Any updates from city of sails?
It's been a while since I updated this, so please bear with me:
Shortly after my last post I started to build the engine which, upon thorough cleaning, showed a crack down one of the bores. At a time when I was feeling less happy with the build it was the 'last straw'. I felt that the tube frame was too much of a compromise having been built from (at least) 2 different cars, I wasn't happy with the rear suspension, and I wasn't really happy with the VIN-less shell which was always going to be a b*tch to register here. So I put most of it up for sale.
Fast-forward about a month and this came up for sale:
It's a 1938 Ford 7Y. Essentially the fore-runner of the Pop, and I've always wanted a Pop.
$310 changed hands and it was mine!
Then came decision time - what was I going to build it into.
Road-legal Gasser was the answer, but this time without too much compromise, so I sat down and designed my own chassis for parallel leaf springs at the front and (possibly) a Jag IRS.
Here's the making of the main chassis rails so far:
Front spring rear mounts are double-reinforced:
Front spring shackles are 5mm steel (as are the rear mounts) with seamless tube spreader:
Frame material is 40x75x3 steel. All of the gussets are in 3mm steel. The front bush tube is 1"CDS.
Front axle is a nice aftermarket drop-tube which came with Holden vented discs and 5-stud hubs (all for $100!). Unfortunately it was too wide, so I cut it:
Sleeved and welded it:
Then smoothed it all off:
Fuel tank was found the perfect size at the right price ($100!) so I made the crossmember to fit. This was again from 40x75 box with 3mm gussets. No compromise!
I'm going to run a fully integrated 8/10 point cage, and have bought the main tube components already, none of the structure from the Escort is being used.
And that's about where we are at the moment. There's a few other nice bits in the mix as well as a lot of stuff carried over from the Escort.
Still Cheatin' the Reaper !
Last edited by legendlives; 29-05-2016 at 04:20.
310 dollars!!!!!!!!!!! I hate you!! that's amazingly cheap - you would pay more than that just for the grill shell in the UK.
Chassis work looks spot on so far - nice work.
It's amazingly cheap here too. The previous owner was moving house and had been let down on a few previous 'sales' of the car, so was glad to see it go!
I've also had a bit of luck with a fibreglass (Pop) front. One of my customers just happened to have one sitting in his garden which he's happy to swap for the original tins.
Managed to find an original Jag IRS in cage for $50. The only problem is it's at least 8 hours drive from here, and couriers/freight won't collect as it's heavy and dirty .
Looks like I might be having a long day in the van.......
The main parts of the roll-cage are all bent up now. Just need a few good days to jig the whole lot together and join it up!
More photos soon.
Just done a deal on the engine. Although I wanted a big-block, one of these came up at the right price ($1k):
It's a Ford 'Boss 260' engine from an Aussie X8 Falcon. 5.4 litre quad-cam and about as close to a 4-valve hemi as you can get.
I'm totally stoked with the idea. I'll re-engineer it 'old school' with distributor and carb(s) so I don't have to run 4 miles of wiring and I can actually tune it by ear.....
Jag IRS arrived yesterday. It's an early XJ6 with a 3.30:1 ratio. Mine for $50! Gotta love NZ
Snotty $50 axle as bought:
And about an hour later, reduced to the important bits:
Just have to narrow it by about 225mm per side and it'll be perfect!
I'll strip & check the CW&P and add a spool whilst I'm at it!
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