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PostSubject: Re: 54 Chevy Bel Air IFS, notch and air suspension...   Mon Feb 01 2010, 13:02

smiffys_chop_shop wrote:
Tim just wondered whats your plan for routing the exhaust system?? does it go under the axle or up and over the 'c' notch to exit out back? or is it coming out the side i.e. laker style and not reaching as far back as the axle?

Well Dunk has bought a new set of Fenton manifolds and twin pipes to go all the way to the back. it will have to be modified around the rear axle area obviously, pretty sure there wont be room to go over the axle with the airbags, top links and shock absorbers so i'd like to think we can run under without fouling at it's highest ride height. laker style wont work as there's no where to exit the pipe through the chassis rails if you know what i mean?
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PostSubject: Re: 54 Chevy Bel Air IFS, notch and air suspension...   Tue Feb 02 2010, 10:26

Yeah thats what I was thinking cuz it'd end up coming through the floor to go over the axle wouldnt it! Im sure I've seen an exhaust that someone had run under the axle but had actually flattened the pipe slightly so it was oval (so still the same volume/area of pipe but different shape) to give an extra bit of clearance.............if that helps?? Can't remember where i saw it though dudes! sorry.
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PostSubject: Re: 54 Chevy Bel Air IFS, notch and air suspension...   Fri Feb 05 2010, 09:34

i was just on local hero and see this.
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PostSubject: Re: 54 Chevy Bel Air IFS, notch and air suspension...   Mon Feb 08 2010, 11:36

Looks very similar......bad ass! Like the grill looks like the repro corvette grill bars. rock
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PostSubject: Re: 54 Chevy Bel Air IFS, notch and air suspension...   Mon Feb 15 2010, 15:30

Steering column to rack kit has arrived, this is needed beacause the column shift id being kept.

It's a good quality kit!















original shaft shortened and shaped for the UJ...


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PostSubject: Re: 54 Chevy Bel Air IFS, notch and air suspension...   Tue Feb 16 2010, 12:29

lance wrote:
i was just on local hero and see this.

I do dig that grill full 'o' teeth. Kinda mean looking. Have to keep that in mind Wink
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PostSubject: Re: 54 Chevy Bel Air IFS, notch and air suspension...   Tue Feb 16 2010, 13:31

Forgive me for asking and/or sounding dumb but does the travel with the bags affect the steering set-up at all? or is it just a tricky route to get to the steering rack that requires 3 of those swivelling knuckles? ahhh takes me back to doing the truck steering set up. Looks like fun dude, Dunks, you must be gagging to get back in it now! I can't wait to see it again rock
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PostSubject: Re: 54 Chevy Bel Air IFS, notch and air suspension...   Tue Feb 16 2010, 13:53

Tim will probably explain it better bit it is all a bit tricky. The route basically goes through the engine mount in our case, probably because I'm keeping the straight 6 Wink Yr right about getting it back but I'm in no rush at the moment.
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PostSubject: Re: 54 Chevy Bel Air IFS, notch and air suspension...   Tue Feb 16 2010, 16:53

No the extra suspension travel doesn't affect the steering, originally the steering column went straight into the steering box which was mounted on top of the chassis leg, because now it has the rack in front of the cross member so that's just the route to get from the column to the rack... all made a bit more complicated by the fact the gear change is mounted on the column too.
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PostSubject: Re: 54 Chevy Bel Air IFS, notch and air suspension...   Fri Feb 19 2010, 10:41

nuff said dude.
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PostSubject: Re: 54 Chevy Bel Air IFS, notch and air suspension...   Sun Feb 21 2010, 11:45

getting there Smile



















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PostSubject: Re: 54 Chevy Bel Air IFS, notch and air suspension...   Tue Feb 23 2010, 14:29

Nice dude very nice! what chassis black is that? is it a por product?
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PostSubject: Re: 54 Chevy Bel Air IFS, notch and air suspension...   Tue Feb 23 2010, 14:44

smiffys_chop_shop wrote:
Nice dude very nice! what chassis black is that? is it a por product?

no it's just good old ICI chassis black, fantastic stuff covers really well and is cheap Smile

after using and testing POR15 i dont rate the por products too much
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PostSubject: Re: 54 Chevy Bel Air IFS, notch and air suspension...   Tue Feb 23 2010, 15:22

i hadn't thought about this too much, the front half of the sump steps up a couple of inches so i figured it'd probably clear but when i came to change the sump gasket one look at it from the side and a glance over to the front end of the car(engine mounts in place) and i realised there was no chance!

the cross member is a problem but not as much of a problem as the steering rack, the sump was 35mm too deep and the crank was fouling the rack by 5mm! pretty drastic but luckily not un sortable... i had to raise the engine by 15mm and shorten the front half of the sump by 25mm. it's tight but everything clears with enough room for as bit of movement... phew!















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PostSubject: Re: 54 Chevy Bel Air IFS, notch and air suspension...   Wed Feb 24 2010, 12:43

I recognise that metalwork the adjusted sump is sitting on!! glad it's proving useful! don't get it too dirty Razz

good stuff [as always you make me sick with ur skillz!]
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PostSubject: Re: 54 Chevy Bel Air IFS, notch and air suspension...   Wed Feb 24 2010, 13:01

oh yeah, i painted all the calipers, spindles on it the other night without thinking, afterwards i thought 'oh shit that was Darren's grate thing and i've covered it in paint' Embarassed

I shall clean it off for you dude dont worry.
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PostSubject: Re: 54 Chevy Bel Air IFS, notch and air suspension...   Wed Feb 24 2010, 13:23

some severe head scratching & top work again there TIm.
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PostSubject: Re: 54 Chevy Bel Air IFS, notch and air suspension...   Wed Feb 24 2010, 13:45

Close one dude!!! I didn't think the por stuff was that good either but didn't want to say incase thats what you had used Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: 54 Chevy Bel Air IFS, notch and air suspension...   Wed Feb 24 2010, 14:55

Shame I'll probably leave the sump on some speedbump sometime soon Wink ha ha!!
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PostSubject: Re: 54 Chevy Bel Air IFS, notch and air suspension...   Wed Feb 24 2010, 16:24

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Shame I'll probably leave the sump on some speedbump sometime soon Wink ha ha!!

The back end(lowest section) of the sump actually sits about 10mm higher than the crossmember... worked out perfect Smile
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PostSubject: Re: 54 Chevy Bel Air IFS, notch and air suspension...   Thu Feb 25 2010, 15:10

Tim wrote:
oh yeah, i painted all the calipers, spindles on it the other night without thinking, afterwards i thought 'oh shit that was Darren's grate thing and i've covered it in paint' Embarassed

I shall clean it off for you dude dont worry.

no Tim - it's fine if it's of use to you - it can be my sad little claim to fame, Dunc's modded sump got sprayed on my grating!! LOL

is the other one being used as a caravan step still?
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PostSubject: Re: 54 Chevy Bel Air IFS, notch and air suspension...   Fri Feb 26 2010, 00:55

Good work fella clap
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PostSubject: Re: 54 Chevy Bel Air IFS, notch and air suspension...   Wed Jun 02 2010, 02:37

as Tim is grafting I thought I'd do a quick update. On the final stretch (hopefully), hit a hold up as we decided to go for a power brake kit as its discs all round, bit of a delay getting it over from the states but here now.

All the bits needed for the air are sorted, just ordered dampers for the rear and a set of 205/75x15 american classis wide whites (ouch they hurt the plastic!!). Wheels are going to be black not red.

The delay has meant that my bits coming over in the container from the states have arrived and can go on the same time. Most importantly the headers and exhaust, can't wait to hear that rock

I'm sure Tim will update with photos soon enough. Target for hitting the road is the nostalgia nationals at the end of the month!!
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PostSubject: Re: 54 Chevy Bel Air IFS, notch and air suspension...   Tue Jun 08 2010, 12:32

Awesome work and watching the build with much intrest Smile
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