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ssnowden last won the day on October 9 2016

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About ssnowden

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  • Birthday 02/05/1966

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

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    Bagdad, KY
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    Old cars and trucks, obviously.

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  1. ssnowden

    my first project car at 16

    Congrats on your project. My first car was a P15 and I still have it. I just got it back on the road after 30 years in a barn. These things come apart much easier than they go back together. In a weekend, I blew it pretty apart and it sat for over 3 years in pieces because it was a bit overwhelming once I was staring at a pile of parts. It really wasn't a car at that point. As others are saying, resist the temptation to turn a manageable project into a massive project. What I finally decided to do was go with the Roadkill philosophy and just get it running, and only fix structural rust and then figure out what I really want to do with it and then work on that part. Don't care what car looks like, just get it on the road. As soon as I got it running, it was a car again instead of a pile of parts. It motivates you. Now I drive it around with a piece of cardboard covering the master cylinder hole, zip ties to hold open the vent window and I work on smaller projects of a running car. I have the parts to fix both, but neither stop me from going to the parts store in it. One day I may even paint it. :) IMG_1615.mov.mp4
  2. 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.
  3. 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”.
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. ssnowden

    New (to me) Truck

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

    New (to me) Truck

    Doing a test fit on the new bracket.
  10. 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.
  11. ssnowden

    engine swap upgrade

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

    New (to me) Truck

    Yes. I plan on boxing the frame. Given this my first build, any other insights are appreciated.
  13. 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.
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