The Jalopy Journal
Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by rickman454, Feb 3, 2012.
Anybody busting nuts to get their rods done for the Fest?
Yep, my mom's 47 Caddy series 75 4 door. I chopped it, made fade away fenders molded the rear fenders, frenched the rear tag and shaved the handles.Its got a fat man fab stub with a 472 caddy engine.Hope to at least have it in epoxy for the show. Then I'm also helping a buddy who is a lurker on here with his 59 Rambler wagon gasser project. He's built his own frame, and has a stout 355 4spd with a tunnel ram for it.
yessir. hopin that torque fest will be the first show ill be driving something to.
Im just trying to keep the one in my avatar together so I can finally take one there
I'm trying to get this into running condition for the fest,,,,, Little stuff is holding me up
Nice! I'd post pictures, but I'd prolly get yelled at.
hopin like hell to get back on the rpu and debut it there
Working everyday on my 59 Fairlane....might be sitting on a 5 gallon pail....front seat is my biggest concern right now
I got 2 in the works...dads 29 Model a and my 52 chevy pickup
Well.... only a few days and nights away. Mom's caddy is getting close, and the rambler is getting iffy. Hoping to meet a few of you at the show!
Luckily, Virgils Garage is right outside the gate if you ned anything welded...
We had to help fund the family garage last year.
Cant wait !!!
OH man - I hope you can bring that!!!!
...just got this done bout a week ago...
^^That shit's funny!!!^^
got to throw my luggage and pillow in the car
packed last nite
gonna be a heavy cruiser 4800 pound factory car and buying a rear end on way and doing swap on sunday
I too have been working on a car. My friend and I have been thrashing like crazy this week. For the past 2 years we have been building a Model A. We installed a rebuilt 327 on April 1 of this year. On the shakedown run he noticed some rather catostrophic issues with the engine....note the crack in the side of the block....yeah that's an issue!
So, that really sucks. Also, there was oil blowing out the breather, intake manifold, valve cover gaskets, front AND rear main seals are leaking....this is a mess! Needless to say, it was a bad day and this engine was not going to work. So the engine came out of the car.
So now I'm getting a little pissed because Torque Fest is coming and we had planned on having the car finished for the show. I really want to have this car in the show and support Hannahs cause. Damn, now what should I do????
Ahh ha! Picked up the phone and ordered a brand new 350 Crate Engine from GM Performance. It has old skool cast iron heads and a sweet little cam! Thanks HAMBer Bad Banana for help and suggestions.
3 days later a delivery truck arrives at the shop and this little devil is in the crate! But we can't keep it black, it should really match the red wheels! Time to scuff it
And a trip into my pals Paint Booth
And let's make it look a little nicer and bolt on the accessories....after all it's going into my Model A!!!!
Let's drop this baby in! Yes, we are putting in killer hours and by the way my friend Kevin....He is THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So, we go through the new engine start-up procedure as well as the break-in procedure. WOW!!! This thing runs nice and the cam has a nice little lump to it.
I wish I had photos and video from today but we're pretty tired. I can report that
so far it runs great with no issues (knock on wood!!!!!!) Changed the oil. Now I have to put 500 miles on it and change the oil again. I have about 40 miles on the engine now so I think a nice 2 1/2 hour drive to Torque Fest will be a nice little break-in session for this engine.
The car is back together and sleeping in the garage. OOOHH Torque Fest!!!
Now THAT'S crazy! Last year MY block cracked in exactly the same spot and I thrashed to get it done a couple days before last year's Torque! Whoooaaa! BTW-where did you score your headers if you don't mind me asking?
Dont think I'll be done in time, but I think I may skip work and at least go.
It's been a crazy couple of days, that's for sure!
The headers are the ceramic coated headers from Speedway with the turn-outs. I am also using header baffles from Car Chemistry.
had another unwanted ground on the car on the ground wire thats the 2nd time of fixing that
had the car all packed and went out to my truck and the spare gas can was by it, a gas gauge would be nice
people always wonder why me and the wife runs 2 Garmins , one for the mileage for fueling , need a full time navigator for that!!
taking a driving mechanic so he can fix stuff and i can relax
and hopeing for the best
i'll be rollin this turd around , no upholstery yet , plwood seat its all good , litteraly like 5 miles on it , doesnt get any fresher ! can't wait
Well Dirtbag, atleast I won't be the only one traveling to TF with an extremely fresh build and engine. I only have 40 miles on my engine, but it's running sooo good. Went out to the garage this morning and no leaks from the engine at all, lets hope it stays that way! Just a little leak from the tranny pan but that can be fixed.
Dude I still have my stock model A seat if ya need one!!
the Kid and me are trying to get the Kosmic Komet running for the show , If not we might bring it down anyway ,it pushes easy
its all good bob , i like sitting in it nice and low , i have the actual base and back cut just dont have foam yet ! after chopping the windshield i have to keep the seat low !
wish i could say the same , i have a oil leak somewhere , a small trans leak , a junk driveshaft i dont trust , and havent had time to adjust the lifters , oh well ,
That would be me! Actually made the maiden voyage on Mon. night and no serious glitches. Once she's back from alignment I'm good to go! Here's a preview...
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