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Technical 26T Coupe Of My Youth Gets A Re-do! (build)

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by VA HAMB, Dec 6, 2018.

  1. VA HAMB
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    No he is now in College. He is at the Apprentice School in Newport News. He is there right now as a Machinist and I sent him a print this morning because his instructor said that if he wanted he could make a part for the car for practice. I sent him a print for the column drop that I had 3d printed. It will be a challenge for him as a newbie but he seems to have my sense of machining so if he can't get it I will show him how when he comes in for Christmas next week. I would love to have a part he made on the car. The Generator bracket on this car, I made in the 11th grade in shop class in 1986. :)
     
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  2. goldmountain
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    Deck lid looking good. Even the "before" picture looks better than mine. Been procrastinating on working on it for a long time. Just coming up with better excuses to put it off longer.

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  3. VA HAMB
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    Usually takes me four beers before I actually can cut anything! LOL! I get the same way, it comes in waves. I find that once I get going I can't stop, and if I stop i can't get going.
     
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  4. 1low52
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    That's what she said.
     
  5. catdad49
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    ^Had to stop teeheeing first! Good for him, education is very important. Took some welding courses at TCC and the instructor spend a lot of years at the shipyard. Some of the younger students went from school directly to the apprenticeship program there. If I was a little younger, I would definitely check into one of there programs. I'd be surprised if he doesn't create an awesome piece for the T.
     
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  6. Bandit Billy
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    @VA HAMB
    I have thoroughly enjoyed your thread so far. What did you paint the frame with?
     
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  7. Tim
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    Yeah it looks like you’d have enough room to sneak the links under the Z. I doubt that rear spring compresses more than 2 inch under even extreme conditions so you really don’t need a crazy amount of clearance
     
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  8. VA HAMB
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    LOL! I'm ashamed to say but it was Majic paint from Tractor Supply. I got a few fish eyes in it that pissed me off but the paint really laid down very nice. (I think I had moisture in the line)
     
  9. Maicobreako
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    I'm curious, if the front wishbones (?) are outside the frame, why do the rear ladders need to be inside?
     
  10. 31Apickup
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    You can get away with it on the front as an I beam will flex, whereas the rear axle will not.


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  11. tubman
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    While the front suspension is not ideal either, it is less critical because a beam axle will twist slightly allowing some independent movement of the front wheels. Since it is a forging, it will take this slight flexing in stride. (I think we have all seen the picture of the Ford beam axle twisted 3 or four times.) The rear axle housing, being heavier and of tubular construct will not twist at all, which is the problem. For this reason, conventional wisdom says not to use parallel front radius rods with a tube axle because it is more rigid than a beam axle. See post #16 in this thread : https://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/threads/twisted-beam-axle-safe.786627/

    ("31Apickup" beat me to it.)
     
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  12. VA HAMB
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    I am pretty much getting caught up to real time now. I did this about a week ago. The rail below the door was hitting the bottom of the door so i had to cut it out so the door would close. I cut about a 1/2" off it and welded it back. The rail was about 3" too short. I cut it out so long ago I can't remember why. So I cut it in half and filled in the middle with a couple pieces I cut out of small sq. tubing.
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  13. VA HAMB
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    One thing that I was quite happy with was the passenger side door. When I got it in 1983 the door handle was shaved but the driver's was not. That always bugged me. (OCD) Well when I stripped the paint off the body I found the original handle holes were filled with abrazing. So I carefully removed the brass and was able to run a tap back through the original handle mount holes and viola! Now I have a door handle! The original latch was missing the square piece to receive the handle shaft so i had to buy a new repop mechanism which works great BTW!! I plan on now replacing the drivers door latch also.
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  14. VA HAMB
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    So this is pretty much how I have spent most of my time in garage lately. SANDING! I have done a little body work before but nothing complete like this. The cowl has been a bear to get "right" I always seem to find a tiny little low spot somewhere and I end up chasing it sround for a day or so. I now have the body pretty damned straight. I have just a few very slight low spots in the rear quarters that I can see when i cast a light on it so I'll have to smooth those out and then I'll be ready. Doors Next. Also the top!
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    The body is turning out great! It's kind of amazing all of the things that can pop up when you really get into something like this! Keep at it. Are you going to painting it yellow again? My original "T" was yellow, which was unusual back in those days, but I really liked it. I'm rebuilding the car with a touring body so I can have a reasonable amount of interior room this time around, and I'm thinking that yellow, while fine for a smaller car (bucket or coupe), might be a bit much on a tub.:rolleyes:
     
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  17. alchemy
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    Still have the Peerless radiator shell?
     
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  18. goldmountain
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    This is a great read. Pretty soon I will have to take my car apart and do the dreaded bodywork and am not looking forward to having parts all over the place. Everyone seems to be critical of your rear suspension - and I'm included in that bunch since my radius rods are angled towards the center too. But if you look at the suspension under an old Mopar "K" car, they have a dead axle back there with the control arms running parallel at the sides and I haven't heard of any issues there. Lot of T buckets were built this way. Where are the guys with first hand experience with this setup?
     
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  19. alchemy
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    I had an old "T bucket" rearend, actually a beautifully fully chromed 57 Chevy rear, that had this exact same parallel ladder bar arrangement. Right next to one of the brackets was a crack running up the axle housing tube.
     
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  20. tubman
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    Killed in car accidents caused by failure of the rear suspension?
     
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  21. Blues4U
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    Guys, you're being ridiculous. There must be a million hot rods running around with parallel rear radius arms. Nobody is going to argue that it's the best way to set up a rear suspension, but it's been done countless times over the past 70 - 80 years, and the crashes that have killed the owners because of failed rear suspensions haven't made headlines. Go ahead, find all the news articles and post up the links here.
     
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  22. Great job, it looks great.
     
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  23. tubman
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    In my best Foghorn J. Leghorn voice : "That's a joke, son!".
     
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  24. Maicobreako
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    Thanks for the answer
     
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  25. VA HAMB
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    Yep! Can you tell me something about it?
     
  26. VA HAMB
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    Yea this had some cracks also. I do however have a 32 sedan with parallel ladder bars in the rear that was built that way in 1969 and I have no issues with it. Maybe I should look a little closer. This rear spring in this T is so stiff that I seriously doubt that the rear would actually move anyway. LOL! But seriously I'm still looking at how I may change it.
     
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    Very inspiring thread. Don't mean to hi-jack you're excellent, but here's a shot of mine on the right next, to Mercury Charlie's T. We're working on them side by side to see who's can take longer. Ha.
     
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  28. alchemy
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    Peerless was an aftermarket company that offered a radiator that supposedly had better cooling than Ford's radiator. They came with a shell also. I don't know how long they were in business because I've only seen the shells for Model T Fords.
     
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  29. VA HAMB
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    Awesome. I reallt like Charlie's T. I really want mine flat black like his. I just don't want to be a copy cat but I like the look. I like those those tail lights. They Galaxy?
     
  30. LSJUNIPER
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    That's me too. But with out the beer. Four beers for me equals nap time.
     

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