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Old 09-27-2006, 10:01 AM
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need help badly 1951 ford custom

ok i am stuck i haven't worked on my car for ages because of this problem. i could use some advise to help me get my project back on track.

ok here is the problem, one day when i was pulling the car back into the garage after i was out for a cruze the bolts that hold the steering box onto the frame snapped...there was only one bolt holding it onto the frame when i got it into the garage so pulled the motor and took off the fenders and have the whole front end exposed so i could work around the problem more easily.. but i have no idea where to go from there... should i drill out the broken bolts and chase the threads and put in new bolts and replace all of the front suspension parts. i was also debating if i should just chop off the front end and put on a fatman fab front stub so i could get disk brakes and power steering ect ect. but the amount of money that that involves. if i just fixed the suspension i was also thinking about putting in a 350 Chevy but that is just the block so far so i have to build it. i have the flathead v8 also but that too needs to be rebuilt. so i am stuck with what motor should i put in. i am going to change the tranny to an automatic because i am the only one in my family that can drive a stick and i would like my parents to enjoy this car somewhat even though its my baby. i know that this is alot of rambling but i am just stuck at the moment so any and all help will be greatly appreciated

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Old 09-27-2006, 10:50 AM
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At your young age ... you have time on your side ... so I would plan ahead and then make progress as time and funds $$$ allow.

I had a 51 Ford many years ago and as I remember ... it drove fairly decent ... A SBC and automatic would make the car a LOT easier to drive and should be more FUN. I believe I would remove the bolts and try to find a good steering box ( or use yours ... if good ) ... and then adapt the SBC and automatic ...

A complete suspension change may be a little ambitious for a 17 year old unless you have someone with a decent amount of experience helping you. I know my welding skills at 17 left a LOT to be desired ...

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Old 09-27-2006, 10:53 AM
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Sounds like you are 17 and letting all this overwhelm you. You don't have a lot of money but your steering box bolts broke, you would like disc brakes on your front end, you have a tired flathead, you think you may like a 350 Chevy and you would like to switch to an automatic transmission. And to top everything off your car is torn apart and you can not drive it which at 17 is your biggest problem. I can see why you are stuck. Lets take a look at each problem and solve it.

You don't have a lot of money. OK, so do the cheapest things you can so you can get your car back on the road and you can drive your baby. That means fixing your steering box. Drill out the broken bolts and chase the threads and bolt your box back on.

As you have the fenders off and the flathead out now would be a good time to take a look at your front suspension. If you don't have the money for a front suspension conversion put that on the back burner for now. If you have enough money rebuild your stock front end including the brakes.

Engine - your flathead is tired but it is still running. Put it back in and replace the front sheet metal and get your baby back on the road.

Now you have to prioritize your remaining changes. If you want a Chevy 350 and an automatic look for a donor car. You can sell your block and use the money towards the purchase price. Pull the engine and transmission and sell what you can to recoup your purchase price. Make sure to get a good running donor car so you will not have to do any work on the drive train. You can add the speed parts and dress it up later. When you do the swap your ride will not be down that long and you will be able to drive it again until you have enough money for a front suspension swap.

By doing these changes in little steps you will have the use of your car while you save up enough money to do the changes.

As some on the board said. Don't look at your project as one big project but a whole bunch of little ones.

Hope this helps. Good luck with your project.
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