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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Dirty54, Jan 2, 2011.

  1. Dirty54
    Joined: Nov 30, 2010
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    Well first off iam new on here , so be a little easy on me. I picked up a 54 bel air on ebay for a steal in late October. The car was already chopped about 2 1/2 to 3 inches with the back window laid down. It was originally a 4 door and had been lowered about 3 inches up front and 2 1/2 out back. 2 bad bucket seats where inside. The only rust on her was a hole in the right side behind the back door very solid car. The motor is 500ci out of a 1975 caddy 3 speed turbo 400 trans and a dana 35 rear. Motor runs excellent, tranny had a new rebuild and the dana 35 sucks but its not broken and works fine FOR NOW. Wiring is new but sloppy and all crimp connectors . White walls had to go for now but will be replaced later in this thread. Pics are from ride home and before work was started. Many things have been done since pics and many many more to come i will keep refreshing thread. Enjoy and please add feed back- billy
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  2. Flat-Foot
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    from Locust NC

    Cool, love the 54. That's what I really wanted but its too big for my garage.
     
  3. hasty
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    What are your plans?
     
  4. choptopdoc
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    from tulsa

    I can dig it!
     

  5. lorodz
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    looks good ..now get to work..
     
  6. THE_DUDE
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    Yea man
     
  7. Dirty54
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    Some work that has been done already is wiring all soldered up, fan relays installed , a basic one over checking if bolts are tight( and they are not at all ??)
    New drive shaft replaced the butcher job that was in it, brake and gas lines all new. Started from the bottom up so now the interior has been gutted and new but old black buckets will be going in . The back seat was fitted and being sent to get recovered this week to match the front, Doors where gutted and plexi installed in back. The only interior to stay is the chopped window trim. No headliner , door panel , rug will be installed.

    Posts and projects to still come : A bigger suspension drop, french head- tail lights, decked hood, Tj over at throttle jockeyoriginals will be punching me louvers, engine clean up, paint and light body work ,and some fresh WWW.

    That will probably be it till the fall ( i will be driving spring and summer) But then its back to the operating table that will include 4 link bagged rear, either mustang II or convert stock to air bag, a bumper grille change looking at 50 buick ( please make suggestions ) Some 56 packard tail lights if under 500 dollars lol. This list will grow as more things bug me.

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  8. BOWTIE BROWN
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    i think it looks killer. WWW for sure .
     
  9. BJR
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    Is having one tooth in your grill gold suppose to be funny, like in a capped tooth?
     
  10. clinthull
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  11. 1hot57
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    Looks great, I think your right on
     
  12. Harris
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    Nice start to an awesome cruiser! Any more pics of the engine compartment? About to drop a '76 Cad 500 into my '53, any pics you can get of the motor would be most helpful!
     
  13. lawman
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    Very Very nice !!!!!
     
  14. 1930FordRod
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    from Canada, BC

    Cool car, I've always liked the 54
     
  15. Dirty54
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    ha yeah gold tooth got the car like that i will be cleaning it off when body work starts. I will get more engine pics up. The area you have to watch is the left manifold its real tight by stearing linkage but it fits
     
  16. Tin Can
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    nice start to a cool project. What are your plans for mods?
     
  17. Dirty54
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    tin can i listed plans up top take a look
     
  18. ZombieMike
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  19. Dirty54
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    harris this is for you
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  20. Dirty54
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    i spent new years day with my father, chopping out old lights and frenching in some new buckets . Buckets are from a french kit but trim rings are going to be one off custom, i wanted to be able to do everything from the front once they are done you will not know the difference. Some severe pie cuts where needed to match up body. Have to give credit where credit is do to my father these came out smooth as hell and havent even been body worked yet
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  21. Kustomline54
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    great progress, looking 4ward for more pics and updates. good luck!
     
  22. Dirty54
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    a little up date on the headlight french . The rings where made and installed today
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  23. low-n-slo54
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    Looks cool. Chop is just right.
     
  24. Dirty54
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    We did some valve cover work today , They had to be drilled out for the breather hole and pcv valve , and the inside had to be milled down a little bit. Its always nice to have a milling machine in your basement
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  25. Dirty54
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    a little bit of fun with the over flow tank ;)
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  26. billys54
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  27. lorodz
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    looking good man keep it up frenched lights look awsome
     
  28. Bad Luck Engineering
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    I want a milling machine in my basement!!

    Great looking project! Keep the progress and updates coming.
     
  29. Dirty54
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    well got the front pretty smooth now , one pieced the front bumper and got all the bolts off the front ,last on the list for the front is going to be the new grille
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  30. gsport
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    i sure like these "build" threads... yours is looking good
     

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