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Username Post: Tommy49's 1949 Deluxe Sport Coupe        (Topic#349880)
Mel Foye 
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04-17-19 08:45 PM - Post#2764442    
    In response to tommy49

Way to go Tommy. I have taken autobody classes at local colleges but my back kept me mostly reading and watching others.
Got a very little time on shrinker/stretcher but enough to tell this is really a key for curves etc.
For strength and design that roller unit looks killer. Miller tig is frosting on the cake.
Enjoy your new toys--er I mean your new 49 work tools.



 




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04-18-19 10:56 PM - Post#2764532    
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Hi Tommy, does your intake manifold still have the alignment sleeves in place. These are important in avoiding intake leaks.
They are also a great help in keeping the gasket in place during assembly.

Did you put the manifolds together and check their trueness?

Workshop looks very sanitary and good clean place to work.

Cheers Kiwi

48 3100 RHD, 51 Deluxe 4DR RHD, 51 Bel Air parts car, 52 Bel Air P-Glide LHD. Others 23T, 32 Tudor, 58 Edsel pacer 4DR HDT, 79 F250 351C RHD. 69,70,82 Capri. No mobile, no TV, and no Jap cars.

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tommy49 
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04-19-19 03:42 AM - Post#2764544    
    In response to Mel Foye

  • Mel Foye Said:
Way to go Tommy. I have taken autobody classes at local colleges but my back kept me mostly reading and watching others.
Got a very little time on shrinker/stretcher but enough to tell this is really a key for curves etc.
For strength and design that roller unit looks killer. Miller tig is frosting on the cake.
Enjoy your new toys--er I mean your new 49 work tools.



Hey, Mel!
I hear you about the back. I have osteoarthritis, and Ankylosing Spondylitis, auto-fusion of the spine, shoulders, and neck. All my joints feel and sound like bad wheel bearings, but as long as I'm still vertical and above room temperature, I'm good!


Tommy

49 Deluxe Sport Coupe, 4.8/4L60E swap in progress, Blazer rear axle, 4 wheel power disc brakes.

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tommy49 
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04-19-19 04:12 AM - Post#2764547    
    In response to Bel Air kiwi

  • Bel Air kiwi Said:
Hi Tommy, does your intake manifold still have the alignment sleeves in place. These are important in avoiding intake leaks.
They are also a great help in keeping the gasket in place during assembly.

Did you put the manifolds together and check their trueness?

Workshop looks very sanitary and good clean place to work.

Cheers Kiwi



Hello, Kiwi,
All of those items were checked and triple checked. It looks like I've fixed the
problem. Actually the problem(s) are the 3 junk carbs I've been working with. Carb #1 was soaked in carb cleaner and rebuilt, but it just wouldn't idle. I took the accelerator pump from carb #1 and put it in carb #2, the base from carb #3, and that carb ran good, except for the bog down on fast acceleration. I suspected an internal leak, so I stole the bowl gasket from carb #1, and that seems to have cleared the bog down issue. Carb #3 was a parts carb. Right now, I'm looking for a remanufactured replacement, just in case my "custom" carb fails.

Welcome to my shop and thank you for the compliment. We still haven't finished painting.


Tommy

49 Deluxe Sport Coupe, 4.8/4L60E swap in progress, Blazer rear axle, 4 wheel power disc brakes.

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gcrkfrd 
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04-19-19 04:43 PM - Post#2764604    
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Hey Tom, I got tired of digging through piles of carbs., cheated and bought Two Chinese replacement Carbs for 250-292.

reason for edit, carbs were $93.00 each.



Edited by gcrkfrd on 04-19-19 04:45 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
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04-20-19 03:54 AM - Post#2764624    
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Very nice work on the '49, Tommy! The car is looking great. It's amazing how so many people in the past used bondo as the end-all, be-all solution for all kinds of damage. I mean, come on, they repaired the FRAME with that stuff? Sheesh......

And I like the shop - always good to have the right tools (you can NEVER have too many tools).

David

Accountant by profession, wanna-be car restorer by choice

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tommy49 
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04-20-19 05:18 AM - Post#2764631    
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  • gcrkfrd Said:
Hey Tom, I got tired of digging through piles of carbs., cheated and bought Two Chinese replacement Carbs for 250-292.

reason for edit, carbs were $93.00 each.



How do they work? What brand? I'm looking at a Sherryberg, just like the Rochester B I have for $200. I also sent All American Carburetor an email on remanufactured carb prices and the cost of having one done prices.


Tommy

49 Deluxe Sport Coupe, 4.8/4L60E swap in progress, Blazer rear axle, 4 wheel power disc brakes.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/tommyfortynine /album...




 
tommy49 
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04-20-19 05:50 AM - Post#2764632    
    In response to Franks_Old_53

  • Franks_Old_53 Said:
Very nice work on the '49, Tommy! The car is looking great. It's amazing how so many people in the past used bondo as the end-all, be-all solution for all kinds of damage. I mean, come on, they repaired the FRAME with that stuff? Sheesh......

And I like the shop - always good to have the right tools (you can NEVER have too many tools).

David



The left side of the 49 is bondo, window screen, galvanized tin, and pop rivets, just like the right side was. After what I learned repairing the right side, buying the tools is going to make the work easier and with a better outcome.

I agree with never having too many tools, but, my 30' x 42' 3 bay shop is down to a 2 bay shop and I'm out of space. Kat threw my woodworking equipment out of her workshop, so I lost a bay. Now I'm trying to figure if I should expand the shop or build a new shop. I have to do something, Kat thinks it would be cool to have an English wheel.


Tommy

49 Deluxe Sport Coupe, 4.8/4L60E swap in progress, Blazer rear axle, 4 wheel power disc brakes.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/tommyfortynine /album...




 
tommy49 
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04-26-19 06:16 AM - Post#2765073    
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I posted in the main forum about the radiator failure trashing the trans, and now, the 49 project is going to go in a different direction. We decided, actually Kat suggested it, that we abandon 235/700r4 and do the LR4/4l60e and MII front suspension kit with power steering, that we've talked about. We have a 2001 GMC pickup that we don't use, so that's the donor. Kat says I need the direction change to keep my enthusiasm up. So, we'll do what it take get the 49 up and running and start gathering the parts for the LS conversion. I think what prompted Kat into the LS conversion is the crappy ride in the 49. She also watches the car shows and feels it's the way we should go. If mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy!

Tommy

49 Deluxe Sport Coupe, 4.8/4L60E swap in progress, Blazer rear axle, 4 wheel power disc brakes.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/tommyfortynine /album...




 
tommy49 
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08-18-19 08:27 AM - Post#2773478    
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We've been so busy around here, I haven't had quality time to spend on the 49's ls swap, but that's project's starting up. We finally finished painting the shop and adding the cataract surgery in both eyes, wow. what a difference! And I thought all the bulbs were going dim.









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Tommy

49 Deluxe Sport Coupe, 4.8/4L60E swap in progress, Blazer rear axle, 4 wheel power disc brakes.

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tommy49 
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08-18-19 08:31 AM - Post#2773479    
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The teardown of my donor pickup has started and new parts are piling up. I have the new fuel system and the IFS waiting to go in the 49. I hope to have the engine & trans out within the next week, so I can get that out of the shop and on craigslist.











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Tommy

49 Deluxe Sport Coupe, 4.8/4L60E swap in progress, Blazer rear axle, 4 wheel power disc brakes.

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tommy49 
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10-23-19 04:48 AM - Post#2778556    
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Finally got started working on the 49. Engine & suspension are out, the brake system is sucked dry, and fuel tank drained. Game plan today is finish prepping frame for the MII suspension and pull the fuel & brake systems, and exhaust. A new high pressure fuel system is going in and the brake lines are now going to be routed on the left side of the frame. I'm going to route the right front brake line around the front of the frame. All this to eliminate brake lines over/under the trans. Let the fun begin!









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Tommy

49 Deluxe Sport Coupe, 4.8/4L60E swap in progress, Blazer rear axle, 4 wheel power disc brakes.

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tommy49 
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10-25-19 05:12 AM - Post#2778725    
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Yesterday, I started fitting the TCI MII and starting with the crossmember, I learned NOT to take the instructions seriously. The crossmember rear studs DON'T match up to the existing frame holes, as indicated by the instructions. Now that I've drilled new holes for those studs, I have to massage the frame holes that are being used for bolts. After all of that, then I get to drill the holes that ARE called out in the instructions. I can see already this will be a fun install!







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Tommy

49 Deluxe Sport Coupe, 4.8/4L60E swap in progress, Blazer rear axle, 4 wheel power disc brakes.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/tommyfortynine /album...




 
tommy49 
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10-25-19 05:17 AM - Post#2778726    
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For those that may be interested, I will document every issue I come across with this MII install and what I did to correct it.

Tommy

49 Deluxe Sport Coupe, 4.8/4L60E swap in progress, Blazer rear axle, 4 wheel power disc brakes.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/tommyfortynine /album...




 
tommy49 
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10-27-19 08:55 AM - Post#2778872    
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The crossmember is now in and I set the shock towers up to check dimensions. The instructions call for 13.25" from the center of the forward bumper hole to the side of the shock tower. I found this dimension canted the shock back a couple degrees. I couldn't find a reason to cant the shock back like that, so, using the protractor, I set the shock at 0 degree's. My dimension came to 13". I'm good with that. Now I can disassemble and weld up unused holes.









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Tommy

49 Deluxe Sport Coupe, 4.8/4L60E swap in progress, Blazer rear axle, 4 wheel power disc brakes.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/tommyfortynine /album...




 
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11-02-19 01:57 AM - Post#2779350    
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Hey Tommy- you don't need no stinking instructions!
Love your work.

Dean50



 
tommy49 
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11-02-19 02:28 AM - Post#2779351    
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Hey Dean, thanks! How's everything down in the old stompin' grounds?

Tommy

49 Deluxe Sport Coupe, 4.8/4L60E swap in progress, Blazer rear axle, 4 wheel power disc brakes.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/tommyfortynine /album...




 
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11-10-19 06:58 AM - Post#2779890    
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Another issue I had was the distance between the upper control arm mounting brackets, The instructions call out 27 3/8" between outer surfaces and say to grind off material to get that dimension. I was under that dimension, so I added some 14ga to the front edge and 12ga to the back edge of both towers.

Before:





after:






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Tommy

49 Deluxe Sport Coupe, 4.8/4L60E swap in progress, Blazer rear axle, 4 wheel power disc brakes.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/tommyfortynine /album...




 
tommy49 
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11-10-19 07:05 AM - Post#2779891    
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So now, I checked the angle the the upper control arm brackets. The spec is 0 deg +/- 5 deg.

Perfect!


Now I'm confident that there shouldn't be any issues with alignment.



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Tommy

49 Deluxe Sport Coupe, 4.8/4L60E swap in progress, Blazer rear axle, 4 wheel power disc brakes.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/tommyfortynine /album...




 
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11-10-19 07:53 AM - Post#2779894    
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I still have to weld the top of the shock towers, but I wanted to check the fit of the Walton Fabrication engine mounts.




The mounts fit, but I need to make the fit a little cleaner. Too much material hanging over the frame edge.





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Tommy

49 Deluxe Sport Coupe, 4.8/4L60E swap in progress, Blazer rear axle, 4 wheel power disc brakes.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/tommyfortynine /album...




 
tommy49 
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11-10-19 07:59 AM - Post#2779895    
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The plan is still to do a full suspension assembly for fit and then disassemble it to work on the firewall. I'm not going to weld the engine mounts in yet so I don't slice my shins up standing between the frame rails.

Tommy

49 Deluxe Sport Coupe, 4.8/4L60E swap in progress, Blazer rear axle, 4 wheel power disc brakes.

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tommy49 
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11-14-19 12:21 PM - Post#2780152    
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Haven't been in the shop much the last couple days, but I did manage to trim down the engine mount flanges. The fit looks much better.





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Tommy

49 Deluxe Sport Coupe, 4.8/4L60E swap in progress, Blazer rear axle, 4 wheel power disc brakes.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/tommyfortynine /album...




 
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11-14-19 12:37 PM - Post#2780153    
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Mel Foye 
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11-16-19 09:03 PM - Post#2780328    
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  • tommy49 Said:
So now, I checked the angle the the upper control arm brackets. The spec is 0 deg +/- 5 deg.

Perfect!


Now I'm confident that there shouldn't be any issues with alignment.



Will your caster come ALL from shims? Is there camber gain designed into this setup? As usual your work blows me away! Mel
Will yor caster




 
tommy49 
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11-17-19 07:41 AM - Post#2780348    
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  • Mel Foye Said:

Will your caster come ALL from shims? Is there camber gain designed into this setup? As usual your work blows me away! Mel




The caster adjustment comes from the slots in the upper control arm brackets, shims for the camber.






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Tommy

49 Deluxe Sport Coupe, 4.8/4L60E swap in progress, Blazer rear axle, 4 wheel power disc brakes.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/tommyfortynine /album...




 
tommy49 
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11-25-19 10:39 AM - Post#2780925    
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Not much to show, too many distractions. So far, I've removed the firewall braces and trimmed the body supports. Next is heater and insulator removal to weld up unused holes.





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Tommy

49 Deluxe Sport Coupe, 4.8/4L60E swap in progress, Blazer rear axle, 4 wheel power disc brakes.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/tommyfortynine /album...




 




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