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Re: '56 Ford pickup project
« Reply #25 on: June 06, 2019, 04:16:13 AM »
WOW that's looking sharp.
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Re: '56 Ford pickup project
« Reply #26 on: June 06, 2019, 06:02:14 AM »
I am going to secretly make a recording of Blackwater in one of his moods.  About 30 seconds of it should get me banned from Facebook for life.

Here are a few photos of the gas tank fill and the new tank.   https://photos.app.goo.gl/qweQ6uw3i2xfWDVaA

now as to me getting frustrated or mad. . . . nah, maybe a bit of momentary peturbation, nothing more.

Now if he hands me the wrong wrench . . .  I can promise this, I will piss in his yard!



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Re: '56 Ford pickup project
« Reply #27 on: June 07, 2019, 04:39:09 AM »
Looking good again today! 8) 8) 8) I usually kick my"help" out of my shop when things get bad. My wife has be permanently banned.  :o Hahaha You know how that went over.  ;D
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Re: '56 Ford pickup project
« Reply #28 on: June 07, 2019, 05:29:10 AM »
My wife never comes to the garage she does not want to know the money I am spending nor do I want her to no lol :)

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Re: '56 Ford pickup project
« Reply #29 on: June 08, 2019, 08:15:29 PM »
The wife visits often.  She'll walk the dog and come and see me most afternoons.  She used to spin a pretty mean wrench, herself!!

Anyhow, we got the fuel lines and fuel pump installed today..  Some of that braided hose stuff is really a pain!!  Also got the power steering hoses made and plumbed.  I built a bracket for the bottom of the steering column, but we ran out of time to install it today and Jeff got the locking drawer built of under the seat.  It needs paint and maybe a vinyl wrap and it's ready to go in too!

There are several little brackets, a pair of rear spring shackles, and some fasteners that are in route that we need to finish up the suspension.  The fuel system is now complete.  The A/C is sitting in the bed of the truck, awaiting its turn in the construction order.

We MIGHT ease it around on its own power tomorrow!!
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Re: '56 Ford pickup project
« Reply #30 on: June 15, 2019, 07:47:06 PM »
We drove it down the street last night.  It drives pretty good according to Jeff.  I was a little too dirty to drive it.  We replaced the original rear spring shackles with new, longer ones that don't over center when you lift the rear end off the ground!  Lowered it about an inch and it probably improved the ride.  Of course, ANYTHING would have improved the ride.

Brake lines are now secured and brackets for the front brake hoses have been installed. We did spot a couple of VERY small power steering fluid leaks, but they only needed the fluid lines tightened.  Steering works really well, especially compared to what came on the truck.

We loaded it up this morning and took it to the muffler shop.  they put together a neat. clean system that is tucked up nicely into the truck, unlike the abortion that was on it when we picked it up.  We were able to re-use the mufflers and the collector flanges.  The rest was replaced.  The owner wanted electrically controlled exhaust cut-outs installed so that he could be LOUD when he wanted to.  The new system looks and sound MUCH better and clears everything well.

I've added some new pics.  When you look at where the pipe passes the starter, don't be fooled.  There's a lot more room than it looks like.  Some of the pics aren't my best, but if you look closely, you'll see in another photo that the pipe misses the starter pretty well.  The shop will post a video of the job on their U-Tube channel first of the week.  Check back in a couple of days and I'll add a link to their video!
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Re: '56 Ford pickup project
« Reply #31 on: June 16, 2019, 07:53:51 AM »
Looks good
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Re: '56 Ford pickup project
« Reply #32 on: June 17, 2019, 05:52:42 PM »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sgmt7dtTnkg

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Now to deal with the few remaining issues and get her done!

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Re: '56 Ford pickup project
« Reply #33 on: June 21, 2019, 05:16:48 PM »
Got the first road test on the little pickup in today.  I drove it over to the alignment shop that we use.  These folks have done my front end work for nearly 40 years! Everything from Lockjaw and Jeff's yellow mustang to my super gas and super comp drag cars, a couple of which have passed 200mph.  These are the people that i go to.  It now drives like a new, late model car.  Nice and tight and good road feel without any harsh or abrupt motion.

I raised the front, (put about 3/4" in the front shocks) and went over a bunch of the little things that needed correcting.  I had to remove the shocks when I realized that the inner adjusting sleeves had been installed upside down.  I'd just rolled the adjustment up on the passenger side shock when the bottom lock ring popped off.  The spring relaxed radically.  When I found the problem, I checked the other side and sure enough the ring had NOTHING to hold it in place but HOPE!!  What's an extra hour out of my day??  Pulled 'em both and put it to rights!!  Gotta' watch closely for that kind of thing...

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Re: '56 Ford pickup project
« Reply #34 on: July 01, 2019, 10:15:53 AM »
More extensive road test yesterday.  Almost completely positive.  Ride is substantially improved, steering is quick and feedback is good.  Handling is much improved. Brakes are plenty strong, but sensitive.  A few minor leaks we expected, should be ready to wrap up the remainder of the work and start the AC install in the next few days.

Truck had no trouble cruising at 95 mph, was completely smooth and comfortable with more to go.  Never ran hot, Oil pressure stayed up throughout and even the voltage gauge was holding steady at 14 for the most part.  Put a good 40+ miles on it.

Overall a very good test.  Blackwater has out done himself.

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