Been putting this off for a while, but finally figured out how to get this and one other build done in short order. I was talking with a few other car buddies, and we all noticed that it's always funner to work on somebody elses stuff, help organize other peoples stuff, and wrench on stuff that isn't yours. Something about piddling with other peoples stuff that is relaxing and fun, and working on your own can sometimes be stressful and just drags on and on... and on....
That same kind of thing explains how sometimes you find yourself at a buddies house working on his plumbing, without even a thought about it, and you'd be disgusted at home under the same situation and tell your wife to just call a plumber because you don't want to deal with it.
SOOOOooo, we decided the best way to get a few cars built in short order was to all work together and help build each others cars. When you're frustrated and not getting much done, the other dudes get you motivated. And when you've got guys helping and busting ass in your shop, ON YOUR STUFF, you better pick up the pace or lose your help!!! We are giving ourselves until Fathers day to basically have 2 new cars built and drive them to the local show.
Car for this build. My car (pickup actually), 1939 Chevy.
Donor vehicle for drivetrain, my 1978 Dodge Rat van. We cut the top off, did some metal work, tossed in some TIKI Torches and drove around town all last summer. I'm gonna miss that van. 360 engine, and what looks like an 8.25 rear end.
According to our main engine guy, he's never had to pull an engine that was any more complicated and wedged, than in this van. We ended up cutting out the cross member and torching off the tie-rods to get it out. I'd love to know what shop rate is on an engine swap for that van... ...lol...
The truck we started with. (home to two live mice, now residing in my shop-vac)
Engine and trans are out... CRIPES!!!
Cab is off and ready to be cut.