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Hot Rods '35 Pickup Build Thread - Alaska in August '18!

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Boryca, Oct 9, 2017.

  1. Boryca
    Joined: Jul 18, 2011
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    Boryca
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    Thanks Phil, glad you're liking it! I've been driving it around town as much as I can. Seems to be a bit cold blooded now, but she'll do 80 on the highway no problem. Definitely smaller than the new ones...
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  2. I'm still totally interested in this thread.
    Well, you had some adventure anyways.
    Old trucks are the best!
     
  3. Boryca
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    Boryca
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    Thanks for coming along for the ride Flowmeister! I'm loving this thing. It's my first flathead, and it puts the biggest, dumbest grin on my face every time I drive it. I had my upholstery guy install seat heaters under the leather, so I'm going to wire them up today so I can stay toasty as it gets chilly up here in the D.
     
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  4. hfh
    Joined: Oct 22, 2012
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    hfh
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    I really enjoyed reading all the details of your reconstruction and your attempt to drive to Alaska. Will you try again next year? Flatheads are the best!
     
  5. Boryca
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    Boryca
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    Thanks! And yes, kind of. We were entered into the Alcan5000 from Seattle to Fairbanks, and that only occurs every 2 years, so we're likely to try February of 2020. Between now and then I need to seal the cab so I don't freeze!
     
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  6. Jalopy Joker
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    might consider a snow plow too
     
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  7. I may have missed it? How are you controlling the Columbia rear? (I have one slated for a project and am in the data collecting phase!)
     
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  8. Boryca
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    I'll have to get a pic of how I'm doing it, but it's basically an electrically controlled vacuum solenoid. It needs a vacuum reservoir so it shifts faster, but overall I'm fairly happy with it. Same solenoid that Ford used in the 80s & 90s trucks with dual tanks. I'll get pics and find the number.
     
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  9. stik70
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    A great project and adventure. I will be looking forward to hearing more progress and fun over the next couple years!
     
  10. Latigo
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    Sometimes you get the bear.....sometimes the bear gets you. Enjoyed the build thread. Sorry you didn't make the run but you'll have heated seats in 2020!
     
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  11. MIKE STEWART
    Joined: Aug 23, 2016
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    MIKE STEWART

    Please post a picture of your Columbia rear end controls. I have the canister for mine - but not a complete working set of controls. Your solution sounds good. Also thought about trying a linear electric actuator.
     
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  12. MIKE STEWART
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    MIKE STEWART

  13. MIKE STEWART
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    MIKE STEWART

    This Columbia was from a 1940 Lincoln Continental - has a late 1940's pickup open drive shaft and Muncie 4 speed and 327 Chevy engine.
     
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  14. Boryca
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    Boryca
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    Nice setup, Mike. Since I'm "working" from home these days, I can finally look out my "corner office" window and see my little truck! I'll walk out and get some pics when the boss let's me go on break. :D
     
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  15. Boryca
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    Boryca
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    Pardon the dirt on these, I drive the old gal every chance I get.

    I used an overdrive escutcheon from an MG for the electric toggle switch on the dash. This actuates the vacuum switch for on/off.

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    Speedometer rectifier (not really sure what this is called, I call it a rectifier because that's what it does in my mind...), also vacuum driven off the same switch.

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    Here's the vacuum switch. It's a generic fuel tank selector valve that's used as a replacement in motor homes and Ford trucks with dual tanks.

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    This is a vacuum reservoir that helps with faster shifting. The actuator under the bed is pretty big, so having some extra volume helps quite a bit.
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    Underside - I rebuilt this whole thing, came out of a '46 something or other, probably Lincoln. Had been sitting under a house in Tennessee for decades, so I had to replace the axles due to corrosion, and one of the spring hangers was rusted beyond salvage, so I modified the whole thing to use '35/36 radius rods. Had to widen the gap on the radius rod mounting points a bit, but nothing a cut-off wheel and welder couldn't fix. I believe I had to move them 3/8" further apart, so my wheelbase is now roughly 3/16" narrower in case anyone's doing the math.

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    Better shot of the actuator in the rear. I'd really like to change this to manual at some point, just because I like the idea, but realistically this hasn't given me any problems. I probably have 5,000+ miles on it at this point with no complaints.

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    This last one shows how I routed the lines. I fabbed up some band clamps to go around the radius rods, using some 1/8" rubber as a buffer material, all so I didn't have to drill holes in the rods. I liked the look when done too. Man do I need to clean this thing...

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    There you go @MIKE STEWART - that's the whole setup!
     
  16. MIKE STEWART
    Joined: Aug 23, 2016
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    MIKE STEWART

    Wow - Love it. I might try this vs manual. My only issue is my gauges are electric and the speedo is a pluse type - no manual cable. I have not even hooked it up yet - I am sure I will run in O/D on the open road with the 4.44 ring gear. The 327 has power pack heads and a 30/30 solid lift cam. Revs up quick - Your trucks looks cool - like it and thanks for the pics and help.
     
  17. MIKE STEWART
    Joined: Aug 23, 2016
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    MIKE STEWART

    I cleaned up the vacuum cansiter on the Columbia Two Speed Rear. Had mud in the 2 vacuum ports - after oiled - the diagram moved well on the bench. The leather seal looks good. Did you replace yours or clean up original? My engine produces 12 inches of vaccum and the reserve canister is a great idea.
     

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