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Today 01:46 PM
1971BB427
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Originally Posted by John long View Post
I just love shifting gears. My Merc was a 4 speed. My 47 Ford was a manual, and my '36 Ford is a 5 speed (s-10).

I am not big on Brute power but smoothly running the gears with a torquie motor never stops being fun.....Especially with a good sounding exhaust.

John
I hadn't had a 4 speed car in 40 years when I began my last build John. I had two must haves on the build list; a 4 speed, and a BBC engine. After that the book was wide open for whatever else. I love shifting gears, and feeling the pulling power of a big block engine.
Today 09:20 AM
John long
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Originally Posted by MARTINSR View Post
I haven't had a four speed in so many years, Marge has a three on the tree and I often think about how fun it is as I drive it.

Brian
I just love shifting gears. My Merc was a 4 speed. My 47 Ford was a manual, and my '36 Ford is a 5 speed (s-10).

I am not big on Brute power but smoothly running the gears with a torquie motor never stops being fun.....Especially with a good sounding exhaust.

John
Today 09:04 AM
MARTINSR
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Originally Posted by deadbodyman View Post
yup, low and slow I can respect that...most of my driving is under 50mph but when I get on the hwy its time for comfort and a smooth ride ,No droning mufflers just a nice comfortable ride. I hate to say it but my 4spd days are over, I just love an automatic now days.
I haven't had a four speed in so many years, Marge has a three on the tree and I often think about how fun it is as I drive it.

Brian
Today 08:09 AM
John long
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Originally Posted by Artfrombama View Post
Make sure the springs are not the limiting factor on wider tires instead of the sheet metal... Unless you're going 4 link.
I am making no changes to the suspension or inner wheel house.

John
Today 08:08 AM
Too Many Projects
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The only way to access the outer wheel house is to do it from inside the wheel house lying on your back, welding overhead or opening the quarter panel.
John
Save the right side tub for when you get the body on a roto and do it upside down...
Today 07:22 AM
deadbodyman
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Originally Posted by John long View Post
LOL, Not even a slim chance. Just want her down a few inches with a good stout driveline and clearance for the skirts.

BTW, The Muncie 4 speed is going behind a pretty bone stock 402 with a tall hwy gear........ we're gonna cruise, not race.

John
yup, low and slow I can respect that...most of my driving is under 50mph but when I get on the hwy its time for comfort and a smooth ride ,No droning mufflers just a nice comfortable ride. I hate to say it but my 4spd days are over, I just love an automatic now days.
Yesterday 10:11 PM
Artfrombama Make sure the springs are not the limiting factor on wider tires instead of the sheet metal... Unless you're going 4 link.
Yesterday 08:03 PM
John long Sorry, double post.
Yesterday 08:02 PM
John long
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Originally Posted by 1971BB427 View Post
Maybe a big radius, and a pair of old time cheater slicks to help get the BBC power to the ground!

LOL, Not even a slim chance. Just want her down a few inches with a good stout driveline and clearance for the skirts.

BTW, The Muncie 4 speed is going behind a pretty bone stock 402 with a tall hwy gear........ we're gonna cruise, not race.

John
Yesterday 07:36 PM
1971BB427 Maybe a big radius, and a pair of old time cheater slicks to help get the BBC power to the ground!
Yesterday 07:16 PM
496CHEVY3100 IF ,,IF ,IF you can make mods without changing location of the top Cyl trunk hinges and rear seat I would add the mini tubs ,I am sure you want them as you are considering it. I like the tubs and you will probably need them with the BBC as a matter of safety and appearance,..you have the skills to easily do this the right way,as you have the rest of your build

My opinion ,Go for it .
Yesterday 06:36 PM
John long Here is my issue. Without looking at the car it is easy to forget this is a convertible. The top well and inner supports absolutely hide the outer wheel house. The only way to access the outer wheel house is to do it from inside the wheel house lying on your back, welding overhead or opening the quarter panel.

Looking at the other side that I haven't opened up yet you can see how hidden the outer wheel house is. I will have to install a front quarter panel patch as well as replace the area above the wheel well. It won't be a big deal to go uo 10-12 inches instead of 4 inches I guess.









To replace the outer wheel house is pretty straight forward from the outside which, of course, on the left side is exposed while replacing the quarter. I am going to build the left one and see where I end up. Until I decide for sure I will not be cutting the old one out.



One other justification for opening it up is GM did not see the need to paint in there. It will give me an oportunity to inspect and treat inside the quarter panel area.

John
Yesterday 04:19 PM
Too Many Projects Leave the flange and cut the tub 1/4" from the flange. Cut off the extra waste at the quarter, hold the tub where you want it and add a flat piece of sheet wrapped to match the circumference to fill the gap.

Similar to this procedure, except you are moving the outer house out.



Yesterday 04:17 PM
deadbodyman we tub cars all the time with the 1/4s on so doing the other side even if it don't need it isn't much trouble at all......Plus you WILL kick yourself in the butt later on when you drop it down to the ground and throw the big meaty tires on it ,The REAL question is :hydrolics or air.....
Yesterday 03:28 PM
John long
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Originally Posted by MARTINSR View Post
I say 6.70 bias ply white walls will fit, that's all you need!

Brian
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Originally Posted by 123pugsy View Post
Do it.

Nothing worse than the feeling of dread later. I've had it so many times that I'd hate to see the same fate fall on a fellow rodder.

I sometimes think that I've gone too far with my project but I know if I do anything less, I will feel the same way.
LOL. I think you are both right! I will probably run a set of 205/75 15s but they would fit if I have the right offset on my wheel to go with this Lincoln Versaille rear end. On the otherhand, that big old flange sure looks like an inviting place to weld to. Also, looking in from the trunk, You see very little of the outer house. It would still look pretty much stock..........

Hmmmmmmmm, I guess this is one of those times where there is no right or wrong.

I may mock up something but not cut the old one out until I make a decision.

John
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