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Caveman tech - building a bellhousing for a flathead cadillac

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by zibo, Dec 7, 2008.

  1. 60srailjob
    Joined: Nov 14, 2008
    Posts: 1,218

    from nowhere

    GREAT post thanks for sharing ........I am filed it to my email
  2. Wow great work zibo !! I also must aplaude your tenacity most people would have never even atempted this project !!
  3. zibo
    Joined: Mar 17, 2002
    Posts: 2,361

    from dago ca

    Thanks guys!
    It's really wasn't difficult, just time consuming...

    Drewfus, the engine is a similar green already,
    and I had that paint stashed away..I'm a spray-can junkie!
    The camera makes it look turquoise its not as bad as the pix...
  4. careyohio
    Joined: Jun 6, 2008
    Posts: 410


    This is the kind of stuff I love !!!!!!
    Great job !!!!!!
  5. Rex Schimmer
    Joined: Nov 17, 2006
    Posts: 743

    Rex Schimmer
    from Fulton, CA

    Hell of a deal, you take a guy with some good common sense, some good fab capabilities and an idea and turn him loose! What do you get a truely great looking and functioning part!! Great JOB!!!!!

  6. InjectorTim
    Joined: Oct 2, 2003
    Posts: 2,241


  7. gas pumper
    Joined: Aug 13, 2007
    Posts: 2,957

    gas pumper

    Alpine Green. I used to buy it by the quart in Centari. Gives it an industrial look.

    Great job. wait. Fantastic job.
    .015 across the face woulda been OK. Even better now that it's fixed.

  8. qzjrd5
    Joined: Nov 23, 2004
    Posts: 1,339

    from Troy, MI

    Awesome tech! Great job!!!
  9. hoop
    Joined: Mar 21, 2007
    Posts: 644


    wow , I am amazed. Great work!
  10. 1950ChevySuburban
    Joined: Dec 20, 2006
    Posts: 6,187

    Member Emeritus
    from Tucson AZ

    Completely amazing work! Why the clutch arm though, instead of adapting a GM one to fit? Just wondering...........

    Got my Tech week vote!
  11. zibo
    Joined: Mar 17, 2002
    Posts: 2,361

    from dago ca

    First thanks for the vote(s)!

    Second, cause i didn't have a GM one!
    I had the original caddy one but I misplaced it,
    but it also didn't fit the muncie/saginaw throwout bearing anyway.

    This is a version available online that I thought to copy,
    uses a heim joint in that pivot slot.
    I like the leverage adjustability, but too hi-tech for this caveman!

  12. kustombuilder
    Joined: Sep 18, 2002
    Posts: 7,750

    from Novi, MI

    impressive. very impressive!
  13. flynbrian48
    Joined: Mar 10, 2008
    Posts: 8,258


    WOW!!! Great example of what can be done with simple tools and imagination. Very ispirational for me to make my work better.

  14. ST. 515
    Joined: Mar 29, 2008
    Posts: 384

    ST. 515
    from TEXAS

    Great fab work!!!

  15. sodbuster
    Joined: Oct 15, 2001
    Posts: 5,039

    from Kansas

    You had my vote.........and you are doing the building yourself......and fabbing everything with minimal tools......Cool......and I sorta' listen to your "music" while traveling on Sirius radio.

  16. A year later, so how well does it work?
  17. Deuce Daddy Don
    Joined: Apr 27, 2008
    Posts: 5,545

    Deuce Daddy Don

    This is my "Treasure" pix of Linda that she autographed for me at 1971 L.A. Autoshow.
    A neat lady all thru the years!!!!!!!-------Don:D:D

    Attached Files:

  18. RopeSeals???
    Joined: Jul 2, 2007
    Posts: 444


    Looks great!!!

    Trully inspiring to see it from start to finish...
  19. zibo
    Joined: Mar 17, 2002
    Posts: 2,361

    from dago ca

    It works great as a stand to hold up the engine/tranny in the frame!
    Becoming a longer short-term project.
  20. An outstanding effort! A little rough around the edges, but if it works and saves you $$, you're way ahead. I would have never have thought of MAKING a bellhousing from scratch.

  21. Hot Rod Michelle
    Joined: May 3, 2007
    Posts: 1,620

    Hot Rod Michelle

    Awwwee, now don't get him started on the damn music.:eek: I used to never really like the Dead, save but for a handful of greatest hit songs. And now, now I find myself listening to them quite a bit.
  22. Turnaround
    Joined: Dec 21, 2007
    Posts: 64


    Great, great article about the flat head Caddie bell hsgn. I am doing the same build for an industrial four cylinder Ford OHV 4 cyl into a 8N chassis and transmission. And to address the fellows that said he should take it to a "real" machine shop, I say "try it." If the shop's secretary doesn't run you off when you enter with a project such as this, you will be bombarded with a rash of crap about how the shop has NASA contracts and your piddling job couldn't possibly be accepted. It is a shame that machine shops aren't like some high dollar lawyers (imagine me talking good about a lawyer) that give away a little of their work week doing "pro bono" work. There are only so many big mills and lathes out there. Machines big enough to do a bellhousing, just are not accessible to the common man. Shame. You can see why folks bolt a bell housing to a car's brake drum and spin it using a body grinder trying to flatten the mating surfaces. And the wild thing about the big machines, is that some guy probably hand scraped their ways to make them as accurate as they are. Go figure why a man can't hand make an acceptable bellhousing. My two cent rant.
  24. M37cdn
    Joined: Nov 4, 2009
    Posts: 5


    All "new" machines are made on Old machines

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