The Jalopy Journal
Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by ''кυѕтσмѕ αяє кσσl'', Jul 7, 2011.
Some pics from yesterday ! Still learning how to weld Enjoy !
And the rest !
Still learning how to weld Huh? I think you're doing great... You'll get to be excelent before you know it! Keep up the good work, soon the fun can begin!
Thanks for the kind words ! I think this part is pretty fun Can't wait to chop it !
Just be careful that you don't change too much at once, you still need to be able to register it as a ombygd fordon (modified vehicle) and not step over the line into hembygd! (homebuild) Have you talked with SFRO (Swedish organisation that oversees custom mods.)
Hey man ! I think I'll have to do SFRO, since I would like to sub-frame the chevy and change the engine and transmission. And I also have to chop it and make it a 2 door. And I would like to get it on the road asap , probably when I'm 19-20. So I really don't know. But I guess we'll find out.
Update, didn't have alot of time to work today because of schoolwork But I finished this piece , I'm hoping to get more done soon though!
Just a little bit at a time and before you know it you'll be done!
Wise words !! thank you !
Nice progress. Keep it up.
Thanks man ! I will
Hey guys ! Look what I got today ! A 79 chevy malibu !! Since I'm going to sub-frame the chevy , this car will be perfect to get the frontend/suspension and rear axle from. The measurments were perfect. I got this malibu really cheap so why not get it right now, but I'll probably do the sub-framing next year. I know some people don't like to use new parts for old cars/customs , but I honestly can't see why. I think it's ok as long as you don't see it. This is the best option for me, my first car and a low budget build I thought this would be the best way to go, and don't worry this will be a mid 50s period correct custom !!!! Enjoy !
And this engine would do right ??
That's the way to go! lots of parts to sell, so you can keep the build price down. If you're interested in selling your stock '53 frontend brakes and all I'm game!
I might even be interested in the gastank from the Malibu, unless you're gonna use it!
Great work. Couple suggestions, dont limit yourself to US parts that will drive your costs up, this is a custom, there should be some interesting European car parts you can use, keep HAMB'rs guessing, save some shipping and customs fees
I would also suggest rehanging the doors, align your gaps and brace the body (weld in bars to keep square) also add some cross bars to your roller body cart. if the body flexes and the floors are welded in you could have a difficult time ever getting panels to line up later.
Did the car come with glass? plan ahead this could be very costly if you have to ship from US, especially if you damage the glass while cutting for planned chop and have to order twice. rear glass may be able to be tilted if you plan ahead to use stock size, side glass can remain in door, windwhield will likely require cutting.
Keep it going, this is a good build
Isnt that the piece of shit malibu that was on "blocket" for about 4-5k´s? nice to se somebody found it usefull.
Planed a similar subframe on my old -49chev, got a burnt out 1975 cadillac seville for free by a friend. unfortunatly i sold the -49 and the cadillac went to the crusch. Bought myself a -55 packard instead.
Easy and cheap to find parts for the malibu like brakes and such. thats good, keep up the good work!
Hi ! First of all thanks everyone for the positive/kind comment , really appreciate it !!!
Thanks! Yep I'll be selling alot of the parts to get some money Yea I'll tell you first if I want to sell the 53 brakes, and maby the gastank aswell , maby I'll try it on the 53 and use it but i don't know yet. I'll tell you when I get there
Thank you very much !! Great tips and suggestions ! I might use some old volvo parts later to save some money , but the american parts are so much cooler But the shipping costs and custom fees are not so cool. Nope the car didn't come with any glass, I'm not going to make new glass either, I will have to get a stock front window and cut down probably with sand blaster. And I would also like to get a business coupe window for the back (Chevy 150 window ). Because I would be able to keep the stock 150 window when I chop it, and I also don't like the look of the rear window on my model when the car is chopped. And it would cost alot of money to make a chopped 210 window. I hope to find the front window in Sweden atleast, but I don't know about the back yet
Hey ! thanks ! Yup that's the one , got it for 3k though. Packards are awesome !! too bad the cadillac went to the crush though Yea the malibu parts are easy and cheap to find so that's good. And I'll be using air bags also so I might get the rear suspension from the malibu too , because it's easier to mount bags on the malibu suspension.
Finally had some time to work today , and I'm happy with the progress. I had to measure alot when I did this part so now I'm sure it's in the right place. And I wanted to see what the awesome taillights would look like on the chevy, Looks great I'm so glad I got a set !!!!
Good job Brother!
Thanks bud !! slowly getting there
The rearend will be slightly narrow but you can use it. I used a similar rearend (out of a El Camino) and the factory GM 4 link in my 53 wagon.. If you want to run steel rims, you have to find some with a narrow backspace (I had a set of 15x6 reversed for the rear). I know some aftermarket mags fit just fine..
I used Airbags instead of the coil springs and had to do a small step notch
Cool ! Thanks alot for the info ! Really appreciate it ! Yea I think ill go with airbags too but we'll see
Looks god whit them taillights.
By the way, who did you buy the car from in Tidaholm? A friend of mine had a -53 similar to yours standin in a shed just outside of Tidaholm about 10 years ago. just wonders if that could bee your car.
Hey! I'm back with a huge update! I've been very busy with school lately but I have been working alot on the chevy. I've been working on the floor braces alot and I've made new ones from scratch. So here are some pics of the progress. Enjoy
Hell yea! nice work!
Those tailights look great!
Awsome build, keep up the grat work.
nice work keep the pics coming!
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