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Old 05-30-2013, 11:02 PM
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Awesome John! What kind of build are you planning? If you are going to be getting rid of any original parts I will be wanting them. I mean anything, keep me in mind. What a great project that is going to be.

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Thanks Brian. I was so excited about my own good news I failed to tell you how good your wheel well trim looks. 1971bb, your Falcom is really coming along. The bottom of those rockers really look solid. I am jealous. Keep up the good work.

Brian, I am going to build a 50ís cruiser. Smooth V8 (327, 350 or 396 or 402BB built stock) with a 4 speed, power steering and brakes. I love my roadster but this one is going to be a highway car. As far as take off parts goes I will certainly keep you in mind. Is there something in particular you are looking at? The only thing I can think of that would have any value at all might be the engine. From what I understand the 235 engines that were installed in the 53 powerglide cars were full oil pressure. At this point I assume the engine is stuck but I don't really know. If not stuck someone may be interested in seeing what kind of shape it is in.

This car has been in a barn that apparently had damp floors. The floors are absolutely gone from the firewall to the rear tail pan. Lots of metal work ahead. The patch panels to fix this car would be around 3000 dollars. I am anxious to see how much I can build myself to save some of that expense. As you guys know I am pretty cheap.....Make that frugal. That sounds a lot better.

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Old 05-30-2013, 11:33 PM
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I will be looking for emblems, chrome trim, wiring components, any original parts really, exhaust hangers, anything.

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I will be looking for emblems, chrome trim, wiring components, any original parts really, exhaust hangers, anything.

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NOOOOOOOO, I need original parts from the early fifties for my truck. I am not going to bolt a thing on there that is after 53-54 I am going to cheat with the 55 rear end but other than that 53 or so is the limit. It is going to be a 53 Motorama car.

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NOOOOOOOO, I need original parts from the early fifties for my truck. I am not going to bolt a thing on there that is after 53-54 I am going to cheat with the 55 rear end but other than that 53 or so is the limit. It is going to be a 53 Motorama car.

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That will be cool. I suspect that anything that comes off this car is beyond using but I certainly will set things aside. I can post pictures and PM you to see if you can use it.

I started a new album in Photobug to document the build. I have not been this excited in a long time about working on something. I wonder what kind of an axle would be narrow enough and give me a 3.08 rear gear or there abouts.

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Even stuff that is not usable, email me a photo or something because I may want it. Simply for set up or to see if it would work for me and then I would hunt down a nicer one. But oh yeah baby, the dash knobs, if you are going to change them, that is one thing I have been thinking about, changing all mine over to those. I have a bunch of interior chrome mouldings off door panels from a 52 that I may use, you know what I mean, just about any thing I would be interested in at least looking into using it.

My theme for the truck is going to be this truck is Harley Earl's personal truck that he brought into the GM styling studio and had them do a few things, sort of the first "Cameo".

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Good for you John im glad you found what you wanted a convertible is always a nice build.might have some parts you need.
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Good for you John im glad you found what you wanted a convertible is always a nice build.might have some parts you need.

That is going to be one sweet ride huh? What a beautiful mix of a vintage car and a more modern design for comfort.

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Check this link http://crankshaftcoalition.com wheelbase%2c-trackwidth

I posted it and it would not pull up when I clicked on it ,so I removed it and placed it like this..i can type this in and it works.

or type in track width on GM cars ,it will take you directly there.

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Congradulations John! Start hunting for that 45 record changer now! I'm seeing it dark metallic blue (but not to dark) Lowered , Smitty's and Bells . Shortened windshield, top down, arm out the window. Good for you!

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Even stuff that is not usable, email me a photo or something because I may want it. Simply for set up or to see if it would work for me and then I would hunt down a nicer one. But oh yeah baby, the dash knobs, if you are going to change them, that is one thing I have been thinking about, changing all mine over to those. I have a bunch of interior chrome mouldings off door panels from a 52 that I may use, you know what I mean, just about any thing I would be interested in at least looking into using it.

My theme for the truck is going to be this truck is Harley Earl's personal truck that he brought into the GM styling studio and had them do a few things, sort of the first "Cameo".

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Brian you vision sound very interesting indeed! Perhaps think "Y Job".

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That will be cool. I suspect that anything that comes off this car is beyond using but I certainly will set things aside. I can post pictures and PM you to see if you can use it.

I started a new album in Photobug to document the build. I have not been this excited in a long time about working on something. I wonder what kind of an axle would be narrow enough and give me a 3.08 rear gear or there abouts.

John L
Damn, for a Ford guy, you have good taste in a Chevy...
I hear ya on "frugal" but it is a lot faster and easier to work with preformed panels.....just sayin'....

I asked about rear axle widths for my '38 on here and got some dims. Don't remember exactly but some 2 wheel drive S10/15 axles, 72-74 Nova 8.5 and Camaro 8.5. At some point in the mid seventies, Gm angled the spring mounts in slightly, especially on the second gen Camaros and the springs don't line up quite right. I have an axle out of a 74 Nova and noticed they are angled. I'm going to "modify" the mounts slightly to get the spring to sit straight. If I can't, then I will cut them off and reweld.
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Brian you vision sound very interesting indeed! Perhaps think "Y Job".

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It's fun because you have an artistic freedom, but limited to what THEY would have done. It is going to be pretty mild, don't want to go too crazy but then I may get more crazy as I go. The thing is it isn't one bit less creative with the "less is more" thought, it will be modified on every friggin part, most people just won't see it.

I have been studying the Motorama and GM styling studio of the period for years so I have a pretty good idea of what they would have done and that is exactly what I plan on doing.

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Good for you John im glad you found what you wanted a convertible is always a nice build.might have some parts you need.
Thanks a lot David. I am beside myself I am so excited. The owner and I went back and forth over a week. I really wanted the car but it was just too much money. I think we finally struck a deal that we are both ok with.

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Check this link http://crankshaftcoalition.com wheelbase%2c-trackwidth

I posted it and it would not pull up when I clicked on it ,so I removed it and placed it like this..i can type this in and it works.

or type in track width on GM cars ,it will take you directly there.
That is really a neat site. I can't believe I have not been there before. If any of you guys have not visited it I would strongly encourage you. Thanks again David.

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Damn, for a Ford guy, you have good taste in a Chevy...
I hear ya on "frugal" but it is a lot faster and easier to work with preformed panels.....just sayin'....

I asked about rear axle widths for my '38 on here and got some dims. Don't remember exactly but some 2 wheel drive S10/15 axles, 72-74 Nova 8.5 and Camaro 8.5. At some point in the mid seventies, Gm angled the spring mounts in slightly, especially on the second gen Camaros and the springs don't line up quite right. I have an axle out of a 74 Nova and noticed they are angled. I'm going to "modify" the mounts slightly to get the spring to sit straight. If I can't, then I will cut them off and reweld.
How do you think 54 Merc grill will look in her? Just kidding but 53 or not, I'll bet you a dime to a donut she will look like a 54 chevy from the rear.

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It's fun because you have an artistic freedom, but limited to what THEY would have done. It is going to be pretty mild, don't want to go too crazy but then I may get more crazy as I go. The thing is it isn't one bit less creative with the "less is more" thought, it will be modified on every friggin part, most people just won't see it.

I have been studying the Motorama and GM styling studio of the period for years so I have a pretty good idea of what they would have done and that is exactly what I plan on doing.

Brian
When this "Ford Guy" built his '57 Olds I found some interior trim in a friends shop. Don't even know what it came off of but it mimicked the Olds trim so I used it in the interior. I just love doing things like that.

I really appreciated the kind words from everyone. I have never painted a car resale red but I think this old girl is going to have to be red with a white belair stripe. It looks like I am going to have to ask Barry K for a chip or spray out of the SPI red base coat. I think, if I like the color, I am going to this with all SPI products. I really liked their Epoxy and Barry is just such a pleasure to do business with.

I had better quit before I embarrass him.

John

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