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Customs My new driver - '48 Fleetline

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by BarryA, Jun 14, 2014.

  1. BarryA
    Joined: Apr 22, 2007
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    I wasn't planning on buying anything right now, but this just came up at a fairly good price. I still had just enough cash left from selling my '41 pickup, so.....
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    It was owned by a parent at my kids school - he is into restorer/original stuff but some personal circumstances meant he had to thin down. He said it was a '47 but grill/badge appear to be '48 (we seem to have gotten half-year, mixed up models here in South Africa)
    The car is pretty much original (except for 12V and radials).
    As much as I would love to dive in and start making changes, the plan is to resist that urge and keep it on the road. I will be lowering as much as I can with cut coils/lowering the spring cup on the A-arms and lowering blocks/de-arched springs out back.
    As long as the engine is running ok I will leave that alone - except maybe for split manifolds. If I pick up any major issues I will probably go the route of a later six with open drive as I can find them fairly easily, rather than trying to resurrect the 216. If that happens I will look at a rear notch and getting it to sit even lower..
    Gears are a little hard to get but I think that may be in the linkage - will need to scratch a bit. I can get a (free) spare gearbox if there is a bigger issue.
    There are a bunch of small things to attend to - vent window cranks don't work, some gap alignment, and finding the missing trim etc
    Longer term I would love to chop it, get it a little lower and change the colour - but hopefully I can resist that for a couple of years and just enjoy having a solid driver for a change....
     

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  2. mgtstumpy
    Joined: Jul 20, 2006
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    Nice car, data plate will ID YOM, prefix would be 46, 47 or 48 and then 1007 suffix. RHD Fisher body?
     
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  3. belair
    Joined: Jul 10, 2006
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    I love mine. Those 216s don't like a lot high rpm. Is the shifting issue related to the vacuum shift? Anyway you snagged a really nice car.
     
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  4. M1Lover
    Joined: Aug 8, 2010
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    Sweet
     
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  5. chevy54man
    Joined: Feb 7, 2013
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    from NC

    Looks like a really nice car
     
  6. BarryA
    Joined: Apr 22, 2007
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