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Hot Rods 54 Corvette Gasser Barn-find(kinda)

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Utahvette, Apr 27, 2016.

  1. Baron
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    How cool is that. And 1967 seems like only yesterday......
     
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  2. shown50
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    That thing looks great I love the stance on it
     
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  3. WillyB
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    Got a picture of the 'tabs'??? I was thinking of trying to use the
    stock front mount to support the front of the engine in case I
    actually can get a decent wheelie. The 4 water pump bolts are
    kinda whimpy.....
     
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  4. vetrod62
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    Here you go. Something I made up many years ago.

    [​IMG]
     
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  5. WillyB
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    Wow! Neat! Yup, I'm doing it. Some NCRS nazi will catch me
    burning the GM tag off my mount I got in 1966 from Marsh
    Hallman Chevrolet in Albany, NY, though. (grin)
    WillyB, NCRS 46139
     
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  6. NashRodMan
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    This car is awesome.....I want one!! :)
     
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  7. WillyB
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    SUMMER'S COMING!!!!

    WHATCA' DOIN'???????
     
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  8. shadams
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    Came out awesome. I wouldnt touch a thing either. I get that same thing all the time about my truck, not that its even close to the same caliber as that car, but I can relate.
     
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  9. Utahvette
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    I love this car! I got bored the other day and decided it needed a different steering wheel. The wood one is OK but it lacks leverage due to it's small diameter. I friend of mine gave me a really rough wheel for a 61 Corvette last winter. It was cracked like a dry lake bed all over and one of the spokes was broken away from the rim. I cut away the plastic where the spoke was broken and rewelded it and reinforced another spoke. Using PC-7 I patched the plastic up and sanded it all smooth and shot it with some primer and then some white paint for a base. DSCN1407[1].JPG
     
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  10. Utahvette
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    I figured since most people would think this deal was a waste of time, I should really put some time into it to make it extra wasteful. I began by masking a ring around the center of the rim. DSCN1408[1].JPG
     
  11. Utahvette
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    Another line of tape. DSCN1410[1].JPG
     
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  12. Utahvette
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    Now using a single edge razor blade I just touch it down on the inside of the stripes and rock it over to the outside of the stripes, cutting a line radially through the tape. Then pick out the squares. DSCN1411[1].JPG
     
  13. Utahvette
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    The next step is to shoot a top coat of red. DSCN1412[1].JPG
     
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  14. Baron
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    You have way too much spare time...lol. Going to look great .
     
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  15. Utahvette
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    Pick off all the squares. DSCN1414[1].JPG
     
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  16. Utahvette
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  17. Utahvette
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    Installed on the car, not too bad. Gotta admit it's different. I'll see how I like it to drive. I kept the wood one just in case. DSCN1417[1].JPG DSCN1420[1].JPG
     
  18. Utahvette
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    I know some of you will wonder how long it took to mask it off and pick out the squares. About an hour or so. Really not to bad considering there were 798 of them! And just by chance when I got to the end of the rows it ended up being alternating colors instead of two whites and two reds next to each other. I thought that was pretty lucky. I hadn't thought of that potential problem till I got right to the end.
     
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  19. oldsjoe
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    Nice work! I'd have been crossed eyed before I ever got finished with that project! Joe
     
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  20. catdad49
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    These little touches make this car even more special!
     
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  21. els
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    Just when you think there are no more barn finds out there with a classic car in it, something pops up. GREAT FIND and GREAT BUILD.
     
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  22. Utahvette
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    The latest update on the car is the improvement of the heater. Here in Utah we have this thing called Winter. And I've been using this car as my primary driver because it's such a kick to drive. But lately it's been cold outside. These cars use a recirculating type heater very similar to a 54 Chev passenger car. This one blew so weakly that I could hold my hand in front of the outlet and just barely feel the air movement. And because these cars tend to be drafty I was freezing to death when the car was moving. The blower motor was working , but just barely. A friend of mine had an aftermarket 6 volt heater motor sitting on the shelf that would fit and suggested I give it a try. Naturally, operating a 6 volt motor on 12 volts, it's going to spin hard, but will it last? I did a little research and found some information stating that a DC motor can typically take 3 to 5 times the rated voltage before overheating, so what the heck, I'll give it a try. Pulling the heater out is fairly simple on one of these so I switched it out in a hour or so. OH..MY..HELL! This thing is like a leaf blower now! I swear if there were papers in the car they would be swirling around the passenger compartment like a mini tornado when this thing is on high. The heater switch has 2 speeds but the factory low setting was still too slow for my tastes so I cobbled in an ignition ballast resistor in place of the factory resistor and arrived at a good compromise. Now the car is very comfortable. And with the recent addition of a stereo I believe this car is about as civilized as one of these primitive ox carts can get .
     
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  23. Baron
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    Now all you need is snow tires and chains and your good for all weather. Nice to be driving it most of the year. We get eight good months here in New England if were lucky.
     
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  24. 57tailgater
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    If you're able to, put the resistor in the airflow to help keep it cooled and not build up too much heat. I have seen that done on some OT cars and trucks for different speeds.


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  25. 283john
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    That body will rust to pieces if he
    drives it in the winter slop.
     
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  26. OahuEli
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    Fiberglass rusts in Utah?
     
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  27. oldsjoe
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    I know we don't have it as bad as other area's but the weather here in Southern Ohio can limit our time on the roads in the winter months. Guess what I'm saying is I'm envious! Joe
     
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  28. Atwater Mike
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    Funny...actually, 'scary funny'! I was 18, it was 1960 in San Jose, Ca. I bought a white '54 Vette, both tops, hard and soft, nice, interior was 'rip-n-tear', car had a '56 Nail in it! (with '37 Buick Roadmaster box) $400, cash.
    Took it home to work on it, a guy came over and said he had a bud that might want it BAD!
    The guy's bud traded me straight across for a '34 Ford roadster, also white. The '34 had a '53 Nail in it! (needed wiring and 'finishing'...
    I traded the '34 roadster off for a '36 Five window, got some money besides.
    The guy with my '54 Vette saw my '36 and wanted to trade...but I kept the '36. Sure miss that 'Vette...and '34 Roadster!
    This was a GREAT THREAD! Love that 'bubble top'...
     
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  29. Lou39
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    Glad someone validated my post. Thanks.
     
  30. Man, You know how to treat Corvettes! This one and your Mimsy Farmer vette are off the wall COOL!
     

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