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Old 06-24-2012, 01:19 PM
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Wow, very classy.

Well, I got out there to do a little experiment on shrinkage of welds. Then I got the rear top belt mouldings polished and installed. Well I thought I got them installed the rear one seems awful loose so I need to research what the problem is there. But something got done none the less.

If you hear me crying from your house today it will be because I am helping my sister in law move. This is THE sister in law, you know the one, we all have had one to some degree, well this is THE sister in law. That will kick butt on any of you guys sister in laws with her hands tied behind her back. I am NOT looking forward to anything with her where she has any say so on what is being done. She will TELL you how to pour water into a glass, you know one of THOSE types? Oh yes this is going to be one torturous day.

On the good side the Giants had a great game last night and I took a hike with the wife and daughter and got some amazing food from a Thai food truck yesterday.

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Old 06-24-2012, 02:18 PM
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I really appreciate your attention to detail Brian. You are really going to enjoy the Buick when you get done. Even though I really like the rambler, the Buick is going to be the kind of car you can hit the interstate in and just go.

When do you hope to get the new top? I looked around their web site and was pleasantly surprised at how reasonable their prices were. Kind of made me want to order a top for a '54 Merc and build my dream car under it

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Old 06-24-2012, 11:22 PM
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I'm waiting for the top should be here this week. I also ordered that correct header welt thingie to make the front nice.

Yeah I loved this car when I use to drive it. My wife and I went on our first dates with this car. It does have 3.36 gears so it isn't much of a highway cruiser but better than the Rambler.

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Old 06-25-2012, 08:07 AM
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Maybe your next project should be a 700r4 transmission. It would be perfect with that rear end. Best of both worlds.

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Old 06-25-2012, 08:25 AM
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Looks like I have a couple days free so I think I'll be widening the left rear fender 2" and mabee try getting the new wheel arch in...
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Looks like I have a couple days free so I think I'll be widening the left rear fender 2" and mabee try getting the new wheel arch in...
I was thinking an inch and a half for my 41 but I'll probably go 2" as well.
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Old 06-25-2012, 09:18 AM
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I got the cruise all hooked up (wrong) yesterday. I started the truck with the wheels off the ground, put it in Drive and touched the gas. It revved up so high and hit about 100 MPH in no time.

Scared the bageevers out of me. I guess I should hook the vac lines up correctly next time.
After the vac line swap, it wouldn't work at all.
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Old 06-25-2012, 09:58 AM
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That had to scare the peedabbledeedoo out of you Pugs. Surely it will be a simple fix after you figure it out.

Mike, what did you decide about the skirts? I think I would like them but I like tail draggers in general. Several of my friends have tried to get me to raise the rear of the 36 back up but I like it down. I have had a set of steel skirts on the shelf for years but never ran them.

Thats another nice thing about not doing customer work. It's my opinion that counts.

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Old 06-25-2012, 10:03 AM
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Maybe your next project should be a 700r4 transmission. It would be perfect with that rear end. Best of both worlds.

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Last year I replaced the TH-350-C in my T-bucket with a 700R4. I am running a rear gear from a '57 Chev with 3.36 ratio. It is the perfect combination. Almost like a 4.10 with a TH350 in low, and runs about 2100 rpm @ 70mph. in 4th. I wired up a manual switch for the lockup, in conjunction with a relay so it unlocks when I hit the brakes. I have the wiring diagrams if anyone needs them. I still use the same shifter, with the only downside to that, is low cannot be manually selected. Slight shortening of the driveshaft and a rearward relocation of the crossmember.
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Old 06-25-2012, 10:23 AM
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Ahhh, we have a whole new project for Brian just waitng to be adopted. Let's hurry up and get this top on so we can get started Brian

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Ahhh, we have a whole new project for Brian just waitng to be adopted. Let's hurry up and get this top on so we can get started Brian

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Remember my Buick has a REAL ( ) engine in it, a Nailhead, so the 700R4 won't bolt to it. I think they make an adapter but I honestly wouldn't go there.

I do want to put the overdrive I have in the Rambler, that may be a project after I get the top on the Gran Sport.

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Old 06-25-2012, 01:05 PM
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Wow, I forgot the Nailhead was still around in '65. That does change things a little. Guess we will just have to find you a new third member. And we had all these big plans for you too.

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Old 06-25-2012, 10:11 PM
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I cheated a little, but still got something done.



After moving the sister-in-law yesterday I am BEAT. So I brought my Roper Whitney punch in, some rubber and cut a bunch of rubber washers for the tack strip for the top. That and a beer while watching the Giants kicking the Dodgers butt, I got my five minutes in and the game too!

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Old 06-26-2012, 06:39 AM
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Now that is the way to build a car.
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Wahooooo!

Cruise control is working perfectly.
Just got to fix up a few vacuum and wire connections but it functions as it should. Just got back off the highway.
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