The Jalopy Journal
Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Kiwi Kev, Feb 4, 2014.
This is a pretty cool build. Are you scooting around town in it yet?
I won't be driving this thing for a while yet. Here are a couple of pics with the shock mt crossmember in place , C notches complete with a little boxing and the main crossmember notch finished. Shocks are some pretty stiff gas shocks I had on hand and should work great. Kind of fancy for this truck but no money laid out so they are going on.
Looking good Kev
Kev, any progress on the truck? It's such a cool, inspiring driver-build.
Hi mate , George from Australia
Would you be interested in selling that fuel block , it's the only piece missing that I need
Any updates Kev. ?? Would love to see your progress! Trojan
No progress to report. After I sell my Willys I plan to work on this truck steady so I will have something fun to drive. Sorry George but I want to have mostly down under speed equip on this truck.
Funny how hot rodding goes - I am collecting small time speed equipment Los Angeles based manufacturers products for my project - the opposite to what you're doing.
enjoyed the build thus far @Kiwi Kev. Can't wait to see more of it
Is the Willys your Nasty Habits coupe, or another you've been working on?
How is your little pickup coming along. I'm interested to se how you sort the brake peddle out.
Haven't checked in in a while hope everything is good with you Kev. I know how life can take different directions. Love to here how you are doing. Troy
Haven't been too active on the H.A.M.B. lately , that is because I can't seem to get pictures to load on my computer and computers frustrate the hell out of me . I have taken plenty of pictures but I can't add any here yet. Sooner or later I will figure it out and add some. I have worked on the truck a lot but it doesn't look much different.
I had a major set back with the engine. Lucky for me my friend Perry has been helping me a lot. We thought we were ready to test fire it but it wouldn't turn over. That didn't make sense to me because I had heard it run before and it ran perfect and looked super clean inside. I stored it for several years, outside but well covered with tarps etc. It is a stock 239 ci Y block from a 54 Ford pickup. We pulled a head off and somehow water got into 2 cylinders and rusted the bores badly. I wasn't about to tear it down and invest a bunch of money in a rebuild, this is a low buck project. I remembered a year or 2 back a guy who runs a local transmission shop had a Y block for sale, fully rebuilt, sitting on an engine stand in his shop for $600. I crossed my fingers and gave him a call. Good news, he still had it for the same price so I bought it, perfect! He got it with a 55 car, it was also a 239. I know it is the dog of the Y blocks but it would be fine to push my little truck around.
So we were getting ready to put this engine in the truck and guess what, it turned back and forth but not all the way over. pulled the heads and guess what, one cylinder had somehow got a little water in it and rusted a small section of the bore. What a fuckin' bummer! Such a shame because someone had done a hell of a rebuild on this thing, new pistons, valves etc. So we dropped that one piston out and had a good look at the bore. Remember this is a low buck build dammit! I cleaned the bore up as good as I could and honed the shit out of it. There is a small area with a different texture, not too bad, when I put a small straight edge against it with a flashlight on the other side I don't see light so I put it all back together. I will just run it and I am thinking (hoping) I won't even notice it. Spent a little money on head gaskets, oil pan and timing cover gaskets etc. I put the truck timing cover oil pan on the car engine to keep the front mount. Found another problem along the way. Whoever rebuilt it had the timing gears misaligned so we fixed that and were very happy to find that while it was on the engine stand and not in the truck. It is now painted and in the truck. Sure did burn up a lot of hours and a little cash to get back to where I was. Had a lot of fun along the way. Yeah right.
Hi there Kiwi Kev, looks really cool, even cooler with the NZ Berry and Chung parts on it, I was wondering if Greame Berry is still over there? I have 4 speed Ford Mk4 Zephyr gearbox, and was wondering if B/C or anyone else made a forward shifter to mount shifter on the box where the forward shift mechanism goes? I have a 241 Dodge Hemi engine for my 34 Ford truck, and 59 Ford nine inche diff, 38 Ford steering box, RHD firewall, B/C Dager oil dip stick handle, I had a pair of B/C Dodge rocker covers years ago, wish I kept them now!!!!!
I will need to get a 34 Chassis with original chassis number for my truck some time, can't wait till my 1934 Willy's roadster pick up is sorted and ready to sell so I can start the 34 Ford truck, also have a 32 Ford pick up as well, got some really cool Weiand Drag Star manifolds for the Dodge Hemi engine for that truck, all the best Brett .
Here is a fuel block I will be running. I picked it up in New Zealand but I am not sure where it is made, maybe Australia or England. Maybe a HAMber knows. It is a Lynx and has a removable end with a screen filter attached.
I am going to run this orig' SW 5 gauge panel that I pulled out of an old big truck in a junkyard years ago. 3 of the gauges are curved lens and I changed the speedo.
Here is the steering wheel I'll run. I picked it up at the annual Ventura Raceway swap meet for $20. A few years earlier I picked up this radiator at the same swap meet for $35. The inlet is on the wrong side for a Y block so I will need to build a cross over tube.
I have a lot of misc' stuff on hand for this project, I have been putting parts aside for it for a while.
So I have pulled the cab and bed off and now have the frame in the garage getting worked on.
Brett, sorry I can't answer your questions about G Berry or the Mk 4 shifter.
I have made some other progress on the truck but no pics yet. I built some structure for the floor sheet metal to mount to, made a battery box under the passenger seat, modified the hell out of the brake and clutch pedals, mounted the master cylinder and made up the clutch and brake linkage. I bad to change the angle of the toe board to make it all work. Floor sheetmetal is almost finished.
I also came up with some parts I need. Got a pair of 4.50-16 Firestones for the front. Found the rear brakes I need amongst my junk. Perry donated a pair of radiator support rods and a tie rod. Bought a pair of repro tail lights. I am about to order a pair of 7.50-16 Firestones and 3 carb rebuild kits.
So progress is slow but steady.
Just found this excellent build thread. Kev, to upload pics, just click on the button on the lower right corner that says "UPLOAD A FILE". When you do that it should open up a directory of your computer files, then you click on the folder where your pictures are stored in your computer in the left hand pane, you may (probably?) have sub folders for your different pics, just click on the sub folder(s) to get to where your pictures of this project are, and then click on the photos themselves to upload them. I'm subscribing, hope to see this one finished, it's really looking good.
I'd love to know how this is going or????
The low/no buck attitude is the only way I can do project cars.
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