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Old 07-10-2010, 07:20 PM   #1
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Default 1950 Ford Carson Top

i bought the car earlier this year. i want to drive it this year! i also want it to be a carson top car. got the car cause i bought the motor (flathead V8) off the guy and the car looked like it was going nowhere. thought i would give the car a second chance at life.

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i had aquired a 283 SBC off a 61 Nomad with supposed 84K original miles. i seen the motor run in the Nomad and it was quite not smoking or knocking. so my plans are to clean up the motor, find some valve covers that dont say Chevrolet on them and take care of some essential. plan to not use the power steering or the a/c, keeping it generator though.

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some parts i will use some i wont:



well, progress wont be fast cause i cant afford to take too much time off from work, but i will squeeze in a few hours every night i can till i see my vision come true.
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Old 07-10-2010, 07:21 PM   #2
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the ball started rolling today on this project! getting it into the shop turned out to be quite a feat on its own. 4 dollies and pulling it with my shop truck then a couple hands to push it up the ramp. once in, the body was immediately removed. the frame was being built for air bag but i dont want to spend the extra cash to go that route, so a couple coil springs were put up front and for now a leaf spring and s-10 rear end hung out back. i know the rear end is about 2" too short but with the 1" spacer / bolt pattern change i will be just fine. i will also be doing a basic 2-link system to get the back even lower and put coils back there too. the frame was already notched by the previous owner.




being that the floors were so hacked up already, i decided to remove them all together and start fresh. i know rockers inner and outer will need work so this will allow me to better repair them.



also figured that while i was redoing all the floors front to back i should channel the body. i dont want to loose too much cabin space so i only pinch channeled it. front firewall remains in stock height, while trunk body mounts are raised about 3" maybe 4". so i can have more "suspension" and a nice rake tail-dragger of course.



crappy pic, but the front frame area has been cleaned up and sprayed in black, the body is sitting where i want it on the frame and its a roller now!



this week's forecast shows there will be some new rocker work early in the week, with some scattered floor pan work towards the end of the week going into the weekend.
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Old 07-11-2010, 08:58 PM   #3
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it's already looking better,can't to see it finish
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Old 07-14-2010, 02:01 PM   #4
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i want custom tail-lights, didnt want to delete the wind split on the body, so remembered my 51 Buick lights were still on the shelf. ill use them horizontal as opposed to factory vertical and ill French them cause the headlights will get Frenched too.

first things first is the frame template, used 2 round pipes welded to the table, then heat and wrapped some 5/16 solid round bar...



welded the joint and blended, now i can work them onto the back of the car...

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sweet start.
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Old 07-15-2010, 11:45 PM   #6
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Can't wait!!!
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Old 07-16-2010, 07:58 PM   #7
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Kool man.Did you sell the truck?
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Old 07-20-2010, 09:36 AM   #8
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nope, just some tire kickers, i still want to sell it. sold my Triumph though. its funding this build sort-to-speak.

whats up with the Bel-air???
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ive been focused on the rear of the car. over the weekend and some late nights, i got both taillights grafted in, shaved the trunk lid and molded the rear splash pan to the body.







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here you can compare the 51 Buick lights Frenched in vs the stock lights...



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