Started building on 20-06-2005
Using 3" x 2" x 3/16 R.H.S tubing Cut the back Z to 30 degree to get a good match. Rear cross-member cut to 29". Front cross-member 3" OD 2-3/8 ID 23" wide. Welded jig to sit the chassis on for welding. After welding the chassis it has end up within 1/32 form square close enough for me. I have used a 7" kick-up and 13" to the back cross-member.
Picked up a stuffed 350 chev for two dozen beer.
Stripped it down found the crank to be badly warn. No.1 & 2 Pistons seized. Sent block out to be bored had to go to 60 thou to clean rust up. Replaced with new crank, pistons, rings, mains, big-ends, cam shaft, oil pump & hydraulic lifts. Should of bought a crate motor. At least i can say I rebuilt it. Still need an inlet manifold, carburettor & starter motor to run it up.
Port and polished the old heads, will run these until I acquire Ali heads. The valves are in good condition so I re-cut the seats re-faced the valves. Repaced the timing gears & chain. As I have only ever worked on fords I was surprised to find that the cam shaft is floating and was informed the way it is ground keeps it in position. Replace the head bolts with S/S Cap head bolts mainly for the looks. Have painted holden orange this may change when I decide what colour to paint the T-Bucket a long way off yet.
I hate people telling me to buy it, especially when I think I can make it. As for the drop axle, Acquired a peace of 1-3/4" tube 52" long with a wall thickness of ½". I welded plates to each end after filling it with sand. I clamped it to a large peace of angle iron to keep it parallel, took it to the 55 ton press and bent it 5-3/4" from top to bottom to give me a 4" drop. I then set it up in the mill and with a 1-3/8" hole saw I cut the boss grooves at 8 degrees. I then machined the boss blanks and welded them on. It needs to be reamed out once I get the king pins. Haven't decided on ford stubs axles or Holden yet.
Made up a set of dummy front radius arms to set up the brackets. Using 12mm ball joints and the dummy arms I set up and welded brackets to the drop axle and chassis. Have decided to use separate Radius arms with right & left hand threads to make setting up the drop axle easier I hope.