The Jalopy Journal
Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by 51box, Jan 16, 2016.
I see you did end up getting a pair of the M&H slicks --- Looks great with them!!
Yeah man they worked out great ,thank you for the input on them. I ended up putting them on a set of 15x6” Lincoln wheels with tubes and they bite really good even on that unprepared surface.
Couple things that I added to the car to be able to race it. A drive shaft loop which I should have done originally on it.
expansion tank for the radiator
Also blasted and painted these 15x6” Lincoln wheels and mounted up the 29x7 M&H slicks for some much needed bite.
I finally made it to New England dragway last weekend with the car. Made it through tech ok (NHRA) but they wouldn’t let me run my slicks cause I don’t have a blow shield. So I gave it hell on the 7.50-16s and hoped for something decent out of it!
Ended up having to launch it pretty easy to keep from blowing the tires off but man was it fun to get on the track with this car. She ran great and most importantly nothing broke! Last run was a 13.4 @ 101mph so I’m pretty confident with slicks it would run in the 12’s without too much hassle.
What is a blow shield?
SFI certified bell housing
One last drive to work for the season, it was 26 degrees and that little heater worked pretty good. I bought a sewing machine and have been messing around with it, almost ready to start doing the interior. Will post updates soon, we’ll see how it goes.
Great job. Kick ass ride.
I put a little over 3k miles on it this summer and have a few issues that need to be addressed this winter. The biggest thing is the axle has too much camber at 3 degrees. The feel of the steering is not great because of it. Not sure if I can get it in spec with a press or I need to send it out to be done.
In keeping with the theme of “I’m pretty sure I can do that myself”, picked up a Sailrite Fabricator sewing machine when they had a great sale going. Watched a bunch of YouTube videos and ordered some supplies to get my feet wet. After some practice pieces I got started, this was the winters project for the coupe.
Outstanding build Thank you for the build thread just went through it
Amazing job. The interior looks great.
That looks really good! How did you make a pattern for the head liner?
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you must have been a sewer in your previous life! I have paid good money for work that does not look as good as yours....well done, keep at it.
Love your dash, too.
Sewer? No man hole covers here.
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One who sews is generally called a “sewer” (pronounced SOH-er), a word that's been in English writing since the 1300s. The alternative, “sewist,” isn't recognized in dictionaries, though it's quite popular on the Internet and is often used on sewing websites. However my grandmother preferred “seamstress".
Whatever you want to call him, it sure looks really good. Wish I could do half as good.
Thanks guys I had a lot of fun upholstering it and learned a tremendous amount with this car. My next project is a roadster and I will do the interior and a chopped top for it when I get to that point.
I measured in between each bow, and subtracted 1/2” from each panel so I could pull it tight. Left the front, rear and sides long because you pull them tight , staple and then cut the excess off. It’s far from perfect but it looks ok for an amateur attempt.
Looks good to me. I picked up a machine to do the same when I get there.
WOW That looks great!!
Incredible - and thanks for posting - inspiring for my ‘28 build ... but daunting too as I sure don’t have those skills
congrats on building your beautiful car!
I ran an AOD behind a 268 flattie with a gennie swan shifter...
I used the top of a 2 liter soda bottle with the top 2"-3" cut off, screwed it down under the vinyl boot...
it kept the boot "inflated", it did not sag... and it was real cheap !
Looks great ! Nice work. Looking forward to seeing the car at NED again.
Thanks guys, yes I would love to drag race it again soon. Put bigger jets in and added a little timing to it over the winter and it doesn’t lean pop on light throttle anymore and pulls strong. My goal is to run in the 12’s on the 7.50-16’s so we’ll see how it goes.
Fantastic job on your stitch work, best in getting into the 12's
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