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Projects 54 4dr BelAir build!!!

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Jbuhl1954, Sep 21, 2013.

  1. freiertpc
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    sorry did not mean it that way bro, Was just trying share some advice . Let me know if you need extra parts I have miscellaneous odds and ends for the 53-54 4 doors
    take care
     
  2. Jbuhl1954
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    Alright so I did a little tinkering while the wifey is feeling better!! Just decon the motor to get ready to pull out and rebuild!!! Can't wait to get the MII front end, so I can get some real work done!! Lol!!


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  3. Jbuhl1954
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  4. Jbuhl1954
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    Oh man I got my MII setup!! Can't wait to get started on it!! ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1397143172.890565.jpg
    Gonna sit in the dirt!!!
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    Thanks to Fulltilt street rods for the quick service!!!!!


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  5. Jbuhl1954
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    So I got some time to work on the car a little bit this week.. Pulled car out into sun and yanked the motor and trans... ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1398045402.035807.jpg
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    Stripped the front end off and rolled her into the garage... ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1398045808.283490.jpg ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1398045932.346122.jpg
    Got her up on stands and unbolted and rolled the crossmember and front end out from under her... MII coming next!!! ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1398046337.605570.jpg ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1398046369.585793.jpg



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  6. Jbuhl1954
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    Ok so it's been awile but the wife is doing great so I can get back to work on Merlene!!! Got the MII done!! ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1413411171.754888.jpg ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1413411229.630049.jpg ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1413411288.117358.jpg ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1413411371.272049.jpg ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1413411456.784332.jpg

    While the front end was off I shaved the firewall a bit also!! ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1413411621.983559.jpg

    Got motor and tranny mounted and mounts made!! ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1413411789.506401.jpg ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1413411826.017600.jpg ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1413411853.082336.jpg ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1413411924.389964.jpg ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1413411968.518462.jpg


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  8. mcnally351
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    from boston

  9. Glad your wifes doing better.Your really going to town on that baby .I like it.Bruce.
     
  10. Jbuhl1954
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    Thanks Bruce!!


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  11. Jbuhl1954
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    Here is some more work I got done in the past few weeks!! Started tubbing the rear!! ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1413496636.804991.jpg ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1413496678.685652.jpg ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1413496857.420804.jpg ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1413496928.641813.jpg

    Shortened the steering column..
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    Then my buddy bout a house and it has a big shop with it so a put the car together for the trip!!
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    But back to work it is just with lots of room now!! Finishing the rear tubbing and seat pan and notch cover.. ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1413497378.683739.jpg ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1413497417.863753.jpg ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1413497461.315879.jpg ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1413497545.340311.jpg ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1413497590.757930.jpg ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1413497668.114660.jpg ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1413497713.749141.jpg

    And then put a seat from an '87 short wide and it fit great!! A few mods and it's good to go!!
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    Next thing is to mount gas tank and start on trunk floor!!


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  12. StefanS
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    Hows the build going? I'm doing a notch this winter on my '54 four door. I'm curious as to how much the notch itself interfered with the rear seat back bracing? I'm using a 2 piece driveshaft and the plan is to only cut out sheet metal in the wheelwells
     
  13. Jbuhl1954
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    Stefan it is going well!! Thank you!! Um if you use a gambino notch it lines up with the back seat so you don't have to cut out seat is what people say!! I used a different notch so I had to scrape my old seat back!!


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  14. Jbuhl1954
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    So I have been M.i.a. On the hamb for a bit but here is some progress!! Pulled body off to finish up gas tank mounting, got tank mounted and put body back on to finish trunk floor and wheel tubs!! ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1424794940.492899.jpg ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1424795017.949392.jpg ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1424795059.019075.jpg ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1424795141.892636.jpg

    Put body back on to finish the trans tunnel and trunk skin!! ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1424795414.901033.jpg ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1424795441.322496.jpg ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1424795550.744064.jpg ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1424795713.940999.jpg ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1424795806.348881.jpg ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1424795854.986550.jpg

    Fixed the rot in the passenger kick panel!! The door hinge and all was basically gone!! ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1424796120.759475.jpg ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1424796164.562619.jpg ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1424796651.807684.jpg ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1424796683.712803.jpg ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1424796726.163932.jpg

    Well then decided to put a 57 Chevy front bumper on my 54
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    Back with more later!!
     
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  15. Rynos63
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    That bumper looks killer...
     
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  16. Jbuhl1954
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    Thanks man!! I appreciate it
     
  17. Buddy Palumbo
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    Looks great
     
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  18. Thrift-King
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    Dude.... that is badass! Me = jealous of you skills and resources!
     
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  19. Nice work. I wouldn't have imagined the '57 would look as good as it turned out.
     
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  20. Jbuhl1954
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    Thanks guys!! It was fun doing for sure!! Really matched pretty well and then just trimmed her in!! But ya I appreciate the positive feedback!!!
     
  21. Baumi
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    the 57 bumper is a great idea, never seen that before but I really like it!
     
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  22. Jbuhl1954
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    Thanks baumi!! I appreciate it!!
     
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  23. Jbuhl1954
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    Got a little more work done!! Got the 2002 Chevy camaro brake booster/master mounted and the pedal cut to fit!! The square tubing is bracing from the firewall to the dash.. I made them adjustable to be able to take all the flex out of the firewall!!
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    Then I decided I needed to French my headlights!!
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    Pretty pumped with how the car is shaping up!!!
     
  24. Jbuhl1954
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    Well lots going on lately, went swap meet and scored a 62-63 belair steering wheel, some trim and front and rear 1948 Buick bumpers.. Decided to use the front bumper as the rear bumper on my 54'
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    Then started my front wheel tubs, got them tacked in
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  25. mcnally351
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    Wow very creative
     
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  26. Jbuhl1954
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    Alright put a 1948 Buick front bumper on the rear of the '54!! I flipped it upside down, so I had to rework the horns to fit!! I think it adds a nice touch to the rear!! ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1428612101.354509.jpg ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1428612116.374841.jpg ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1428612140.739506.jpg ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1428612166.660073.jpg ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1428612177.809493.jpg ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1428612224.213718.jpg
     
  27. Jbuhl1954
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    The transformation of Ol Merlene is really pleasing me!! ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1428612282.335144.jpg ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1428612300.319845.jpg
     
  28. Awesome work!! Jim
     
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  29. verde742
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    NICE you got imagination !!! skills !!!!
     
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  30. Jbuhl1954
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    Thanks guys I appreciate the positive feedback!!
     

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