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Old 01-25-2003, 09:15 PM
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Below is a picture of the WWII era aviation compass I just bought on Ebay. Now all I have to do is figure out how to make it work. I have decided to go with a WWII era theme for the T-bucket I am building. It will also have a 47 Ford front axle, probably drilled, and I am thinking about using the rear end as well. The interior will use all vintage or vintage looking speed parts. I am trying to find an old flight yoke to use as the steering wheel. It is going to be powered by a flatty V8 linked to a T5 manual transmission. The cool thing is you will not be able to tell if the car was built in 2003 or 1953. I hope to make it all look vintage but with some modern touches hidden away, like a radio.


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Old 01-25-2003, 11:38 PM
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Thats an awesome idea barz.

I kinda got caught up in all the newest parts thing they promote in mags but now I'm thinking its cooler to find old stuff and clean it up. so what if theres a scratch on it, its still history and it works.

Post more pictures of the cool stuff you find.
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Old 01-26-2003, 11:50 AM
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Thanks man. I found a tach for sale as well but I was not sure how to adapt it to a flathead. I almost bought a flight stick with the red trigger on front. I was going to use it for the shifter but I decided to wait on that one.

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barz51, you're onto a good thing!

Glad your going with the flathead too! The T5 makes an excellent box for the flattie. If you use the '47 rear end you'll want to open the drive shaft. "Speedway" has a kit to do just that.

Keep us posted! How far is Gladwin from Toledo?
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Cool idea... you could even go as far as hand control throttle for that... It would take some getting used to but paraplegics and other people with a handicap that prevent them from using their legs use it...

Then agan it just might drive you insane...
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Thats a pretty good idea. I'd like to see some pics when it starts coming together
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Old 01-26-2003, 06:51 PM
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Thanks for the encouragement guys. Hey Slomo I am not familiar with the term opening the drive shaft. What does it mean and what are the advantages to it.

drgnwgn289 guess what color it will be painted

That’s right baby Jon Deere Blitz Black

Cory
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The 47 Ford had what is called an inclosed or "closed" driveshaft, Meaning it ran inside a torque tube. To use that trans you will have to convert the 47 rear to an "open" driveshaft using a kit. An "open" driveshaft is what is used on modern rwd cars, you can see it turn and see the u-joints.
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Old 01-26-2003, 08:46 PM
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O.K. gotcha. I did not realalize that they still used tubes that late.
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Cory

BTW you can check out the kit I am planing on using to mate the T5 to the flatty at Cornhusker Rod and Custom. Look in the parts section.
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Barz, you in my head now. I am making a 1928 Maynard Autocar. It only exists in my head and I am doing just what you are doing. collecting "important non-critical needed stuff". So far;
1939 dodge frame and running gear. (It runs)
1931 Buick grill shell
1928 Ford front bumper
2001 school bus seat
1955 chevy truck steering wheel
1956 GMC truck dash panel
2001 School bus gearshift ('bout 13 feet too long)
4 16x6.00 bias wide whites
192? whippet headlights
1951 Merc original muffler
1 gallon of John Deere green paint

The Challenge: Do it all for less than $2003
As soon as I can, it will be my new avatar
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Son of gun!! My goal is under 2 grand as well. I am planning to make or fab everything I can and everything else will be cheap and/or used. I might have missed it but what are you planning on using for wheels. I would prefer a set of wires but they cost too much for me. So I am looking for a set of old steelies to paint, probably red, and put some dog dishes on. Good luck with your project.

Cory

BTW I remember reading about that dodge frame in another post of yours. I plan on building my own. I know a guy who says he can get the materials for less than $45. We'll see.
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