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Old 08-07-2015, 12:28 AM
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Default '56 Ford Club Sedan Mild Custom

I was out of commission for almost a year and a half with a very unstable and painful knee. I did do some work on my '26 Dodge coupe, but always paid the price for any time in the garage. After I traded the coupe for a '56 Ford club sedan, it got to the point that I didn't even start on it because it hurt too much. When the Federal Worker's Comp finally denied paying for surgery, I did it on my personal insurance. I wish I had done that back in 2013! My knee has healed up very quickly, and I am back to full duties at work. Although the bills from the surgery have us strapped for cash, I decided to get busy on the Ford, doing as much as I can on limited funds. I took off the hood, front bumper, radiator, all superfluous sheetmetal in preparation for pulling the engine (390 FE) and trans (Tremec 3550) so I can replace the front suspension with a Camaro subframe. I got all of this, along with removing the starter (what a hassle!), exhaust manifolds, and all the wiring and associated stuff. I've posted some progress pics and hope to update the progress and pics as I go, but history has shown me to not be great at build threads. Sorry for the book-length post, but I wanted to get some of the background out there before I started.
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Old 08-07-2015, 03:07 AM
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Good to see you back in action Anml. Ford had tri-fives too.
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Old 08-07-2015, 07:13 AM
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Nice! I'll follow along.
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Old 08-07-2015, 07:16 AM
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Good to see you back in action Anml. Ford had tri-fives too.
^^^^^^ x's2 One of my favorite year Fords.
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Old 08-07-2015, 01:03 PM
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My first car was a '56 Ford Club Sedan. It had all the chrome, a Sparkomatic shifter, J C Whitney pleated seat covers, reversed chromies and Walker Continentals. 312, 3 speed OD. I got real good at replacing cluster gears in the damned transmission! This is my fourth '56, and I had a '55, a '54, and a '55 Merc Montclair, too. I guess it's true; everything runs in cycles.
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Old 08-07-2015, 07:53 PM
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Well, the engine is out, and all of the front sheetmetal is gone. Man, what a hassle, grinding off bolts when the little confined nut is rusted so badly that everything just spins! I'm really glad I'm not worried about re-attaching body parts to the original mounts.
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Old 08-07-2015, 10:19 PM
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Allright, back in action!!
Love these Fords, grew up riding in the back of a 56 sedan delivery.
I see it's got the usual frame rot thats been patched, the Camaro sub should be an improvement - are you keeping the 390 in it?
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Old 08-07-2015, 11:11 PM
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I'm more of a corner burner than a drag racer...I think the Camaro sub will help a lot in the handling department. And I got it for free! I'm pretty sure I'll be putting a 302 in it, looking for better mileage and less weight on the front end. I've also got a Ford Explorer rear axle with 3.73 gears and disk brakes to put in it.
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Old 08-07-2015, 11:17 PM
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A couple pics of today's progress.
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Old 08-09-2015, 04:40 PM
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Well, now I'm committed.. I got the trans out, had to cut the crossmember and trans mount out because they were welded to the frame. There is(was) some scary stuff going on with this car! I pulled the steering column, the steering box, got the initial cut done on the frame. Now to level/plumb everything and make the final cuts in preparation for installing the Camaro front stub. Not a bad weekend's work for an old fat guy. I think I'll put the new windshield in before I start installing the engine and trans.. So far all the windshields I've found are somewhere far enough away that they need shipped. The shipping is more than the price of the windshield!
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