Joe's '63 1/2 Tinkering Thread

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SASSY wrote:
Fri Oct 15, 2021 11:38 am
the engine compartment is busy enough.
busier than a sweatshop in Bangladesh ! :P more wires than AT&T,& pulleys galore! :lol: Sorry Fred,with Roy not here anymore to rib ya someone has to step up ! :wink: :)
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poboyjo65 wrote:
Fri Oct 15, 2021 12:21 pm
SASSY wrote:
Fri Oct 15, 2021 11:38 am
the engine compartment is busy enough.
busier than a sweatshop in Bangladesh ! :P more wires than AT&T,& pulleys galore! :lol: Sorry Fred,with Roy not here anymore to rib ya someone has to step up ! :wink: :)
Ya, an works so good I don't remember what most of it does!
:mrgreen:
He could sure hit my button, guess cause of the few people with opinions that count his was up there.
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I'd rather do it myself if it's done right or not,,,isn't that what hotrodding is all about?
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Jims65cyclone wrote:
Mon Oct 04, 2021 5:26 pm
I watched a documentary recently about Forrest Lucas, the inventor of the Lucas oil treatment. He grew up dirt poor on a farm in Indiana. Bought his first truck at age 19 and built a trucking empire from there. Only had a high school education, but developed an oil additive in his garage to help reduce the wear on his trucks. It worked so well he patented it and started Lucas Oil. Now they make over 250 products in 40 countries. He's a very humble, religious guy, and a big philanthropist for a number of causes. Real interesting guy.

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My grandfather was a trucker who swore by Lucas.
My dad’s 1942 2N Ford developed a knock when I changed the sludge in the crankcase out for oil. My uncle reminded me about Lucas and the knock is gone,
…. until I get time for a proper rebuild!

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Getting on w/ Lucas Fuel System Treatment, I can finally read the numbers on my pistons :D
Probe forged flat-top racing stuff. :mrgreen:
Watch out, Comethead Joe. :lol:

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Joe Travers wrote:
Tue Nov 02, 2021 12:04 pm
Getting on w/ Lucas Fuel System Treatment, I can finally read the numbers on my pistons :D
Probe forged flat-top racing stuff. :mrgreen:
Watch out, Comethead Joe. :lol:

Joe
Sounds like a street race! Let’s go! :twisted: :twisted:
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comethead wrote:
Wed Nov 03, 2021 1:11 am
Sounds like a street race! Let’s go! :twisted: :twisted:
If I were in town, you'd know it! :P :lol:
'Joe Shootout 2021' :D
*would have to buy a set of slicks first :roll:

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let OL POP know if this street race takes place,,,
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popscomet wrote:
Thu Nov 04, 2021 12:21 am
let OL POP know if this street race takes place,,,
Don't hold your breathe, Pop. I can barely afford to fill the tank w/ 93 right now, much less hook up the '63. :(
But it would fun to run again and you know you would be the first to get the skinny :wink:

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I love to hear someone work a 4 spd like it should be worked ( in a hurry)....every so often our local track has a 4spd only shoot out...pure music to my ears,,,,,,, :D :D :D pop
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Me too!
I can't keep the '63 from sliding sideways hitting second w/street tires on a quick shift.
It will take some moolah to get it sorted out. It'll have to wait for now.

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Joe Travers wrote:
Thu Nov 04, 2021 6:11 pm
Me too!
I can't keep the '63 from sliding sideways hitting second w/street tires on a quick shift.
It will take some moolah to get it sorted out. It'll have to wait for now.

Joe
Thats the way its ‘sposed to be :twisted:
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comethead wrote:
Fri Nov 05, 2021 11:26 am
Thats the way its ‘sposed to be :twisted:
Pulled one of your stunts the other day, Joe. Flying down a bridge behind a Jeep, had to brake for a sudden light. Dropped her into third while I was braking to get her stopped, chirping the tires. Just slid an inch, no biggie :mrgreen:

Talking about those 2.5" rear drums, are those wagon drums or off another model? I need to upgrade those for more grip.

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Joe Travers wrote:
Fri Nov 05, 2021 12:23 pm
comethead wrote:
Fri Nov 05, 2021 11:26 am
Thats the way its ‘sposed to be :twisted:
Pulled one of your stunts the other day, Joe. Flying down a bridge behind a Jeep, had to brake for a sudden light. Dropped her into third while I was braking to get her stopped, chirping the tires. Just slid an inch, no biggie :mrgreen:

Talking about those 2.5" rear drums, are those wagon drums or off another model? I need to upgrade those for more grip.

Joe II
:lol: :lol:
Actually I drive the Comet kinda slow. Even with a 4 speed I’m very protective of that car haha.

The brake backing plates are from a 90-95 Ford Ranger Explorer or Aerostar van (believe it or not). They came with 10X2.5” drums and used to be the backing plates were pretty cheap. The hardware shoes and drums I ordered from Rock Auto for a 60 something station wagon. Everything bolted up pretty easily…I guess drum brakes didn’t change at all from the 60s to 90s :?
I think the only thing I had to do was change the axle bolt pattern on the plate itself. I welded up the holes and used a gasket to measure out the new holes to drill.
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I have the same setup on the Comet except I use regular street shoes not the expensive carbon Kevlar ones

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comethead wrote:
Fri Nov 05, 2021 5:48 pm
The brake backing plates are from a 90-95 Ford Ranger Explorer or Aerostar van (believe it or not). They came with 10X2.5” drums and used to be the backing plates were pretty cheap. The hardware shoes and drums I ordered from Rock Auto for a 60 something station wagon. Everything bolted up pretty easily…I guess drum brakes didn’t change at all from the 60s to 90s :?
Thanks for the brake skinny! Good Old Henry....now I have to research a bit, see if the '63 is the same as '65 :?

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