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mikec4193

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  • Birthday 12/03/1960

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    Mechanicville NY (upstate NY)
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    1998 S10, 1940 Ford Jalopy, 1971 Datsun(sold 1/7/2017)
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    old and rusty car / truck stuff...oval track race cars...
  • Occupation
    Engineering Tech and Home Depot

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  1. Love the finish on that hot rod....nothing like a mother nature paint job....thanks for sharing... MikeC
  2. I am not really sure how the New York State inspection goes...the last old heap I put plates on I think he checked basically the lights and horn...so I might be in luck when it comes to inspection time.... Those motors would be awesome to check out but dam...I bet shipping on a pallet from Texas to upstate NY would probably get pretty pricey...thanks for the offer tho...I really appreciate it...
  3. So I was hoping to get farther than we did but it kept me busy most of the winter...mounting the new old cowl/firewall was a lot more work inside than it was out side...I have to remember again what sheet metal I am working with...this car sat inside a warehouse for 40 years in New Jersey...the cowl probably came out of the guys back yard in PA...my last two projects came from the South West...I was spoiled when it came to metal quality...sometimes when I hit the wire feed there is metal there and sometimes there is not... I keep going out and finding more holes to patch too... I did get a lower rear apron from a fellow on talked to on Facebook coming from the west coast...I could not for the life of me put a brand new piece of sheet metal on this lumpy old body...so it is in route from the left coast to the right coast...oh yeah remounted the the old school gas tank...gotta get it boiled out before we fired this old guy up...took it back out again as it still smelled like shellac... The wife says it wont pass inspection with a gas tank like that...only time will tell... Waiting on a fellow who owns a bunch of old Ford power plants...hoping to get something that fits the mid 1960's era...tranny too...no race motor...something that will make this car move under its own power...
  4. Love the white spokes...drove Datsun trucks for 10 years with white spokes... Please keep us in the loop as time permits... Thanks for sharing your journey... MikeC
  5. So when I bought this project I thought it would be simple fix the rusty stuff and put it back together but the more I dug into it the more stuff didnt make sense...someone got ahold of this car after JB Davis ran it in 1966 and tried to upgrade it and then stopped... they hacked the firewall flat and put angle iron supports in it and welded and screwed pieced of sheet metal to the front cowl area.... When I bought this project the guy threw in some extra parts...one was a stock cowl for it... I borrowed the wife's painters tape...did a lot of chin scratching too...broke out the angle grinder again...cut cut cut....grind grind grind... Tac tac tac....tac tac tac again... A couple night later...the new cowl is on the old body... Still not sure what I am doing but we are having fun...
  6. The last time I had one of these old Fords it was the last 1970's or early 1980's and I guess I didn't remember anything from that era...when I bought this project it had a Ford front axle under it...I was told it was 1948 Ford...well stupid me I went to the Pete and Jakes catalog and I ordered a pair of front shocks and mounts and thought we would be done...nothing really fit the way I thought it should...I even roughed up the new shock mounts to looks older... I am thankful I didnt throw out the old shock mounts from I got the car...still nothing would fit...lots of chin scratching again... I bought a pair of shocks for a 1948 Ford car and hoped everything would boult up...still nothing fit... I broke out my trusty angle grinder and took the old mount apart and jerry rigged up this mount...it actually looks closer to what would have been on the heap back in the day... MikeC
  7. It has been cold long winter here in upstate NY...the last of the snow left my woods last weekend...I have tried to stay on task with this project...I was really bad tho...I blew a weeks pay on some cool new shoes for the old man.....8" wide Towel City tires and 2 brandy new 8" wide Vintiques steel wheels...hard to write that check but it looks cool...
  8. Dear Ratsun Community I was just thinking about the Datsuns that I have owned and how did I start with them over 40 years ago....my dad was into Mercedes Benz's and VW's too (so it was not from him)...I was loving the whole street rod scene at the time in the 1970's...I got a subscription to Street Rodder Magazine and Rod Action too...I was a teenage kid at the time...vintage Ford stuff even for a teenager was still pricey even back then...then I read about the whole "Mini Truck" scene out on the West coast and I was hooked (affordable fun)...still love the old Fords but all the Datsun trucks I have ever owned were drivers to get me to my many jobs that I had over the years...they made me money...old Fords always would cost me money... So how did you get into Datsuns?? MikeC
  9. Hi Duncan... Yes these are original 1940 Ford floor pans...well what is left of them...I have added numerous patches to it...I was thinking about putting new pans in it but this is a vintage Jalopy...a new floor pan would ruin the whole feel of this build...one of the most favorite parts of this model car is...you can gets tons of aftermarket parts for it...the pictures attached are as it showed up at my door...
  10. Most of the previous posts were from 2019 when I really going to town on this old heap....but I have to share the whole seat deal I am working on now...the first picture is the original race car seat as it came in the car...a piece of c channel and a matching piece of I-beam...also it was bolted to the rusted out floor pan.... I took it right down to nothing and mocked it back up as it would have been in the car only on the garage floor...I couldn't put it back in like that... So in the third picture is what I thought would work a little better and still be rusty and crusty enough so as to not spoil the Jalopy feel...1x2 steel and set it into the car but weld it to the new black iron cage I just had done for it...had to scratch the ole chin a little bit on actaully mounting the seat...my part time job is at the local Home Depot...so I picked up thes threaded insets...I think they are supposed to be used for wood...but they were steel...so in they went...lots grinding and cuttin and "look mom...we have a seat in the car"... The last picture is me adding some support to the framework so it wont be so wobbly...I am even cutting my own gussets just like back in the day...well sorta...back in the day they probably would have used a torch to cut them...I used my trusty angle grinder...
  11. The floor was a little wonky...I had some scrap laying around..tried to make it a little better...
  12. I wanted to show the crazy cage mounts...made me wince...my first roundy round car was a 1967 Camaro that I ran in 1979...the cage mounts were not much better but a little...the last picture is of the new black iron cage I hired out to get done...I wont ever race this...probably wont drive it either but it looks a little better from here...
  13. The Pete and Jakes rear shock kit didn't really come with any instructions...I guess at this stage in the game if I am buying this kit I should be able to mount it up...well it took 3 tries but we got it...the first 2 are how not to mount shocks...the 3rd one is how it works. Everything is still tacked in place...I would like to get a motor and tranny in it so I can set the pinion angle...then we will fire up the old welder and make things more permanent....
  14. I found some vinyl runner material to cover this stuff up...almost looks like it belongs here...this build is such a hodge podge...
  15. The old heap had running boards and it appears as those the rules at the time they must had to keep them on the car so someone added heavy steel angle iron...I thought I would try and find something like the original picture of the car from 1963??...those running boards were pretty beat up...the original builder didn't remember if he had done this modification or not..I was already upside down on this build so I tried to fix what was there...I spent many a day cutting and chopping out old rusty 1940 Henry Ford sheet metal and mig welding in new stuff...
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