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Old 03-13-2014, 07:51 AM
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Made a little repair at the bottom of the B pillar and screwed the passenger side rocker in place.
Really looking good Pugsy. Thanks for the pictures. Just curious what you are welding with? Mig, Tig, or O/A? Whatever you are using it looks great.

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Still plugging along on the '47 Ford.
I ordered a bunch more parts on Monday and had them Tuesday from Speedway. Coil-over conversion, trans crossmember kit and all the brake components with the under floor pedal mount.




While doing the initial mockup and measure, I wanted a 3" drop crossmember. No one makes a drop in odd sizes, so I went with the 2". I ran out of room at the bottom of the rails and had to order the 4". If need be, I can shim the trans up to get proper slope.




Dropped the body (literally) on the frame to see how the 2" drop spindles looked and check for engine clearance.







The car sits noticeably lower and looks better. I will be cutting out the recessed center of the firewall and building a 1" setback for more dist and trans bell clearance. I will be ordering a new toeboard replacement with higher center section to go with it from EMS.

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beautiful car, gotta love them coupes
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The mailman delivered my cross ram yesterday. Looked like it sat on a shelf in a barn for decades, as it came complete with spider webs in the ports and runners. But all the threaded holes looked clean, and in good shape. I took it out to my makeshift work bench and began the long process of turning cast finish to polished. I also poked holes in the center plenum to install a 1" balance tube to give the intake a better idle signal, and off idle response. This was 5 hrs. of work so far, and I might be halfway there!


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Really looking good Pugsy. Thanks for the pictures. Just curious what you are welding with? Mig, Tig, or O/A? Whatever you are using it looks great.

John
Yes Pugsy, thank you so much for posting these photos of your project, it is so nice to see such work being done.

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The mailman delivered my cross ram yesterday. Looked like it sat on a shelf in a barn for decades, as it came complete with spider webs in the ports and runners. But all the threaded holes looked clean, and in good shape. I took it out to my makeshift work bench and began the long process of turning cast finish to polished. I also poked holes in the center plenum to install a 1" balance tube to give the intake a better idle signal, and off idle response. This was 5 hrs. of work so far, and I might be halfway there!


I have always dug the cross ram, that sucker belongs on a gasser that's for sure!

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Thanks Brian! I hope it works as well, or better than the tunnel ram that I took off. Still hoping to see the new engine this week!
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These cars (full frame) only have short little rockers below the doors that attach to the 1/4 in the back and the cowl at the front Are you running those rockers full length, Like a uni body car, or are you going to whack them off after fitting them?
I cut the backs off last night.

I will leave the fronts on until I get it back on the hoist to line up the front clip.

(The clip is all welded in one piece now so it should be fun. )
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Old 03-13-2014, 09:24 AM
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You know what that rotisery needs ???? Your wheel covers you invented, to keep the air hose from getting caught up in them.
Ha, and here I thought nobody was paying attention to the ravings of a mad man.
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Old 03-13-2014, 09:27 AM
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Really looking good Pugsy. Thanks for the pictures. Just curious what you are welding with? Mig, Tig, or O/A? Whatever you are using it looks great.

John
Thanks John.
Nothing but TIG.

Popular belief is that O/A is the best (pliability/brittleness wise) but I don't feel like learning something new.
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Thanks John.
Nothing but TIG.

Popular belief is that O/A is the best (pliability/brittleness wise) but I don't feel like learning something new.
Thanks Pugs. Your welds are always pretty.

There is no doubt that a good TIQ weld is a pretty weld and still much easier to finish than a MIG. I really wish I had one. I rarely use my O/A any more but used it exclusively in the "old days."

We have beat this whole subject to death. I did not intend to start a welding debate again. They all work in skilled hands. Keep up the good work and thanks for keeping us "in the loop."

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Thanks Pugs. Your welds are always pretty.

There is no doubt that a good TIQ weld is a pretty weld and still much easier to finish than a MIG. I really wish I had one. I rarely use my O/A any more but used it exclusively in the "old days."

We have beat this whole subject to death. I did not intend to start a welding debate again. They all work in skilled hands. Keep up the good work and thanks for keeping us "in the loop."

John
Thanks John.

Use what ya got and what you're used to.

Brian is using the O/A. Between the three of us, we got it covered.
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The mailman delivered my cross ram yesterday. Looked like it sat on a shelf in a barn for decades, as it came complete with spider webs in the ports and runners. But all the threaded holes looked clean, and in good shape. I took it out to my makeshift work bench and began the long process of turning cast finish to polished. I also poked holes in the center plenum to install a 1" balance tube to give the intake a better idle signal, and off idle response. This was 5 hrs. of work so far, and I might be halfway there!
Coming along nicely.

I knew there was a reason that I love powder coat.

How did/will you secure the tube?
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The mailman delivered my cross ram yesterday. Looked like it sat on a shelf in a barn for decades, as it came complete with spider webs in the ports and runners. But all the threaded holes looked clean, and in good shape. I took it out to my makeshift work bench and began the long process of turning cast finish to polished. I also poked holes in the center plenum to install a 1" balance tube to give the intake a better idle signal, and off idle response. This was 5 hrs. of work so far, and I might be halfway there!




That is time consuming but the final outcome makes it worth it ,lookin good

don't know what you use for final polishing I like White Dianond Metal polish I picked up at Advance bone think they sell that I like, it works Great with spiral cone and low speed dermal or drill
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I have dinner plans so will have to knock off early and take a shower.

I rolled the tunnel today and have it where it will lay in place but still have to tip the flanges and form the transition with the planishing hammer. On both sides I had to raise a small area with the English Wheel to gain clearance for the convertible cross member. That is partly what makes the panel have a distorted appearance.

so far I am pleased with the progress. Just wish I wasn't so slow.

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