Thursday, November 27, 2014

1965 THUNDERBIRD PROJECT CAR

My next project car is a 1965 Thunderbird. The car has been stored for the last 25+ years and has 73651 miles original miles on it. Purchased in Los Angles in 1965 then moved to Las Vegas in 1975 by the same owner. It starts & runs but needs a lot of TLC, upholstery, paint, tires & brakes and all the systems have to be rebuilt, flushed and cleaned. 

 The car was on Craigs list and located in Las Vegas NV.
 The front, back and passenger side are in good condition.

 The driver side door has been replaced and is dented. The original door had rusted through at the bottom. the rest of this side is good.
 I went to Las Vegas yesterday (11/26/14) it's a 300 mile and 3 hour round trip from my house but the trip went well.

GOOD-GUYS SCOTTSDALE 2014

We took the 51 to Scottsdale this November after I had replaced the air ride system.

 Below are the new Accuair components for the air ride system, control module, 4-corner valve unit, control console, 4 ride height sensors, pressure switch, wire harness's, 3/8" air lines & fittings and hardware.
 The old system was made up of Accuair control module, Ride Tech air valve (frond & rear only not 4-corners).

 Ride Tech front and rear ride height sensors with the wiring spliced and patched in to the Accuair and 1/4" air lines.

 New front ride height sensor above new system installed below behind back seat below.

 G.G Scottsdale a model A chopped, channeled, with a cad engine above.  
 Above & below another chopped, channeled and 32 grill with a Desoto Fire-Dome Hemi (the same engine that was in my 50 Ford high school car).

 How about this for a Nash.
 The Tucson boys built another Kaiser Darrin with a cad engine. 
 Lots of rat rods were at the show.
 4000+ cars were at the show on Saturday.

STARLINER UPDATE

The Starliner new "coil over"suspension has been installed and is now being prep for new paint with the same color "Garnet Mist" and the same pin-striping.

 Taped off and ready to start sanding.


 Could not get any good pictures of the front but you can see the 4 link & coil over on the back.
  Moor after paint.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

1960 STARLINER

With the money from the recent car sales the first up-grade to the Starliner will be new suspension and exhaust system.
On Monday we took the car to Hot Rods By Dean in Phoenix.


Dean will install a bolt in 4-Link  Coil Over Kit w/Front Coil Over Shocks from Ride Tech, a new Borgeson Steering Box and rebuild the front suspension with new in/out tie rods, upper & lower ball joints, A-arm bushings, pitman arm and idler arm.


Dean currently is putting the same set up on a 1962 Ford Galaxy that I was able to look at before deciding not to go with a air ride system.  After the suspension work a new exhaust system will be installed.


We have ask Dean for a estimate to repaint the car the same color and pin-stripping and the cost for new upholstery. Hopefully there is enough in the budget to cover one or both.
I will up date progress after the next visit to Deans.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

RON'S CARS

An update on whats left in the shop as the 60 Edsel Station Wagon, 60 Edsel parts car and the 50 Ford Street Rod have been sold.
 So I decided to keep the 5 that are finished. 

 The chopped 51 4-door Ford won 2nd place at the Grand national Roadster Show and 1st place at the Autorama this year.
The 53 "Karens Kaiser" is being prepared to go to the Grand National and Autorama in January and February 2015.
 The money from the sale will go into the 60 Ford Starliner starting with a all new suspension using coil over and new steering. I will post on the progress.
 The 1947 Hudson Super 6 has a new engine and is road ready.
 My 1974 Ford F-250  (that I bought new in 74) is rebuilt and now has new tires after a blow out that took the left front finder out and did damage to the running boards that was repaired by Hot Rods by Dean who matched the 40 year old paint.
If I find a project car that interest me I will start a new project until then just enjoy the the cars I have.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

1960 EDSEL CAN BE DRIVEN

The 60 Edsel Station Wagon is finally back together and running.


 I was able to find all the parts put it back together before doing the paint, glass, upholstery and chrome. All the trim is on except some of the glass trim and the roof trim.

 The interior is back in with new carpet and door panels (not installed yet). I have a roll of seat covering material but no head liner. Seat belts were added. Could not find the ash tray for the back of the front seat.
The inner fenders, radiator support and hood latch support were sand blasted primed and painted.
The front gravel pan was missing and taken from the sedan parts car.
The surge tank, fan and spacer were damaged and I found them on Craig's list in California. New water pump, fuel pump and fuel line to caburator installed.
All the original wiring was repaired and used. new heater hoses and radiator hoses installed.
New exhaust system was found on E Bay by Classic Exhaust that fit just like the original stock one.

The exhaust runs over the axle then to the outside of the frame where the muffler is mounted using the stock hangers.
Dash wiring and guages were repaired new ignition switch, head light switch and dimmer switch installed.
The floor pans were covered with Dynamat, heat and sound insulation, from the fire wall to the back of the rear seat.

New carpet kit front and rear in the orignal color installed along with a new gas petal.
New starter and generator and voltage regulator with rebuilt power steering pump and cylinder with new hoses installed.
When I drove the car for the first time it did not go to far as the transmission fluid was low so I parked it for the night the next morning there was puddle of rear end oil on the floor so I dropped the drive shaft and removed the axles and pinion gear to replace all the seals and found bad pinion bearings and races so all the seals,bearings,races and u joint are new. The second test drive went much better the car runs, drives and stops good and every thing works.
I have spent $7,500.00 in parts and engine rebuild and 650 hours to get the car drivable and asking $9.000.00 for it if anybody out there is interested contact me at austinpeakrd@gmail.com.
This is the 1960 Edsel 2 door sedan parts car that I will put up for sale.