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Old 08-05-2019, 05:56 AM
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Damn......Optima in the boat. 12 years and toast. That was quick. A week later, the other one which was only ten years old dies...sheesh...
Batteries just seem to run like that. I bought the new battery for Precious a week ago and the next day the battery died in the Silverado. I think it was just jealous.

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Batteries just seem to run like that. I bought the new battery for Precious a week ago and the next day the battery died in the Silverado. I think it was just jealous.

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They communicate. I remove all batteries from the classics and lawn tractor and they get to take turns on the dual station Battery Tender all winter. They get 3 weeks on and 6 weeks off. If I forget and let one pair go longer, the other 4 start whining...

Today, I'll get the '54, everyone has forgotten about, down off the storage lift and ready to transport to long term storage on Wednesday. Wait till you see what THAT encompasses...
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It must be contagious.. just replaced my truck battery,,when my grandson started to mow today ,,Dead battery,,would not start even with charger on it,,My son Keith ended up mowing by himself with just one mower .,,Lane my grand son is home from the Air Force for 21 days ,,I told him to do things he wanted to do while he is home not mow my yard,,he said this is whay he wanted to do,
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RIP, who has diesel moving trucks to rent ? I only find gas engines and YES, they LOVE to suck.....gasoline...
In my town it seemed only Budget, Penske, and Enterprise, They have a truck rental division. I rented a 16 ft truck with a lift gate from enterprise as they had one ready to go on short notice. The truck was a Isuzu with a tiny turbo-diesel 4 cylinder that impressed the heck out of me. I rented twice from them great service no up-sell and not a zoo like a U haul and u haul didn't even offer a lift-gate. That lift-gate was an absolute life saver. I was able to lower the gate load me and my power-chair up and presto drive in and drop. Almost like a tiny little forklift on wheels...
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I needed to get my '54 ready for transport to long term storage on Wednesday, so yesterday morning I got it down off the lift at the front of the building. I pushed it just out the door and was going to let it roll down the driveway, holding it back with my Silverado and then push it in the shop, after I moved the Chevelle to the lift.
I was standing at the shop, looking down the driveway at the Silverado and was concerned that I would break something doing this.



As I was walking down to it, I cleared the Quonset hut and noticed this big white truck sitting in the turn around and the brain FINALLY engaged and I went "derrrr", use the rollback, ya big dummy..



After I got it on the rollback and moved the Chevelle, I had to get the engine/trans down of the racking.





Then I backed the rollback right up, so the bed would roll the car into the shop.



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Question Mitch.

Why are the front wheels tucked under the fenders so far. Has somebody put a Mustang 2 under her or something?

John
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Question Mitch.

Why are the front wheels tucked under the fenders so far. Has somebody put a Mustang 2 under her or something?

John
Nope all original. It will look better when I get the Grille on to hold them together. In these pics, there is only 1 bolt at the top holding them on.

My first task to install the engine/trams was to remove the crossmember and modify it for the TH350. I got it out and when it fell on the floor a TON of dirt came out, so I kept banging it around until I had 2 dustpans of dirt/dust. It is amazing how much was packed in there and it STILL didn't rust out. It even looks clean inside !! Danged dry weather in Casper, WY saved this car.

As a side note, I sprayed the 18 FINE thread bolts to lubricate them, but every one spun right off with my 3/8 Milwaukee battery impact !! If this car had spent it's life in this state, the bolts and everything they were supposed to hold would have rusted away LONG ago. I LOVE clean cars like this.








Onto the modification. I had to align these 2 plates, weld them on and then cut out everything above them. I just tacked them until I knew I had them aligned, but then I decided to leave them tacked. The car isn't going down the road anytime soon and I can do a better job of welding when the day comes.





Thank goodness for a plasma cutter. This would have been a lot more difficult and time consuming with a cut off disc.







Good enough to hold the drive train in for transport...



Back in and ready for the next step.

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Question Mitch.

Why are the front wheels tucked under the fenders so far. Has somebody put a Mustang 2 under her or something?

John
Tarnation. How will I ever earn the title "36grit" if'n you keep that up?



Everybody duck, Pugsy has been too quiet. Not enough cursing. Either he achieved el es Camino nirvana or the fish are biting.

GTP still flirts with disaster, engine temp-wise. Symptoms don't make much sense, nothing definitive but last Thurs eve I was able to get about a quart of coolant in the rad. I glugged a bunch extra into the bottle and again searched for any wet spots. Theories abound. Meanwhile I have had stellar luck in avoiding long sits at lights this week and it hasn't gone past 225ish that I saw. Today's theory is fan wiring or relay, yesterday's was radiator cap. Taking it day by day but its all I have with A/C so.... Pressure test is probably in order.
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The engine/trans was set in place with a trans mount and the conversion motor mounts were tacked in place.



I forgot the camera in the house when I went in for lunch, so we missed a lot of the assembly process. I did bolt on the cast, split manifolds and the 4 barrel intake and Holley before assembling the front clip.



I didn't find the front bumper today and may not tomorrow either, so it will get moved to the new place.

Fenders and tires look better, John ?



Trunk and interior are full of parts. Less to move and find room for when I move...



By the way, except for the roof, the rest of the car is ALL ORIGINAL PAINT !! Yes, it's cracked and faded, but it is really cool to see a 65 year old car with original paint...

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I got my bed home from the shop today on the tow truck, a couple co-workers came to my house and helped me get it on the truck. The one thing I found out is my rear end is a bit narrow and I will need some offset rims damn it. But it's all good, tomorrow I will get a fender or two on.

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You just can't make this stuff up! After the guys from the shop helped me get my bed on my truck they got my couch out of my house for a bulk garbage pickup tomorrow. So we put the couch out on the lawn and there is my knife on the lawn next to it. Once in a while my knife will get knocked off my pocket doing something like that, I didn't think a thing of it and put it in my pocket. A few hours later I went to get my phone from my pocket and my knife was in the way, I couldn't move it over, HUH? I looked down to see TWO knives in my pocket! The one I found on the lawn had fallen out of the couch! I lost it over a year ago! LOLOLOLOL Nope, you just can't make this stuff up!

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I got my bed home from the shop today on the tow truck, a couple co-workers came to my house and helped me get it on the truck. The one thing I found out is my rear end is a bit narrow and I will need some offset rims damn it. But it's all good, tomorrow I will get a fender or two on.

Brian
Dang, your garage is looking necked. Are you taking the compressor ?

Throw spacers behind the wheels..

Are you planning to leave the doors with just the Velcro bands to hold them shut ? I would get a couple, long elastic straps, the solid black kind, not the bungie type, and run them on the inside to hold the doors tight. Don't want them beating themselves up on that long of a trip. Maybe use stick on sponge screen door seals between the door and pillars as a cushion. I brought a Chevelle home, 1,200 miles with the windshield held in place that way and shrink wrapped to the car...worked great.

Took a while to find the pic...


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So, when's your last day of work Brian?
Looks like this Friday.

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