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Hot Rods "The Creeper"

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by mike bowling, Jan 17, 2017.

  1. I have played around with a cut down zip pad that is connected to a 1/4 inch arbor. The results were good enough that several friends have had me make up some dash inserts for them. After you have done a few it gets easier to keep things lined up and overlapped.
     
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  2. mike bowling
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    Sorry to have disappeared for so long- busy time of year!

    I do have some more pics, BUT, DSCN3081.JPG DSCN2667.JPG my son has gone back to the West Coast for a concert tour with his crew in the "Bywater Band" playing traditional Irish and Scots music with some Boston insanity mixed in. These guys know how to raise the roof! SOOOOOOOO, no Tech Support.
    Hopefully back at the "Creeper" soon- I've got the '30 coupe out now; feels good to get back on the road!

    Hang in there, and have a safe Spring!
     
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    Back on the body- I want to get it back on the frame so the green coupe will fit in the garage again.
    Body work is a love/ hate thing for sure ( my fingers are bloody stumps- it's the only way to get the details sharp) DSCN3281.JPG
     
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    Picked up an old roundy round fuel cell for 20 bucks- Not sure if it will be permanent, but it's good for now. I like the metal "D" ring cap better than the mickey mouse ears some have........... DSCN3235.JPG
     
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    Picked up a Monte Carlo drive shaft and 2 glass pacs for another 20 bucks. Had a friend cut down the driveshaft & re weld it ( this guy has certs to weld just about anything), another friend who has a garage down the street hooked me up with new u joints, I painted it Kelley Green with gold flake , and in she went. ( Tis a salute to "Boston Strong" , I guess.) DSCN3236.JPG DSCN3289.JPG
     
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    Did a little on the motor for a change of pace- put the front end together for the final time, all sealed, tightened and slopped up with "Never Seize". Also picked up a rebuilt 1 wire 100 amp alternator and set that up. Then the surprise- the first v-belt I bought FIT!! ( '68 Corvette) . Brakes are plumbed ( no leaks- I'm getting nervous) final fit-up by my buddy Chris who's also building a real nice 1930 "A" coupe. Tranny cooler in too. Whew! DSCN3266.JPG DSCN3270.JPG
    Started to figure out the radiator location and hoses, but supper time...............

    Break !!
    ( got some distortion with the beach beauty- she looks like a pin head!! The important part(s) look OK though.)
     
  7. Love the build and late on the punch of an observation.
    That rearend is from an F-body of 80's or '90's origin. 7.5" ring gear, maaayyyyybeeeeee large??? 28 spline axles. :eek: Most are 26 splines axles :oops:. The giveaway is the torque bar mount cast into the housing on the driver side of the driveshaft. I wouldn't call it strong behind a 327 that sounds like it will be more powerful than mine. I twisted off the driver side axle in my '59 9" car rear '29 A with 3.50 gear, which was my fault or it had been twisted and not finished by the donor vehicle's driver.
    Just an observation and you may have the plan to make it better than that as there were few 1LE cars of that gen that had the Dana 44 option with...."Cop car brakes"...too.
    Just thinkin', not criticizin'.....
     
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    Love family sized Top Ramen box.
     
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  10. NashRodMan
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    Clunker,
    I think Patrick was talking about the rear axle not the driveshaft. Or am I missing something here???
    Happens a lot! LOL
    NRM
     
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  11. clunker
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    Yeah, my bad ! I read the post too fast, missed the ring gear part and my brain filled in the rest. In context my observation makes no sense. I fixed it. Thx!



    (Side note: in case anyone doesn't know what "Boston Strong" is, it's got to do with the regional reaction to the Marathon bombings.)

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    Lookin' good Mike
     
  12. mike bowling
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    No problem, my friend- if people didn't enlighten me with info., I'd be in deep shit!
    That rear end came out of a Firebird. It had stock finned aluminum drums and was in good shape so for $150. bucks I went with it. I don't beat on my cars , and just getting them out of the shop and on the road will start a whole new "test and tune" series of sorting out ideas that may sound good in theory , but not work. All part of the process!

    I appreciate the interest in the project. MB
     
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    "Traditional" gearhead food. What's important; new parts or fancy meals?
     
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    Thank the Lord! Better weather is kicking in, so we can let the fresh air in! It wasn't a BAD winter, but it was still a long one.............. The garage gets mighty small in the winter months!. DSCN3279.JPG
     
  15. wheeldog57
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    Mike is my friend and my mentor. I believe this is his sixth model a in 10 or so years. He is ALWAYS helping out on my car, and others. Whether it is knowledge or spare parts, Mike is "the go-to guy." His builds are well thought out (he may disagree) and always a hit when he unveils them. I can't wait to see, and hear this one. If it wasn't for Mike my car probably wouldn't exist.

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    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Everyone keeps telling GreaserJosh from Ca to dump his car 'cause the bottom needs a heap of work. He needs to read the build thread for your car (Something from nothing), and dig into Mike Bowling's threads for some inspiration, and to see what a someone can accomplish with some effort and yankee ingenuity. (I know A's are a different animal, but still). Well done.
     
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  18. mike bowling
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    Jeez, Ronnie ( wheeldog57), take it easy! Half the fun in this is making new friends and being able to help tap into parts and knowledge ( why "break trail" if others have gone before you?). Works both ways, and it's a beautiful thing. DSCN3121.JPG

    Plus it's always good to have other addresses for the UPS or Fastenal deliveries to go to!
    (Momma's on a "need to know" basis, and she don't need to know nothin' )
     
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    I am liking this a lot !!
     
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  20. mike bowling
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    I used to- I'm loosing steam!!
    No quitting though ( just more breaks!!)
     
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    tapatalk_jpeg_1497394660790.jpg tapatalk_1497394725739.jpeg Mike was a big help, as usual, at the beach. He was the jackman for me as well as the pit crew for at least two other racers. Always equipped with knowledge and a quick wit, thanx again Mike. Looking forward to helping you get your "creeper" going real soon!

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    Mike's a great guy !
     
  25. brg404
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    Maybe time for another Intermission?:rolleyes:
     
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  26. 41woodie
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    A little off topic but after a bit of snooping on youtube I learned that your son is a hell of a flutist. Well done
     
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  27. mike bowling
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    Thanks, 41 woodie! 2 sons and 1 daughter, all musicians. The oldest, Patrick, just got back from a West Coast tour with his crew "The Bywater Band"- Scots/ Irish blend. Paddy plays flute, bourhan (sp.- drum), penny whistle, and bagpipes and is learning banjo and mandolin. My other son, Tomas, plays fiddle, and my daughter Meg can play piano, cello, clarinet, penny whistle, guitar and concertina.
    Very proud Dad!! ( all college grads too!)

    I have more "Kreeper" pics to post- need to get them downloaded ( soon hopefully) DSCN3271.JPG
     
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  30. Mikel50
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    I like seeing updates on your car mike but I love the intermissions ...torn like an ole' sweater


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