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02-14-2010 10:39 PM '59 Elky body mounts 2
Hose and donuts are a perfect fit.

Mock-up of bolted joint. Note the slight compression of donuts.

The snug fit of the hose in the donuts allowed us to pre-assemble the stack onto the frame before lowering on the body. Slick. The loose tubing inside the hose and loose bolts inside the tubing allows easy stabbing of the bolts into the nuts. The frame is really nicely painted, just dusty in this shot.


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02-14-2010 10:35 PM '59 Elky body mounts
We are at the point to mount the body back on the chassis of my grandson's '59 Elky and we have drawn a blank trying to find rubber body mounts. No one makes them any longer. We decided to make our own. We went to a local rubber supply here in Bakersfield and they graciously gave us a 2' x 18" x 3/4" thick piece of neoprene from their rem stack. We cut 18 donuts and two 2-1/2" x 3" rectangles (for the front mounts) from the sheet. We used a 2-3/8" hole saw for the outer rim of the donut and 1-1/8" saw for the core of the donut and holes through the rectangles. We then cut 1 5/8" long pieces of 3/4" rubber hose that are a tight fit inside the donuts and a tight fit in the body mount holes in the frame. Finally we cut 1 9/16" long pieces of steel tubing that are loose fitting inside the hose and easily pass the 7/16" body bolts. The hose and tubing are slightly shorter than the donut stack so they are compressed when the bolts are tightened for a firm mount. The hose keeps the body well positioned on the chassis. All in all, we made our body mounts for under $20 compared to the over $100 we would have paid a vendor, if the mounts were even available. We could have probably used 1/2" thick rubber which may be closer to the factory thickness but body fits on very nicely w/ the 3/4" rubber.

Here are the donuts being cut from the rubber sheet and hose being cut to length on band saw.


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01-26-2010 10:57 PM '59 Elky gauges
We want real gauges not idiot lights and dummy gauges like the Elky came with. Here are a couple photos showing that hot rod gauges fit right in w/ no modifications.


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01-24-2010 10:30 PM '59 Elky turn signal fix
the turn signal canceling cams for '58 thru '60 Chevy steering columns that are supplied in after-market repair kits are notoriously ineffective. The plastic cam that is supposed to flick two steel lugs on a nutating member and cancel the signal is too small diameter so doesn't work. My fix as shown in these two photos is to simply cut a piece of 16ga steel, form it to a tight fit on the plastic cam, rough both pieces with 30grit sandpaper and epoxy them together. Problem solved.


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09-25-2009 10:11 AM Fisher Body Craftsman's Guild models
Finished restoration #4. I still hate this car! Don't know what I ws thinking when I designed it.


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