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This is what I've been working on since last Xmas. It's a 33 plymouth, BBC, just wanted a old hot rod that ran good and looked like something from the 60's. It still needs glass and interior done but I hope to drive it before it gets colder than crap. The single holley is in the process of being switched to a tunnel ram and 2 600 holleys. The dash had been attacked with a hachet so I cut off the lower part and made new. I would have done a build thread but I suck at them, just thought I'd post some pics instead. The leg burner exhaust will go underneath this winter, those are tempory, thanks for looking.
 

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Probably one of the best years of all for old Mopars! Suicide doors, and the tops look chopped when they came from the factory! Nice car!
 

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This body was chopped a little more than I liked, it came out of Colorado and was just a shell.
 

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Nice looking Rod. Making it a driver would be fun. Great choice. thanks for posting it.
 

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Decided to go to alum heads so that meant changing pistons. I couldn't believe how hard it was to find open chamber pistons for a 427 that would be pump gas friendly. I got lucky and my machinest had a brand new set of JE with new rings on them A guy was building a 427 and after ordering the pistons he decided to go with a 540. They'd been on the shelf for a few yrs so I got them for $500 and if you've priced any lately you know that's a good deal. They're 11 to 1 with 118 chambers and my heads are 122 so that worked out. Right now I'm working on interior, my hats off to anyone that is good at this. Wish I had the money to have someone to do it, I sure ain't that great at it. I'll take pics when I get it done, from 30 feet away.
 

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The aluminum heads, and larger chambers should make it pump gas friendly. I really like the look of this old Mopar sedan!
 

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Vall, you wouldn't believe how many NEW parts I've replaced on this, some of them 3 times. Electrical stuff is a joke anymore, bad right out of the box. It seems that the brand don't make no difference anymore either, everything is china. Right now everything is working. Nothing much out there for these old mopars and if you find it, they want 3 prices.
 

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Vall, you wouldn't believe how many NEW parts I've replaced on this, some of them 3 times. Electrical stuff is a joke anymore, bad right out of the box. It seems that the brand don't make no difference anymore either, everything is china. Right now everything is working. Nothing much out there for these old mopars and if you find it, they want 3 prices.
Well at least it's old enough you aren't confined to restoration exact copies of original parts. I've found a lot of oddball electrical parts for other cars, and even motorcycles I've used in my old car builds. It's certainly made adapting easier, and cheaper too.
My taillights for my '39 are Harley Davidson LED taillights fitted to my '39 housings. My wiring kit is a 21 cir. universal kit to work on Chev, Mopar, and Ford cars. A bunch of other oddball stuff that I used that look close enough nobody notices they aren't '39 Chevy.
 

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I'm not worrying about original, I bought 2 sets of motorcycle front parking lights that were bad so I went back to Speedways. I'm going to adapt Model A window runs and regulators to my doors. You can find anything for a model A reproduction. I made my grille insert and a bunch of other stuff. Bought a wiring harness kit for mine also, much easier.
 

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China Crap

I think everyone who has posted on here has a story about shitty China parts and having to replace them multiple times. Today I had to replace the front wheel cylinders on my Willys for the 3rd time. You know they're cheap when they stopped making rebuild kits because the assemblies from China are cheaper than the kits were. I've had to replace the master cylinder twice. The Bendix wheel cylinders on my 53 have been on there for decades and never a problem.

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I ran into this a decade ago on my Austin's rear axle. Went to buy a rebuild kit, and they only had complete new cylinders. So I bought one for under $5. Seemed crazy, but I soon found out why. I mounted it up, and bled the system. But when I pumped the brakes the line fitting leaked. I broke it loose, and retightened it, and it still leaked. After several attempts to fix it, I tore it off, gutted the internals, and put them into my old wheel cylinder. Put it back on and it sealed fine, and is still working good after a decade.
 

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That is a great looking car. I love the chop and the suicide doors. Good luck getting it finished! Can't wait to see it done!
 

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I can't wait to see it done myself. The trouble with the china parts is that all the good brands we used years ago have went to china. You can buy something that says made in the USA and pull it out of the box and it says "Made In China" right on it. Thanks for all the positive comments.
 

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I’ve gotten small block Chevy roller timing chain set that don’t line up on zero and you couldn’t put the chain with the gears on zero. Summit almost didn’t believe me. A tire tube that blew out on a seam sidelined me on a bridge and a driver coming from behind took out my coupe and almost killed me and my kid. So I can tell ya about made in China parts. Look at my 35 Chevy thread.
 

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A friend bought a gear drive timing set for his 350 SBC from Summit, and when I went to install it on the engine the crank gear just fell on the crank! It was so loose that with the key out of the crank you could spin it on the crank!
We called Summit and one of their "techs" said that was "normal, and no problem"! I called BS on him, and told him I'd never had a crank gear I could push on by hand. They finally agreed to exchange it, and the replacement went on as you'd want with some resistance.
 

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I've had 2 sets of TRW ball joints for F250 4WD that you could push in with your thumb. I've seen several other problems with them. Standard, Dorman and TRW are 3 you want to stay away foom.
 

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I got the 33 ford out side door handles on, made all the linkage to the bear claw latches. I made the inside handles and made a set of model A inside handles fit. Made all my window channels out of 3/4 box, I could only get the side glass in a 1/4 so they are way to tight in the channels, got plan B coming, or maybe it's plan C, I lost count. I did get the windshield in and it looks decent. You can't find a windshield frame or anything else for these cars and if you do it's big bucks. Wired the trans cooler fan and thermostat up to a relay, cooler is under the back. Now all I need to do is get my glass in the doors and door panels made and I'm ready for the engine. We have a cruise in April the 17th so I'm shooting for that. Also the title, plates and insurance is all taken car of which is a big plus. I'll try and get some pics.
 

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looking good...at least you are not confined to finding factory stuff and can make a lot of the stuff your self...bet it is going to be a blast to drive
 

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Glass and the assorted hardware to make it all work was some of the most time consuming, expensive, and frustrating part of many of my builds! I sure feel for you getting through this part, and hope it all works out well without too much expense!
 
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