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Projects My First Custom - Shoebox Project

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by the-rodster, Aug 26, 2010.

  1. bigbren
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    I am now subscribed! Keep it up. I'm halfway through the rebuild on my 53 flatty. Then I will look for a car!
     
  2. Lono
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    Yep, I agree, they're sweet. Aren't they off a 49-51 Merc?
     
  3. Buddy Palumbo
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    Back in the day that style skirt was a Merc skirt , that guys had to cut down to fit a Shoebox . Later on a company named Foxcraft made them out of steel that bolted right on , with the correct height to fit below a Shoebox's sidetrim . I owned a few in the past year (kept one pair for my car) .
     
  4. the-rodster
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    Here ya go, everything you wanted to know about shoebox skirts....

    http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/showthread.php?t=652658

    Rich
     
  5. grf-x
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    Thanks rich I appreciate it!
     
  6. rodknocker
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    The car is looking great, just a question, what are your plans with exhaust on the drivers side, looks like its going to be tight. I know with mine w/o the p/s and a sbc cuts it real close with the block huggers.
     
  7. the-rodster
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    I'm dressing the engine up like a stock 56 chevy, so I wanted to run some type of OEM cast manifold.

    Rams horn center dump won't work, rams horn angled dump (truck) didn't work either.

    I went with this...

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    82 - 92 Camaro ??

    I think they look the part, and clear everything (very close to the upper A arm)

    I'll post new pics soon.

    Rich
     
  8. 48flthdf1
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    Rich...You Are the man..Very nice work...Subsribed
     
  9. Beachcomber
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    Shit! The ram horns dont clear the double d shaft or the A arms?? I was hoping to do the s10 clip with my sbc that already has the Speedway style ram horns on it.
     
  10. the-rodster
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    If I recall correctly, they cleared, but pointed straight down at the crossmember.

    Rich
     
  11. gerry miller
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    Thank You for posting this awesome build. Where did you get those clamps with the wingnuts. I have to get some? Looks Kick Ass!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  12. the-rodster
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    Harbor Freight has them cheap.

    Eastwood has them, not so cheap.

    They're called panel clamps.

    Rich
     
  13. can you post that pic if you the manifold installed that might be the answer to my prayers.thanks man
     
  14. gerry miller
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    Thanks for taking time to give the info on the clamps
    Gerry
     
  15. A guy on a homemade tools thread posted how he made a set, but Harbor Freight is probably faster and cheaper.
     
  16. Skullet,

    'Bout time for an update on this one....

    Just sayin'

    JH
     
  17. the-rodster
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    Just for you, Jim.


    I've been trying to tell myself that I wont' have to raise the driveshaft tunnel.

    But, after installing the driveshaft, and doing some measuring, I came to realize that half an inch of clearance, was just not enough.
     
  18. the-rodster
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    It hurts my feelings to cut up nice floors......


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    But it's gotta go....


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  19. the-rodster
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  20. the-rodster
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    I started at the back, and started fabbing a new tunnel, and bump over the rear.

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  21. the-rodster
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    The crossmember under the seat also needed to be thinned out.

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  22. the-rodster
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  23. the-rodster
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    The bottom of the rear seat needed some modifications to clear the new tunnel.

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    Last edited: Mar 19, 2012
  24. daddio211
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    My wife sees an evil face in this picture.... With gills! LMAO
     
  25. the-rodster
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    Tell her to put the bong down.

    Rich
     
  26. saratoga56
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    from NY

    Best thread in a while.
     
  27. daddio211
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    Ha ha ha... :D
     
  28. Looking good Rich!

    When is it going to be on the road?

    JH
     
  29. '54Caddy
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    Nice work Rich! looks factory.

    Josh
     
  30. the-rodster
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    I thought that I could have it drivable by summer....

    I don't think that I'm gunna make it.

    Rich
     

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