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Projects The un-dork-ifying of a Merc

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by drdave, Mar 7, 2012.

  1. Oh yeah, I'm good now....I'll never be able to enter that Arnold Strongman competition like I dreamed, but I guess you can't have everything. LOL

    I do have one small update, not really an update though, after all. I was out in the shop the other night for something and noticed a huge, deep crack in the sidewall of one of the tires. They have been cracking for sometime, but nothing big. This one though is a bit concerning, so after nearly 10 years of service, the only wide whites are being replaced with a new set. Not earth shattering. LOL Oh.....and I got a Bermuda Bell. Haha.
  2. Page 1 in ... at work Dr Dave ....and friends. Just placing this here to read 16 pages .... later. I must of been Rip Van Winkling to miss this "dorky" thread. :) I dig it.
  3. wide34
    Joined: Mar 2, 2006
    Posts: 577

    from Texas

    Glad to hear you are ok, afraid I can’t comment on lack of progress as I haven’t gotten much done either but not due to health problems, just getting lazy?? Actually grandkids keeping
    Me pretty busy and I’m enjoying it!

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  4. LOL....I'm pretty much a behind the scenes/background kind of guy, so this thread lurking back behind all the "good" stuff is pretty much where I belong, so you haven't really missed much. Haha! Welcome aboard my dorky project. :)
  5. Kustomkid
    Joined: Nov 21, 2010
    Posts: 531

    from Montana

    I’d go head and start the hirohata stuff. That hirohata stuff is just fun to do....

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  6. That's kinda where I'm leaning. I'm getting too old to do do things twice, so I may as well just head the direction I want to go rather than side step it a bit only to have to redo it again later another way.
  7. 40StudeDude
    Joined: Sep 19, 2002
    Posts: 9,501


    THREE YEARS is but a small ripple in time Doc...FWIW, I wanted to have my '48 Caddy at the 2016 CCR event...and the 2017 event...and the 2018 event but it's taken longer than anticipated to build it (I've owned the car for 20 years) and I swore last year I'd have it at the 2019 CCR event...and I'm close to having it on the street (not finished mind you, but streetable)...and now I find that another commitment has me not going to CCR again this year...oh well, I'll shoot for 2020 and the Caddy will be streetable by then...altho I'm not getting any younger either...!!!

    Here's a couple of shots of the '48's current condition...


  8. Slopok
    Joined: Jan 30, 2012
    Posts: 2,879


    Let's not forget that you also accidentally bought a Model A!:eek:
  9. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 32,409


    I just sat here and read though most of the thread. Right now I'd rather have a "semi finished" car /truck that could get in and drive rather than one torn apart and spread all over the place.
  10. Glad to see this thread pop back up, it had been so long that I had forgotten about it! Course it only takes me a couple minute's to forget things anymore. lol
    Also glad too see it back up again, cause now I don't feel so bad about still working on the wiring in my Olds! It's only been a few week's for me
  11. Caddy’s looking good Roger!! I’ve missed nearly every car deadline I’ve ever set for myself. Even at missing the CCR for a few years you are still ahead of me....I’m 35 years into my Pontiac and I’m further from done than I’ve ever been with it. Haha So, yeah, Mr48, I’ve got them in all stages: finished, 1/2 finished and running and blown all apart. Lol Even have the A apart right now Slopok...on its way to a dropped axle.

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  12. So....what happened with this turd? Hope you kept that WONDERFUL consol! hahaha I plan on picking up plenty of "Dork" cars, when I retire, and bringing them back to "Traditional" reality.
  13. No way!!! @Bad Bob? Dude!! Where you been?

    It's still a dork car, even after all these years....hard to believe it's been 10 already. Half a set of ghost flames, fake Buick portholes cut in the hood, console and 80's pillowy split bench and all. I keep chipping away at it here and there, but still driving it. Maybe one day it will be something, but even still, it's owner will still be a dork. LOL

    Good to see you back on the HAMB Bob!!
  14. Mine will be running again, by the end of this year, so I can drive my granddaughter around. Retiring soon, so I will have plenty of time to sort issues out on it. Never saw this thread, so I HAD to give you some shit, haha. Love what you've done so far. Dash is awesome!
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  15. LOL. Thanks for the compliments. It's better than it started, that's for sure. Never thought I'd be 10 years in and it would still be in this stage. But, time flies by and we look back and say where on earth did it all go. A guy's gotta have goals...and I have plenty, just hope I end up with enough time to see them through. LOL

    Congrats on the upcoming retirement!! That's awesome! I've pretty much come to the conclusion significant progress won't be made on many of my projects until I reach that stage in life....especially since I'm an old parent and our last one won't be out of the house until I'm nearly retired. LOL
  16. There's a lot of Streetrods here in SoCal that I would like to save. The younger generation don't care about old cars, so they are just dumping them. Nobody want Gradpa's POS. Same thing is happening with Harleys.
  17. Nailhead......

    Well, not really....SBC, but I did find this finish nail laying underneath the valve cover when I pulled it this morning. Why did I pull the valve cover you ask? Well, last year it started running suuuuper crappy and was behaving like it had jumped time. Suffice to say I got other stuff going on....a big house reno, new grandkids, finished a new motor in my '50 Chevy, blah, blah, blah, so it's just sat. Finally had some time over the last few days to mess with it. Started it back up and ran fine and dandy at idle, but not so much once any rpms were put to it and a nice banging developed at cylinder one....thus the pulled valve cover.

    Exhaust valve wasn't moving. Pulling the rocker showed the stud still in place where it belonged and a straight push rod. Turned it over with just the push rod and no movement to speak of, so off comes the intake....


    Was hoping for a hole in the top of the lifter but naaaaahhh. :/ At the very least there's no doubt been metal floating around the system, so I guess it's best to pull the motor and see what we got. Of course, me being me, this means there is likely to be a whole sweater unravel behind thread I'm pulling.....just been driving it since any real forward progress was made 7 years ago (!) when I painted the top half, so here we go digging into it again. :)
  18. guthriesmith
    Joined: Aug 17, 2006
    Posts: 8,155

    1. H.A.M.B. Chapel

    Doh! Thats not supposed to look like that but would explain it running bad. :eek: Now would be a good time for that nailhead you mentioned. :D
  19. Lol! My original plan when I first bought the car and have still had that as my intention all these years was to put in my 56 Olds motor since my dad always wished he’d put an Olds in his Merc way back when. I kinda thought if this mess turned into a deal, maybe now would be the time to do it. But, with the number of car and non-car projects I have on the front burner at the moment, that’s probably more than I want to bite off and chew….not only all the re-inventing the wheel to get it in and set up, but all the money on the parts I don’t have….intake, dress up parts, etc, never mind the cost of building and Olds in the first place. So, right now I’m debating: 1) doing the cam and lifters and lots of oils changes and hope for the best, 2) pull the motor and go through it hoping it’s good enough for just maybe a hone and bearings (plus the cam of course) or 3) someone we all know and love (Flat Top Bob) may be able to land me a GM Performance 265hp 4 bolt 350 crate long block.

    If the motor comes out, I suspect I’ll keep pulling the string and replace front cap with the one I have that’s already blasted and in epoxy (remember the existing front end is tweaked from the hood blowing open on the previous owner) as well as put in the new Vintage Air system I’ve had sitting here for a while. And remember waaaay back when I uncovered all the mess with the “smoothed” firewall? I would take care of the passenger side and finally have the engine compartment all in shape and be done with that part of the process, plus make forward progress on finishing outside of the car. We’ll see….still a pretty fresh wound from thinking I was just needed to put in a new timing set, so not exactly sure which way I’m going to land yet. Lol
  20. wide34
    Joined: Mar 2, 2006
    Posts: 577

    from Texas

    You sure have loaded yourself up but glad to see you’re back on the Merc, I agree with Jeff- that nailhead would really look good in there!
  21. stanlow69
    Joined: Feb 21, 2010
    Posts: 6,862


    Listen to your Dad. Put the Olds in it.
  22. guthriesmith
    Joined: Aug 17, 2006
    Posts: 8,155

    1. H.A.M.B. Chapel

    Yea, now that I know the Olds story, I might vote for that. It’s just time and money Dave... :D
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  23. Guys, guys.. I hafta tell you - retirement really doesn't magically create more time for projects. I don't know why, but sadly there does not seem to be any more "free time" for the projects we love. Do things while you can as retirement conjures up even more "stuff" that needs doing. o_O:(
    C'mon Dave; sea foam and green powered by Olds!! lol.

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  24. ....says the guy who keeps hounding me if I've made any progress towards finishing it. LOL

    I'm sure before I make too many decisions I'll do something stupid to derail myself like lifting the Olds motor into the hole "just to see." LOL
  25. For me it does...I already retired once, but took a job for the insurance. I have no kids at home, and my wife is busy all the time, so I have lots of time when i'm off, and get so much done. I make lists and check them off every weekend. Not eveybodys situation is the same.
  26. straykatkustoms
    Joined: Oct 30, 2001
    Posts: 19,496


    All kool suggestions but its a complete waste of time and money.

    Dave drives his stuff daily and everywhere at any time, day or night. Spending thousands more on a nostalgia motor in a kustom is just not worth the effort. The hood will be closed all of the time. In a Hot Rod no question just not in a kustom. Maybe a nostalgia motor if its a historical kustom and it would be stuck in a museum. When you drive it as much as Dave, you need to keep the Mechanics simple.

    Looking forward to watching the kustom work come together the way you plan. Going to be real kool.
  27. The Olds got the final nail in the coffin earlier this morning. Checking into trans adapters to hook it up to the 700R4....1500 clams, plus basically having two bell housings (the Olds has an extended bell on the back fo the block). I can't see spending half of the cost of a crate motor on just an adapter and having a motor/trans combo 86 feet long requiring reworking the floor and the driveline to get it to fit. The comments would be made put a standard in it and it will fit fine. For a million reasons, I'm not going down that road either. Just not worth it to me. Like Mickey said, I drive these cars as my everyday cars...everywhere, so some expensive, half way set up just for the sake or seeing an Olds in the engine compartment isn't going to be the answer for me. SBC stays, either this one or a crate. Fits, already set up, have all the parts. Sort out the engine compartment, detail it all, put the new front cap on and the final phase of un-dork-ifying (other than the seats) will be complete along with making the beginning strides to my Hirohata-ish looks. Here we on.....
    Last edited: Nov 15, 2022
  28. Roothawg
    Joined: Mar 14, 2001
    Posts: 23,850



    We will be waiting.......
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  29. cvstl
    Joined: Apr 15, 2009
    Posts: 1,492

    from StL MO
    1. H.A.M.B. Chapel

    Swap cam and lifters pull the pan, clean it out ..... maybe spray some diesel on the bottom end to wash off any grit that might still be hanging around, and slap it back together. I've done it..... got about 15k miles before a non-related issue ended up killing the motor.

    If you pull it, you might as well rebuild it. If you swap the cam / lifters and the bearings fail.... you still end up rebuilding it. But there is a good chance you kick the can down the road for quite a while.... i'd take the risk...... always plenty of guys that like to make things much harder than they may have to be. Considering the risk being the cost of a shortblock, ain't no way I'd pull that motor.
  30. I agree Clay. That may well be the way I go for now. Seeing the price of the long block through Bob, I can't see rebuilding this motor (a 305)...the 350 with a warranty is just money better spent. That being the case, I really have nothing to lose with this motor putting a cam in it the way you say since push come to shove I'll replace it rather than rebuild it.

    So, mechanically minded people...what would be a reasonable cam to slide in if I went that way? I can screw a motor together, set it up and make it pretty, but picking components like cams and such I really don't have a clue other than to say things like "mild street cam" or "RV cam" without know really what any of that means. LOL Motor is an '85 305 out of an IROC Camaro running an Edelbrock 4 barrel and HEI ignition.
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