I figure I can document the progress of the "Sophia" project here, for all of you to see what goes into building a car, and for those who know to have fun watching. Yay, voyeurism!! Anywho, here is Sophia, a Ford Falcon who turns 45 on Aug. 6th. She is in essentially the shape she was in when she moved into the driveway, with the exception of tires and brakes. From here on out I'll take photos of the procedures along the way, and give brief descriptions with them, all for your viewing pleasure!
Work done in this installation ; Front brakes: shoes-wheel cylinders-brake lines and hoses-master cylinder-replaced, front drums turned, Front wheel bearings cleaned and re-packed and grease seals, dust caps replaced; Rear axles removed to facilitate replacement of axle seals and gear oil drained, Front tires replaced. Taping and general paint prep is beginning.
She is likely to be in what's commonly referred to as the "Rodstoration" style, that being, essentially in keeping with the original style, but incorporating a number of custom touches to body, drivetrain, or interior, or any combination thereof. The current plans encompass a flat black paintjob with gloss red flames, 14" wheels, an and an electric fuel pump and electronic ignition controls. Future improvements I would like to make would involve a 200 C.I.D. L6 engine, triple 2-barrel carburetors with progressive linkage and X or H-piped dual exhaust, 3-speed automatic transmission with overdrive, Positraction rear end, 4-wheel disc brakes, electric delay windshield wipers, Extensive body work installing the new quarter panels and running boards that came with the car and are currently primarily Bondo(tm), and a Custom Autosound Falcon USA-6bk model stereo head-unit with a 10-disc changer and remote USB and 1/8" mini-jack inputs using Infinity 6 1/2" component speakers in the front and 6/9"'s on the rear deck, with dual 10" subwoofers in the trunk, all powered by two separate Pre-amplifiers, one for the main speakers and another for the subs.
A couple of weeks ago, Papa & I were coming home from a job in Lancaster and stopped at the Dunkin Donuts on rte 12 in Sterling. There we saw a 1928 Dodge with rumble seat and a $14,000 for sale sign. All original save the starter and wipers (I think he still has the crank). We got to chatting and I got his #, just in case.
Just wanted to share.