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I'm tempted to rattle can the beech. Rat Rod it lol
I am a far cry from a bodyman, mine turned out ok, just self taught, no help. I've come to realize over the years that they don't need to be perfect to have them out on the road and enjoy them. So many Chevs out there, the odd time any one sees a Mopar it's immediately people swarming it to take a look, no matter how ratty .
Looks good, Mike. Glad to see you posting again. Yeah, i agree that perfection in body work and paint is highly over rated for a driver. Let the perfectionists spend a lot of time and big bucks to think they are winning the riddler award! Get them on the road and drive them is my motto..............
Good job bud! Have the same set of hedders for my project. Good to know they fit well. Inkjunkie picked them up for me,new for $75.Had some scratches in the shipping paint but that crap just burns off anyways.
I wouldn’t use the Headman headers again. It has been very painful.
Been a while since I posted anything. I really thought I'd have it on the road by the end of summer but somehow it's still in the shop. Damn it! Well, spring will come around and I'll have it out by then. I have since gotten most of the engine together, just been fighting with a stubborn dipstick tube. Because of the B body headers, #7 tube is tight against the firewall. In order to get a mini starter in there, it needs to sneak down between #7 and #5 tubes, in a certain sequence. Can't get it from below. But the Z bar normally sits where #7 tube is. So instead of moving the tube and losing my space for the starter swap, I moved the Z bar forwards 3" or so and reclocked the arms, and fabbed a "custom" bracket off the bellhousing for the ball stud. Push the pedal, the throw out bearing moves. No binding! I know I know, I could have used a hydraulic clutch setup, but I didn't want to purchase an aftermarket kit when I had all these parts here. Plus that's too easy. I made frame connectors from 2x3" square tubing and flat plate, and welded them in. I also picked up a brand new TTI exhaust system for an A body, from the collectors back, in trade of wiring someone's hoist. Headliner is in, I used an organic carpet underlay as insulation in the ceiling, cost me about $5 for a cutoff from the carpet store. The glass is in, a friend is a glazer so he came by and installed it with new gaskets for me. I used the '68 style gaskets so I now have stainless trim installed, no more cracked plastic chrome locking strip. It's getting there!
Good to hear. Kim
Keep it up Mike, you will have it done soon!
Thanks for the progress report, Mike. Glad to see you're still at it!
Thanks guys! I forgot to add the pictures.
LOL, we need a "love" button. Because I love that 70's interior! That's cool man.
Thanks George! The seats came from a '68 Formula S fastback that I've got out back, and the door panels/package tray came from a '67 notchback in Langley that I parted out.
Wish we had these here
......have to agree on that, i,m a Body Guy and know too many people spending 10-20 years on a car, fix it...DRIVE IT!
Very nice. I favour notch over fastback .
Well, once again I forgot to update this . Basically, it's insured and I've been driving it. The 383 runs great, oil pressure is a little low at idle when it's hot, but what do I expect for a mystery engine with old cam bearings. Cruising psi is 45, I'm happy with that. I had to press on new axle bearings and change the adjuster as the old one somehow unthreaded itself and wrecked the threads, therefore destroying the bearings since they were bashing themselves around. Also, the thrust bushings were gone, that didn't help. The 4 speed pulls hard, I'm not sure I like the diaphragm clutch as much as the old 3 finger, but it works. Best of all, it's comfortable! Loud inside, but not ear shattering. I welded in some new TTI mandrel bent exhaust I got from a friend, we traded me wiring his hoist for the pipes. Bent for an A body Barracuda, didn't fit worth a shit though, had to cut and bend and weld a lot. Running a pair of new Flowmaster 40s, traded for a wiper motor. Found a bunch of 8 tracks (good rock music, none of this smooth jazz) and the 8 track player works great. Been daily driving it, and easy to say , I'm in love. This thing is a blast to drive!
That’s awesome Mike. It looks pretty decent too. Kim
Awesome Mike. I am jealous. Going to head across the gulf for the old time drags at mission thus year?
Not this year, too much going on over here. I put on a Mopar show on the island, May 26 this year. We've been getting shy of 200 cars so I'm a little busy.
I'm glad to read the updates, Mike. Good to see you're having fun with it, it sure looks good!
Thanks Tom! W Just took it down island yesterday, seems to have a vibration in the rear at 65 mph, keep it below that and it's fine. Went to Lowe's, they must have been having some kind of "import meet" there, lots of Honda Civics and such. Carmen and I couldn't stop laughing as jaws were dropping as we slowly rumbled by (Hemi grind cam). Can't say my jaw would drop seeing a Toyota Corolla drive by ... Different generation I guess