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« on: January 20, 2008 9:32 AM »
Got a good start on on the frame over the holidays.  The frame came back from the sandblaster and it seemed to be in good enough shape.  The girl and rattle bombed some cheap primer on it to keep it from rusting while I'm working on it.  
The first thing that was done was the install of Chassis Engineering parallel leaf kit.  Nothing special, other than I'm lacking a rearend for it.
The next thing done is the install of a Weedetr Street Rod Wide Xmember kit.  Definately took some patience to get everything marked cut and aligned.  Its currently just tacked in, but I dont want to finish weld it till I know everything fits.  
The last thing I got done is to cut the factory front crossmember out, repaired the drivers side frame horn, and replaced the factory boxing plates with some solid plate.  
That is all for now but there is definately more to come.




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« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2008 9:43 AM »
Just in case anybody was wondering this is what the car originally looked like. Thanks for looking.

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« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2008 4:09 PM »
Looks Good.

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« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2008 1:05 AM »
man, I love those things. Can't wait to see it drivin'!
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« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2008 1:31 AM »
Very cool. so whats the over all plan?
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« Reply #5 on: January 21, 2008 1:32 AM »
Very cool. so whats the over all plan?
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« Reply #6 on: February 16, 2008 9:19 AM »
Figured it was about time for an update since its been awhile.  I have gotten quite a bit done, but need to do some fine tuning to get everything perfect.  
Finished welding in the wide X-member.  Got the welds ground down, and mount for the tranny fitted and bolted in.

Installed a Heidts IFS, might catch some flack for that, but it will sit low, drive good, and with it being a fat fender how it looks arent that important.

Got the engine dropped in and the mounts fitted.  Other than than being a 454, there isnt a lot to say.  


So heres the frame as it sits right now. Drivetrain is a 454/TH350. Frontend is Heidts, rearend is a chassis engineering leave kit and probably a 9in ford when I can find one.  Needs a little fine tuning, paint, and of course a rebuild of the motor and tranny, but for right now looks pretty good.

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« Reply #7 on: February 16, 2008 9:33 AM »
Got a start on the body work.  Although the body doesnt seem to be in bad shape it has rust in all the typical areas, mainly the rockers.  

First thing done was to get a new firewall in.  The original firewall was hacked full of holes, so it seemed easier to replace it than fix it.  The firewall also has a 4" set back making engine placement a little easier.  

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« Reply #8 on: February 16, 2008 9:40 AM »
Plans are to end up something that looks like this in the end.

I've got a long ways to go :roll:

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« Reply #9 on: February 16, 2008 5:46 PM »
looks like you're making a lot of progress!  I've got that same pic of the '46 with the olds grille on my computer-  I like it! are you planning on choping it too?  Bodywork is a treat, isn't it?
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« Reply #10 on: February 16, 2008 5:57 PM »
Quote from: "J_Swisher"
Plans are to end up something that looks like this in the end.

I've got a long ways to go :roll:


That is one good lookin car! That's the way 46-48's were meant to look.
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« Reply #11 on: February 19, 2008 1:47 PM »
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Plans are to end up something that looks like this in the end.

I've got a long ways to go :roll:


You have got my intrest, PLEASE keep us posted. Looks good so far!!
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« Reply #12 on: February 19, 2008 10:42 PM »
nice clean installation on the firewall, looks great

are you going to go with an olds grille?

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« Reply #13 on: February 27, 2008 11:52 PM »
Haven't gotten much done lately, but spring break starts friday so hopefully I can get some work done then.  I have scrounged up some more parts though.  The bigger parts being an olds grill, and the other being a set of 49 plymouth bumpers. I picked up the grill last week and bumpers should I have next week.  

Should have plenty of fun next week, as I hope to get some body work done, and start chopping the top.

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« Reply #14 on: February 28, 2008 1:29 PM »
I saw on the HAMB where it cost $1200.00 to have Olds grill plated. I hope that you can swing that, like I said on the other post they look better in a Ford than in an Olds. :thumbleft:
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