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Projects BACK TO MY ROOTS-261 CHEVROLET 6 Powered Model A Stock Car

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Robert J. Palmer, May 22, 2015.

  1. I have been working in the garage and on the garage at the same time.
    My dad and I have been putting tin on the walls and window sills. My friend Tim is machining parts I need to get the front and rear end under the frame.

    Place a piece of plywood on a Model A frame, now place on the frame on jackstands you have an excellent table.

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  3. I built some shelves as well, 3/16 aluminum and vintage Howards rods for one, and Brooks rods out of a friend of a friends Super mod pulling tractor.
    I have also been on the hunt for parts. I found a fourth S.R.E. for the right front as well as two copper bass radiators. I will have the radiators checked soon.
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  4. 56 Dodge Pickup
    Joined: Jul 1, 2009
    Posts: 1,784

    56 Dodge Pickup
    1. H.A.M.B. Chapel

    Man you’ve been busy it’s looking really nice
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  5. wheeldog57
    Joined: Dec 6, 2013
    Posts: 1,770


    Very nice Robert, don't stick your tongue on the walls this winter. . .
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  6. wear ear protection when grinding;):)
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  8. loudbang
    Joined: Jul 23, 2013
    Posts: 29,851


    Those ROD shelf brackets are AWESOME :)
  9. Thank-You I built a bookshelf as well.
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    The rods act as book ends. The small end of the rod mounts to the wall, the big end is the bottom where the books sit. The red line is the mark were I cut the extra material.

    Note- The oil that burned out (in the bearing surface) as I welded. This was after cleaning the them and soaking them in thinner for hours. Luckily it did not effect my welds.

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  10. I built some material storage racks as too.
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    I do my best work under the welding helmet
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  11. Tim has my machine work finished, and will be dropping it off sometime this week.
    He machined my rear spindles so soon it will be quick change assembly time. He also drilled my flywheel for the Ford pressure plate.

    I may have to take back some of what I have said about FaceBook. My mom found me an old chrome pitman arm for my steering box.
  12. Jiminy
    Joined: Oct 25, 2012
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    How badass is your Mom?? GO MOM!!!
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  13. Cosmo49
    Joined: Jan 15, 2007
    Posts: 1,155


    I see you have a BUCK Folding Hunter, one of the first true locking blades. I bought mine brand new in '73.
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  14. Yup, when I bought my 1953 Chevy she knew I wanted whitewalls. While dad and I were setting up at the Fitchburg Mass swapmeet, she took a walk around about ten minutes later she came back and said "I just gave a guy a deposit on some whitewalls on wheels go take a look."
    They were almost new G-78 14" on Chevy car wheels already painted red for $100.00.

    Best Mom ever!
  15. Look what came today....


    Rule 1
    Showcase and preserve the history of our sport through the competitive racing of original reproduction and replicas of the racecars of yesterday.
    If it is your intent to invest in the latest and greatest parts and technology to be the big fish in a small pound, this is not the class/series for you. If it is your goal to dominate the field every time you pull onto the track and win by a lap, this is not the place for you. There are plenty of tracks that will always welcome new 602 sportsman and modified drivers with open arms.

    However reading the chassis/engine rules I felt a cowboy hat on my head! upload_2019-12-13_17-3-7.png
  16. Put a little time in on the body, and my friend finished up my flywheel and rear spindles. He also milled my castle nuts so a socket will fit inside to bolt on front spindle.
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  17. This also gave me a chance to see Tim's A roadster project . 347 Caddy Flathead, deuce Rails 40 Ford front crossmember Columbia two speed, with a vintage commercially built coil spring conversion for 40 Fords.

    -The Coils fit in the crossmember with brackets
    -The coils sit on a "swing arm" that bolts in place of the stock spring
    -The "swing arms" then attach to the stock Ford wishbone using stock shackles.

    We don't know who produced it.
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  19. I have put a few minutes in on the body. Please forgive the deer in the headlights with it's pants down look.
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    I am going to bead blast and T.I.G. these sometime late this week.
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  20. My dad suggested using the last two aluminum rods I had for as steering box mounts, Tim machined the big end to fit.
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  21. I repaired (T.I.G.) the tear this week. In typical fashion I had it looking pretty good and thought "I can fill that low spot."
    It was full of rust and blew a hole I had to fill in.
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  22. wheeldog57
    Joined: Dec 6, 2013
    Posts: 1,770


    Excellent repairs there bud! Nice to see progress on this, I should be in the garage too. . .
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  23. Staying late at work tonight to use some of the heavy tools.
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  24. Here was tonight's project.
    These spindles won't fit it my friend Tim's lathe. One of the machinist at work did these for me.
    The need to be finished.
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  25. Opened up the axle tubes so the floater axles will fit and clear the frame off and rearranged the shop today.
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  26. I haven't been is the shop much, my father has been having some trouble, and I have been helping him and mom.
    (He can't close his hands and they swollen. He can't lift his hands above his chest). He was hell bent he was going to be in the shop with me today, and he fully intends to be at Fitchburg!!!

    I have done some shop projects, I built a stand for my vice. All from the scrap dumpster!
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    There has been a rule change this year. All cars are limited to a single carburetor, I will post photos next week of my intake/carburetor set up.

    I have also been talking to Ron Iskenderian he is working out a cam grind.
  27. Cosmo49
    Joined: Jan 15, 2007
    Posts: 1,155


    Absolutely master craftsman quality welds on that vice stand. That said, I don't 'get' vice stands, I mean the stability. It seems like I am forever blocking my table from moving with my foot when wrestling with something like an off topic Mcpherson Strut or something.
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  28. Thanks-You, sir.

    I just got off the phone with Ron Iskenderian he came up with a grind for me and the order has been placed.

    I talked with him about 20 minutes or so, it was cool hearing about the adventures of a young Ed Iskenderian.
    What a history lesson!
  29. I was thinking about building an intake, I may at some point. However a fellow H.A.M.B. member contacted me he was selling a brand new Clifford for a very good price. Plus this is a brand new car and we only get 12 laps per race. It is going to be a fair amount of work getting the chassis dialed in, I don't won't to be trying to dial in the engine at the same time.

    I will be running a 500 CFM Rochester 2BBl modified by JET performance for oval track racing.
    It runs Holley jets, worked power valves, etc... Very common street stock carburetor.
    I will need to drill the adapter to work on the Clifford intake.

    I also ended up with a set of adjustable dirt late model headers doing some scraping, dirt late models are am odd duck here in New York state. So I am going to use the collectors to build my headers.
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    This is what the headers looked like together-
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    Last edited: Feb 16, 2020
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