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Projects A v/8 parts gathering

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by 48fordnut, May 16, 2017.

  1. I have too many projects, but want to try to get this together. I have a stock model a frame that will get a z in the back next week.

    I originally wanted to do a v/8 but when I found an original good running 55 chevy eng.I thought this would be a chance to put something together a teen ager would do in the mid to late 50s.

    I have the top loader trans, f1 cross member, f1 pedals, 40 drums , backing plates, and the spindles. I also have a hurst m/m cradle for the ft. I have one of the 4 '' dropped axles like summit is selling.

    Now for the work to start.1st I have to learn how to transfer pics from my note 3 to here. That's the biggest job.

    Thanks for any input.
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  2. Is the '55 engine a six? Will you squeeze it in by lengthening the frame? Or recessing the firewall?
    Got a trans adapter?
  3. gimpyshotrods
    Joined: May 20, 2009
    Posts: 13,999


    To a restorer, that engine might be worth enough to fund building the rest of the car, with another engine, if it is not messed up.
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  4. cactus1
    Joined: Apr 10, 2006
    Posts: 8,063


    Below the reply box there is a button next to the "post reply" that says "upload a file." Hit that and choose a picture from wherever you keep your pictures. Then click the "post all images as full size." Then just "post reply" as normal.
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  5. cactus1
    Joined: Apr 10, 2006
    Posts: 8,063


    So whose flathead is that??
  6. sloppy jalopies
    Joined: Jun 29, 2015
    Posts: 1,512

    sloppy jalopies

    Try a '35, '36 hollow drive shaft it tapers at both ends... one driveshaft makes a pair of headers...
    they made cool [lowd] headers when limefires were just off the drawing board...
  7. Take the time and box that frame. You'll be glad you did....
  8. sloppy jalopies
    Joined: Jun 29, 2015
    Posts: 1,512

    sloppy jalopies

    I like to set the boxing plates in about 3/8" , that leaves a lip that can be drilled from below to add whatever you need... brake lines, tranny coolant lines, wiring etc.
  9. that's a good idea. I have read of that. I'm hoping to replicate what a youngster might have done in the mid 50s. That's when I was around hot rodding.
  10. 97
    Joined: May 18, 2005
    Posts: 1,320


    So now you are a teenager/youngster..... with some experience? :D
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  11. Yikes. I guess so. Dr says I'm in good shape, but body is worn out.
  12. cactus1
    Joined: Apr 10, 2006
    Posts: 8,063


    Most folks will tell you to hang a flathead from the side with the exhaust port bolts. There are adapters for this.

    Other folks will tell you they have had no problems hanging from the bell.
    I have one on a stand right now hung from the side on an adapter that I made.
  13. horace urrey
    Joined: Dec 4, 2009
    Posts: 69

    horace urrey

    Please Please support engine from sides the bolt hole strength is not there to risk possible un repairable damage take it from someone that had to spend a lot of time looking for parts due to just such a failure
  14. cactus1
    Joined: Apr 10, 2006
    Posts: 8,063


    I don't have a lot of flathead stuff really. What are you looking for in particular?
  15. steinauge
    Joined: Feb 28, 2014
    Posts: 1,454

    from 1960

    If you have the flathead on a stand with the pan off and you are changing the cam and lifters do you think it might be a good idea to ridge ream the block and put rings and bearings in it? Or at least have a good look at the ones you have.Likely might want to lap the valves and check the springs too? Not trying to be a smart ass,I have just found it a lot easier to do what you can to make sure the engine will be ok before you put it in the car.
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  16. When I get the adapter this w/e I will turn the eng over and look at the bearings. .The tops of the pistons are not oiley so I'm thinking rings may be ok . If I change the cam I will be doing new springs. As this is the first f/h I have done as a adult I'm just looking at all aspects.
    Still need a bunch of small parts.
    All good suggestions. I don't get much more than 30 40 min outside as I am my wifes care giver.She has early dementia.
  17. 20170630_101251_resized.jpg some of the parts for the build
    .Just purchased the intake. Cleaned and painted the heads yesterday.

    Attached Files:

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  18. cactus1
    Joined: Apr 10, 2006
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    The intake and heads look nice!
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  19. frame is back without the boxing

    Attached Files:

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  20. Well some more parts gathering. The ft is installed minus the brake parts, have located a 39 r/e with 3.54 gears. Picking that up this w/e. Wife has dementia so that's why there is some long pauses between post. Will try and get some pics by Thanksgiving. Hope it 's a roller by then.
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  21. 30 AV8
    Joined: Nov 29, 2014
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    30 AV8

    Looking forward to seeing this come together, sorry to hear of your wife's dementia it is a horrible illness to have to deal with.
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  22. chopnchaneled
    Joined: Oct 21, 2004
    Posts: 1,139

    from Buford Ga.

    Don't know how i've missed this thread , Signed on for the ride.

    p.s.: Think we know some of the same folks in and around the atlanta area.
    DOM, Tudor, Dogpatch, and others.
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  23. CC it will be slow. We do .Just met some of them.
  24. I cut the spring hangers off the 39 r/e 20171101_162132_resized.jpg
  25. 20171101_162526_resized_1.jpg
    This is the modela spring bolt on adapter from house of fab. Got it fitted today on the 39 r/e I bought this w/e. Had to come in early.
    Just deleted some of the post , to make it come together.
    Last edited: Nov 2, 2017
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  26. Not going to be a roller by Thanksgiving, but oh so close. My air compressor burned a motor so I can't paint. I have the rear spring ready to paint as well as the r/e. Backing plates will be blasted this w/e . Should have the r/e under it by the 2nd week in Dec.
    Happy Thanks Giving to all.
  27. Boy I wish I had 1 800 dial a friend. Just finished putting my rear spring together with the teflon insert. 15 min job took almost a hour. I'm just too clumsy. Now to fab some spring clamps.
    Brakes are together, r/e ready to be painted. Hopefully this afternoon.
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  28. spurgeonforge
    Joined: Oct 18, 2013
    Posts: 247


    Slow and steady wins the race!
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  29. fourspd2quad
    Joined: Jul 6, 2006
    Posts: 431


    Fordnut, I noticed you are running Dave Havlir's spring mounts on a '40 rear end using a stock Model A spring. Are you aware of the rear end widths being different from Model A to the later rears? My guess is you would have to stretch your spring about an extra 2.5" to mount it where those new brackets will live. I don't know if that is do-able, maybe someone else can chime in. Here is a chart from Hot Rod Works on the different rear end widths.

    Rear Axle Assembly drum to drum width:

    Year Width Spring mount eye to eye
    1928-1931 57.0″ 49.5″
    1932-1934 57.75″ 47.5″
    1935-1936 59.5″ 48.25″
    1937-1941 59.5″ 48.5″
    1942-1948 61.0″
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  30. Thanks for the info. Just one of the steps that I will have to get to. Painting the torque tube and r/e today and this w/e. Now trying to find some one to turn my rear drums closer than 125 miles one way.

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