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Projects 49 4dr Fleetline budget build

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by Habitual, Mar 13, 2016.

  1. Habitual
    Joined: Mar 3, 2016
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    Habitual

    Ok so after building the T-bucket in 09 and driving more than 80,000 miles on it we decided to have a full body car. Found this beauty for dirt cheap so here we go. Set a budget to match the T-bucket build at $5,500 max. Atleast this is a complete car. May leave some of the patina but will replace complete drive train and front suspension. Cleaning up I was able to see what needs replacing.[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
    The original oil bath breather
    [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] after removing ugly door panels i did a little sanding and paint
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    Floors appear good with minor repairs needed. After gutting out the trash and vacuuming up the dirt and stuff the old lady is starting to like it.

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  2. Nice. Love the fleetlines. Nice start with floors that solid.
     
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  4. JimboSlice423
    Joined: Sep 8, 2013
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    JimboSlice423
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    from Ohio

    Can't wait to see this!
     
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  5. RainierHooker
    Joined: Dec 20, 2011
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    RainierHooker
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    from Tacoma, WA

    Second the above regarding the front suspension. These cars are already IFS, and a pretty good one to boot if all the bushings and joints are in good shape.

    I'll be watching regardless, been thinking about doing the same low-budget-build for the wife's desired cruiser.
     
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  6. Habitual
    Joined: Mar 3, 2016
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    Habitual

    After this build i will be blowing apart the bucket to lower a 46 truck cab to make her a truck. Its a "you build your car then build my truck" deal. Lol

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  7. butcherted
    Joined: Oct 17, 2006
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    butcherted
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    from hagerstown

    Good start, I will keep watching.
     
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  8. And since your on a tight budget, if you keep the stock front suspension, source a set of 51 to 54 front brakes. Easy to find and always cheap. Check. Out muscle car brakes
    http://www.musclecarbrakes.com/
    They offer complete drum rebuild kits starting with the 51drums. Very high quality with every piece inside the drum. heavy springs and the best shoes I have used. Stops as good disks. Used there kits on several cars and is cheaper than sourceing all the bits separate.
     
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  9. Oh and subscribed!!
     
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  10. I like it. Minimal body repairs, pretty complete. Just add ingredients, and stir! Errr, drive.
     
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  11. That, my friend, is a great score. Really solid looking, and the paint and bodywork is already done! The Fleetlines are one of my favorite cars. Being a Multi-Door doesn't diminish the Cool Factor at all on the Fleetlines.
     
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  12. Habitual
    Joined: Mar 3, 2016
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    Habitual

    I will be parting the items i will no longer need. I am going to try and keep as much of the cool factor as possible. I wanted a 4 door for the family and friends to ride.

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  13. toml24
    Joined: Sep 23, 2009
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    My mom had a 1949 2-door Fleetline Deluxe painted Monaco Blue.
    1949 chevy fleetline deluxe.jpg
     
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  14. Habitual
    Joined: Mar 3, 2016
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    Habitual

    My mom has a picture of my grandfather having a 4dr. I just love the body lines and the fast back.

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  15. Habitual
    Joined: Mar 3, 2016
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    Habitual

    I looked into just rebuilding the front end but after looking into cost and speaking to TJ who has a 50 Fleetline 4dr he advised as much as I drive I will be better off with new front end. He says his wanders on the roads. With that I will be considering the newer front end since we usually average minimum 10,000-15,000 miles a year at some highway speeds. Got to stay safe.

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  16. 'Mo
    Joined: Sep 26, 2007
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    'Mo
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    You do know that Chevy used that same front end on Corvettes all the way through 1962, don't you?

    Also, the Fleetline's sleek appearance was due in part to a shorter windshield than the Styline coupes/sedans. (Factory 'chop'.) This includes the four door.
     
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  17. Moriarity
    Joined: Apr 11, 2001
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    Moriarity
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    if they "wander" that is usually because of the center mounted idler arm. there used to be a rebuild kit for them with an adjustment bolt to tighten it up. keep in mind that if you go ahead and put a modern ifs in your car do not post about it here as that will be off topic for the forum....
     
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  18. A 30 dollar rebuild kit from The Filling Station for the center idler arm and a quick adjustment of the steering box took all the wander out of mine.
     
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  19. Habitual
    Joined: Mar 3, 2016
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    Habitual

    Ok so far the front end total rebuild or replace is up in the air. From just looking at rebuilding the front not including brakes will run a little more than $1,000. I may look at some local part stores to see what they may have for cross reference parts that will work. I set a budget for $5,500 and i rather the car be safe and handle good than look pretty.

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  20. manic
    Joined: Apr 2, 2016
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    manic

    Any updates? Are you going to use stock front end? I'm on the fence too.
     

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