'37 olds coupe build

Old November 29th, 2016, 06:16 AM
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also bought a gas pedal for it; will mount it after re-installing the engine & determining where to put the bell crank.
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Old November 29th, 2016, 06:19 AM
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lastly, finished fabricating the firewall, built some angle supports for the dash & firewall, and mounted the master cylinder/booster/swing pedal.
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Old January 9th, 2017, 05:31 AM
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did some final fabrication on the interior & bottom of the body. I had removed the inner rocker panel when I build the floor/tunnel...almost forgot to replace it; here it is:
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Old January 9th, 2017, 05:34 AM
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also built some framework for door panels. there's a guy in ohio that did some door panels for my '55 wagon; he did a great job. i'll build them out of hard board, then ship them to him to cover...here is the framework:
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Old January 9th, 2017, 05:37 AM
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lastly, too the car apart. I removed all the bolts holding the body to the frame, jacked up the back of the car, and put a 8' long 4x4 between the frame & body.


I lower the jack at the back of the car, which cantilevered the front up. I put jack stands under the front, jacked the back up again, and removed the 4x4.


then I simply removed the axles, dropped the frame, and slid it out.
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Old January 9th, 2017, 05:40 AM
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next up, I will finish weld everything on the frame/axles & take them to the powdercoater. while the powedercoater is coating everything, I will caulk all the weld seams, prime the floor/firewall/tubs, and coat it all with 'rock-it' bedliner.
more to follow....
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Old January 19th, 2017, 11:37 AM
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tubs finish welded, caulked, and painted
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Old January 19th, 2017, 11:39 AM
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bottom of the floor pan, bottom of tubs, and firewall coated with primer & 'rock-it' bedliner (with white tint).
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Old January 19th, 2017, 01:59 PM
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Looking good, that really is a great body style for this.
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Old January 19th, 2017, 02:10 PM
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thank you.
I agree, I've grown to love the look of the olds coupe. all the coupes from the late 30's to early 40's have a good look, but I like the '37 olds/Pontiac/buick body; not many of them left...
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Old January 23rd, 2017, 06:25 AM
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got the axles, springs, and frame back from the powder coater. we assembled the rear axle, set both axles in place, and dropped the body back on the frame.
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Old January 23rd, 2017, 06:26 AM
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more pics
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Old January 24th, 2017, 02:56 PM
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I love looking at the progress you have made on your build. Keep up the good work and posting the pictures.
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Old January 27th, 2017, 07:24 PM
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thanks again.
i won't have time for a few weeks to work on it, but will follow up with more progress soon.
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Old February 6th, 2017, 02:56 PM
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bought 3 heaters for the car. the one on the left is a bosch, the middle one is a firestone, and the one on the right is a goodyear.


I tried all three in the car.
the goodyear and the firestone were a little too big...so I decided to go with the bosch.
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Old February 6th, 2017, 02:57 PM
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here is a side view of the bosch. the heater core is really cool, it is round and in perfect shape.
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Old February 6th, 2017, 03:01 PM
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I took it apart, checked the core for leaks, confirmed the fan/motor worked, then had the base powdercoated black, had the louvered cover chromed, had the aluminum doors polished, and re-tapped the holes for the screws.


Here it is prior to assembly...
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Old February 6th, 2017, 03:03 PM
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here's a few more pics.
I don't plan on needing too much heat, winters in las vegas are pretty mild probably only use it a few times a year.
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Old February 6th, 2017, 03:04 PM
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only other thing I've accomplished was installing the brake cylinders, springs, shoes, and drums; here's a picture of one of the drums on the car.
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Old February 6th, 2017, 03:14 PM
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also got my interior panels back from the upholsterer. I won't install them until I finish putting the insulation and mat on the floor, but thought I'd set them in place. I didn't try take the door panels out of the box; I'm sure they'll fit fine. I think the guy did a great job.
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Old February 6th, 2017, 04:49 PM
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Help me understand why you didn't go disc brake set up. Great looking panels.
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Old February 7th, 2017, 03:27 AM
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The front axle kit I bought came with a new disc set up (rotors, calipers, pads, etc.); I used drums on the back because I already had them.
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Old March 15th, 2017, 09:03 AM
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installed the fat mat on the floor, cut & installed the rubber floor mat, installed the steering column, turn signal switch, dash, gauges, and seat.
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Old March 15th, 2017, 09:06 AM
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next up will be the battery cable, battery box, and remote solenoid...then the fuel tank, fuel line, fuel filter, fuel pump, and fuel block. i need to finish it by spring so i can shake it down. my dad & i registered the car for hot rod magazine drag week this year. we will be in 'hot rod' class...should be fun.
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Old March 31st, 2017, 08:29 AM
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got some tail lights, mounted them & will start on wiring next weekend
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Old March 31st, 2017, 08:34 AM
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also, bought a set of spindle mount wheels for use with the chevy spindles; will be putting these on...just need to figure out the front brakes & sell the speedway disc brakes that are currently on it.
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Old August 29th, 2017, 05:35 AM
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well, my wife decided she wanted to sell the house & move...so, for the past 2 months we've been packing up everything. i sub-assembled the olds, winched it on my trailer, and towed it to my dads...i'll try to finish it over there.
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Old August 29th, 2017, 05:39 AM
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i bought windows from bob's glass, and rubber from rubbersteele; we put in the windshield & rear windows.
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Old August 29th, 2017, 05:46 AM
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got it running & took my dad for a ride. there are a bunch of bugs to work out before drag week. we've got 2 weekends to get it ready for 1,000 miles & 5 drag strips in 5 days...wish us luck!
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Very beautiful and much appreciation for the fabrication those are skills to be desired
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Its looking great!
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