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49 Ford- Hotrod Drag Week- car and trailer. updated 02-14-18. spare tires and ratchet straps installed.

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49 Ford- Hotrod Drag Week- car and trailer. updated 02-14-18. spare tires and ratchet straps installed.
Posted by All_6s_and_7s on Friday, January 26, 2018 8:49 AM

I have built many different versions of a back halfed 49 ford and they were always rear sections of other cars cut to fit and for one reason or another it was never right. 

I decided that I would once again attempt to create a proper back halfed 49 Ford Coupe street machine.

I started with 2 chassis'. I removed the rear floor and proceeded to cut out the rear frame rails

I took some measurements and determined that I had to reduce the rails to the marks in photo and as luck would have it it was exactly half of the width, so I created a lap joint for a strong bond of the 2 rails.

a quick slap together frame table to glue my pieces together.

on to the second frame. I cut out and flattened areas so could keep as much gluing area for my new frame rails

Installation of the new frame rails. I kept the old wheel well tubs to glue the new tubs over.

Time to shorten that rearend. I love the 2 piece rearends with the axle rod they make for quick, easy, and Strong shortened rearends

locating the rearend was easy due to the fact that the frame rails have the original mounting holes for the springs.

Adding tubs and a floor with evergreen

I'm going to open the trunk and add a little detail to the rear since it's turning out so nice.

A quick mock up of the stance. This body was a swap meet find which I was going to restore, but now I am going to leave it as it's perfect for this project.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by Big Gary on Friday, January 26, 2018 12:49 PM
Use of leaf springs simplifies this. Typically back halving is done with coil overs for stability.
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Posted by All_6s_and_7s on Friday, January 26, 2018 5:06 PM

Tell that to AMT with the mono leaf 66 NovaSmile. I would have done the 4 link, but I used what i had. 

Im trying to find a blown hemi to put in it, but I can't find a good kit lots of extras just to buy and steal the engine from. 

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Posted by All_6s_and_7s on Sunday, January 28, 2018 12:29 AM

I have been looking for an outrageous blown hemi, but I was unable to find a great kit worth using as a parts cache, so I decided to make my own. I had a parts box 426 from the dodge Cornet Super Bee kit, so I started with that and then proceeded to do what I could to make it happen. 

 

I started off trying to find a suitable intake, but there were none. Come to find that a pair of 440 heads upside down work just nicely with a little trimming 

A standard blower case wasn't going to do for this build it was just too small and blah, so I decided to cut up 2 identical ones I had from a Mickey thompson Challenger kit. 

I removed the chrome and cut them to fit. 

After some parts box scrounging I was able to piece everything all together and I finally ended up with this oversided monster chargered 426 and it barely fits into my Ford. 

 

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Posted by TarheelRick on Sunday, January 28, 2018 7:12 AM

Going to be one wicked Shoebox. IMHO would have been nice to see a 429 SemiHemi shoehorned into that engine room.  That being said you have done some beautiful work on the boat anchor Hemi. Can you tell by my reply I am a Ford man? Whistling

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Posted by All_6s_and_7s on Sunday, January 28, 2018 11:56 AM

Lol yes, yes I can. I do have a 429 actually, but it was slated to go into my ford F150 stepside. 

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Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Sunday, January 28, 2018 12:57 PM

TarheelRick

Going to be one wicked Shoebox. IMHO would have been nice to see a 429 SemiHemi shoehorned into that engine room.  That being said you have done some beautiful work on the boat anchor Hemi. Can you tell by my reply I am a Ford man? Whistling

 

Zip it! LOL ! At least its not a SBC !! 

superb shoebox BTW !

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Posted by All_6s_and_7s on Monday, January 29, 2018 7:32 AM

made some changes on the weekend and made the mistake of pulling the body and interior from my gasser to see how it would look complete, now I'm keeping it. both cars look better now. Cool

as if I didn't have any other frustrations in my life I decided to do some engine detailing. fuel rails and coil over plugs for the win.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Monday, January 29, 2018 6:16 PM
You were right to change , they both look superb ( The red's stance is eeeee-vil ! ) LOL
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Posted by redfirelee on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 6:01 AM

My 2 CentsNice work, need some rearend photos though, just to keep us gearheads happy!

Lee Yoder

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Posted by All_6s_and_7s on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 9:57 AM

redfirelee

My 2 CentsNice work, need some rearend photos though, just to keep us gearheads happy!

 

Well I just shortened the stock rearend and kept the leaf springs. I know it's not ideal, but I was short on a 4 link setup. I best make a licence plate decal that says "NOBARS" too lol

I got to tackling the back half and smoothing the body work. I chopped up a frame of a 53 Ford to get the gas tank which I have narrowed and will be adding a sump and fuel lines to.

Though not technically correct the fuel lines will run into the car "inside the frame rail" as a matter of fact nothing in the build is "technically correct" I'm using corvair cylinders for throttle bodies for Pete sakeStick out tongueDunce

 

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Posted by All_6s_and_7s on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 7:54 AM

Working away on smoothing the chassis, I decided to give it a base coat to fine sand and see where I was at. While I was at it, I placed in the new fuel cell to have a look, and for those with a keen eye yes that is an oil pan I used for the sump, which was a perfect fit I might add.

 

 

 

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Posted by All_6s_and_7s on Friday, February 02, 2018 8:37 PM

After some thought, I decided to scrap the crappy looking coil over plug idea and went with something a little more in your face. I scratch built all the details and I still need to add a touch more. 

even got the throttle cable hooked up 

 

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Posted by All_6s_and_7s on Monday, February 05, 2018 7:57 AM

more detail work getting done. I found a set of wheelie bars so I thought I best add them.

Since I did the body swap from the yellow shoebox to the red gasser I had to make a new hood to cover all that detail. I decided that a punched through look was going to look the best rather than the ol' fashion rectangle. This wasn't available from the ACME Hole Company, so I cut it myself.

I am going to paint and sand until the silver shows through for a fun effect.

I just used the roll cage from the kit and added the rear bars and some added visual

 

 

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Posted by hachirokami on Monday, February 05, 2018 10:27 AM
Is that a couple of air cooled cylinders that you used as the intake for the mechanical injection?
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Posted by All_6s_and_7s on Monday, February 05, 2018 12:09 PM

hachirokami
Is that a couple of air cooled cylinders that you used as the intake for the mechanical injection?
 

yes... Corvair cylinders. I would like to call it, air charge precooling. lol

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Posted by All_6s_and_7s on Wednesday, February 07, 2018 9:03 AM

Our local hobby show is having a theme award this year for " Haulin' ". I'm not much of a transport/carrier builder, so I decided to change up my shoebox dragster just a touch.

I going to make it a "Hotrod Drag week" car and build a trailer will all sorts of parts and tools. That will quailify me for the Haulin' award.  

I'm going to have to remove the wheelie bars, but those will go in the trailer.

 

 

 

I got my hood all detailed and discovered that I used the wrong base colour which I used red instead of flat grapefruit which is giving the hood a slightly darker appearance.

 

 

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Posted by maniacalmodeler on Wednesday, February 07, 2018 7:18 PM

Looking good! I especially like what you've done with the hood!

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Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Wednesday, February 07, 2018 7:40 PM
Love the Drag week & hood opening idea ...... And flat grapefruit would be an awesome prog rock band name BTW !!
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Posted by All_6s_and_7s on Thursday, February 08, 2018 8:16 AM

Thanks Maniacalmodeler and Spencer!!

I have been working on the trailer and knocked it out of the park.

I started with a dirt track car trailer and started the transformation to a utility trailer.

working with styrene, it was pretty easy to knock together a box. The hardest part was cutting the miters in the angles on the roof.

For the amount of detail I want to put inside the trailer I decided to do a cut away in the roof, which I will have some clear poly underneath to seal it up

 

I found all the detail parts I needed, most of which are from the trailer display case and an old racing accessories set that I had. The only thing I am missing is the cabinet that sits on the frame in front of the enclosure.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Friday, February 09, 2018 8:44 PM
The trailer looks great 6&7's , I recently watched a Hot Rod Unlimited with Larry Larsen who said " I'll never use a trailer ....." I guess that Chevy of his had a huge trunk for the slicks , tools , sleeping equipment......
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Posted by gulftarpon on Saturday, February 10, 2018 12:07 PM

This is really nice especially how you used kit parts for so much of it! That takes talent!

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Posted by All_6s_and_7s on Saturday, February 10, 2018 3:46 PM

Spencer if I worked like Larry this build would have already been completed lol 

gulftarpon

This is really nice especially how you used kit parts for so much of it! That takes talent!

Thanks Gulf

 

 

So here is the latest update.

 

I got the exterior painted and looking sharp lots of decals and chrome bits to add

I decided to build seperate interior walls so I could lift the shell off and access the interior easier. 

 

This is where the fun began.... I used a pencil to add wood grain to the interior panel. 

The walls are mostly done and the shelves are in place.

Tool box fits just right. You would almost think I designed it that way...

It won't be long now. I just have to get the tools and parts detailed for the trailer and button up a few things on the shoebox dragster then we are off to the races. 

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Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Saturday, February 10, 2018 7:56 PM

Superb work on the trailer . The "pencil woodgrain" looks great . I have some sheets & tubes of evergreen ( & plastruct !) and I think its time to get creative again !! I like the idea of doing a Shasta style caravan !! Airstreams have too many curves Surprise

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Posted by All_6s_and_7s on Monday, February 12, 2018 7:58 AM

You know I wasn't expecting this to be a super detailed build, ever step I take I find I have to add another detail, because without it, it wouldn't look right. So eventually I will be done, but until then.....

 

I got some details placed mostly mockup.

 

I was able to get the decals printed and added to the exterior.

My wife told me that I wasn't allowed to store the slicks inside the trailer so I have to creative, and with her help we came up with a placement which of course created more work for me.

 

I still have to make the trailer legal and finish off other little details that I haven't thought of yet and add the ploy clear to cover the cutout.

I need to put the exhaust and trailer hitch on the car and remove the wheelie bars and stow them in the trailer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by All_6s_and_7s on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 8:55 AM

Got my spare tires placed and Ratchet straps completed. even got the trailer hitch placed.


Still finalizing details that I haven't thought of yet. But this build is....is nearing completion.

 

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Posted by obsenior on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 2:48 PM

Beautiful build so far.  Really enjoyed watching your progression.  

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Posted by All_6s_and_7s on Thursday, February 15, 2018 7:33 AM

obsenior

Beautiful build so far.  Really enjoyed watching your progression.  

 

 
Thanks OB, that means a lot to me.
 
 
 
 
A couple quick updates
 
I needed to make cheater slicks for the hobby show requirement for "pro street" catagory and I sure don't want to be pulled over by the fuzz so I busted out the drill and a carving tool.
 
 
all legal now bebe.
 
 
 
And while staring blindly into distance, I couldn't help but realize that I needed to keep the ramp closed in transit, so I had to knock together a latch, but it had to be a working latch on a hinge.
 
This is what I came up with.... I still have to make 1 more.Whistling
 
 
 
 

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Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Thursday, February 15, 2018 5:22 PM
Great idea with the scribing . Trouble is my hand gets tremors from my diabetes sometimes so I'll be doing complex 4 dimensional fractals LOL OH , Hey , my favourite band did a song aboot you . ( Yes , from Canada eh ? ) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jctHb5Wvt8I
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Posted by All_6s_and_7s on Friday, February 16, 2018 7:17 AM

Spencer Mopar Fan
Great idea with the scribing . Trouble is my hand gets tremors from my diabetes sometimes so I'll be doing complex 4 dimensional fractals LOL OH , Hey , my favourite band did a song aboot you . ( Yes , from Canada eh ? ) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jctHb5Wvt8I

Aboot time someone noticed lol. When I'm not shovelling snow, I'm working on my kits or shooing moose from my backyard.  

 

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