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Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Focal7, Dec 2, 2022.

  1. Focal7
    Joined: Nov 24, 2010
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    Right you are Corndog. South Bend IN. Only 30 miles from where Uncle Larry sold it. Gone from Bourbon for 60 years and it only traveled 30 miles! The owner died last spring and the family didn't know much about it. In fact I scrolled by it 3 or 4 times before I noticed the home made lovers on the hood and that struck a nerve. Glad I gave it a second look.
     
  2. Focal7
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    So thanks to advice from this board, the brakes came apart without incident. Most of the front axle assembly has come apart without using heat. Monumental since this car was last touched 64 years ago. Now I need help once again identifying the year of the front axle. Here are pics of the wheel cylinders and front brakes. The brake shoes are 1 3/4" wide. The bolt pattern for the wheels is 5 1/2". Can you buy new wheel cylinders or do you HAVE to rebuild the old ones??? With these new pics. Can I figure out what brakes to order??? 20221205_115900.jpg 20221205_115912.jpg 20221205_115934.jpg
     
  3. alchemy
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  4. Focal7
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  5. Squablow
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    Cool project with great history.

    In another thread we were talking about identifying the grille used on the car in the early photographs, there was some question as to whether it was a '34 Ford truck grille or a '32 truck grille with the '34 molding added, but seeing the picture with the trophies in it I can see that it's much deeper than a '32 grille, that is a 1934 Ford truck grille for sure, sometimes referred to as a "commercial" grille.
     
  6. Focal7
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    Thanks to Vanpelts and a little free time things are starting to go back together. Also purchased a 56' 324 Olds Rocket. Need a 3/8 adapter plate to go from the back of the Olds to a 39' Ford trans. If anyone has one for sale drop me a pm. Now I'm starting on the year end. Got one hub pulled with a 3 leg puller. Progress is being made! 20221216_204757.jpg 20221216_204807.jpg 20221215_110739.jpg 20221215_110806.jpg 20221215_110723.jpg
     
  7. Tim
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    Looking good
     
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  8. Very cool car. Good luck with the restoration. I run an early Olds in my gasser & my street rod. If you need info/parts suggest calling Ross Racing Engines in Niles Ohio 330 544 4466.
    ps. Did this car ever race at Avilla drag Strip?
     
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  9. Focal7
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    Thanks for your help! It could possibly have raced at Avilla but it would have been between 1958-62. I know it raced at Osceola and raced most weekends at Bunker Hill. Are there any old timers around that have pictures from Avilla. I would be very interested in knowing. Bunker Hill is searching for me.
     
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  10. Two people I knew that raced at Avilla unfortunately have passed away, my cousin Dave Costanza, black 65' Corvette fuel altered who was from Ashley and Phil Carpenter from Auburn who raced a 68' Mustang Super/Stock and a 68' Torino Super/stock. I believe Bunker Hill has a web site. Maybe you could get some info there.
     
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  11. Focal7
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  12. Tim
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    Very cool
     
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  13. aussie57wag
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    Love the olds. Good on you for putting in a bit of extra effort than just getting a generic cheap engine like most modern street rods.
     
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  14. Stock Racer
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    Oh man, cool story, cool car, and glad you got it back. Following
     
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  15. Focal7
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    Front ends done, more or less, brakes are in, waiting on radiator & grill shell. This weeks project is rebuilding the rear end & torque tube which will hopefully be reinstalled by weeks end. Have all new bearings, brakes, wheel cylinders etc. (Thx VanPelts) & rear end is tore down. If all goes well the engine/trans will get mocked up and freshly sandblasted body will go back on next week. Hoping for lots of progress. I'm feeling ambitious! 20230127_120044.jpg 20221215_110723.jpg
     

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