The weekend was very productive and the weather cooperated most of the time with period of showers on Sunday. Â I was focused to achieve my goal of installing the engine in Lucy’s nice chassis. Â My wife and I worked for about an hour and half and we had everything in place. Â The pivot plate makes the installation almost fool proof. We did not scratch any paint and the motor mount bolts slid right through the mounts without issue. Â If you have a strong back you could install the engine by yourself using this tool. Â Thanks Walt for the load of the Pivot Plate.
My goal now is to get the engine and driveline connected in order to take my first drive around the block. Â This is always a wonderful and self gratifying time for the home builder. Â I make lots of lists in order not to forget anything. Â In fact, I make the list over and over again until I am satisfied that I have not forgot anything. Â I tape the list to the car in the area that I can see easily when doing the final assembly. Â I hope to finish the project in the next month.
I have not heard about the car shows this weekend but I am sure I will have some photos by tomorrow.
I am adjusting the engine downward toward the transmission mount. Â This is very easy to do by using a 1 1/8 inch wrench. Â The screw mechanism works very easily if you keep it greased.
The engine is now mounted in place ready for final assembly of the remaining components.
I had made the head pipes a year or so ago and wanted to make sure they still fit. Â It is tight but will function properly. Â The open spot on the chassis is the VIN number for the DMV verifier. Â That is next, now that I have the engine installed.
I had tacked the side tubing to my steel header and needed to rework them into a smoother transition into the windshield.
I trimmed the passenger side to my meet the post and with final welding the blend will be seamless. Â Progress on Lucy made her a happy girl this past weekend.
I had a question concerning using a flattened rear crossmember and a 40 spring. Â Here is one example of how to do it. Â R&C did an article on the conversion a few years ago.
Another approach for using the 40 spring is to straighten out the curved section of the 32-34 rear crossmember. Â I used to heat and beat but this is a much nicer way to accomplish the task. Â Taken from the HAMB.
If you want the more modern look this set up does the same thing. Â It all depends on what style of car you are building. Â It seems lots of people are going back to where it all started for their new projects. Â I like both styles but this one is much stronger and more dependable than the early Ford components.
Here is another early style of front suspension that works well. Â I can’t tell about the steering arm but it appears to be welded to the spindle boss. Â I wouldn’t recommend this but I have seen it done numerous times without incident. Â The look replicates the 32-34 spindle.
Tomorrow’s Travel Trip….Reality show on Pewsplace!
George took this wonderful photo from his 3 window coupe. Â I don’t think you would want to tangle with the big boy. Â Somewhere in the Wyoming wilderness the little Deuce coupe encounter the “King of the Road”.