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Old 09-10-2021, 09:53 AM
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Default The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Wednesday I drove around the neighborhood in ever increasing circles. About ten miles.
It ran good enough that I chanced going to Gruber's Thursday afternoon. It was well received by the guys. Lots of questions. Minnesota Nice was prevalent cuz nobody criticized it.

The Good: It moves under its own power, quickly. Visibility is good. Interior room is fine. Steering is good. Ride is smooth on smooth roads. It's loud but I'm half deaf so I like it. The noise doesn't reverberate in the cab. No leaks. No overheating.

The Bad: It rides rough on rough roads. It has a little bump steer, which I expected. Brakes need adjusting. There is a shudder under semi hard acceleration. Feels like it is in the converter. The 4,000 stall Hughes 9" converter was a $90 swap meet purchase. It most likely is damaged goods. Don't want that much stall on the street although it isn't too bad. Switches are in an awkward place. Shocks and rear springs are too stiff.

The Ugly: There's overspray all over it from other projects. It is out of proportion. The front axle needs to come back, which isn't all that simple.

It will stay as is for now. I have other winter projects pending.
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Old 09-10-2021, 11:31 AM
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Love everything about this little car!
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Old 09-10-2021, 11:44 AM
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It's always a great feeling when you have confidence in your new build.👍👍
My 29 Essex Build http://ratrodsrule.com/forum/showthread.php?t=34026

Don't give up, it's far too much fun once you can drive it.
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Old 09-10-2021, 12:30 PM
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That's not too bad of a punch list.
The axle being too far out front is the same mistake I made with my 33 Pontiac, never did like the look.
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Old 09-10-2021, 12:41 PM
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He's rockin' the "Nuttin Special"!
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Mostly good news on a 1st trip! That's good news...
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Old 09-10-2021, 01:42 PM
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Location: Portland, OR
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I'm with smallfoot. And it ain't like its ugly or anything as is.
39 Ford PU Build. http://ratrodsrule.com/forum/showthread.php?t=36459
1928 Ford Tudor Build http://ratrodsrule.com/forum/showthread.php?p=538231#post538231
The thing about a '39 Ford pick-up is that that ugly grille kinda' grows on ya' after a while.

Not taking anything too seriously.
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Old 09-10-2021, 05:44 PM
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A little long in front, but not much. Probably helps handling being longer. Might be squirrelly if it was shorter.
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Old 09-10-2021, 07:56 PM
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Looks good in that picture.
Great that you got to take it out for a ride.
Iím jealous.😎😎😎😎😎😎
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Old 09-11-2021, 06:34 AM
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There's no better feeling than those first few rides. And you forgot one other "good" - the door art!
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Old 09-11-2021, 02:14 PM
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Looks good !!
I'll let you know about short and squirrel later.

I'm with Torchie "Iím jealous.😎😎😎😎😎😎"
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