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This winters project is something completely different for me, first chevy and first 40's car and first diesel.

I am sick of driving the PT for towing and parts chasing so this has to be diesel and powerful enough to pull a car transporter.

Sue bought it for me almost 2 years ago from Model T Haven and was finally deliverd home in January. Now I have finished my A Sedan and the garden has stopped growing it is 6 months of full speed building.









It is a big car and sits so high. notice the rear wheels how they sit 2" too far forward in the arches, this is standard!

The car had been rodded in the sixties with the fitting of an engine gearbox and rear axle from a V8 55 Chevy. I think it was actually used like this but the engineering was very agricultural to say the least.



Outer panels are good but the floor especially the boot is really bad.



The interior is complete but really grim rat shit and nests everywhere.



I have cleaned it out and have stripped the front end ready for a marathon build this weekend while Sue is away dancing.

Plans are for aftermarket independent front with Granada spindles and vented disks volvo 740 rear axle on lowered original springs with BMW 2.5 turbo diesel and manual box. Whole car lowered about 7".

I will update you next week hopefully with some good progress

Rich
 

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Glad to have another build thread from you.
I was just looking at the single donor A build thread last night.
How's the 34 coming along?
 

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Still looks like this



I was planning to finish it before the Chevy but replacing the PT became a priority. The bellytank is now running and shall definately be racing next season.
 

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It must be a tough decision between a PT Cruiser and a 41 Chevy......!!!! The PT can't be the best towcar in the world, from memory they've got a really low towing limit of about 1000kgs.

This ones going to be an interesting one to watch, but at the rate you work it'll be finished before most folks ahve even made it out into the garage!
 

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Collected a BMW 525 TDS yesterday and drove it up and down the 'test track' It don't half go, it is an early one without the coded pump and no intercooler 146K miles and a full service history and 11 months MOT. It is a very good car it is a bit of a shame to break it.





The engine is quite wide with the induction and turbo units at 25" and 30" long. I may have to push the bulkhead back on the Chevy by 4" but there is plenty of room inside so no problem.

 

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My next door neighbour owned a BMW specialist garage for 15 years up until three years ago, so if you need any BMW-specific advice, just send me a PM & I'll ask his advice.
 

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Thanks for the offer Gary I will see how it goes.

The results of this weekend build.

I have to say thanks to my son Ashley for the help this weekend I could not have got this far without help.

Stripped the front end off, not too many seized bolts the panels are very sound, more stress crack damage than rust.

The original front end is independent with drum brakes six stud wheels with lever arm shocks, the crossmember is bolted in.



I cut the cross member down to fit between the rails and bolted it in place thus lowering it by 5 inches



I made bottom mounts for the aftermarket arms using Granada spindles and vented disc set up.



I then welded on the top mounts for the upper arms and got it on its wheels



The front sills sit about 8" from the ground so the car is lower by 5" or so.

Moving to the rear end, I bought a complete suspension kit from 'Chevys of the forties', I drilled out the old spring mounts and fitted a cross member to carry the shocks which replace the leverarms.



I fitted a Volvo 740 axle using the new spring perches supplied



This ment the wheels sit in the centre of the arches and 4 inches lower than standard I will see how the springs settle but I think it still needs to go down by another 2"



I cut out the boot floor before fitting the axle.





I rolled some swages into a complete replacement



Cut it to shape and welded it in



I had to make additional pieces along the trailing edge

The inner and outer sills along with the floorpan are almost as bad as the boot



Made some inner sill plates and door step plates and welded them in leaving the outer sills on for now, I will get a profile bent to make the outer sills latter this week. I also had to replace 6" of the outriggers up to the inner sill.



Rolled some swages into a sheet to make new floor on the front and replacement strip along the sill



Over to the other side





So by Sunday at 6 we had a solid floor, (the right side will need a rear floor doing latter) and it was sitting on its wheels. Not bad for a weekends work



So a rest for a day or so and let my very sore hands heal.
 

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Very nice, I love and hate the fact that you have done more in one weekend than I have done in the last couple years!

I have just thought, I never did respond to your invitation to come and have a look around your collection. That was very rude of me and it would be great to at some point. I did see you in the forecourt shop the other day but was in the middle of doing something for a customer so couldn't talk.
 

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Thanks for the offer Russ, /Pulling the engine out of the BM tomorrow so should have some idea of how it will all fit by next week, I will let you know.

Pop dreamer, we are having a club meet at my place tonight if you want to turn up.
 

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Hi rodbuilder,

:tup: Just let us know.

Grannies and eggs may apply here, but while the engine is out i would clean the breather on the inside of the rocker cover they are prone to blocking up once they have got a few miles on the clock. If you are going to be tight on space when the engine is fitted i would also check or even replace with new all the glow plugs while the engine is out.

Cheers.

Russ.
 

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No problem

I am a Complete diesel rooky.

Glow plugs have recently been changed but will do the breather like you suggest.


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great thread,
have got a 40 chevy coupe coming over from the u.s, and am looking for a couple of 5 stud steels
for a front disc conversion, if you havent got a home for the original rears on yours and want to sell
can you let us know,
cheers
steve
 

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Very nice, Good choice of engine , they rev and sound great I have these for the last 14 years my current one has 300 thousand miles on clock and still runs sweet.
How are you going to get over fly by wire system ? I thought about doing the same engine swap but was put of with the pump issue + other wiring such as turbo boost sensors etc.
Good luck can`t wait to se it finished.
Dave.
 
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