Archive for October, 2011

The 4 door that I bought in the spring needed to be harvested and gotten rid of.  The car had been sitting in Bob’s driveway since being dropped off last April, and the floor boards out of it were promised to another ’58 owner that needed them. So this weekend was the time to cut it up. Bob & his family pushed the car into his garage earlier in the week, and he started unbolting as much stuff off of it as he could during the evenings after work. He had removed the doors, the front clip, and cut the top off before I got there Saturday.

Here is the car when it first arrived:

           

We started at 9:30 am and were finished by 5:30pm. The car didn’t put up to much of a fight, and the only casualties were when we were cutting up the frame, a section came down onto Bob’s foot, and I got a couple of metal splinters in the hands. Here are some pics of the car in different stages of being cut up:

        

                              

The parts I gleaned from this car for use on my wagon are:

1. Complete Dashboard with deluxe trim

2. Complete front clip (Fenders, Hood, Grille, Turn signal light assemblies)

3. Front Cross member

4. Trans crossmember

5. Automatic Trans Steering Column

6. Complete Power steering system (Ram Cylinder, Control Valve, Tie Rods, Pitman Arm, & Idler arm)

This one Four door has been cut up, and the parts we got from it will be going into My ’58 2 door wagon, another guy’s ’58 2 door wagon, Bob’s ’58 Fairlane & ’62 Ford Truck, Zapato’s 57 Ford, and if somebody buys the motor/trans combo that came out of it, another lucky car. That is 6 different vehicles! It was a great donor car, and was well worth it. If you ever have the chance to buy a parts car for a project you are working on, I highly recommend it. It will save you a lot of parts hunting and money in the long run. Plus you can sell the parts you don’t need to offset the price of the car.

It’s also nice to have good friends who will let you park a car in their driveway for 6 months, and will help dismantle & cut it up. Thanks again, Bob.

I have been searching for a motor & transmission combo for awhile now. The search is over! A Ford 351 Windsor & auto tranny were found, and I picked it up for a very reasonable price.