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Projects New to me '54 Chevy

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by slo-dat, Nov 3, 2015.

  1. DIYGUY
    Joined: Sep 8, 2015
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    DIYGUY
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    from West, TX

    Now I know why some folks wanted you tokeep the stock column; that thing is awsome! Love the Schwinn badge on it. Totally jealous.
     
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  2. slo-dat
    Joined: Mar 5, 2010
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    from Coulee, WA
    1. Upholstery

    Got the fuel tank mounting ring made tonight.

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    It was a great opportunity to use my welding table.

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    I’m still trying to sort through the sea of T5 info. Leaning hard on buying a ‘85 V8 Camaro T5 I found.
     
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  3. whats that frame made out of? 1.5" 14g angle? im putting the same tank in my trunk. whats your plan for hanging it? run a couple rails off of the top of the frame and mount it there or just hang it in the sheetmetal of the floor?

    as far as t5s go i think the one you want is a 83-87 s10. camaro has the shifter in the wrong spot and the case is offset like 15* or something? I could be wrong. my car has a 235 in it and im about 80% done with a t5 swap which has went pretty smooth, but you make a lot more power so you may need a different tranny. read this guys stuff for better info. https://lugnutz65chevystepside.weebly.com/t5-info-page.html
     
  4. slo-dat
    Joined: Mar 5, 2010
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    from Coulee, WA
    1. Upholstery

    It’s 1.5 x 1.5 x 1/8 angle. I plan to cut a hole in the trunk floor, punch holes in the floor around the perimeter and plug weld from below. Then apply seam sealer.

    I have a line on a Camaro T5 with bellhousing. I’m also looking at TKO500 quotes. I only want to do the 5 speed swap once. My time is becoming more valuable all the time. The TKO is a sure thing, but spendy.

    I’m using the Thunderbird bucket seats, so the S10 shifter location isn’t as appealing to me.
     
  5. slo-dat
    Joined: Mar 5, 2010
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    slo-dat
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    from Coulee, WA
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    It involved about 500 miles of windshield time, and I came home with a 84 V6 Camaro T5 and bellhousing. I have the Walton Fab pedals with hydraulic clutch master cylinder and the camaro bell seems like a straightforward path to a hydraulic slave cylinder. Now to order up the Frankenstein clutch stuff - 10.5 clutch set, 153 tooth flywheel and Advanced Adapters 14 spline 10.5 clutch disc.
     
  6. slo-dat
    Joined: Mar 5, 2010
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    from Coulee, WA
    1. Upholstery

    Clutch parts arrived today. Got the Centerforce pressure plate on Amazon for less than half of what everyone else was charging. Disc is 1" 14 spline for the Camaro T5, Advance Adapters 716104.


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  7. slo-dat
    Joined: Mar 5, 2010
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    from Coulee, WA
    1. Upholstery

    Cut the trunk floor for the Mustang tank. First time using my import (Razorweld Vipercut 30) plasma cutter. Worked a treat.

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    Exhaust crosses new tank location.

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    After I cut the rear of exhaust. I’ll have to rework it after tank is mounted.

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    Feels good to make some progress on this. I need to pull the engine and transmission to completely reseal the engine and start the 5 speed swap.
     
  8. slo-dat
    Joined: Mar 5, 2010
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    from Coulee, WA
    1. Upholstery

    Made some progress on the trunk floor today. The fuel tank mounting flange is welded in. I did 5/16 holes on 3” ish centers. It went well save for a couple porous welds that I drilled and re-welded. The air file with a 36 grit belt worked great grinding the welds down.

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    Not super exciting photos. I have a lot of packages coming this week for the parts table.
     
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  9. slo-dat
    Joined: Mar 5, 2010
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    slo-dat
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    from Coulee, WA
    1. Upholstery

    I bought this Cold Case radiator setup from Summit. Too many bad reviews on the Champions..

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    Little metal work left on the fuel tank mounting flange this weekend.
     

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