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birds4ever

M –60
Oakland, Nebraska
United States

 
 

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Slow start on body changes with '57 Caddy

By birds4ever

It's a slow start, but a start none the less. I changed the conical body side molding to a straight lined angle to replace the rust I found behind the stainless molding. Extending and raising the fins to tie it all together, plus making my own bumper end caps. Got my rear window bought for a hundred bucks... '47 Chevy Aero rear window. Once I finish all the fram work for the rear, I will start on the chop.

More pics here: http://www.pr...illacRear.php

********* SOLD! **********

By birds4ever

I was truly blessed with a quick sale. This 'bird is SOLD!

My First Show

By birds4ever

She's finally show worthy! I finally, after 3-years 2-months, closed the garage doors Saturday night at 10:30 and said it was ready for the drive the next morning to its first show.

I've had many people follow the build over the years, and I had to share the moment!

Enjoy the album, and thanks to many for support and encouragement!

It Lives!!

By birds4ever

Lot's of progress on the 'bird since last posted.

Front end is on and lines look great. I installed a MagnaFlow 3" stainless X pipe exhaust and had it powder coated. Looks and sounds fantastic. I will have to remove the X pipe section and run straight tubing down along the sides of the drive shaft for clearence. The X pipe sits just under the drive shaft and is too low.

All glass/molding is in. Went with OEM factory tint and it looks great.

I took it down to the interior shop to have that finished. That's next door to where the motor and chassis was built. I will fix the exhaust there, adjust the 4 link, pinion angle, level out the suspension, etc.

I will have to downsize the jets in the center carb. The heads flow way too much for the standard jets that are installed. Way too rich.

Hang the grill, bumper, and headlights... LOOK OUT, the BRDOFYR (that's my plate) will be looking for highway!

Hope to make a show or two this summer!

OT - I just have to share this one with you!

By birds4ever

We just finished this little '53 GMC and "how sweet it is!" The owner is real happy with how it turned out. This pickup was the bare bones ol farm truck when he brought it in. He said to update it with all the latest suspension, motor/trans, air, tilt, and all the goodies to make it a real nice driver. He got what he was after. Click here to see more if you like - http://www.pr...mc_pickup.php

motor and tranny

By birds4ever

FINALLY! I will have to say that this entire experience has been both NERVE RACKING and one EXCELLENT experience. Motor and tranny are in. I took it next door to Sky's Seat Cover Center and we have the headliner in, doors loaded and ready for glass. Hopefully it will come back home in the next week and I'll finish putting her together!

block and paint

By birds4ever

BTW - I completely forgot to give credit to Restore A Muscle Car, RAMC, Lincoln, NE for the block and paint on this bird. These guys are responsible for making this bird laser straight and with one of the nicest paint jobs I've seen. An awesome job by awesome people. The best crew I've come across. Please check them out. http://www.re...musclecar.com
One gets so wrapped up into a project and forgets those who helped them. Their specialty is BANDITS!

whew! motor is done!

By birds4ever

Finally! The ol' poncho will live again. Got the finishing touches put on the motor and I am very pleased. Check out the album for the updated pics. Hope you enjoy!
I'll be putting her on the breakin stand this next week hopefully and see how she runs! I'll check for leaks, set timing, adjust carbs, and then re-torque the heads. I will use an old pair of headers so I dodn't blue-out the new ceramic coated headers. Then she'll be ready to go back into the chassis!

more projects

By birds4ever

From time to time I help a friend of mine out at his shop. Charlie Puls of C-T Engine & Chassis Builders has numerous projects come through his shop and I thought I would share some of them with you.
Go to http://www.pr...rs.com/ct.php for my web site where I have his shop listed and check it out.

Hope you enjoy!

Motor

By birds4ever

The motor, of course, has been a real pleasure to build. It started off as a '71 YS GTO 400. The block is the only thing left of that motor.

I installed the Eagle 461 stroker kit. Added the Comp Cams version of the GM #9794041 1970 RAM AIR IV cam. Stepped up to Kauffman Aluminum D-port heads with 1.65 rockers, and topping it off with the new Barry Grant SixShooter. MSD 6AL will provide the spark.

I have a Richmond ROD 6-speed trans to back it with 3.08 legs.

This should get me to the grocery store before it closes! :) Check out the pics in the album.

Getting Closer!

By birds4ever

Whew! 15-months and counting since the bird came home! This has certainly been an undertaking! The work has been extremely pleasurable, however, dealing with 'other' entities has been a nightmare!
I've made some pretty important change-ups since I started. The subframe is no longer the stock one as you can see. I went with the Heidts new subframe with Pro G suspension and also their bolt-in 4 link rear suspension. This should give the old bird some pretty good handling.
Now that it is back from the paint shop (still waiting on the front clip), assembly is as great as everyone says. It's really a lot of fun to see it coming together.
Hope everyone is enjoying their project as much! Later!
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