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  • Another modified M5 is coming together

    My friend Art has been working on his 47 M5 project for a couple years now.
    A SBC with an Olds rear was installed back in the 70's but it never had a good restoration.
    It then passed through a couple of owners and returned to the kid (now in his 50's) who dropped in the SBC but, at that point, it was in multiple pieces and without engine.
    After a couple of years he determines he hasn't the ability to recapture his youth and this project is not going to happen.


    Enter my friend Art who had been actively seeking an M5 project. This one was truly in baskets.


    He wants Stude power and we just happened to have a rebuilt 259 that's been looking for a nest. He added the Edelbrock 4bbl. Also went with a 700R4 trans.
    The frame was stripped and he decided he wanted power discs and power steering. We happened to have a front suspension sectioned from a Camaro frame, so the Stude frame was cut and the complete Camaro sectioned in. He'll keep the Olds rear.
    Of course he needed Vintage Air A/C. He found a radiator custom made for a Stude Commander with oil cooler and A/C condenser built in.
    EZ Wiring harness and EZ Wiring electric wiper kit, Auto Meter gages, S10 leather bucket seats.


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    As the project continues to come together, the fact that most everything is being re-engineered and the fact that a lot of those little essential pieces are missing from the baskets have not deterred him.
    He is bound and determined to be driving this before it must be put away for the winter.


    A civil engineer by profession, this automotive stuff is always just one step beyond him but, he continues to learn; as do I.
    "All attempts to 'rise above the issue' are simply an excuse to avoid it profitably." --Dick Gregory

    Brad Johnson, SDC since 1975, ASC since 1990
    Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
    sigpic'33 Rockne 10, '51 Commander Starlight, '53 Commander Starlight "Désirée"

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    You have got to love those M Series Trucks. 60,000 miles on mine in 6 years. Going to Yakima Washington this week. Will be another 1500 miles on it when I return next monday night.
    Good Roads
    Brian
    Brian Woods
    woodysrods@shaw.ca
    1946 M Series (Shop Truck)

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