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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by wdglide, Oct 17, 2013.

  1. wdglide
    Joined: Jun 21, 2009
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    Well, I've lurkin, learnin and buildin for the past few months. Its my first traditional hot rod. I am shooting for a 60's era. I'm trying to use nothing newer that mid 60's. However, there will be a hyd clutch and the 9" is probably a '70. But being that I've never done this before, I don't have a yard full of parts or the connections. But I believe firmly in making what I have - work - and doing it myself.

    Life is getting in the way, so I'm hoping that this thread motivates me.

    The plan:
    30 Coupe body
    Chopped 3"
    Possibly a small channel??
    Flipped firewall

    1959 283
    Weiand/Stromberg 3 deuces
    1960 T-10

    Modified "A" frame
    Dropped "A" Front axle (not aftermarket)
    Split "A" front wishbone
    Reversed Eye Front "A" spring
    F1 front Brakes
    Wishboned 35/6 Radius Rods
    40 Front spring in the rear
    Early Bronco 9"

    40 front rims
    F1 rear rims
    Firestone Bias big/little

    I try to take photos when I think of it.

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  2. wdglide
    Joined: Jun 21, 2009
    Posts: 284

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    A FEW MORE...

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  3. tfeverfred
    Joined: Nov 11, 2006
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    Very interesting build.
     
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  4. landseaandair
    Joined: Feb 23, 2009
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    from phoenix

    Even though it's just a 283 I wouldn't have so much faith in those rear bones taking much abuse. All their original purpose was is to act as stringers to beef up the torque tube which took all the rotational force, all 85 h.p. worth. You could add struts from the top center of the axle housing to the ends pretty easy and two poly bushings or tie rod ends up front may not be a bad idea too.
     
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  5. patmanta
    Joined: May 10, 2011
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    from Woburn, MA
    1. MASSACHUSETTS HAMB

    Your work looks nice and clean! How are the pie-cut front bones working out?
     
  6. wdglide
    Joined: Jun 21, 2009
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    Thanks. A torque arm/bar is in the works. As are a LOT of details.

    The more I do, the more I gotta do!
     
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  7. wdglide
    Joined: Jun 21, 2009
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    So far so good. I left it tacked in case I need to make last minute changes. Thanks!
     
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  8. Looks good, nice and clean.
     
  9. scrap metal 48
    Joined: Sep 6, 2009
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    Looks good so far.. I like the 3 pedals and the direction this build is going...
     
  10. joeycarpunk
    Joined: Jun 21, 2004
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    from MN,USA

    Good looking project, traditionally inspired and no apologies needed for utilizing what you have for the rearend. Very clean looking build so far.
     
  11. wdglide
    Joined: Jun 21, 2009
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    Thanks.

    Started the firewall flip yesterday.

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  12. Corn Fed
    Joined: May 16, 2002
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    The way the OP has brought the wishbones together and attached them to a ball is the correct way to run bones with an open drive. Keeping them split with tie rod ends or bushings is wrong and will bind. Adding a strut form the center of the axle to the front near the pivot point would be a good addition.

    In my 28 PU, I am running a setup very similar to what the OP has shown. I wish I had added a strut in the center. I did add a plate at the front as well as some gussets right before the axle. It has held up for numerous miles over the past 7 years as well as a few trips down Mokan and I have had no problems. This is with a mild 312 Y-block and a 4 speed. I don't run it real hard, but I don't totally baby it either.
     

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  13. HellsHotRods
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    X2 !!! those 36 bones will bend for sure under torque
    Sure, the OP did the bones in the right pattern with the ball,,,,but without a torque bar or tube you are asking for trouble.
    You need a 3rd bar so the axle doesn't twist, that's what a torque tube was for.
     
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  14. wdglide
    Joined: Jun 21, 2009
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    Well, good thing I have a torque arm.

    Anyway..... Back to my build....

    Working on the firewall, tunnel and floor. I'll get some pics up in tomorrow.
     
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  15. What a cool build !! will follow this for sure. JW :)
     
  16. wdglide
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    Some update photos.

    I spent a day working on the inner fender. A lot of work and I could have bought a panel for $30, but it's just not the same.

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  17. HelmuthBrothers
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    Looks great so far! The patch panels on the wheel wells look great as well! How did you end up puttin the bead in?
     
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  19. wdglide
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    Thanks.

    Just finishing my first gas welding adventure. David Gardiners video motivated me to try it over MIG. Not as easy as he makes it out, but it definitely is easier to planish out the wrinkles.

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  20. wdglide
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    Sorry, missed your question...

    I used my trusty Harbor Freight part stamper. I have a thread on that in this forum.


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  21. I like this build a lot! Nice job with the gas welding.
     
  22. Looks like a nice plan and should come out great at the rate you're going. Nice work.


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  23. hipster
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    Another dead end... wonder what happened?
     
  24. Maybe he's so busy working on this, that he just don't have time for cyber rodding :D
    Least I hope so, I'd like to see it completed.:cool:
     
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  25. Last seen on the HAMB in April 2013 !! Nice build and would be cool to see it to the end. JW
     
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  26. fortynut
    Joined: Jul 16, 2008
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    Dang. I was looking forward to a 'Happy Ending' with him smoking the tires into the sunset. Oh well. Anyone know any more than is posted? It had all the right stuff by an obviously bright and motivated builder.
     
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  27. wdglide
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    I'm still here. I've lost some interest in the hamb after they changed the format/layout.

    I'm still working on the project but it's moving slow. Most recently I've got some help reinforcing the rear wishbone. I'm starting to plumb it now.

    I'll try and get a couple photos added. Thanks for the interest!
     
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  28. Binger
    Joined: Apr 28, 2008
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    from wyoming

    This car is looking great! I had missed this one earlier. Subscribed!
     
  29. wdglide
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  30. Glad you are back and looking good( the car that is). JW:)
     
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