New Year - New Car , Sorta !

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Well neither of my Corvette's need anything major , so I am back at my 58 Chev Delray Sedan Delivery as my winter project as time permits. I ripped a frame out from another wagon just before it snowed as the one in the Delray was not great in a couple of spots so the transplant is needed. Donor frame had alot of factory undercoating on it and is actually in very nice shape other than some dude welded a hitch in back and the angle iron trapped dirt and moisture and did some rust damage to the cross piece. So I had to cut 7" off the back end and weld on a piece which I cut off a 58 Pontiac Strato Chief 2 door sedan . Did it out in the snow but forgot to take the camera so no action shots with the torch on my back under the Poncho. So a new car for me in the new year it will be. See how far I can get on this one before the snow melts.

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Man oh man your not fooling around there, thats a major undertaking! :Cheers2: Good on you and best of luck. I shall follow your thread as you make progress on your build. I don't think I could tackle something like that anymore..... short of patience as I age... lol
 

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Got the frame all scraped clean, took it 16 miles to the car wash to wash out the dirt from inside crossmember , driveshaft tunnel and the boxed part of the " X " frame. 2 1/2 hours to POR 15 the thing with a brush .
Needed the front suspension from the donar car outside so I managed to get that off. Cleaned everything up , painted , installed new poly urethane bushings in the control arms and almost got them back in, just waiting for some new bolts for the bottoms. Installed V8 motor mount brackets on the frame cross member. Had in my stash some NOS GM balljoints so got the tops in. Sprayed a little orange on the diff just to see and yeah I'll go with it as I been painting the diffs in my vehicles orange since the 70's, kinda my trademark !! , will finish it later. Coil springs will go in after I get the bottom control arms in place. Coming along OK so far , just not spending as much time on it that I would like but at least anything I do now shows some progress.

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Damn Michael you are making the rest of us look really bad!
 
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I posted this in the corner of the forum that very few read or have any interest in, but it gives some reading info during these winter months while all the Vettes are sleeping. I doubt I will ever tackle a Corvette restoration job , but the 58's I can do with my eyes closed at my age so while I still have spark I am banging and scratching away.
 

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I posted this in the corner of the forum that very few read or have any interest in, but it gives some reading info during these winter months while all the Vettes are sleeping. I doubt I will ever tackle a Corvette restoration job , but the 58's I can do with my eyes closed at my age so while I still have spark I am banging and scratching away.
Keeping the Spark self-contained as you are in a garage ...Bang and Scratch to your Heart’s content. Heck if a few, including myself, were closer, I’d think you’d have a line up at the door on any day you call out to ask for someone to hold the other end of a part 😁👍🏻... awesome thread & thanks
 

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...Thanks guys. Yeah SN-111 there are times a third hand or foot would help but I still manage to do the job. Haven't a perfect solution how to switch the frames out yet as the body is painted so I need to be xtra carefull, so 6 guys would be nice to just pick up and place the body on the new frame...:Biggrin:...
Just stripped the paint of a new set of front shocks and painted them 60's American Pontiac engine silver blue and installed the new lower ball joints, dang forgot the camera in the house again so no action shots.
Well the classic Rock is playing commercial free on DTV sat radio and I'm back into it enjoying my time in the shop.
 
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Didn't accomplish much , but I painted the diff orange , installed one new brake cyl in back , got the new grade 8 bolts 2day so I bolted down the lower control arms in front and I managed to install one front coil spring. That is a tough job, I always am scared of something letting go when compressing a spring as it powerfull and do major damage if went flying. Trouble is there is no weight on the frame so I couldn't use that for helping load 'er up. But I had a idea if I chain the frame down to the rails of the hoist then I can use a floor jack under the control arm and jack it up untill I can get the top ball joint in and catch the threads. I had a spring compressor in the spring but it was still an inch not enough and I was scared it would break if I squeezed it more. But the idea worked and I got it together. The other side will go faster now that I know better how to do it safely. One coil down, 3 to go . I'm having fun.


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Looking good Michael. Looks more to me that you did accomplish a whole lot.:thumbs:
 

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Slow but sure, I got all 4 springs in place, shocks painted and mounted , working on the steel brake lines next. 58 was the first year Chev for all coil spring suspension.

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well not going as quick as hoped for, had to wait for some parts to come in, then change of plans which sometimes happens when building things. I decided to update the front ball bearing hubs to roller bearings, so after I had already had the drums resurfaced which are riveted to the ball type hubs, I thought it easier and better to just buy new drums for the update. The roller hubs are found on a 61 - 68 chev / pontiac and fit the 58 spindles and drums, that is the nice thing about chevy .....swap stuff around. So out in the snow to my graveyard, take off some hubs , rebuild them and install with new drums. I made new brake and fuel lines, the fuel I changed up from 5/16 to 3/8" . Surprisingly the emergency brake cables were not seized up, they moved freely, this car must of never seen salt, so just cleaned them up , painted and reinstalled. One more job to do before I throw the body on and that is have to make a rear mount for the tranny. The 200 R4 that I'm using is same length as the original cast iron powerglide but the mount is about 6" further back, so I have to make something to hold up the tranny and yet allow room to remove the tranny if needed later. Easier to build with body off . So to get exact placement of the new mount I have to mount a block and tranny in its place to get the correct spot for the mount. 2day too cold to start the tractor so I used the 4x4 and went out back and dragged in a 350 block that I had on a pallet out there, will bolt it up to the 200 R4 and using the engine mounts as a guide plus align the tranny output shaft with the driveshaft tunnel, I will have the exact view of where to make the mount. I threw on a Cragar SS just to see how the things look all put together and I like it.

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Nice progress XFIRE82. Looks like you're doing things right! I hope you will encounter minimal 'issues' with your build, but having said that, it seems like you will resolve whatever comes your way.....
 
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this morning I bolted up a 4 bolt main 350 block to the o/d tranny and set it in place in the frame, propped up the back end, stuck in the 2 piece drive shaft through the tunnel , snugged down the center bearing. Now I have a true visual of where to make a crossmember for the rear tranny mount. That is one nice thing about chev, small block or big block 58 , 60's 70's 80's engines the motor mounts are in the same place , so I used this old 350 for my pattern. A "W" block 348 tripower will be what will rest on the mounts once I get things all made. looking better every day.

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slowly chuggin alone as time permits. Got the frame finished, opened the sea can doors and pushed the Delray out and across the yard to the shop by myself in -30's !! , did the scarey job of lifting the body off the old frame , rolling it out quick and roll the new frame under without any screw ups. Hard to think what would happen if it fell and buggered up my expensive paint job. Got a couple of guys to just hold it steady for me while it was hanging in the air as I quickly myself rolled out the old and pushed in the new.

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