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Projects Project overhaul - 1949 Ford Shoebox

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by fatbody, Feb 21, 2013.

  1. fatbody
    Joined: Jan 18, 2004
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    So I got home from LSRU last year and decided that is was time to rip apart the 49 and do all of the things that I've wanting to do and been talking about doing for years. So I thought I'd make a new thread to document the progress along the way. Here goes nothing.......

    rolling home from the round-up....
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    pulling out the flatty....
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    gutted.....
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    smoothing out the firewall...
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    Chromed the dash....leaving the center chrome, painting the rest
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  2. 226 flattie
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    Very cool! What's your plans?
     
  3. I remember seeing this car at the round up. Chased you halfway down congress street to get a closer look. Finally ran into you for a bit at the show the next day and got some great info. Love the car, love what you're doing with it, can't wait to see it on the road again.
     
  4. Man-oh-man, I've been working on my car for 2 and half years and if I ever get done it won't be as nice as the car you just blew apart.
     
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  5. Buddy Palumbo
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    Wow - you certainly did rip 'er down !! I'll be watching to see where this one ends up :eek:
     
  6. draider
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    from Texas

    Looking good! What else will you be doing to it?
     
  7. KustomCars
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    Awesome!! Im watching!
     
  8. DadsBlueFord
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    Damn, that's bold! That thing was beautiful before you started. Any pics of the interior before the tear-down?
     
  9. fatbody
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    Only shots I can find showing some of the old interior at the moment....

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  11. fatbody
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    current plan are pretty much a full redo with the end result being a car that I can jump into 365 days a year and drive comfortably even in the hot Texas summers.

    -smooth out the firewall
    -clip the front end
    -power brakes / steering
    -new motor
    -finish out the air ride in the front
    -AC
    -smooth out gas door
    -new gloss paint job
    -head to toe interior (black on black)
    -narrow and smooth front and rear bumpers
    -chrome dash, window frames, front grill, front and rear bumpers

    Im sure the list will grow as the build continues.
     
  12. Shoeboxke
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    Wow,I can't wait to see the progress!!
     
  13. Spanish Fly
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    nice work i can't wait for more pic
     
  14. DadsBlueFord
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    That dash is sweet! I'm doing purple (Plum Crazy) as well, wish I had the nads to do that flake on the whole car!
     
  15. bk53
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    great car. great looking flathead. I can't make out the heads or intake. go get em bro.
    plans for a new motor? whatcha goin do with the old one?
     
  16. LuckyFordGuy
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    Looks great I love it would trade for my 51 Rog.
     
  17. fatbody
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    Engine bay pretty much done. Fire wall smoothed out. Ditched the old air vents and made some new ones from 4" tubing. Now time for the front clip.
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  18. DadsBlueFord
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    Looks good. No heater, or going with Vintage Air?
     
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  20. crazyeyes
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  21. Mr.Dickies
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    If your swapping seat covers I got dibs! I'll rock the purple covers beats sitting on springs! Love the first version can't wait for #2!
     
  22. HEAVY100
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    Can't wait to see it done.
     
  23. fatbody
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    front clip is just about ready.....

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  24. fatbody
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    ATK 351W just about done, test fitting the cal custom covers
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  25. shoebox1950
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    from California

  26. truckedup 28
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  27. Man ive been a fan of this car since I ran across some pics of it on a google search a year or so ago. Was hoping I would see it on the street since Im frequently around Arlington but havent yet. Anyhow, looks like your going to make it even better with these proposed mods. Keep us updated.
    BTW, are you staying with the same color and any thoughts on adding some flames?
     
  28. tisdelski
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    I have question?? Ok two questions, What kind of crossmember is that and what is the disc to disc width ??

    Thanks
     
  29. Tin Can
    Joined: Nov 18, 2005
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    This was a great looking car before you started the rebuild. I can imagine how nice it will be when you are done with the rebuild!
     
  30. Great car!
    Inspires me to continue with my 49! Not taking near as much work as yours - hope to be driving it sometime this summer.
     

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