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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Chris, Jul 26, 2021.

  1. I bought this old 32 5W body right about a year ago. It came out of nowhere, a friend told me about it and luckily I was able to buy it. In that year, I’ve collected a lot of neat goodies for it, including a nice frame that came out from under 32 pickup I bought here on the Hamb. I recently moved, and the car hasn’t really been worked on, it sat in storage for 6 months while the move happened. I finally brought it home a few weeks back. My wife and I, along with some good friends, went to deuce days located in Vancouver BC back in 2019 and had a really good time. I heard that was the last one, however, I just saw that there will be a 2022 deuce days, so I thought it would be cool to try and get this pile on the road. Half ass because not only will I not be able to make it super nice, I kind of like the fact that it is kind of shitty looking. So let’s see what happens. The car has a lot going for it, but needs it all. Was a hot rod since the early 50’s, has a very nice 2” chop.

    I do have a ‘57 283 that’s been kicking around from another project that’s all rebuilt. I just need my dad to bore the block and we can put it together. I have a nice 33/34 rear end with 3.54’s I got from my friend Brandon Mead, and Corey Taulbert shortened the drive shaft and torque tube already. @NealinCA machined and F1 steering box for me and I have a rebuild kit for it. Front axle I stumbled across in a yard, an old dropped heavy axle that should work. I have a neat dash and gauges I’ve collected for a while, the car has all the glass in it. It does need a complete floor, which I have a United Pacific complete floor assembly I bought from @Rocket's Hot Rod Garage late last year. I have a very talented friend who is going to install the floor, do some patch panels and just get the whole thing dialed in for me this fall.

    So, yesterday I dug some stuff out, mocked up to see what I have, what I need and what I need to do. The engine needs to go back a couple inches more, but I need to trim the firewall first. The clutch pedal needs heat/bent to clear the steering column. It needs this and that but it’s all pretty basic stuff.

    So stick around, I have a year to do this. I think I can, and if I can’t I won’t be too worried. With two little kids I’m trying to not kill myself these days getting an old car on the road :D but at least it’s a goal.

    This is how I found it, sprung from a barn and just getting ready to be advertised.
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    This is the 32 pickup I bought here on the Hamb, which had a pretty nice original frame under it
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    I sold the 32 pickup and my old frame to a good friend Chris Carter. He asked me if I could follow up with a guy on Craigslist who had some pickup front fenders for sale. So I met the guy, grabbed the fenders and literally tripped on this axle sticking out of the weeds

    And here we are today.
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  2. nochop
    Joined: Nov 13, 2005
    Posts: 2,128

    from norcal

    363E29EB-96DC-4EEB-9407-2204379CB4E1.jpeg My dad did this mid to late 50’s
  3. nochop
    Joined: Nov 13, 2005
    Posts: 2,128

    from norcal

  4. Dang man, that's a good looking POS. :D HRP
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  5. flatford39
    Joined: Dec 3, 2006
    Posts: 2,800


    Question...what pressure plate clutch did you use to mate the Ford tranny to the Chevy flywheel?? Nice looking hot rod by the way.
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  6. great bones to start with...Im sure it will be cool like all the other Ford you own... keep the updates coming.. Thanks for sharing Chris
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  7. Wow :cool:
    That looks great !!
    Keep going !!
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  8. Isn't it great how just mocking the parts you have, into a semblance of a car, can give you loads of ambition and drive.
    Going to be a great ride!
  9. jim snow
    Joined: Feb 16, 2007
    Posts: 1,281

    jim snow

    Most excellent start. Good on you. Snowman
  10. Stogy
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
    Posts: 20,252


    Yes, that's a nice beater...perfect for the Blackhills of Dakota where there lived a young boy named...:confused:...well not quite but that would be a great tune to whistle while your blasting down a back road your way...:D

    You have a way @Chris...
    Last edited: Jul 27, 2021
  11. 302GMC
    Joined: Dec 15, 2005
    Posts: 6,903

    from Idaho

    With that perfect chop, consider channeling with full fenders ....
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  12. -Brent-
    Joined: Nov 20, 2006
    Posts: 6,212



    I love the plan for it.
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  13. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 27,083

    Jalopy Joker

    on the right path to classy "shitty looking"
  14. oldiron 440
    Joined: Dec 12, 2018
    Posts: 2,246

    oldiron 440

    Looks great, needs more power!
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  15. Tim
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 12,705

    from KCMO

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  16. Love it:cool:
    Great start, go man go!!!!!
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  17. deathrowdave
    Joined: May 27, 2014
    Posts: 2,648

    from NKy

    Lucky ! Man you hit the lottery
  18. 32 hudson
    Joined: Mar 5, 2005
    Posts: 761

    32 hudson

    Very cool ! Keep us updated. Following and subscribed.
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  19. It’s looking good!
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  20. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 28,201


    Great project to follow!

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  21. Rand Man
    Joined: Aug 23, 2004
    Posts: 3,966

    Rand Man

    Hard to beat a Deuce 5 window. Keep up the good work.
  22. Damn you have some neat shit
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  23. Thats got a nice chop.
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  24. brady1929
    Joined: Sep 30, 2006
    Posts: 8,632


    Congratulations. Looking forward to this.
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  25. Nice friends.....or should that be great friends.....have fun with the build !
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  26. SPEC
    Joined: Feb 1, 2021
    Posts: 311


    What about a fan, if you can't cool it you can't enjoy it?
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  27. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 29,618


    That might not work, Chris isn't quite the runt of the litter that would fit well in a chopped and channeled car.
    But next year he might have to park back in the cheap seats even though that was pretty nice spot on Sunday.
    Compared to what Tom started with a few years ago and then got his "rough" version crunched on the way back from the 2016 Deuce Days The one you have is pretty primo. Rockets had to do a lot of work to get his back in shape and fix a lot of real bad work in the process.

    Now I need to get my butt in Gear so I can park in that Cheap seat spot while you move up to the good seats.
    Last edited: Jul 26, 2021
  28. McFly
    Joined: Oct 10, 2001
    Posts: 1,168


    Looking forward to your build Chris
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  29. I've seen him fold himself into an A pickup cab. no small feat.

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