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09-03-2013 10:48 PM The journey begins
When I got this 49 chev Style line 4 door, couple weeks ago,
some one asked what the plan was. The only thing on the horizon
at that time was to identify the engine.
Now that it's started gulping money, a plan is slowly forming.
I bought this car because it was affordable and built the same year as me.
And has fenders, the 49 Ford just missed the cut.
And the guy did all the heavy work, SBC 350, turbo 350, 57 chev rear end
and 54 chev front clips. Rewired for 12V.
He also spent a lot of time making the car presentable.
It appears this car was a donor car for some other project.
I've been a Ford guy ever since 66, but did have a 53 2 door chev coupe,
6V posy ground, 6 Cly ,two speed power-slide. I didn't have cover for it and
it leaked like a sieve, so I sold it.
This has been a trip already, LOL.
It got here on a flat bed, I didn't want to drive because it was over heating
in rush hour traffic. The timing was out and got fixed. The first day I drove it,
I took all the foo foo off and the alternator went out. Phooey.
The second day out the trans was getting mushy, and before I got home the
Starter and the ignition switch took a dump, back home on a flat bed.
Thank you triple A.
That took a while to figure out, but I chased down every wire, and color coded
everything important. In front of the front seat.
Then off to the tyranny shop, 2000 stall converter & shift kit. It chirps the tire in second.
Also replaced front
yoke for a longer one. The kid did dial in the two barrel and tweaked the timing.
Now you hit the key and it's like "Where you been all night? I'm ready to go!"
That wiped out the budget- on to plastic!
I got about 550 mi. on it, as of today, I know because the gas gauge is out of whack.
And ordered new rear springs and shocks from Jam-co/ stock height. Not into low riders
or gassers. In fact I got a bench seat out of the wrecking yard tonight, those Honda
buckets are killing my back they're so low. I'll do the front when I figure out the disc brakes,
my buddy's on my case about that, he's got a 49 ford and is going to
run them drum brakes till they fade away!
Once I can get this this thing wowed down from speed, I'll put a little more power up front (stroker) and look into posi traction for that rear, probably traction bars. What ever form it's in it's going to Friday night drags with good-guys next summer-Pacific raceways.
I've been working on old 1 &2 cylinder motor cycles since 72, so I'm a
Johnny come lately to hot rods. But I've been a fan since 4th grade, and I see this rod as
the 1968 high school parking lot American graffiti style. The car I couldn't own then.
I've got some pics- 1st the way I got it #2 after the do dads came off
#3 it's trip into the yard on the second roll truck
finally she's wearing her chromes and moons
keep the greasy side down Pat
by looking at the pics, I may have to learn how to hang doors and fenders!


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09-08-2013 08:14 PM could this be that sound?
Seems like the rattling and banging is getting louder.
after I ordered weather stripping for the doors, I discover the grill
was held on with a single pan head slotted #10 machine screw.
Easy enough to fix.


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09-08-2013 08:26 PM Whats leaking?
After the first good rain storm, I find my fancy car cover is
water resistant - not water proof. And about a half cup water poured on the windshield
comes out the wiper transmission hole on the passenger side. Took that apart
glued the rubber to the deck and packed the underside of the transmission full of grease.
Cured that, RTV'd the holes in the fire wall I could see light through. By this time next year
this car is going to have to stand up to Seattle weather, it's going to be my only 4 wheel driver.

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09-08-2013 08:36 PM On to the brake lights
On a trip to Orting and back the other day, I'm told I have no brake lights.
Kind of exciting.
On the original lever brake light switch, one of the plug ends was loose,
crimped them both. Had trouble with the brake light staying on.
Smeared a bunch of grease on the rod through the floor and shot
lube down below. No sweat now.
Also got the stereo back in it and a couple speakers for tunes.

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09-08-2013 08:43 PM Parts in the mail
On the way:
New standard hight leaf springs & shocks.
Standard springs and shocks for front.
Left wing window lever.
Door & trunk weather stripping.
The hood for this car is in great shape
It'd be a shame to weld it up and smooth it out.
Going to hunt down another.


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