I bought this car from a guy in mexico at the end of last year and when it arrived it looked very beautiful. It started great, ran great. I drove it around for a few months, then in the beginning of May i went to a small drag race event and thought i would enter. Well not long after everything ending in a big cloud of white smoke. So i was towed home and started to rip down the engine..... and this is what i found INSIDE the engine, it is not just a small piece of cloth, it is a complete rag found right under the intake. So the decision was this, do i rebuild the flathead or find a new engine?? Much to the dismay of many of my friends and fellow hampers i decided to find myself a vintage 283 CHEVY SBC and build myself a HIGH SCHOOL hot rod form the late 50's early 60's. So i started to take the front of the car to bits to yank out the engine. As i started to take the pieces off, i started to discover more and more little surprises. What i like to call 'A Mexican Surprise', meaning a home made part. Now i am not talking about a bracket here and there, i am talking serious parts!! Here is a list, the shackles, front and rear springs, shock mounts, running boards, front fenders (kind of), and my favorite 1936 backing plates converted to juice brakes. Now i am not saying it was badly made, just home made. In the photo above you can see that they welded the shock mount onto the radius rod. In the next photo you can see the homemade shackle and a bolt that is filling a hole i guess. The old tired Flathead, is was once a wish of mine but now i need a little more power for a little less money. The gearbox is staying! it will just be filled with those desirable Lincoln gears. ( i know its more for bragging rights but hey i like to brag). Here is some beautiful patch work. 'hey what are you hiding under there??' Ohhh that!!