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What is the worst thing you have seen done on a build?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Edsel58a, Nov 13, 2012.

  1. Johnny Wishbone
    Joined: Aug 10, 2009
    Posts: 314

    Johnny Wishbone

    We had a T roadster in the shop, master cylinder under the floor, and it had a rod from the pedal to the master, but was not hooked into the master, so when you let off the brakes the rod came completely out and could fall out of the back of the master cylinder. Solution? They bolted an eye bolt through the floor for the brake rod to ride in. On a side note, I'm no super wiring guy, but does anyone know why a roadster with points or hei needs more than 8 wires? This thing had enough wire in it to wire 5 or 6 cars.

  2. Can you show some pictures of your chassis?

  3. Edsel58a
    Joined: Jan 17, 2008
    Posts: 755


    Sorry about there being other threads, guess I missed them.

    I also want to see good craftsmanship, but also want to know the don'ts, although some are obvious!!!!
  4. MeanGene427
    Joined: Dec 15, 2010
    Posts: 1,813

    from Napa

    A couple good ones from the '70's- a kid from Yountville had a '56 Chebbie he found someplace, had a cheezy straight axle setup, and he had this 3fiddy he'd had done for his '64 pickup, so he's gonna have the baddest car in town, swaps the 3fiddy and finds an old box tunnel ram, works all day Saturday on it, and shows up with a carload that night in Napa, gonna go street racin'. I see something funny from a distance, so I had to go look- he had hooked up the throttle with a length of toilet flapper chain between the firewall and the TR bellcrank :rolleyes:

    Another from St. Helena, a guy bought this little T-bucket, basic from the era, frog-pond green, big-n-littles, diamond tuck etc. So this thing had a healthy 340 Mopar in it, and a completely unreinforced frame, no boxing, braces, nothing, and it had a drag link down the left side like a Super Modified to connect the steering. That thing would change lanes if you sneezed at the gas pedal, and if he hit it hard, it would bounce the right-side header off the ground :eek:
  5. i like cars & stuff
    Joined: Sep 14, 2012
    Posts: 74

    i like cars & stuff
    from Aotearoa

    See the leaf springs in this post?
    i had a car with quarter elliptic rear springs like that from the factory. It had those friction type shocks for the top links, from the factory in 1930! Oversteer was normal.
    (R.I.P. it was stolen while i was seeing a doctor, i know who took it & they only took it for the metal content)
  6. n.z.rodder
    Joined: Nov 18, 2008
    Posts: 1,016


    This, it had a BBC in it as well.:eek:

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  7. Scumdog
    Joined: Mar 3, 2010
    Posts: 627


  8. Edsel58a
    Joined: Jan 17, 2008
    Posts: 755


  9. MoparJoel
    Joined: May 21, 2012
    Posts: 860


    someone put a SBC into something that wasnt a chebbie... :)
  10. olcurmdgeon
    Joined: Dec 15, 2007
    Posts: 2,297


    In the 80s two guys showed up with a '32 Ford pickup, hemi powered, at a club meeting. They wanted to join our club. So we started looking over the truck. They had removed the steering column tube and only had the inner shaft. A piece of 1/4" steel diamond plate formed a crude steering column drop at the dash, with a flame cut hole for the shaft to come through, complete with uncleaned slag. Needless to say they didn't get invited to return.
    Going back to the 50s, when admitedly things were cruder, I remember a guy from a town south of mine who cut a '50 Ford tudor into an elcamino type vehicle. This was popular at the time. He put a 303 olds motor in it with the hydro, but the motor was in crooked, probably 3" or more to the driver's side at the rear, clearly visible. Not to worry, he just hooked up a driveshaft with the u-joints forming a shallow "V" front to back and actually drove the car that way.
  11. blue 49
    Joined: Dec 24, 2006
    Posts: 1,408

    blue 49
    from Iowa

    Here is a build pic and a recent one.

    Attached Files:

  12. DJCruiser
    Joined: Jan 15, 2012
    Posts: 316

    from CT

    The frame X member "radiused" with a torch in 4 places in order to get clearance for dual exhausts.
  13. fairlaneranch
    Joined: Aug 18, 2005
    Posts: 36


    Friends brother back in 81 had a 68 Chevelle with a small block swapped in with chain and pieces of 2x4 for motor mounts /frame mounts.He would brag on it all the time and do burn outs like a madman till his chain broke showing off. What a mess! the engine was on its side with a torn oilpan and the fire wall got buckled. Oil, Water,trans fluid all overThe only place that was attached was the trans mount and that didnt survive the twist. He was very lucky as he drove the wheels off that thing and it could have been much worst.

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