1934 Chevy Tudor Sedan Build (first timer!) - JUST COMPLETED
Hey guys, glad to be here!
My dad (73) was diagnosed with end stage pancreatic cancer a few months ago. He will be passing soon. He has been big into roundy rounders from the 50's since I was a kid. I watched a ton of videos and heard numerous stories growing up about he and his buddies racing and doing dumb ****...
He has had this '34 chevy sedan body around for 20 years. It's been on multiple stock cars, and it's been repainted more times than I can remember. I decided to build a rat rod out of it a month ago to honor his memory. If anyone has any tips they'd like to share please feel free; This is the first time I've done something like this. I usually build Jeeps. Here we go...
I picked up this 97 Jimmy for $200 off craigslist. Water in oil. Sold the transmission for $200, some other parts for another couple hundred. The plan is to strip everything but the frame, front suspension, gas tank, etc. On a beer budget!!
A buddy referred me to a guy who was needing a new gear set put in his front end. I traded him the setup work for a Ford 9" rear end out of a 78 bronco. Don't have a pic, I just gotta go pick it up.
Starting the tear down...
I'm a broke ass, so I'll be repurposing any parts I can off of the Jimmy. Steering column, pedal assemblies, mc/booster...
Another buddy of mine had an LT1 out of a 94 corvette for sale mated to a 4l60 (700r4) tranny w/ 120k miles. Mild cam, standalone wiring harness, shorty headers with downpipes, stage 2 JET chip, ac compressor delete, a couple flowmaster 40's I'll probably sell. It was all in his 73 Chevy pickup, and he decided to go LS. This is the only part of the project that is a big stab in the wallet. Paid $1200 for the motor, trans, and all the extras.
Next step is to remove body bolts and other stuff so I can hoist the body off, and then the engine and trans. Then will do the rear axle swap, weld a sturdy frame inside the car body so it can be moved without buckling, and get the powertrain lined up in the frame. I've read that 350 blocks and the 4.3 share motor mounts, but I'm not sure if they will have to be moved. (probably.)
Thanks for checking out my project! Again, any advice is welcome.
Last edited by Kratchmer; 07-29-2015 at 09:42 AM.
The suspension should ride really smooth on this project. Dads are in short supply when we get older.
Sorry to hear bout your dad. Glad to see your keeping the car and his memory alive! Will be watching this one.
Finished getting the body ready to lift off the frame and picked up the rear axle today. Will have to replace a broken lug stud, pinion seal and drum guts.
My favorite sticker....
Borrowed my buddy's hillbilly hoist last night and pulled the jimmy body off. This old mail truck has seen some muddy roads...
...Added to the rat fund!
Last edited by Kratchmer; 06-29-2015 at 12:31 PM.
Another brick in the wall....keep after it!
Pulled the lousy 10 bolt out last night, dropped a leaf on each side and cut down bumpstops. Ready to slide in the 9" after I redo the brakes and pinion seal. Ordered 3" drop keys for the front end. Had to learn about fuel level senders, found out the Jimmy tank has an oddball 40-250 ohm sender as some other GM vehicles. Couldn't find an aftermarket gauge for this range so I ordered a new 0-90 ohm sending unit, with a full set of Equus white face gauges.
Mom called Monday morning, said dad was unresponsive, so I made the trip out to see him one last time. Told him goodbye as he stared at me, but I knew he wasn't really "there", unable to speak or move. That... was hard. Got the call the next morning that he had passed.
That's me on the right, with my brothers and old man about 6 months ago.
Dad with one of his yard ornaments. I almost used this body but decided to use the sedan. I am using the headlights though.
So what did i do? I took off work, drank whisky and worked on the car.
Torched some fat off the frame, Got new axle ready to drop in and went by the truck shop to have some u-bolts made. Picking up the engine tonight.
Last edited by Kratchmer; 06-29-2015 at 12:22 PM.
sorry to hear the bad news, keep head up and you know hes watchin from up above, nice build also keep at it