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1 1965 Chevy Pickup & Hemi Hydro combo on Mon Jan 26, 2015 10:26 pm
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And the great set of custom rims and tires that come with the kit, they look great, and it's a set of big & littles to boot!
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Next up was the clean-up of the frame, only two hours of sanding stick work to get all the little problems fixed! There were amazingly few sink marks to deal with, but lots of excess plastic where parts come off the frame, and of course the regular flash that an old kit like this will have.
I still don't know why this was there, but it was on both sides of the frame....
It's hard to see in this pic, but there is a very large piece of excess plastic along the inside edge of the frame rail...again, the same on both sides
More weird excess plastic for no apparent reason...
This was probably the hardest part to clean up, the diagonal line on the inside of the frame rails. Again, both sides, and it really doesn't serve any purpose that I can think of!
7 Re: 1965 Chevy Pickup & Hemi Hydro combo on Mon Jan 26, 2015 10:37 pm
Out at the back end of the frame, another messy area. It wasn't nearly as hard as the front end to clean up though.
The left side is how it comes out of the box, the right side is all cleaned up and ready to go. Big difference once it's all cleaned up!
This time the left side is all cleaned up, and the right side is waiting it's turn...
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The front end all cleaned up, I'm much happier with this now!
Center section all cleaned up....
And the back end, all ready for some primer!
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The 65 Chevy step side is my dream truck. Real truck.
This is coming along, is the first picture the final of your build, or his final build?
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Next, I drilled out the spare tire rim's lug holes. I'm still trying to find a better tire to use that the one that comes with the kit, I don't think a skinny whitewall would look good as my spare tire!
And here's the cool part, my buddy Sam shipped this Hemi Hydro kit out on the 8th, and it arrived here on the 10th! Two days from Wyoming to North Carolina, the USPS is starting to impress me! I cracked a part of the filler Sam had done test-fitting the interior piece, so it's looking like I'm gonna have to strip some filler off of it and replace it with some fresh filler.
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I'm seriously considering making the top out of Basswood, just because I love the look of the old Chris Craft boats...we'll see if I go that far later!
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This pic shows what the rails looked like when I started. Like I said, not bad, but it needs to be flat and smooth!
These pics are after smoothing the rails out, much better!
Even the fender got smoothed out, even though it's only issues were on the rolled sections at the edges.
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15 Re: 1965 Chevy Pickup & Hemi Hydro combo on Mon Jan 26, 2015 10:56 pm
The filled in area, you can see there is an extra piece of styrene on the inside of the rail, it's so when I re-drill the hole, I've got something to drill into without weakening the rail like it was originally.
I clamped the trailer to a sanding stick to keep it all straight, since it wanted to bend upward at the rear. You can see the added strip on the inside plainly here.
The patch has been trimmed to shape and rough sanded, once the glue fully cures, I'll smooth it all out nice and pretty!
16 Re: 1965 Chevy Pickup & Hemi Hydro combo on Mon Jan 26, 2015 10:56 pm
I started by gluing the '32's 392 block together, and gathered all the parts that I thought I would need to swap the old 392 for the new 392...the first step was making the old timing cover fit the new engine.
Next, I took a good look at both sets of valve covers, first up are the new 392's parts...nice, smooth and shiny!
These are the original 392's valve covers, they have the script I want, but they're rippled, so I'm going with the new ones!
The big change to the new 392 is removing the transmission, and transferring the rear section of the old 392 to the new one. This will allow the new engine to mount to the existing rear mount (Hopefully) easily.
I sliced off the entire back part on the old engine, but the only part I really need is the circle that represents the crankshaft, the little semi-circle piece will be pitched.
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The filler in place, smoothed out and squared up so the new engine will sit straight on the old mount.
I removed the oil filter mounting boss from the new block, since it mounts up high (Ease of maintenance?) on the old engine.
Not perfect, but this part of the engine will be invisible, so I'm not gonna sweat it!
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I'm hoping I can shift the mounts just enough in the boat to make it work, we'll see what happens when I get to that point....it's gonna fit, one way or another!
Here's all the parts (Minus the headers) that have to be made to play nice with the new engine.
I have no clue what this part is, but it takes the place of the fan out front, so it's gotta be made all nice and pretty. I plan to strip all the old chrome and go with some Metalizer Stainless Steel...a bit more accurate for something that is used around the water!
There was a very nasty seam between the cooling fins on this thing, lots of fun to get it looking like it does now! This may be sprayed with Aluminum, we'll see!
And of course, since the block is slightly longer on the new 392, the old oil pan needs to get a bit bigger, so I grabbed a piece of plastic that made the oil pan just the right size, and glued it in place.
19 Re: 1965 Chevy Pickup & Hemi Hydro combo on Mon Jan 26, 2015 11:02 pm
Next step was cleaning up the extended section to make it look like it belongs there...
Nice and pretty, Mikey likes it!
The last bit of work I did last night was to attach the mount for the rear engine mount to the oil pan. I mocked it up on the new engine and rear mount to insure it was in the proper location, then glued it to the oil pan.
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The timing cover, wearing a lovely shade of metalizer Aluminum Plate....
The whatever this thing is, wearing the same paint as the timing cover....
And the mounts, all painted Metalizer Stainless Steel.
24 Re: 1965 Chevy Pickup & Hemi Hydro combo on Mon Jan 26, 2015 11:07 pm
Timing cover buffed out and installed on the new 392...
And the trailer frame, all primed and ready for some paint!
25 Re: 1965 Chevy Pickup & Hemi Hydro combo on Mon Jan 26, 2015 11:08 pm
Finally, the horns for the ends of the headers. These were horribly bad, it took nearly 45 minutes to clean the first one up! The corrected one is on the left, the one on the right is how it looks coming off the parts tree...
I started the clean-up by flattening out the end of the horn, and carefully sanded on it until it took the shape it was supposed to have. We'll see how they look once some primer hits 'em, I may have more work to do!
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