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Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by Pipes, Sep 12, 2017.

  1. PCJ
    Joined: Mar 19, 2010
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    PCJ
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    from Austin, Tx

    Love the 9 inches and since you already have it makes sense. I have one sitting around too that's going in another project

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  2. I think you scored for the price you paid! that looks to be a very clean car. if you decide to sell the spare 51 dash you have let me know.
     
  3. Pipes
    Joined: Sep 8, 2007
    Posts: 679

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    Does anyone know if a lincoln versailles 9 inch will fit in a shoebox ford? I googled it and found a few different links to the hamb and some say it will and others it wont or they just talk about a maverick or explorer rear. my buddy could use the t-10 trans the guy gave me when i bought the 51,to put in his 53 chevy and happens to have the lincoln rear sitting in his dads garage with brand new bearing and brakes. Say he will trade me even up. I know everyone will tell me to use an 8 inch or an 8.8, but thats not going to happen since i already have the 9 inch center section im planning to use.
    Also since i keep hearing about the bad parts with the disc brakes and caliper on the lincoln rear , is there a way to switch all the stock brakes to something more practical?
     
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  4. davidvillajr
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    The Lincoln is a bigger car, I think the rear end is too wide.

    I may be wrong, though. You'd be best measuring each.
     
  5. esrbuilders
    Joined: Sep 20, 2012
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    Nice find, Awesome!
     
  6. Pipes
    Joined: Sep 8, 2007
    Posts: 679

    Pipes
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    You know, I keep meaning to look at that closer, I think it's some kind of after market heater. There is a heater delete panel on the dash, for some reason, then there's that box with a wire going to a little knob assembly that's mounted at the bottom of the dash. I'll check that out today and take some pictures..


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  7. i.rant
    Joined: Nov 23, 2009
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    from Illinois
    1. 1940 Ford

    Nice car, I will follow along. Coupes are just fine unchopped.:)
     
  8. Pipes
    Joined: Sep 8, 2007
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    Ok that box definitely an aftermarket heater like I thought.
    Here's the heater control delete panel
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    Here's the front of the box
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    Right side
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    Left
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    And control knob
    [​IMG]



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  9. PCJ
    Joined: Mar 19, 2010
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    PCJ
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    from Austin, Tx

    It's a little more work but you can get a wider 9" and narrow it down to whatever width you want and get axle shafts made

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  10. Pipes
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    im thinking that might be the direction ill be heading. He also has a empty 9 inch housing, thats alittle wider. I was wondering if that would be the easier of the two since im hearing alot of negatives about the lincoln disc brakes
     
  11. steinauge
    Joined: Feb 28, 2014
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    from 1960

    Nice find! If you are going to run the Chevy for a while you might hang onto that T-10.
     
  12. Pipes
    Joined: Sep 8, 2007
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    the previous owner said he tried to get it to fit but, it stuck up to high and hit the trans tunnel. the power glide housing he mocked up in there fits but it has a wood block between the trans and the ford cross member as a spacer. thinking it might be easier to put another power glide in there and get the right mounts for that.
     
  13. blakejr57
    Joined: Mar 7, 2017
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    from Austin, TX

    I'm a little late to the party as I always seem to be, but killer find, Pipes! I will be following this one. Really like that color and it looks great all buffed out and polished.
    If you end up de-chroming it as in the examples you posted, I'd snap up that rear quarter panel and trunk brightwork in a heartbeat if you'd be willing to part with it.
     
  14. steinauge
    Joined: Feb 28, 2014
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    from 1960

    The power glide may require some clearancing around the bellhousing.My 50 ford with powerglide did .It also required some work on the trans tunnel.
     
  15. flyboy89
    Joined: Oct 6, 2010
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    from So. Cal.

    Ah, one of the cars on my bucket list. Really like the Club Coupes. My '54 is a Club Coupe waiting it's turn. Nice find, congrats. BTW, an 8" will bolt right in and will take a fair amount of power if built right.
     
  16. Pipes
    Joined: Sep 8, 2007
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    trying to figure out whats up with my headlight bezels.. the guy i bought it from, said its completely stock , except for the 283,and he got it from the original owner. Ive poked around online and seen one or 2 other ones with the same headlight bezels as mine. The one was forsale and stated it had every option you could get. To me they look like a 1955 headlight ..anyone have any ideas?
    IMG_1411.jpg IMG_1412.jpg IMG_1413.jpg
     
  17. Finnrodder
    Joined: Oct 18, 2009
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    Thats a nice find!
    Looks pretty solid too.There are few spots that are usually crispy,but i guess you already know them because this isnt your first shoebox.I have never seen a heater control delete panel like that,i guess they were for cars they sold without heaters.
    Well,good luck with your build!
     
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  18. '49 Ford Coupe
    Joined: May 19, 2011
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    OH,WOW.. what a great body ! ! !! (I use that on all the new girlfriends, too...ahahha)...

    We all have our opinions, of course.. but when I see a chopped shoebox, I nearly break out in tears.. RUINS a beautiful design..as for more opinions....And the owners will never tell you that your head will be against the roof unless you lower the front seat, then you feel like a dang kid who stole daddy's car for a joy ride... disgusting... HATE frenched head and tail lights.. it removes the bling of a bit of chrome/stainless steel.... don't forget ... Chrome is the man's diamonds...It's hard to believe the body of your new baby is about as close to perfect as it gets....If you have any interest, you might want to peruse my web site where I've documented my baby.."The Judge"... 383 SBC Stroker, Jag IRS rear end, S-10 front clip (Makes everything a simple bolt up, and great steering/handling). A/C, power steering, power brakes, vacuum booster, 700R4 Trans, etc., etc., ....... On the site, each picture as you scroll down is a Gallery with pictures and text of the particular subject... Good luck, and I'll be following your progress, cowboy ! ! !
    Check it out............................https://49fordcoupe.smugmug.com/
     
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  19. Pipes
    Joined: Sep 8, 2007
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    Ill be sure to check it out! I try to look at as many as i can to get ideas and see different ways of doing things. As for me, certain chops dont do it for me, but the one on my 50 was in my opinion just perfect. It looked like it was made that way from the factory, it was proportioned just right. like you said , everyone has opinions, its what makes the cars so cool to look at, with all the different styles!
     
  20. Pipes
    Joined: Sep 8, 2007
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    Thanks! everything it pretty solid , just those few spots on the outer rockers, inners are perfect. Im happy as hell about how much im saving on sheet metal. Makes it so much easier to spend it on the fun stuff!
     
  21. dan c
    Joined: Jan 30, 2012
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    glide engineering still may manufacture them. payment? just send in one arm and one leg!
     
  22. Pipes
    Joined: Sep 8, 2007
    Posts: 679

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    im planning to go with 63 thunderbird front buckets and back seat, if i can find a decent set. love the way they look in a shoebox to give it a nice custom look.
     
  23. s55mercury66
    Joined: Jul 6, 2009
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    from SW Wyoming

    I like your T-Bird interior choice, might have to steal that idea some day.
     
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  24. theman440
    Joined: Jun 28, 2012
    Posts: 212

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    from Las Vegas

    Those headlite bezels kinda look like 55 Dodge Royal Lancer bezels
     
  25. rainwolf
    Joined: Mar 8, 2011
    Posts: 39

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    Nice find, and even better when the PO's respond to your appreciation and load you up with extra goodies.
    S'boxes are just so fine as a starting point for making it suit you. I built mine as a econo 60's resto like I would have done it back in the day plus all the good stuff thats available today: lowered not bagged, disc brakes, not clipped front end, T5, 80 Ford rear end with tall gears, fully built flattie, not chopped. Makes me happy every time I fire it up. Those headlight bezels look like a Dodge add on, look good though.
     
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  26. Pipes
    Joined: Sep 8, 2007
    Posts: 679

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    Found out the bezels were from aftermarket place, inside was marked 'ABCo' in a circle. Cool but prob going to hang them up on the wall. Planning to french the lights.
     

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