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Projects Rambling about the Roadster..

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by TexasSpeed, Jul 9, 2020.

  1. TexasSpeed
    Joined: Nov 2, 2009
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    I decided I should go ahead and start a thread catching up everyone on what's been going on with my roadster.

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    Yes - I still have it. No, it's not driving.. yet. We'll get to that in a minute.

    I've been largely absent around these parts and realized I missed this. Posting elsewhere is a magnet for bullshit sometimes. Not here. Ryan and all of his henchmen (moderators) do a great job keeping the off-topic shit to a minimum and I like that.

    I left Austin Speed Shop almost three years ago and moved back up to Arlington. I started working at Murray Kustom Rods and I love it. I've seen my skills grow and I'm consistently challenged and learn so much from it.

    While at Murray's, within the first few months, the inevitable question was asked .. "Where's the roadster?" I didn't have room for it up here at the time. It was being hidden at a friend's in Austin while I got my shit together. What do I say? "Down in Austin."

    "Bring it up. We've got room in the back."

    Flat-Top Bob did the deed of transporting it from Casa de Anderson up to the shop where I was inundated with "What's left?" What's next?" "Does it drive?"

    The cam in the early 283 I had built in Austin ate a lifter and I lost all motivation to work on it. "Well .. We have a few small blocks just sitting around that all have various issues. See if there's one you can throw in there and get it on the road quickly."

    A mystery 350 had developed a knocking noise from the bottom end. I quickly diagnosed it as a rod cap turning loose. A quick trip to Summit Racing for a single set of rod bearings put the engine back together. It was driving again!

    Next, I set on making the Weiand WC4D work on the mystery 350. Josh, one of my co-workers at MKR, helped with dialing in all the carbs and getting it running as close to right as he could.



    Things were going great! I was slowly tackling all of the bugs with the roadster! And then a new guy got on board at the shop - Mark. So I invited him for a ride in the roadster. Little did I know it would be his first and last ride in the roadster..

     
  2. TexasSpeed
    Joined: Nov 2, 2009
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    What had happened was the rear end had worked its way forward under heavy acceleration, introducing the fan to the radiator.

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    This is the exact moment I learned why early Fords with torque tubes have anti-chatter rods. So I set out to make my own.

    Since I love re-purposing discarded items I started with a discarded Model A wishbone yoke, milled out the center of it, made a bung that uses a generic bushing rod end and welded it in there. Then I filled the pockets of the yoke..

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    For some reason, I can't find the other pictures I had of this mini-project. But I made some "reducer" bungs that welded inside of the bone ends that took half inch bar stock. I cut threads on the end of the bar stock a few inches long and made some brackets that bolted to the bottom of the legs of the center crossmember. The bar stock slipped through the brackets so I could tighten the nuts to "pull" the drivetrain backward and locked the anti-chatter rods in place with grade 8 nuts/lock washers on both sides of the bracket they slipped through.

    I also made a bracket from scratch that bolts to the Hurst engine mount that the anti-chatter yoke bolted to. I was pretty proud I got these to all clear the oil pan. This is the only picture I could find of the yoke bolted up right after I made it.

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    Of course, all of that work has been undone. I'll get into that in another post..
     

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  3. TexasSpeed
    Joined: Nov 2, 2009
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    Oh yeah - I should mention the M/T covers in the video didn't stay long either. I had a pair of Cal Customs. One of the covers had some damaged fins, so I figured it wouldn't be a loss for me to modify the damaged cover to accept a PCV valve since I was having trouble keeping oil in the engine since swapping over from a 4-barrel carb/intake to the Weiand WC4D.

    Since I didn't want the PCV to stand out too much, I decided to mount it to the side of the cover and hide it underneath the generator. I think it worked out pretty good.

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  4. Budget36
    Joined: Nov 29, 2014
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    So if you don't mind me asking, you mentioned Marks first and last ride on the roadster, I sure hope it was because it's undergoing repairs and Mark didn't fall ill/etc.
     
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  5. 41rodderz
    Joined: Sep 27, 2010
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    from Oregon

    ^^^^ I know. What a cliff hanger ???
     
  6. TexasSpeed
    Joined: Nov 2, 2009
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    Oh, no! Mark is perfectly fine. He just swears he won’t get in the roadster until I have a windshield.

    We tasted antifreeze for quite a while after. It wasn’t hot then, thankfully.


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  7. TexasSpeed
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    Eventually the roadster made its way home to where it is now. I drove it out to my bar one day just to see how it did and it drove great aside from there being a little too much steering play. The steering has always plagued my roadster as well as charging issues with the generator/regulator.

    I would occasionally give all of my non-car family and friends rides around the neighborhood and scare the bejesus out of them. This thing pulls hard and will break the tires loose in all gears.

    But every time I took it out for a ride, I would always fret about the early Ford parts. It has a ‘47 Ford three on the tree but I’d always wanted a hot rod I could jump in and stomp on the pedals and scoot around in without worry.

    And I worried. Every time. About the early Ford case and banjo axle keys. I had been mulling over a Muncie/9-inch swap. There are so many great hot rods that have Muncies/Tremecs and 9-inches that I’ve admired.

    What really drove the nail in the coffin for me was the Root brothers trip to Central City. All of those pictures they posted were amazing and I felt incredibly jealous. I wanted to be able to drive this roadster all over if I felt like it. This should be the driving force behind every hot rod build.. drivability.

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    So I would occasionally look around in the Facebook marketplace and a Lakewood scattershield popped up at a ridiculously cheap price. I scooped it up quick and brought it home.. then when they postponed the Round-Up the first time, I bit down on that bullet. Hard. A prompt trip to Austin netted me a Muncie and shifter from Jeff Peterson (thanks, Jeff!) then a pair of slicks and some old ladder bars with some heavy duty joints that I figured I could use from Rob at Shamrock Speed Shop (thanks, Rob!). I started tearing out the drivetrain to play mock-up.

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    I found out the hard way that I had the wrong scattershield. It’s a discontinued Lakewood shield that mounts a Mustang Tremec behind a Chevy (d’oh!). So I quickly got back on the FB marketplace and found yet another Lakewood scattershield for dirt cheap close by, went and grabbed it and started bolting shit together the same day. I started stuffing it in the roadster, chopping away at the firewall until it was in there and snug.

    Check out the homemade inspection plate they made on this scattershield. Makes you wonder who ran this and in what..

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  8. The early Ford drivetrain in my 40 sedan was one major reason I sold it. I was afraid to beat on it. I know, I know, guys have abused early Ford drivetrains for decades, but I didn’t have peace of mind.

    Looking good!


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  9. Tim
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    About time you came back ;)
     
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  10. TexasSpeed
    Joined: Nov 2, 2009
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    Exactly. I want that peace of mind whenever I take it out. I don’t want to lift off the clutch too quick one day and have to find a flatbed or shear an axle key either.

    Thank you! I’m glad you get it!

    Where are the cookies at?


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  11. TexasSpeed
    Joined: Nov 2, 2009
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    Minor update: I finally got around to lifting the body of my roadster off and stashing it away. It’ll double as a storage container for all the junk in my garage while I work on the frame (win-win!). The plan is to modify the frame where needed and mount the Muncie so I can determine the pinion angle of my new-to-me ‘57 Ford 9-inch and make all the suspension components from scratch.

    I’ll also be changing a few other things - namely going from the early Ford pedals to an Ansen-style pedal set-up I’ll be making myself, redoing the steering box/column angle, oh and the headers...

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  12. Tim
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    Please please keep us posted! Lookin forward to seeing how you tackle these upgrades
     

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