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First Car Project - 52 Chevy Coupe

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by leadfoot85, May 27, 2013.

  1. I just picked up a 50 styleline myself. luckily mine runs and drives and has new brakes on it. eventualy I too will be doing the ls swap for fuel economy and power.
     
  2. matthew mcglothin
    Joined: Mar 3, 2007
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    Subscribed ! Pm me if you need any help or parts for it. I have a few bits and pieces left over from my 51.
     
  3. raidmagic
    Joined: Dec 10, 2007
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    I love those cars, that's what I was looking for when I found my Hudson. Good luck with it.
     
  4. davidbistolas
    Joined: May 21, 2010
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    I love the enthusiasm. This is my first build, and I dove in head first, and NOW I wish I had started smaller. Good advice to heed on here.

    FWIW: The original inline 6 + transmission probably weighs a LOT more than an LS1 or a small block would.
     
  5. 49styleline
    Joined: Nov 1, 2012
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    from oregon

    I'm a real young (15) and I'm going all traditional with my build. I wouldn't know where to start with a fuel injected engine LOL two different ends of the spectrum I guess. Good luck with your coupe. And your new house
     
  6. jfreakofkorn
    Joined: Apr 13, 2010
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    looks like a solid start w/ a solid car ....

    love the patina on it ...
     
  7. Dexter The Dog
    Joined: Jun 27, 2009
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    Nice car to start with. Should be an interesting build.

    Maybe you or someone else in this thread can answer a question for me...
    The wheels on your car (presuming they are 15") - Is the diameter where the rivets are between the centre and the ring approx 13 3/16" and is the bolt pattern 5 on 5 ?

    I'm trying to replicate the look of early 60's nascar wheels for my '62 Pontiac. I have 8" rings that I'll be welding new centres into. These early 50's chev centres have the right look if they'll fit the mechanics of things. Don't want to go seriously shopping until I can either get a look at one or find out this info...
     
  8. reallyrotten
    Joined: Sep 23, 2011
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    nice car, looks like a good start for a project!
     
  9. Boones
    Joined: Mar 4, 2001
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    best of luck with the new project. I have had my 51 apart twice now. just putting a new front susp under it this winter.
     
  10. Styleliner
    Joined: Apr 9, 2013
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    That's a nice blank canvas to start from... Nice. Now chop the top 3 inches.
     
  11. leadfoot85
    Joined: May 13, 2013
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    Thanks again for the comments guys! Sorry, no chop on this one... Trying not to get in too deep!

    I was able to get a little more work done last night. I got the front suspension unbolted and ready to come out, just have to figure out how to disconnect the steering box from the pitman... With all the 60 year old grime I can't tell where it could come apart. Any suggestions?

    Once this is done I can prep the frame and order my MII!!!
     
  12. RayMiller
    Joined: Aug 9, 2005
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    Pull the nut off of it and then use a pitman arm puller or a pickle fork to separate the arm from the box, very simple. I love it man, I have a 52 styleline special business coupe. I kept the stock front end and bagged mine all around, good luck with it and like the many other offers if you need help or have questions pm me! ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1371002920.642427.jpg


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  13. leadfoot85
    Joined: May 13, 2013
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    Thanks for the response. Looks like I'll be picking up a 1 5/16" socket and a pitman puller tomorrow!

    BTW - your car looks great raymiller! I love the look of a slammed car on bags... Maybe my next car will get bagged.
     
  14. RayMiller
    Joined: Aug 9, 2005
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    Thanks leadfoot I appreciate the kind words brother!


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  15. Nice i recommend suspension, drive train and cruise it then work on the body
     
  16. leadfoot85
    Joined: May 13, 2013
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    Thanks to raymiller's tip, I got the steering disconnected and front suspension is completely out! Thanks again!

    I ordered my TCI MII last night. I went with the "basic" kit that comes with manual rack, 2" drop spindles, 1" sway bar and single piston calipers. Going to replace rotors with some Stop Tech drilled/slotted ones and that should about do it for the front suspension minus the motor mounts.

    While I wait on these parts to arrive I'm going to finish cleaning the frame up and then start working on my rear axle. I have a lot of brackets and tabs to cut off and then have to weld on some spring perches and sort out the brakes. Not sure if the calipers are any good, but we'll see. New drilled Stop Tech rotors are going in for sure.

    Hopefully I can get all that done before the MII comes in...
     
  17. leadfoot85
    Joined: May 13, 2013
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    Well I didn't get anything done on the car this weekend because we went out of town for Father's Day. But I was able to spend an hour or so tonight cleaning up the frame and putting on a rust converting primer. Got the passenger side done and should be able to knock out the driver side tomorrow... Baby steps.

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  18. leadfoot85
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    It's been a couple of weeks since my last update so here is what I've been able to do:

    My TCI MII kit arrived way faster than I was expecting (only took a week!) so i had to get all the brackets cut off the front from rails in order for the top spring perches to be welded on. I bolted up the lower crossmember and lower A arms then had to remove the steering column before I could continue with the front suspension.

    I also was able to get started cleaning up my camaro rear end. I had to cut of several brackets from the coil spring type suspension. I was able to get one side completed and all smoothed out and should be able to finish the other side this weekend.

    Here are some pics of my progress:

    Frame rails de-bracketed, front crossmember and A arms
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    Steering wheel on
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    Steering wheel off
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    Steering column on
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    Steering column off (with the help of my assistant of course!)
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    Camaro rear end - posi trac :)
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    Before
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    All brackets cut off
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    Cleaned up
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    Threw some paint on it so it wouldn't rust on me
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    Thanks for looking! Hopefully I will have more to show after the holiday weekend!
     
  19. RayMiller
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    Looking good!


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  20. Dan1950
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    Sorry I haven't replied sooner.
    The engine mounts were from dirty Dingo; these mount are slotted. which gives you 3" of adjustment forward or backward.

    http://dirtydingo.com/store/index.php?cPath=1_206_305_321

    I didn't have to use the lower perches that came with the kit, that you would normally weld to the car's frame. The stands were wide enough to reach over the frame rails. I just had to scab a 3/4" wide piece of metal to the inside of the frame, so that the round insulators were fully supported.
    As for the weight; mines a cast iron block and the cars sits approx 3/4" taller, then with the 6 cylinder and that's with the stock suspension. Your engine being all aluminum there wouldn't have been any weight issues. You may even be a bit high for your liking with the MII suspension because of how light the LS1 is?
    No I haven't converted the fronts to disk brakes yet; but I plan to. Not that the 11" front shoes aren't stopping me; but they're the typical drum brakes and they can be a bit darty at times on initial application.

    Dan.
     
  21. ratt7
    Joined: Sep 23, 2005
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    Great find, looking forward to the pics.
     
  22. leadfoot85
    Joined: May 13, 2013
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    Slowly making progress on my build. Summer is in full swing and I haven't had much time to work on it lately, but here are some pics of what I've done to date.

    Got my TCI front suspension painted and all put together.

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    I was also able to gut most of the interior and remove the old 3 speed and closed drive assembly.

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    Now I need to finish knocking tabs off my 10 bolt rear end and get it slid under the car and weld on some spring pads. I ordered V8 motor mounts and tranny X-member from Walton's that will be here by the end of the week. Also, I'm going to check out a motor & trans on Wednesday that will hopefully be just what I'm looking for! I'll update with pics when I can.

    BTW I have basically the entire driveline of a 52 chevy now for sale! PM me if your interested in anything.
     
  23. leadfoot85
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    I picked up a motor and transmission this past weekend. 2006 5.3 truck motor and 4l60e. Wanted a true 5.7 LS1, but I got a deal I couldn't pass up. Now I have a garage full of parts and a lot of work to do! Hopefully I will get to spend some time on it this weekend!

    Motor & trans
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    It's getting crowded...
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    I'll post pics of any progress I make!
     
  24. Nice! Good luck with the rest of the build.
     
  25. BadLuck
    Joined: Jan 7, 2006
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    love the coupes!
     
  26. 4444Design
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    seems like a cool Project

    will follow
     
  27. fordsum
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  28. FIFTY2
    Joined: Apr 9, 2008
    Posts: 340

    FIFTY2
    Member

    Cool....my 52 was my first project too...learned a lot right here on the hamb!

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  29. 5DeuceSled
    Joined: Aug 7, 2013
    Posts: 13

    5DeuceSled
    Member

    I was so excited to stumble upon your post. You and I are just about in the same boat. I picked up my 52 earlier this year, as you can see its had a chop done and a lot of body smoothing done. mine had the 216 in it, but it blew only after 20 miles, I was going to start tearing the car down and prepping for an LS1, Must 2, etc... But the guy I bought it off of, felt bad about it and showed up with a 235ci and helped me swap it out. Its so much fun to drive, but im hoping to start with the engine swap this winter. Good luck and keep the pics coming, its good inspiration for me!
     
  30. leadfoot85
    Joined: May 13, 2013
    Posts: 19

    leadfoot85
    Member

    For those that are following this thread, I am moving it to LS1tech forums. You can follow it here 52 Chevy Build Thread

    Thanks to those on here that have supported my build so far!
     

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