The Jalopy Journal
Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by chopolds, Nov 10, 2018.
@chopolds , any update?
Not so much! I've got engine parts ordered for months now, that are delaying building the engine (can't get cam cores, Edelbrock not filling orders).Did a lot of welding to finish up the exhaust, and now working on 'sectioning' the rear bumper overrider, so the tailgate can open completely. Been busy building other guys cars, in the meantime!
Damn now I feel guilty!!
Sweet good luck with that Oldsmomad
@chopolds , any progress to report?
My next step is building the engine. I order a cam and lifter in march, and just got them a couple weeks ago! Meanwhile, 455 block bored 0.030, new pistons, rings and bearings are here. Now waiting on the crank. Out being polished, or cut, whatever it needs. Once the engine is painted and installed, I can assemble the front sheet metal and continue. Meanwhile, building other guys' cars!
Thanks for the update!
Since the Olds never made a wagon in 56, there were a lot of modifications to do to get things to work right. A small matter, was that the tailgate, when opened, would hit the license plate guard on the back bumper. I couldn't eliminate it, as the bumper was formed around it, so I had to "section" it to make it shorter. Not easy for an angled part. Not easy, as it had to be chrome plated afterwards, so the metalwork had to be pretty good. I cut and welded it, and had to add a 2 inch piece to the center of the guard, due to the angled top not reaching the widened bottom. I TIGed it together, but then had to use lead to finish off the welds, and fill the low areas.
It's not quite perfect, as it's difficult to work with hot lead, but my plater will now copper plate it, and I can add more solder, without affecting my previous work, to perfect it.
Nicely done sectioning the license plate surround!
I always heard to not use lead on a part that needs to be chrome plated but silver brazing instead, which is what I always used. Any input on this?
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