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Michidan
01-07-2012, 06:05 PM
You'd think if if took 13 years to get the thing running, I might want to enjoy it for a while. Well, winter is here, so it was just sitting anyway. This summer was fun, put a few hundred miles on the 52 and went to a few car shows. It steers, it stops, it doesn't overheat.
The picture shows what I got done today. The leaky stock 454 is out. Took a 2nd job this fall and I saved some money to build the real motor. I think about 450 horse will do...
Actually it was very interesting to see if this monster I put together would also come apart. Not so bad really, although there definitely is an order that must be followed. Plus I'd like to have a little talk with the folks that make Aluminum radiators...no petcock! What a freaking mess that makes. That will be first order of business, adding one.
So hopefully this will be built and back together for spring, Im shooting for the South bend swap meet.

DEEPNHOCK
01-07-2012, 07:00 PM
Looks like a hospital operating room in there....
Good work!

Michidan
01-09-2012, 07:34 AM
Yea, I have everything except the machine that goes 'ping!'....

dean pearson
01-09-2012, 08:15 PM
I'm jealous,
Got engine pics ?
Did you keep your two piece drive shaft ?
I tubbed my car too and did away with the two piece shaft and I'm kinda wishing I had kept it.
It made the hump in my floor just high enough to mess with my front seat.

Good job Dan!
Look forward to seeing it with a big cloud of smoke coming out the back.
(tire smoke that is)

Dean.

Michidan
03-16-2012, 12:18 PM
A few updates ...

Michidan
03-16-2012, 12:24 PM
Dean, I did indeed go to a one piece drivershaft some time ago. Different drivetrain, so went with a conventional one piece.
The new tunnel came out nice. I had to put in new floors anyway so it wasn't that much more work to do it.

sweetolbob
03-16-2012, 01:23 PM
A few updates ...

Dang kids and their big HP motors.

Dan, I know you'll put it together well and hopefully you'll be making smoke in short order.

Too bad it's not ready with the "winter" we are currently having.

Still an great car with too few posts.

Bob

52-fan
03-16-2012, 02:46 PM
Someday I hope to see this car up close. You do nice work.

Michidan
03-16-2012, 03:52 PM
Too bad it's not ready with the "winter" we are currently having.

Bob

Tell me about it! Who knew it would be 80 degrees on march 15th? Still hoping to make the SB swap meet, but if not it will be at the Intl meet for sure.

dean pearson
03-16-2012, 11:00 PM
Dean, I did indeed go to a one piece drivershaft some time ago. Different drivetrain, so went with a conventional one piece.
The new tunnel came out nice. I had to put in new floors anyway so it wasn't that much more work to do it.

Your floors came out sweet Dan and it looks as if your new tunnell is about the same height as mine but I want to keep mt bench seat and there will be some alterations to the pivot point at the bottom center of the seat.

Cant wait to hear she's up and running again.

Dean.

Michidan
04-16-2012, 08:36 PM
Took the day off today and had a bunch of fun in the garage.
Gettin there.

Michidan
05-01-2012, 09:29 PM
More. Had it running on Friday! Hoefully broke in the cam. Now it's back apart for bolt re-torque and re-install of the inner valve springs.
Sounded goooooood though.
I did hope to see you all in South Bend this weekend. But i have to work out of town rest of week plus a daughter at prom Saturday. Not going to make it. Won't miss the Int'l meet though.

junior
05-01-2012, 10:55 PM
Now it's back apart for
re-install of the inner valve springs.


Is this just for break-in purposes of the cam....are you running big spring pressure? Betcha you`re itchin to take it out on the streets huh? Have fun, keep us updated. Regards, Junior

SN-60
05-01-2012, 11:15 PM
To: Michidan,-----The floors, the engine installation........really nice workmanship! Great car!

kmac530
05-02-2012, 10:57 AM
That should give you a little thumpety thump. Better than the 232 or Champ 6 that would have been in that car originally... ;)
Me likes the HP.

sweetolbob
05-02-2012, 12:42 PM
Dan

Looking better and better and getting closer and closer

http://www.pressmyday.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Thumbs-Up.jpg

Bob

Michidan
07-11-2012, 11:49 AM
I've got some miles on this new motor, and plan to be at 131 motorsports park on the 18th for a little test and tune session down the quarter mile.
Of course, a little seat time is necessary to get the feel for how the car will launch. Strictly for scientific testing purposes. Actually I've been wanting to share a little tire smoke with you all and finally got a video clip put together. Got a little squirrely on the first one, so I came back again to build a little extra heat in the rubber. :)

http://youtu.be/NCsRXy97Fz8

sweetolbob
07-11-2012, 12:57 PM
Holy Smoke (pun intended), a man after my own heart. :!:

You know I love those videos and the BBC sound is awesome. Just curious though, Does it have a posi? Kinda right footed currently. Bet it will launch with both tires bitting.

Nice, Bob :woot:

Michidan
07-11-2012, 02:09 PM
The more I let is spin, the more the right hand side does the work. Kind of bothers me.
I absolutely lucked out when I picked up this rear end, it is a 69 Ford 9 inch, factory nodular case, 31 spline axle, traction lok.
My understanding is that the traction lok is Ford's posi. On the jack it seems to work OK. The wheels rotate in opposite directions. I don't know, maybe it needs some work.

TDITS
07-11-2012, 02:45 PM
well I'll qualify this by saying I'm no Ford expert; but if both wheels are jacked up in the air and you turn one by hand the other one should turn the same direction.

blackhawk61
07-11-2012, 03:12 PM
well I'll qualify this by saying I'm no Ford expert; but if both wheels are jacked up in the air and you turn one by hand the other one should turn the same direction.

My "Twin Traction" turn the same direction as were several GM " Positractions" I have owned

Michidan
07-11-2012, 03:52 PM
My "Twin Traction" turn the same direction as were several GM " Positractions" I have owned


One thing this dif will NOT do is let one wheel turn only. If one is held, I can't budge the other either.
You guys got me to searching the web and a few Ford message boards indicate that wheels turning opposite direction is a sign of used up clutch plates.

DEEPNHOCK
07-11-2012, 04:03 PM
A few updates ...

Whose rods are those?
Jeffhttp://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/images/icons/icon6.png

Michidan
07-11-2012, 04:22 PM
Eagle. About $50 more than paying for a refurb of the stock rods.

52-fan
07-12-2012, 09:52 AM
Dan that cars looks super. I was hoping to see you in South Bend, but I won't make it.

Pat Dilling
07-12-2012, 11:13 AM
One thing this dif will NOT do is let one wheel turn only. If one is held, I can't budge the other either.
You guys got me to searching the web and a few Ford message boards indicate that wheels turning opposite direction is a sign of used up clutch plates.

Either the clutch packs are worn or it is an open differential. Usually with a TracLoc even if the clutches are worn, the tires will turn in the same direction when rotated with the car in neutral with the tires off the ground. I really like the car! Good job.