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Today 12:33 PM
1971BB427 Finally got my cross ram running well, and leaned out. Plugs are a nice tan color, and no eyes burning at idle! Dropped jet size down 8 sizes from #66 to #58, and power valves down from 6.5 to 3.5. I may go up a couple sizes on jets later if the plug color indicates it's a bit lean, but will give it some miles first.
Scored a new driver's side window regulator on CL yesterday! Seller said it has sat in his garage since the 70's when his son built a Falcon, so it's in great shape! Now I wont have to worry about the window dropping and shattering door glass!
Today 10:25 AM
mud.man.rj
trunk...

That truck is picture perfect.
Today 10:23 AM
Too Many Projects Just finished the one hour power clean for company coming over...

Hope everyone has a good Easter....
Today 08:03 AM
John long
Quote:
Originally Posted by Too Many Projects View Post
I thought your body lift was ingenious...

That way leaves the chassis on the floor, able to roll around. That should be a good way to get the body on a roto and roll the chassis out from under.
Only mod I would make, is a nut welded on the bottom of the all thread to facilitate use of an impact or ratchet to turn the rod.
Wow! What a great idea!!! It never entered my mind!!? Couple that with a long splice nut on top for security and you would have one great system.

See, I told you I was the student! Thanks Mitch

John
Today 07:57 AM
Too Many Projects
Quote:
Originally Posted by John long View Post
We are all blessed to have friends who not only appreciate what we are doing but care about us personally. It is a two way street for sure.

I am the student here. Just sharing what I am learning and have learned. The big differance between me and you pro's is I can take all day to do a 30 minute job. Time does not equate to money for me.

Example: Several people asked me why I didn't jack up the car, suspend the body and just let the chassis down instead of spending all that time raising the body with four pieces of all-thread.

Short answer.......I didn't want to.....and .....my time is free. Slow and easy was the way I thought it would be the most fun.

Knowing you guys who do restoration work for a living even take a second look at my project is priceless to me. Just too cool.



John
I thought your body lift was ingenious...

That way leaves the chassis on the floor, able to roll around. That should be a good way to get the body on a roto and roll the chassis out from under.
Only mod I would make, is a nut welded on the bottom of the all thread to facilitate use of an impact or ratchet to turn the rod.
Today 07:35 AM
John long
Quote:
Originally Posted by deadbodyman View Post
That's all great John but you got it backwards ...Its us that are blessed to have YOU as a friend and role model,not only to improve our skills but ourselves.
We are all blessed to have friends who not only appreciate what we are doing but care about us personally. It is a two way street for sure.

I am the student here. Just sharing what I am learning and have learned. The big differance between me and you pro's is I can take all day to do a 30 minute job. Time does not equate to money for me.

Example: Several people asked me why I didn't jack up the car, suspend the body and just let the chassis down instead of spending all that time raising the body with four pieces of all-thread.

Short answer.......I didn't want to.....and .....my time is free. Slow and easy was the way I thought it would be the most fun.

Knowing you guys who do restoration work for a living even take a second look at my project is priceless to me. Just too cool.



John
Today 06:24 AM
Too Many Projects
Quote:
Originally Posted by Galaxie65 View Post
Did a very slight mod to my rear suspension today. It always bugged me that my rear suspension was hung with bolts using the threads as load bearing points. I swear I could feel stuff moving around back there, almost like the rear end was skating around a bit. The rear end would also clunk most times when I shifted unless I was super gentle. Here's how the original bolts fit through the brackets....

I got some longer grade 8 bolts and cut off the excess threads, now they fit like this...

No more clunking and the car feels quite a bit more stable. Such a simple thing!
I've run across that before too. Usually the bracket hole will be worn out of round with threads embossed in the metal. I have cut reinforcing plates and welded them on to center the bolt and close up the hole again.
Today 05:41 AM
123pugsy
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Originally Posted by deadbodyman View Post
That's all great John but you got it backwards ...Its us that are blessed to have YOU as a friend and role model,not only to improve our skills but ourselves.
X2.

Man, does that trunk pan look nice in there. Really moves the project forward.
Today 04:43 AM
deadbodyman
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Originally Posted by John long View Post
One of my friends and I slid the trunk floor in today. I also bolted on the EMS rear splash apron. It will give me a great template for making the tail pan under the deck lid. We worked hard today

Thanks again to any and all who helped make this day happen. I am indeed a blessed man to have the friends I have in this world.

John



That's all great John but you got it backwards ...Its us that are blessed to have YOU as a friend and role model,not only to improve our skills but ourselves.
Yesterday 10:23 PM
Galaxie65 Did a very slight mod to my rear suspension today. It always bugged me that my rear suspension was hung with bolts using the threads as load bearing points. I swear I could feel stuff moving around back there, almost like the rear end was skating around a bit. The rear end would also clunk most times when I shifted unless I was super gentle. Here's how the original bolts fit through the brackets....


I got some longer grade 8 bolts and cut off the excess threads, now they fit like this...


No more clunking and the car feels quite a bit more stable. Such a simple thing! After that, I replaced my 50 year old strut rod bushings. Actually was surprised at how easy that job was. Start by unbolting the strut rod instead of taking three other things apart first to get at it, lol.

Also redid my brakes again! I put in a 15/16 master cylinder instead of the 1" one I put in a few weeks ago. I also realized after I had done the 1" MC that I still had my original rubber line at the rear end so I replaced that and the two front lines (Why not?) with some nice new stainless braided and plastic sheathed hoses. Much better pedal pressure now, I think this MC is a keeper. Unfortunately have one leaky fitting. Must not have got that flare quite right, will have to cut the flare off and redo it. Pretty sure the line is long enough I can get away with that. Just hate cracking that stuff open again, such a mess.
Yesterday 09:38 PM
lowROLLERchevy WHACK!

cut of the transverse brace, the seat lock, and both sides of the shock mount.
Checked the angle of the original frame (5* at its current spot)
Reset my gauge for 13* total
cut the frame, bent them up, and threw a tack weld on.
Double checked they are parrallel
Cut off the rear section of the hoop
Started plotting how i want to trim the wheel well









Yesterday 04:58 PM
John long One of my friends and I slid the trunk floor in today. I also bolted on the EMS rear splash apron. It will give me a great template for making the tail pan under the deck lid. We worked hard today

Thanks again to any and all who helped make this day happen. I am indeed a blessed man to have the friends I have in this world.

John



Yesterday 08:42 AM
John long
Quote:
Originally Posted by Too Many Projects View Post
The guy that built this car was a cheap @zz, er, I mean VERY frugal...

The current axle is a 7.5 out of a late 70's Malibu that he got for 50 bucks and cut all the mounting brackets off. It is a one wheel wonder and he "thought" the gear ratio was in the high 2's.

I bought a '74 Nova 8.5 with 3.08 posi last summer that was a mess inside, so I opted to have it completely gone thru before installing.
Yes, That 3.08 should be a good all around gear. I personally love a gear like that on the highway.

Lets not be too hard on our frugal friends though. (really do love that word)

John
Yesterday 08:36 AM
MARTINSR I forgot, you are from there, I don't need to tell you! LOL Yeah lot's of great places. People get all hung up on the bad things and miss the good. The place is wonderful if that is what one wants to see, and terrible if THAT is what one wants to see.

Brian
Yesterday 08:27 AM
tech69
Quote:
Originally Posted by MARTINSR View Post
If you want to have a real great SF time away from the BS walk around North Beach. Great food, a great park (Washington Square) an amazing church, Coit tower is a short walk away. It's really a great way to spend a few hours.

Brian
SF is a great place to be. Will head to Baker beach so the baby can run away from the incoming surf and run up and down the beach. She loves it. Then might head to Delores park. There's a huge playground there.

this current job is annoying. He writes this estimate for an old rusty chevy tailgate and I tell him right off the bat they take forever to strip and work RIGHT because of the stampings and angles and that he should order a new one. He doesn't listen but instead hounds me every second about it getting done. He's such an idiot. In the end the guy would have probably paid less to get a new one painted than trying to fix a rusty one. Bad management! Anytime he gets a new painter he puts all the eggs into their basket and because this new painter is fast, he now thinks everything should be fast. I'm pretty sure he's asking him about cheap and fast hack body techs, even after his disaster of a start at this company. I'm just tired of working for a guy that knows nothing. All this time I've been busting my arse could have put me in a much higher light if the boss knew a thing or two. I'll be sure to talk to the guys next door and give them a warning about this guy. All they have to do to verify is look at the overspray on the bottom of that Chevelle and go into the booth and look at the Gran Sport with all the "dabs" in solvent pop...they didn't sand out the first time why do they think they'll sand out this time?
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