Not wanting a fancy SS street rod coolant recovery tank or a cheap looking plastic container I made my own coolant recovery system. Cap & weld bung from Speedway, SS exhaust tube from a parts bin, misc parts / material from shop inventory.
Build criteria for this ride is function over form.
Game plan was to drive it for its 60th birthday made the deadline with 3 days to spare.
Backed it out of the shop today & made a few laps around the field, first time it has moved by its own power in 13-14 years.
Steering wheel retaining nut is in a box up on a shelf so I left it off figuring I would just put around for a few minutes but the motor sounds real healthy with the Gen 1 Speed Star mufflers so I throttled it just a little & the steering wheel popped off, put it back on & kept rolling.
Sucker sure is ugly in fact F'n UGLY. Will put it in black primer & run it as a rat rod next year.
Progress is always satisfying. Gotta get a clip of it running up on youtube so we can hear it. A suggestion, if I may ... primer absorbs moisture, why not plasti dip? Rat rod look and metal preservation at the same time. You can get it in gallons in just about any color now. For reference, that's 4 month old plasti in the picture.
Truck looks good, dip is an option however I have a gallon of epoxy primer + 2 quarts of activator on the shelf, @ + 4 bills for those products I'll use them up first. Epoxy primer seals the metal the gray on it now is epoxy primer blew it on maybe 12 years ago. PPG DP90LF is the black primer.
Took the 57 for its first street ride yesterday about 12 miles without a windshield. Like riding a bike but just a bit more comfortable.
Stayed off the main highway = no cops. It needs a posi rear end @ 1/2 throttle from a dead stop it will buzz one rear tire. Just a shake down run to bed in the piston rings & brake pads, check trans operation, rattles etc. All is well it rolls through the twistees better than my Expy. Put a tow chain in the Expy just in case I needed the Mrs. to meet up & drag it home.
Windshield is still boxed will install it next week then its play time on the highway.
May put the rest of it in black primer BUT its ugly & its beginning to grow on me.
I've posted on here looking for a fuel tank. These tanks in horrible condition sell for $300+ USD, so when someone offered to send me a brand new tank, to my door for $200 USD, I was naturally suspicious. I looked to see when the person had signed up and how many posts they had, and they had...
Said in my best Arnie impersonation
I’m now officially Baldy again instead of Baldy Oz ...thanks Admin and Arizona Warrior for sorting it out.
16 years a RS Warrior member.
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Jumped on the forum today and noticed that today is my 10 year anniversary of joining up. Boy does time fly seen a lot of good members disappear and many new members join. Glad to say i'm still here a part of it all.
After a short illness through which he maintained poise and happy antics, Dakota Morgan, older brother of Dusty Morgan and Best Friend of his father Mike Morgan and his mother Sharon Morgan, passed quietly to heaven at the age of 14 years 4 months or about 100 doggie years. He is remembered for...
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