Thursday’s Therapy

I have been spending a couple of days a week in physical therapy and it has been hurting and helping my problems. Therapy is directly proportional to the effort you put into the process. You need to be focused on the exercises and do them properly. I was thinking that building a hot rod requires the same dedication. You need to put forth the effort every day to accomplish the task. There are many sub assemblies that require a build up prior to the installation. If you don’t feel like doing the “grunt work” do something else like removing the window regulators or door locks.

Speaking of door locks, I have spent many hours, yes hours, trying to remove the lock cylinders from Andre. The cylinder is held in place by a small allen head set screw that you can see from the inner door panel. This screw is inside a cast piece that is secured to the door. You can not use heat without doing damage and penetrating oil does not reach the screw. I have never had trouble backing these babies out but I can’t remove either one of these. I tried a small Cobalt drill and it would not drill out the screw. I don’t want to ruin the casting as I will need it when I install new locks. Any ideas would be appreciated. The same theory goes for physical theapy…don’t over do it.

I received a call yesterday from a fellow who was wanting to know the difference between and early and late firewall. The firewalls are the same as far as fitting in the body opening but the oil can early model is unique and often very pricey. Unless you want a great conversation piece you don’t need it. The V8 and the 4 cylinder had some different holes but they all work. The repo’s seem to fit the bodies and are much cheaper. Most Deuce owners cut the firewall and move back the center section to clear the right cylinder head and distributor. I don’t cut mine as the SBC will fit without modification. You need all the room you can get in a Deuce. In my younger days you threw the firewall away, cut some 3/4 inch plywood, covered it with aluminum and presto you had a really nice looking addition to the engine compartment. You could bolt all your things to the plywood and it provided the much needed insulation from the engine heat. We are spoiled today by all of the aftermarket items available to make our life more comfortable. Remember “Age” requires therapy.

Stay tooned!



Bill sent in some photos of his cars. This is his latest real deal 3 window. He plans to redo in to a 50’s style rod, black with T&R. I am not sure if he will reinstall the door hinges. Tough job. I know how to do this.


He also owns this beauty. A black 5 window coupe with the current “look”.


Here is my fellow GM buddy Gene’s 40 sedan. He is building a new car for himself since he retired from GM. That is Magoo giving his advice. He and Gene go way back.


Of course being a Chevy man Gene is installing a SBC in his ride. Plenty of room in a 40 but can be a little tight on the right side. He solved that problem with a little hammer and dolly work.


Posie’s rear leaf spring kit gets the car in the dirt. Note neat workmanship and reference lines.


Gene moved up to a 525 box for improved handling. I will use a 605 box in mine. Note correct ram horn angle exit manifold.


For clearance, Gene notched the front x member on both sides. CE motor mounts have been lowered to correct engine angle. Fender brackets are from Weedetr.


More Chevrolet influence is seen here in the front braking solution. Corvette calipers.


Front crossmeber showing the notches.

Today’s seat….40 coupe.


I like this look and the center arm rest. My wife wants a 60/40 or buckets seat. Gene is sending me pictures of his 2007 Grand Prix seat (brand new) that he used. Full power with leather. Remember Age requires luxury seats.

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