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Unread 09-21-2012, 08:03 PM   #1
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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.
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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.

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Unread 09-21-2012, 11:17 PM   #3
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Thanks Mike, see my first post again.
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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!
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Unread 09-22-2012, 09:35 PM   #5
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Just a couple more pics of the body after I got it home.

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.


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Unread 09-23-2012, 08:40 AM   #6
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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.


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Unread 09-23-2012, 09:33 AM   #7
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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
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Looks great Lee! Are you going to be running rear disk brakes or drums?
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Unread 09-23-2012, 03:37 PM   #9
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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.
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Unread 09-26-2012, 09:32 PM   #10
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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.
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Love the piston rod idea!! Very cool!
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Unread 09-26-2012, 10:31 PM   #12
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Ditto on the piston rod!!!!
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Unread 09-27-2012, 02:46 PM   #13
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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.
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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.
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Unread 09-30-2012, 07:55 AM   #15
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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.
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Unread 09-30-2012, 04:52 PM   #16
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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.
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Unread 10-20-2012, 07:02 PM   #17
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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.
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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.
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Unread 12-13-2012, 04:21 PM   #19
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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.
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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.
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Unread 12-18-2012, 07:49 PM   #21
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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?
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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?
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Are you having issues with your column mount Steve?
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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.
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Unread 12-19-2012, 11:31 AM   #24
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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.
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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.
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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.

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Unread 12-27-2012, 07:03 PM   #27
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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?
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