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04-20-2017 05:05 PM
John long Thanks everybody. I appreciate it.

Originally Posted by gcombs View Post
looks like you have made a ton of progress. So what is next?
Lots of little things before I put the body back on.

Install brake lines and make bracket for the brake hose to rear axle.

Measure and buy shocks,

Build motor mounts (sitting on wooden blocks now).

Build Trans support.

I need to make an E Brake mechanism.

Motor and trans mounts are first priority. None of it is rocket science but it is time consuming and not my favorite part. I prefer the body and paint over the fabrication but it all has to be done.

04-20-2017 02:46 PM
gcombs looks like you have made a ton of progress. So what is next?
04-20-2017 05:16 AM
deadbodyman Now I'm excited too. My favorite thread is back.
04-20-2017 03:37 AM
123pugsy Looking good John. 1/4 and 3/16" clearance. You got the luck or a very well made plan.
04-19-2017 10:02 PM
MARTINSR I am not kidding, it doesn't get any better than that! What a GREAT choice of a powertrain, so damn cool!

04-19-2017 06:13 PM
John long
BBC in 1953 Chevy Bel Air

I have not posted here for a couple of weeks. It did not seem important for me to post every ten minutes of work I have done but I have reached a big milestone.

The 454 BBC has been pulled from it's donor truck and cleaned up a little. One of my really dear friends donated a RH exhaust manifold that dumps down instead of back. The Muncie 4 speed is bolted to the motor and it is trial fitted into the chassis.

The sub frame in 49-54 Chevy is not an easy task but here is where the payoff lies.


There is about 1/4 inch clearance between the LH manifold and the Steering sector.

There is about 1/4 inch clearance between the RH manifold and the upper control arm.

Both manifolds drop cleanly past the frame rails.

Even the 4 speed shifter clears the X-member by about 3/16 of an inch.

To do this I have the engine sitting about 1 to 1 1/4 inches to the right. Clearances are tight considering the engine will move around some but I can gain a little clearance by moving the motor forward, raising it slightly or grinding a little here and there. To be honest I can not believe it fits this well WITHOUT ANY CHANGES YET!

If you think I am a little excited, you would be right.

03-31-2017 05:26 PM
MARTINSR Awesome work John!

03-31-2017 03:42 PM
John long One of my shortcomings is failing to take care of details as I go and then having to work twice as hard later on to do them.

Now is the easy time to make the E-brake cable brackets and the fuel line bracket. It turned out to be knd of fun designing and building them though I have to admit it sure wasn't rocket science.

I thought I could use the OEM brackets for the 53 but nothing about them was "right" for the Ford cables.

I designed a very simple bracket I could make out of a little piece of 11 gauge.

Transferred the cardboard template to the 11 ga and rough cut it with my plasma cutter.

Clamped them together, ground the edges, and drilled them together so they would be identical.

Bent them, installed them, patted myself on the back and quit for supper.

With luck tomorrow I will take them back off, paint them and maybe make the support bracket for the fuel line.....I had fun today.

03-26-2017 02:34 PM
Putt Don't push yourself too hard after the flu, John. That is the quickest way too be down and out for a lot longer.
03-26-2017 11:45 AM
John long
Originally Posted by Too Many Projects View Post
Well, have you recovered enough to get back in the shop ?
Still kind of weak but yes. I need to get busy. I did run up to Melvin's yesterday and sprayed some wasp nests in the dually so I can pull the motor here shortly.

Originally Posted by cozwurth View Post
John, the rolling chassis looks good. I must have missed it somewhere, but where did you get your wheels?

They are dual pattern early rallies from Speedway Dave. I have a new set of '53 Olds Fiesta wheel covers for the car. I just needed something with the correct offsets, inexpensive, and able to hold a hubcap. $49 bucks a piece with free shpping was hard to beat.

03-26-2017 11:11 AM
cozwurth John, the rolling chassis looks good. I must have missed it somewhere, but where did you get your wheels?

03-26-2017 10:58 AM
Too Many Projects Well, have you recovered enough to get back in the shop ?
03-19-2017 08:44 AM
Originally Posted by MARTINSR View Post
Damn that looks nice!

It looks damn nice to us but imagine John's grin. Ear to ear I bet

Its beautiful, John. Very nice. Hope you get to feeling like yourself all the way soon. Dadgum flu will drain a guy's want-to right fast. Can't wait to see that chassis bear some weight and feel some wind.
03-19-2017 06:21 AM
Too Many Projects
Originally Posted by 123pugsy View Post
2 years....
Really ?? that means I lost a whole year somewhere.....good gawd how time flies the older you get..
03-19-2017 05:14 AM
Originally Posted by Too Many Projects View Post
He is rather sassy for a guy who hasn't worked on his for over a year, eh ??
2 years....
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