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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by j hansen, May 3, 2020.

  1. T. Turtle
    Joined: May 20, 2018
    Posts: 490

    T. Turtle

    After 9 months the car drove again, now with the fully reconditioned front brakes. Got to the converted pigsty early but realized I assembled a couple of springs upside down, which meant blood and some expletives. Then went on a 30 mile test drive, slowly bedding the shoes in and stopping to adjust. There's still very light grabbyness on the LH side (only at very low speed - in general the car brakes straight and true) but I think it's just a question of driving the car more and allowing the shoe and drum to resign themselves to being wedded. Other than that, all was well, it was a good occasion to test the infra-red thermometer and to me all temperatures (exhaust, water, bearings, drums, g/box and diff) were fine. So next week I'll borrow the dealer plates again and drive for a bit longer and then it's inspection time.
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  2. Working on completing the fuel system and transmission linkage. The to-do list seems to grow rather than shrink! 3232.jpg
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  3. T. Turtle
    Joined: May 20, 2018
    Posts: 490

    T. Turtle

    That is one of the great mysteries of the universe ;)
  4. choptop40
    Joined: Dec 23, 2009
    Posts: 5,409


    Living vicariously in Hambville…Not a damn thing….Working 60 plus hours a week.
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  5. Cut a hole in my hood.
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  6. BJR
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
    Posts: 10,142


    Changed my steering wheel on my 49 Buick, before and after pictures. IMG_2006.jpeg IMG_2427.jpeg
    BigRRR, Almostdone, 40two and 17 others like this.
  7. chicken
    Joined: Aug 15, 2004
    Posts: 504

    from Kansas

    Went on a 50 mile drive in the '41 Merc on roads like this. IMG_1525.jpg
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  8. jimmy six
    Joined: Mar 21, 2006
    Posts: 15,334

    jimmy six

    Went to my cities car show….not near what it once was for sure…I’m in the crowd with about 125 cars… IMG_6528.jpeg IMG_6527.jpeg IMG_6526.jpeg
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  9. I hit a "gasser" themed cruise night last night, got to see my racing buddies and they got to see the Henry J, which hasn't been seen in 10 years.

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  10. Finishing up the interior, a little bit of patina with what appears to be the original back seat, few wrinkles in the headliner, gonna take the car out soon, hopefully sitting in the sun helps iron them out 20240618_102439.jpg 20240617_190433.jpg
  11. T. Turtle
    Joined: May 20, 2018
    Posts: 490

    T. Turtle

    Continued with driving the car around with the aim of bedding those drums shoes, still got a slight pull to the left even after adjusting. Frustrating and it was 90°f :mad:

    I know this is a traditional forum but those drums will have to go at some point (by the way, Kelsey-Hayes 4-piston discs were available on my car under FIA rules back in 64, so) - have an appointment with a guy who does type approvals (yes we need this here) tomorrow about swapping to discs...
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  12. lake_harley
    Joined: Jun 4, 2017
    Posts: 2,210


    Couldn't find an exhaust manifold for my little Chevy 153 four banger so I built this tri-Y header, including the flanges. More hours in it than I care to think about. Still need to make flanges for the outlet and plan that the exhaust will go under the pan and run down the passenger side to get it out of the way of steering and (probable) under-floor brake master cylinder. The welds aren't exactly examples of my best work but I guess it'll still get the exhaust where it needs to go. Still had a bit of welding to finish when I took the photo, and will do some shaping to make the flanges less "boxy".

    Odd thing is I sold the car that I had bought and built the engine for, so as of now I don't have any plans for it. Just a stock, cheap rebuild but did have Oregon cams put a mild performance grind on the camshaft. I had The Machinist I use shave about .020" off the top of the block to bump the compression a tad, and he did a nice multi-angle valve job on the head.


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  13. AnimalGuy
    Joined: Sep 12, 2009
    Posts: 14


    Picked up a used drop axle and had to chop a little out of the middle.

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  14. kustomkat1950
    Joined: Sep 18, 2010
    Posts: 53

    from Coastal GA

    Went to cruise the '41, batt was flat. Charging now. Must have left something on last night. Had to cruise the '63 TR4 for a beer run...
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  15. I finished blocking and sealing the hood for our '47 a week or so back and dropped it off at the shop; finally felt good enough to run up there and install it today.
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  16. Saw on that social media site where someone added a "helper" to their trunk strut, reached out and found the particulars on the gas cylinder, and ordered one. Put it on and it really makes the lid positive even just being on one side.
    Last edited: Jun 28, 2024
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  17. Changed the points and plugs in the Roadster. Much needed. 20240613_120231.jpg IMG_1537.jpg
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  18. surestar
    Joined: Aug 16, 2009
    Posts: 18

    from canada

    Myself and three others got into our old cars and drove over 600 miles to the BTTF’s in Minneapolis . Had a wonderful weekend in spite of the rain. We have made this trip literally dozens of times and will continue to do so until we can’t!
    1957 Chevy belair, 1937 Pontiac sedan, 1952 Chevy p- up and a 1958 Chevy p-up
    It was quite a caravan , all those miles and no problems.. over 1250 miles round trip..
    Just get out there and drive em........
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  19. Hit another cruise night with a couple fellow HAMBers


    Member 1940Willys


    Member Dooley

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  20. Pontmerc
    Joined: Jul 13, 2013
    Posts: 357

    from Finland

    Some random chicken has decided my cadillac is perfect place to lay some eggs... IMG-20240629-WA0029.jpeg IMG-20240629-WA0031.jpeg
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  21. cheap-n-dirty
    Joined: Jan 28, 2002
    Posts: 924


    went to lunch at a local oregon steak house, very good steaks.
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  22. Slowly making my way thru rebuilding this 303 toploader
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  23. TA DAD
    Joined: Mar 2, 2014
    Posts: 1,255

    TA DAD
    from NC

    I found a couple direct bolt 15 x 10 Rocket wheels , no broken centers and no damaged lug holes. At some point in their existence they had been painted silver. I got all the paint removed and they have the perfect look to match the rest of my truck. You know " Shit Box " IMG_1453.JPG
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  24. Jeff34
    Joined: Jun 2, 2015
    Posts: 966


    Chopped my windshield 2"
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  25. choptop40
    Joined: Dec 23, 2009
    Posts: 5,409


    Took an afternoon nap in the 50 Desoto in the shop..that front seat sure is comfy...
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  26. kustomkat1950
    Joined: Sep 18, 2010
    Posts: 53

    from Coastal GA

    Plugs, points, and a new battery...Yeah, I left the non functional spotlight on...I need to change out that damn bulb...Took it for a ride and two guys tried to buy it, nope...I gets buried in this one..
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  27. fastcar1953
    Joined: Oct 23, 2009
    Posts: 3,742


    Putting the nova together. 449437074_8197682396922641_1594054566845093233_n.jpg 449439556_8197683363589211_6075546632892683070_n.jpg 449443792_8197683773589170_6360199659834232259_n.jpg 449487014_8197689563588591_2650990422720969442_n.jpg 449531919_8197684173589130_5731759453572071862_n.jpg 449792161_8197684646922416_3334897836403534514_n.jpg
  28. Bert Kollar
    Joined: Jan 10, 2007
    Posts: 1,248

    Bert Kollar

    100_1721.JPG 100_1723.JPG 100_1721.JPG 100_1721.JPG 14 year project coming to a close. Many of you understand how life gets in the way. I'm not unique. I keep plugging away on this car, Had some s/s laying around and made the rear bumper and front nerfs and very pleased with the results. Also completed the remote horn and amazed at how well it works. This week end I hope to adjust the e brake (I don't like to drive a car I build without a properly working e brake)
  29. Did my annual 4th of July yard line up for the the people walking by heading to the parade that runs a block away, my neighbor had his el'camino out too.


    Afterwards we both did a few burnouts out in the street for our other neighbors, then for some reason the J's starter wouldn't engage to get it back in the garage, so it had to be pushed.
  30. lake_harley
    Joined: Jun 4, 2017
    Posts: 2,210


    The little Nova is really coming together and looking GREAT! If I'm not mistaken it's for your wife? If I got that right I'd bet she's getting pretty excited!


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