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05-15-2013, 05:32 AM
Looks like I have me a new (old) toy to work on ... a 1949 Ford 2 Door Custom Sedan !!!
I know, i'm primarily a Chevy guy, but this one I just can not resist ... These are my dad's favorite body style cars and he has always fixed them up origional ...
Not me !!!


It has a Flat 6 in it now that runs great, so we plan to leave the drive train stock until we get the body and interior up to par ...
Just not sure yet as to go with a Ford or Chevy drive train ... guess it all depands on what I can find to fix her up with at that time ...

05-15-2013, 05:39 AM
This is the direction I want to go with this car ... Eventually !!!
But I must take baby steps. I do not have the budget to tear it all apart and build a practically bran new car ...
I found these pics using Google ...


looking at my car and then looking closely to these pics, you can tell that there is MASSIVE modification work done to the body of these cars !!! Some I plan to do to mine ... Like the frenched in head lights, going with 2 windows on each side instead of 4, body stance ... Many details !!!

05-15-2013, 05:55 AM
She has a 6 volt charging system that will HAVE to be changed to a 12 volt system before any Electronic modifications are done to this vehicle ...
This motor will crank up and run great !!! Just needed a hot battery and a gallon Jug of gas ... We drove it to the work location !!!


To date, My dad has restored 6 of these cars (I worked on most of them as a kid) ... He has 2 left, the one he is working on now and this Black one.
It was bought about 12 years ago to be restored and for the most part, work has been done to it, but put aside SEVERAL times for other vehicles ...
He plans to restore the Blue one, but has no intrest in selling the Black one. So, he gave it to me so it would stay in the Family.
Over the years the car has been cranked up and moved around in the yard and has been driven up and down the road a few times, but for the most part, sits under the old tree in dad's back yard just waiting for someone to give it some TLC ...
We've taken a hot battery and a jug of gas out into the field and cranked up his old cars for years !!! Now all of them are gone (primarily cause of his bad health) except the two 49 sedans ... I'm sure down the road that I will end up with both of them but I am definately not wanting to push that issue !!! He wants to see them completly fixed up and restored before he dies (his words) ... But I have plans to customize mine. Just to see how it turns out ...

05-15-2013, 07:33 AM
Interior ... Well, there isn't any ... LOL


What do you think about our temporary gas tank ?? It works !!!


As soon as the primary things are done to make this a running / driveable vehicle ... This will be my first place to start rebuilding and customizing !!!
As you can see, we have plenty of room to work with when we get ready to set her up for stage and image !!!

05-15-2013, 09:33 AM
Man this will look good when it's done! Can't wait. You going to put a system in there?

05-15-2013, 10:31 AM
very cool.. ive got a 69 continental im working on now.. old cars are fun!
Thanks ... and I know a friend working on one similar ... Thunderbird I think

Man this will look good when it's done! Can't wait. You going to put a system in there?
Thanks ... and yes, we have plans for a Sound Quality system in this car ...

05-15-2013, 10:35 AM
very cool.. ive got a 69 continental im working on now.. old cars are fun!

Pics or lies :fyi:

05-15-2013, 10:44 AM
This is where we are at now ... Behind Dad's shop on blocks.


We have the brakes completely tore apart waiting on parts ... we are going to completely rebuild the Master Cylinder and Wleel Clyinders and replace the rubber brake lines.
From what we can tell, the "hard line" brake lines are fine ... For now
Will I ever replace the drum brakes with power disc brakes ??? Yea later when I have the time and money. But for now, the drum brakes should work just fine ...

05-15-2013, 10:46 AM
Pics or lies :fyi:
I'm posting pics, Vids and info as soon as I can get them into my digicam ...

05-15-2013, 10:47 AM
not you. the guy with the 69 conti

Front drums **** :crap:

05-15-2013, 10:50 AM
Nice! I just finished my 65 rancheros engine and tranny and all the mechanical things 2 days ago! Now just the exterior. Interior is done for the most part. Just hiding a few wires here and there now. Good luck with your build man!!!

05-15-2013, 10:53 AM
not you. the guy with the 69 conti

Front drums **** :crap:
oh ... ok
Those brakes will work good enough until I get whats needing to be done first ... We will make upgrades on what works later ...

Nice! I just finished my 65 rancheros engine and tranny and all the mechanical things 2 days ago! Now just the exterior. Interior is done for the most part. Just hiding a few wires here and there now. Good luck with your build man!!!
Nice !!!

05-22-2013, 01:19 AM
Small update ... No pics at this time, Sorry.
Got her brakes fixed, got stock wheels with decent tires mounted, and loaded up on the trailer and brought her home !!!

I got her completely changed (engine only, lets get real here ...) over to a 12 volt system. Just got to install an Alternator so it will charge normal.
Going to install a complete wiring harness as soon as possible. But for now, just have the key switch set up so it will start up and shut down the car normally ...

I just googled and found a Dakota Digital dash cluster set for this car ... **** THEY ARE EXPENSIVE !!! ... Maybe later
I will start looking up air conditioner setups later too ...
I have to get out and find a suitable fuel tank so we can driver her around the block a few times in the near future ...

In all actuality ... I do not see any reason why we couldn't plan out the dash and kick pannel drivers and start a little audio fabrication soon ...

05-22-2013, 05:47 AM
awesome project. cars like this are fun to work on - no computers!!!!

05-22-2013, 06:10 AM
no computers!!!!
Absolutely !!!

05-23-2013, 11:48 PM
Nice I've been looking at a 57 bel air for sale no price on it so idk if its worth it

05-27-2013, 11:37 PM
Nice I've been looking at a 57 bel air for sale no price on it so idk if its worth it
Thanks !!! And I really like them 55 - 57 Chevy trucks and cars !!!

06-24-2013, 06:27 AM
Chevy (74 Chevy truck) alternator installed on the old Ford Flat head 6 !!! 80 amps charging should have no problems with 2 batteies in the trunk (to be set up at a later date). Considering the plans are to add air conditioner and power sterring to this 6, I'm hoping we will not need a larger alternator (gonna have an Astron power supply added to the electrical for shows and events) ... Wired up VERY basic until I can get the new wiring harness installed, but charging good !!!
New fuel lines installed !!! I know, should have been braided lines, but just need her running good until after October ... We have plans to pull the engine and trannny for updates over the winter !!!
So the only thing we NEED to do to the engine and tranny is fix a small water leak near the water pump (hope I can find the gaskets) and install the floor shifter ...
Got me a temporary Gas Tank !!! 5 gallons should do the trick for small rides and back and forth to the friend's shops ... Got plenty of plans for the trunk, but gonna keep it very simple until afer October ... Hopefully you will see quite a few upgrades to this trunk area before October, but nothing in stone ...
Look at all that room in the trunk area !!! almost ashame that there will not be a large sub driver enclosure in there ...

06-24-2013, 06:30 AM
Took out the headlight assemblies and gave them to Mike (Hyper) to see if he can come up with some type of upgrades for me ...
Yes, I know that the driver's side needs alot of work before the headlights can be permanently installed. We are going to french in the bessels (chrome trim pieces) so this should not be a problem for us when we get to doing body work on the front cap ...
Also ... gonna take that grille off soon and see what is salvageable (rechrome) or neds to be replaced. The marker lights will be filled in. State law on these cars do not require signal lights if they were not and origional option ...
Mike stopped by and delivered something to me on the way to Scrapin the Coast !!!
These look AMAZING !!! Can't wait to see them on the car !!! Thank you Mike, If you get a chance ... please quote this post and give us some details on these lights !!!

EDIT: Mike is on CA-F, so as soon as he post his update for this ... I will copy and paste it to hare !!!

06-24-2013, 06:32 AM
In the process of gutting out this car this weekend, I tried to snap a pic or 2 ... Here is one of the back seat / trunk area ...
At the moment ... there will be no back seat installed back into the car. The old one was completely destroyed ... Maybe one day I can find another one to get in there, but for now it's not an issue to worry about at this time ...
Also ... got the back driver / passenger windows assembly out so we can get the new windows cut and installed !!!
Nice view of the wife's 2013 Chevy Cruize too ...

06-24-2013, 06:35 AM
The interior metal work is actually in much better shape than the picures show ... Some rusty places need to be cut out and be replaces with good metal. We will get to it as soon as we can ... I'm just trying to get everything gutted out and cleaned up so we can see what is going on with this ride !! So far, we are in good shape ...
We got the floor boards cleaned up so we can get some deadner in there and see about making enclosures for the kick pannels while we work on everything else ... From the looks ther should be PLENTY of room to fit one 8 in each kick pannel area in their own pored and tuned enclsures !!!
We are not installing any deadner at this time to the transmission / drive train area because we are going to install a floor shifter soon and will need to cut metal for that ...
Also ... We left some room open for the foot pedals just incase something needs to be repaired, replaced, or updated for new linkages or electronics ...

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In this pic ... You can see that I took the Brake lights out and took them apart.
They were Glass lenses. One of them was broke, So I gave the good one to Mike from Hyper to see if he can work some more magic and come up with something cool for my brake lights ...

06-25-2013, 08:37 AM
Got my Wiring Harness kit ordered today ... Someone is taking care of this (ordering) for me while I'm running a new wiring harness kit in his 38 Chevy Coupe, So I will post the details of the harness kit as soon as I have it ... I'm going to try my best and detail that wiring setup as if the entire wiring / electrical section of this car is being judged in Sound Quality wiring inspection ...

The only thing that I have to really concentrate on is the addition of audio / LED wiring in their respected locations ... I'm thinking that the only thing that really needs to be run on their own is the RCA (coax) cables, so I should be able to run them separately at a later date ...

One step closer to getting this car on the road !!!