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Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Artworx, Dec 7, 2018.

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  1. I'd go for the 200-4r transmission, but I think you'd need a 2200 stall convertor. Also, contact Lokar about an offset bend shifter to get it over more to the right.
     
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  2. stanlow69
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  3. Artworx
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    Thanx for showing the article. Car has huge billet dash now. Hope I never have to drive south in the afternoon, I'd go blind. I'd work on taking it off, but the glas is full of holes below. Any ideas on laminating a fiberglas or steel piece over the top of it?
    Thanx for the comments on the shifter. Currently it is a Lokar and as you know there is a detent cable runnuing down the center. I had a long talk with a Lokar dweeb who could only read catalogs on the screen. They have no alternate shift levers...but they do have a "remote" location shifter for a bunch more money. I could mount that anywhere. If I got a few more striping jobs that's what I'd do. But its Christmas and theres no extra work...so I wait patiently.
    Thanx on the top lead. I'm checking that out.
     
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  4. BigDogSS
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    I'd go back to the Cragar Super-Tricks!!
     
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  5. pprather
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    Could you paint the dash plate? Body color, or interior color, or flat black? Does Wescott sell the glass dash as a separate piece, or is it molded to the cowl?

    Phil
     
  6. RockyMtnWay
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    First up, congrats on the new ride.
    I usually don't do the advice thing, but as you've asked and I've recently done similar 'updates' on older builds here's my two cents (sorry for the length).
    From what I've read above, I wouldn't worry about messing with a 'historic ride'. It has some cool history, but it's not historic. And you own it now, so make it yours.
    So first up, I'd get full exhaust on that beauty. You'll enjoy the open air experience more (including the wind noise) and you'll probably drive the car more. 100% recommend manifolds over headers, yup you'll lose a few horses, but optics, sound, and maintenance factors win for me. Keep or sell the sidepipes (I'd sell to help fund the new exhaust).
    Now you can put on that new Rootlieb hood, but that would need paint, right? Perfect, cause by now you've ordered the $130 filled fiberglass dash from Speedway (it's cheap and don't have to look hard). Just test fit the gauges you already have and want to re-use (no cost) and ta-da, ugly dash solved. As for headlights, find some guide style headlights (even if they're repops, that's cool). The ones from OTB are very nice (hint, hint). Now find a good paint shop that can match your body color and get them to prep/paint the new dash, the new hood/sides, the headlight buckets, and ALSO patch/paint the tail section so it's now flat and ready for you to put on whatever you want for tail lights and plate bracket (cause no insult to previous owner, but nova side markers and billet plate bracket gotta go). Who knows, you may want to use stock style tail lights and a plate bracket, and with the tail panel 100% patched/painted you can.
    I know, it kinda snowballed on the paint work, but now your color linked 'visuals' are all done (that's why exhaust was first, so paint could all be done at once). The other big visual, the steering wheel has already been addressed (nice choice with the Bell style), and your choice tells me you're kinda heading towards an older school theme (so maybe tall skinny tires, hint, hint), but mid/late sixties looking mags (like your Halibrands) also work great. So burn those BFG tires off before you make any changes on the rim/tire front.
    Now that your roadster looks how you want it to without mortgaging the farm, you'll want to get out more often and maybe a little farther.
    Time to address the trans question (and shifter at same time). It's gonna be pricey, but definitely do the o/d trans. And when you are installing it, call Lokar and get the parts you need to update your current unit. They sell what they call 'kits' to convert their shifters from whatever you have (th350) to whatever you go with (700r4 or 200-4r). I went from a th400 to a 200-4r in a chassis I'm working on for a 32 5 window, and they supplied the bits to convert the old unit. I also relocated the shifter to a better spot thru the floor (not a sideways move like you're talking, but forward so my knee isn't riding it). This may also work for you.
    So do all this and now your ride, is exactly that, YOUR ride. You're gonna enjoy it more and want to live in it. Ok maybe not live in it cause it doesn't have a roof yet, but the roof decision can be independent. So can the headlight bar, which I really like your idea on (I'm not a fan of the headlights mounted on the shock mounts, but that's a story for another day).
    PS: don't do gearing changes until you get to final trans and rear tire size decisions. I went through 3 sets as I changed trans and tires on my roadster (dumb on my part), and with an o/d trans you may really like your current gears.
    Cheers.
     
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  8. VA HAMB
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    Cool car and tough decision. It being in a mag like that would at least cause me to pause as you have. Half of me would want to leave it alone for history sake and the other half would be like "fuck it, it's mine now!" I guess if you get to feeling too guilty about it, you could sell it and get something less regretful. LOL!
     
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  9. "being in a magazine" should not have any bearing on decisions...I had my roadster in HOT ROD back in 1960..didnt mke it drive any better..or increase the value of it..nowadays most 32 roadsters are like a fire breathing dragon..if you see one,youve seen them all...
     
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  10. DDDenny
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    Yes, and I thought the same thing but didn't say anything figuring the OP would be concerned about getting the paint matched.

    My Wescott dash panel, made in Boring Oregon, not Speedway China.

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  11. It is your car, period. If you are happy, then so be it. If it were mine it would be 100% apart by now. But that's just me. I own an historic Coupe and I have done my best to keep it as is by rebuilding just about everything the way it was. But the way it was is the way I want it. Good luck what ever you decide.
     
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  12. LUTHER99
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    Change out the wheels , steering wheel and tail lights , drive it !!
     
  13. j3harleys
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    I bought a model A back in the the 80's built by respected rod shop, all the welds were ground clean and painted to match, It was beautiful, until I got enough miles on it that it started falling apart. Not saying your's will just sayin
     
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  14. Artworx
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    Just recd. the tailights from rustnrelic, Dec 23rd. Very well packed and very cool, ready to fit and connect. Glass lenses unlike those marker lights I now have. I think it will be an easy fitting. I appreciate the quick service and reliability of you guys. I'm excited. I told my wife that she gave them to me for Christmas. I'll post a pic of before and after when I get 'em in. Jer
     
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  15. Jim Mothershead
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    Hey, Art, Nice '32.
    Most any time ya buy a turn key, tires & wheels get changed to personalize it.
    The theme of your '32 is 95% traditional. Hard to tell what wheels you have but my guess is traditional Halibrand or Billet Specialties "Legacy" Halibrand clones.
    So if it ain't broke don't fix it.......check my wheels........
    Cruzin', Jim
     

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  16. guy1unico
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    Enjoy the car as is and don't put another penny in it. The value is in the builder and magazine article.
     
  17. stanlow69
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    So if you lose the magazine and forget the builders name. The value of the car is no good. Not so. It is personal taste of the present owner and the value someone is willing to pay for it.-------- I think the Sweedish born Hot Rodder had an influence in the design of the car. No historical significance there.
     
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  18. Cyclone Kevin
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    Boy, looking that car over it bears a slight resemblance and influence of Scritch’s 32 BBAC3FFD-B453-45B6-8CD6-EF3756D5B81F.jpeg Which no longer exists as its back to its McGee configuration.
    As for the 70’s not being a historically significant time, bull pucky!!!!! That’s nearly 50 years ago people and a whole bunch of kick ass Hot Rods were built during that era.......
     
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  19. These guy's didn't ask for advise. So who are we to say where you take it? Pretty original when you think about it.
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    Follow your gut.
     
  20. DDDenny
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    Damn straight Kevin!
     
  21. stanlow69
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    Who said that statement. I was referring to the Sweedish born hot rodder giving opinions about how car should look. Like the wheel choice and the mounting of the gauges. Then there`s the taillights. Nothing against the swedes. My wife is one. I have had customers want some pretty weird stuff done to there cars. But they are paying the bill.
     
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  22. Thoughts on your shifter: I see in the mag article pictures that it had a factory Mustang/pinto type shifter. I'd take a wild guess that you can get a '4 speed' auto shifter detent for that shifter. I know you can for different Chevy/GM shifters. It is a lot shorter than the Lokar & it should be lower on your leg too. It should work great as I doubt you'll be shifting your trans manually.....
     
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  23. jimgoetz
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    I'm pretty sure Lokar makes a cable operated shifter that you can mount just about anywhere.
     
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  24. flynbrian48
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    As the owner of another originally '70's built car, I'd say take photos of it the way it is, and do what you want. I too remember your car from it's feature, but even then that billet stuff was ugly. Lose the tail lights and other billet stuff, throw it all in a box for the next owner.
     
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  25. Artworx
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    I'm agreeing with about 70% so I guess that's good. The Lokar cable shifter is over 350.00...but it would solve the problem. The location is not a problem if I go less than 100 mi. My leg can deal with it. A 200r would need a new shifter and then I'd solve both problems. But not in 2018...unless somebody nearby needs striping and lettering. the cash register is empty for now. The wheels on the car now are Eric Vaughn "Real Wheels". My understanding is that Vaughn cast aluminum wheels in Halibrand's molds. I called him and he answered the phone and he went to school at my high school but a few years later. six degrees, huh? The wheels are not rare but there are not a lot of them around. I love them, so unless I decide to go with steelies that's the way it is. Thanks for all your thoughts. I think over what you say.
     
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  27. Bandit Billy
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    I agree entirely, you may be the only one that gets it. Well, that and the tail lights.
     
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