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28 Coupe Build

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by 51box, Jan 16, 2016.

  1. Angry Frenchman
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    hey Joe, i know you hate sheet metal but your so dam good at it!
     
  2. gdaddy
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  3. 51box
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    Great score, man I wish I could have found a setup for mine. Would have freed up so much time for other parts of the build.
     
  4. 51box
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    IMG_0085.PNG Thanks for the good words on the build.

    Jared I'm more like an entry level butcher when it comes to sheet metal hah.
    Another wiggly floor piece down. IMG_0247.JPG

    Final stance is not set yet, but it will be more level then nose down when finished. I have a full 32 truck spring in the front with regular eyes still, so plenty of room for dialing it in.
     
  5. hasty
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    "Final stance is not set yet, but it will be more level then nose down when finished. I have a full 32 truck spring in the front with regular eyes still, so plenty of room for dialing it in."

    Thanks - I'm sure it will look fantastic judging by the rest of the work - really enjoying and appreciate the detail in your thread.
     
  6. gonzo
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    I just went back and re-read this thread. I'm loving this build, great work.
     
  7. Binger
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    Looking great!
     
  8. bengeltiger
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    Good progress. You might post your planishing hammer on the homemade tools thread. That is pretty slick!
     
  9. 51box
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    Thanks guys, I really want to drive it in 17 just need to keep plugging away.

    This is the hammer setup, picked up a cheap table top one and cut it up. Used a piece of 1 1/2" conduit long enough so it would reach the center of the roof no problem. IMG_0132.JPG

    I'm working on the trunk floor now. Some poor planning early on is rearing its head now. Basically I unhooked the shackles to bottom the axle out on the frame in order to do a hump over the center section. But my spring hanger's hit the frame with about and inch to go. Walked away for the night and need to think about how to gain the clearance. IMG_0265.JPG
     
  10. bengeltiger
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    Thanks for the hammer pics! I know I'll be needing one eventually.
     
  11. 51box
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    Got the trunk piece finished up, came out pretty good. Basically just made a piece up similar to a trailer fender and then filled the gaps front & back. IMG_0286.JPG IMG_0287.JPG

    And to remedy the spring hanger gusset clearance problem, I cut the gusset off and then bent some 3/16"
    1 1/4" flat bar the the torch around the whole axle. IMG_0290.JPG

    It seems rugged, think it will be ok.
     
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  12. jhexide
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    just read this ,heres a suggestion ,hang the hammer off a rafter with a set of springs ,and a cable
    springs like they use on the back of tractor cabs to hold the airlines and power line
     
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  13. 51box
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    Alright after doing those I beam spring hangers some wheel well clearance was needed. Had to move the middle and rear bead up for starters. IMG_0312.JPG IMG_0342.JPG
    Once that was fitting nice, got it all welded up. IMG_0345.JPG

    Got the seat buttoned up and made a release lever from the 47 column shifter. IMG_0456.JPG

    Next up was to get the gas tank mounted. IMG_0397.JPG IMG_0518.JPG

    Firewall under way, still need to make the side pieces to seal her up. IMG_0517.JPG

    Then onto the column drop. I just welded a sleeve inside the stock model A clamp to fit the F100 tube. Then 3/8" flat bar glued on and ground to shape. IMG_0537.JPG IMG_0541.JPG IMG_0539.JPG Front floor board/tunnel is next on the list.
     
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  14. adam401
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    Lovin the progress Joe. Now get that bad mofo done!!
     
  15. 51box
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    Thanks Adam, I'm going hard on it definitely want it running this season.
     
  16. 51box
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    Started making up some 3/4" box structure to build the floor on. IMG_0579.JPG

    Little tunnel action, this was the third attempt after trying to make the first two out of one piece.

    Started off by shaping some 3/4"X 1/8" flat with the gas axe. IMG_0599.JPG IMG_0608.JPG IMG_0609.JPG

    Anyone know what ratio to make the clutch pedal using direct linkage? I know these pedals stock had a bell crank also so it's different. IMG_0596.JPG
     
  17. 51box
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    Made up this adapter to go to the amc master in using. IMG_0646.JPG IMG_0647.JPG IMG_0648.JPG IMG_0651.JPG

    Had to reshape the tubing on the passenger side to fit the e-brake but all worked out in the end. IMG_0668.JPG

    And finally made up the front floor out of some 16 gauge, just need to pop some holes in it for pedals etc. IMG_0678.JPG
    It's split up the middle so it all comes out for access under.
     
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    Absolutely love this build, the fact that its being built from a family garage with basic tools impresses me. I make most of my tools as I need them as well (just all part of what has to be done and very rewarding). I never stop learning from guys like you and the many others on this site, inspirational. Glen
     
  20. 51box
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    Thanks man appreciate the good words, yeah trying to figure out how to get certain things done with basic hand tools is one of the more satisfying parts of this project to me.
     
  21. 51box
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    Thanks to my buddy Jared for helping out on the take down / inspection of the 425. She'll be off to the machine shop soon for a little work. IMG_0530.JPG IMG_0531.JPG

    I bought this NOS Stant replacement cap on eBay and made up a flange to mount in between the deck lid and rear window.
    IMG_0559.JPG IMG_0562.JPG
     
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  22. 51box
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    IMG_0684.JPG Rolled her out for some fresh air after the long winter we had in New England. Lows 60's today felt great. IMG_0685.JPG IMG_0668.JPG Very happy with the proportions etc, but I think the front needs to come down an inch. I might try to reverse my original 32 main leaf.
     
  23. 51box
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    Lowered the front about an inch by removing a couple leafs and slight de-arch on the main and second leaf. IMG_0695.JPG I think it's good, just a little rake.
     
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  26. Fadi
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    I'm just seeing this, and I really like it. I would love to hear that nailhead fired up. I have a buddy with a 53 Buick with the original engine, and they sound great. And this later one has a lot more cubes! Is this a full rebuild of the engine, or just a refresh? What all are you replacing and machining?

    Very cool build. I miss the pinstriped grill shell though, haha!
     
  27. 51box
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    Thank man, unfortunately the engine needs a bit of work. Definitely an overbore due to pitting in cyl 1. Deck the block and heads. Some custom JE forged pistons, Schneider cam, adj pushrods etc all new bearing stainless valves etc. I was going to have the heads ported but I really don't think it's worth the investment.
     
  28. 51box
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    Pulled the body today, not quite done but very close on the sheet metal. Up next is to build the exhaust, mount a battery, brake lines and mount rear shocks. Hopefully have it in paint in the near future. IMG_0759.JPG

    Got a start on one header, still more to go on it but this is the direction.
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  29. 51box
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    Exhaust all tacked up, will do the tail pipes after the body is back on. IMG_0851.JPG

    Started off with finding a decent spot for the muffler to live. 26" long steel pack mufflers. IMG_0853.JPG Connecting the dots now IMG_0885.JPG 2.5" from collector back. IMG_0884.JPG

    Drivers side was more tricky because of the side steer and drivers side starter. Had to go under and come back up. IMG_0952.JPG IMG_0963.JPG IMG_0973.JPG
     
  30. greaser
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    Great job on those pipes!
     

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