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Projects The Coleman Coupe gets some R&R

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by ct1932ford, Nov 12, 2013.

  1. Well I looked out the window this morning and snow was on the ground.:( Anyway I guess it means it is time to start taking the Coupe apart for some mechanical rebuilding. This car has been pretty much just used for many years and found it's way to me.:cool: Well I am not one to leave things alone. :eek:I will leave the patina and the components that were used for the original build. But the guts of the motor, transmission and rear end will get some needed attention. Also things like the radiator that needs some repairs and anything else along the way. So this Thread will not be too exciting. The goal is to have the car look as it did when I started but have me feel better about using it as a daily driver:cool: Now if I can follow my own plan and not do a total restoration I will have succeeded.:rolleyes: I did find some interesting things already. Like the piece of metal floating around in the top radiator tank:confused: And some cutouts in the front cross member for clearance (I guess). And some interesting objects in the oil pan:eek: I am sure there will be more surprises along the way. I will try and keep you posted.:cool:

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  2. 3wLarry
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
    Posts: 12,804

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    from Owasso, Ok

    what sizes and brand of tyres.
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  3. The Tires are 7:50 x 16 rear and 6:00 x 16 front. The rears are Firestone Deluxe Champions Ford script. Fronts are also Ford script and only say Ford Motor Co. and are dirt track style. They are not mine. I borrowed them from a friend. I will be using 40 Ford wheels in both front and rear. Fronts will be V8 60's 3-1/2" x 16" I will be going 7:50 rears and 5 or 5:50 fronts wide whites.
  4. cmyhtrod
    Joined: Nov 29, 2008
    Posts: 360

    from ct

    Seeing as how you live 20 minutes away, and your shop looks warmer than mine, I know where to go when I need a day off!
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  5. 327-365hp
    Joined: Feb 5, 2006
    Posts: 5,343

    from Mass

    This will be fun to watch. Those notches in the crossmember are weird, huh. Hope you don't run into too many surprises.
  6. Anytime I'm always open:eek:
  7. Looks like they were for radiator clearance. If that is what I determine I will weld a plate underneath and finish it off as an indentation instead of a hole.
  8. bright red-327-4 speed
  9. You do your interior like it was (red & white)and I will think about it:rolleyes:
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  10. just kidding. what was in the oil pan?
  11. brady1929
    Joined: Sep 30, 2006
    Posts: 8,318


    What a beautiful hot rod. What is that white stuff on the ground anyway?
  12. Looked like pieces of cotter pins and a 3" long thing that looked like it came from a temp probe:eek: I did find a cotter pin missing from one connecting rod. Also a couple of bolts from a starter bendix that must have fallen off in the back part of the pan near flywheel. But this was a while back when I first got the car. Have driven it just about daily since then.
  13. Would you believe Sand from Mesa Az.:rolleyes:
  14. cmyhtrod
    Joined: Nov 29, 2008
    Posts: 360

    from ct

    That white stuff is the defication of the cold weather god....
  15. Groovybaby6
    Joined: Dec 29, 2008
    Posts: 747

    from Denver

    I used to love seeing that coupe here in Denver when Neal East owned it.

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  16. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 27,243


    Great winter project Mark, I'm sure that front crossmember will look better after some TIG time. Bob
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  17. pumpman
    Joined: Dec 6, 2010
    Posts: 2,652


    Love the clean, simple look and approach of your 32. We too had a little dusting yesterday, this is behind my pole barn.

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  18. I guess I can't complain:eek:
  19. B1gDaddy
    Joined: Aug 30, 2007
    Posts: 261

    from aladambama

    Kind of knew you couldn't resist. Looking good
  20. bobwop
    Joined: Jan 13, 2008
    Posts: 6,086


    time for some fenders!

    glad to see you are improving and enjoying the coupe. I will pass the info along to Richard
  21. LeadSledMerc
    Joined: Nov 29, 2003
    Posts: 4,106


    Good luck with the rebuild, and have fun!
  22. thunderbirdesq
    Joined: Feb 15, 2006
    Posts: 6,851


    Cool car, looks like fun!
  23. FENDERS:p I have fenders! Just not on any of my cars.:cool:
  24. Well today I got the motor just about ready to take out. :cool:This past week was busy so have not had any time until today. Should get motor on the ground this week. :DNo big surprises so far. I told you this would not be that exciting.:rolleyes:

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  25. dirt t
    Joined: Mar 20, 2007
    Posts: 4,641

    dirt t
    from Kingman,AZ
    1. HAMB Old Farts' Club

    I left Montana and moved to Arizona. No white stuff. Temps running low 40s highs mid to high 60s. I can drive my roadster 360 days a year.
    Would like a coupe like yours but have been spoiled with a roadster.
    Great project!
  26. Motor and Trans out today! Thanks to tb33anda3rd and Tater for lending a hand.:cool:

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  27. Did the front cross member. It had been cut for radiator clearance back in the day.:confused: I ended up redoing it. It now clears but without the hacked holes.:cool: Pulling the rear next!:eek:

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  28. Got the Coupe blocked up to take front and rear out next.:cool: Now I can give the wheels and tires back that I borrowed. If I can remember who loaned them to me!:confused:

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  29. I think they are mine....yes... if you don't remember

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