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58 Chevy Build

Post by Chev58 » Sat 01 Apr 2017, 22:33

Finally I have managed to get my pics re-sized and up loadable to AMC, big thanks to Ters for taking a moment of patience with me this morning.
Well nearly 2 years ago to the day I managed to convince my Boss that it's time to build a project and she agreed 8) .

So with a vehicle in mind we set off one friday mid morning to Kimberly (actually Barkly West) after renting a suitable trailer to collect/buy what I hoped was a reasonably rust free 58 Apache.
http://africanmusclecars.com/forum/down ... w&id=67185
This was the best one I have seen in about 4 months of viewing some real rotten shells.

http://africanmusclecars.com/forum/down ... w&id=67186
Saterday evening we where back home in Durbanville and offloaded on sunday morning after spending 2 hours fixing flat tires and unseizing the stuck brakes, loading her onto the trailer was no problem as I just dragged her on with a chain hoist.

http://africanmusclecars.com/forum/down ... w&id=67187
A week later the dismantling started.

http://africanmusclecars.com/forum/down ... w&id=67188
As there was no motor or gearbox fitted(good news - less to tow and throw away ;) ) the front clip was eventually removed in one piece after torching off the welded on fender bolts 8O .
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This was the best one I have seen in about 4 months of viewing some real rotten shells.
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Re: 58 Chevy Build

Post by Chev58 » Sat 01 Apr 2017, 22:45

The complete suspension was removed and sold, as my plan is to fit a XJ6 front suspension and a 9" LSD Ford rear, the Chevy axle was toast anyway and I did not want to use it driven by a 454 ci motor.
http://africanmusclecars.com/forum/down ... w&id=67189
http://africanmusclecars.com/forum/down ... w&id=67190
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After removing the front clip and bumper, I found that the chassis was bent slightly on the left side, so it got some surgery to straighten it.
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Re: 58 Chevy Build

Post by Chev58 » Sat 01 Apr 2017, 22:55

I removed all leaf spring attachment front and rear and also the front cross member as it will interfere with the motor mounting and position of the Jag front end, also all other brackets and unnecessary attachments are going to get removed and the chassis will get boxed for added strength and rigidity.
http://africanmusclecars.com/forum/down ... w&id=67191
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A month later my motor arrived from Rocket 88, a 96 454 ci Vortec complete with 4L80E box, harness & PCM.
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Re: 58 Chevy Build

Post by Chev58 » Sat 01 Apr 2017, 23:06

Test fitting motor to measure for clearance, mounted as low and far back as possible and then measure up for engine and gearbox mounts.
http://africanmusclecars.com/forum/down ... w&id=67194
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Custom built gearbox cross member.
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Cross member fitted.
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Late nights were the order of the day and for the foreseeable future, 20 years of enthusiasm helps
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Re: 58 Chevy Build

Post by Chev58 » Sat 01 Apr 2017, 23:26

Rear end installation.
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Chassis notched for ride height clearance
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Triangulated 4 link parts.
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Mock up fitting and layout
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Did someone mention air ride?
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Re: 58 Chevy Build

Post by Chev58 » Sat 01 Apr 2017, 23:33

Time to rebuild the 9" rear with new everything, bearings, seals, LSD clutches & springs and a fresh set of gears with 3.5:1 ratio and an uprated pinion bearing carrier and a crush sleeve eliminator kit.
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Re: 58 Chevy Build

Post by Chev58 » Sat 01 Apr 2017, 23:38

Jag Steering rack rebuild, gold plated prices for repair a kit of which less than the parts half fits :evil: so, buy another different kit to get the required rest of the parts - school fees she's a bitch.
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Re: 58 Chevy Build

Post by ters » Sun 02 Apr 2017, 06:50

Chev58 wrote:Finally I have managed to get my pics re-sized and up loadable to AMC, big thanks to Ters for taking a moment of patience with me this morning.
No trouble at all Tom ;) , now upload the other 1480 pics?!

Great following a well documented build like this!

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Re: 58 Chevy Build

Post by Jeffrey » Sun 02 Apr 2017, 07:52

Also loving this build thread...I may steal one or two ideas from you!!


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Re: 58 Chevy Build

Post by Chev58 » Sun 02 Apr 2017, 10:50

Thanks, you're welcome too use any ideas, after all I have spent many hrs trolling forums and builds for inspiration - that's part of the fun anyway :lol:
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