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Forum: Rat Rod & Hot Rod Talk 10-18-2018, 08:10 AM
Replies: 19
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Posted By thom
My '57 150 that will be a two door shortly is...

My '57 150 that will be a two door shortly is going to be a gasser and will have "LONG HARD RIDE" on the quarter panel. Fitting since I have had the car for 45 years, though I have not actually...
Forum: Rat Rod & Hot Rod Talk 10-17-2018, 10:33 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 563
Posted By thom
I have the front spring mounts mocked up and...

I have the front spring mounts mocked up and clamped in place. I will do some trimming and add some gussets when they get welded on.
Forum: Rat Rod & Hot Rod Talk 10-16-2018, 09:08 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 563
Posted By thom
I've made a little more progress. Here's one of...

I've made a little more progress. Here's one of the rear shackles and brackets for the straight front axle. They are now bolted to the frame and will be welded also when I'm sure they are right. Now...
Forum: Rat Rod & Hot Rod Talk 10-08-2018, 05:13 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 563
Posted By thom
new old project

My dad & mom gave me the family car, a '57 Chevy in 1973, when I turned 16. I drove the car to high school and then bought a '40 Chevy coupe with a '57 283 and Muncie 4 speed. I have kept the '57 all...
Forum: Rat Rod & Hot Rod Talk 09-15-2018, 10:42 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 674
Posted By thom
pics..

pics..
Forum: Rat Rod & Hot Rod Talk 09-10-2018, 11:32 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 674
Posted By thom
We had a good time and the Studebaker ran great...

We had a good time and the Studebaker ran great all weekend.
I tried to post some pics but they were rotated 90 degrees left and I said to heck with it.
Forum: Rat Rod & Hot Rod Talk 09-07-2018, 11:57 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 674
Posted By thom
We made it.

Well the wife and I drove the Studebaker 150 miles to the Shades of the Past rod run in Pigeon Forge TN today. We got 17.5 MPH with the 4.3. V6 and 2.90 gears. I kept up withraffic on I40 west and we...
Forum: Rat Rod & Hot Rod Talk 09-04-2018, 08:25 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 834
Posted By thom
I'm trying to consider all my options. I have a...

I'm trying to consider all my options. I have a '91 Caprice wagon with a low mileage 305 and fresh 700 trans. I am looking into the possibility of swapping the '41 Pontiac body onto the Caprice...
Forum: Rat Rod & Hot Rod Talk 09-03-2018, 10:36 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 834
Posted By thom
It was a six. The only thing missing, besides the...

It was a six. The only thing missing, besides the engine and trans is the chrome or stainless molding for the front edge of the hood.
Forum: Rat Rod & Hot Rod Talk 09-01-2018, 09:51 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 834
Posted By thom
The '41 Pontiac. I have the front bumper.

The '41 Pontiac. I have the front bumper.
Forum: Rat Rod & Hot Rod Talk 09-01-2018, 03:37 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 834
Posted By thom
250 six with a 700R4 trans

Anybody running a 250 inline six backed by a 700 trans? I know it will bolt up but I wonder how well it works. I'm thinking about putting the combo in '41 Pontiac sedan with a 10 bolt rearend (don't...
Forum: Rat Rod & Hot Rod Talk 08-31-2018, 01:20 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 532
Posted By thom
One thing that I have found that everyone should...

One thing that I have found that everyone should know about the Volare swaps is the ride height should be set up with the suspension set at factory adjustment when doing the install. Some will tell...
Forum: Rat Rod & Hot Rod Talk 08-26-2018, 08:30 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 532
Posted By thom
'56 F100 Panel truck decisions

I have been busy getting my '55 Studebaker truck going for a while. All along I have been planning to restart on my '56 F100 Panel truck as soon as the Studebaker was going, to be my daily driver....
Forum: Rat Rod & Hot Rod Talk 08-16-2018, 07:41 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,396
Posted By thom
I actually took everything back apart and drilled...

I actually took everything back apart and drilled a couple more holes for the linkage to connect to, so I would have full travel on the wipers. I figured out the wiring. Of the three wires, one is...
Forum: Rat Rod & Hot Rod Talk 08-14-2018, 02:22 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,396
Posted By thom
My wiper conversion is now complete, except for...

My wiper conversion is now complete, except for mounting a switch and connecting the wires. I might do some more trimming on the aluminum mounting bracket and will probably paint it black. I have run...
Forum: Rat Rod & Hot Rod Talk 08-13-2018, 10:29 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,396
Posted By thom
I was not satisfied with the performance, or the...

I was not satisfied with the performance, or the lack thereof, of the vacuum motor so I have now converted to electric by using the rear wiper motor from a '91 Chevy Caprice.
I made a mounting...
Forum: Rat Rod & Hot Rod Talk 08-09-2018, 04:56 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,396
Posted By thom
I actually just got mine working earlier today so...

I actually just got mine working earlier today so I haven't driven in the rain yet. I hope that my good running 4.3 v6 makes more vacuum than the original inline six. I tried holding the lever on the...
Forum: Rat Rod & Hot Rod Talk 08-09-2018, 02:28 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,396
Posted By thom
I have working wipers!

I cleaned and regreased the vacuum wiper motor on my '55 Studebaker truck and they work great. I replaced the blades with new ones from NAPA.
Forum: Rat Rod & Hot Rod Talk 08-01-2018, 04:57 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 448
Posted By thom
I can get to the connection without dropping the...

I can get to the connection without dropping the tank. I found the wire almost broken at the tank connection so I replaced the end. The gauge read again, but not correctly.Then I discovered that my...
Forum: Rat Rod & Hot Rod Talk 08-01-2018, 04:48 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 541
Posted By thom
That style would be hard to use on mine as the...

That style would be hard to use on mine as the original shift tube is on top of the actual column.
Forum: Rat Rod & Hot Rod Talk 07-31-2018, 08:48 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 541
Posted By thom
Thanks. I had seen those. I plan to go to the...

Thanks. I had seen those. I plan to go to the Shades of the Past rod-run in Pigeon Forge TN in a few weeks. There will be plenty of suppliers there. I can probably find something then.
Forum: Rat Rod & Hot Rod Talk 07-31-2018, 06:00 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 541
Posted By thom
gear indicator

I have a 400TH trans in my '55 Studebaker truck. I reused the original '55 steering column, wheel, and column shift lever. I like that the truck looks original on the inside. I would like to have a...
Forum: Rat Rod & Hot Rod Talk 07-31-2018, 05:50 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,143
Posted By thom
For the time being, I take several medications...

For the time being, I take several medications because of my serious accident last July. I think some of the meds make me less tolerant of the heat. At least it never bothered me so much before. Then...
Forum: Rat Rod & Hot Rod Talk 07-28-2018, 02:56 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,143
Posted By thom
I think that I will find one of the old school...

I think that I will find one of the old school under-dash a/c units to put in my Studebaker. I have never actually had one, in a vehicle, but rode in a few cars and/or trucks in the past that had...
Forum: Rat Rod & Hot Rod Talk 07-27-2018, 02:14 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 417
Posted By thom
Shades of the Past in Pigeon Forge TN in Sept

Anybody on here going? I plan to and we have motel reservations. I don't know if we will drive the '55 Studebaker truck or our '40 Chevy sedan.[S
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