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Where it started with Doug

James Regan

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So here's where it started through OP and Douglas Buckland, we spoke for a great deal of time March 2019, the car was bought as is seen and was transported to Juniors shop as you can see its very old school and mainly a bike shop, in reality we were storing it there. Never would we have stopped the two wheeled marvels to go to four, but now, its on. The photos are to give you a general idea of what I and now Doug and Dan and my Mechanic are up against. 

I have also thrown in a photo of and HRD Vincent a 1950s Rapide going through mechanical until we would then take the bike up the posh shop for dismantling, paint, chrome and finishing for client (photos I will post later)

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Guess I should buy stock in WD40!

Are those headers salvageable! 

On most old Fords the distributor is on the front of the engine, not by the firewall. Need to look into this.
 

 

 

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This is a 312 cu in Y-block out of a Thunderbird running dual carbs. This is what you are shooting for. Distributor IS in the back.

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37 minutes ago, Douglas Buckland said:

Guess I should buy stock in WD40!

Are those headers salvageable! 

On most old Fords the distributor is on the front of the engine, not by the firewall. Need to look into this.
 

 

 

No the headers were just a mock up, going wait until we get it set up then have custom set made, they will be straight out shorts

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This will be great, a good way to work through issues easily, looking fwd to updating this blog, very cool, good idea Dan

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2 hours ago, James Regan said:

The Landau Original in Brasil 

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What a babe.

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Some people would look at those first photos and think you've started a junk yard!  Others see...potential!  Some real jewels, dude.  Let the stripping begin!

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Just a hint....

Take tons of photos as you tear the car and engine apart....they will prevent much weeping and gnashing of teeth later!!!

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3 hours ago, Douglas Buckland said:

This is a 312 cu in Y-block out of a Thunderbird running dual carbs. This is what you are shooting for. Distributor IS in the back.

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Like I said, potential!

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20 minutes ago, Douglas Buckland said:

Just a hint....

Take tons of photos as you tear the car and engine apart....they will prevent much weeping and gnashing of teeth later!!!

Good tip.

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I ride a blacked out Harley (from the factory) and hate chrome. Need to make this more of, but not a full on, rat rod. IMHO

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1 hour ago, Dan Warnick said:

Some people would look at those first photos and think you've started a junk yard!  Others see...potential!  Some real jewels, dude.  Let the stripping begin!

When I see these kinds of places I see treasure and drool, you haven't seen anything yet wait till I show you the parts section behind this guys house.

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Just a snippet of the finished products, 175 bike private collection, this guys more cars than bikes, expensive business bike collecting here in Brasil, average rebuild $60,000USD

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26 minutes ago, James Regan said:

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We live in a very special time, indeed.  If you have an unserviceable part, you can find another one somewhere, or it can be copied and reproduced.  Have you guys experimented at all with 3D printing?  Just curious what's going on back in the West on that front.  Haven't lived there for a long time now.

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See if you can download a Chilton’s Manual for ANY Ford model which ran a 292 Y-block. Since we are not sure of the year, and we know they were built in South America until 1980, just go for the latest you can find.

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Check your email Jimmy!

Maybe you could shave the heads a few  thousandths....kick up the compression ratio.

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Hey guys.  Haven't checked in in a few days.  What's going on?  Any progress in the shop?

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On 4/24/2020 at 10:58 AM, Douglas Buckland said:

Great read, what a wealth of tips, will be referring to it.

I love the quote

" You're going to need to source all of the castings or a complete unmolested engine in need of a little love. For a peaceful, fun-loving street engine you can build quite the 292- or 312ci Y-block and have plenty of power for the cruise. And torque is the kind of power you want on the street."

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2 hours ago, James Regan said:

@Douglas Buckland @Dan Warnick

This will be rough concept, motor will be different of course but general shape as seen.

 

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Great idea! Those ‘moon’ hubcaps are classic and period correct.

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I don't know.  I'm more in favor of classic black with red interior.  Mag wheels and chromed up engine.  But that's just me.

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