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Post by RebStew on November 21st 2010, 5:37 am

Me and Butch drove Bertha over to that Rat Rod show at Taz's today. Looks like I'm going to need a radiator. I blew one of the center cores out on the way back. It was hot by the time I pulled up in front of the house. I put some of that fancy stop leak in it. I'm hoping to be able to limp it around town untill I can get a radiator.

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Post by Z-YOU on November 21st 2010, 6:09 am

Maybe it had the wrong cap. It's only suppose to have a 4lb cap I think.
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Post by junkyard junky on November 21st 2010, 6:12 am

I can give the part number for the spring pads for rear end if you swap it out if you want it. The ones I got from the dodge dealership had the correct holes and spacing for the stock springs.

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Post by RebStew on November 21st 2010, 6:38 am

junkyard junky wrote:I can give the part number for the spring pads for rear end if you swap it out if you want it. The ones I got from the dodge dealership had the correct holes and spacing for the stock springs.
I'm not sure what I'm doing with it yet Jonathan. I'm going to try to hold off doing anything to it for right now. No funds for projects at this time. I'm just going to fix what I break. Very Happy

Z-YOU wrote:Maybe it had the wrong cap. It's only suppose to have a 4lb cap I think.
I'm not sure. I was running it hard on the highway and let the temp get too hi. The old radiator doesn't look the best anyway. I figure it would not last long. I may be able to mount an early Mustang radiator in it. I have to figure out what side the bottom hose sits on first. I can buy one of those new and should not have to ever worry about it again.


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Post by junkyard junky on November 21st 2010, 6:58 am

A buddy told me that a 55 chevy radiator was some what close to the 49-52 chevy radiator. I think I've seen this on the internet before. Might give you a couple more options.

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Post by junkyard junky on November 21st 2010, 7:12 am

http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/showthread.php?t=518767&highlight=52+chevy+radiator

http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/showthread.php?t=351698&highlight=52+chevy+radiator

I've got a radiator book that has dimensions and evrything. I'm not sure how far it goes back. I'll check and see.

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Post by RebStew on November 21st 2010, 7:19 am

Thanks for the links. Ronnie said he had one out of a early nova. That might work. I don't mind a little fab work as long as it looks half way decent in there.

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Post by RebStew on November 28th 2010, 1:25 pm

In what little bit of spare time I have I have been tinkering with the 49. Big Bertha will be a family cruiser with some mild custom touches. I started shaving the door handles

I used the flared end of a 3/8 metal gas line to use as a guide for the key to hit the latch.

Here you see the flared end. It will also act as a gutter running the car wash or rain water around it instead of going into the hole.

The key will have a hole drilled in it and hung on my key chain. All it is, is the piece out of the old door handle that use to hit the lock.

link to shaved doors above. http://www.scroungers.net/tech-f30/shaved-door-handles-t3684.htm




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Post by RebStew on December 1st 2010, 2:51 am

Johnny Bennett I need your help. I wasn't going to bag this 49 untill I seen this picture of this more door below. I dig it. Maybe Febuary I may start on the back depending on the cash flow. I want to use the same BIG bags you put on the truck. If you want to I could use a hand figuring it all out. I can do the frame work but the fitting and lines stuff I may need you to look at.

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Post by falconwagon62 on December 1st 2010, 3:12 am

don't forget the dingle balls and wire wheels to vieja

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Post by RebStew on December 1st 2010, 8:34 am

Couple days ago I was getting ready to go get one of the kids from school. I fired old Bertha up and man she was running rough. She chugged and puked and wouldn't run. I pulled the throttle open and jumped out and opened the hood. It looked like you turn on a water spicket. Gas was pouring out of the top of the carb. I shut it off and started smacking the carb hope the float would come loose. It never did.

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Post by RebStew on December 1st 2010, 8:43 am

I was running late so I opened up the top of the carb and I moved the float with a screw driver. It moved fine.I put it back together and hoped for the best. Didn't work! Evil or Very Mad
I knew what it was then. Late last night I went out and ripped the carb apart. Pulled the top off and yanked the float off. Held it next to my ear and shook it. It was half filled with gas.

That's the second time I've had that happen to me. No deal on getting a rebuild kit. I had to order it. So as of now my cobbled up fix is still working but the true test will be in a few days. I took a razor blade and dug a small hole in the top to let the gas out. The bad float was just a pin hole where it was put together. I mixed up some JB Weld and put it around it.


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Post by RebStew on December 1st 2010, 8:50 am

As bad as my cobble job is I'm hoping it will hold till I get a kit. It may hold forever I don't know. I cleaned it all up and messed around with some plunger that is inside it. I was driving it around most of the day and she seems to be running better than ever.
Bad part was being on my hands and knees looking for the needle when it fell out of the seat. It took me over an hour to find it. Shocked

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Post by LRS30 on December 2nd 2010, 3:52 am

Sometimes the wieght of the compound will effect the float, just an FYI.. I had the same problem with the float in my tank on the 64, should have seen the look on my boys face when I pulled out the plumbing torch to solder it up Shocked , but I explained to him that I am a highly trained idiot and learned it from his grandfather! That did'nt seem to calm him down either. So we had a long discussion about the right way and wrong way of doing things.... I still don't think he trusted me 100% , but when I soldered it up with out a explosion, he was fine...lol
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Post by RebStew on December 2nd 2010, 4:02 am

So far she's still doing fine. Running better than it did before. When I get the rebuild kit I will go through the carb and then keep the old float in the glove box just in case. cheers

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Post by LRS30 on December 2nd 2010, 4:45 am

I figured you knew that but just threw it out for others who may have never done such a thing...
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Post by RebStew on December 8th 2010, 4:38 am

3 day of below freezing temps and the 49 is still starting. She started all 3 days. Pump her 3 or 4 times, pull the choke and she wakes right up. So far so good.

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Post by junkyardjeff on December 8th 2010, 5:02 am

I had that happen a few times on my 53 olds and was glad I had a few parts carbs,when they started putting alcohol in the gas is when the trouble started.

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Post by RebStew on December 8th 2010, 6:47 am

Don't make fun of my photo shop It's easier for me to cut a real car in two than to mess with this computer stuff. But this is my idea. As you can see just a drop and a set of skirts would go a long way.




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Post by JRiggs on December 8th 2010, 7:13 am

man mike really needs to have that bumper put back into place Smile


u did a good job photoshopping that i get the point itll look good, but what about a visor. ??? wheres it at in the picture. lol jk
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Post by RebStew on December 8th 2010, 7:28 am

Visor and skirts are on the list.

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Post by RebStew on December 11th 2010, 8:49 am

Steering box is junk. 6 banger is pouring oil out of the rear seal. The old radiator is getting worse. Looks like a complete V8, auto and rearend swap will be in the works soon. Just trying to figure out what the best route to take. I should say not the best way but the cheapest way. I went to the junk yard today looking for a frame to clip the front. No luck so far.

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Post by RustyKarr on December 11th 2010, 2:48 pm

I was reading on one site and a Chevy around the same year had a Monte Carlo frame under it with the complete drivetrain. Not sure what year Monte though.

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Post by RebStew on December 11th 2010, 6:24 pm

RustyKarr wrote:I was reading on one site and a Chevy around the same year had a Monte Carlo frame under it with the complete drivetrain. Not sure what year Monte though.
Do you remember the site? I know the G body frame has tobe stretched but that's no big deal. Just trying to figure out all my options.

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Post by RustyKarr on December 11th 2010, 6:48 pm

Not sure exactly where I saw it but that Id mention it.

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