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Username Post: 53 BEL AIR CONVERTIBLE        (Topic#369988)
J Mack 
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J Mack
Loc: Boise Idaho
Reg: 11-02-22
11-06-22 03:02 AM - Post#2849691    

My granddaughters are getting older and would like to start joining us on some of the weekend events like cars and coffee so I sold one of our two seat hotrods and decided to build a car with a back seat.
I found a 1953 convertible that had good bones so I picked it up in October and started tearing it apart and coming up with a plan to do a mild custom.


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J Mack 
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J Mack
Loc: Boise Idaho
Reg: 11-02-22
11-06-22 03:04 AM - Post#2849692    
    In response to J Mack

I'm hoping to end up with something like this car I was trying to buy. It was a really nice looking car but the suspension had some issues I didn't want to deal with for the money they were selling this car for.


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J Mack 
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J Mack
Loc: Boise Idaho
Reg: 11-02-22
11-06-22 03:16 AM - Post#2849693    
    In response to J Mack

So this is where I’m at today, I’m still trying to figure out how to post pictures to this site “right side up” so these first few post are kind of spread out but I’ll work on getting better.



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tommy49 
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Loc: Kaleva, Michigan
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11-06-22 04:22 AM - Post#2849695    
    In response to J Mack

Welcome to the build forum, Jim! Very nice car and parts! As for the photos, the forum only posts in landscape, no way around it.

Tommy

49 Deluxe Sport Coupe, 4.8/4L60E, MII, power brakes, power steering, air conditioning.

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




 
Keith_Knox 
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Keith_Knox
Age: 81
Loc: Napa, Ca USA
Reg: 04-02-00
11-06-22 01:30 PM - Post#2849729    
    In response to J Mack

Welcome to ChevyTalk. Tony told me a long time ago to take the photos in landscape and they would post correctly. Guess I should put that with the info on posting photos.

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1948 Chevy Fleetmaster Coupe Purchased 6/2010. Stock with rebuilt 52 216 installed May 1966.
1965 Chevy II 2 door post 350 3 speed manual
2019 Ford Ranger Lariat Super Crewcab


 
J Mack 
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J Mack
Loc: Boise Idaho
Reg: 11-02-22
11-10-22 03:25 PM - Post#2849912    
    In response to Keith_Knox

Thanks for the landscape tip..

Making brackets for the links and getting them welded in.



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J Mack 
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J Mack
Loc: Boise Idaho
Reg: 11-02-22
11-20-22 04:58 AM - Post#2850253    
    In response to J Mack

Making a little progress.


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tommy49 
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Loc: Kaleva, Michigan
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11-20-22 07:03 AM - Post#2850256    
    In response to J Mack

Nice parts fabrication!

Tommy

49 Deluxe Sport Coupe, 4.8/4L60E, MII, power brakes, power steering, air conditioning.

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




 
J Mack 
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J Mack
Loc: Boise Idaho
Reg: 11-02-22
11-20-22 11:13 AM - Post#2850274    
    In response to tommy49

Thank you Tommy, I'm moving to the rear now and tacking things in place to see how they look .



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Keith_Knox 
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Keith_Knox
Age: 81
Loc: Napa, Ca USA
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11-20-22 02:46 PM - Post#2850292    
    In response to J Mack

Looking good.

29-41, 42-48, 49-54 Moderator
1948 Chevy Fleetmaster Coupe Purchased 6/2010. Stock with rebuilt 52 216 installed May 1966.
1965 Chevy II 2 door post 350 3 speed manual
2019 Ford Ranger Lariat Super Crewcab


 
J Mack 
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J Mack
Loc: Boise Idaho
Reg: 11-02-22
11-25-22 02:09 PM - Post#2850496    
    In response to Keith_Knox

Well after making a pile of shock mounts I think I have something that will work..


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tommy49 
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Loc: Kaleva, Michigan
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11-25-22 05:15 PM - Post#2850512    
    In response to J Mack

Nice!

Tommy

49 Deluxe Sport Coupe, 4.8/4L60E, MII, power brakes, power steering, air conditioning.

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




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J Mack 
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J Mack
Loc: Boise Idaho
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11-26-22 08:08 AM - Post#2850532    
    In response to tommy49

I'm checking the articulation to make sure nothing binds, everything looks good at 7” so I’m moving forward and I’ll start welding everything up.

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flatout 
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flatout
Loc: Idaho
Reg: 12-15-01
12-02-22 07:40 PM - Post#2850822    
    In response to J Mack

Very Nice!



 
J Mack 
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J Mack
Loc: Boise Idaho
Reg: 11-02-22
12-03-22 03:54 AM - Post#2850831    
    In response to flatout

Test fitting the body, still waiting on some parts to finalize the engine mounts but I think I'm close.



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J Mack 
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J Mack
Loc: Boise Idaho
Reg: 11-02-22
12-05-22 05:13 AM - Post#2850922    
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Still waiting for parts so I thought I would try my hand at making an alternator mount..



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J Mack 
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J Mack
Loc: Boise Idaho
Reg: 11-02-22
12-09-22 03:21 PM - Post#2851106    
    In response to J Mack

New oil pan finally showed up so I could finalize the engine mounts. Put the body back on so I can start boxing in this section of missing floor..



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J Mack 
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J Mack
Loc: Boise Idaho
Reg: 11-02-22
12-13-22 06:15 AM - Post#2851225    
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Plan is to skin this with 14 gauge.




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J Mack 
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J Mack
Loc: Boise Idaho
Reg: 11-02-22
01-09-23 11:51 AM - Post#2853290    
    In response to J Mack

The column is too short by a few inches so I took it apart and started coming up with a plan to lengthen it.

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Its been a little bit between updates but Christmas took three weeks between sick grandbabies and flight delays but we finally got that behind us and I can get back to work.. I got the box tubing frame structure finished and the 14-gauge skins put in, I believe this will be stronger than the section I removed and I shouldn’t have a bunch of body flex back there.


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Before I remove the body and start prepping for body work I needed to fit a steering column, IDIDIT has been stroking me for 3 months and I needed to do something even if it was wrong. So I canceled the IDIDIT column and ordered a Lime Works column with mostly everything I need, the Lime Works column will need some modification and I’ll need to machine some parts that they didn’t have in stock but I can keep moving forward.


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I figured while I was cutting a new steering column apart, I might as well add self-canceling blinkers, this picture shows a blinker housing on the top and the extension on the bottom of the column.




 
J Mack 
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J Mack
Loc: Boise Idaho
Reg: 11-02-22
01-09-23 11:55 AM - Post#2853292    
    In response to J Mack

The lower extension lets me move the steering wheel in and out or up and down a few inches for final fit up but I’m calling it good for now and I’ll start making the parts for a column shifter.

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Keith_Knox 
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Keith_Knox
Age: 81
Loc: Napa, Ca USA
Reg: 04-02-00
01-09-23 12:48 PM - Post#2853293    
    In response to J Mack

Outstanding work.

29-41, 42-48, 49-54 Moderator
1948 Chevy Fleetmaster Coupe Purchased 6/2010. Stock with rebuilt 52 216 installed May 1966.
1965 Chevy II 2 door post 350 3 speed manual
2019 Ford Ranger Lariat Super Crewcab


 
J Mack 
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Posts: 20
J Mack
Loc: Boise Idaho
Reg: 11-02-22
01-12-23 07:23 AM - Post#2853353    
    In response to Keith_Knox

Thank you Keith...

Finally had a day here in Idaho that was above freezing so I was able to get the body out of the shop and power wash all of the loose undercoating and dirt off the underside.


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flatout 
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flatout
Loc: Idaho
Reg: 12-15-01
01-24-23 11:31 AM - Post#2853685    
    In response to J Mack

Very nice build.



 
J Mack 
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J Mack
Loc: Boise Idaho
Reg: 11-02-22
01-25-23 05:55 AM - Post#2853727    
    In response to flatout

Thank you Flatout!



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I made some quick exhaust hangers form some stainless I had floating around the shop then removed the engine and suspension flipped the frame over and finished all the welding.


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I drug it outside and used my 40,000 psi hydro blaster to strip the frame to bare steel.




 
J Mack 
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J Mack
Loc: Boise Idaho
Reg: 11-02-22
01-29-23 08:53 AM - Post#2853865    
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Waiting for the chassis paint to show up I jumped back on the steering column, I needed to make an upper shift lever boss and I was wanting something that looked more period correct and less CNC billet than what Lime works offers. First I drew a boss that was dimensionally correct and smoothed all the edges in an effort to give it more of a cast appearance.


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The first attempt had a small issue in the code..


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The second attempt was better so I can cross this off my list and start trying to figure out what I’m going to do for a heater core.




 
tommy49 
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Loc: Kaleva, Michigan
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01-30-23 07:04 AM - Post#2853914    
    In response to J Mack

Nice!!

Tommy

49 Deluxe Sport Coupe, 4.8/4L60E, MII, power brakes, power steering, air conditioning.

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




 




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