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Old 05-01-2013, 05:20 PM   #1
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Default Screwed up 39 PU project a little - again!

It's great to learn from my mistakes, but wish I didn't learn EVERYTHING that way. Even do it despite the great help on the Ford Barn!

Read a lot about clutches etc on the Barn a while back
(Dec 12), and asked questions about clutch linkage arms, and adjusted purchases and process accordingly.

Found a flywheel for right size/type PP and had it resurfaced, got a Fort Wayne PP and disk. All went together good.

Last night I was reading old posts, and noticed some posts about 8BA flywheels, 59ab flywheels. I immediately thought "uh oh" (actually "oh s@#%"), waded through 18" of new snow with a flash light, and pulled off the starter.

Sho 'nuff! I put an old style flywheel on this '53 engine. I am now the proud owner of two 8BA resurfaced flywheels drilled for 11" clutches that I don't need, and a wrong old style resurfaced flywheel drilled for the components I do want to use.

Glad I'm old enuf to laugh at myself!

Ford Barn once again kept me from getting the body on, having the starter stick, clutch funny, and digging into everything again. Fairly easy to fix now.

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Old 05-01-2013, 09:20 PM   #2
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You're not the only one who has done similar things. Hang in there!
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Old 05-01-2013, 09:21 PM   #3
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Don't worry, I screw up alot of stuff too
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Old 05-01-2013, 10:13 PM   #4
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You mean that isn't normal?? Welcome to the club. Been there many times. It is all a major part of the "charm" of this hobby.
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Old 05-02-2013, 06:04 AM   #5
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I also am old enough to laugh at myself. (I do it quite often)
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Old 05-02-2013, 08:09 AM   #6
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Can't tell you how many times I had to redo things. I figure if you don't do it over two or three times you're just not having any fun. But in the end you've done it right, maybe that's why it's taking me so long.
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Old 05-02-2013, 08:23 AM   #7
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You are going through exactly what I was about 7 years ago when I happened upon the old Fordbarn. I felt very lucky not only finding Fordbarn but dealing with the mixup while engine was still on the stand. Probably thirty years or so ago there was an article in the V8 Times from a very expierienced engine builder that recommended the usual upgrade to 49-53 Ford solid valve guides and straight stems for earlier engines,he talked about crankshafts being interchangeable and went further to ad using the later flywheel (8BA) would be an improvement.This always stuck in my mind and when I rebuilt my 59AB with a 4" crank I went forward with the later flywheel and clutch. Fordbarn saved me from some agravation. Problem with printed material that is incorrect in publications is it will be there forever and someone else will buy into it.
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Old 05-02-2013, 11:14 AM   #8
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I always say, when my 29rpu is done I will have restored two of them from doing everything twice.
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Old 05-02-2013, 11:41 AM   #9
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If ya aint screwin up, You aint doin anything !!!!!!!! Never quit. Bruce S
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Old 05-02-2013, 04:22 PM   #10
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Old 05-02-2013, 05:19 PM   #11
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My AV8 build is nearly done, and it's taken almost 5 years. If I got it right the first time it would've taken me 2 years.....
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Yea, its like..check once,do twice! LOL
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Old 05-02-2013, 09:09 PM   #13
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There is so much info on FB I read for hours - then go out to the shop and screw it up or miss somthin' - like no old flywheel on late engine! Every now and then I start wondering "did I do that right or did I reverse that part"? "Did I put that thrust washer in or not"? So I even do some stuff RIGHT a couple of times.

Then there are just plain "Duh's!. Once I put the torque tube and rear end in and looked up on my wall and saw the OTHER half of the clam shell. Oh yea!, should have remembered there were two halves from when I took it apart several years ago.

Good news is, I'm getting good at lining up that universal.

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