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Mac
09-22-2009, 01:53 AM
Not a whole bunch of prgress but it took me a while to save up for this next step .

The wiring in the car was , welllll 54 years old . The insulation on all of it was cracking , it had over half a century of previous owners hacking , splicing , ripping etc and instead of watching all my hardwork going up in flames do to some shadetree mechanics electrical shortcomings , i decided to save up the 500 bucks and do it COMPLETE.. I went with an american autowire classic update kit . it came with EVERYTHING , to do a 1955-1956 chevrolet passenger car. everything from the new style spade fuse box right down to new courtesy lamps and door jamb switches , it is a very complete kit built specifically for 1955 chevrolets.

So , since i am pretty much rebuilding this car from the ground up , i take pictures of every step , these pics didnt turn out the greatest due to not being able to use a flash , but boy those dome lights sure make that red interior GLOW!!!

the kit
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f186/uhmname/b2_3.jpg
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f186/uhmname/20_3.jpg

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f186/uhmname/28cfde05.jpg

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f186/uhmname/d2_3.jpg

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f186/uhmname/4d_3.jpg


http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f186/uhmname/DSCN0793.jpg

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f186/uhmname/DSCN0787.jpg

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f186/uhmname/DSCN0790.jpg

TexasRN
09-22-2009, 01:56 AM
Mac, that car looks like the one from that Stephen King movie....Christine. If she locks you in, do not show mercy. Bust out her windshield and run!!!!



~Amy

Mac
09-22-2009, 01:58 AM
Mac, that car looks like the one from that Stephen King movie....Christine. If she locks you in, do not show mercy. Bust out her windshield and run!!!!



~Amy

whoa whoa whoa .

Amy , im gonna let this one slide .

You just mistook a 1955 chevy , for a 1958 PLYMOUTH fury.

Ill let it go this time but lets watch it next time will ya !

:laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh::tongue0 011::tongue0011::tongue0011:

Mark
09-22-2009, 01:59 AM
nice

TexasRN
09-22-2009, 02:02 AM
whoa whoa whoa .

Amy , im gonna let this one slide .

You just mistook a 1955 chevy , for a 1958 PLYMOUTH fury.

Ill let it go this time but lets watch it next time will ya !

:laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh::tongue0 011::tongue0011::tongue0011:


I was talking about that evil inner glow with the inside lights on in the dark. I'd never mistake a whatsit for a whosit.


~Amy

Mac
09-22-2009, 02:04 AM
I was talking about that evil inner glow with the inside lights on in the dark. I'd never mistake a whatsit for a whosit.


~Amy


ahhh , thanks for clearing that up ha ha ha .


There is a bit of resemblence in the "GLOW" :wink:

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_3Pgo2kaznFU/R-243AX0w1I/AAAAAAAAAdc/j-ajh2klnAw/s400/Christine_ZL72139-719543.jpg

Mark
09-22-2009, 02:08 AM
When I restored my 72 4x4 truck I bought a painless wiring harness. It was money well spent by far.

Mac
09-22-2009, 02:23 AM
When I restored my 72 4x4 truck I bought a painless wiring harness. It was money well spent by far.


Yup , why put all that hard work into something just to have it burn down .

My dad tells a story from years ago when him and mom first got married. They neighbor boy restored a 57 chevy truck . He took it out one night after getting it done , they found him the next day with all the wiring burnt up and he was dead in the seat.

Like you said , money well spent .


Wouldnt mind seeing some pics of your 72 .

heres a few 67-72's ive built .
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f186/uhmname/orange.jpg
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f186/uhmname/green68burnout.jpg

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f186/uhmname/blaze344.jpg

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f186/uhmname/blower3.jpg
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f186/uhmname/PICT0427.jpg
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f186/uhmname/PICT0429.jpg

County Mike
09-22-2009, 10:52 AM
That's awesome but I'm guessing it was one hell of a tedious job, replacing all the wiring. I'm glad people like you have the patience and know how to do this sort of thing. It's definitely not part of my skill set.

Primadawn
09-22-2009, 12:07 PM
That looks awesome Mac. Between that and the overkill grill you're definitely my husband's hero...:laugh:

Twinsmama
09-22-2009, 01:02 PM
That is so awesome. You sure are doing a good job. I'm glad to see you replaced all the wiring. It's funny when you see an rebuilt car and old cracked wires with lights that flicker. My husband is a perfectionist too. It's annoying when it is taking so long for him to do something but well worth it once it is done. I personally don't have the patience.

I love the older Chevy trucks. What motor does the 2wd have in it? I bet you have burn out marks in front of your house! (The paved road is about 1/2 mile from my house but it has a ton of burn outs on it!)

You are obviously a Chevy man, what are you Mark?

Llamafighter
09-22-2009, 01:09 PM
Look freaking awesome Mac. That pic of the Green Chevy looks like an ad.

Good work

TENNESSEAN
09-22-2009, 04:14 PM
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f186/uhmname/green68burnout.jpg

real nice!!

all ways wished i had the patience and skill to do work like this. the first rusty bolt i had twist off. i would be ready to scrap the hole thing.

i like watching extrame 4x4 on spike. they make it all seem so easy. huh it aint easy.

Black Mamba
09-22-2009, 04:29 PM
Not a whole bunch of prgress but it took me a while to save up for this next step .

The wiring in the car was , welllll 54 years old . The insulation on all of it was cracking , it had over half a century of previous owners hacking , splicing , ripping etc and instead of watching all my hardwork going up in flames do to some shadetree mechanics electrical shortcomings , i decided to save up the 500 bucks and do it COMPLETE.. I went with an american autowire classic update kit . it came with EVERYTHING , to do a 1955-1956 chevrolet passenger car. everything from the new style spade fuse box right down to new courtesy lamps and door jamb switches , it is a very complete kit built specifically for 1955 chevrolets.

So , since i am pretty much rebuilding this car from the ground up , i take pictures of every step , these pics didnt turn out the greatest due to not being able to use a flash , but boy those dome lights sure make that red interior GLOW!!!




So far so good. :cool:

That would have been cool to work as an apprentice with you on this Mac. :) I have a very basic wiring and soldering background, and are trying to expand it before I start electrical engineering.

Mac
09-22-2009, 05:43 PM
Thanks for the compliments guys and gals .

Mike , it is pretty tedious work , it took me the better part of the weekend to get it all buttoned up . Still need to put the harness into its looms and in its place. But this was a really well thought out kit and it made it pretty easy . Whats nice about this setup is it has about 10 xtra circuits not counting the original ones . In case i want to add anything else down the road , this car will never see power locks , windows or seats , but all the wiring is there for them and tucked up underneath the dash neatly . all i would have to do is install the motors and pull the power options harness from under the dash and hook them up.

LOL Dawn . Tell your husband if you guys ever make it up here , ill fix his supper on the overkill grill :)


Twinsmama . It was just your typical run of the mill small block chevy , I put the b&m street supercharger on it for a little extra umphh . I wanted the truck to kinda be a little sleeper . So there was no chrome to speak of , just everything blacked out , i took the aluminum mags off of it and replaced them with the old black steel wheels that you see on it . It had a mild sounding exhaust , it would out run your typical 5.0 mustang on the street and make it look silly . I called it my old farm truck ha ha ha , It ran good .
Heres an interior pic
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f186/uhmname/PICT0441.jpg

And a pic of the first pass i evere took it down the drag strip , this was heads up racing , no bracket stuff . I put a good lead on that mustang right out of the hole.
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f186/uhmname/01-26-12.jpg




Lama i think i was 16 or 17 in that picture . That was when i put the small tires on it , it was a 68 chevy 3/4 ton 4wd , had a 396 big block chevy , started out with 35 inch boggers on it and went to 44 inch groundwawgs , here is a pic of it with the groundhawgs on . I drove that truck all through high school , mainly in the winter . the bottom two pictures were my high school rides when there wasnt any snow
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f186/uhmname/green68.jpg

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f186/uhmname/55fullside.jpg
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f186/uhmname/binderparade.jpg



Tennesean , its not that tough really . I mean , it takes a while to get the know how down , but honestly , a guy can get in there and just start digging and come out of it with a pretty good understanding on how the stuff works lol.


LiL D ,i coulda used the help ha ha ha . Like i said , its really not that bad , especially when you have some good direction . A little knowledge will take you a long way , The biggest thing you have to learn and remember is the parts themselves , what interchanges , what doesnt , etc

Blmfighter
09-22-2009, 06:41 PM
Nice cars and trucks. I love building stuff. I'm getting ready to start on my friends 61 corvair. I'm looking to trade my truck for an old car. I would perfer a 68-72 chevelle, monte carlo, camaro, skylark, javelin or anything else that is bad ass. If you know of anyone that has anything let me know. I would like to get about $5000 out of my s10.

County Mike
09-22-2009, 07:53 PM
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f186/uhmname/01-26-12.jpg

That's awesome! How silly did they feel?

Blmfighter
09-22-2009, 08:29 PM
If that was a stock Mustang I'm sure Mac blow that guys doors off. I'm sure mac had a fast truck with the supercharger on it. That mustang is burning some oil trying to keep up with the Chevy.

NateR
09-22-2009, 08:56 PM
Wouldnt mind seeing some pics of your 72 .

Here they are Mac. 502 engine, 4-speed, 205 transfer case, 60 in the front, Eaton in the rear. I don't have a scanner so I'm posting this under Nate's account. Mark

http://www.matt-hughes.com/images/mark/72chevy/72chevy0001.jpg
http://www.matt-hughes.com/images/mark/72chevy/72chevy-side.jpg
http://www.matt-hughes.com/images/mark/72chevy/72chevy-back.jpg
http://www.matt-hughes.com/images/mark/72chevy/72chevy.jpg
http://www.matt-hughes.com/images/mark/72chevy/72chevy-motor.jpg

Mac
09-22-2009, 09:04 PM
Here they are Mac. 502 engine, 4-speed, 205 transfer case, 60 in the front, Eaton in the rear. I don't have a scanner so I'm posting this under Nate's account. Mark

http://www.matt-hughes.com/images/mark/72chevy/72chevy0001.jpg
http://www.matt-hughes.com/images/mark/72chevy/72chevy-side.jpg
http://www.matt-hughes.com/images/mark/72chevy/72chevy-back.jpg
http://www.matt-hughes.com/images/mark/72chevy/72chevy.jpg
http://www.matt-hughes.com/images/mark/72chevy/72chevy-motor.jpg


Your Kidding me !!!!

You sold that truck on ebay , roughly 4 - 5 years ago . I remember trying to sell off a few of my toys before the auction ended , I had it on my watch list but couldnt ever get close to it . Ive got those pictures saved somewhere on my computer.



Bet that thing was a reall stump puller . Where did it ever end up ?

Mac
09-22-2009, 10:14 PM
If that was a stock Mustang I'm sure Mac blow that guys doors off. I'm sure mac had a fast truck with the supercharger on it. That mustang is burning some oil trying to keep up with the Chevy.
He told me he had a chip in it when we were finished , and a better set of tires and exhaust . he pulled up and i noticed the et drag radials and weld draglites on it and i figured it would be a rough one .

As for the smoke , that wasnt oil , when he hit second he crammed it a little to hard to try and catch me and broke em loose.

Blmfighter
09-23-2009, 12:20 AM
He was trying to sucker you. I love drag racing. You have had some nice cars.

Irish Pride
09-23-2009, 01:24 AM
Saw some of your progress over on the HAMB, and your recent thread about the idiot who called it a rat rod I think? There are many ignorant people out there.


I've only heard good things about American Autowire. Seems like a good kit. The directions where everything was labeled looked great. I have to do the same thing with mine and...wow I'm nervous lol.

Mark
09-23-2009, 02:03 AM
You are obviously a Chevy man, what are you Mark?

Ford and chevy, Love the 7.3 powerstroke. Love the older chevys, and you cant beat a chevy gas engine.

Mark
09-23-2009, 02:05 AM
Your Kidding me !!!!

You sold that truck on ebay , roughly 4 - 5 years ago . I remember trying to sell off a few of my toys before the auction ended , I had it on my watch list but couldnt ever get close to it . Ive got those pictures saved somewhere on my computer.



Bet that thing was a reall stump puller . Where did it ever end up ?

Didnt sell it on ebay. Sold it to a guy down the road, wish I still had it of course.

Mac
09-23-2009, 02:39 AM
Didnt sell it on ebay. Sold it to a guy down the road, wish I still had it of course.

But it was on eaby , i wont forget seeing that truck on there. Does the guy still have it ?

Mark
09-23-2009, 02:41 AM
yes it was on there. Yes he has it, he pulls it at the fair. He only has a 402 in it, i dont know why.

Mac
09-23-2009, 03:11 AM
yes it was on there. Yes he has it, he pulls it at the fair. He only has a 402 in it, i dont know why.


Oughta get it back , Tell ya what , i was gonna win the lottery this week , but if you want the truck back , ill let you win it this week and ill just win it next week.

Buzzard
09-23-2009, 07:27 AM
Nice cars and trucks. I love building stuff. I'm getting ready to start on my friends 61 corvair. I'm looking to trade my truck for an old car. I would perfer a 68-72 chevelle, monte carlo, camaro, skylark, javelin or anything else that is bad ass. If you know of anyone that has anything let me know. I would like to get about $5000 out of my s10.


AMC fan here. I have a 68 AMX in my garage that I've had for years. I wish I hadn't gotten rid of all my Javelins and other AMX.

Mark
09-24-2009, 01:44 AM
Mac I still need that divorced transfer case for the 79 ford.

Mac
09-24-2009, 03:34 AM
Mac I still need that divorced transfer case for the 79 ford.


And im still looking for it .

suntereo
09-24-2009, 09:43 PM
love following your projects - here's my newest. For my son

MattHughesRocks
09-25-2009, 01:54 AM
And it's a Ford! :w00t:


love following your projects - here's my newest. For my son

Mac
09-25-2009, 02:04 AM
love following your projects - here's my newest. For my son

Man thats a sharp truck . And looks REALLY SOLID!!! So whats youer plans for it ? Whats it got for a drivetrain now ?

suntereo
09-25-2009, 02:43 PM
thanks guys - The truck was my Brother in law's father in law's which he bought new. The setup is 400M / C6 married / 9". Not my fav choice but the sentimental value and the fact that it's a 77 shortbed 4wd with 88k miles kinda evens it out for me. We used to work on our cars in freds shop before he passed going all the way back to highschool (graduated 1991) so my plan is to restore / mild cutomize it the way fred might.

new paint - stock orange of course!
clean up the motor and drive till it blows then throw in a mild 460
level the susp (2 1/2" up front) and 33's on the existing 2 piece centerlines
redo the interior stock, keeping the AM radio and hooking the CB back up
I thought a white vintage rollbar with vintage KC's, white whip antenna and brush gaurd would be a nice touch.

basically rolling the clock back to 1980, I'm a sucker for period correct builds no matter what the car. This approach brings the most emotion to me.

suntereo
09-25-2009, 06:24 PM
on a side note - we have a 71 f150 shortbed 2wd that we are building to be a bit of a sleeper. stroked sb 406" ford motorsport longblock. heads and a motorsport intake manifold painted blue to detract attention. 400hp range, 4.56's in the spooled 9" and a stage 3 manual valve bodied small block C6. Single leaf with airbags over them in the back and some lateral bars I made to prevent wrap.

worn out shocks and an older straight axle up front - hang the heck on!

ugly / streetable and in the mid to high 12's is the goal

Mac
09-25-2009, 06:58 PM
thanks guys - The truck was my Brother in law's father in law's which he bought new. The setup is 400M / C6 married / 9". Not my fav choice but the sentimental value and the fact that it's a 77 shortbed 4wd with 88k miles kinda evens it out for me. We used to work on our cars in freds shop before he passed going all the way back to highschool (graduated 1991) so my plan is to restore / mild cutomize it the way fred might.

new paint - stock orange of course!
clean up the motor and drive till it blows then throw in a mild 460
level the susp (2 1/2" up front) and 33's on the existing 2 piece centerlines
redo the interior stock, keeping the AM radio and hooking the CB back up
I thought a white vintage rollbar with vintage KC's, white whip antenna and brush gaurd would be a nice touch.

basically rolling the clock back to 1980, I'm a sucker for period correct builds no matter what the car. This approach brings the most emotion to me.
Mannnnnnnnnnnn sounds abosolutley perfec!! Im with ya on the period build . My favorite style of truck is stock trim , stock int , stock paint , with a nice lift and tires , Love the WHITE roll bar and grille gaurd idea . If i were you when i chose my rims and tires , i would find some of the old WIDE stock steels and run 35 inch ground hawgs. I think the ground Hawgs would look PERFECT on it . That was pretty much the only choice for bigger tires back in the day was hawgs , and then gateway gumbo monster mudders came out. But the Hawgs look sooooooo much better.

suntereo
09-25-2009, 07:09 PM
hawgs it is - but I'm kinda partial to the vintage centerlines?

Mac
09-25-2009, 07:14 PM
hawgs it is - but I'm kinda partial to the vintage centerlines?

I agree , i love the centerlines , and i will admit they look better oin the fords than they do the chevys. I figured you were planning on changing wheels. Ive got a soft spot for a set of ground hawgs on factory white steels running stock hub caps .

Cant wait to see the next step/.
:cool::cool::cool::cool::cool:

Mac
09-25-2009, 07:19 PM
heres a neat old ad for ya

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3348/3417629694_d9de15d8ab.jpg

REMY
09-25-2009, 08:00 PM
looks a bit like Mark in the picture on the AD

suntereo
09-25-2009, 09:11 PM
heres a neat old ad for ya

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3348/3417629694_d9de15d8ab.jpg

man your the best! thanks