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Features Dad's 1950 Ford Shoebox - First Drive

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by daddio211, Feb 4, 2014.

  1. bambbrose
    Joined: Dec 29, 2008
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    from So. Utah

    Wow what a great story, I'm sure your pop is proud to hear the flathead, sounds great!
     
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  2. daddio211
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    Thanks guys, much appreciated. The car has been sitting in the garage for the last few months untouched. I fire it up every week or two just to hear those straight pipes cackle.

    So much going on with my business, the wife's business, family and the T roadster we're doing I just can't find an appropriate amount of time to dedicate to the shoebox. I'll get back on her soon, I promise.
     
  3. deto
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    Great stuff man...
     
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  4. Hey Eric, was at a show a while back and spotted this and got me thinking of you and your Dad.:cool::D JW
    [​IMG]
     
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  5. skoh73
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    Fantastic thread, don't know how I missed it. Will subscribe if I can figure out the "new HAMB" way. Great story, I look forward to you keeping your pop's dream going!
     
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  6. daddio211
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    Thanks Jeremy, that '50 is bitchin'! And thanks skoh73. Near the top right corner of every thread page (from a PC) but below all of the logo stuff you can click text that says "Watch Thread". If you're doing it from the mobile app you can click the star at the top of the page.

    Well, I think I've resolved to pulling the flatty and storing it for a future project when I have more patience. I'm truly SICK that this thing doesn't run well and I'm out of ideas and local guys who know much about flatties. My good pal Dave Watson pictured earlier helping me passed two years ago. The man was a flathead god. He'd be sad I'm going this route.

    I know this is going to rub a lot of people the wrong way but I have a 330 horse SBC that a friend built for me several years ago and not yet fired. I'm going to try to get my shop built this winter and once I have room I think I'm going to put it in with a 200R4 trans. As many problems as this freshly built flatty has given me I'm sick of not being able to drive this car.
     
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  7. Ya came to your sense's
    Now you'll be able to "Long Haul" in comfort. Remember the A/C also
     
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  8. Its a good sound move and its not a final one, you can reverse it at any time if you feel you want it back that way. How many cubes is the small block? JW
     
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  9. daddio211
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    It's a 0.030 over 350. Has a lot of internal tricks done by a very well known performance engine builder. He's been featured in dozens of magazines and books. Lots of drag racing, Jeep and boat stuff too.
     
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  10. daddio211
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    Hey Don, you really nailed it when you told me he would have said "screw it" a long time ago. Thanks.
     
  11. Eric, say it ain't so.:(
     
  12. daddio211
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    Afraid it is. Unless somehow I can get it running before then.
     
  13. shopdawg
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    Great story Eric, loved the video, I've also put lots of money and time into flatheads with little or no luck, once had a stocker (47 Merc coupe ) that had never been apart and drove it year round for two years. I take all my builds over to the cemetery where my dad (was my best friend and mentor ) and now my younger brother are laid to rest.
     
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  14. daddio211
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    This engine has had a ton of money invested in it now and it seems as if it's all for nothing. I had a '41 Ford Tudor that I drove about 6000 miles around town over two years. Yeah, it had its share of issues but I could ALWAYS get it running again on the side of the road and make it home. This one's just stubborn and my dad would agree.

    One day this old shoebox will make it to the cemetery and I'll do a big burnout for him.
     
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  15. That's cool.:cool::cool: JW
     
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  16. EBW
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    Sorry to hear about the Flathead, but happy to hear there is progress for the future.
     
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  17. daddio211
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    Progress may be soon. Looks like the shop is going to be built.
     
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  18. COOL !!:cool::D JW
     
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  19. Bertolasi
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    Hi Eric. How is the shop coming along? I am anxious to see the swap out to your standby sbc engine. bob
     
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  20. daddio211
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    Hi Bob. I put the shop on hold for a little while, way too much work going on right now. The shoebox is sitting waiting for that time.
     
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  21. Hdonlybob
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    Love it ! I have taken that first ride several times myself, with similar results..
    Nothing beats a Shoe Box....still on my Bucket List...
     
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  22. Eric, Leave that poor little Shoebox alone....................:D
     
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  23. Chaz
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    Freakin AWESOME !!!!!!
    Can't get much better than that! Your dad is proud of you...
     
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  24. Bertolasi
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    Eric..... too much work is a good thing, especially if it refers to the business you own. Stay healthy and I'll be watching for when you start posting some car project stuff. Bob
     
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  25. How's it coming? Any updates?
     
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  26. daddio211
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    It became a shelf in my garage. Once I get my shop built I'll tear into it again
     
  27. I'm in the same boat, mine has become a rusty shelf as well. You'd think with being laid off the past two months I'd find time to work on it.
     
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  28. daddio211
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    I totally hear ya. My time right now is 110% occupied by work and family, occasionally working on my wife's roadster and coyote hunting. There aren't enough hours in the day.
     
  29. Bertolasi
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    Hi Eric. Just checking in. Hope all is well with you and family. Have you had any time to work on building the new shop?
     

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