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Projects Henderson Fifty One (removable HT shoebox)

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by Eric H, Sep 23, 2012.

  1. Finnrodder
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    Okey,thanks for the info,Eric!
     
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  2. Eric H
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    image.jpg image.jpg Just reminded my self how far it's come since 2012. It feels good.
     
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  3. T-DeWitt
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    I'm trying to find time.have been working 12 hour days.

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  4. Eric H
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    New power valves are in the mail. The car was idling so rich that the entire hood was starting to get dizzy. Can't wait to get it out of the garage so that I can check out the new stance and do a little fall cruising.
     
  5. daddio211
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    Oh, gee, it wasn't the distributor??? LOL, loved that guy's indignant opinion.
     
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  6. Mr.Dickies
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    Daddio I had a problem with my shoebox that I thought was distributor related did a full turn up replaced everything plugs wires cap rotor ect. Come to find out I had two bad sets of wires and a two bad coil to cap wires. One distributor I even swapped the vacuum advance thinking that was it. because it seemed to run a little better with it unhooked
     
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  7. Mr.Dickies
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    Eric it looks great. I'm really digging it more and more.
     
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  8. Eric H
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    image.jpg I changed the power valves in the 94s and it leaned things out. Ready for some cruising before the white crap comes.
     
  9. Eric H
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    image.jpg A quick pic from today's journey. Good pics to come.
     
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  11. Pinstriper40
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    I dig the progress, especially the grille treatment. Keep up the good work!
     
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  12. barfers
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    looks so good
     
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  13. Slopok
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    Just read your thread from the beginning and thought your crazy to start cutting on that nice of a convertible but you nailed it with all the period correct modifications you've done on it so far. Really like the tail lite treatment, not one you see often. Good job.
     
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  14. Eric H
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    Thanks guys! The first cut was a little hard but it got easier and easier.
     
  15. Eric H
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    image.jpg image.jpg Still need to fix a bunch of big images. The car ran great all day Sunday and I put a lot of miles on her. The tail pipe was wacking the axle all day, other than that it was a great ride. The Aerostar springs made a big difference in how it handles as well.
     
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  16. Eric H
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    I have decided to break my 1954 cutoff rule in the name of good thrashable HP. The flathead might be sold tonight in order to make way for a fresh 348 of 58 vintage. I think this will be good alternative to the much more $ friendly small block and will allow me to pull a camper to shows ect.
     
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  17. Mr.Dickies
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    Say it ain't so a Chevy in the Ford noooooooo!


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  18. cool shubox.........reminds me of a local guy's 49 Dodgecruiseshuboxragsmall.jpg rag top.
     
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  19. Slopok
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    Isn't that the one he bought by mistake then couldn't sell it either? Sara's Box I believe.
     
  20. Eric H
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    That's Mike Lewis's box. Sweet ride.
     
  21. Eric H
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    Change of plan, flathead stay for now. Lol
     
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  22. Eric H
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    image.jpg Waiting for winter to end.
     
  23. flynbrian48
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    Great job! Almost made me think I should buy my buddy's shoebox convert project (one good sedan that had been in a garage fire, one rusty sedan, one REALLY rusty convert), but I looked at the three projects I have going and decided, "Not right now."
     
  24. Eric H
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    Thanks Brian. Grab those vert while you can.
     
  25. barfers
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    love it great work with the grille shell and hood! your box looks like its up to nogood hahah
     
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  26. Eric H
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    Thanks Man! She is like a classy chick who gets up to no good at night.
     
  27. 'Mo
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    You have so nailed the era, I would hate to see you compromise now.
    How about a straight stick conversion, with appropriate gearing?
    Sharp heads are said to boost compression, without compromising flow.
    Merc 255?

    That, or an Olds Rocket V8. This build deserves nothing less!
     
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  28. Eric H
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    Thanks Mo, all good ideas. I'm also considering a 700r4 behind the flathead.
     
  29. José
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    I have a hopped up Merc -54 256 y-block in my shoebox, runs like a champ, cruizin 90 like nothing on the highway, would'nt trade for anything, and you can stay with your -54 rule:)
    Beatiful car you have there :)
     
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  30. Eric H
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    image.jpg F it. Winter beer run.
     
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