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  • #31
    sals54, just wondering here....couldn't you just "massage" a very small flat top'd bump for the lights to set on to align them straight ? It probably wouldn't have to be very "tall" at all on the front of the bump, and I'm betting no one would ever notice.

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    • #32
      Yeah, maybe. I've been looking at the way they mount to the side of the cowl. I think there might me a way to make a small cut in the opening on the side of the headlight pod which will allow more movement.
      It's another reason for wanting to securely mount all the front end sheet metal cuz the headlights seem to dance around when the car is moving. They are tight to the body, but the body is what is allowing the movement.
      So, if I can remedy both issues, I might have headlights that stay still while driving at night.
      sals54

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      • #33
        Anybody who has dabbled in British car and motorcycles will appreciate;
        "Lightes are so overated!"
        "A gentleman never motors after dark."
        Joseph Lucas, the prince of darkness.

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        • #34
          Cross-eyed lights? You sure the LEFT is on the LEFT and the RIGHT is on the Right?

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          • #35
            Originally posted by junior View Post
            Looking good Sal...but tubs...what are tubs???
            Tubs are when you cut into the body so you can fit wider tires on the rear axle. The wider the tire the more traction you get when you take off....
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            1949 Studebaker 2R5 half ton pickup...

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            • #36
              Originally posted by thom View Post
              Let me be the first to offer some static then. Shame on you.
              You don't need to justify what you're doing to him. It's your car and you can modify it any way you want. If he doesn't like it that's just too bad. It's unfortunate that he wasn't mature enough to keep his negative opinion to himself. Keep up the great work....
              1949 Studebaker 2R5 half ton pickup...

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              • #37
                Originally posted by (S) View Post
                Cross-eyed lights? You sure the LEFT is on the LEFT and the RIGHT is on the Right?
                Thanks for that observation. I will check to be sure they are in the correct location. Also need to check the stanchions to be sure they're on the right side. Again, I don't know why car makers do this sort of thing... to make two opposing parts which on the surface, appear to be identical, but yet are just different enough to cause trouble.
                I have a 1969 Pontiac Grand Prix. It has the four headlights up front and each one has a chrome trim around it. Looking at the car from the front, it looks like they are all the same shape, same size, same bezel. But NOOOOOOOOOO, they're not. Each one is its own part number and needs to be placed in the correct spot or they wont screw on. Wierd.
                sals54

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                • #38
                  Originally posted by 50Champ View Post
                  Tubs are when you cut into the body so you can fit wider tires on the rear axle. The wider the tire the more traction you get when you take off....
                  I didn't see this one when it came up. Yeah... we cut into the body, but we also did a 4 link in the rear, which allowed for a narrowing of the frame also. The 37s have a perimeter frame which would not allow for a simple mini tub of the body alone as the frame is as wide as the body in the rear.
                  If you look at the first pictures above, you can see how the frame was cut off, cross member added, and the 4 link added to that narrowed section. We then took the innner fenders which were cut out, added a strip of 4 inches per side then welded the inner fenders back in. It will now allow for wider tires in the rear with or without the rear fenders on the car.
                  Its all part of my evil plan to run it fendered or unfendered. For now... no fenders. So far, so good.
                  sals54

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                  • #39
                    Those have small casting numbers inside, or on the bottom somewhere. The last number tells you - ODD # is LEFT .

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                    • #40
                      Battery is mounted in the trunk, 10 feet of 2 gage cable run to the front for starter. Ran it under the car along the frame rail. Three more ground cables to mount. Engine- frame, body-frame, engine-body. A little overkill perhaps, but not likely to suffer too many short issues.
                      All ignition wiring is setup, new plugs and wires go on next. Might have it started by this Saturday. Can't wait. Open headers will sound pretty good. I'll post video if all goes well. Might post it grenading too, if that happens. We'll see.
                      Last edited by sals54; 08-14-2019, 08:17 PM.
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                      • #41
                        A minor update on the so-called "progress" on the 37. I got the front suspension set up, but am probably going to switch to 2" drop spindles, as its not as low as it needs to be.
                        Also, the front glass is in and I'm working on the rear and door glass as well.
                        And the side engine covers will now stay on, as the look it gives the front end really improves with them installed. They were put in place to ensure that the front grill was mounted correctly, but when I stood back to check it, it was a hallelujah moment. It was just as it needed to be.
                        Next step will be the new headers. Now the car desperately needs fenderwell headers.
                        Also got the slicks back from the tire shop, so they'll go on tonight. I may have to send another picture once those get mounted. It changes the entire look of the car.
                        And lastly.... please, no critique of the "mad scientist" method of my garage mess. It's the only way I can move quickly from one job to the next. I tidy up once a month, whether it needs it or not. (I didn't say clean-up.... just tidy up)
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                        • #42
                          Looking good!
                          Soldier on!
                          HTIH (Hope The Info Helps)

                          Jeff


                          Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please. Mark Twain



                          Note: SDC# 070190 (and earlier...)

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                          • #43
                            Cleaning up is highly overrated, keep on posting.

                            Bob

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                            • #44
                              Well... the slicks are on the car. Temporarily, again. Till a few more things get ironed out. But this is "THE LOOK" that's been desired. A little debate still raging on whether the slicks should be wider, or if they're OK as-is. I hope ya'll enjoy me sharing the journey. It's been quite fun.
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                              • #45
                                How could we not be enjoying your "journey" along with you? This is a great journey. For what it is worth I like the slicks as they are in this picture.
                                Joe Roberts
                                '61 R1 Champ
                                '65 Cruiser
                                Eastern North Carolina Chapter

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