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Powerflite
Posted 2018-03-04 3:07 PM (#559203 - in reply to #559168)
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Yeah, I had to tighten that oil line fitting a lot to get it to stop leaking. The new exhaust looks funny next to the completely untouched back end of the car. I'm not gonna rebuild or replace the fuel tank until the car is nearly ready to drive. I learned that lesson the hard way. Trying to keep old fuel from going bad is a pain.



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57burb
Posted 2018-03-05 11:25 AM (#559265 - in reply to #559203)
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Congrats, you got a runner!! So how does it sound with all the mystery parts in the engine?

Exhaust looks terrific.
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Powerflite
Posted 2018-03-05 12:39 PM (#559272 - in reply to #529650)
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Thanks Not quite a runner yet, but the motor sounds & feels really STRONG. I can tell immediately that it has high compression because of the way it runs, how responsive it is, and how quickly the battery will die if it doesn't start. And you can always tell when a motor has been balanced because it runs so smooth. I'm really glad I took the time to tear the bottom end apart because it would have been a waste of time to try it as it was, and then tear it apart again. We'll see how the cam feels once I get coolant into it and take a jaunt up the road a bit. I don't hear any lifter noise so that's a good sign that I have the gaps set properly. But, I'm not looking forward to pulling the master so I can adjust them. Hopefully, i can just bend the lines a bit to move it out of the way and then bring it back to position afterward so that I can avoid having to bleed the brakes every time.

Looks like your car is getting pretty close to driving again, which is awesome too! I'm glad to see you get it together again. You're much further along in the paint and interior than I am, but I probably won't wait to get all that squared away first. My first burnout is scheduled before the end of March!
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Powerflite
Posted 2018-03-08 5:24 PM (#559474 - in reply to #529650)
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I installed the core support, horns & radiator and filled it up with coolant. No leaks even under pressure! That nickel welding wire really works well. I supported the core support (& battery) with a couple of brackets since my fenders aren't ready to install yet and I set it up so that I could potentially drive the car this way around my property to get it off my driveway. I really need to work on some of my other cars now to fix a bunch of minor things on them. That blue jug is my 1 gallon fuel tank. No alternator connection yet so I thought it best to remove the belt to it. I'm not sure how the power brakes will work without the tank installed - by just connecting the vacuum directly to the bellows, but I will do some safe test stops on the driveway first. It may just limit my ability to a slow stop until it builds enough vacuum. I was using the dumb looking 6" air filters on it when I dropped one, it rolled down my driveway into the street and a passing car flattened it before I could get to it. I thought I could just buy a replacement at the local store, but it looks like I'll have to order one. Times, they are a changing....

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Powerflite
Posted 2018-03-09 10:15 PM (#559565 - in reply to #529650)
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I got the transmission cooling lines bent up and installed and filled the trans with the extra amount it needed. I also removed the oil pressure line from the motor. Turns out the gauge I had it connected to had stripped threads so it was leaking all over my floors. So I just removed the line and plugged the fitting so that I didn't have to deal with it any more. Then I took the car for a short drive around the block to get it off my driveway and see how it performs. It gave me more trouble than I would have liked because for some reason when I backed down my driveway with the motor turned off, the power steering decided to spew all over the place. Is that normal? Maybe I overfilled it. but it seemed to do fine earlier when I turned the wheels with the motor running. The carbs aren't quite tuned to where they should be yet, but at least they aren't causing blue smoke to come out of the tailpipe any more. I wasn't able to really hit the pedal hard because of worrying about the hood and battery not being well secured, but it did feel quite good when I hit the pedal. The trans works quite well, at least under 35mph, so that's nice. With more tuning and panel assembly, the car should be really fun. But I am going to set it aside for a while until I can take care of the needs of my other cars and get the fenders & door painted & ready to mount back onto it.

The front end is a lot higher than it should be and it's not just because of the missing fenders The motor & trans combo is quite a bit lighter than the original setup so that I currently have less than 1" of gap to the bumper on the upper control arm. But the back end is extra low because of all the stuff I have stashed in the trunk. Once I get the fenders back on and the junk out of the trunk, I will lower the T-bars to adjust it down to where it should be.



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mikes2nd
Posted 2018-03-09 11:34 PM (#559567 - in reply to #529650)
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that's gonna be a mean new Yorker, gonna make me regret not buying it... I had a deposit on it, had a issue with towing and storage and screwed the pooch

its not that bad though, your trunk drops actually exist. That cowl didnt look fun though.

Gonna get my Dodge finally undercoated and on the body soon... Ive been being careful to get everything perfect and kept getting froze out and work is crushing me now.



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57burb
Posted 2018-03-09 11:50 PM (#559568 - in reply to #559567)
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Car looks great, man! Congrats on yard driving It!

Funny that all the aluminum shed enough wait to make the car sit funny. You're so close. Heck, spend a weekend tossing on some fenders and dialing it in, and you got yourself a car.

I actually love the look of the '66 Charger (?) hub cap in the rear. Even with the whitewall. Reminds me of those subtle, gentleman hot rods. Which this is!
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Powerflite
Posted 2018-03-14 11:44 AM (#559869 - in reply to #529650)
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Mike, you should have bought it, then you could be doing all this work on it instead of me! Just kidding, but this car needs a lot more attention than it first seems. It has very little rust in many places, but more rust than you would expect in others. For instance, the rockers, most of the floors & fenders are nearly perfect, which is great, but the cowl, roof, trunk lid, hood and package tray have/had quite a bit of it. There is also some body damage on the left door and left quarter that need attention. Fortunately, I can replace the hood, trunk lid, package tray and left door pretty easily, but there is more work here than I would like there to be. Nevertheless, it is definitely worth it. I've always wanted a black and white car when I first saw a '56 Belvedere painted that way, and the interior fabrics on this car are really awesome when new. This is definitely my favorite car that I own and I intend to keep it until I can't drive anymore. The '58 DeSoto is my wife's favorite, but it needs even more rust repair.

Danny, I decided to go ahead and paint the fenders, door & hood before I put them on. Otherwise, they would end up being in primer for quite a while until I get the rear body work done. By the time that happens, the front end might need a re-paint anyway. So that's going to take a little longer before I can put it back together. I also need to get a longer shift cable made up for it before I can drive it without using vise grips under the dash. A lot of my other cars need attention now too, so it's a good time to take a break on it. Those '66-'68 mag hubcaps are on there only because they are 14" and take up more space to store off the car. Once I get the fenders back on, I will purchase a set of whitewalls on matching wheels and get the hubcaps as I want them.
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DejaVu
Posted 2018-03-15 2:37 AM (#559926 - in reply to #529650)
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The car looks really good now, thanks for sharing your tips and experiences. I look forward to the next installment!
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Powerflite
Posted 2018-10-24 12:11 PM (#572283 - in reply to #529650)
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I bought these nice '56 New Yorker hubcaps from Ebay, mainly to just get the nearly new looking plastic emblems from them. But I am thinking these hubcaps could look really nice on these cars and they are 15". If I were to black out the middle ring, it could look even better and more reminiscent of the '57 New Yorker cap style. They might even look nice if you painted them silver or body color too. I just need more of these emblems to pull it off!

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mikes2nd
Posted 2018-10-24 1:02 PM (#572288 - in reply to #529650)
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yeah that would look sweet, its hard to find them with good emblems in the middle. Nice score.

I also really like those hubcaps and they are 15 inchers.
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57burb
Posted 2018-10-24 1:29 PM (#572290 - in reply to #572288)
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I like those far better than the stock caps anyhow. Steve (aka Leadfoot1000) put a set of '50 New Yorker hub caps on his, and I like that too.



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1960fury
Posted 2018-10-24 2:55 PM (#572298 - in reply to #529650)
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Very nice!
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Powerflite
Posted 2018-10-24 3:22 PM (#572299 - in reply to #529650)
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I agree! I had the opportunity to see Steve's car in person a couple of weeks ago and it's a really nice looking car. I am very jealous, and wish mine was as close as his is to enjoying it.
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Leadfoot1000
Posted 2018-10-25 12:21 AM (#572325 - in reply to #572290)
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"I like those far better than the stock caps anyhow. Steve (aka Leadfoot1000) put a set of '50 New Yorker hub caps on his, and I like that too."

Funny you mentioned that Danny, my wife and I were sitting in the garage a few days ago and I showed her the black photo shopped photo of your car. She say's, "why didn't you get wheels like that for your car, they look better than yours." Grrrr, She's right, for a low black car they're perfect IMO. I had considered them for my car when I was wheel shopping, but I liked the idea of trying different caps and didn't think they were the best match for the green paint. I took out the new yorker emblem on the rear caps and replaced them with bullets. I kinda like them. I don't like the caps currently on the front of my car and I'm working on a couple different replacements now.



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