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3quarter32
09-21-2012, 08:03 PM
I thought that I should start my build thread, finally. Going to start off easy with a couple of pictures from the day I picked up the body and frame.

We were there on one of Spirits busiest days, The Buckethead Bash, June 29, 2012. Bob and Josh were busy, running around trying to take care of everything, and still found time to get me loaded (with body, frame, and parts).

My buddy and I had a great time looking at all the T's that were there, and picked up a couple of good ideas from them.

My delivery is the chopped version and channeled over the 27 T frame. It will be powered by a 350 sbc and will use 700r tranny hooked to a Maverick rear end.
Lee
http://imageshack.us/a/img515/2205/delivery12012.jpg
http://imageshack.us/a/img534/8693/delivery22012.jpg
http://imageshack.us/a/img703/9788/delivery62012.jpg

Mikes27T
09-21-2012, 09:19 PM
Oh man don't give up! I download my pictures to imageshack then copy and paste them here on the forum. I will post the link below. All you have to do is sign up and start downloading. It's free. After you download a picture just click on the "i" next the the picture then click on the link next to "forum" then right click and copy. Then just paste it into your post and that's it! There are probably other ways to post your pictures and maybe others will chime in but this is how I do it.

http://imageshack.us/registration/?error=8

3quarter32
09-21-2012, 11:17 PM
Thanks Mike, see my first post again.

Mikes27T
09-22-2012, 09:16 AM
Love the suicide doors!! Looks like you are going to have yourself one awesome build! The 29 Sedan is my next project without a doubt! Please keep the build pictures coming!

3quarter32
09-22-2012, 09:35 PM
Just a couple more pics of the body after I got it home.
http://imageshack.us/a/img713/1751/rearopen7912.jpghttp://imageshack.us/a/img708/1971/frontrightopen7912.jpg
The first thing was to mock up the front axle assembly for fitment and just to see what it looks like. Josh sent some new style lower shock mounts. This gave the lower shock a better fitment with no obstruction. I don’t have them on in these pictures. I will use nut inserts for the upper shock mounting bolts, instead of drilling and tapping the frame.
http://imageshack.us/a/img407/7575/rearframe71012.jpghttp://imageshack.us/a/img402/3208/rightbrake1.jpg
http://imageshack.us/a/img210/6035/leftbrake1.jpghttp://imageshack.us/a/img855/8981/brakecaliper1.jpg
http://imageshack.us/a/img23/9341/brakelinel.jpghttp://imageshack.us/a/img684/6010/axle3.jpg

3quarter32
09-23-2012, 08:40 AM
Next project is the rear end. I used a 77 Maverick 3/56 that has a 56 ½ “ width from face to face.. While I was waiting on the Mounts, I mocked up with some scrap metal to find where the mount needed to be placed. After shock were installed, I set the body back on to get a visual effect. Looks like possibly the radius rods may need to be stretched about an inch to center the tire in wheel well. The shock appears to be at to much of a forward angle at the bottom also. That’s no biggy, as they make extender nuts for that.
http://imageshack.us/a/img690/3214/radiusrod1.jpghttp://imageshack.us/a/img21/3126/radiusrod2.jpg
http://imageshack.us/a/img402/2774/shocks3.jpghttp://imageshack.us/a/img839/9346/shocks2.jpg
http://imageshack.us/a/img204/1515/rearend2.jpg

goufos
09-23-2012, 09:33 AM
im glad you post a lot of photos!! it really helps me out in my build! gives me a lot of ideas to! look foward to more--------thanks goufos:D

Mikes27T
09-23-2012, 09:40 AM
Looks great Lee! Are you going to be running rear disk brakes or drums?

3quarter32
09-23-2012, 03:37 PM
Thanks, I am running drums on the rear. Will post more, possibly tonight. Not much more progress, except for steering. Waiting on wheels to be delivered, so I can find the correct fitting tires, and get the frame rolling. Lift the body off again, roll the frame out of the way, so I can set the body back on the stand. Finish up the frame and send to powder coater.
Anyone know of a good tank builder close to Tulsa area? I need a diamond shaped tank to fit where the rise is on the back of the frame.

3quarter32
09-26-2012, 09:32 PM
Steering is mostly finished. I got lucky and ordered the right length column the first time. I used a 30” with a 2 ½” dish on the wheel. Seems to be just right for me. Just a couple of u-joint with about 2 ½” extension between them and all is well. I used a V8 60hp piston rod for the dash standoff. Two 1/4x20 bolts hold the standoff to the existing brace from Spirit. On final assembly I will probably seal the lower column exit with black RTV, although I could make a rubber gasket.
Lee
http://imageshack.us/a/img69/2796/steering2g.jpghttp://imageshack.us/a/img37/747/steering1y.jpg
http://imageshack.us/a/img195/3273/steering3.jpghttp://imageshack.us/a/img268/307/insidesteering3.jpg

Mikes27T
09-26-2012, 09:49 PM
Love the piston rod idea!! Very cool!

B.C.
09-26-2012, 10:31 PM
Ditto on the piston rod!!!!

3quarter32
09-27-2012, 02:46 PM
Morning B.C. Thinking about putting the (Spirits) 34 grill/shell on my delivery. Can you tell me the lenth of the lower straight part of the shell that would lay on the frame? Since the frame is long at the front, I think this would look good to streamline the look without so much overhang in front of the radiator.
Lee
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If it ain't chopped, it ain't mine..

B.C.
09-27-2012, 03:20 PM
I have an A rod sedan in the body shop I'll set it up on a frame and hold a 34 style grill shell up to it. Just give me a couple of days.

sstock
09-30-2012, 07:55 AM
Lee, really like your "A" delivery. I was partial to the Arod but now think I like the delivery better. Not too many A Deliverys out there with a spring before the axle suicide style. It will look really good. Keep the pics coming as you progress, thanks for sharing.
Steve

3quarter32
09-30-2012, 04:52 PM
Thanks Steve, At first I thought I needed to shorten the front of the frame, but decided not to do it. I will move the radiator mounts back a few inches. As soon as I hear back from B.C., I will decide on using the 32 grill shell or the 33/34 style like they use on some of their buckets. I agree, there are few sedan deliveries out there, so this will be a bit different.
Lee

3quarter32
10-20-2012, 07:02 PM
Been slackin a bit on the 29. My 32 jumped time just as I was accellerating the other day, and caught the engine on fire. Didn't have a fire extinguisher with me, so I beat most of the fire out with a towel. A bike rider came along and put out the remaining wiring fire with his water bottle. FIRE EXTINGUISHERS>>>Don't leave home without it. I found some good throw aways at Walmart for about 12 bucks.
I did get my engine cleaned up and painted today. Now should I leave the intake natural aluminum or paint it to match the rest of the engine? Wife says leave it natural, but I am not sure.
Lee
http://http://imageshack.us/a/img822/239/sam0768q.jpg
http://http://imageshack.us/a/img546/5283/sam0767lu.jpg
http://http://imageshack.us/a/img32/7687/sam0769t.jpg
http://http://imageshack.us/a/img16/6795/sam0770sz.jpg

Mikes27T
10-20-2012, 07:08 PM
Sorry to hear about the fire! Happy you were able to get it out though!! I agree with your wife. Leave the intake in it's natural aluminum finish or have it polished.

3quarter32
12-13-2012, 04:21 PM
Been a while since I posted any progress on the 29. I have been waiting impatiently for the wheels that I ordered for about 10 weeks. Seems everyone was out of the blank rims I wanted. Tires should be in Monday or Tuesday. I ordered Diamondback WWW. Been kind of busy getting misc. parts primed and painted. All the chassis parts will be done in Porsche slate grey. The wheels, which are steel smoothies will be done in Porsche guards red to match the body. Baby moons and beauty rings will go on the wheels.
Its been a while since I bought paint so was sort of shocked when I paid the bill. Next time I think I will just hijack a paint store. I dread going back to get the paint for the body. Oh well, there goes the kids inheritance.
I will post pictures when I have something worth showing. Maybe when I get the tires and wheels mounted and back on the car.
Lee

3quarter32
12-13-2012, 04:43 PM
I guess I did have a couple of pics not shown yet. The seats are from a Dakota pickup. I was going to have the back cut down, but decided if I ever get rearended, the tall back may help some. Also the wheels on the car so I could get an idea of width and body clearance.
Lee
http://imageshack.us/a/img266/3384/seat2u.jpg

http://imageshack.us/a/img338/1235/wheels2g.jpg

sstock
12-18-2012, 07:49 PM
Coming along nicely Lee. Does your car have a steel support that your column drop rod bolts to? If so, you wouldn't happen to have a picture on how you did this do you?
Thanks Steve
http://www.nloc.net/photopost/data/759/P116039122.jpg

Mikes27T
12-18-2012, 08:18 PM
Coming along nicely Lee. Does your car have a steel support that your column drop rod bolts to? If so, you wouldn't happen to have a picture on how you did this do you?
Thanks Steve
http://www.nloc.net/photopost/data/759/P116039122.jpg

Are you having issues with your column mount Steve?

3quarter32
12-18-2012, 10:06 PM
Yes Steve, there is a bar that runs behind the dash towards the lower part. It goes the lenght of the dash and is attached to the outter steel supports. I will see if I can get a couple of pictures of it tomorrow.
Lee

sstock
12-19-2012, 11:31 AM
Thanks Lee, was thinking the Spirit A has a steel tube in there.
Mike, no problems with my column mount at all, so far so good. But like it was once said to me you have to built the same house three times to get everything perfect. If I did another T, I would order it without the insert installed and bed installed. I would install steel tube frame up under the dash and down the door jambs on both doors then down along the floor to tie it all in. I have just a tiny hair line crack on the driver's side right where the jamb meets the windshield. I even threw another layer of fiberglass under that area too. :confused:

3quarter32
12-19-2012, 05:47 PM
Hey Steve, Here is a couple of shots from under the dash so you can get an idea of how the drop is attached. Now remember, this is still in setup stage.:D
Lee
http://imageshack.us/a/img707/5392/mount2t.jpg
http://imageshack.us/a/img707/3328/mount1j.jpg

sstock
12-20-2012, 09:29 AM
Got it, nice pic, should work well Lee.
By the way, I used two U joints and a short shaft on my T build to get the steering column and wheel location just perfect for the driving experience like you did. I had a pretty complete build thread going here until the site got hacked and lost the entire thread.
http://www.nloc.net/photopost/data/2624/medium/P1120593.JPG
http://www.nloc.net/photopost/data/2624/medium/IMAG0081.jpg

3quarter32
12-27-2012, 07:03 PM
Yep Steve, looks like we copied each other on the u-joints.
I finally got my tires and wheels together. Ended up powder coating the wheels. The rear were to deep to keep a good clean paint job. The front end is just about complete now. As soon as I get the rearend painted and back under the car, I will have a roller. Here is a couple of wheel/tire shots.
Lee
http://imageshack.us/a/img16/318/tires3i.jpg
http://imageshack.us/a/img38/958/tires2.jpg
http://imageshack.us/a/img40/4468/tires1q.jpg

sstock
12-27-2012, 07:13 PM
Looks good Lee.
Did you weld up your steering ujoint yet? It looks to me that it isn't clocked correctly, it may be just the photo, can't tell, but take a look see.
Steve

3quarter32
12-27-2012, 07:31 PM
Good eyes there Steve. No, it is not yet welded. Thought I would wait until the body goes on for the last time. It would be my luck something would change, and I would have to do it over.
Lee

Mikes27T
12-28-2012, 02:37 PM
Wheels and tires look great Lee!! Are you putting chrome trim rings and center caps on them? Love the rear deep dish wheels! Where did you pick them up at? Are they 15X8's?

3quarter32
12-28-2012, 03:21 PM
Hey Mike, Thanks for the compliments on the donuts. Yes I have the trim rings and baby moons for them. The rears are 15 x 8, and the fronts are 15 x 6. I have 2 inch backspace on the rear, and still had to add a 1 inch spacer. I used a Maverick rearend, I think was 56 1/2 wide. Rally America made the wheels for me. Jimmy is the man there.
Lee

3quarter32
12-31-2012, 09:34 PM
Finally, its a roller! Seems like forever since I ordered the wheels. Well, almost, 10 weeks waiting before Jimmy at Rally America bailed me out. He came through when nobody else could. Now I can lift the body and roll the frame out of the way, so I can put the body on the body dolly, then finish the frame up, and paint. Sure seems like a lot of put together, and take apart, over and over..Maybe I should dust off the roadster?
Lee
http://imageshack.us/a/img51/3281/roller1.jpg

http://imageshack.us/a/img825/1899/roller4.jpg

T=Test
01-07-2013, 03:48 PM
I say it usually takes about 3 times to get the build like you want it, sometimes more! But will be worth it in the end!

3quarter32
01-07-2013, 09:28 PM
Ya, your correct on that. I figure at least 3 more times with the body on and off, and that not counting removing for paint.
I took the body off today and set the engine and tranny in so I can locate where to weld the radiator mounts and other things. Hoping I can get by with the radiator 3/4" from the fan blade without the need of a shroud. I can always add that if the engine runs to hot.
Lee
http://imageshack.us/a/img820/7824/engine7.jpg

http://imageshack.us/a/img855/5750/engine5j.jpg

3quarter32
01-15-2013, 03:56 PM
Ok, what is going on here? I leave for a few days to go to Florida, and I get back here and it is freezing.
I did do some re-do's on the brake lines. After looking at Mikes, I decided to clean up the way mine were done. Also, embarassed to say, I had the porportioning valve on the wrong set of brakes. Live and learn. Hope to get the frame finished up in the next few days and get it painted.
Lee

3quarter32
01-17-2013, 10:19 PM
Just about have the grill finished. It still needs fit to the frame, and mounts built, but that will have to wait until the body is back in place. Added some to the bottom side and a lip for the hood to sit on.
Lee
http://imageshack.us/a/img233/3047/34grill5.jpg
http://imageshack.us/a/img259/3239/34grill4.jpg
http://imageshack.us/a/img838/4473/34grill3.jpg

sstock
01-17-2013, 11:41 PM
Coming together nicely, nice job on the grill. Keep the updates coming, liking your build very much.:D

Mikes27T
01-20-2013, 08:23 AM
Looks great Lee!! I like the grill alot also.

3quarter32
01-20-2013, 10:18 AM
Wish I could take total credit for the grill, but it is the one that Spirit sells. I just lengthened the sides and built a 1" lip for the hood to rest on. I think it will give me more the look I am wanting.
Welded the radiator mounts back on yesterday and mounted the radiator. Only need to weld on fuel tank mounts now, and it will time to paint frame. Yahooooooo!
Thanks for the comments, Lee

3quarter32
01-22-2013, 09:52 PM
Put the body back on today. Now I can get the grill height where I want it. Modified the hole in the floor for the shifter. Steering u-joints cleared the engine ok with room to spare, whew, hadn't thought about that. Found that the front brake lines that go to the calipers would make contact with the wishbones. Had to cut off the AN male nipple, drill and tap for a 90% elbow. Taping stainless ain't fun.
Lee
http://imageshack.us/a/img834/7854/bodyon11.jpg
http://imageshack.us/a/img835/4265/bodyon9.jpg
http://imageshack.us/a/img203/812/bodyon6.jpg
http://imageshack.us/a/img571/3249/bodyon3.jpg

Mikes27T
01-23-2013, 05:05 PM
Looks great Lee!! Love the way it sits.

sstock
01-24-2013, 10:24 AM
Lee, that Nida core floor is pretty stout stuff. I remember having to cut through that stuff to set my ebrake mount and handle. If I remember right, between the floor and insert, it was over an inch thick. Car looks great.

3quarter32
01-24-2013, 02:50 PM
Thanks for the kind words guys. Fortunatly, I didn't have to cut much of the core part out. Have everything in the shifter area with enought clearance now, and building a fiberglass cover to hide the cutout. It will be removeable for easy acess to the shifter, or when I remove the body again. I will post a pic or two after the glass dries, and I get the part trimmed up.
Lee

3quarter32
01-24-2013, 04:13 PM
Ok, here is the cover. Pretty simple to make. Now need to get the wife to make a boot to cover the round hole and attach to the mixin stick.
Lee
http://imageshack.us/a/img197/8886/cover4l.jpg
http://imageshack.us/a/img233/3125/cover2sx.jpg
http://imageshack.us/a/img819/831/cover1yi.jpg

Mikes27T
01-27-2013, 11:10 AM
The cover came out great! I've been trying to decide if I should go with a Lokar floor mounted shifter or a trans mounted shifter. I'm leaning towards the floor mount so that I can put it where it will be comfortable.

goufos
01-27-2013, 12:07 PM
wow mike- keep the photos comming ! im learning a lot here . been following the posts! i too was gong to try a floor monted shifter- the one uning a cable- but the lokar shifter that i wanted does not come in a floor shifter because i was going to put a 32 inch double bend in. thats the one you have to run without a cable- so i just have to do what you are doing. question mike- the cover you made- how is it going to stay down? bolts , latches, and would you put some sort of rubber gasket on it ?----------goufos:D

sstock
01-27-2013, 12:10 PM
For the bucket, I think the floor mounted shifter is the way to go, otherwise it is almost under the dash. I put mine way back so I could rest my hand on the shifter handle without a stretch.
http://www.nloc.net/photopost/data/2624/medium/P1160429.JPG

3quarter32
01-27-2013, 12:52 PM
Goufos, I will use some rope type putty to seal the cover, and hold down with four screws.
I used the Lokar tranny top mount shifter, with the shifter mounted all the way back. I should have gotten the tail shaft mount instead, since that is where it ended up. I almost got the floor mount, but for some reason decided against it. Luckily, the shifter location now is just fine. I like luck...
Got to finish up the radiator mount today, and finish up the grill mounts.
Lee

3quarter32
02-14-2013, 10:47 AM
Found a great deal on a lift yesterday. Really don't need it, but couldn't pass it up for the price.
Starbird show is this weekend. I put the roadster in yesterday with the club car display. Will be spending most of the weekend there.
Lee

old round fart
02-14-2013, 06:50 PM
Lee, Is the show in inside show? Things look like I may be able to make it. John

3quarter32
02-14-2013, 09:34 PM
Yes John, it is inside. It opens Friday noon, and runs thru Sunday. Hope you make it. I will be at the Tulsa Roadsters display on and off most of the time. Give me a call if you make it.
Lee

3quarter32
03-11-2013, 05:12 PM
Well, I didn't like the first fuel tank, so I had another one made. This one is made correct. It is aluminum, and is almost a shame to hide it under the body.
Lee
http://imageshack.us/a/img26/2477/tank3k.jpg
http://imageshack.us/a/img138/8757/tank2ke.jpg
http://imageshack.us/a/img163/8881/tank1c.jpg

Mikes27T
03-11-2013, 07:11 PM
That is sharp Lee! I is a shame to cover that up!

3quarter32
03-14-2013, 04:32 PM
Have the tank mounts on the frame now, and tank fits right in there. Today, I finished all the welding on the frame, and it is at the sandblasters now. I will pick it up tomorrow and take to powdercoater. Body will have to go back on and off one more time, then on to stay.
Here is a few more shots of the tank mounted.
Lee
http://imageshack.us/a/img17/8905/tank8d.jpg
http://imageshack.us/a/img715/5967/tank7b.jpg
http://imageshack.us/a/img827/365/tank6v.jpg
http://imageshack.us/a/img827/1424/tank5d.jpg
http://imageshack.us/a/img820/9001/tank4z.jpg

old round fart
03-16-2013, 01:57 AM
Looks great! Are you going to fill the tank from outside the car? Have you thought about a drive shaft loop to protect the tank?

3quarter32
03-16-2013, 01:59 PM
The fill cap will be on the side of the car, just above the fender well. Yep, thought about a shaft loop.
In all these years, I have never had a driveline come apart. So far, I have always felt a bad u-joint before it got to serious.
Should get the frame back from the powder coater Monday or Tuesday. Then I can get serious about getting stuff together to stay.
Lee

3quarter32
03-22-2013, 09:00 PM
Haven't accomplished much in the last couple of weeks. Today about 4pm, I got the frame back from the powder coaters. The rearend and frontend is back is place now.
I did get my lift installed in the shop. Not to bad of a job to put in. Took a couple of hours to tear it down, load it and about 3 hours to get it set up and in place. Going to be nice to have, but kind of a hassle also. Since my shop is only 24 x 40, I will have to work under it or on it. My other junk takes up to much room. I have to keep the roadster in there too. Once the engine is back in, and the body back on, I will have some breathing room again.
John (old round fart) paid me a little visit yesterday. Had a nice chat and shared some old stories.
I will post some pictures tomorrow.
Lee

3quarter32
03-24-2013, 08:05 PM
Here is where I am today. Frame is finally going together to stay. Need to run fuel line from tank to front, close to where the pump will be.
Lee
http://imageshack.us/a/img856/3511/pcframe5.jpg
http://imageshack.us/a/img255/3504/pcframe4.jpg
http://imageshack.us/a/img594/1227/pcframe3.jpg
http://imageshack.us/a/img195/2637/pcframe6.jpg

Mikes27T
03-24-2013, 09:18 PM
Looks great Lee!! Like the lift also!

goufos
03-25-2013, 02:11 PM
Hey mike! When you put your body on- is there any special body mounting rubber? Or pads in- between the body and frame??---------just courious--thanks:d

Mikes27T
03-25-2013, 03:06 PM
Guofos this isn't my build thread but I'll answer your question. Sorry Lee. Yes you should use something between the fiberglass body and the frame. Rubber would be a good choice. I'm going to be using body to frame webbing from So Cal speed shop. Here is a link.

http://www.socalsac.com/new-products/body-frame-webbing

I also bought a 1/4 inch thick rubber mudd flap like you see on the big rig trucks from NAPA and cut out pieces to to put between the fuel tank mounts and the frame. I also did the same for the radiator mounts. Any place where it's metal on metal.

3quarter32
03-25-2013, 05:15 PM
Yep, like Mike said. I may use a web like material, similar to the military belt stuff. I do have 1/4" rubber the full length of the bottom of the radiator. For you eastern guys, is the first "A" in radiator, long or short? It is long here in Okieland. My friend from work says it is short, as in radical.
Lee

Mikes27T
03-25-2013, 05:33 PM
Yep, like Mike said. I may use a web like material, similar to the military belt stuff. I do have 1/4" rubber the full length of the bottom of the radiator. For you eastern guys, is the first "A" in radiator, long or short? It is long here in Okieland. My friend from work says it is short, as in radical.
Lee

I say radiator like it's a RAY of light and not like radical. :D

3quarter32
03-25-2013, 09:02 PM
Good for you Mike. He, my friend, says sore for saw. I asked him how he says radio. He says he don't say it at all, cause he don't listen to it. lol. By the way, he is from New Jersey.

old round fart
03-26-2013, 10:17 PM
Looking good Lee! If you really turn it on, you may be able to make the NSRA gig in Okc! Would love to have a lift like yours! John

3quarter32
03-29-2013, 08:34 PM
Decided to paint the firewall. Once the body and engine goes back in place, can't get to the firewall. I will give it the clearcoat tomorrow afternoon.
Lee
http://imageshack.us/a/img209/2829/firewall3z.jpg

old round fart
03-29-2013, 10:16 PM
Ah! Resale red!!! Lol

Mikes27T
03-29-2013, 10:43 PM
AHHH I dream of the day when my 27 will see color!!! Looks great Lee!! :)

3quarter32
04-14-2013, 09:57 PM
The exhaust rear exhaust mounts are in place. Alternator bracket is finished. Brakes are working. Rearend seal is leaking. Should be a easy fix. As soon as I get the windshield header glassed back in place I can mount the ceiling console, that will hold most of the wiring for the car. Want to drive it to a run on the first weekend of May. Ya, it won't be finished, but should be driveable.
Lee
http://imageshack.us/a/img827/3456/exhaust6.jpg
http://imageshack.us/a/img199/5295/exhaust7.JPG

old round fart
04-15-2013, 12:02 AM
Looks great Lee! I don't know of many rods that get finished. Problem with driving one as soon as you can makes it real hard to make yourself go back and work! All you want to do is DRIVE!!! LOL

3quarter32
04-15-2013, 06:00 AM
I know John. But paint will have to wait. Gotta drive it, gotta drive it. Making hot rod sounds now as I type.
Lee

Mikes27T
04-15-2013, 06:58 AM
Looks great Lee! Really like the tips of the exhaust!! I bet you can't wait to drive it! It's like waiting for christmas morning!! :)

3quarter32
05-07-2013, 06:35 PM
The wiring is about finished now. Just head and tail lights to go. Still have to tidy up wire under dash, but they are all hooked up. Put all switches in the console above windshield, along with the volt and fuel gauge. The dash has oil pressure, water temp, and speedo.
Lee
http://imageshack.us/a/img19/4202/sam1103x.jpg
http://imageshack.us/a/img32/5156/sam1102a.jpg
http://imageshack.us/a/img46/433/sam1104f.jpg
http://imageshack.us/a/img844/2537/sam1101n.jpg

sstock
05-07-2013, 07:26 PM
Looks great, nice clean dash. For me after the wiring got done, was pretty much a turning point for coming down to the finish line.:)

3quarter32
05-07-2013, 09:25 PM
Thanks SS. Wanted the dash to stay uncluttered as possible. Gotta have room for the pin stripper.
Lee

Mikes27T
05-08-2013, 06:39 PM
Looks great Lee!! Have you fired up the engine yet? If not I hope you get some video of the first start up!!

3quarter32
05-08-2013, 08:50 PM
Thanks Mike, Not fired it up yet. Going to welding supply tomorrow to get battery cables made up. Hoping to find an Odessey 925 battery also. Ya, I will see if the boss (wife) will video the start up. The engine has been sitting for several years, but turns free, and oil is clean. It was in a truck that was totaled with 2k miles, so should be almost good as new.
Lee

3quarter32
05-27-2013, 08:08 PM
Not much going on here for pictures. Thursday is scheduled as first engine run. Everything is wired up as far as all gauges and whatever it takes to start it. Just finallizing the head and tail lamps is all that is needed. Hope to at least do a short drive if all goes well. If all goes well, the next stop will be the sheetmetal man to get the hood made, then louvers. Guess I should get the windshied cut and installed also. I hate goggles!
Lee
Oh,,,anybody know where I can get about 2 feet of 1 1/2" fuel tubing?

old round fart
05-28-2013, 07:30 AM
One and a half inch fuel tubing? You running a top fuel motor? John

sstock
05-28-2013, 12:29 PM
Haha, maybe the fuel line is doubling for a roll bar.;)

old round fart
05-28-2013, 02:17 PM
Haha, maybe the fuel line is doubling for a roll bar.;)

Bigger fuel capacity for those longer trips! All kinds of possibilities!

3quarter32
05-28-2013, 04:58 PM
Hey thats pretty funny guys. No, not a fuel line from tank to pump. It is for the filler cap to the tank. Wish it was just regular line. They want around 22 bucks a foot for it. Good thing is, I only need 2 feet. Bad thing is, they only sell it in 3 foot pieces. Ain't Hot Rods fun?
I did hook up battery today, and everything worked. Bumped the start switch, and the started kicked in ok. I bought an Odessey PC925 battery on recommendation. It is 6.5 x 6.5 x 5 tall.
Come on Thursday, I can hardly wait. Busy tomorrow with doc appt. and then Paul McCartney concert in the evening.
Lee

old round fart
05-28-2013, 07:26 PM
Don't stock filler tubes use steel line with a 3" section of rubber on each end?

3quarter32
05-28-2013, 07:56 PM
Yes John, most I have seen do that. This filler needs to make about a 90 degree curve in about an 18" distance. I suppose if I weren't so impatient, I could have a piece of metal tubing bent to fit that area. However,,,time is a wasting and I wanna go for a ride.
Lee

old round fart
05-29-2013, 07:50 AM
Muffler shop or header bends come to mind. Got an old header laying around?

sstock
05-29-2013, 07:54 AM
Good luck on your first run cycle.:)

3quarter32
05-30-2013, 06:49 PM
Yahooie, it started right up and ran just fine. Had to set the distributor by ear for now. I have a timing pointer on the way. The crate engines don't come with one. This engine had about 2k miles on it when I got it, so no break in is needed. It has a RV cam, which I have ran before and like alot. I am pretty pleased with the sound of the exhausts.
I think the alternator is bad. Never did charge at all. Everything else seems to be working fine. Got a few loose ends to take care of on the front end, and its time for a test run.
Lee

old round fart
05-30-2013, 07:55 PM
Way to go Lee! Good luck with the first drive. Now they moved the Bash to Sept. it will be a lot cooler I think. if I can get over the hinge thing, I hope to be able to do that.

3quarter32
05-30-2013, 08:20 PM
John, even if you don't have your bucket ready, you need to go to the Bash. Lots of good looking cars there. Great place to get ideas also. I know the delivery will be there. It will in primer, because I am going to put some miles on it and have some fun before finishing the paint.
Lee

3quarter32
05-31-2013, 07:13 PM
I am now an expert at 3 wire alternators. Just wire them correcttly, and use a diode on the exiter wire, and it will work just fine. Oh, how I love GOGGLE!
Lee

old round fart
05-31-2013, 11:13 PM
Being an expert is not always good! EX is a has-been and SPURT is a drip under pressure! LOL
Way to go Lee. When is "THE DRIVE"?

3quarter32
06-01-2013, 05:48 AM
Hi John, Hopefully this afternoon or tomorrow am. As you know, the weather has been %&@@^ around here in the last few days. Hope you made it ok. I see the OKC area got slammed again. The tornado Thursday evening was 1/2 mile south of me. Got to watch it go by.
Lee

old round fart
06-01-2013, 06:20 AM
Last night it went right by me, but didn't come to the ground. Filled up my pond real nice! Good luck with your ride!

Mikes27T
06-01-2013, 07:26 AM
Congrats on the first start up Lee!!!! Good luck on your first ride!

3quarter32
06-01-2013, 04:45 PM
First drive went real well. Had to adjust the TV cable just a bit tighter, but that is about all. Oil pressure was fine, charging ok. Ran up and down my street a couple of times to get the temp up, then out on the main road. Drives good, and pretty smooth. Temp was 185 by the time we got back after about a mile. Gotta set the porportion valve. The rear brakes were coming on to much compared to the front.
Wife took a couple of videos of me going up and down the street, and a couple of real short ones while we were going down the highway. If I can figure out again how to convert them, I will post them on our club website.
Lee

old round fart
06-01-2013, 08:20 PM
OOOOOH!!! I am so jealous! WAY TO GO!! John

3quarter32
06-04-2013, 08:45 PM
I have all the lights working now. The windshield and back glass were cut today, so I plan on installing them Thursday. Tomorrow I will mount the overflow tank, and probably run around the neighborhood a bit. Saturday is the shake down day. Going to take a little 50 mile round trip, and drop off at the front end shop for a real alignment.
Lee
http://imageshack.us/a/img209/9741/sam1112up.jpg
http://imageshack.us/a/img571/8161/sam1111g.jpg

Mikes27T
06-04-2013, 09:01 PM
Car looks great Lee!! Congrats on the first drive!!

3quarter32
06-04-2013, 09:10 PM
Thanks Mike. Well, I did meet my planned goal. I picked the body and chassis up at Spirit June 28, 2012 at the Bash. My goal was to drive it to the Bash this year. I would have made it by gosh. B.C.move the Bash to September, so I had plenty of time to spare.
Paint will wait until winter. I do plan on doing body work, and priming a little at a time, while making some runs this summer.
Lee

old round fart
06-04-2013, 10:36 PM
Great looking car Lee. I'm really diggin' the bluewalls! LOL John

3quarter32
06-04-2013, 10:56 PM
Think I will take them back John. I am pretty sure I ordered white. Maybe I can put some falsies on them. Memba them?
Lee

old round fart
06-05-2013, 09:44 AM
Yes I remember Portawalls! I drove behind a guy that just had some put on and they did something wrong and they came off one at a time in about 10 miles. I'll bet he was shocked to get home to admire his new and improved ride!

sstock
06-09-2013, 11:09 PM
Congrats Lee on your first drive. I remember mine, it was great but there is all that I wonder what is going to happen, did I torque the lug nuts, on and on?
Now drive the heck out of it this summer and find out about all the things you want to fix before you put any color on it. I got that advice from Ted Brown while building mine but figure you are not new to all this and probably been there and done that.

3quarter32
06-10-2013, 05:58 AM
I put about 100 miles on the car this weekend. Everything seems to be fine so far, with the exception of the steering box. I has way to much play. Makes the car sorta road wander a bit to much. I think the tranny is not shifting just like it should either. Gotta get the tranny dude to check it out. It seems to shift a bit to soft, and to quick.
Other than that, it is fun to drive, and turns a lot of heads. Even got a thumbs up from a Cobra driver the other day.
Lee

3quarter32
06-17-2013, 09:38 PM
Been driving the fire outta the 29. I have the brakes up to snuff now, and I guess the tranny is ok or I would have burned it up by now. Put wipers on today. They are kinda sucky, but will be ok in a mild rain.
Looks like I may be getting about 20 mpg. That is with in town and a little highway use. Bottom line on my tank size is 10.2 gallons. I should have about a 200 mile range on the road. I will find out going to the Bash this September. Think I will carry a couple of gallon of fuel with me.
Steering is still a problem. I get use to it after a couple of miles, but just isn't right. I chatted with Bob last week, and he is working on the problems with me.
Lee

3quarter32
07-10-2013, 09:49 PM
Steering is fixed now, thanks to Josh and Bob. After close to 700 miles, looks like I am getting 15mpg city, and 20 highway. I can live with that just fine. The 700r tranny is shifting to fast, but that can be solved with a governor change. Seems I need lighter fly weights.
Anyway, having a good time at the local runs. When I can park it long enough, I will take it to the sheet metal dude for a hood build. Just bought a chopped 46 coupe Sunday, so I won't be walking while the hood is being made.
Lee

old round fart
07-21-2013, 11:56 PM
How about some pix of the coupe? You have to much rolling stock around your house! John

3quarter32
07-22-2013, 08:44 PM
Here is a picture of the coupe for John. Also the whole brood.
Lee
http://imageshack.us/a/img62/710/af9t.jpg
http://imageshack.us/a/img194/3422/tusd.jpg

old round fart
07-23-2013, 09:49 PM
COOL! Ever thought about adopting a old fat guy? John

Carolina Man
08-14-2013, 01:56 PM
Cool cars and great thread.

3quarter32
08-14-2013, 04:00 PM
Thanks for the kind words CM. By the by, care to share your first name with us, or is CM ok?.
Hoping the roadster is sold by the end of this month. More $s to blow at the BASH..or interiors for the delivery and coupe. Hmmm, that 34 chopped coupe body is still in my head that Spirit builds. John, I am the one that needs adopted.
Lee

Carolina Man
08-14-2013, 05:14 PM
Call me Cliff or cm doesn't matter.

3quarter32
10-23-2013, 08:45 PM
Finally got the hood formed by a real craftsman here in Tulsa. Took the hood to a guy about 50 miles from here and had 92 louvers punched in. I am pretty happy with the look it gave the ole gal. Anyone needing louvers in the Tulsa area, give me a shout and I will hook you up with him. Took about 45 minutes for layout and punching.:)
Lee
http://imageshack.us/a/img834/2268/dprv.jpg
http://imageshack.us/a/img577/7735/d9bh.jpg
http://imageshack.us/a/img833/5360/2ycz.jpg

sstock
10-23-2013, 08:54 PM
Wow, that is so freakin cool. ;)
It is those touches that set a car apart from another.

3quarter32
10-31-2013, 01:11 PM
Two things SS. I was afraid that I wouldn't like the hood look because I have run it hoodless so long. #1..I wanted more louvers, but didn't have room. #2..Now after cleaning each one up, I am glad 92 is all I had room for.
Making some short curved panels now to hide the sides of the radiator. They will be about 12 inches long at the top, and arch down to 6 inches long at the bottom. I will post a picture when I get them made.
Thanks for the freakin cool statement!
Lee

3quarter32
11-03-2013, 11:44 AM
Finally came up with a mounting system for the hood that was simple to apply. Springs hold the top hood in place very well. Ended up buying a low priced sheet metal break to help form the side curtains. Not quite sure how I can mount them so that they can come off easy. Next week I can remove the grill shell and start the finishing process on it. Looks like the rod runs are over for the winter months.
Lee
http://imageshack.us/a/img89/3425/8dqx.jpg
http://imageshack.us/a/img35/2088/hbl6.JPG

3quarter32
11-21-2013, 07:47 AM
Maybe some have done this before. The grill in my 33 style grill shell that came from Spirit Cars, is not removable, and I am to lazy to mask each bar, and then have to try and remove the tape when done. I ended up splitting soda straws on one side, and then slipping them on the bars, which are round. They will be easily removed when all is painted.............I hope. Color will go on today before the weather turns to crap.
Lee
http://imageshack.us/a/img20/818/vhvn.jpg

3quarter32
11-22-2013, 08:36 PM
Here is the hood and grill back on. Body is next on list.
Lee
http://imageshack.us/a/img547/7029/felm.jpg
http://imageshack.us/a/img194/6485/9ano.jpg

INDIAN OUTLAW
11-24-2013, 09:35 AM
Lee
looks great!! I am not a big fan of louvers but you pulled it off nicely!! side skirts look slick!
frank

3quarter32
11-24-2013, 10:51 AM
Thanks Frank. The guy that punched the louvers is responsible for the layout. I told him to do it the way he thought was best. He has been doing this for 45 years, so I figured he knew what he was doing. Trying now to get motivated to get things sanded and primed on the cowl area, and having trouble getting started.
Lee

3quarter32
12-02-2013, 10:09 PM
Been doing a bit of body work a piece at a time instead of attacking the whole body at once. I want to get the door jams finished out and colored before I concentrate on the larger areas. Cowl and windshield area are next on list, then doors.
Lee
http://imageshack.us/a/img824/3268/utfo.jpg
http://imageshack.us/a/img202/3591/96ia.jpg
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Hulkamania
12-11-2013, 10:55 AM
coming together nicely

3quarter32
12-11-2013, 02:09 PM
Thanks Josh, well its actually coming apart nicely now. Gotta get it done by the middle of January. Starbird car show coming up, and its probably the last one he will have.
Lee

sstock
12-11-2013, 02:46 PM
I like your plan of attack Lee. Please keep the updates and pics coming. I'm enjoying your project. Once we get out own done, we have to live vicariously through other people'sbuilds.;)

3quarter32
12-11-2013, 05:52 PM
Been thinking about a fake looking black vinyl top between the outside ribs. I am looking at a textured bed liner type stuff. Going to buy several brands for testing. Just can't make up my mind if I want to do it or not. Thoughts on this?
Drivers and passenger doors are ready for primer. Still got to get the rear door sanded and filled. Will probably prime those 3 at the same time. Then concentrate on the rest of the body.
Lee

3quarter32
12-18-2013, 06:17 PM
Its a little late to be asking now, but what do you guys use to bust down the gelcoat before priming the body? I have always just killed the gloss and went with primer after that. 220 grit seemed to work pretty well.
Lee

sstock
12-21-2013, 01:08 AM
I hit mine with some 120 and really scratched it up to give the feather fill something to grab onto.;)

3quarter32
12-21-2013, 01:56 PM
I ended up going with using 150 with a air palm sander, and it seemed to bust it up okay. I used the same on my fiberglass trailer bodies and they seemed to hold paint just fine also. I guess if the paint blows off going down the road, I will do it different next time. I say that in a joking mannner,,,,I hope.
Lee

3quarter32
01-02-2014, 06:49 PM
Well, the 3 doors are ready for final finish sanding. Body still needs a little tlc, and one more primer, then finish sanding, then paint, finally. Just have to be ready for that right warm day.
Lee
http://imageshack.us/a/img826/6484/cp0z.jpg
http://imageshack.us/a/img856/8536/4wt2.jpg
http://imageshack.us/a/img541/9186/ishc.jpg
http://imageshack.us/a/img703/1365/ufg0.jpg

3quarter32
01-02-2014, 07:51 PM
Just bumpin to get rid of the ad.

3quarter32
01-15-2014, 09:13 PM
Body is ready for paint now. Looks like Sunday will be paint day finally. Should have my quickie paint booth done tomorrow.
Lee

3quarter32
01-19-2014, 10:30 PM
Paint is on the body now. Doors will be painted Thursday. Running a bit ahead of schedule for a change. I will post pictures as soon as I get everything back together.
Lee

3quarter32
01-20-2014, 11:46 PM
I have the tires, and exhaust back on now, so I can move the car out so I can get the doors painted. The color is Ford Tractor Red, Matt finish. I used Flatz paint and really like it. Goes on smooth and covers really well. I used less than half a gallon on what you see painted here.
Lee
http://imageshack.com/a/img34/5254/rvxd.jpg
http://imageshack.com/a/img27/9381/j7hf.jpg

3quarter32
01-22-2014, 06:32 PM
Thought I would add a couple more with the hood on.
Lee
http://imageshack.com/a/img59/4043/5jhk.jpg
http://imageshack.com/a/img11/9407/i6dl.jpg

goufos
01-23-2014, 05:15 AM
looks great lee- your pics have helped me a lot! that thing with the straws and the grill -I would nave never thought of that!! im going to use that one for sure!---great job lee -----------------goufos:D

T=Test
01-23-2014, 09:32 AM
I used International tractor red on the bucket that got wrecked. It was made out of soybeans, and was bought at Tractor Supply Farm Stores. Base coat/clear coat and hardener all cost about $80.00.

3quarter32
01-23-2014, 11:31 AM
I am thing about using TSC matte black for my 46 coupe. I have heard good things about that paint and the price is right.
Lee

T=Test
01-24-2014, 08:14 AM
Once it has dried, it is hard to get off. Almost like Emron paint. The John Deere flat black covers the best without streaking.

3quarter32
01-26-2014, 12:22 AM
The John Deere flat black, comes from John Deere, instead of TSC?
Lee

T=Test
01-26-2014, 02:37 PM
No, but it is carried by TSC.

3quarter32
01-29-2014, 06:43 PM
Ok, it is painted and ready to hit the road again....until I start on the inside.
Lee
http://imageshack.com/a/img196/7529/v5v6.jpg
http://imageshack.com/a/img843/7559/ljv7.jpg
http://imageshack.com/a/img89/6480/vdfw.jpg

sstock
01-29-2014, 07:02 PM
Wow, very nice work Lee. I really like the matt finish. Home many coats of base and clear did you go with? Or was this a single stage paint?
Thanks,
Steve

3quarter32
01-29-2014, 08:21 PM
It is a one step process. The matte is a urethane finish, and no clear was used. I put on 3 coats. Goes on really nice, and goes a long way. Out of a gallon I still have a quart left for touch up.
Thanks for the complement,
Lee

3quarter32
02-17-2014, 11:10 PM
Added a bit of striping at the Starbird Show this weekend.
Lee
http://imageshack.com/a/img163/9205/2q6j.jpg
http://imageshack.com/a/img801/6891/cpun.jpg

goufos
02-18-2014, 02:27 AM
wow! I like it! brings it to life! just the right touch. by the way- your pics really help . thanks-----goufos :D

3quarter32
03-03-2014, 09:23 PM
Here is a shot from the Starbird Car Show last month.
Lee
http://imageshack.com/a/img18/4305/ajej.jpg

sstock
03-04-2014, 08:17 AM
Congrats on your first car show. Really came out nice. I bet it got a bunch of looks.:D

3quarter32
03-04-2014, 05:35 PM
Thanks SS. We had a good time, although it does get a little old after a while. You can only look at so many cars for so long. It was good seeing some old friends there. The car did get a bunch of lookers, and a few pats on the back.
Lee

sstock
05-02-2014, 11:31 PM
Lee after seeing the finish on your A delivery, I think I have found what I'm going to do on my '53 Chevy 5 window truck. Very nice.
Steve

3quarter32
05-03-2014, 11:08 PM
SS, went to the Stray Kat 500 today. There were several cars there with the Flatz paint on them. It is real easy to use, and forgiving. Look up TCP Global. I used the Flatz 2. Going to use it on my 46 chopped coupe also, but in the black.
Thanks for the kind words, Lee