More pix cause I know at least 2 of you like them.
The recoed 351 Cleveland Ford sitting waiting for paint colour change (soon) & detailing.
Side on with panels at about 75% finished. This is as close to finished surfaces as I'm going until all panels are done, & car is re assembled & I've found all the mis placed bits
I love the badges on the 50's US cars. Dodge had 3 models in Australia in 55-56, the Custom, Crusader & Coronet. Mines a Coronet, which was the highest optioned version. The following show the slight variations in the badging. I'm not even going to try to detail the options, as they are pretty well unimportant to me.
My Badge (Kingsway Coronet)
The Kingsway Custom
Hopefully I'll refit bootlid & hinges, & rear bumper, in the next day or so, then turn car around so I can get to the front & drivers side to work on them.
Well finally got Dodge running again. Turned it around in carport so I can get to the other side & front to work on.
One thing I've always wanted to do is get rid of the blue engine colour.
Theguy that fitted the recoed Cleo wouldnt paint it Silver like I wanted, so I got Ford Blue.
So I cleaned it down, & gave it several coats of pressure pack Silver engine paint. That will look better in a red painted engine bay.
So I started fitting the Chrysler Hemi Fire Power valve covers.I put a set on my hot rod years ago, on the Ford Windsor motor.For a while I even had a set of Donovan 417 dragster engine valve covers
Then when I fitted the blower I had to drop the motor down & back for clearance, so there was no room for the wider valve covers any more. But I've always loved the appearance of Chrysler Hemi V8 engines, so thats why I'm doing this.
So thats the basic start . Now have to make new plug leads, fit some oil filler/breathers, & paint the covers & air cleaner ( I'm re using the Caddy replica thats on the motor with the Donovan covers) the same dark red as the car, then get my friend Rick Pacey to stripe them with the engine size "354" on them. The Clevo is a 351 thats 20 thou over, so its 354 cubes, same size as one the early Chrysler hemis.
Its all fun, & getting more enjoyable as things progress well.
Well the last week's been prepping engine bolt on bits for primer, & hitting them with a coat or two. Also fitted the engine breathers/oil fillers to the valve covers.
Everything on the engine thats in beige primer will be painted dark red, to match the rest of the engine bay. I will make new plug leads, when I get the grommets for the holes in the valve covers.
I tell you what Col, I dont know how you manage to do all the fiddley stuff all the time, & you have to keep others satisfied. Its certainly getting harder for me as I progress. I have gained in patience as I get older, but lost some of the skills( & eyesight) at the same time.
Well its hard to get my hot rod ready for the Cowra trip, & work on the Dodge at the same time.
Over the last couple of weeks I've been working on the hotrod. I've had a problem with keeping the polished aluminium on the motor shiney over the 12 years the blower has been out in the weather. I tried "Zoops Seal" a few years back. It was a lot of effort & cost for very unsatisfactory result. So I've been partly dismantling & re polishing bits for years. So I decided to give the POR15 "Glisten" 2 pack clear a go. Pulled the top of the engine apart, repolished over 40 bits, then paid a guy to paint them for me. It came up OK, but somehow my carby scoops got marks in the clear. So I rubbed them back with 2000 paper, then gave them a hit with cutting compound. That made them passable. Replaced the faulty stereo, put new fan belt & filters in, & getting it serviced next week, ready for big trip. So this is it shiney. Doesnt look like this often enough unfortunately.
So back onto Dodge. Working on welding up dozens of holes in firewall, where the previous builder had plugged them with an epoxy that looks like chewing gum.
Its hard to remember this corner was so rusty you could put your fingers thru the top corner.
Well sitting up here in the seemingly never ending rain ( my lawn mower man hasn't been able to mow for over 6 weeks), I finally got my spark plug lead bits from USA.
Its crazy, & I guess very bad, but I cant buy products in Australia for anywhere nearly approaching what I can buy from USA. Even when I include postage, the USA prices are generally 60 to 70% of Australian prices for the identical items ( sure they are generally USA sourced originally)
It generally only takes a week longer to get them in my PO box.
So I fitted them up to my Chrysler valve covers. These were bought many years ago, & were rough. I've spent a lot of time priming & filling them, then modifying them to suit my application.
So I didnt hesitate to put the plug leads in place using nut serts in the covers.
Well finally got a chance & the motivation to do a bit more, after our trip to Cowra.
I've been collecting quarter vent windows to try to get them all working properly, since the guy I bought it off had removed everything related to opening & closing them, then Sikaflexed & pop rivetted them shut.
This is the sort of job that takes much more time & effort than anyone would belive possible, but it has to be done to get things as they should be.
After 3 days stuffing around, I managed to salvage enough bits to have ready to assemble all 4 quarter vents.
So I assembled the rear door vents, made up from bits from about 3 or 4 vents each.
I put the right hand rear in place, & it works OK. I guess i will still have problems with leaks, but that cant be finalised until after final paint.
I've been playing with fitting air conditioning to the motor, made more complicated by the way I've fitted the Chrysler valve covers. Their missing at the moment, getting sign written & pin striped.
I've got the bracket sorted & tack welded together, & the new alternator & fan belt sorted. I like brackets to be multi use where possible, so I mounted my coil on it.
Also fitted the air conditioner filter/dryer, using simple exhaust pipe clamps (after a bit of grinding).