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A Rat rod is one thing but!!!!!!

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by bdotson, Jan 29, 2012.

  1. LeadSledMerc
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  2. honeyman
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    from Steiner

    Tail-dragger for sure, full skirts, notched frame, soooo much potential!!! Look real hard at avitar above, LedSledMerc has got it ALL goin' on.

    Fabreeze REALLY does work...
     
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  3. Lobucrod
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    Please tell me the original front end did not go to the scrap yard! I have a 38 coupe I have owned and been driving since 1974. Its seen a couple of transformations. now it has Mustang II front, versailes rear, sbc, 700r4, tilt, PS, PB, you name it. I'd like to UNstreetrod it now and take it back to its basics. Wanna sell that front axle?
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  4. monkeyspunk79
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    Your '38 is going to be sharp. Those have such great lines and yours looks really solid! Good luck with your build and share more pics if you can. That 216 will come back to life long enough to build whatever you'd like to throw in there.

    BTW: Rodents must like these old Chevys :) My '47 had a mouse party for about 36 years. I'm glad you wore a mask...its the right thing to do. Hantavirus is a killer!


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  5. bdotson
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    I hate having to work on saturday but I am glad to have a job so. I got a late start on the chevy this afternoon but got a little done. tore the control arms off for sand blast and new ball joints and bushings be here wed.[​IMG] since i am at a stand still I will get started on the t5 [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] and now its a short t5 [​IMG] now lets do something with the steering column [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] now lets put er in the mill and cut a key way [​IMG] now I need to repair the horn contacts and now I am finished with the column wow!! [​IMG]
     
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  6. I just gagged... had cars with mice problems but nothing that bad!
     
  7. Novadude55
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    that is a cool machine bdotson,,
    a person can do miracles if they know what they're doin,
    and it looks like you do,
    looking forward to the next tidbit..
    wish you lived closer,:D
    wish i had a machine like that,:p:cool:
     
  8. Blades
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    Looks like it was a rat buriel ground! I'll take it!!!!!!
     
  9. bdotson
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    I really enjoy having my own machine tools at home in my shop makes things go a lot faster. :D
     
  10. so may I ask what going on with the throut bearing collar , what mods if any are you doing
     
  11. so_dak_kid
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    glad your taking it from "rat tastic" to "rod tastic"
     
  12. johnod
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    Nice find.
    37-38 chevy coupe one of my favorites.
     
  13. bdotson
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    from texas

    Yea I shortened the throw out collar 1 inch as well as the tip where it goes in the pilot bushing also need a 1/4 spacer between the bellhousing and the transmission.
     
  14. austinhunt
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    Ed Roth would be proud!
     
  15. noclubjoe
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    38 chevy new 2.jpg god i hate you! well no not really, awesome car i really dig it. I have a love affair with 38 chevys, My coupe is a summer daily (wisconsin winters suck!)
     
  16. Put a rat back in it
     
  17. Giovanni
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    at least the rats only chew the front brake lines ;-P
     
  18. racer756
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    Great thread! I look forward to seeing it back on the road.
     
  19. bdotson
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    Well I am starting on the second week. got the news today that I have to work overtime for the next two weeks at least as well as work saturdays. That makes my goal of one month hard to reach but I am still trying. Got on it this afternoon when I got home installed the new rack and pinion and set the old motor back in to see what I have to do to fab up some new front mounts thanks to the rack being in the way?? its never easy hope to get that finished tomorrow night [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] :)
     
  20. Chuck Most
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    Holy shit!
    You know there's actually a market for mummified animals- put those things up on eBay and you might get back some of your investment. You never know, people are weird...
     
  21. Especially if one of the rodents looks like Elvis!!!!:eek::eek::D
     
  22. bdotson
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    Well my build has slowed for the last few days. I am sad to say that my wifes dad passed away wed morning after a long illness. He was not a big car guy however he was very supportive of anything I did. He never saw this car but saw pictures of it and asked me how the build was coming each time he saw me. He will be missed. My brother in law came in and we slipped out to the shop for a few hours yesterday to get out of the house. We got a lot done installing the front coil springs and strut rods as well as fabing the front motor mounts. I will have some pictures later. We also plan to try and get a few hours in this eavning update to come later Buddy.:(
     
  23. Bigcheese327
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    Sorry to hear it, but glad your FILis no longer suffering.

    -Dave
     
  24. Model A Gomez
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    Nice car, I've always liked a chevy six with a split manifold and dual glass packs, run the 216 until it dies and replace it with a later inserted motor.
     
  25. SteveWood
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    If it really smells bad you can put fresh coffee grounds all over and later clean that out,it USUALLY takes out the bad and leaves the smell of coffee.
    Steve
     
  26. bdotson
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    Got in a few hours this morning. I got the frontend finished with tires on it so it will roll again I set the fenders on it so I could see how it was going to fit the wheel openings and see what the ride height was. I wanted the ride hight to look stock like it had not been touched. What do you think I think its pretty close. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  27. I'da just drove the "shit" outa it.
     
  28. Griznant
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    Awesome progress!

    Subscribed.

    Here's a pic of my grandpa and his first "real" car, a '38 Chevy sedan:[​IMG]

    This pic was taken in February of '39, and I hope to be able to recreate this pic someday myself.

    Being able to share this experience with your dad is fantastic!

    Good luck!
     
  29. bdotson
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    I would have loved to,however 4.10 rearend with no OD and babbit rod engine not going to allow that in todays traffic. Not to mention there were no brakes holes in the fuel tank as well as the radiator. My plan is to drive it a lot.
    Griznant: I think the ride hight of your grandpas car is close to this one thanks for the picture. Sunday will be 2 weeks I have worked on this car. I have had some setbacks but still hope to have it on the road with in 30 days.
     
  30. bdotson
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    And then her whole rearend came out!!!!! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     

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