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Projects I Just Bought a Hot Rod Model A Roadster That Was Built In 1959...

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by cactus1, Jun 7, 2017.

  1. Very cool. Nice find.

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  2. Thanks for posting the photo of Lanny, now I do remember him from school and the photo of the shop class the shop instructors name was RR Reed. I will never forget this man as I had 6 hours of auto shop my senior year with him as the teacher. Great guy.....
  3. Spoken like a fellow old guy, that gets as much as the rest of us.
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  4. I spoke (emailed) with Lanny about those pics. That shop class pic with the Olds engine is a crazy coincidence. He said he never took auto shop but instead took "Vocational Agriculture" because it covered welding, soldering, carpentry, forging, etc. as he thought he would learn more life skills which eventually landed him a career job with Hallmark Cards in the engineering/ maintainence dept. Also a crazy coincidence is that maintainence/ repair/ construction is what I do for a living! Oddly enough I never took auto shop in high school (or anywhere other than here) either, ha!
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  5. big duece
    Joined: Jul 28, 2008
    Posts: 6,379

    big duece
    from kansas

    Oh, I though maybe you were going to say the olds engine in the yearbook was the one in the car he built. :D
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  6. That's what I was hoping, haha! Oh well!
  7. Dick Stevens
    Joined: Aug 7, 2012
    Posts: 3,316

    Dick Stevens

    That would have been so cool! :)
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  8. Tuck
    Joined: May 14, 2001
    Posts: 5,650

    Tech Editor
    from MINNESOTA
    1. Early Hemi Tech

    Any updates on the heads? Everything looking A-OK?

    Man... figure out the password for youtube because you need to be ready for when you fire it up. :) ;-)
  9. Yes! He called and said they are cleaned up and no cracks so that's good! He was a little concerned with the measurements on some of the guides but since I didn't send the valves he had nothing to base on other than factory specs so we will see. I got the valves cleaned up and they look pretty good. I may have to source a couple of intake valves but I'll know better once we start cutting!

    I know on the password! Can't wait for that vid!
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  10. verno30
    Joined: Aug 25, 2008
    Posts: 1,117


    Congratulations on your find.
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  11. Does anyone recognize this clutch slave cylinder? I bled it and it seems to work but I'd like to get a new boot for it? My first thought was GM truck but it doesn't look like the ones I can find from '61-2? Did Oldsmobile use one???

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  12. No idea on the slave cyl, but this is the first thread here in quite a while
    that i've been excited to see an update on.

    Did you find some intake valves?
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  13. Thanks Kelley! Someone answered my request on IG this weekend so hopefully they are on the way!

    If they get here by the weekend I may be able to get my first valve grinding lesson. I did chuck a couple up in the drill and lap them with some compound just for the fun of it.

    I may have to start a dedicated thread on that salve cylinder I.D. I filled up the master and bleed it and got the clutch to release so it all seems to work (although it's pretty stiff!)
    Last edited: Jun 28, 2017
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  14. Tuck
    Joined: May 14, 2001
    Posts: 5,650

    Tech Editor
    from MINNESOTA
    1. Early Hemi Tech

    whats the OD of the cylinder? I think I have a boot for ya- oh and whats the ID? I may have a new plunger as well.
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  15. PAracer
    Joined: May 21, 2007
    Posts: 91


    Congratulations on the find... I think your living the dream of just about 99.9999% of us here. I like your approach and would love to see this car out and about in person someday. What a time capsule. Keep us all updated on your progress.... so us unlucky souls can live the dream along with u.

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  16. akoutlaw
    Joined: May 13, 2010
    Posts: 987


    Look at the slave cylinder & see if you can read any casting numbers on it. I have a casting reference book that I can look at & see if I might be able to get you info on it. Bill
  17. Thanks dood! I'll measure tonight.

    Thanks so much! I still can't believe it, ha!

    I did not see anything last night but it was a cursory look. I will take a closer look tonight and report back. Thank you!
  18. displaced_kiwi
    Joined: Nov 20, 2005
    Posts: 248

    from Olathe KS

    Thats a cool looking roadster, congrats on the find and being able to park it next to the pickup. I look forward to seeing it out and about one day.
  19. Cylinder ID is 1.125" and is 1.375" at the boot groove?

    Bill I don't see anything on it other than the Wagner Lockheed name darnit!

    Thanks Ricki! Nice to hear from you!
  20. Satyr
    Joined: Nov 16, 2009
    Posts: 88


    Just wow! What a great time capsule.
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  21. Runnin shine
    Joined: Apr 12, 2013
    Posts: 3,321

    Runnin shine

    I think of this car as Snoopy's cousin.
    This thread has a very deja vu vibe.
    I love it as much the second time around.

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  22. So, not a lot of mechanical progress last week. We had out of town guests for a few days and the preparations and recovery took most of my "free time." I did get an email from Lanny saying that he had found a few things that go with the roadster. I knew about the R&C letter already but I did not know about the pic in the magazine. I was ecstatic to say the least!

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    The acceptance letter for the above show. How cool?! image.jpeg

    And while this never materialized it is also very cool to have!

    Anyway, I'm still waiting on valves. A fellow on IG offered some but had a family member send them as he was out of town. When they arrived they were exhaust valves darn it, haha! He said he'd send the appropriate intake valves but I don't want to be a pest so we'll see. If anyone has a few good used ones to sell I'd be interested!
    Last edited: Jul 11, 2017
  23. porkshop
    Joined: Jan 22, 2004
    Posts: 1,705

    from Clovis Ca

    Cactus.....Man this keeps getting better and better....
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  24. Mike those letters are just as good as the whole car!!!!!!!!!
  25. The Continental
    Joined: Aug 23, 2011
    Posts: 363

    The Continental
    from Texas

    Awesome car and story, too bad R&C isn't around anymore, but surely another magazine would like to include this.
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  26. brad2v
    Joined: Jun 29, 2009
    Posts: 1,650


    Gold man, Pure gold
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  27. really awesome!
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  28. I know right? Ha!

    They are Christopher!!!!

    Thanks! I agree. It would be neat to get the whole story in print!

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  29. WillyKJr
    Joined: Sep 5, 2009
    Posts: 152

    from Blackstone

    Mother Mopar started installing in 1960 that piece "could" be traditional.
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  30. missed this thread, congrats on the car... it's a cool ride

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