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Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by voodookustoms, Apr 3, 2015.

  1. I was able to work it back into place, grind the metal clean, bevel some edges and surprisingly get some pretty clean welds in there. It was a pain in the ass but now it's better than it was from the factory.
     
  2. 56longroof
    Joined: Aug 1, 2011
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    I've noticed the factory welds are less than stellar on many occasions. Glad to hear your back on the road.

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    I finally got around to installing my rebuilt hood hinges this weekend. Since my firewall was so best up from this poor cars previous life, I could not get the box to fit completely. I straightened all the flanges the best I could and finagled it into place as close to original as I could but had to use two sheet metal screws to hold the outside of the box to the firewall.
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    The passenger side went on a lot smoother. Next up I have to make a custom mounting bracket for the Blower motor due to my raised fenderwells.


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  4. Dude that's looking great! Can't wait to see it with the hood on!
     
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  5. flamingokid
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  6. Nice job on your car, looks great. Gotta a couple questions regarding your hood hinges. Did you "rebuild" them and if so what did that entail. Was that done to correct the rear of the hood staying up, not sitting flush with fender when closing hood ?
     
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  7. Not sure how you define large dose of Loctite. be careful too much and I does not cure.
     
  8. Hey Rick. I had a local machinist rebuild them. He specializes in hinges. He took them all apart, strengthened the pivot holes by adding thicker steel on the vent side, he fabricated the front arms out of thicker steel, reamed all the holes and made all new rivets/pivots for a tight fit. And he installed all new springs. If your interested, send me a dm and I'll get you his number. They are now much better than any remanufactured hinges you can buy.
    And yes, it will fix the corners sticking up like you mentioned.


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  9. Thanks. Good to know.


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  10. 56longroof
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    I got the bracket installed now. I'm pretty happy with it considering I made it with a 4" grinder, a die grinder and a drill press. Not happy with some of the welds, but it will do I suppose.


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  12. flamingokid
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    Don't beat yourself up,that looks great ;)
     
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  13. Billy_Bottle_Caps
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    Great build. Love the look of the car. Hubcaps really set it off man


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  14. tragic59
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    Do you mind sharing the contact info for your local hinge specialist?
     
  15. Shane Spencer
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    Cool bracket man, engine bay looks great. Hey outta curiosity how much clearance do you have between the front inner fenders and the top of your tire? Im not quite as low as you are and i think i can get away without raising my inner fenders up
     
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  16. Thanks greengrenade. I've got probably an inch or two. But I did come down quite a bit. And the big tires make a big difference too.
    What are you doing to lower yours?


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  17. Shane Spencer
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    I did aerostars and 2 1/2 drop spindles with the disc kit from drop n stop em. Think i have 3 or so inches of clearance so i might just rock it without raising the inner fenders. I got posies 3" leafs out back with 4" blocks but i dont think the springs are 3" really. I think its around a 5/6 drop total


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  18. chuckshomeservices
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    Nice work! This is a great thread!
     
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  19. dwest999
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    Update?... love following this thread.
     
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  20. Sorry not much of an update. My axle seals were leaking so I took that out and had it fixed. I haven't had any time to make more progress. But the hood will be going on soon, then I have to get the door hinges rebuilt.


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  21. flamingokid
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    Anything going on lately with your Vic?
     
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  22. dwest999
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    Yeah... what's up... this has been a great thread... subscribers want to know.
     
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  24. greaser 35
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    Yes,any update?????
     
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  25. Hey guys. Sorry it's been a while.
    I guess I've been mostly preoccupied with these two beauties. [​IMG] Elizabella Renee and Scarlett Skye born April 10th.
    While we were in the hospital with them, I had my bumpers stripped, straightened and had the bolt holes filled by V&C Metal polishing in north Hollywood. They did a great job.
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    Chrome will come later.
    I've been driving the car to work every day this week since I'm working a little closer to home now. [​IMG]
    I also got the hood installed a few weeks before the girls came. It still needs some adjustment, but at least it closes and locks now.
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    I took that pic last week when I got to cruise with my dad. He came out from Phoenix to pick up that 40. He's owned a lot of cars in his life, but never a 40 ford. It has always been on his list. It was good to cruise around with him again. His plans are to put wide whites and chrome reversed rims on it.
    Mechanically, my car is pretty solid now. Runs and drives great. The windshield does need to be replaced, so after that, i will be able to focus on body work and modifications. I plan on doing a kustom grill treatment, molding the front fenders to the valence and body and rounding the hood corners. still deciding if ill be running any type of side trim.

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  26. flamingokid
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    I guess we'll cut you a little slack,with the kids and all ;) The car is looking even better and the kids are cute,your life is dialed in.
     
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  27. 56longroof
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    Congrats on the girls. Their beautiful. Car is looking great.

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  28. Congrats on your daughters! Car is looking good, too.
     
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  29. greaser 35
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    Congrats for your girls!!!!!!
     
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  30. RockinRivi
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    Love the pix, congrats on the twins great names u chose


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