The Jalopy Journal
Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by drylakespeedshop, Jul 18, 2016.
Bit of work on the backing plates.
Curious as to why you have two different kind of rear plates?
It's all I could get my hands on.
Played around with the rear fenders, mainly working out the lines I'd like for them. Also having a clean out of parts as I decide what I'm going to use and what I can turn into funds for the roadster.
Cut-up rocker cover for scoops?
They're an after market scoop. I was thinking of doing the steel cap scoops, but bit the bullet and coughed up the dough to buy these ones. Ties in with a couple of other finned parts in the engine bay.
I'm getting the fender profile near where I like it. The individuality is part of what is pushing me in the direction of these fenders, rather than just bolting on cycle guards. I posted a little on these a while back, they're the quite rusted originals with I think Bedford truck fender cuts for the swage and shape. Junk pile finds.
Dropped the seat down as low as I could get it on the slides. Also did some work on the shifter. I got a nice double detent shifter with the heap of flatheads I purchased a while back, and it turned out to be a narrow fork shifter unfortunately. I've cut forks from one of the side shifter plates I had and started doing the modifications required.
I like 'em! Good looking, and kind of a "signature piece" for the build.
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This was a photo I posted earlier in the build process. Close
to what I'm doing with the rear fenders.
Are you aware that your rear plates are two different styles? One's a 40 style and one's a 48. Each requires different lower anchor hardware and different shoes.
Read his answer to the question of whether they are ends of valve covers again! They are not!
I believe the the anchor hardware can be changed over, is this correct? Drill out the rivets and install the bolts which will allow matching shoes?
Selling lots of cool junk at the moment, there'll be nothing but a shed frame and a hot rod by the time I'm done... ha ha!!
I've never even considered drilling out the later studs to replace with early bolts. It might work. I'd do some precise measuring first to make sure the thicknesses of that backer plate are the same, and in the same place. And, getting the hole in the exact spot is very important. Probably best done on a mill. Otherwise the shoe might not be able to be adjusted into the proper clearance.
Please check this, but I think the holes for the bolts and the fixed anchor studs are not on the same centers. A friend tried to use the wrong backplates and convert them to the other type and it was not an easy task.
I'll be doing some checking today, and collecting another backing plate. I was lucky enough to line up a plate 10 minutes from home. See how I go, I have heard of them being drilled, but unsure on all the details. Thanks for the replies!!
Returned to a great little store today, and bought an old chrome generator, "stop" light and a gauge from another antique store to fill a dash hanging in the shed. Sorting through door latches and repairing handles today. I'll set up a citric acid bath and clean the rear backing plate I bought during the week.
No great progress recently. Worked on making new bonnet catches today. Used the tops of 4 I found in junk heaps. Found some tube the correct size out for curbside rubbish on a bed head. Cut the threads and welded washers to the other end. Just have to pick up some new springs for them.
good one dls… one might use 20" or so tubes instead of straps when not running hood sides...HMMMM
Found a few gems in a store today. Needed a bezel for the "stop" light which I found, along with A model ford rad/tank caps, 32 & 33 commercial rad caps, 34 rad caps and a 33 hub cap! Got a good deal, I was hoping to find a radiator cap for my roadster, and may end up using one of them for the time being.
Glad to see that you're back. Always enjoy your posts.
Thanks, I've been chasing up my backing plate mix up, picked one up and it's been in the citric bath. I've been building a lot of retaining walls in my yard lately, and I'll be glad to have a break from that and get into some hot rod fun!
A little progress yesterday. Stop light, license plate light tube, I made up. Started mirroring the custom fenders and did a little abbrassive blasting and painting.
How,s it going there. To cold & wet in the shed ?
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