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    Quote Originally Posted by blackpopracing View Post
    You do seem to be very lucky with all the bargains, fancy looking for a blown 350 chevy for me
    No problem. Shipping might be a bit expensive though......

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackpopracing View Post
    You do seem to be very lucky with all the bargains, fancy looking for a blown 350 chevy for me
    I'm going to ask my best mate in North Shore to start amassing some bits for when I visit and get married over there - in about 3 years time.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by justamin View Post
    I'm going to ask my best mate in North Shore to start amassing some bits for when I visit and get married over there - in about 3 years time.....
    There are definitely bargains to be had here if you're patient.

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    Any updates from city of sails?

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    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 !
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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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

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    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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