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Projects 34 Ford 3 Window Build Thread

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Gasserfreak, Feb 20, 2011.

  1. Gasserfreak
    Joined: Aug 31, 2004
    Posts: 1,339

    Gasserfreak
    Member
    from Yuma, AZ

    Well, after being moth-balled for a few years I've desided to dump all my other projects and get back onto the only one that is truly important to me. This car has been in my life as long as I can remember and has alot of sentimental value to me. You can check out the full story on this thread:

    http://jalopyjournal.com/forum/showthread.php?t=123159

    Here it is, with the two and a half inch chop my pop put on her back in the early 90's and never finished. I'd like to cut it back apart and take a little more off the top, but I've desided to keep the chop he put on it.
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    The flatty. I've robbed a few things off of it to get other cars running over the years, time to get it all back together again.
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    Bead Blasted some of my spare carb parts to put some complete ones back together.
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    A little paint on the small parts
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    Since my back window wood was a little fuct, and it needed cut down anyway, I picked up some oak pieces of the proper thickness from Lowe's and cut them down 2.5 inches to match the chop with my two buck garage sale "vintage" jig saw.
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    I know, not exactly the most exciting stuff right now, but I figured I'd share with the HAMB brothers and sisters and start a new build thead to keep me on track.
     
    Last edited: Apr 29, 2012
  2. Dreddybear
    Joined: Mar 31, 2007
    Posts: 5,912

    Dreddybear
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    Pffft. That car's awesome. Good luck to you.
     
  3. GaryB
    Joined: Dec 19, 2008
    Posts: 3,530

    GaryB
    Member
    from Reno,nv

    read your previous thread, good on you. i too lost my dad with a family project in the garage. good luck with your build
     
  4. Mnhotrodbuilder
    Joined: Jul 12, 2010
    Posts: 1,142

    Mnhotrodbuilder
    Member
    from Afton, MN

    Sweet ride! You will be happy to finish this one.
     
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  5. HeyyCharger
    Joined: Dec 8, 2008
    Posts: 936

    HeyyCharger
    Member

    Truly a warming story.... Good luck with the ressurection of the Coupe and please keep us posted on your progress!

    HC.
     
  6. chevyfordman
    Joined: Oct 4, 2008
    Posts: 756

    chevyfordman
    Member

    I'd leave the chop alone too, stay with it, will love to see it when you're driving it.
     
  7. flamed34
    Joined: Dec 30, 2009
    Posts: 733

    flamed34
    Member

    That, sir, is one awesome project. Definitely worth all of your focus. The fact that it was your father's project makes it all the more important to get it finished.
    Best of Luck
     
  8. HomemadeHardtop57
    Joined: Nov 15, 2007
    Posts: 4,147

    HomemadeHardtop57
    Member

    great looking car...keep dad's chop like you are planning
     
  9. rokcrln
    Joined: Jan 22, 2009
    Posts: 175

    rokcrln
    Member

    Nice car and great back ground story (short of your Dad passing) and yes the chop needs to stay just how it is so some day you can tell your kids this is how Grand Dad did it! Keep plugging away on it and it will get their in no time.

    Kevin
    LFD Inc.
     
  10. 40FORDPU
    Joined: Mar 15, 2009
    Posts: 2,474

    40FORDPU
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    from Yelm, Wa
    1. Northwest HAMBers

    Yes..deserving of your full attention. Good luck with your build.
     
  11. truckncoupe
    Joined: Apr 4, 2009
    Posts: 1,427

    truckncoupe
    Member

    Great looking coupe, make your Dad happy and build it with his plans....It is a treasure for sure!
     
  12. fab32
    Joined: May 14, 2002
    Posts: 13,988

    fab32
    Member Emeritus

    Good on you for keeping the chop that your dad started. A 2 1/2"-3" chop on an '33-'34 coupe is perfect. The latest trend of chopping the crap out of everything on 4 wheels has left a lot of cars undrivable and ugly IMO.

    Frank
     
  13. qzjrd5
    Joined: Nov 23, 2004
    Posts: 1,246

    qzjrd5
    ALLIANCE MEMBER
    from Troy, MI

    The chop looks perfect to me. That car is a keeper for sure! Whatever you got rid of to concentrate on this one was well worth it.
     
  14. 210sedan
    Joined: Feb 8, 2009
    Posts: 153

    210sedan
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    from upnorth,wi

    you are a lucky man,good luck
     
  15. ss34coupe
    Joined: May 13, 2007
    Posts: 4,017

    ss34coupe
    Member

    I was wondering what happened to this one, having seen your earlier thread.
    It is a great project to have! I'm sure you know how lucky you are.
     
  16. hasty
    Joined: Jul 5, 2009
    Posts: 1,399

    hasty
    Member

    Thats a beautiful car, and just the right chop for fenders.
     
  17. Gasserfreak
    Joined: Aug 31, 2004
    Posts: 1,339

    Gasserfreak
    Member
    from Yuma, AZ

    Thanks for the kind words and encouragment everybody. I know this isn't some "Rock Star" Hot Rod, just a guy, and his car, in the garage. Anyway, nothing super exiciting to show off today, just a whole lot of work, with very little "WOW" factor.

    The Wife snuck up on me and snapped a couple picks right after I pulled the gas tank cover off.
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    Trying to get the tank bolts out, so I can take it down to the radiator shop and have it cleaned out tommorrow.
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    Several hours and a few broken bolts and screws later the tanks' ready for cleaning. I had to hammer a screwdriver into the locking gas cap, and break out all the tumblers. I had the key, but the mechanism inside had siezed many moons ago.
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    Alas, with the tank out of the way, I pulled the rear spring, and broke it down so I can send the main leaf to 296 V8 with my axle to have it reversed. Tommorrows mission, get the front axle out, broke down, and ready for shipment.
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  18. HeyyCharger
    Joined: Dec 8, 2008
    Posts: 936

    HeyyCharger
    Member

    Nice progress..... People often forget about the laborious and dirty aspects of building/restoring a Hot Rod- in particular, one that's been sitting for so long!

    Keep at it, and the rewarding aspects will follow.

    HC.
     
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  19. 32Gnu
    Joined: May 20, 2010
    Posts: 538

    32Gnu
    Member

    Good looking car.. Awful lot lot like my coupe/family history... Good luck with the build... Have fun!!
     
  20. Mickm
    Joined: May 20, 2010
    Posts: 82

    Mickm
    Member

    Awesome car! I love your story about the car and how it became so special to your family.
    Enjoy the time you have working on it and know your dad is smiling down on you as you do.
    Cheers!
     
  21. Gasserfreak
    Joined: Aug 31, 2004
    Posts: 1,339

    Gasserfreak
    Member
    from Yuma, AZ

    Thanks again for all the kind words and encouragment to everyone. Well, I got a bit done today, but not quit as much as I was hoping for. Took the tank to the radiator shop down in Escondido.

    While I was there I stopped by my favorite auto parts store, C&G Early Ford Parts, and the relieved me of some scratch. Then headed over to Harbor Freight to take advantage of their 20% off Presidents day sale, and Grabbed a Plate(Biscuit) Joiner for the door pillars when I cut them down.
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    Got home, and before working, I had to get my mess from the past couple days of thrashing cleaned up, then proceded to tear my front end apart. I've got everything off but the axle itself(Was hoping to have that done today).
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    One last note, I picked up a new Battery and if your building a 1933-34' and want to keep it in the stock location, and mount it with the stock hardware, A Group 34 Battery is as close as your gonna get in 12v(that I have found at least) to the original 1933-34' Battery.
     
  22. fonti
    Joined: Nov 28, 2006
    Posts: 476

    fonti
    Member

    wow - great car, great story...
    I would also leave the chop as it was, looks good and "keeps the soul" like it was then.
    good luck to you with the "rest" of the build!!!
     
  23. Richard Head
    Joined: Feb 19, 2005
    Posts: 495

    Richard Head
    Member

    Glad to see this one getting attention again. Maybe it will motivate me to get back on my 33 3 window project.

    Dave
     
  24. D ROD
    Joined: Jun 28, 2010
    Posts: 965

    D ROD
    Member
    from New Jersey

    Hey Drew, Great story and I hope you fullfill your intention to bring it back. Losing my DAD, I feel your compassion. Good Luck!!!
     
  25. 1959apache
    Joined: Nov 22, 2009
    Posts: 2,627

    1959apache
    Member

    I am jealous.. beautiful and exactly how I would want one if I was in your position, don't change a thing
     
  26. Gasserfreak
    Joined: Aug 31, 2004
    Posts: 1,339

    Gasserfreak
    Member
    from Yuma, AZ

    Thanks again everyone for all the kind words. Not a whole lot in the way of the "cool factor" for updates, but I want too keep this post rolling, having something to post up helps keep me motivated. Anyway, my axle, spindles, and springs are out getting dropped, I'm hoping I can get some picures of the process for my scrapbook and this post, but in the meantime I've been working on the tedious stuff. Hope you guys enjoy the pics.

    Got a Carb done.
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    Working on fitting the back window wood.
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    Back window will need to be finished after I get the door posts and package tray in.
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    Got my new front tires mounted, they're firestone 135's (I know I'm not real big on radials, but I got both of these from performance tire out of long beach at the Big 3 for less than one 16" Bias Ply, and money IS an issue right now). I have 215's and 235's on my 56' effie that will get swipped depending on which will look best in the rear.
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    Yesterday my friend Lance(the guy who built the car last time back in the 60's) came buy to help me get the door posts fitted.
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    The Door Post and header thus far. I'm hoping to have the drivers side finished today.
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  27. Gasserfreak
    Joined: Aug 31, 2004
    Posts: 1,339

    Gasserfreak
    Member
    from Yuma, AZ

    Well, I haven't spent alot of time in the garage in the past couple weeks, but I got a big package in the mail yesterday, so I guess It's time to get hot again.

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  28. tdog
    Joined: Nov 15, 2009
    Posts: 125

    tdog
    Member
    from Omaha, NE

    Looking good! You are building my dream car
     
  29. bubba67
    Joined: Nov 26, 2008
    Posts: 1,782

    bubba67
    Member
    from NJ

    Very cool car !
     
  30. Angry Frenchman
    Joined: Feb 12, 2006
    Posts: 1,742

    Angry Frenchman
    Member

    love what your doing, keep at it!
     

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