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Old 11-14-2007, 07:51 PM   #11
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It's cool, like old school cool
Chuck, I've named the beast "old school" and at some time am going to paint it on it when I find a good location.
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Old 11-14-2007, 10:33 PM   #12
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Re: My 1955 Ford project

That 5 speed overdrive tranny wouldn't happen to be an NV4500, would it? If so you get UBER points on top of the regular SUPER points you already get from me.
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Old 11-17-2007, 12:03 AM   #13
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Sweet rig. I would love to see more pictures and get more build-up details. It's a Wayne right? Did you find a new windshield for it? The reason I ask is because I have a '58 with a busted out front windshield.

If you ever decide to do a Ford PS drivetrain, this buildup has a guy who did one. It's in his homemade hummer. Being a auto junkie, you'll probably enjoy the thread anyway: http://fullsizebronco.com/forum/showthread.php?t=25748 He did quite a buid also.
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Old 11-18-2007, 09:39 PM   #14
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Re: My 1955 Ford project...couple of new pics

Yes the body is a Wayne. The windshield is the original. I am extremely careful working around the glass as one mishap and we are screwed. I added a few more photos of the exterior reconstruction.

The bus originally had crank out windows and a weird aluminum on the upper sides. The below photo is of my dad grinding out the rivets and removing the aluminum.



This is of the entry door side, before the interior has been gutted.



This photo is of the entry door side. I welding in 1" square tubing to make the frames for the windows and provide backing to pop rivet the new metal to.



This photo is again of the entry door side, after the interior was stripped and new metal put into the floor. The floor behind the rear wheels was rusted through in places and needed replaced. The roof was completely stripped down to bare metal. I counted at least at least 6 coats of paint on the roof.

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Old 08-12-2008, 10:27 PM   #15
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Re: My 1955 Ford project...new pics 8/12/08

Work has been slow but we are progressing. We decided to pull the 350 Chevy small block as I was not happy with some of the cylinder compression readings and it needed a valve job. The engine has since been completed and installed and runs sweet. We are now wrapping up wiring/installing the running lights. We hope to have the front end put together by the end of the month.

This photo is of the engine bay after pulling the engine.



This is of the progress on the rebuild. A couple of the cylinders were pitted with rust. I had it bored out and got new pistons. The exhaust valves needed replacing. All the internal components are new. It should run good and strong for a while.



and this is just after installing the engine. It has since been completed, I just don't have an updated photo. I will get some soon. Although the bus is a Ford, the engine is a Chevy and I had to have the Chevy orange. It brightens things up a bit from all the black, white and gray.

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Old 08-12-2008, 10:46 PM   #16
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Re: My 1955 Ford project...new pics 8/12/08

Absolutely Beautiful. come do my engine like that!
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Old 08-13-2008, 11:30 AM   #17
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That is ... a pleasure to look upon!
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Old 08-14-2008, 09:26 PM   #18
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Re: My 1955 Ford project...new pics 8/12/08

i totally love that chevy plant in that bus i love the oldys and know how much work goes into them its not like getting a bus say from the 80s or 90s im keeping the armstrong steering in my oldy nice to see this bus updated on the forum keep it up and keep us posted! NICE WORK! old skool is kool skool
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Old 08-31-2008, 07:53 PM   #19
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This is where we are as of today. I have to secure some running light wires and get the mirrors installed, wipers and door glass. Then we can finally move to the interior.





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Old 08-31-2008, 10:46 PM   #20
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N0, I thinkk it looks way cool.

Now how are the rest of us going to convert our buses with all these top notch jobs?
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