55 GASSER FINAL BUILD...... (Page 2)

UPDATE #3 (for this page): Got the hood "Finished"...... Tried something different, hung it up and "Ospho'd" it (treated it with a phosphoric acid solution), letting it run down the hood in streams, kept adding more, after a bit washing it off with clean water, and letting it dry in the sun. Then warming it up a bit with a propane torch, letting that cool off, and then clear coating it with a satin finish. Here's two shots, start and finish. Let's see how long it lasts....

You'll notice above that the 'bird' is missing it's "winglets", one was busted off, so trimmed 'em both down flat and sanded it a bit. Will finish it smooth later, paint it glossy black, and see who notices it...

Hey, it's the "streamlined" look, right???

UPDATE #2 (this page): Tested the fan control thermostats I had on hand, neither of them worked when in the rear port of the intake manifold, I suspect an air bubble was causing them to not function, as they closed and grounded out the circuit just fine when tested in this old American Racing wheel cup with a propane torch to heat up the water. Closed at 185, opened back up at 165 according to the thermometer I had.

Now that I have the wiring for the dash completed, all the dash gages are functional, the seat harnesses are in for the front seat (the passenger's harness is a "donation" of an out-of-date set from a fellow racer....), it's really starting to look like a real hot rod....

I will get those original '55 dash instruments functional and back in...

Meanwhile, I got a panhard bar from Speedway for the front axle, it was moving side to side a little too much for my comfort. As the cross steer drag link is 35" long, and I like to match that with a panhard bar the same length and parallel to it, I had to extend this 27" bar 8". Had some heavy wall tubing the same diameter as the panhard bar, so cut it, clamped it in some angle iron to keep it straight while tacking it together, and welded it up. Had previously done the same thing for a rear panhard bar.....





UPDATE #1 (this page): A buddy took some cell phone pix of a pasture run today, just trying to warm up the motor to do some timing and carb tuning and test the new thermostat switch to see if it would come on. Not a lot but you get the idea....





First Post for Page 2: Working on getting all the final details together to make this car safe, solid and street legal. Seat belts, final wiring, tuning, and mufflers....

Started off this week with getting the 5 point harnesses in. I have one current set for me for the driver's seat, and three more that were donated by my buddies to put in the other three positions (back seat as well as front seat). These are dated and good for two years at the track, then the NHRA rules require that they be sent back for recertification or replaced with a new current set.....

Made up a cardboard template for the shifter boot, and my buddy Larry sewed up the boot using the same vinyl we covered the seats with. I have to make up a plate to screw it down to the floor....

Also put in a vent hose on the fuel cell. On advice from other racers, I routed it with a loop, then vented it into the space in front of the rear taillight. I also put an orifice in the final fitting, about 1/16"....

Glued a piece of aluminum in this fitting, drilled with a 1/16" hole, and screwed it onto the threaded end inside the body space behind the taillight....

More later, here's some links to other pages on this project site....

The First Run! (page 1)

The Final Assembly! (page 1)

Assembling The Blower Motor (page 5)

Assembling The Blower Motor (page 4)

Assembling The Blower Motor (page 3)

Assembling The Blower Motor (page 2)

Reworking an Olds 425 to take a 6-71 huffin on it. (Page 1)

Some Interior Views, Seats Modified and Upholstered!!!

Fabbing A Pair Of Drive Shaft Safety Hoops

Working On The Fuel System

Patching Up Some Of The Sheet Metal Holes.....

Building A Set Of Fenderwell Headers....

Adding A Front Sway Bar......

Twelve Point Cage Build Coming Along, Finally Done....

Dog Dish Hubcaps? Air Filter Rain Covers? Looks Good To Me........

Setting Up The Rear Axle and Suspension page 2

Setting Up The Rear Axle and Suspension page 1

Cutting A Hole In The Hood, and Setting The Fenders....

Installing The Radiator

Setting Up The Tilt Front End

Setting Up The Steering and Suspension 2

Setting Up The Steering and Suspension

Setting Up The Front Axle 2

Setting Up The Front Axle 1

The Mad Frame Whacker Attacks......

Starting to Fit Parts Here and There

Narrowing The Front Axle

Found This Ford F100 Front Axle

Trial fit for the 6-71, a Don Hampton special.

Pulled apart a '67 Olds 400 motor for spare parts.....

Did Some Porting Work on some Edelbrock Olds Heads

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