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Username Post: Finishing the 48 4 door        (Topic#342707)
CallMeChris 
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02-17-17 01:46 AM - Post#2677088    

Just got myself properly introduced in the new members check in forum so figured I would get this started here. I turn 40 this year and I've wanted an "old car" to play with since I was 16 (probably before then). The closest I came was a 65 chevy stepside at a time in my life I didn't have the time/money/space for a project so it didn't last long. I've been seriously browsing for a few months now and came across a project that a man was working on and his grandson inherited it before he finished. Went and looked at it a couple times, made a deal, and now I'm the proud new owner! It's a 48 4 door stylemaster that has had LOTS of work finished and not much left to do. Here is a list of what's done off the top of my head, I'll have to go back to the records to see what I'm missing.

-Body was pulled off and frame and underside was cleaned and coated with POR15.
-Chassis Engineering mustang 2 front end with disc brakes
-Chassis Engineering rear suspension
-Camaro rear end with 3.22 gears
-All new brake and fuel lines
-New 18 gallon steel gas tank
-305 from an 84 IROK camaro with mild cam and headers
-700R4 trans rebuilt with shift kit hydraulic conversion on the kickdown cable
-Vintage air AC and heat
-Autometer gauges
-Steering column with tilt
-All chrome is either new or re chromed
-New paint
-New rims with factory hubcaps
-New tires
-Painless wiring harness
-All door handles rebuilt
-Front bucket seats from a Nova
-Rear tail lights frenched in
-Rain gutters filled and feathered
-Rear fenders welded on and feathered
-Firewall smoothed
-All new glass and seals
-Battery ran into the trunk


Things needing finished are:
-oil pressure gauge and speedo aren't working
-Exhaust needs to be ran from the mufflers back
-Paint was never wet sanded after it was sprayed. -There are a couple runs and trash in the clear coat as well as a couple small spots that will need to be touched up
-Interior needs to be done

And that's about it. I couldn't be happier with it...I love the looks of the 2 door but the 4 door will be fantastic hauling the kids around. This will take a while to get everything finished for me since I'm working on a time and money budget but I really hope to have it finished this year. My goal is not to end up with a trailer queen show car even though I'd love to show up at some cruze ins with it but I want something I can hop in and drive a couple hundred miles for a weekend getaway and not worry about breaking down or keeping up with the freeway traffic. I think I'm well on my way for that.

Now, since I forced you to read all that, on to the pictures.












If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.


Edited by CallMeChris on 02-17-17 01:51 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
rcr3 
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02-17-17 05:09 AM - Post#2677095    
    In response to CallMeChris

Man,that's a NICE ride!!!

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Rustchips 
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02-17-17 08:02 AM - Post#2677110    
    In response to CallMeChris

Good looking car. Is it a 48 or 47, the grill is 47.
Cleon

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CallMeChris 
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02-17-17 08:19 AM - Post#2677114    
    In response to Rustchips

It's a 48. The original grill was missing the t bar and he found a brand new factory grill for a 47 that had never been installed in a warehouse somewhere. Polished the front and painted the back so it wouldn't rust. I like the looks of the 47 grill better, without the t bar it seems to flow smoother.

If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.


 
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02-17-17 09:46 AM - Post#2677126    
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Welcome aboard Chris !!

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Rustchips 
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02-17-17 11:16 AM - Post#2677140    
    In response to CallMeChris

I like the 47 Grill also. Has a cleaner look then the 48. Again, very nice car. Have fun!
Cleon

1928 Chevy Coupe
1942 Chevy Sport coupe
1955 Chevy Bel Air HTP
1970 El Camino
1990 F##d Mustang Convertible

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lofat46 
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02-17-17 04:03 PM - Post#2677166    
    In response to CallMeChris

Nice job. Really like the shade of blue. What's it from? The Pontiac (?) tail lights look good. Have fun with it. My '46 four door was great when my kids were little.

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CallMeChris 
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02-17-17 04:23 PM - Post#2677169    
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I have paint codes but I'm not sure what it came from. And yes, pontiac tail lights.

If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.


 
Jack Crain 
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02-17-17 04:46 PM - Post#2677172    
    In response to CallMeChris

Nice car. Looks really good. And welcome to the group

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Keith_Knox 
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02-17-17 06:54 PM - Post#2677195    
    In response to CallMeChris

Very good looking 48, have fun with it. I also do not like the T bar center piece. I took it off of my 48. If you look at it up close you can see where it was at. Doesn't bother me tho.

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CallMeChris 
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02-18-17 12:11 AM - Post#2677217    
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Thanks everyone, I've really fallen in love with the nose of this body style!

One of my first projects is going to be finishing the outside. This will include a little touchup work on the paint and then wet sanding the runs out and buffing the car. As you can see in this picture where the door meets the outside of the fender I have 2 problems going on. First off, paint was missed in the crack between the fender and door...and secondly where the door bubble rounds over the top the fender JUST makes contact with the door and has rubbed paint off. My plan is to remove the door(or would removing the fender work better here?), tape off the good paint, then sand, spray, and clear the spot. Then when I go back and wet sand the whole car I should be able to get it to blend pretty well. I need to get the fender adjusted first so it won't make contact afterwards though.



Any advice or words of wisdom on adjusting the fender?

I have a cheap spray gun and a compressor too small to paint a whole car but I think with as hidden as this spot is I can get it good enough with a little elbow grease so it doesn't stand out so bad.

If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.


 
CallMeChris 
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02-18-17 12:20 AM - Post#2677218    
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Also while I'm thinking about it, it has no hood springs and no prop rod. I was told the hood springs cause enough stress on the thin sheet metal of the hood that it actually warps and damages the hood. Does this sound right? Should I order a set of springs and run with it or figure out a way to fab a prop rod?

If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.


 
Rustchips 
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02-18-17 08:26 AM - Post#2677244    
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Put the springs on. The springs on my '42 work fine and have not damaged the hood.
Cleon

1928 Chevy Coupe
1942 Chevy Sport coupe
1955 Chevy Bel Air HTP
1970 El Camino
1990 F##d Mustang Convertible

Life is like a roll of toilet paper the nearer the end the faster it goes.


 
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02-18-17 07:00 PM - Post#2677328    
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Welcome, Chris ... looks fantastic!


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Keith_Knox 
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02-18-17 09:16 PM - Post#2677365    
    In response to CallMeChris

I agree with putting the springs on. Mine has them and the hood stays up enough for normal work. If I need it open more, I have a broom handle that works just fine.

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pyasher 
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02-21-17 07:12 AM - Post#2677791    
    In response to CallMeChris

Great car - like the 4 doors !




 
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02-21-17 10:27 PM - Post#2677943    
    In response to CallMeChris

adjustment of the fenders come from a starting point.
align the hood to the cowl line, then the radiator distance to the hood's striker bolt so it sits and locks correctly. then the fenders to hood and the radiator brace, its all one puzzle, not an easy thing to accomplish!
welcome!

Thanks!
Bru
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Broo102 
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02-21-17 10:29 PM - Post#2677945    
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PS I would put some sort of mag wheels on your ride, looks great though.
I have a glove box trim for sale if you want one

Thanks!
Bru
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CallMeChris 
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02-24-17 11:53 AM - Post#2678368    
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This trim piece?



Do you have the matching one for the drivers side also? I'd be interested for sure.

If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.


 
Broo102 
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02-25-17 11:13 PM - Post#2678567    
    In response to CallMeChris

yes, I think so. I know I have the glove box one

Thanks!
Bru
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CallMeChris 
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02-26-17 03:48 AM - Post#2678571    
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Message me with a price shipped to 72364 when you get time please.

If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.


 
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