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So finally kicking off an official build thread. Calling it Tux (as in the Linux Penguin) because the car is black and white.
Down and dirty - this will be a full rebuild of everything except body/paint. My '55 Belair 2dr h/t sat in a Reno NV back yard for over 40 years. Original paint with few dings and almost no rust. AME chassis, 2004 Chevy Truck motor LQ4 (6L), 2002 Camaro T-56, VHX gauges, billet specialties steering wheel, ididit steering wheel, Ciadella's interior, Centerline Lazer II wheels, and more...
Day 1 - spent the morning flying to OK - got in around 1200, had lunch and hit the AME Chassis around 1300.
Step 1: clean up - that's my Dad (yes I also helped sweep the floor)
Step 2: organize everything
Step 3: Getting the chassis away from the wall and out so we can work on it.. Man this thing is impressive!
Step 4: Completely disassemble the chassis for paint
Step 5: had the neighbor who is doing all the welding come over to discuss what needs to be done tomorrow morning and mock-up fuel tank
Step 6: chassis ready for welding, started prepping engine by removing lower a/c
Also started working on new flywheel:
Called it a night at 2100 - will start the day early and hope to have all welding complete (fuel tank mounts and exhaust mounts) and chassis painted by end of day.
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I'll do body/paint after I retire (~7 hrs) from Air Force, I just love the patina on the car. I also will use as a daily driver, so with the patina I hope it doesn't scream "steal me." It'll be black and silver in final form. I want to start taking some classes on welding, then body work, and maybe paint. The only thing I'm going to do with body is POR-15 the inside/outside of floor and inner fenders. I also have to replace the center hump because it's been cut up a couple times (manual to auto).
Fuel tank is a '95 F-150 tank from Rock Auto - Spectra F1G1FA. It will support the 58.8 psi fuel pressure and I'm running it on my LS1 powered '66 Nova.
Oh, forgot to mention I ordered the tires last night and will pick them up today, mounted on my Centerline Lazer II's. I'll post pics tonight with the mounted wheels/tires.
Fronts: 17x8 with P245/45R17
Rear: 18x9.5 with P275/40R18
Should be a good, long day of work. Welder showing up around 8 a.m. to fabricate gas tank mounts and exhaust brackets (using Deeds billet hangers). My Daddy will be here around 9 a.m. as well. I'll probably tackle the flywheel and clutch, maybe get the trans mounted today. My Dad and Daddy will probably focus on painting...but we'll see. Goal is to have all welding done and painted so we can begin assembly tomorrow. Still have to get bearings pressed, but have that scheduled as well.