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  • Re: 1940 Ford Sedan - it's the wife's turn!

    Looks like it will add strength. Remember the Bell 47 made famous by M*A*S*H?

    Awesome! Makes me feel better...if it was good enough for the military...

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      It took some "prep work", but we have the engine and transmission sitting in the chassis. I will say this - removing the center between the "X" brace was a chore! Those rivets are MEAN!

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      Needed to trim the "X" brace on both sides. We clearance the driver side a little more for shift linkage etc. Will need to do the bottom as well, but hopefully not as much. Once it's done, I'll add some bracing to strengthen it.

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      My cousin's son got some shop time as well! He is eager to learn and enjoyed throwin' some sparks! Look spretty good.

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      Now I need to check the driveline angles and adjust from there. When it is set, we'll make the transmission mount.
      Last edited by BFXJason; August 5th, 2019, 09:06 AM.

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        I did take him ^^^^ for a ride in Dad's old Falcon...helped with the "inspiration" hehehe

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          Love to see youngun's learning hand skills. Too many just push phone buttons.

          Dan

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            Love to see youngun's learning hand skills. Too many just push phone buttons.

            Dan
            Yep - he told me last night he is looking forward to school next year so he can sign up for shop class. Made me proud.

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            • Re: 1940 Ford Sedan - it's the wife's turn!

              Give that boy a hug from Grandpa Dan!

              Dan

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                Give that boy a hug from Grandpa Dan!

                Dan
                Will do!

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                • Re: 1940 Ford Sedan - it's the wife's turn!

                  Rear 4 link and cross-member is in place. Very happy how it turned out! The guys at Chassis Engineering made a great set-up!

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                  • Re: 1940 Ford Sedan - it's the wife's turn!

                    What’s the plan for the 64 Galaxie?
                    Jim & Cathy North Mankato, MN Long Haulers '04,07,08,09,10,11,12,13,14 Short Haul '05,'15,'17,’19 WST '14,'15,'16,'17

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                      The Galaxie was my first car - bought it when I was 12, fixed it up and drove it through high school. Afterwards I took it apart and it has not been on the road since. That was a LONG time ago.

                      I plan on getting back to it after the '40. It will be a street car, but have a complete tube chassis - 31X18.00R20's on the back and 26X8.00R18's up front. The rear suspension is a ladder bar / coil over set-up. I want it to be a reliable and comfortable driver with power steering, power windows, air, etc.

                      As far as power? It had a 390/C6 combo in high school. It may be old school, but I still have a 390. Thinking about updating it, using a stroker kit, dual quads, maybe FI, maybe a Procharger?? The trans will be a stick...maybe a 6 speed?

                      Still a long way to go. Want to get it done before I retire...that way I can focus on the race car...

                      I think I need another hobby...hehehehe

                      Good thing I have a patient wife...which is why I'm building this '40 for her.

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                      • Re: 1940 Ford Sedan - it's the wife's turn!

                        Lookin' good!
                        Ed, Mary, & 'Earl'
                        HRPT LongHaulers, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19.


                        Inside every old person is a young person wondering, "what the hell happened?"

                        The man at the top of the mountain didn't fall there. -Vince Lombardi

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                          Thanks!

                          Givin the welder a workout! hehehehehe

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                            Your shop is really clean. If I was welding that much there would be 6" of grinding dust on the floor.
                            Ed, Mary, & 'Earl'
                            HRPT LongHaulers, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19.


                            Inside every old person is a young person wondering, "what the hell happened?"

                            The man at the top of the mountain didn't fall there. -Vince Lombardi

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                              Your shop is really clean. If I was welding that much there would be 6" of grinding dust on the floor.
                              Thank you but I think my wife might say otherwise! hehehe

                              Some days it feels like tools and parts are everywhere... One year she bought me (8) tape measures for Christmas to help me save time from wondering around the shop looking for one. She also keeps buying me extra wrenches for the same reason...you can never have too many - right?

                              BTW - Last year she bought me a shop vac...for the welding dust....

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                                It's amazing how many hours you can spend working on something, but it's hard to tell what progress has been made???

                                Before I fabbed up the transmission mount, I wanted to get the X-brace secured. In order to do that I needed to box in the frame....however, before I boxed in the frame, I needed to weld in the cage nuts. At some point I plan to run a fuel line and battery cable though a portion of the boxed section. Concerned I would snag, or worse, run a bolt through one of them, I came up with this solution. Hopefully it will prevent any damage.

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                                Frame boxed and X-brace secure. I will finish boxing it once I finish cutting and moving the rear rails.

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                                While I was working on the frame rails I had the housing narrowed and plugged the rear drain hole. It came out of a '64 Ford Galaxie, it had to be narrowed A LOT!

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                                31 spline Moser axles in place...

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                                I bought a blank transmission mount knowing some modification would be required. With the engine/transmission at the proper angle, the top piece would not clear. No big deal, but I'm guessing I'll need to modify the transmission tunnel. Again, not a major obstacle.

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                                The lower plate was blank so I made up a riser to meet the trans mount.

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                                After all was said and done, I think it worked out well?

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                                I know the X-brace in this car is pretty stout, and the trimming to clear the transmission probably would not hurt anything, but it was bugging me. There were some bolt holes just sitting there, so I made up a plate, bolted it to the X-brace, welded it to the top plate, and used a diagonal tube between the two. This is all one piece with the upper plate and adds extra support near the transmission mount itself. Again, probably not needed, but I feel better now....hehehe

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                                Mocked up the tires and wheels...just for fun. Next step...cutting the rear rails and moving them in...big step!

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                                Last edited by BFXJason; September 9th, 2019, 08:56 AM.

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