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08-12-2012 08:25 PM Cooling the Beast
Dragged out the old radiator today to do a little back yard engineering to cool this thing. Itís a big copper, brass unit from a 1940 Buick. This setup up worked great with a 336ci, 13.5 compression, small block and a 4:56 gear. With a 10 PSI cap it cooled it without an electric fan. Itís all set up for 37 degree AN fittings and stainless braided hose.

Iím also adding a condenser for the A/C and a heavy duty 2600 cfm electric fan and shroud. Looks like everything is going to fit well but Iím going to have to get creative to route the A/C lines over/under or through the frame cradle.

Instead of using radiator support rods to the fire wall Iím going to stick with the frame mounted vertical side mounts. The guyís that laid this all out back in the 70ís really did a good job. Itís a very strong radiator mount and so different from what you see today.

Going to drop it off at the radiator shop and see if itís still usable. Since a new walker is near a grand I thought Iíd give it a try.


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06-25-2012 08:34 PM 1930u- Door Handles Locks and Linkage
Since I'm doing a late 60's early 70's theme I'm using a lot of retro stuff inside the car. This weekend I went through all door handles and window cranks, etc.

Before starting the major work on the old Plymouth, I tried to knock out some of the more tedious stuff. I.e. window internals and inside/outside door handle linkages. The windows turned out to be easy because Iím using all the original stuff, regulators and the window run channels, etc.

The windows really fill up the door space and the bear claw latches also limited my options for the linkage. I really had to think through making something that would work.

It works but what a contraption it is!

Basically the door glass is sandwiched between two long rods that run vertical from top to bottom in the door. One attaches to the outside handle and the other to the bear claw latch release lever. At the bottom of the door I made stand off mount with a heart shaped cam/pivot. Each lobe of the heart has a mounting hole for the vertical rods. When I operate the door handle the pivot rocks back and forth and pops the latch. I havenít made the inside latch release yet but my thought is to make a straight rod that pivots contacting the latch release lever.

Like I said my home made mess of linkage works but I would be embarrassed if someone looked inside and saw it.




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06-17-2012 08:37 PM 1930u Ė Window Regulators
I didnít want to use power windows and my original regulators are in great shape, so Iím using them. Their dirty and rusty but should clean up fine. Today I worked on the rear window regulator mounting and got everything roughed in pretty well. The original glass is ľĒ thick and I canít believe how heavy the glass is. The Plexiglas Iím using in very light and should be easy on the regulators.

The original glass lift channel was also in really good shape so Iím using it too.



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06-16-2012 07:21 PM 1930u Seat Mounts


It was hot in the shop today so I wasnít a very motivated welder but I did get a few things done. I will be using a 5 point race harness so I cut some more steel and closed off the front of the seat mounting platforms. I also made some seat belt mounting tabs for the crotch belt. Making the tabs takes some time and I would suggest buying pre-made from a chassis shop or even Speedway Motors. Finally made my door props too.

All in all a good day. Back at it tomorrow.



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06-02-2012 07:55 PM 1930u- Roll bar loop and seat mount
I welded up the roll bar today. I also made the seat mounting frame work. I mentioned earlier in the journal that most of my parts are from a 1970ís hot rod. I have many parts from that car including the seats. They were from a Opel GT. The seats were never bolted to the floor. They just sat on 2x4 blocks and the car never had any seat belts. I saw this car run at the local drag strip many times. Back then he ran a 336 small block, 4-speed and 4:56 gear. Must have been a wild ride.

Hereís a few shots of the roll bar work.



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