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Thanks John,

I wasn't completely sure on the backing plate finish either until I removed those from the front. They were very clean and definately gold cad.

Do you think they would have had different finishes for the fronts and rears? I guess it could be possible as the axle may have been completely assembled and then painted over all black.

I am very certain the fronts are original and you cannot mistake that gold cad finish.

Were the fronts and rears the same color on your 56 or different front to back?

Rich

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Details! Details! Details!...and the details are correct! After the axle is under the car in the dark it will look just right. I have seen many well known restorers that have painted the backing plate black. It probably will not matter either way in judging most of the time, BUT if the incorrect finish becomes the standard then in the future some judge make take off points for the correct finish.

Keep up the good work.

Willie

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Thanks Willie,

I appreciate the validation on colors. As a 399 point car owner/restorer I value your opinion.

Hope to have the axle back under the frame this week. I will continue to post pics as I make progress.

Rich

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Just wanted to keep you all posted on the progress.

Anything look familiar Willie? I sure hope so :D

You'll also notice a little addition to my signature. I received my BCA card this weekend. Happy to be aboard. I'll have to go see if there aren't any local chapters I can offend :eek::eek:;)

Rich

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Welcome to the BCA # 44871.

And the frame is looking really great. Thanks for the update.

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Well it's been a couple weeks but I didn't want you guys thinking I haven't been busy.

I would be further along but I've been experiencing some parts difficulties with the new front suspension components.

I have the Dynaflo about 60% done and then it will be on to the engine. The chassis should be back on it's wheels this Sunday. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the remaining few parts fit.:rolleyes:

Here are a couple pics but I will get some more posted once I have it rolling.

Rich

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Well last week was the Woodward Dream Cruise so I spent zero time on the car. It was worth it though as we were privileged to see some of the most beautiful cars from the area as well as some very unique ones.

If you did not see my post in the overall general forum about it here is a link to a ton of pics.

http://2009woodwarddreamcruise.shutterfly.com/

Anyway we did get it back on rolling Sunday before last. Here are some updated pics.

Please feel free to critique my work to date. I would much rather find out I did something wrong or in the wrong finish now before I build it up any further. And yes I know the wooden 2x2 tierods are not stock :D

Thanks again to everyone here for all the advice and help. It is very much appreciated.

Rich

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Rich,

You're missing stuff.....like the motor, trans, body, interior. Lotsa stuff. :D What you do have looks good so far.

Oh, does the 2x2 tierods make this a "Woodie"? :P

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Rich, That is looking so nice. Beautiful. Are you gonna drive it when you're finished?

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Hey GN,

The pedals, sprocket and chain are blasted but not painted and ready to bolt on yet. Once they are I'm figuring an easy 15MPH when I get this thing rolling downhill. :P

As for the body and interior I'm thinking those may adversly effect my 15MPH max speed target:D

John,

Thank you so much for the kind words. I couldn't imagine spending this much time making the car beautiful just to let it rot in the garage. I will most definately be driving it.

That assumes of course that it runs once I finish it.;)

Rich

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Thank you so much for the kind words. I couldn't imagine spending this much time making the car beautiful just to let it rot in the garage. I will most definately be driving it.

That assumes of course that it runs once I finish it.;)

I can guarantee it will run when you finish it. There are enough members here to ensure it will run. And when that day happens, we want to see video of it.

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Hi Guys,

Well it's been a couple months so I figured I better give an update so you all don't think I've been slacking off.

Haven't had much that I could post pictures of but I finally have a couple.

I have completely rebuilt the trans and it has a fresh coat of satin black on it.

I also have completed the rebuild of the engine and painted it last Wednesday which may be the last 60 degree day we see around here for awhile.

Waterpump was sent out for rebuild and I tackled the fuel/vacuum pump rebuild myself.

Anyway here are a couple before and after shots.

Rich

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Looks like another top quality job. Admitting that I never rebuilt an entire engine, I'm wondering what internal parts you replaced, and what, if anything , did you do about balancing the internals?

Meanwhile, it really looks nice!

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Hey John,

Thanks for the kind words

Despite it's outwardly appearance the engine was very low mileage(36,000).

There wasn't even a ridge at the top of the cylinders to speak of.

After complete disassembly and cleaning I measured everything up. The crank miced perfectly to factory specs. Bores guaged out the same and not out of round at all.

So I just decided to freshen it up.

New rings, cam bearings, main bearings and rod bearings (all factory spec no oversize).

Honed the cylinders for a nice cross hatch and slammed it back together. I did double check clearances with plastigauge and all was well.

Since the intent is a nice running, driving car I did not do anything to increase the balance efficiency of the rotating mass. If I were going for something a little more high performance the crank, rods and pistons would have been sent out for balancing.

In the end it had just under 50 ftlbs. of rotating resistance with no spark plugs installed. It should be a pretty free running engine.

Rich

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Well guys the drive train found it's way home.

Here are a few pics.

I might actually get to do some body work this winter.

I still have a bunch of odds and ends to button up before we fire her but I hope to give it a go around Thanksgiving. I'll let you know how it goes.

Rich

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Rich

It's looking real good! One small point: the crank pulley should be engine color.

Willie

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Hey Willie,

Thanks for the info.

I wasn't sure there wasn't any paint left on it and since it was cast I just figured I would paint it as if it were bare.

I still have a few touch ups to make with the green so I will add that to the green list.

Thanks,

Rich

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I have a question about the gold cad backing plates. Mine are in very good condution and they appear to be silver cad. I hit them lightly with glass beads and there is no gold at all. Is this because they faded away. I have a guy in town that can re-plate these for about $100.00 for all four. Thanks, Ken

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Hey Ken,

I had two cars that I used to create one good one. Both cars had traces of gold cad on the backing plates. One set actually wasn't that bad but I wanted it to look new since everything else is being redone.

If you have a guy willing to do a small batch for you I would work with him to see if you can add additional stuff at little or no charge. Most the time they have a minimum for small jobs but once they have you set up it really doesn't cost much to do a little or a lot.

Rich

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Thanks for the info. I will look closer this time. I attached a photo of a 1955 body drop. You may have alread\y seen it but it is very interesting. Thank again, Ken

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rich, i will say that smile on your face will go away real fast as you go along with your ride . lol !! i just got my smile back because mine is 99% done now !! i'm =century 55 . my car is in here too. done mine fram up too. you can look at what you get for all your work. hope mine apeals to you too.i'm in flint not that far from you . hope you have fun like i did.???or not.....

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Hey Century,

Congrats on your car. It looks great and that color combo is sharp. We'll have to get together next spring so I can see it in person.

Dandy,

Not too many beers so far. My dad has been helping me every step of the way and he isn't a drinker. I know I'll regret saying this later but there hasn't been too much that frustrated me to the point of needing a stiff drink.

It's still early in the process though ;)

Rich

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Dandy,

Not too many beers so far. My dad has been helping me every step of the way and he isn't a drinker. I know I'll regret saying this later but there hasn't been too much that frustrated me to the point of needing a stiff drink.

It's still early in the process though ;)

Rich

LOL...So, not even a case. Tis possible, tis possible. :) Look at all the money you saved for that special accessory when it pops up.:cool:.. But let me not speak too soon. :eek: Wait until you get to the wiring. :P Dandy Dave!

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