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sstock
02-19-2011, 12:55 AM
Well the extended body was ordered a couple weeks ago but I finished up on the spec for the rest of the deluxe stage three kit. I added a steering box and pitman to the kit as well as an uphostery and seat kit. Decided to use stainless rod ends to accent any ceramic coating I do to the suspension components. The big change was going with the Ford 9" rear end with 31 spline axles and big drum brake kit, if I decide to put a big back tire on it or drag radial the rear should have no issues. Now I have to get that old 283 out to the machine shop for an over bore, then I can start assembling the motor. The other thing I need to do is clear some more space in the garage before all this stuff starts showing up.
After 33 years of planning this T, the first hurdle has been taken. Looking forward to the fun of the build.

Steve

KCA7
02-19-2011, 05:20 AM
:)When's the big day? We need pictures now! Have fun on the build.:):):)

sstock
02-19-2011, 08:28 AM
Thanks, the only pic I have right now is one of a carcus of a '59 283cu in motor,lol. I will post up as this thing rolls out with some pics though.

benT
02-19-2011, 08:28 AM
Well the extended body was ordered a couple weeks ago but I finished up on the spec for the rest of the deluxe stage three kit. I added a steering box and pitman to the kit as well as an uphostery and seat kit. Decided to use stainless rod ends to accent any ceramic coating I do to the suspension components. The big change was going with the Ford 9" rear end with 31 spline axles and big drum brake kit, if I decide to put a big back tire on it or drag radial the rear should have no issues. Now I have to get that old 283 out to the machine shop for an over bore, then I can start assembling the motor. The other thing I need to do is clear some more space in the garage before all this stuff starts showing up.
After 33 years of planning this T, the first hurdle has been taken. Looking forward to the fun of the build.

Steve

Steve, your life will never be the same...now you'll be one of us rogues! Looks like you made some great choices to get the build underway. Bob and the gang at Spirit will take good care of you. Can't wait to start seeing some build pics from ya!:D

Lee in KC
02-19-2011, 12:33 PM
In terms of excitement, the day I picked up my Stage III kit at Spirit (2/1/06) is second only to...

http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h28/Lee_in_KC/DSC00018.jpg?t=1298136276

...the day I first drove my T (7/15/06)...

http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h28/Lee_in_KC/FirstDrive002.jpg?t=1298136476

Steve, I am really jealous. Building my T was one of the most satisfying experiences in my entire life. I'm really itching to do another one.

sstock
02-19-2011, 12:45 PM
Thanks Ben and Lee. I'm definitely excited. Actually Lee, I will have part of your legacy on my T, I'm getting your front shock kit that you engineered and built. I'll have to hook up with you and buy you supper and a beers at least for that one. Also, Ben, I was wondering if I could have an intake drop shipped from Summit to your Dad's place to get some coating done?

Thanks in advance guys.

Steve

B.C.
02-19-2011, 01:17 PM
Lee looking at the picture of you picking up your bucket reminds me a lot sure has changed but the one thing that stays the same is the excitment every time someone gets there car. We don't build cars at Spirit we build dreams.

Steve as for the extended bucket we have one more to build after yours. I decided yesterday it is going to be my next personal build. and yes it will be in primer.

Lee in KC
02-19-2011, 01:38 PM
Steve, a word of caution on those shock mounts. My front end is not stock Spirit. BC raised the front spring perch from the bottom of the cross-member to the top for me so the front of my car would sit lower. My shock towers were designed to accommodate the lower front end. I would suggest you wait to order the shock mounts until you have your chassis assembled (or at least mocked up) with the motor and tranny installed (to get weight on the front end). Then mount a shock to the front-end (youre' going to need the three-hole shackle plates). Hold the shock at the approximate angle it will be when installed and extend the shock half-way through it's range of travel. Lay a straight-edge on the top of the frame and measure from the bottom of the straight-edge (top of the frame) to the center of the top eye of the shock. If that distance is much more than a 1/2" more or less than... dang it! Gotta reboot out of Win7 and into WinXP so I can fire up AutoCAD to check the measurement! Back in a few minutes!

OK, I'm back. The answer is... 6-1/2". So, if you measure somewhere between 6 and 7 inches, my design should work for you. Otherwise the design will have to be adjusted. I think Ron can do that on his end, but if not, I will re-do the design based on your measurements and send it to him.

sstock
02-19-2011, 02:33 PM
Steve, a word of caution on those shock mounts. My front end is not stock Spirit. BC raised the front spring perch from the bottom of the cross-member to the top for me so the front of my car would sit lower. My shock towers were designed to accommodate the lower front end. I would suggest you wait to order the shock mounts until you have your chassis assembled (or at least mocked up) with the motor and tranny installed (to get weight on the front end). Then mount a shock to the front-end (youre' going to need the three-hole shackle plates). Hold the shock at the approximate angle it will be when installed and extend the shock half-way through it's range of travel. Lay a straight-edge on the top of the frame and measure from the bottom of the straight-edge (top of the frame) to the center of the top eye of the shock. If that distance is much more than a 1/2" more or less than... dang it! Gotta reboot out of Win7 and into WinXP so I can fire up AutoCAD to check the measurement! Back in a few minutes!

OK, I'm back. The answer is... 6-1/2". So, if you measure somewhere between 6 and 7 inches, my design should work for you. Otherwise the design will have to be adjusted. I think Ron can do that on his end, but if not, I will re-do the design based on your measurements and send it to him.

Ok, I do remember now that you did raise the perch on your car. I'll have to do some figuring, thanks for the intel. I just saved another pic of your car to my hard drive. Love the stance=== looks like a 125 front tire and I'd have to guess but thinking a Hoosier rear to the size of 31 by 18.5 15", how close am I???
Lee, I have to say, after all the T's I've seen both pics and seen in person, if I were to pic one that best fits my own preference and liking, it would be yours.
Something about having a big wheezer sitting ontop of a chevy engine that makes the blood boil.

Lee in KC
02-19-2011, 02:42 PM
...looks like a 125 front tire and I'd have to guess but thinking a Hoosier rear to the size of 31 by 18.5 15", how close am I???
Dead nuts on, bud!! Good eye. And thanks for the compliments on my T... it did turn out well. ;)

KCA7
02-19-2011, 07:56 PM
In terms of excitement, the day I picked up my Stage III kit at Spirit (2/1/06) is second only to...

http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h28/Lee_in_KC/DSC00018.jpg?t=1298136276

...the day I first drove my T (7/15/06)...

http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h28/Lee_in_KC/FirstDrive002.jpg?t=1298136476

Steve, I am really jealous. Building my T was one of the most satisfying experiences in my entire life. I'm really itching to do another one.

Hey Lee, You got 1 heck of a ride. What are you going to build next time?

Lee in KC
02-19-2011, 08:53 PM
http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h28/Lee_in_KC/Rusto-Recker.jpg?t=1298166781

sstock
02-20-2011, 01:29 AM
Steve as for the extended bucket we have one more to build after yours. I decided yesterday it is going to be my next personal build. and yes it will be in primer.

Sounds great BC. Besides primer, what other ideas do you have? tires wheel combos etc.??

benT
02-20-2011, 09:18 AM
Also, Ben, I was wondering if I could have an intake drop shipped from Summit to your Dad's place to get some coating done?

Steve

Absolutely. This happens quite often with headers and such. What coating were you thinking - Ceramic or powdercoating? Shoot me a PM or email... :)

B.C.
02-20-2011, 04:26 PM
Sounds great BC. Besides primer, what other ideas do you have? tires wheel combos etc.??

The only thing I'm thinking is how much fun I'm going to have driving it around at the Bash. I think I'll go with a yuppie ratrod look. Click the link (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yuppie) to see what a yuppie is and then when the Bucket is done we can have a vote to see if I hit the look

sstock
02-20-2011, 11:02 PM
The only thing I'm thinking is how much fun I'm going to have driving it around at the Bash. I think I'll go with a yuppie ratrod look. Click the link (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yuppie) to see what a yuppie is and then when the Bucket is done we can have a vote to see if I hit the look

LOL, yuppie??? I live near Yuppie Headquarters: Seattle WA. Remember where the Starbucks craze all started from? BTW, Ratrods are the hit around here, you can't even get in a Ratrod shownshine if you have any chrome showing on your car. They are interesting vehicles to say the least--- quite a cult following.:eek:

deckofficer
02-20-2011, 11:45 PM
The PNW is also a hot bed for electric vehicles.

sstock
02-21-2011, 12:26 AM
The PNW is also a hot bed for electric vehicles.

Yup they are here, but not to my liking. My mission is to burn as much fossil fuel as possible before I check off this earth. I love the smell of unburned hydrocarbons in the morning;)

deckofficer
02-21-2011, 12:57 AM
You would of loved my Hemi V-drive flattie early morning for a ski outing. Stacks are dry for the first start up out of gear. Friends are loading the boat while I warmed up the engine. For departure, stop engine, put it in gear and restart in gear.

sstock
03-16-2011, 10:43 PM
Update, OK it has been a few weeks, heard today that the kit will ship next Wednesday. Looks like I better head out to the garage this weekend and make some build room for the new project. Lee I hope to have mine on the road prepaint by July. The plan is to drive it all summer put a few thousand miles on her then tear it apart for paint and coating and finishing touches over the next winter, be styling and profiling at the bash in 2012.;)

Billhewitt
03-17-2011, 10:05 AM
SSTOCK;

My plans exactly. My should also be arriving at anytime, at least I hope. I have not heard officially yet though. I have this big whiteboard in the garage with my build schedule and it calls for me to be done by July 15th. Then drive it for a few months, then tear it down and paint in the late fall. Put it back together over the winter and be ready to drive on the first warm spring day. Then make the trek down to BASH 2012, see you there.

Have the 350 all decked out in chrome. That edelbrock endurashine is some good stuff. All I have left is to put a new oil pump and pickup on and put the oil pan on. Then take it off the engine stand, put the flex plate on and merry it up to the transmission, ready to install in the bucket.

Good times ahead!!!