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My first hot rod project.Lot's of questions

Hello everyone.This will be my first "Hot Rod" project.Second care project in 20yrs? Anyhow I have purchased a 41 chevy 2dr sedan.engine and tranny already removed.Car has been sitting and previouse owner looked to have started a restoration or hot rod project.All trim off car,front&rrear fender's off and so on.Anyhow I'm starting to put together a hit list on what I need to build this car.I want to go modern suspension,small block.I have a line on a 79 pontiac trans am sub frame complete will all components.As for rear end not sure.10 bolt or 12 bolt or 9"? I want to build the car as a good all around driver.Not really interested in drag racing it.Same with transmission,th350,th400 or 700r?.My left knee isn't in the best of shape so no 4sp or 5sp.Plus I can't drink coffe and drive at the same time .I'm giving myself a time line of 4yrs.That will make me 50yrs young when the car is finished.Any thoughts on this project will be greatly apprciated.Thanxs for looking,
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I'm 63 and still working on my '32 Victoria, believe me it takes time and $$$$$$. Do yourself a favor and look at www.chevsofthe40s.com. They sells parts for 37-54 models and should have all the little stuff you dont.

If you're building a street cruiser then make it simple, a small block 350, 700R4 and the 10 bolt will work if you keep the power within limits. It's very easy to get nuts with the engine, you'll see some guy with a hot rod, the engine looks and sounds sooooo good...but is it the right combo for your application???

Take your time, think everything out first and talk to everyone you can about machine shops and suppliers, some aren't as user friendly as others, have fun.
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Thanxs 327NUT.I can do 99% build myself.I just haven't been envolved with cars and hot rodding in such a long time.I just want to see what others are doing.Time and money thing I diffently agree with you there.
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Well,I finally got my 41 chevy home.A couple of questions from this newbee What about the wiring harness? Is this something I will have to make myself? or can I buy it? As for a transmission I read a lot about the 700r4 .Is there a certain year trans I need to purchase? My current hit list of parts so far,
1)79 trans am front sub section.
Next I will look for a rear end.Like I ssaid before the real work will begin after my 46th birthday.
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What about the wiring harness? Is this something I will have to make myself? or can I buy it?
Once you figure out all the electrical components you will have on the car, you can purchase a custom-made harness from any one of several suppliers. Or, if you're well-versed in electronics, you can build the harness yourself. That's what I have done in the past (AT in the Navy).
http://www.ronfrancis.com/
http://www.americanautowire.com/
http://www.ezwiring.com/
http://www.painlessperformance.com/
http://www.wiringharness.com/
http://www.haywireinc.com/
http://www.centechwire.com/
http://stores.ez2wire.com/StoreFront.bok
Ron Francis and Painless are probably the two best-known suppliers, but the others listed may also provide a quality product. Remember the old saying....."The sour taste of poor quality remains long after the sweet taste of low price is forgotten".

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As for a transmission I read a lot about the 700r4 .Is there a certain year trans I need to purchase?
Read up on the 200R4. The gear ratio drop (and subsequent rpm drop) from 1st to 2nd on a 700 is horrible.
http://www.oldengine.org/unfaq/leadfoot/trans.htm
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thanxs, techinspector1.Maybe I'll save the$$$ and go for a th350 or th400.My left leg isn't that great so I really don't want to go standard.Plus "HEMI 4spd's" are getting harder to find .
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Well its been a while. But the car will be going to american dry stripper then back home for a coat of epoxy primer.Then the body will be lifted and frame rolled into the garage for complete overhaul.I'll post pictures later.stefanP
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My journal link below. I collected parts for about 10-years and I've been working on it since 2006. I stopped keeping receipts years ago. My leg's still good so I'm happy to kick the clutch. If you do go auto I suggest the 700R4 I had one in an old Vette and is was a dream to drive.

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Hit list gets started.

Today I purchased a 69 camero 10 bolt.Monday I will make he appiontment with the stripping company.Also will go with a chassi engineering bolt on independent front suspension.My project journal shows the car.
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suspension and rearend

hi stefan p,i haven't tried the bolt on frt suspension but i did buy the chassis engineering rear suspension kit for my 39 chevy.i'm happy with it.you can order it for chevy springs or they have the kit with saddles for whatever rearend you're going to use.i put a rearend in from a 91 chevy caprice,just took all the coilspring brackets off and cleaned up the housing.it's the right width for a 39 so it might be the same for your car.just a suggestion
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Sand or mediea blast??

My 41 chevy looks to have been primered around 1983 or 84.There is lots of surface rust and pitting.I just wondeing which is the better way to attack the surface?I hear sand blasting really distorts the surface.Thanxs for looking.
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Took a big break on this project(lot of things happing in my personal life).Starting to get koooooooler here in newengland.I'm gonna try to get this car project moving forward again again.My friend says I should worrie about the chassi/drive train first.So thats where I will start.
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I think your friend had it right, about doing the chassis first, especially since you have the body off (right?) and things are easy to get to.

On the topic of dirveline, since you mentioned having knee problems, I'd urge you to go with an automatic definitely, over the hemi 4 -speed. They are good transmissions, but rather stiff to shift; and if you have the corresponding heavy-duty clutch....well, you aren't going to do your knee any good.

Hope your "issues" are getting cleared up, and you can get back to business on your ride.
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Well my ,our( brother and me) mom passed all of a sudden on aug24th.We all live togther.So it's been a bit of a challange.Then 2 weeks later our celler flood out .So ya I'm a little goofed up!! But I did purchase a new heavy duty(silver tarp )from harbor frieght store.Now the car is at least cover up.Yes chassi will be first.
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Receased fire wall??

I see there is a firewall kit availble for my 41 chevy.Do I need to instale this when I put in my sbc??
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