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Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by NWTom, Mar 22, 2020.

  1. NWTom
    Joined: Mar 21, 2020
    Posts: 6

    NWTom
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    Hello everyone,

    I've been lurking around the site checking things out once in a while, but now that I'm moving forward on my hot rod project, I'm gonna need some help.

    A couple years ago, I picked up a '35 Chevy 3 window coupe that I found on CL. It's the real steel deal that had been turned into a drag car. Like a lot of guys who race, the guy who build the car did some crude work on the body but did a nice job on the chassis. I ended up buying the car minus engine, tranny and wheels for a reasonable price, but it's been a much slower process than I had originally thought to convert it into a streetable hot rod.

    For starters, it doesn't have front brakes. The 10 bolt rear end, apparently from an '80's Chevy cop car, was pretty hokey so I had it completely rebuilt with a 3.73 posi unit. I have a '66 327 built with roughly the same specs as a '66 Vette 327, with a '66 M-20. I even have the Vette valve covers with the casting flaw.

    Anyhow, I've restored and refurbished a few sports cars and American iron, but I've never actually built a hot rod. First question; I'm looking for some tips on routing brake lines up to the front. I'm using a '39 drop axle with Chevelle disc brakes from Speedway. I'm planning on using two of the small master cylinders that run directly off of the pedal. are there some good threads available?

    Pictures to come.....

    Thanks,
    NWTom
     
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  3. 41rodderz
    Joined: Sep 27, 2010
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    from Oregon

    Welcome:) Lots of threads and people to help you along . And yes , we are pic loving folks. Where is location?
     
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  4. Let's see some photos of this treasure. Where in the NW are you located?
     
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  5. chevyfordman
    Joined: Oct 4, 2008
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    Welcome Tom, Did you find the vin tag and see if it matches the title? The wood framed Chevy bodies usually had the vin tag by the pass. seat nailed unto the wood rail. Is that a master coupe?
     
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  6. fastcar1953
    Joined: Oct 23, 2009
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    welcome and we need pictures.
     
  7. Rickybop
    Joined: May 23, 2008
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    from Michigan

    1000 virus infested zombie Hambers limping quickly with open arms toward the new guy.

    We... will... help... you...

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  8. NWTom
    Joined: Mar 21, 2020
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    Apologies for the extremely late response to my own post. Like a lot of people, I've had to adjust to working at home. Here are some pictures of the '35. Some of you might recognize the car and I hope that I don't offend the builder by my remark that the bodywork was "crude." I actually like it this way!

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  9. 41rodderz
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    from Oregon

    A great start .:cool:
     
  10. butch27
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    Welcome looks like an old race car...Nice
     
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  11. NWTom
    Joined: Mar 21, 2020
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    Just bolted the rear end back in. Complete rebuild with new 3.73 posi. Painting my front axle today and installing GM disks up front. Next, brake lines to the front. IMG_4477.jpeg
     
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  13. oliver westlund
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  14. In that case:
    1. I hope you're going to re-do the rear suspension. Welded on drag race ladder bars are no good on the street. Search "ladder bars."
    2. I also hope you know the front end in the pictures is mounted back to front.

    I see clueless work there, but it doesn't have to stay that way. Please visit the Pete & Jakes website and look at their tech sheets. It will show you how to properly set up suspension for the street.;)

    Links for you:
    https://www.peteandjakes.com/tech/
    https://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/threads/1932-ford-ladder-bars.1189392/#post-13516455
     
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  15. nochop
    Joined: Nov 13, 2005
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    from norcal

    Welcome, nice start
     
  16. Jokester
    Joined: Jan 29, 2005
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    I like it. I like the look with no wing windows. I also like the hood sides used as inner door panels. Do the hood latches function as door handles?

    Mine is a '34 with 327/ 4 speed and a 35 Hudson grille shell.

    Good start.

    .bjb
     
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  18. wstory
    Joined: Jul 4, 2008
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    from So Calif

    Cool project. I'm particularly curious about the front suspension setup. I am starting on a project where I hope to have a unique front end,....kinda how yours appears,....kinda a Rollin Bones appearance.
    If you have or can shoot a few pics of the front frame/suspension/axle assembly I'd be waaaay appreciative.
     
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  19. Looks like it needs a little help in places but I like the old girls bones. Definetly has the potential to be a very cool ride!!
     
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  20. NWTom
    Joined: Mar 21, 2020
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    Jokester,

    Yes, the hood handles function as door handles now.

    I’m running a 327 with Muncie m20. It would be great to see what your pedal set up and steering column look like. I would like to change my column out and change the pedals to drop downs.

    Thanks for all the replies! I have a lot to learn.
     
  21. NWTom
    Joined: Mar 21, 2020
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    Mr. Bill,

    The front end is apart right now, but I’ll have pictures soon.

    Tom
     
  22. NWTom
    Joined: Mar 21, 2020
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    BTW - I need a distributor for my 327. As I mentioned before, the engine was built to something close to a 300 hp period Vette engine with an RV spec cam (can’t remember lift and duration, but nothing extreme). I’m running an Edelbrock c4b intake and plan on using an Edelbrock AVS2 or Holley 600 or 650 dp. Haven’t decided on the carb yet, but I just happen to have a new AVS2 650. My engine was sourced from ‘66 Impala but came with a big clumsy HEI. The HEI unit doesn’t fit on a c4b unless you carve up the casting. Any suggestions are welcome.
     
  23. wstory
    Joined: Jul 4, 2008
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    from So Calif

    Cool! Thanks.
     
  24. s55mercury66
    Joined: Jul 6, 2009
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    from SW Wyoming

    Nice, these Chevys are my favorite 3 window coupes. I've been thinking of running a Mallory dual point in my latest conglomeration, since I have two of them here. No vacuum advance, but they are neat and tidy.
     
  25. Pretty sweet project you got. Welcome from just down the road.
     
  26. Nicholas Coe
    Joined: Jul 5, 2017
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    Nicholas Coe
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    from Tontitown

    Nice start! Looks very promising. Welcome from Arkansas.

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