Says it all!! Keep posting
Says it all!! Keep posting
That is going to be a beautiful car. Thanks for keeping us posted on the progress. I will be eagerly looking for each new post. What other cars do you have? I saw a Mercury in one picture.
1956 Mercury Montclair. Its chopped 4 1/2 in the front and 9 inches in the back with a 50 merc back window section.
And we have an all original 1957 Desoto Firesweep that was a barn find. We got it from the daughter of the original owner. She thought it was scrap metal, but I had it running 2 hrs after I got it home. Its a dream find.
Its been kind of slow going in Texas the heat, but I now have all the motor mounts in. My exhaust manifolds are in the machine shop having 40 year old studs drilled out. I guess someone didn't know right from left, or used too long of a bolt.
Also I am going to be able to use the original brake pedal assembly with a brand new Willwood master cylinder 7/8 bore and a 3 bolt to 2 bolt adapter from Honest Charley's speed shop. I'll post pics of the brake set up soon.!
Nice work and an interesting build! Thanks for the updates. BP
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Not much progress except finally getting the super crusty hood hinge bolts free without any damage.
I have been held up by machine shop delays.
Hemi Exhaust manifolds had studs broken off and I had to modify my steering column drop.
Apparently the Cadillac tilt column is the odd man out when it comes the statement
Fits "Most" GM and aftermarket columns.
But parts are finally back in my hands so I can make sure the steering works around the exhaust now.
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Still busy collecting parts, but the body is off the frame now. Pretty interesting since I was by myself on this part. Lots of jackstand moving.
I also ordered boxing plates for the frame rails today.
Hopefully there will be some real progress now that I'm to this point.
Exhaust on the drivers side may prove to be tricky due to using the original brake pedal.
Its not glamours, but the frame is boxed and just needs a few more feet of welding. All in all I added about 15 feet of 1/8 plate to the close up all the C channel areas. Its so much stronger now I can't even believe it. I did have to open up the holes on the frame for the 3 bolt to two bolt adapter so I can add the Willwood MC but its going to be super easy. The bolted in pc of 1/4 plate is my rear transmission cross member for the 700R4 now also. I wanted it to be removable to make it easier to remove engine / trans from the bottom in the future. And the little V cuts on the outside frame rail boxing plates are for access to the body to frame bolts. I wasn't sure what I was going to do there, but this seemed the easiest. Really glad I did this BEFORE welding it all in place.
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Good progress! And keep those pictures coming, we like pictures.
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I finally have all the down and dirty chassis work done. I finished up the rear air ride mounts yesterday and finished up the POR 15 paint job on the frame.
This is my firs time using gloss black. I usually use Satin or flat but it never looks clean. I'm pleased with the glossy look.
If any of you ever decide to go with an old HEMI the HotHeads stuff is terrific! This GM transmission adapter and flywheel are top notch. But Beware! These old Hemi flywheels and crankshafts have 8 non threaded bolt holes. you have to use special bolts and nuts and this only goes on one way. The hole pattern is NOT evenly spaced, and its a light press fit to boot!
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Its been kinda slow going lately, I had welder issues but Im back at it again.
I have the exhaust done and the 38 tail lights have been updated to dual filament bulbs.
Well I got sidetracked on 42 Ford project for for a few months but its finally up for sale so its back to work on the 39.
The Studebaker body is back on the frame now. The WillWood MC fit perfectly in place of the original with the help of a 3 bolt to 2 bolt adapter.
I am able to use the original pedal and brake rod. I just reduceed the thread size on the original rod from 7/16 24 to 3/8 24 and joined them together with a coupling nut. Easiest brake conversion yet!
I picked up a 37 Stude banjo steering wheel so that is the next project. Building a steering column. Also the swap meet bench seat from a 48 ford coupe is a perfect fit. More photos later this week of that stuff.
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Here is the swap meet seat and new LoKar nostalgia shifter on the 700R4
I gotta get busy on the column so I can get have a home for the banjo wheel
And now im thinking of going back very close to the original maroon color.... I have no idea what color this thing will end up! I really like the way it looks now so it will run like this for a least a year while I repaint my 56 Merc
Just had to stop in and say that I really enjoy this thread and I hope to continue to see more of the work you are getting done HemiCoupe. I joined this forum recently because I wanted to carry out a similar project to what you're doing with a friend of mine. Due to our time constraints I'd say its going to be a two year project, but we're looking on settling on the studebaker model first before we lay out the rest of our plans. Just looking at your pictures and the amount of work you have put into it has really inspired me to get it done! Looks really awesome, I hope to see and learn more about it.
Thanks! this one hits the 2 year mark next month but I have done a few other smaller projects in between.. Time and money are the big issues on a complete ground up project. And these 39 Stude parts are not just lying around everywhere. It took a year and a half to come up with a pair of reasonably priced 38 tail lights. and Im still missing a few things that I have no idea what I will end up doing. I want an original trunk latch but I don't think its gonna happen. And I plan on removing the wing windows and having a full length door glass. I think the wing window really detracts from the flow of of the cars look.
I thought about removing the wings too, but note that the wing and side glass do not line up. It looked to me like the top of the door would have to be reshaped to accommodate the angle.
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