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About alini

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  • Birthday 01/21/1971


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    Retired Air Force Crew Chief, worked EF-111, A-10 and F-15 aircraft. Retired from QA Chief Inspector after 20 years 8 months. Three trips to the desert, one year remote to Korea. Stationed in England, Tucson, Hampton VA, Las Vegas NV

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  1. I have a 37, I want to switch to a manual trans. The truck came with a th350. Its looking like a Camaro T5 with a S-10 tailshaft will allow for the bench seat to stay. Im not all that bothered to keep the bench, just wondering where the shifter on yours ended up.
  2. I picked up my 'new to me' 1937 1/2 ton the other day. Sadly the suspension and brakes are worse than I expected. All the bushings in the springs are shot, all the springs have been 'flattened' and the shackles arent mounted right so there is no travel. The brake line routing is bothersome and on a single line master cylinder and drum brakes. So the first thing I want to do is get the truck on a safe suspension and decent brakes. There are tons of kits out there, any one stand out as the one that everyone likes or one to avoid? Having just bought the truck I have no idea what factory ride height or quality is and I dont want to drive it in its current condition. So I dont know what or how much I want to lower from stock, or even if I want stock. I like the height its at right now, but no way of knowing what that means in relation to factory numbers to order 'lowering' pieces.
  3. Just bought a 37 Truck

    I am picking up a 1937 Chevy truck on Tuesday. Previous owners have already installed a 350 cid engine, Turbo350 trans and Ford 9 inch rear. The only other modification so far was a more modern bench seat but the seller couldnt tell me from what. The charging system, lights, ignition are all 12 volt, the seller said none of the gauges work so Im assuming they are still 6 volt and need to be converted. With the stock suspension in the truck and the ford 9 rear the lug nut count is weird (6 in the front and 5 in the rear) so the rims dont match. Upon initial inspection I found the engine mounting is a little awkward to me, its mounted on a large U cradle mounted to the cross member at two spots and the cradle is only bolted to two bolts in the lower front corners of the block. I'm a novice to this generation vehicle, but Its my understanding thats how the original 50s cars were mounted. So it will be one of the first things I address to get it on the road. Previous owner got it from an estate sale a year ago and barely drove it. The front passenger drum brake locks up very easily, I"ll get the brakes serviceable until I decide which way I want to take it. Ive heard some people hate the solid axle and others say its not bad. Im leaning toward leaving the truck as stock as possible and just make a cruiser out of it. This is not my first 'overhaul' I did a frame off rebuild of a 65 Riviera, that is posted in the Riviera section of the forum. Took me 4 years and I did everything by myself except the transmission rebuild. I am ust about complete on a panel conversion of a PT Cruiser, again something I did entirely myself (except the paint - I paid because I dont have the space in the garage anymore) So Im looking forward to getting into this project and seeing what challenges it throws at me. I willbe asking alot of questions
  4. I took my switch apart, but dont recall everything I do know the larger spring is what keeps the brass piece in contact with the switch (end with the wires) and the smaller spring is to reset the plunger for the washer button. If I recall the brass plate sits with the drepssression against the switch side and would make contact when they were turned into position. Good luck, I know I had a hard time finding a replacement which was why I rebuilt mine
  5. Im afraid I may have to go that route which sucks because I want to drive it often, so constantly shuffling cars to go anywhere will be a pain.
  6. I have my eye on a 36 I love the condition it’s in. Just enough things wrong for me to fix and be a driver. It has a 327 and th350 in it and it’s right for daily driving. My biggest problem is my garage is currently filled with an on going project and with wanting to daily drive it parking the truck in the driveway is my best option. I could park it in the garage and reposition the project back in when I work on it my concern is about securing the truck in the driveway overnight. Not that I live in a bad neighborhood but we do have guys who wander communities and are opportunistic thieves. If the car is open they let themselves in and take what they can. I don’t want it to be the truck how do the doors lock on a 1936 if at all? Are there any other options to immobilize the truck ?
  7. If you are looking for a shop to restore your car, you will be investing 100K easy. I simply rebuilt my car, but every system needed to be touched, by myself outsourcing only the transmission and I only spent 762 hours. I talked to a few folks who thought that was fast, a shop told me they cant do a car in under 1000. Basic shop rate for almost every shop in the country is $75 an hour, so thats $75K in just labor. I spent 23K in parts. A show room perfect Riv MAY get you that kinda money back....its your pocket book.
  8. How about the built in feature on the first gens. you can not lock your keys in the car. You have to use your key to lock the door. If you push the door lock down and shut the door it unlocks itself
  9. Random hose...

    Correct, trace it back to the vacuum canister and you can cap that line.
  10. You can take blue painters tape and cover the paint so you don't scratch the paint or get anything on it
  11. I found out later on in life that my ancestors were coachbuilders. Pretty well known at the time coachbuilders. They even made a body for the 1914 Indy 500. So guess it's in my genes im actually a retired Air Force fighter crew chief. I worked F-111's A-10s and F-15s. I now work in the inspection section here on base. Taking apart fighters That are due scheduled inspections and replace all sorts of components. I just have to have wrenches in my hands
  12. Im a wrench turner, I admire the workmanship in a car regardless of make or model. I lean more toward Chevy/GM products but I complement anyone with a nice ride that did the work. I rebuilt a Riv just because it kinda fell in my lap and I was biting for a project. I ended up becoming knowledgeable about them mechanically, but the Riv wasnt for me, Im more muscle and less luxury
  13. Rivieras have a small market, not many people WANT a Riviera. They are heavier than most cars of the error and were a luxury car not a muscle car. The value of a car while these guides produce a starting point for pricing, having just sold my car and had it appraised, car value is set between buyer and seller. You can build a car all day and ask $60K for it, but if no one wants to buy a Riviera for $60K it wont sell. How many times have you seen a car for sale for under $20K and it doesnt move? Quality of the car, condition, colors, chrome, glass, wheels all affect their value. Now you can spend the time of putting a 4 Speed in, easy or not. You just reduced your sales market by that much more. You have hundreds of car buyers in the world, a handful want a Riviera and even less than that would want it with a four speed. If you are doing it for yoursel, by all means good luck and cant wait to see it. If you are doing it to try and increase the sales value of a the money. Put it into brakes, paint, interior, redo the chrome, those are the things people see and will sell a car for more money I have yet to see a Four speed in a RIv personally but I believe someone had. You can put anything in a car with enough work and budget Im working on putting a Hemi in a PT Cruiser right now
  14. I took a closer look, they are the same pieces just assembled differently, so you need to flip the it over. Better to get parts from a loaner car
  15. If the rear windows are working with their switches your breaker is fine. If the passenger window is moving its possible the short is still in the drivers door but the wires from the drivers switch to that side is part of your problem too. I would disconnect your battery, remove the door skin on the drivers side and check the wiring. Im suspecting its rubbed against the window track over time and is now shorting out.