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Old 10-28-2020, 06:07 AM
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A friend of a friend contacted me a while back, wondering if I'd be interested in what he described as, "just a reassembly". It's an older build and had been stored for 25+ years. Obviously it didn't run, and the new owner gave it to someone else to tear it apart. The motor went to my friend for rebuild, and the shell went to a body shop for new paint. I went and looked at the car, pre-covid, with the understanding that I'd be getting the car sometime in March. That plan didn't work out for him, and I got the car at the end of August. In hindsight, the timing couldn't have worked out better for me, as now I have the whole winter to put it back together....good thing, because "reassembly" was very optimistic. The more I dig into this car, the more I need to fix. The new owner opted to change from a T400 to a 700r4, so I had to install a new crossmember. The car isn't square enough for my liking, so I've been wrestling with that as well. I've decided that I have to skew the rear end in the leaf springs a little better than 1/4" in order to get it to track well. Does anyone have any comment on that? I'll add pictures shortly.
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Old 10-28-2020, 06:18 AM
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This is when the car arrived in Aug.
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Old 10-28-2020, 06:53 AM
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I did a quick refresh on the front end paint.
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Old 10-28-2020, 06:57 AM
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Installed a new fuel cell.
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Old 10-28-2020, 07:21 AM
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That's gonna be nice! You should be able to get the drive train square enough by triangulation.
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Old 10-28-2020, 07:31 AM
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Cool winter project Bill
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Old 10-28-2020, 08:00 AM
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looks really good!!
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Old 10-28-2020, 10:24 AM
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Nice!! Looks like you can put some seriously big meats on the back.
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Old 10-28-2020, 10:41 AM
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Cool car. Nice color. Good luck with it.
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Old 10-28-2020, 11:00 AM
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Great project Bill! Tell me you're going to fill those tubs with rubber and put a Big Block Chevy in it... please?

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I've decided that I have to skew the rear end in the leaf springs a little better than 1/4" in order to get it to track well. Does anyone have any comment on that?
I'll babble some... the easiest "fix" would be to offset one of the lowering blocks, assuming they're drilled on center now, but wait, there's more...

I'm always wary of previous work, so I'd be measuring, measuring, measuring the chassis for square and level, especially to check the clip job. If the clip is crooked, fix it before you do anything else...

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