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« on: February 01, 2009, 03:44:39 am »
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I did a little house cleaning to get all this into 1 thread...
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« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2009, 10:47:15 pm »
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It's still here buddy.
It'll be sitting next to this tomorrow.








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« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2009, 07:03:44 pm »
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Fucking Bad Ass........Congrat's
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« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2009, 10:23:21 pm »
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Did the deal today...

1954 coupe (COA) says it was originally Silver with Red interior. Same as my other '54. It was a driver until the trans started "clunking" per the previous owners description.

I'm going to fire it up and make sure the engine is cool and then pull everything out for a trans rebuild.

Here's some pics.

Where it sat for many years.



Rolled into the driveway with the proper '54 plates and reg.



On the tow truck heading home.



Interior looks decent for the driver it will be.



Aside from the trans work I'll be looking for some bumpers and proper mirrors.
Wheels and tires will change as well as the stance.

2 Pre-A's in my garage now. I'm stoked!
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« Reply #4 on: March 22, 2009, 07:32:06 am »
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U ballin now... fo sure thumbs up
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« Reply #5 on: March 23, 2009, 10:35:03 pm »
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New fuel lines, fresh Optima 6v battery, new gas, checked the floats (one was stuck), had it running in about an hour.

Tomorrow it all comes out for the trans rebuild.
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« Reply #6 on: April 03, 2009, 01:42:48 am »
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These are getting dropped off tomorrow with Al for full chrome to go on the white 356.
I already have a set there getting detailed for my new vert driver.

King Crabs all around for this fool. No wonder no one can find deep 6's anymore.



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« Reply #7 on: April 04, 2009, 10:25:55 am »
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All the way around mean one in the trunk too?
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« Reply #8 on: April 04, 2009, 11:57:54 am »
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Oops.

All around meaning on the 356 and a little secret car I have in the works that isn't a done deal yet.

5 wheels total so I will have a spare for the new car if it happens.

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« Reply #9 on: April 04, 2009, 01:31:08 pm »
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« Reply #10 on: May 13, 2009, 10:10:44 pm »
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With vert top issues I may be bringing the white 356 to the Classic, so I got started on it this week. I'm hoping to have a set of bumpers before then, but that's not looking good. Nothing like waiting until the last few weeks to start a project.

I did a trans swap (original trans has a R/P issue) added some dropped spindles (with disks) adjusted the rear down, and while the engine was out decided to switch it over to IDA's so I'd be "cool" The engine is a 1750cc so with the proper jetting it should be OK.







I didn't have any black lug nuts so I had to run these silver ones to check the ride height. I'll make sure and have black ones for the Classic though. Just for Jay.

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« Reply #11 on: May 14, 2009, 10:17:56 pm »
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Today it rolls and stops on it's own. The used tranny shifts "OK" but will definitely need to come out later for a rebuilt unit.
The wheels / tires are donors off my vert. I have something else planned for it. But this gives me a better idea for tire sizes.
I expect the ass to drop 1" - 2" with the engine in there as well.







Tomorrow I'm 100% on getting the engine dialed in and bench started.
If it sounds good I should be driving by the weekend. First stop, my driveway so I can wash it.

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« Reply #12 on: May 15, 2009, 07:46:30 am »
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Looks good.
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« Reply #13 on: May 15, 2009, 02:33:02 pm »
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WOW............. how exciting bro thumbs up
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« Reply #14 on: May 15, 2009, 04:47:28 pm »
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Thanks Rich I am pretty excited.

I fired up the engine today. I have a few intake leaks to handle and some down rods for the linkage and I'll be good to go.

My buddy Steve is bringing his "golden screwdriver" over tonight to fine tune it for me so once it's in all i have to do is turn the key.

On a side note I was picking the brain of a Porsche guy today about some other stuff and he told me a "stock" SC engine puts out about 100hp. Mine has a bigger cam, bigger bore, and more fuel. I wonder what the hp will be now?
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« Reply #15 on: May 16, 2009, 05:30:11 pm »
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looks good   thumbs up

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« Reply #16 on: May 18, 2009, 05:39:52 am »
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« Reply #17 on: June 02, 2009, 09:23:51 pm »
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anything new?
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« Reply #18 on: June 02, 2009, 11:52:04 pm »
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022 installed, IDA's dialed (still need smaller idle jets but everyone is out of stock, so it's a little rich when just sitting), bumpers are on the way, wheels / tires mounted, brakes bleed / adjusted, tranny full of gear oil, clutch adjusted, shifter adjusted, visors over the gauges installed, mirror installed, etc.

Engine goes in tomorrow. If that goes smooth the alignment should be the next day and the glass trim (windshield) installed Friday.

My Dad leaves Thursday AM and I'd really like him to get a chance to take it for a spin before he heads home...
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« Reply #19 on: June 04, 2009, 09:42:04 pm »
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It fits.......




However..............

I can't "find" 1st or 3rd in my trans, and it doesn't look like my rear bumper is going to clear the exhaust.


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Nothing like waiting until the last minute...
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« Reply #20 on: June 05, 2009, 06:02:12 pm »
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Cool pic of my junk


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« Reply #21 on: June 06, 2009, 05:16:56 pm »
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The engine is coming out again tonight. I get no response from the clutch pedal, and I think *hope* the disk is stuck to the flywheel... We'll see later.
Right now I had to come home to eat and upload some pics I took of it sitting outside today, but..............I left my camera at the shop.

So I got nothing
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« Reply #22 on: June 06, 2009, 09:42:27 pm »
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All show, no go.

Literally........



Let my mistakes help you.

If you are dealing with a car / engine that has been sitting for +/-25 years take a look at EVERYTHING.
In my rush to get the engine back in the car I never even thought of checking the clutch assembly.
When I pulled it apart tonight I found that (as I suspected) the disc was rusted to the flywheel, and the pressure plate.
No slippy means no clutch action.......
I'll deal with that tomorrow, but I can sleep tonight at least knowing what was wrong.





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« Reply #23 on: June 06, 2009, 09:47:22 pm »
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On a nice side note, these 5.5's and king crabs look bad ass, and the stance with the engine in is "spot on"







I did a quick drive today with no clutch down the shop drive to to road and back. rear tires were rubbing on the torsion housing, so I switched over to 4lug - Porsche adapters instead of just the drilled drums w/ spacers. I like the look better now that the tire is really pushed out closer to the fender.

Hopefully tomorrow I can take a *real* drive
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« Reply #24 on: June 07, 2009, 05:24:43 am »
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« Reply #25 on: June 07, 2009, 09:47:52 pm »
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« Reply #26 on: June 09, 2009, 09:13:53 am »
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Lesson # 2

No matter how clean the gas tank looks, if it's been sitting for 20+ years you'll need to clean it out.

Lesson #3

Measure twice, cut once


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« Reply #27 on: June 09, 2009, 11:53:50 pm »
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Bumpers and decklid painted yet another shade of white for the car.  I really wanted the bottom side of the deck lid as clean as possible so I gave it to the guy that was painting my bumpers and asked if he could strip it and spray it (meaning just the bottom) but he did the whole thing instead. Can't really copy 40 year old white, turning yellow paint but it's good enough to get me through the weekend.

Interior reassembled, clean gas tank in, holding fresh fuel right now, looks clear as water...nice.

Glass guy stopped by and got the trim installed around the front glass, WOW what a difference that small bit made!
 
All electrical demons have been beat, gas gauge even works!!! It's a crazy pressure style with a push button on the dash.

Front end is on the ground, DONE 100% rear is still up in the air waiting for a hopefully dialed in 1720cc IDA'd power plant to get back from my engine guy. I didn't have time to pull it apart and clean out all the crap I sucked through it from the bad tank so he stepped up for me.
Hopefully first thing tomorrow I'll be able to pick it up and get it in.
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« Reply #28 on: June 10, 2009, 02:00:08 pm »
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I want a ride in that bitch Homie thumbs up
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« Reply #29 on: June 10, 2009, 03:23:41 pm »
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Ya, me too!!

M buddy went to pick up the engine while I was finishing up some other work here. He's not back yet. I should have gone myself. Looks like another late night.......that sucks, cause I want to roll out of here by 6:00AM
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