prolly right so I Guess I will keep saving.


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  15. Voh
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    Well, its been a while and I thought I would drop a few lines to bump the thread. I have hit a bit of a stall with the build for a couple of reasons. First, is I tore out the rear axle to allow for the transmission and motor to install, but that created its own issue. Now I cant get it rolled out to mess with the drives sheetmetal. If anyone has ideas on how to safely use rear dollies without the rear axle, please let me know. Meanwhile I will continue to save for a rear spring kit.
     
  16. Voh
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    I messed around a bit last night. Put the stock springs back on and set the rear down off jack stands on to some dollies. Was able to spin it around and gain access to the drives side. Now back at patching up this side.


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  17. Voh
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    Finally made some progress!!!!


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  18. Voh
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    Does anyone know how the rockers are supposed to "closed" at either end?

    Does anyone know how the floor closes off at the edge?
     
  19. Voh
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    I got about 90% of my fender lip back in. Got it smoothed out tonight.

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  21. Voh
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    Not a problem. The fit pretty good, with just a little tweaking!


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  22. Dchaz
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    Mine has a m2 under it and I love the way it rides, although I really need to raise the front up a little. The back is about as low as it will go without notching it
     

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  23. Voh
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    What MII? Are they dropped spindles or standard?

    Looks real good...almost forgot what it looks like with the front tin on.


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  24. Dchaz
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    It was already under it when I got it. I think it one of the earlier kits without the strut rods. Tube a arm and Stock spindles but the coils are cut. I couldn't find a tag or anything on it if there is one we will find it in the next week or so. I slid into the back of a dodge pu last week and its at the body shop waiting on the insurance adjuster now. Luckily I had the hood off to finish installing AC so it's not as bad as it could have been.
     
  25. jkski
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    keep at it,looks very good so far.i just had to subscribe
     
  26. monkeyspunk79
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    Voh- great job on the fender lip. Did you fab those up yourself with a shrinker / stretcher? That's a huge improvement and they're done right. No more flapping in the breeze!
     
  27. Voh
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    I did the way that teaches me to be VERY welding patient. I bent the sections up, roughly 1" to 1-1/4" per side, then cut the vertical face every 1" and slowly bent it ever so slightly to match the curve. tacked it in and began welding it back together.

    I think that last pic has the last portion of it laying up there in the "trunk" space.
     
  28. cprdnick
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    I'm subscribing as well. I just picked up a '41 this past weekend, which will also be my first full build. I'll be following you all the way.
     
  29. Voh
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    Finally got funds around enough to order the rear end suspension kit. Should be here in a few days!!

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  30. Bigchuck
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    Looking good! I am working on my rear fender lips and attaching area. Whatta pain. trying to make one good one out of two. I will update my thread soon.
     

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