The Jalopy Journal
Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by trevorsworth, Aug 4, 2020.
omg i have needed something like that for fifty yrs an didn't know it , i'm in tears
Lmao i'm realy enjoying ur journey , i have always been a sbc guy but i worked for chrysler so when i retired bought a 1981 1/2 ton gmc to work on , i live in ontario you buy cars that have a safety check or they don't the ones with them are good to go jump in drive around the world well my safetied 1200 dollar truck made it to the gas station cause was low thought pick some up an would barely start got it home wouldn't start so went through com.spark,gas, taking off the aircleaner seemed sorta lose in fact the carb wasn't bolted down for the life of me i dunno how it ran to get me home an for the last 9 yrs everytime i fix one thing i see three others leaking broken or needing help but now has a motor built from with parts from every size first gen sbc except the 265 an is the second love of my life and looks like you have found yours to
using a wire brush doing any kind of work if your wearing cheap walmart tennis shoes or thin soled shoes sweep the floor the wires come off an work into the soles an if your working inside with any wire brush in socks be careful it's no fun pulling a bunch pieces 1/2 inch wire inbedded in your foot an don't ask how many times i forgot an did it anyway
i stopped at a napa once not my normal one for valve cover gaskets for sbc an the kid computered it said 70 bucks um each , shook hed an walked out didn't bother telling him i wasn't looking to buy the whole engine
Holy Shit that pic looks like something out of a time capsule all it's lacking is Jrs50's woman showing off knickers lol
I think this door is too bent! But might be fixable if I don't come up with a better set. I'm not trying to be a foster home for junk though.
I tested the speedometer and found that it works- but no video as the HAMB doesn't support embedding webms... come on, get with the times! It was fun to watch the odometer tick up.
snyders sells a door patch with the beltline and lower bead... the lower bead is different than most...
they have compound curve... i cut the outer 90* edges off and butt welded the skin to the inner panel...
the edges were originally stamped over the inner panel... tough to do at home and look right...
i feel the beltline beadwork is not deep/crisp enough... but would fix many a wasted door...
check them out... pix on my frozen computer...
The real issue with this door is hard to see in the picture: it's tweaked diagonally. I think both the inner structure and the skin could be saved by separating them and working them over separately. But I have enough on my plate as it is and would rather just buy a decent door. If by the time I need a door I still haven't sourced some, I will see about fixing this one.
some old restorers would take the door, on the car, then with their calf behind the bottom they would force the top the other direction...
i have seen them take a couple inches of twist out of the door...
call one, see if he can tell you more... go trev go !
I always used a thick phone book to adjust doors, if it out at the top you put it in the bottom and close the door on it and you can spring the top of the door in. The phone book doesn’t leave any marks or mess up the paint like a block of wood or dolly does. We said we called the door up.
To post a video load it on youtube and then post a link on here.
It's just a clip of the speedometer spinning up and the odometer rolling over, too short to bother throwing on youtube.
Found this old Delco Remy brake switch stuck to a floorboard. Kinda cool but I don't think it really suits this application, I have a stock A switch I'll use instead.
Standard equipment on 54 and back GM
Chevy in a Ford?... blasphemy!
Got a line on some doors a few hours away from me, will be a day trip for sure and no idea when I'll be able to make it. Waiting on pictures from the seller to see if they're worth playing hooky from work for.
Seems like a perfectly good reason to "play hooky" from work either way!
He had a set listed for $700... contacted him, asked if he had them, he said no he sold them but had another set and he'd send me pictures today... well, he didn't actually send the pictures, and then he hit me with a $1200 price tag... needless to say I passed... And the passenger door needed rust repair.
This feels like a bit of a silly predicament considering I did have two kind of working doors on the coupe. But I have to remind myself that the driver door was too rusted out on the inside to install hardware or glass, and the passenger door was too severely damaged on the outside to hold its shape without help, and I was going to need to replace or repair all but one hinge eventually. So I still don't think I'm really behind where I was in terms of actually having long-term viable parts.
I'm sure some doors will come up. In the meantime I sold the coupe roof wood set and will order the truck roof wood soon.
If you are going to tackle stripping and repairing the cowl shown in post #1497, the doors are just going to be in the way or something to trip over for now.
So optimistically, the OE doors will just take some time to be tracked down and returned to you.
Hot rod circumstances just changed significantly... the V8 might be on the chopping block. A most bitchin (but off-topic) car just dropped into my lap and I don't have room or finances for three hot rods, nor can I financially shoulder a V8 conversion on the A truck. Tough choices ahead. I can't say too much about the new car, but it's got one of my favorite Chrysler engines in it... the leaning tower of power.
A Slant Six ??????
Yep! I just love them, don't ask me why, I think they're cool as hell.
Trevor if you are going to unload that flathead we need to talk....lol
Don't worry, I promised you first dibs on it. I won't sell it without running it past you!
Now you gotta clean up that garage! Can't have 2 projects all spread out and mixed!
If the weather out there is anything like it is here, it's time to get that bare rusty bed out of the weather and emptying the shed to store stuff is a good start. RMONTY, hope you can swing the deal and show us a nice build!
Some day (without fenders)
Think i'm going to cry had high hopes you would deal the banger an use the flathead in the truck , O My , well end of the day it's what turns ur crank so do what makes you happy and those slants would run til they so out of compression you wouldn't move unless driveway was sloped down ish
The banger is zesty and makes cool noises. I may hang on to the V8 in case the banger develops a serious problem, depends on if I end up absolutely needing to sell it.
Been working on the new (O/T) '71 Dart. It was running like shit when I got it but it's getting there. Addressed some vacuum leaks and adjusted the valves - didn't know how to do the latter til today, it's really running great now. That sounded really scary, but it ended up being easy & makes me more comfortable doing it on the A later. Once I get it dialed in and get my dad paid back I'll focus back on the A. I'll sneak in a contraband picture of the off-topic project... breaking the rules is what we're all about, right?
No more about it, I promise.
You can sneak it in if you have it parked in the background when you take pictures of your A!
Wow.....I'm surprised! I wont say why....but I am! Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday. Bring the new ride if you want. If you break down, call me. I will come rescue you. Perfect way to get your confidence built in the car. You leave your place with a basic tool kit, have a definite destination, and someone on the other end waiting to come get you if she lays down on you......good to go!
come on now, @trevorsworth did you get sucked into the modern car vortex?
Gotta post an update on the A.
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