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Username Post: 55 Sport Coupe - 396 LT1 - T56        (Topic#292613)
Badger56 
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04-18-14 07:47 PM - Post#2445799    
    In response to Rick_L

Thanks. I just bought a t56 and escalade lq9 for my car and wondered how much work I have ahead of me



 

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04-26-14 08:31 PM - Post#2447932    
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Got mine fitted in there without having to cut the tunnel, but will have to do the forward mount setup on the shifter.

I think the motor mounts I used set the motor down pretty low, and I pushed the tranny up as high as I could, and set the tranny crossmember mount. Have not measured the driveshaft angle back to the rear yet.

Am dealing with some early Harley Panhead issues at the moment, will get back to this one soon....l
Aloha,
Willy



 
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04-27-14 04:11 PM - Post#2448194    
    In response to 2Loose

i appreciate you ongoing post and photos of the build.


Mike


 
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04-27-14 07:37 PM - Post#2448236    
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My '58 pro street truck I finished in '98 blew the TH400, so had to pull and rebuild that, just got it running today.

My '55 gasser setup (blown Olds, 5sp Doug Nash) blew 2nd gear, rebuilt that, then blew the input shaft gear a week later, just got the parts for that, so now have to get that back on the road (Richmond Gear street 5 speed parts fit my Doug Nash 5 spd).

My three Harleys, a '59, a '60, and a '62 all need attention, just picked up a crate full of parts at a swap meet while visiting in Seattle, so back on those too right now. Good thing I'm "Retired"....

I'll be back on this one soon...
Willy



 
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04-28-14 10:14 AM - Post#2448381    
    In response to 2Loose

Willy, good thing you have nice weather, sounds like you were walking!

Robert


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07-06-14 10:37 PM - Post#2467168    
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I got both trucks, the 55 4x, the 58 pro street, and the 55 gasser all running again...
YaHoo....

Now to work on the 55 Sport Coupe and the panheads for awhile...

Put a 1350 pinion yoke on the rear end, and measured the old driveshaft from the gasser to be shortened. Sent it to Strange, they will put on a front 1350 trans yoke for the GM T56, and cut and weld on a new 1350 rear yoke to fit the pinion yoke.

Then pulled the motor/tranny out so I could finish welding the motor mounts in, do some mods on the firewall to provide more clearance for the valve covers, cleaning smoothing and painting.

Yesterday pulled the T56 apart and swapped out the main shifter shaft for a modified shifter shaft from Keisler Engineering that I've had around for awhile. The new forward position of the shifter will clear the bench seat in my '55.

Wrote it up and it is here (Link) if you want a look...

Some highlights:
Pulled the rear tailshaft housing off, it also houses the reverse gear set and the 5th and 6th gear sets...


Removed all the gears in this portion of the case, reverse, 6th and 5th, then pulled the main gear case off the front trans plate:


One of the guys in our crew hauled home that "Wombat" sign from a recent trip "down under", no we don't have wombats on Maui....


You can see the long shifter shaft, it runs the full length of the gearbox. I pulled it out and installed the modified shaft I got from Keisler Engineering, which splits the shaft in half at the appropriate spot under the forward case inspection hole, and puts a piece of hardware in that will accept a new shifter and operate all six gears and reverse properly...

Unfortunately I forgot to take a pix of that modification Keisler did to the replacement shaft, will look for something I can find to show it.

The truth is, I misplaced the new shaft, and we were going nuts trying to find it so we could finish the job, I finally did find it, and it was getting late, so we buttoned everything back up and then realized we forgot to photo it !!

Stuck this short shift lever on it to check it out, it shifts good, hits all the gears it is supposed to. I'll find a nice curved shift lever to use in the '55....



Actually, that original main shifter shaft could be modified to the forward position if you had that piece that goes in that location to match up the two halves of the shaft after it is cut and a piece removed.

Now to figure out where to cut the hole in the floor for this shifter....
Aloha,
Willy



 
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08-15-14 09:17 PM - Post#2477177    
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Am laid up with some medical issues, so have not got much done on the '55 hardtop.

Got a Hurst stick that I've used before w bench seats, but the stick's thread was different from the 8-ball knob I want to use:


So I got a bolt that fits the knob, drilled and tapped it to fit the stick, put it together and put it on the tranny.




I've been playing around with some new software for web pages, this is my first attempt:
LINK to shifter page

Aloha,
Willy



 
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08-17-14 07:01 AM - Post#2477409    
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Those large gear shift attachment nuts always bit my #3/#4 fingers because when I grabbed it hard....
I'd round them at least. A taper would be even more of a help in the long term. But then, I'm a wuss when it comes to hot steel and pain in general.

Hope your medical woes get taken care of and your back on your feet soom. Until then, we'll leave the light on for you.

Stan



It's all good. mostly




 
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08-17-14 10:20 AM - Post#2477437    
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Considered lock-tite-ing the bushing in the knob, cutting if off flush, and only using the 3/8" lock nut, still might do that. The way I did it was a "quick-n-sorta dirty" way, got it done anyway, I can change it later if it's bothering me with that big nut on there....

It's the "Big Nut" behind the wheel I'm most concerned about right now....
Actually, I "blew a gasket", it's a hernia that needs repair, but it's the third time in the last 10 years, gettin kinda tired of this....

Before the "gasket" blew, I did do quite a bit of work on the firewall, cold shaping it with hammers the way I wanted, took some pix, if I can find 'em I'll post 'em....



 
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08-17-14 11:44 AM - Post#2477460    
    In response to 2Loose

Dang Willie, I feel your pain. I'm dealing now with yet another episode of my "rotten spine disease", and it looks like another surgery to extend the cervical fusion. This will make surgery number four on the cervical spine, along with number five already on the back. ALL thanks to 32 years in healthcare; I went into my career (X-ray-CAT Scan Tech) to help people, and this is what I have for it. Irony? I am Butch/56sedandelivery.




 
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08-17-14 02:11 PM - Post#2477518    
    In response to 56sedandelivery

I hear ya Butch, had a bad lower back injury at work about 30 years ago, been pretty good lately, but I do have to watch what I'm doing when around heavy objects....



 
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08-17-14 02:17 PM - Post#2477521    
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I did go beat on the firewall of the hardtop a bit,



Chalk marked it the last time the motor was in,
the driver's side went where I wanted it pretty easily....



But the passenger's side was being more stubborn,
might have to get the torch out....



Link to a new page

There will be some welding, filling in holes, smoothing, fresh paint....
More later....



 
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10-06-14 05:41 PM - Post#2489126    
    In response to 2Loose

it's been a slow recovery from my surgery, but am slowly getting back at it....
Am slowly bondo-ing that firewall, and am working with some new software on a new server for my project websites....


And when my wrist gets tired of sanding that stuff, I go pull old wire out from under the dash....


Some more pix here....

More later, I gotta go swap out the th400 in my '58 truck....
Aloha,
Willy



 
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10-09-14 09:59 AM - Post#2489736    
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I just put a new th400 "Ultimate Street/Strip" from Mike's Transmissions in Lancaster, CA in my 58 truck, it's working great, take a peek:
http://www.chevytalk.org/fusionbb/showtopic.php?ti...
Aloha,
Willy



 
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12-13-14 11:37 AM - Post#2505999    
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Finally got back on the firewall job.
More bondo, more sanding, more primer, it was coming along, but I just ran out of time so finished it off. Not as pretty as I wanted it to be, but this is not a "show car", it's a daily driver, just want it to look nice and be easy to work on.

Started with this:


Which prevented me from pulling off the valve covers with the motor in the desired position:

Since it's an LT1, with no distributor in back, I wanted to push it as far back as I could when I set up the motor mounts.

This is what I ended up with after a fair amount of bondo and primer:


Still have some more work to do on the front end before I put the motor back in again, but I do need to check it out and make sure the valve covers will come off easily with this mod to the firewall.
Aloha,
Willy

MORE PIX HERE



 
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12-13-14 02:02 PM - Post#2506026    
    In response to 2Loose

Wonder if your climate/heat would help with my spine; it's the ONLY place my wife would move to, and believe me, I've asked, many times. "Old Dudes Racing" sounds like fun! How's that Pontiac Tempest Project coming along? I am Butch/56sedandelivery.




 
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12-14-14 09:34 AM - Post#2506193    
    In response to 56sedandelivery

Unfortunately, a rather severe (and unexpected) financial shortcoming caused the owner of that project to have to put it aside until his problem is resolved. It's under cover and waiting for him, we keep expecting the problem to resolved any day, but you know how it can be when lawyers get involved!

And he's got 4 nice projects going, that Poncho, a roadster, and two nice trucks, one is a '59 Ford F100.
Willy



 
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12-19-14 11:08 AM - Post#2507547    
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Did some more cleaning and painting, put the motor mounts on, ready to put the motor/tranny in and check the fit:


But got to looking at this old original automatic shifter linkage (think that's what it is), trying to decide to leave it or cut it off, as mine is a floor shift T56:


And this old style e-brake pulley and cable??


Merry Christmas,
Willy



 
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12-20-14 08:00 AM - Post#2507749    
    In response to 2Loose

If you plan to be buried in the car, cut off anything you don't need or want. If you think you might be selling the car at some future time, leave it on. I say this for purely selfish reasons: I might be the next buyer.

Ray

Those who choose an automatic transmission want transportation. Those who choose a manual transmission want to drive.


 
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12-20-14 09:12 AM - Post#2507772    
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I whacked the shifter linkage mount off my frame when I converted from manual to auto trans....

It will end up being in the way at some point...

Bound to happen with a custom build like yours.

Whack it.

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Edited by WagonCrazy on 12-20-14 09:12 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
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12-21-14 12:12 AM - Post#2507904    
    In response to WagonCrazy

Did you cut off the bracket for the Z-bar too? That's my usual gripe when I buy a car which a PO converted to automatic and which I want to change back to manual.

Ray

Those who choose an automatic transmission want transportation. Those who choose a manual transmission want to drive.


 
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12-21-14 09:21 PM - Post#2508155    
    In response to raycow

Yep. Ez to weld on again if needed.

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12-22-14 03:19 PM - Post#2508378    
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What you see, is what I got. The Z bar was already missing.

I usually keep these parts after cutting, bag em, mark em, and keep them in a box marked 55 hardtop.

Since I'll be running a T56, I'll be running a juice clutch for that, so don't need to go looking for a Z-bar yet....

I was able to adapt the original 55 Z-bar that was in the 4dr (I turned it into a gasser), to work with the clutch on the Doug Nash 5 speed, it works great!

Willy



 
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01-18-15 12:32 PM - Post#2515788    
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Cut all the body mount bolts (they were a rusted solid mess....), and got the body up off the frame....


Rolled the chassis out for a good look....


It will get ground down where necessary to remove the remaining fragments of the old original mounts I removed or the PO removed....


The frame is in really great shape, and will get a new paint job. I really like the Rustoleum black hammer tone, will probably use that, as I have already done the front frame/cross member with that paint....


Have a set of CalTracs I'm thinking of putting on, but I also really like the old style slapper bars, have had good luck with those over the years...


And a sway bar for the front....


It's coming along, but slowly....
Aloha,
Willy

More pix on my web page, please scroll down....



 
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01-18-15 01:19 PM - Post#2515799    
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How about a few shots of the rear end and spring mounts. The spring pocket kits require more work, and definitely cost more. I am Butch/56sedandelivery.




 
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01-18-15 05:49 PM - Post#2515860    
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Butch I did not pocket the springs, as I did not want to cut the frame.

There might be some better pics earlier on my web page, I will look, but if you can zoom in on that photo above, you should be able to see it.

It has 2 1/2 inch lowering blocks in it, but I'm thinking of having the springs re-arched.

Found one:
http://2loose.chevytalk.org/55hardtopSPRINGS.html



 
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01-18-15 10:24 PM - Post#2515928    
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I've known a couple of guys that have done it the same way as yours has been done, rather than buy a pocket kit. I still have the rear axle pivots from the 51 Bus Coupe rear end; they would be perfect for the rear spring/shackle mounts, and then I have some special shackles meant for the front of a Jeep that a tow bar can also be attached to, and those would work for the front mounts. Then I was also in the process of swapping the stock spring hangers/mounts side-to-side to of the inside of the frame rails of my other 56 Deliverie's spare frame, but traded that Delivery project to a friend for a paint job on my truck. Then his adult son cut up that frame for scrap; I should have kicked his a$$ after all the fitting work I had done to it for the spring mount swap. He's just a Tyrannasaurus Ignoramous, and there's nothing that can be done about that! I am Butch/56sedandelivery.




 
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01-19-15 10:46 AM - Post#2516060    
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Look at this pix taken when I was setting up the front end of my 55 gasser, I tried something a little different on that rig. Those are the springs I got off a 59 F1 truck along with the axle. I later changed to a '48 F1 axle that was a little bit narrower and fit better under my car. There were originally 6 springs on each side. After installing that setup, I got to wondering how well a QA1 setup would work along with one or two of the leafs on each side. With the 90 lb/inch coils, and two leafs, it works exceptionally well! And it is tunable. Running the Q's knobs in the middle position, tried a couple of settings and that one I like the best.
And I can do some height adjustments with this setup.

So, I am wondering how well this would work with a reduced spring pack and CalTraks on the rear end of my hardtop? Along with a sway bar? Anyway I think I am going to try it.
Aloha,
Willy



 
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02-09-15 10:06 PM - Post#2522028    
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  • 56sedandelivery Said:
How about a few shots of the rear end and spring mounts. The spring pocket kits require more work, and definitely cost more. I am Butch/56sedandelivery.



Here's a good shot:

2-1/2" blocks to get the ride height, will be reducing the spring stack to 2 leafs, and putting QA-1 coil overs on, and removing the blocks, and setting it at the same ride height. Also changing out the slappers for CalTraks. Will post it when I do it. And report on how it rides and handles.
Willy



 
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02-09-15 10:10 PM - Post#2522029    
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Got the frame "hung" up sideways so I can get at all the surfaces with a grinder/wire brush to clean it up.





Willy



 

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