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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by simplestone, Feb 19, 2012.

  1. I don't really know what I was thinking, but my wife & I just purchased ourselves another project. We haven't picked it up yet (it's about a 5 hr drive away), but the price was right (IMO) and I just couldn't pass it up.

    I've actually been looking at the 48-54 ADs for over a year now. Constantly checking craigslist, etc for something I could afford and close enough to be able to drag home. Well, I think I finally found it. I know it's rough, but it is 95% complete and pretty straight. It has the 235, and it does run. It was also converted over to 12 volts some time back. The engine compartment looks like a spider web with all the wires. Eeek.

    I'm going to try to post a couple of pictures here (never posted before so...)

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    My plans are to make it road worthy, and then update more over time. Ha, we'll see how that goes!

    I'm planning on using a tow dolly to get this thing home, but have heard that it's best to disconnect the drive shaft. Pretty sure this will have the torque tube, and I've never dealt with one of these before. Any problems disconnecting from rear axle? Or would it be best to just leave it connected & put it in neutral? I would like to reduce drag during towing & also wear on tranny, etc.
     
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  2. Be sure to check out the Advanced Design Group on here. Lots of good info. I don't know about stress when towing it. But you can disconnect the torque tube at the rear end.
     
  3. Thanks. I haven't joined any groups yet, but I'll do that as soon as I figure out how.
     
  4. BobF
    Joined: Dec 30, 2004
    Posts: 230

    BobF
    Member
    from Poway, CA

    Looks great! Better than our 49 when I brought it home. I flat towed a car from MN to CA back in 72 and it still has the rear in it working fine. Make sure you have fluids in the tranny and rear, nothing in the cab or on the seat which can bounce around and knock it in gear (long story)and you shouldn't have any trouble. Just keep to a reasonable speed and have decent tires on the truck ass end.
     

  5. Dizzie
    Joined: Feb 7, 2012
    Posts: 245

    Dizzie
    Member

    Your truck looks to be in about the same shape as mine when I got it. I wish I would have taken pics of mine before I started. Good luck with your project.
     

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  6. jerseymike
    Joined: Sep 25, 2008
    Posts: 680

    jerseymike
    Member

    scroll up to the top of this page. in the black bar click on "community" then click on "social groups". on the bottom right hand side, click on "view all groups" that's where you can join the group. good luck with your project.
     
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  7. sskustoms
    Joined: Jun 18, 2007
    Posts: 276

    sskustoms
    Member

    Looks like a good project !! Here is some before and after pictures of my 50 chevy , also check out the AD trucker site on here to
     

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  8. Ok, great - I just joined the AD Trucker group. Thanks for the instructions jerseymike! Lots of good information there so I'm sure I'll be going back there often.

    And thanks for the inspiration dizzie & sskustoms - love your trucks!
    I can't wait to get mine home!
     
  9. Chevy54
    Joined: Sep 27, 2009
    Posts: 1,413

    Chevy54
    Member
    from Orange, CA

    Welcome to the AD truck world.....Good looking truck especially for the northeast! I just finished mine in the fall and enjoy driving it everyday! Post pics throught its transformation.
     
  10. Nice starter, good luck!
     
  11. D-man313
    Joined: Mar 17, 2011
    Posts: 1,152

    D-man313
    Member

    Looks like a great start! There is alot of good info on here and the AD group. Here are some before and during shots of mine(still not %100 done but im enjoying it)

    Keep us updated.
     

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  12. Chevy54
    Joined: Sep 27, 2009
    Posts: 1,413

    Chevy54
    Member
    from Orange, CA

    Looking good Dman! I havent seen your thread ome across lately...you up n runnin fully? Mines going strong everyday!
     
  13. Just bought the towing hardware for my 2007 Odyssey and waiting for it to arrive. I know this tow is going to be pushing the limits of my van since I think I read the weight of these trucks go about 3200 lbs. The tow limit for the van is rated at 3500 including passangers, trailer, etc so I'm probably going to be a little over the 3500. :/

    But I figure if I take it nice and easy I should be ok. Any towing nightmares or pitfalls to avoid?
     
  14. ...from here that looks like a decent project truck. Good luck towing it, I'd not try to unhook the driveshaft, just take routes where you can go slower; maybe have a follow-up car with flashers. Check the tires to see what cond. they are in, have a spare and a jack. Keep us posted.
     
  15. D-man313
    Joined: Mar 17, 2011
    Posts: 1,152

    D-man313
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    Thanks, Your truck turned out great. I didnt do a build thread, thought about it a little late. Ya I've been up and running since about august, driving it any chance i get which is why i built it!!
     
  16. Congrats on your purchase. Great plan, drive and enjoy before you break it down. I had mine now for 5 years and have enjoyed driving it around and now giving it the full attention it deserves.
     

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  17. Thanks for the pics Gulfstream - looks like you've got a pretty solid 5 window, and you're making some great progress. Hopefully it won't take too long to get it back on the road!

    If the weather cooperates I'm hoping to get my home this weekend. I've installed the hitch and trailer wiring on my Odyssey and now just need to install the tranny cooler. I'm anxious to see how bad mine really is...
     
  18. Yeah I think I should be done in six months give or take a couple. I really enjoy the building as much as I enjoy driving.
     
  19. shadams
    Joined: Mar 16, 2011
    Posts: 1,491

    shadams
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    Dude, get ready.....It will turn into a full on project soon enough if you ar anything like me. Check out my build thread in my signature and feel free to PM me anytime if you have questions. I am smack in the middle of mine so it is all fresh in my mind. Good luck!!!
     
  20. Yes, I'm kind of afraid you're right Shadams - I'm the type of person who finds a problem and just can't help but to fix it, but then that uncovers another problem, then another... So I just need to resist that urge otherwise it will be in pieces in no time!

    I had already found and subscribed to your thread. Some really good stuff there. I'm following along and am anxious to see how yours comes out!
     
  21. handmedown40limited
    Joined: Mar 28, 2011
    Posts: 204

    handmedown40limited
    Member
    from tracy ca

    Good luck towing with an Odyssey. I have a 2002 and its on its forth tranny at 2400+. I hope they fixed the problems.nice truck. I am looking at picking up a 51
     
  22. Well, tomorrow is the day we drag this thing home. I'm excited, but I'll feel much better once we make it back home with no major incidences.

    I've elected to use the tow dolly rather than the full auto transport because there's a difference in weight of about 1500 lbs. I just don't think my Odyssey could handle that extra weight. I pulled all the extra seats out of the van to help lighten the load even more.

    I'm bringing along my 14 yr old son for help and moral support (and to take pictures!)
    I don't plan on having any stories to post to the towing catastrophe thread. :)
     
  23. shadams
    Joined: Mar 16, 2011
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    shadams
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    Ha!! Dont worry man, you'll be fine. Just take it easy. That is so cool too, going to get the truck with the boy!! Post those pics when you get back!!
     
  24. Picked up the truck yesterday and spent some time today checking it out.
    Odyssey handled the tow fine. I just kept the speed to 55 or less and took it really easy on the hills. Made for a long day (picked up the dolly at 7am and got back home with the truck about 10:45pm), but I'm excited to finally have it in the driveway.

    Overall it's about what I expected. Bed is worse than I thought, though. Front panel is pretty bent up and completely rusted out on the bottom - I'd guess about 2-3 inches.

    Spent some time trying to get the door latches to work. Passengers side wouldn't open with inside or outside handles, and drivers door wouldn't stay closed. I had to remove some carpet that had been screwed to the inside door (had to go anyways) then used WD40 on the latch mechanisms until they loosened up. At least now the passengers door works. Drivers door now closes but only opens from the inside.

    I would have removed the mechanisms, but I didn't have the right tool for the screws. I wasn't expecting these. Anyone know what this type of screw head is called? And where I can pick up a tool to fit it?

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    Couple of other pictures
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    ... and then in the driveway in it's final resting place :)
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    Oh, and we saw this on the way down to PA to get the pickup. It went by us on an auto transport trailer. Wish I had that one, too. :)
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  25. Lobucrod
    Joined: Mar 22, 2006
    Posts: 4,120

    Lobucrod
    Alliance Vendor
    from Texas

    Screws are called clutch head. You can buy a set of drivers at Chevs of the 40s. Its one of those screw drivers with the interchangable tips. On the larger ones I like to use a 1/4" ratchet, extension, and 1/4" socket to turn them.
    Solid looking truck for a starter. Good luck on the build.
     
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  26. Napa also carries them also
     
  27. I've got a line on a t5 transmission from an early to mid 80s Camaro for $150. From what I've read this tranny should bolt up to the 235 with no adapter plate needed. I realize that I will have to swap the tail for an S10 t5 to locate the shift lever further forward, but this tranny also comes with the yoke. So will I be able to use this drive shaft yoke with the s10 tail?

    Also picked up a couple (only two they had) clutch head bits from Napa. One fit the smaller screws in the door, but neither fit the larger screws. So I still need to pick up another...
     
  28. Leevon
    Joined: Oct 5, 2009
    Posts: 401

    Leevon
    Member
    from Nixa, MO

    Nice project, looks familiar! I didn't bother with the clutch head screws though, just cut 'em.

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  29. Hot Rod Chris
    Joined: Mar 31, 2011
    Posts: 464

    Hot Rod Chris
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    On those I just got a cheapo screwdriver I had layin around and ground the tip down(skinnier) to fit.

    Truck looks good!
     
  30. Rudvirus
    Joined: Oct 13, 2009
    Posts: 84

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