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ssnowden last won the day on October 9 2016

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About ssnowden

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    Junior Member, just joined the forum !
  • Birthday 02/05/1966

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    Bagdad, Kentucky
  • My Project Cars
    1948 Plymouth Special Deluxe Business Coupe<br />
    1953 Dodge B4B Truck


  • Location
    Bagdad, KY
  • Interests
    Old cars and trucks, obviously.

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  1. ssnowden

    Age Demographics Please Take The Poll...

    It's really interesting to see the distribution. At 52 I figured I would be one of the younger ones on here, but I see there's a good number younger than me. It's awesome news to see that this hobby and these cars may be around longer than I was fearing it would.
  2. ssnowden

    New (to me) Truck

    I’ve got the engine and transmission back in so I can fabricate the cross member. I also put the mini starter on and checked the stock steering box fit. It looks like I will have to move it down and forward about 3”.
  3. ssnowden

    New (to me) Truck

    The frame boxing is done. I’m glad to get that knocked out. I’ll clean it up and put some KBS rust seal frame coater on it.
  4. ssnowden

    New (to me) Truck

    Thanks. I'm learning as I go. It's the Hobart Airforce 12ci. It's quickly becoming one of my favorite things in the garage. https://www.amazon.com/Hobart-500564-Airforce-Plasma-Compressor/dp/B014V4LJWS
  5. ssnowden

    New (to me) Truck

    I got the “Tanks” gas tank brackets fabricated and spot welded in place. The tank is for an earlier version of the truck, so you have to modify the brackets. A couple of pieces of 3/16 angle works good.
  6. ssnowden

    New (to me) Truck

    Merry Christmas! I was able to get out and do some boxing on the frame. The little Hobart plasma cutter really made cutting the boxing go much faster.
  7. ssnowden

    New (to me) Truck

    I have the engine mounted and now will start working on the transmission cross member.
  8. ssnowden

    New (to me) Truck

    Doing a test fit on the new bracket.
  9. ssnowden

    New (to me) Truck

    I got the first frame mount created for the motor mounts. I’ll get it ground down a bit more then paint it.
  10. ssnowden

    engine swap upgrade

    I think we all can agree that we hope Pilothouse trucks fetching $50K becomes the norm.
  11. ssnowden

    New (to me) Truck

    Yes. I plan on boxing the frame. Given this my first build, any other insights are appreciated.
  12. ssnowden

    New (to me) Truck

    I'm starting the fitment for the mounts. Surprisingly there is plenty of room for the big block. I think it's going to fit in there nicely. This first pic is the engine is hanging higher than it will actually sit. I had to remove the oil filter and will need to do a little cut to make the remote oil filter connector fit. I think the radiator can go in the same mounting bracket as the original as I placed the engine pulley in the same location as where the flathead sat. With the down draft stainless headers, a mini-starter and moving the engine over 1 1/2" to the passenger side, I think the original steering box, or one that size will fit in there too. I was able to keep the original mounting plate for the steering box intact.
  13. ssnowden

    New (to me) Truck

    It's been a while since I provided an update. I had another project (48 plymouth) that I put ahead of this one, but now I'm back on the truck. The cab is in primer and I've stripped the paint off the outside doors and front fenders and front. For the most part, the cab is in great shape. The dash had some heavy pitting though. I hadn't used it before, but I shot some Slick Sand high build polyester primer hoping I wouldn't have to skim coat the whole dash. I built it up where I thought I got the thickness of most of the pits. I sanded on it for about 4 hours and I was very happy with the results. You can see from these first two photos, the pitting was bad. I have one more coat of Slick Sand to put on after I finish sanding the whole cab, and I'll use a finer grit sandpaper on the next coat to eliminate the sanding marks left with the 220, but the dash is going to go from rough as a cob, to velvety smooth. Next, as we all are prone to do, I changed my mind on the drivetrain. I've decided to put a little more power under the hood. The flathead is cool, but I didn't find myself wanting original as my end result. I want more of a resto-mod with an automatic and more power. So, I happened upon a guy locally via CL that had just pulled this 400 big block and A727 transmission from a 69 Satellite. His customer that has just bought the car decided to upgrade to a modern Hemi drivetrain from a wrecked Challenger. This 400 has about 3000 miles on a rebuild, new carb, stainless headers, a Purple Shaft camshaft and the transmission was just rebuilt too. So, I'm looking forward to having a bit more pep under the hood when it's done. Well, that's about it for this update.

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