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Old 11-22-2003, 09:16 PM
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Have worked on cars for over 40 years. Building a hot rod is a dream I have deferred for about the same length of time. Sound familiar?

Just bought a '35 Ford Sedan Delivery from a rod builder and hot rod shop owner in NY. The project he's never gotten around to doing.

I'm going to stretch it about six inches to accomodate two-door sedan front doors and the steel B pillar that goes with them (the seller's idea, which I think will be great). The seller has assembled all the necessary body parts and is passing them along.

There's no running gear, so I have a free hand. The power has to be a flathead, though, and I want as much blue oval content as possible. So here's how the plan is taking shape: Mildly built 8BA motor mated to T5 transmission. Mustang II front end and Monarch rear end connected with a Chassis Engineering parallel leaf spring kit.

I would welcome thoughts/opinions from anyone with experience.

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Old 11-22-2003, 09:22 PM
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Welcome to the board. I cant help you to much on what you asked. But i can tell you that, that will be a sweet rod once its done. Check out our Knowledge base to find some stuff out. Again welcome.
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Might I ask why a leaf spring setup over a parallel 4 link with coilovers?
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Old 11-23-2003, 04:47 AM
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Not my car, but the leafs will give a better ride in a longer heavier car. I think it is a smart move
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Old 11-23-2003, 05:32 AM
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Welcome sounds like a fun ride when done.I've used Chassis Engineering products 3 times,currently leaf setup on my project,always good to work with.
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Old 11-24-2003, 06:53 PM
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Blue Wraith -- fair question about the rear suspension. And thanks to the others for their ideas on this, as I hadn't thought of them.

My thought was cost and simplicity. The bodywork is going to be a MAJOR deal, and I want the engine/trans to be good from the start. The C.E. kit is cheap and easy to install. It may also be the better solution for a heavier car, such as this will be, given the heavier body to start with plus the stretch.

If it turns out not so good, I can replace it down the line, without having spent a huge amount of money on the wrong solution.

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What you have outlined sounds like it will make a really nice cruiser. Although I'm personally into hemis I have a couple buddies that are big flathead nuts and I have to admit there is nothing that sounds like a flathead with a 3/4 cam. Plenty of speed parts available too. Check out Speedway Motors for flathead parts.

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