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Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by wvenfield, Oct 29, 2014.

  1. Oh yeah! Lookin good. My brother made up a tilt front for his [my old] 57 but it didn't come forward first. Made it necessary to have a buddy on the bottom of the fenders to pull them apart to clear the doors when operating the tilt. 57pontscotty.jpg
     
  2. wvenfield
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    Right. We wanted it so one person could operate it.
     
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  3. wvenfield
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    Finally got the plugs welded in and headers and pipes painted. IMG_20200205_164252.jpg IMG_20200205_164313.jpg IMG_20200205_164330.jpg IMG_20200205_164352.jpg IMG_20200205_164406.jpg
     
  4. Onemansjunk
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    Excellent craftsmanship! Watching the progress of your vision over the years brings inspiration to us all. I personally am glad you kept the quarter panels


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  6. wvenfield
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    Bought one of these. Works slick as snot. Will use for roll bar also.

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    I thought about making one out of spaghetti and a paper towel roll but then thought better of that. LOL

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  7. wvenfield
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    Radiator is fully mounted. Working on shock mounts. Distributor rebuilt and ready to go back in. If valve cover gaskets get here, maybe we will get it started this next week.

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  8. wvenfield
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    I have shocks. Engine full of oil and primed. Oil flowing as it should.

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  9. Rusty Heaps
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    Looking good Wvenfield, I notice your header configuration, that may be the route I have to pursue when shoving a 400 Pontiac down in my '55 Pontiac unless stock manifolds would fit without clearance issues at the steering box. Also concerned about clearances with the oil pan and steering components. That's going to be a very sharp car when you get it all put together.
     
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  10. wvenfield
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    Steering boxes are a pain on these. We had to make custom motor mount brackets because of the steering box also. It's in the pics somewhere.
     
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  11. Rusty Heaps
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    I found an article on pontiacsafari.com that addresses some of the exhaust issues. According to the article, it may be feasible to swap right and left exhaust manifolds and run the exhaust from the front end instead of the rear, or the three holed center exhaust manifolds.We'll have to wait and see, I don't have exhaust manifolds for it, just the pair of headers that came with the engine when I purchased it which definitely won't work.
     
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  12. wvenfield
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    I have my factory manifolds if you need them. It should work if you are willing to dump the exhaust at the front. You'll need to decide on engine mounts still.
     
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    Thanks, I'll keep them in mind. I'm trying to convince a friend of mine to buy the Pontiac from me because I have too many irons in the fire. I also know the quality of his work and know he'd let me come over and help him, so it wouldn't be like it's not where I couldn't be a part of it's resurrection (it's a rescue car). Plus he'd let me ride in it when finished, maybe even a short drive around town so I could feel the experience of a mid '50s Pontiac. i'm already familiar with mid '50s Chevrolets.
     
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    Got the lower shock brackets made. Mostly posting to keep a record of progress if this thing ever gets done. LOL

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  15. wvenfield
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    Kinda over the top but my buddy Rob (guy in the movie) said he had a dream about a tilt front end where we didn't have to cut the fenders and one person could operate it. It works.

     
  16. Thor1
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    Dang WV! That tilt front end looks awesome! I love the dual stage motion. Looks like an excellent design and great execution. Well done!
     
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  17. Wow! That is slick!
     
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  18. Mitchell Rish
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    That tilt front end is sharp as a 3 edged razor . Wow is a Understatement
     
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  19. A buddy of mine used to make tilt fronts for 53-56 F-100's using mid-late 80'sBuick LeSabre front opening hood hardware. Super slick with wheels that rode a rail back to a Buick latch on the center top cowl. . Yours is lookin good! Love this build.
     
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    Very nice! What a cool nostalgia car! Hope to see it in person someday.
     
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  21. wvenfield
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    Just documenting progress.

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    Damn that is a great looking engine.
     
  25. Nice work!
     
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  27. wvenfield
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    We have a clutch. 1/2 factory (thanks again oldwolf) and half custom brackets. We need to add a gusset trim a bit and get it adjusted a little better but it works.

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  28. KoolKat-57
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    That cantilevered mid mount is very interesting.
    A lot of outside the box thinking in this build!
    KK
     
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  29. wvenfield
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    Maybe not that interesting but I thought it interesting. I'm taking the radio out to see about putting gauges there........someone hollowed out the factory radio and stuck the new radio in it.

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  30. wvenfield
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    Sometimes "outside the box" doesn't work. Our bracket was flexing and not releasing the clutch. New design. Maybe not a big deal for many but this is the first time I've ever done something like this so I'm surprised every time something works. LOL

     

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