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Salvaging a 57 Chevvy.

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  • Member since
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  • From: Gulf coast of central Florida
Salvaging a 57 Chevvy.
Posted by Old Geezer on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 5:01 AM

With 2 projects fresh from a brake fluid bath and awaiting yet another paint attempt, I'm venting my frustration  by turning to the salvage yard.

A baggie  containing most of the parts for a 57 Chev, many of them are prime new plastic.

 

Will not be using the baggie stock engine but this one from the salvage. Big 409 Chev.

 

Started on the salvage engine after getting it apart and refinishing some of it, and getting a different blower drive worked out.

Questionable fuel system being imagineered. Kind of a dragster fuel pump/feed being fed into a fuel block made from a 2 banger dual carb manifold. Aggravating my hoarding  instincts, I'm wanting to save those nice headers for some later open engine hot rod and use the stock exhaust manifold one for this. but that wouldn't do any justice for this engine, would it?

 

 

 

(edit) DOH !! I just discovered, posting this foto, that I have routed the dragster fuel pump from a stock fuel pump on the block and on into the fuel block to the carburetors ! Can I just let this slide?

Well, the exhaust dilemma got resolved. The headers wouldn't clear the engine mounts. So, the stock manifold is on.

There was no front end in the baggie, so a front clip was cut from a salvage frame.

 

 

Took some butchering, but I got the unknown front clip fitted to the Chev frame with as much lowering as I can..

All I have at the present is the Chevvy hubcap to gauge the ride height. If I want to go lower, I'll have to mess with the  hubs.

 

 

Well, I didn't think the front would be low enough, so I lowered the front of the body down a bit. I like this better.

It will effect the interior tub,  but with the planned sectioning it would get compromised  any way. It was expected, and I can deal with that. Working on getting the rear end mounting cobbled up. T'won't be pretty.  ( No sewer view)

 

I should know better by now, to even try to fit a tub interior to something I've modded. I have dropped the body some over the frame and wondered if I could shave enough off of the bottom of the glued up interior. This has never worked for me before . This kept getting worse, and I have a mild sectioning yet,planned.

I give up, and will resort to my usual minimal effort interior. 

 

Well. the old plastibater might have made the interior work by using the side panels and locating the front seats on the frame itself  (minimal effort method) eliminating the tub's floorboard entirely.

Now the question is. will the mild section compromise what I have done?

I have another 57 body in the salvage yard that I could do a test section on. This will be a mild  pie cut sectioning following the lower trim line.

 

That sectioning might compromise EVERYTHING !

 

 

 

 

Well. ok. I see where this won't work on the current build without a whole lot of doing everything over.... and probably a lot more frustration.

The red body is pretty much at the max it can be dropped down. Raising up the bottom edge, even that much, will not work. 

The test sectioned white body is pretty cool, and I'll save it for a future build. It is only tacked together because I don't know what the future project may need to  have done.

 

 

  • Member since
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  • From: Gulf coast of central Florida
Posted by Old Geezer on Friday, June 23, 2017 5:42 AM

Punctured the hood yesterday.

 

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Posted by Plowboy on Friday, June 23, 2017 1:31 PM

[quote user="Old Geezer"]

 

(edit) DOH !! I just discovered, posting this foto, that I have routed the dragster fuel pump from a stock fuel pump on the block and on into the fuel block to the carburetors ! Can I just let this slide?

[quote]

 

Not really. There's a few things wrong with your engine.

Carburetors don't require high pressure cam driven fuel pumps. Those are for fuel injection. It needs to go. It wouldn't work anyway being mounted to the water pump. They mount to the end of the camshaft. Just route your fuel line from your carbs to your stock fuel pump.

The water pump also wouldn't work as it has no belt to turn it. You could make an electric water pump or modify the one you have and convert it to an electric pump.

An engine with a blower and dual carbs really needs a set headers or it defeats the purpose of having them. Blowers push more air through an engine. That air needs to be able to escape. Manifolds wouldn't allow that effectively. Maybe make or find a set of fenderwell headers.  

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  • From: Gulf coast of central Florida
Posted by Old Geezer on Friday, June 23, 2017 2:56 PM

Well, plowboy,

All valid points ! However, in my defense, I model for my enjoyment. and being financially challenged, I most often build from my stash of discarded/used/partial builds and glue bombs. I  claim that  my impossible creations to be 'imagineering' and quite often with complete disreguard for the laws of physics.

 I do things that I think look 'cool', in my fantasy world. Buying a model kit and merely  assembling it would put me in a dull, unimaninitive, and uninteresting catagory.  I prefer to have fun. If you would look at any of the models that I have posted on this site, you will not see anything that looks like something that would be sitting on someone elses shelf.

 Rivit counters hate me, but I DO have fun !

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  • From: Brighton England
Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Saturday, June 24, 2017 8:04 AM

Loving the mad 409 in the '57 . The Offenhauser rocker covers are superb ( What kit are the in ?)

My EZ idea for the headers - If on a budget - simple zoomies ,just angled thin straws ( baloney cut coffee stirring variety.... ) like...this :- / // /     !

Depends on overall "era styling"  I suppose . 

"Street outlaw " :-D  Straight out sideways like that black El Camino ??

I'm always collecting 'oddities' in my spares box.... " You never know..."

Like the metal leftovers from old e-cigarettes , lolly sticks (cleaned ... ewww sticky....! )

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  • From: Gulf coast of central Florida
Posted by Old Geezer on Saturday, June 24, 2017 1:37 PM

Spenser.

 I have no idea what kit those valve covers originated from. I have a cuple of other big block Chevvy covers in my 'salvage'yard'. But, this pair were the coolest ! Thanks for accepting my off the wall stuff for what it is. I do have a good stock of salvaged stuff.

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Posted by Moparlover64 on Saturday, June 24, 2017 4:51 PM

I like it like it a lot. In a few weeks I may have a few lots of parts n bodies etc to trade all left over parts from years past and vintage kits will be Looking for 70s MPC dodge vans and pickups looking for a couple builders no collectors kit more when I finish setting up shop

Moparlover64

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  • From: Gulf coast of central Florida
Posted by Old Geezer on Sunday, June 25, 2017 4:08 AM

Punctured the hood yesterday.

 

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  • From: Gulf coast of central Florida
Posted by Old Geezer on Thursday, July 13, 2017 6:32 PM

 Got a decent coat of paint finally, in spite of the Florida humidity. Now this baby will give those Molotow chrome pens a workout.

 

 

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  • From: Mesa, AAZ
Posted by Ranchn62 on Friday, July 14, 2017 1:31 AM

I love your style Clay! F N A! The model looks awesome, and if you want to use two V's in Chevy... Rock it!

 

Frankenstude... New pics later tonight. Almost done. Carving taillights now.

Dennis

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Posted by Ranchn62 on Friday, July 14, 2017 1:33 AM

I have to laugh... Plowboy took you to task, and you didn't give a rat's behind!   LOL

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  • From: Australia
Posted by scalepeter on Monday, July 17, 2017 1:20 AM

Cool build.  Making the most of what you have.  I enjoy your atitude towards modelling. Do it for enjoyment and what you like rather than what may be the correct way.  

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  • From: Gulf coast of central Florida
Posted by Old Geezer on Monday, July 17, 2017 1:23 PM

Paint is set and going for the trim ! Using the Molotow chrome pen, This beats any kind of foil or paint,hands down !!

 

 

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  • From: Gulf coast of central Florida
Posted by Old Geezer on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 4:29 PM

TADAH !! Finished this baby. That clears out my backlog and now I can concentrate on the butchered 57 !

 

 

 

 

 

 

And now, these photos show what looks like a drip by the  r, front wheel well !!

I'll have to check that out !  Super Angry

TnT
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Posted by TnT on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 4:44 PM

Looks good. If we played by the rules life would be dull. Forge your own path. Keep up the good work. Love the blue.

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  • From: Brighton England
Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 3:19 PM
Absolutely spot on ! Love that blue . The white drip ..... Scale model seagull just out of shot ! Those damn things get everywhere ! The lil 'buggers covered my '68 charger's windscreen LOL.... not !
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  • From: Mesa, AAZ
Posted by Ranchn62 on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 3:33 PM

Thatlooks freakin' aewsome, Clay. Greatjob! Love the color, too.

 

Dennis

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  • From: Australia
Posted by scalepeter on Tuesday, September 05, 2017 1:52 AM

Nice model.   Cool result.  As to the valve covers they look to me they might be out of the amt 57 chevy hardtop kit i think.  It has a 409 chevy in and i'm sure they are an option there.  Hope I'm not getting mixed up with the 58 chevy kit though which good be where they're from also.   

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Posted by cmc1970@verizon.net on Saturday, September 16, 2017 10:59 AM

How did your beautiful build survive Irma

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  • From: Mesa, AAZ
Posted by Ranchn62 on Monday, September 18, 2017 5:08 PM

Hey Clay, Haven't seen anything new from you in a while.... Watcha workin' on?

 

Dennis

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