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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. the-rodster
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    Springs are in.....

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  2. the-rodster
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    Removing the pads from the S10 rear...

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  3. Cyclone GT
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    Very nice build!
     
  4. the-rodster
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    Nice day yesterday.

    Stripped the subrame, and power washed it.

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  5. Gator
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    Love the tire / cap choice Rich...
     
  6. davidh73750
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    You got some great metal skills. Love your OLD car. I really like the 49-50 dash on those fords.
     
  7. davidh73750
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    and most here would agree that sounds so ghey
     
  8. Hotrod95
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    Lookin' great! Beautiful metal work
     
  9. the-rodster
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    Mocking the rear end placement...

    With the springs de-arched three inches, I figured I would still need 1 or 2 inch lowering blocks, so I made some 1 1/2 inch biodegradeable blocks for testing.

    Looks pretty good, with the weight on the springs, the axle is 3 inches from the snubber.

    I like how the springs look with the weight of the car, not flat, still a little curve.

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  10. the-rodster
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    The S10 track width is 3 inches narrower than the shoebox, so I figured I would get custome offset wheels made.

    Then I figured, why not just get a set of 49 chevy wheels, and reverse them.

    Reversing the chevy wheels gives about and inch and half more positive offset, should be just right. I haven't welded the centers yet, need to true them up this weekend and weld them.

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  11. lowpunk
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    This is one of those threads that i hope never ends when I'm scrolling through!!! Did you de-arch just the main or the others in the pack too? Patch job and trunk looks great. Can't wait for the next installment!
     
  12. the-rodster
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    I dearched all of them to match the main leaf.

    Rich
     
  13. '54Caddy
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    Great work! Looking foward to seeing more on this one. My shoebox is a little worse than you started with and this thread is some great motivation. Will be starting in the spring. Ive also put a lot of thought into how to lower mine, Im looking foward to see how the s-10 clip works for you.
     
  14. ~pirate~
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    Very cool! I just picked up a 49, keep up the good work! Subscribed.
     
  15. rich, nice work
     
  16. sololobo
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    Impressive build, love the wheel, tire, and cap choice. Another sweet shoe box in the works. Thanx for the cool posts. ~sololobo~
     
  17. bobx
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    looking good.
     
  18. the-rodster
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    Trued up the wheels last weekend, and welded them solid.

    I threw a dial indicator on them, and was able to get the runout within .020

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  19. the-rodster
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    I rolled it outside, to turn it around in the garage, and take a look at how low the rear sat.

    Could go a little lower in the back, we'll see once the front comes down.

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  20. chaddilac
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    Rearend is setting nice!!!
     
  21. choptop kid
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    looking awesome ! its cool your goin traditional springs and de arched leafs . hope this thread goes all the way
     
  22. the-rodster
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    The frame was absolutely filled with a fine dirt.

    So I took this opportunity, to put an 8 foot section of 3/4 pvc on then end of a vacuum hose, and sucked all the dirt out.

    Every once in a while the pipe would clog...

    This is what I found.

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  24. the-rodster
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    After all the measuring, I decided that I would not Z the clip, and try to match the clip as close to the ford frame as possible.


    I figured, if it needs to go lower, dropped spindles are only $100

    So, to mate the new clip, I pie cut the frame, to match the height and width of the shoebox, 3 X 4.5 inches.

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  25. the-rodster
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  26. the-rodster
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    Once the frame was welded, I went to work on the fish plates.

    Inside.

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    Outside.


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  27. Mr Blue
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    Looking great. You are building a car on my bucket list. Love th eshoebox for. Nice job on the build:)
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  28. RG49MERC
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    Looking good..it's coming together nicely!!
     
  29. the-rodster
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  30. the-rodster
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    Wheels painted.....

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    Stones mounted


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