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  1. zzrodder

    Second Wind - a Packard Gasser

    Yes it does - is that OK? It's got a louvered cover on the wheelwell side, should keep debris from going in, there's an intake port on the bottom of the box also. I've found from previous safety inspections that it's required, just a good idea anyways I figure...
  2. zzrodder

    1930 Dodge truck, not a Fargo

    I've heard Elon's defense for such a fugly flat panel body is that "stainless is very difficult to form into complex shapes". I call BS on that. Case in point, the stainless bodies made in the 1930's..... You can't tell me manufacturing processes haven't advanced since then??
  3. zzrodder

    Second Wind - a Packard Gasser

    Made up all the interior panels to be upholstered from 1/8" ABS, more expensive than thin wood panels but doesn't crack or shatter when installing clips, etc., won't absorb water or rot. Bunch of smaller pieces go above the doors and front window, door tops.
  4. zzrodder

    Motor Monday... whatcha got?!?

    The JAP V8, looks like something from an illustration from a Jules Verne novel, with all the exposed gizmoness, brass, copper, etc., and a wood frame too!
  5. zzrodder

    Bogeyman build continuation

    Good to see you back building here, I always find your take on fabrication and creating parts inspiring, give us more, please!
  6. zzrodder

    Second Wind - a Packard Gasser

    Time to get something done here, got some sound deadner/heat barrier sheets and slapped it on everywhere....
  7. zzrodder

    Hercules

    Still waiting for engine parts, decided to redo the back wall upholstery, the car scene was cool but hidden behind the seats and color didn't match the rest of the interior. Also redid the carpet to replace the previous which was just thrown in to get rolling, short loop style, hand stitched the...
  8. zzrodder

    1930 Dodge truck, not a Fargo

    Simple but effective Bob, those 8" diffs are getting scarce nowadays.
  9. zzrodder

    Hercules

    Tired of engine woes today, received the Johnny Joints to replace the heim joints on the trailing arms and rear track bar. Lotsa fun creeping around underneath installing them :cautious: The heims are positive but noisy and harsh. The Johnny Joints are poly bushed, greaseable and rebuildable -...
  10. zzrodder

    Hercules

    Yep, I may even put in the stock springs which are likely lighter still.. Thanks Bob I guess I'm a sucker for punishment... After this experience, I'm going to use a roller cam in the 496 BBC for the Packard Gasser, need to flog off the flat tappet Big Mutha Thumper cam I already bought for...
  11. zzrodder

    Hercules

    No, they are the Comp springs that came with the cam, I'll remove the inner dampers for the next attempt - a real PITA but if it works out, it'll be worth it.
  12. zzrodder

    Hercules

    Wouldn't you know it, they don't make the DLC coated ones for the Ford FE engines...
  13. zzrodder

    Hercules

    Sorry Bob, I don't know where to find one here. Oh yeah, used to do that all the time, used cam, mix up the lifters, so on, no break in run - no problems... That makes sense, also watched a couple other vids. Here's what I think I've learned: I used Lucas 10-30 oil, now realize it did not have...
  14. zzrodder

    Hercules

    Roller cam and lifters for an FE Ford is like $2000.00 Canadian, hard to justify it for this engine.... Hard to place just why it failed, did all the steps needed and pre-lubed the engine by driving the oil pump, turning the engine to different positions to get oil everywhere - seems to be a...
  15. zzrodder

    Hercules

    Yes, very happy with the change.... On another note, today was an epic fail, wiped out a lobe and lifter on the new Comp Cams Thumper cam🤬 Did all the usual lubing of the lobes and bearings, lifters, pushrods, rockers, etc., - even purged the lifters before putting them in and used hi zinc oil...
  16. zzrodder

    Hercules

    Got the 390 landed in place, only a couple of snafus - this is a 1961 block and didn't have the threaded hole in the front of the block for the alternator mount bolt - just a drill and tap job. And the motor mount bosses on the block are farther back and closer together than on the 1973 360...
  17. zzrodder

    Scratch built rat.

    Blazing your own trail! Take a look at my Hercules build, may help you with ideas for your pickup. It's the third one I've built, and I learn more every time, and one of those things is - give yourself lots of legroom - driving with your knees up hitting the steering wheel gets old real fast...
  18. zzrodder

    1930 Dodge truck, not a Fargo

    Just caught up on your progress Bob, looking good as usual. I did a similar axle flip on my 55 Chev pickup 50 years ago (wait, what - was it that long ago?? Yikes!), I welded tabs on made from 1/2" plate instead of one single plate, then cut off the stock mounts. People often freak out about...
  19. zzrodder

    Hercules

    Pulled the 360 out today, usual spillage of fluids 😒
  20. zzrodder

    Hercules

    Drove it today with the 2.75 rear gear, what an improvement! The granny low 1st gear is usable now, I can drive it like a regular 4spd except 1st is non syncro - no big deal. Plus highway revs are now way down, better long distance cruising. :giggle: The 'ol 360 comes out tomorrow to make way...
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