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Old 04-06-12, 10:14PM   #1
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Default Progress on my '37 Coupe

Finally got back to my '37 project awhile back. Really haven't done a whole lot to it other than collect parts since I got it 10 years ago. Always seemed to be something to hold me up.

For those who don't know already, I got it from the late Rudy Diephuis of Hayward, CA, well know for racing RAV engines for decades.

This was his project for 11 years until I bought it in '02 just before he passed.

Here's some before pics at this shop where I used to drool over and wish I had it long before I had the chance:

Also a pic before he started
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Old 04-06-12, 10:21PM   #2
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Recently got started back on it because I struck a deal with a buddy of mine that does street rod upholstery to trade my Tempest for upholstery work... even though I wasn't to that point yet. So I've been busy trying to stay ahead of him.

Here's pics of it when I first got it over there:
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Old 04-06-12, 11:08PM   #3
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.....and since it was nowhere ready for upholstery, it kind of forced me to get the ball rolling on things like getting the doors together, which required trips to the chrome shop for the wing window frames, divider bars door handles, latches, guides, etc.

And to my machinist buddy's place for custom rivets for the divider bars, and a new column drop for the new chrome stearing column I went with.

Dynamat on the floor, had to mount my fuse box, and run wires, plan a stereo system, etc

Fabbed mounts for the Intrepid power seats, and installed an SPW power window kit and a Newport engineering electric W/S wiper kit:
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Old 04-06-12, 11:18PM   #4
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Next he started some framing in the trunk and the trunk divider in wood, and the door panels and kick panels were formed from heavy plastic.

Also shown is the materials we ordered for it - an ox blood color and a satin black as well as some ostrich pattern in both colors for accent:
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Old 04-06-12, 11:55PM   #5
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The engine and Coffin mufflers waiting to go in:

The engine is a balanced '69 428 built to 4spd HO specs with '69 #16 heads, Crane blueprint HO cam, and long branch HO manifolds.

TRW forged pistons dished out to about 1/8" from edge of piston and the same depth as the factory silver dollar sized dish, N crank, stainless valves, Speed Pro springs, ARP studs, etc

Also have an Allpontiac cast aluminum valley pan to go under the Doug Nash tunnel ram. A pair of Edlebrock 500 carbs in the boxes, and the early M/T valve covers will be polished.

Rearend is a '57 Pontiac with new 31 spline axles and a Hurst/Airheart rear disc setup.

Frontend is Mustang II

Trans is a TH400 with TCI 11" converter.
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Old 04-07-12, 06:00AM   #6
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Next stage in the trunk, and the headliner going in, as well as the bottom part of the "back seat" if you want to call it that. Mostly a stash area for blankets, jackets, ect,
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Old 04-07-12, 06:08AM   #7
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Trunk starts getting some color, Firewall pad in, and a better view of how the power windows mount. Power window swicthes are the kind that use the stock window crank to move 15 degrees.

Trunk will have it's own Alpine mids/tweeters/crossover system just like the set inside the car for sitting around at shows, etc. Left trunk panel has an MP3 input and volume knob for the trunk system. Will be able to use Interior/Trunk systems seperately or together. One 12" woofer will be used with either setup.
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Old 04-07-12, 06:27AM   #8
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Pics of the upholstery guy's '56 ford panel:

These pics don't even come close to doing this truck justice.
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Pics of some new and NOS parts I've gathered for it:

NOS grille center, wiper transmissions, ashtray, grille emblem, trunk handle, and a '48 hood ornament that will fit with a little massaging of the hood center chrome.

Very nice original clock. Did have a nice radio head, but it won't fit with the electric wipers.

Alpine set is one of 2 sets for the car.

Also managed to find a nice crank hole cover as well. Need to get a pic of it.
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Pics from last weekend:
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