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Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by Ceegan, Apr 30, 2019.

  1. Rickybop
    Joined: May 23, 2008
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    Rickybop
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    from Michigan

    Thoughts...FYI
    It's good to know what you have. I would find numbers on the block and heads and do some research. Determine cam, intake, carburetor, etc. too. If you can, maybe visit the PO again and ask? Knowing what you have will give you an idea of how the engine will behave, determine possible upgrades, changes, future replacements, etc.
    It's also good to know the condition of the engine. Chances are that it's a typically mild build, the components are in good condition and it was assembled correctly. But at this point, you don't know for sure.
    A compression test is a good method of determining the overall condition of the "top end"...the heads and valvetrain. Buy a decent compression tester that threads into the spark-plug holes. Do a search to see how to use it. Basically, you want good pressure readings (search online for specs) and consistent for all cylinders. Past that, you could pull the heads and inspect/measure the cylinder bore for wear. It should be nice and smooth with no ridge near the top. You could disassemble the heads and check the valves, seats, the fit of the valve-stems in the valve-guides, (no wiggling) etc.
    The bottom end should also be checked. Turn the engine up-side-down on the stand, pull the pan, remove the main caps and rod caps, (keep them in order!) and at least visually inspect the bearings and bearing journals for wear or damage. Possibly use a micrometer to actually measure the journals. Look for a number on the bearings that will tell you if they are standard size or oversize.
    Or just run it and cross your fingers...lol.
    If you can, test run the engine when it's out of the car. Or at least test run it in the car before you put the whole front end back on. Be sure to take a video and share the moment.
    A 2-part epoxy paint sprayed with a gun is much more durable and will last longer and continue to look better than non-hardened paint from a spray-can...especially on a hot engine.
    I like your new valve covers better than the other ones. Super-fine-sand them and polish with rouge and small buffing pads and hard-rolls. Tape off everything except the fins and logo. Paint. Wipe off the very top edges of the fins and the raised areas of the logo. Cool, man.
    You're gonna learn so much. I bet you're reading a lot and watching a lot of videos. Hmmm...let's see..."How to do a compression test". Ah yes. Well shoot...that's not hard.
    Go for it, C.
    Oh...by the way. This hot rodding stuff is gonna ruin your life. You won't have ANY time for bowling...golf...bingo...nothing like that. LOL.
    Me too. Gotta go. Replacing some wheel bearings on the pickup so I can finally go get my 440/727 for my '53 Chrysler!
    Later!
     
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  2. Ceegan
    Joined: Apr 2, 2018
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    Ceegan

    I fired the engine when I first got it for a few seconds, I also have a new carb for it that I think is a rip off of a holly and I got a rebuild kit for it. When I pulled the cam I got the model numbers off of it and called the makers of the cam and they recommended what converter and valve springs,pushrods etc. when I pulled of the oil pan I looked it over with my dad and it looked really good. I also stuck a camera down every spark plug hole and saw cross hatching. We did do a compression check while it was in the car we took it out of and it checked out. As for going and pulling the heads off and main caps I didn’t do that but I think I’ll just cross my fingers and hope everything goes well. Thanks for the reply

    Good luck on your car!


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  3. Rickybop
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    Rickybop
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    You're way ahead of me. Nevermind. Lol.
    And thanks.
     
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  4. Ceegan
    Joined: Apr 2, 2018
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    Ceegan

    Got the front clip off going to take out the motor and install the new shifter torque converter flywheel!! I’m super excited


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  5. Ceegan
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    Ceegan

    Need help I bought a shifter kit that’s supposed to bolt up to my turbo 350 in the picture the shifter bolts to the tranny in a spot but there is no threads on my transmission for it to thread into. Here are some pictures if anyone can tell me what’s wrong it would be appreciated!


    Edit I figured it out it has these round things that go in it. These instructions had no mention of that!

    IMG_0001.JPG IMG_0001.JPG


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  6. phat rat
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    Have you considered getting the top right and making sure you can get glass cut to fit before spending a bundle on it?
     
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  7. fastcar1953
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    keep going. if the top doesn't work out you can still get another body.
     
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  8. Ceegan
    Joined: Apr 2, 2018
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    Ceegan

    Got the front clip off, pulled motor and trans, installed starter and flex plate and got the shifter mounted on the turbo 350! Lots of progress today oh and I also got the old hood off and grabbed my new one. IMG_0001.JPG IMG_0001.JPG IMG_0001.JPG


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  9. Ceegan
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    Ceegan

    I’m confident I’ve got a good glass guy, and the top shouldn’t be to bad because my dad has a lot of experience fabbing and a lot of tools to get the job done.


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  10. Ceegan
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    Ceegan

    It’ll work out! Or a hope so lol.


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  11. See Carson at Street Rod Glass in Woodcrest,, he is great with glass
     
  12. Ceegan
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    Ceegan

    I talked to him a while back, his pricing wasn’t competitive. I know of 3 different glass guys that are better priced.


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  13. I didn't say he was cheap, he is just one of the best.
    How many windshields to you want to buy to be chopped?
     
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  14. punkabilly1306
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    Glass is something you do NOT want to be cheap about! Just because a guy is cheaper than the next doesn’t mean he’s better...think of it this way, is it really cheaper if you have to do it 2 or 3 times?


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  15. Ceegan
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    Ceegan

    I have all my windshields for the car.


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  16. Ceegan
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    Ceegan

    Thanks for the suggestions, I’ve got the glass handled by the same guy who did the glass on my dads car

    [​IMG]


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  18. phat rat
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    Is that Merc your dads car? If so that's all flat glass that's a lot different then cutting the curved glass in the Chevy windshield
     
  19. Ceegan
    Joined: Apr 2, 2018
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    Ceegan

    Knew someone was going to say that lol, the guy I’m going to use for my glass has done a lot of our cars not all flat. Yes my dad built that Merc.

    [​IMG]

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  20. punkabilly1306
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    ...so your dad built the merc but the only photo you have is from street rodder


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  21. Ceegan
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    Ceegan

    I don’t need to prove anything to you lol.


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  22. Ceegan
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    Ceegan

    Starting to grind on the firewall!
    The combo of my Eastwood contour and a regular old grinder is making quick work of everything.

    [​IMG][​IMG]

    I won’t be able to get a lot done today as I’m going to show n go in downtown riverside.


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  23. Ceegan
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    Ceegan

    [​IMG][​IMG]

    Making progress! Flywheel on, stall converter, starter, new transmission seals, and got the motor and transmission married.

    I also ordered a billet alternator bracket that comes off the head. I’ll sand blast it so it looks cast aluminum. Going to try and get the seats in today to mock-up where I want the shifter to be.



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  24. engine138
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    Great project Ceegan looks like a great start to nice kustom keep up the work
     
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  25. Ceegan
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    Ceegan

    Thank you!


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  26. jimmy bruns
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    jimmy bruns
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    from Chatsworth

    Don't mind these jackasses on here.... going to be a badass kustom dude. Keep it up! I'm pretty sure i've seen that merc before. Does your pops still own it?
     
  27. Ceegan
    Joined: Apr 2, 2018
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    Ceegan

    Since your being cool unlike the other guy here’s a piece of the story. It was built by my dad for the show Chop Cut Rebuild. Since then the car was sold, got damaged and is now apart with my dad to be repaired and repainted. The car is going to be back together soon.. Here are some pictures [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]


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  28. LSJUNIPER
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    WOW!!!!!!!!!
     
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  29. Flamed48
    Joined: Apr 19, 2011
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    When it comes time for suspension upgrades hit up Alex gambino ant gambino kustoms in San Jose he has the kits your looking for. He also built this 54 which may provide some inspiration [​IMG]


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  30. Ceegan
    Joined: Apr 2, 2018
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    Ceegan

    I looked into it, I may use him actually or build one with my dad if he has time. Whatever works but that’s a ways down the road.


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