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Projects The Flamedabone '40 Ford Coupe build thread.

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by flamedabone, Feb 26, 2017.

  1. Thor1
    Joined: Jun 6, 2005
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    Abone,

    That is a good compromise. The car still looks awesome and the stance is still killer.

    Thor
     
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  2. BITCHIN'!!
     
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  3. neilswheels
    Joined: Aug 26, 2006
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    I, I say 'I', Marco installed a T5 in my 40, there's some info on my build thread, if the pisc are still there, or I can email you some if you want. Basically a split kit and modified the stock bottom x member. Its behind a 348, so a pretty big motor physically, seems to just about fit tho.
     
  4. neilswheels
    Joined: Aug 26, 2006
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    So, how did you get the back end and those wheels that low? I'm looking at 8 inch small window Halibrands a little further down the line, so would be very interested on axle width info. I'm running an A rear spring and will be dropping in a QC center on 40 bells, that will need a 'light tickling' to get it all in there. Car looks the 'nuts', love the front crossmember mod, is that a dropped spring and axle, or stock spring and dropped axle?
     
  5. Man, so cool. I want those wheels, tires and stance for my 38 Chevy re-do that needs to happen.
     
  6. flamedabone
    Joined: Aug 3, 2001
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    Neil, the rear end is a 9 inch ford that measures 52.5" wheel surface to wheel surface. If you use a 1-800 leaf spring kit, you will have to move the leafs inboard to keep the backing plates from smashing into your u-bolt perches. With an A spring, you should be good. Also, I used an 8 inch wheel that has the front space of a 10 inch wheel, so your measurements might also be different. The best way to do it is get the wheels and tires you want, put them exactly where they go, then measure wheel mounting surface to wheel mounting surface. That will be the total width of your rear end including brake drums.

    Here is a quickie Saturday update:

    This car has leaf springs, lowering blocks, a big motor and a 5 speed. All that is a recipe for wheel hopping disaster. To keep that from happening, I made a ghetto torque arm. The leaf springs still hold the car up and locate the rear end, al this arm does is keep the leaf spring from wrapping or oscillating on a hard launch.

    Just square thickwall tube and a 3/4 rod end.

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    Here it is installed.

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    This is why it works without binding the whole rear suspension. The arm is mounted to a shackle that allows the arm to effectively lengthen and shorten during the range of motion of the leaf springs. Kind of like the slip yoke on a driveshaft. Ghetto, but it works.

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    See ya, -Abone.
     
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  7. That torque arm looks very functional. Thanks for sharing that.
     
  8. Smart set-up. I'm building my A roadster on 32 rails with 1/4 elliptics and plan on making a single torque arm using all or part of some 46-48 front bones.
     
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  9. C Crews
    Joined: Aug 28, 2017
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    C Crews

    great work jeff.
     
  10. flamedabone
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    Bell housing is indicated, block and crank are off to the machine shop.

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    Finished the firewall. Here is a rewind.

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    Tacked.

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    Finished the color '40 Fords are supposed to be.

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    Not sure what is next...maybe a little bodywork? It ain't getting much.

    See ya, -Abone.
     
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  11. Nicely done on the firewall.
     
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  12. swade41
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    I like that stance, sits good
     
  13. neilswheels
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    Thanks for the info Abone. Now I need to find info on norrowing 40 bells. Your 40 is looking good, its gonna be killer.
     
  14. cvstl
    Joined: Apr 15, 2009
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    1. H.A.M.B. Chapel

    That torque arm isn't ghetto, it's a slick solution...... should work great.
     
  15. Squablow
    Joined: Apr 26, 2005
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    Great build as usual, but this picture really cracks me up. RKelly couldn't have cropped this pic more perfectly. Anyone else see it?

     
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  16. Russco
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    Haha that's too funny
     
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  17. Russco
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    The Torque arm is genius. I may have a winter project now.
     
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  18. eberhama
    Joined: Dec 19, 2003
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    I'm looking to build a '40 coupe along these lines. I might have missed it, but what did you do to bolt the front spring to the crossmember with it channeled down in there that far?
     
  19. stepchild
    Joined: Mar 25, 2005
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    anything new here?....nice!
     
  20. flamedabone
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    I haven't done anything interesting at all. Lots of grunt work. I did get the last patch panel on the thing.

    Inner.

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    Outer. Still have finish welding to do and don't look at the extra vertical weld seam, operator error.....

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    Eberhama: The raised cross member is something I do to all my cars with transverse leaf, but on the deluxe front end, it got the car a little too low, so it was pretty much wasted effort. The spring is held into the channel by a plate and block that bolts to the bottom of the cross member using the original U bolt holes.

    See you next time, -Abone.

    PS. I never would have caught the R Kelly thing had you not mentioned it.....
     
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  21. eberhama
    Joined: Dec 19, 2003
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    I see...wondering if I can get away with reverse eye spring, cross member mod, and a fairly short tire, and skip the dropped axle to get me about where your at?
     
  22. flamedabone
    Joined: Aug 3, 2001
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    The dash was pretty decent.

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    I know it is blaspheme, but I never liked stock '40 dashes. I'm a bit of a minimalist and there is just too much crap on them for my taste. So, I welded up a bunch of stuff.

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    You can't see the pearl in the pic, but it looks pretty decent in person.

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    All the other progress is so boring, you wouldn't be able to stand it. Hopefully, the block will be back soon and I will have some short block building pics. My favorite.

    See ya, -Abone.
     
  23. Rocky
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
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    Love that dash!
     
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  24. Wow, dash looks amazing!
     
  25. The 39 guy
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  26. Yeah, very cool dash!


    Sent from my iPhone using H.A.M.B.
     
  27. 40ford
    Joined: Mar 2, 2006
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    from Duluth, GA

    That dash is nice!
     
  28. flamedabone
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    Finally in primer.

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    Next is running the brake and fuel lines and wait for the block to get back from the machine shop.

    -Abone.
     
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  29. Roothawg
    Joined: Mar 14, 2001
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    I am such a slacker.
     
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  30. stepchild
    Joined: Mar 25, 2005
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