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Projects A rebuild from a bad build

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by dsiddons, Apr 3, 2019.

  1. WB69
    Joined: Dec 7, 2008
    Posts: 1,226


    Oh my, those pictures are actually scary looking!
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  2. someone on here said "it ain't yours unless it made you dirty" so I'm guessing it will be yours by the time it's done.
  3. missysdad1
    Joined: Dec 9, 2008
    Posts: 2,924


    Making the rear lower won't help the great "stance" this car already has. If anything lower the chassis equally on both ends so the rake angle isn't changed. IMHO it's just right the way it is, channel job and all.

    But...before you get to removing much more of the gawdawful mess that's been made of the subrails and floor, be sure to weld in some conduit bracing so that the body does not collapse or twist. It looks like the body is already quite weak and you don't want to make it worse by handling it too roughly without adequate bracing.

    There are quite a few examples of channeled cars being built here on the HAMB. It would be good for you to review them before you start constructing a new foundation for your body. There are good ways and there are bad ways and it's handy to know what is what before you get to buying materials, cutting and welding.

    And, if it's not already been done, take the time to box the frame while the body's off. The car will no longer have the structural strength of the subrails/stock floor so boxing the frame will help reduce the body's tendency to twist out of shape when going over uneven ground like driveway entrances.

    My beater coupster (avitar) had been cut up much like your coupe so I've already been where you're going and have learned some of the pitfalls you'll encounter. Good luck!
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  4. Wheeliedave
    Joined: Jan 6, 2011
    Posts: 176


    I agree Rich but I think it is "dangerously" low

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  5. Kiwi 4d
    Joined: Sep 16, 2006
    Posts: 2,716

    Kiwi 4d

    The PO should be banned from ever molesting an old car again.
    You are sure taking the right path and fixing bad the correct way and asking questions.
    Hope tou did not pay a premium for the car.
    But now you own it , so it will be done right.
  6. Hummmm I wonder ?
    Looks like I’ve seen that work before
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  7. dsiddons
    Joined: Mar 6, 2006
    Posts: 1,399

    from Indiana

    Looking this thing over a bit I found chrome Arrow Headlamps. At first glance I thought they were just some cheap Chinese stuff. The grill shell I think is a 32’ truck because the insert and shell it all one piece. I think the axle is a old drop also. The body is the biggest challenge. Frame is nice and seems straight and has some cool cast wishbone radius rod mounts. Intake is Weind high rise with 97’s.

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  8. rustyrods
    Joined: Jun 14, 2005
    Posts: 338

    from Dixon,Il.

    That's an old school hotrod. Run what you brung. Hang on and scream like a girl !
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  9. I love the stance on your hot rod...well the workmanship is very old school for sure...please keep us in the loop as things go the full height top on will be able to actually see stuff when the time comes to drive it...

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  10. Hang in there Dave. When its done you will know exactly what you have. I have uncovered some of the same type of sin and evil in a few of the cars I have had over the years. It is a good feeling when its all fixed to know that you have a solid ride under your ass.
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  11. 41rodderz
    Joined: Sep 27, 2010
    Posts: 4,705

    from Oregon

    Hind sight is 20/20.:oops:
  12. Bandit Billy
    Joined: Sep 16, 2014
    Posts: 6,528

    Bandit Billy

    It's a machine, it can be fixed. Hell, you are like me you will get more enjoyment out of fixing/building this thing than if you had just bought a nice little driver that didn't need you. Save those pictures, someday you will look back and laugh your ass off while you are driving a cool little hot rod.
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  13. 57JoeFoMoPar
    Joined: Sep 14, 2004
    Posts: 4,529


    Yeah, you can see a lot of the work is pretty sketchy. The thing that sucks about getting a car in the condition is that usually you pay the price for a running and driving car but wind up doing the same amount of work to fix it as if you bought a non-running shell. I've found it tends to work that way with real estate, too.
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  14. put the steering box on top of the frame, and your steering will be good, put in metal floors a section at a time and boom, no more mud on you, grind and weld up the structural cracks and go ridding around.
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  15. haileyp1014
    Joined: Feb 15, 2006
    Posts: 925

    from so cal

    Hope it came w vasaline
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  16. OLSKOOL57
    Joined: Feb 14, 2019
    Posts: 446


    You are so right! The fixing/building (frustrating at times) is most enjoyable.
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