After many years of buying and
selling of good hotrod canditates,I´ve finaly found what I´ve been looking
for,a -32 Ford Pickup body as a base for my project,body was purchased in Baxter,MN,via
an Ebay auction.My Buddy Mitch picked it up at Kurts, and have just crated it
for transport to Nordtrafik´s terminal in Chicago.So it will hopefully be here
in late April.Thanks to Mitch Zych and Ed Haig for helping me out with
shipping.The car you see here is the car that really made me dicide on a pu
body.if anyone knows or are the owner of this one, please contact me.
This is how it looks now?I personally
think it was cooler in red primer,but opinions vary.
Below is the cab for my project,here
it is in Mopar Mitch´s garage,waiting for further shipping to Chicago and then
to Sweden,there´s a lot of work to be done,but all replacement panels needed is
body is now residing in my shed waiting for the new space to be cleared in the
Inside the cab,some rust here, but you
can´t expect a 72 year old cab to be much better than this.
This side probably been standing
facing the sun for 30 years or so,not much paint left
Now on to the engine,this one came
from a 1955 new yorker,and displaces 331 cui,it produced 250hp in its day.
I bought this engine from
Richard"Warlock" Thelin,as he needed money for a tube chassis
cuda-65,so it was with a tear in his eye he let it go,plans include the
edelbrock log manifold you see in the pic´s,and 6 holley 94´s,the carbs in the
pic was sold,´cause I found out that overhauled carbs was available at a decent
price.I´m going to bore the block0.127 to get 354 size bores,if the block is
thick enough,I will have it sonic checked first.Crank will probably be a welded
stroker,with 1/2" stroke,wich will produce a 4,125 stroke total,engine
displacement will be just over 402cui,I will get H-beam rods from HotHeads,and
the pistons will be Forged Ross slugs,Hopefully I will get a custom grind roller
cam,and projected Hp will be 500 or so.If you have roller lifters for this
engine laying around,I would be interested in buying them.
Here´s a wilcap front cover I
bought,it has a very rough surface,and I started sanding it,and it will be
polished when done.
Her´s a somewhat blurry pic of the
Scintilla/vertex magneto I bought from the same guy that had the wilcap
cover,It´s for a 392, so I´ll have to make an adapter before I can use it.
On to the tranny,I was planning on a manual 833 or
even a 5 speed,but an old 30´s cab does not exactly have the same roominess as
a modern pickup, so an automatic would have been better for driving,but a real
hotrod does have a manual box,what to do?the solution came when I found this
Clutch-flite 727,the clutch kit comes from B&M,but was not in the promised
This is how it looked at arrival,the hydraulic
throwout bearing turned out to be a hydraulic operated clutch fork,so I´ve
bought a hyd-throwout bearing instead.
Close up on the hyd- slave cylinder,not what I
Here you can see the difference between the
standard tailhousing,and the shorty B&M housing,drawbacks is the lack of
speedometer drive, so I´ll have to make an electric one.the shorty axle also
had damage from flexing.so I`ll will have to modify it some,there was no bushing
for the yoke,so all side loads were going through one roller bearing only, not
Because the trans didn´t meet the promised
condition,and was spraycan painted with cromespray,I just had to rip it apart at
once,and I discovered that the pump drive was shot,and the frontcover was
welded.But what can you say,we´re talking about racing stuff that´s over 20
The flywheel that was included was also
shot,someone had turned it down to SB size, and made the press fit for the
starter ring-gear,to small(read,non existent)so someone welded the ringgear on,
and obviously it had come loose,and welded again, and come loose again,talk
about idiots!so I´m looking for a good used flywheel.
Here´s the hydraulic throwout bearing I bought,I
do have to modify it some,due to the big diameter on the pumpdrive assembly,and
I´ll bolt it to the front cover,don´t want any rattling and stuff.
Then on to the chassis and body,the cab is going to
get the top chopped,similar to the -31 on top of the page,the head lights
originaly came from a -40´s fordson truck,an english modell,and I´m looking
for a replacement crome bezel, and an extra glass would also be nice.
Headlightstands where bought from the same guy as
the magneto and front cover,and will get polished before use,cabels will go thru
Not that bad,huh?below are the taillight lenses
from a -62 meteor,and the make -59 caddy lenses look boring.
Mega cool!I´ll make stainless bezels for them as I
don´t have the original ones.
Hopefully this will be eye popping when done.
chassie wise it´ll be a I-beam up front,with split wishbone,or
hairpins,not decided yet though.
First mockup in the garage in june-06
Looking good so far....
Bought tires,21,5x33x15 rears,and 3.00x19 fronts
32 dodge? firewall that I found in the woods on a
destroyed 4dr body.
dash from same car,has kinda the same look as 32
Bad pic of the ´62 volvo truck gauges.
hot tires,cold beer....
Looking good or what?
Dodge? firewall trial fitted on cab,looks almost
like a perfect fit,sometimes you get lucky!had to move the engine forward some,a
little awkward on yor own,I measured the space between the scattershield and
cowl side,and there will be room for my 3 pedals I think.
Dash trial fitted in car,the gauge cluster is
upsidedown in this pic,as I thought it would be easier to read the gauges.but
will turn it around again and trim the edges to tillt it upwards instead.
Thats it for now,check in later as I will update as
soon as there´s any progress.