Lets see your Yank tanks!

Lets see your Yank tanks!

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aeropilot

24,687 posts

194 months

Thursday 3rd June
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RoadToad84 said:
aeropilot said:
laugh

Can't see the rear lights so can't tell if its a '39 or a '40....but it is a Ford.
It's a '39 according to their website:

https://www.americancarspares.co.uk/american-vehic...
Looks lovely.....although I would wonder why they don't have any dash or under hood pictures scratchchin

Just needs some speed stuff for the flatty, and a dropped front axle smile

Ructions

4,663 posts

88 months

Thursday 3rd June
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Ilovejapcrap said:
Ructions said:
I’m still wondering why I bought this, for some unknown reason I always wanted one, even though I had never seen one in the flesh, let alone driven one. When I say driven, you don’t actually drive it, it’s more like herding.
One day I’m planning on adding a lot of power and a race chassis and keeping it and then I seem to come to my senses, but I can’t quite bring myself to get rid of it. Possibly one for the drunken eBay purchases thread.

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Edited by Ructions on Saturday 22 May 13:34
Love it any interior pics
Just these from the original ad. The interior is a bit of a let down, but I am planning on doing it first, in tan leather. If I decide to keep it.








I’m thinking something like this.



That’s the video from the original ad, he even left the CD in the stereo.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Ny2U4HPHWM


Along with a large folder of receipts there was an envelope with $2500 in it.



Edited by Ructions on Thursday 3rd June 21:57

Ructions

4,663 posts

88 months

Thursday 3rd June
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some bloke said:
Ructions, it depends on the engine you have. The ZL1 will probably start with more streetable hp and torque than you can extract from the 350 but if we lived in the US it would be simple - order an install kit with harness kit, and pop down to a parts store for the bits you need, instead of waiting 3 weeks for the wrong parts to arrive. An option might be a 383, available in the UK from a few suppliers - will basically bolt in as it's a 350 block with a longer stroke crank. It' will make good torque which is what you need for heavy iron like this.

I had a 350 years ago that was a '70, hi compression engine. I had a magazine article that said how to get 300-325 hp from a 350, followed that, and it would lay 400 feet of rubber. Which was nice...it just had a torquey cam, valve job, ported heads and headers with a factory Q-jet manifold. If you have a smog engine that is only putting out 190hp it will take a bit of cash and effort to get more hp. An Edelbrock top end kit might be the cheapest option for you. You get alloy heads, cam, intake etc, all designed to work together.

Like this - I think they are in Ireland:
https://www.gooze.com/2081/2038-edelbrock/e-street...

Edited by some bloke on Thursday 3rd June 14:56
Thanks for your reply, gives me something to think about. That’s not expensive at all, my engine is allegedly putting out 270 horse power, must be Shetland ponies, but it really does sound very well.



RoadToad84

29 posts

1 month

Friday 4th June
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Ructions said:
Just these from the original ad. The interior is a bit of a let down, but I am planning on doing it first, in tan leather. If I decide to keep it.








I’m thinking something like this.



That’s the video from the original ad, he even left the CD in the stereo.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Ny2U4HPHWM


Along with a large folder of receipts there was an envelope with $2500 in it.



Edited by Ructions on Thursday 3rd June 21:57
I don't know how you can contemplate NOT keeping it! As drunken eBay purchases go, that was a cracker

Ructions

4,663 posts

88 months

Friday 4th June
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It is a cracker, but I’d like to add a lot of power and sort out the handling. I think the best option going forward would be to buy a less sorted truck and rebuild it, add a fully sorted, lightened chassis and then a modern engine and drivetrain, I think I mentioned earlier that I’d like to buy a wrecked Camaro ZL1 or something of that ilk as a donor car. It would be a shame to tear my old girl apart after the work that someone has put into it.









I think I’ve been watching too much Gas Monkey and the like and was expecting something with a more modern feel. It drives like an almost 60 year old truck.

It gets a LOT of attention.

aeropilot

24,687 posts

194 months

Friday 4th June
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Ructions said:
It is a cracker, but I’d like to add a lot of power and sort out the handling. I think the best option going forward would be to buy a less sorted truck and rebuild it, add a fully sorted, lightened chassis and then a modern engine and drivetrain, I think I mentioned earlier that I’d like to buy a wrecked Camaro ZL1 or something of that ilk as a donor car. It would be a shame to tear my old girl apart after the work that someone has put into it.









I think I’ve been watching too much Gas Monkey and the like and was expecting something with a more modern feel. It drives like an almost 60 year old truck.
Be aware if contemplating that, what that means regarding the DVLA and the 12 point rule for modified vehicles, and you could well loose historic VED status, and reg number and be forced to be compliant with emissions for the donor engine etc., and put it through IVA.
You'll loose the points for front axle, engine, gearbox, chassis etc.....so be warned.
It drives like a 60 years truck because that's exactly what it is.
If you want a modern truck, buy a modern truck.

Ructions

4,663 posts

88 months

Friday 4th June
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Thanks, I wasn’t aware of the 12 point rule, you learn something new every day.

UTH

2,816 posts

145 months

Saturday 5th June
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My mate’s iPhone pro makes the car look awesome


roscobbc

1,649 posts

209 months

Saturday 5th June
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Very nice - your mates car?

UTH

2,816 posts

145 months

Sunday 6th June
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roscobbc said:
Very nice - your mates car?
Nope, mine

Ructions

4,663 posts

88 months

Sunday 6th June
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Very, very nice indeed, would love a drive in one.

some bloke

386 posts

34 months

Friday 11th June
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Did you get your El Camino yet RoadToad?

RoadToad84

29 posts

1 month

Friday 11th June
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some bloke said:
Did you get your El Camino yet RoadToad?
Nope, it's becoming a bit of a saga...

Car had a crack to the windscreen, which it failed the MOT on, as expected. New screen has been sourced, but the dude from Autoglass that turned up to fit it didn't know what an El Camino was and had no interest in attempting it.

Now awaiting a specialist to come fit the screen before resubmitting for MOT, then the paperwork can be sent to DVLA for registration.

Not helped by the fact that I'm 100 miles away from the dealer, and said dealer isn't open on Monday or Tuesday, so I've lost 2 weeks with no progress made!

Then it's down to DVLA to process the application, which could be another mission in itself... I'm sure it'll be worth the wait, but I'm jumping up and down in frustration haha

some bloke

386 posts

34 months

Friday 11th June
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Sorry to hear that - hopefully it will be worth the wait.

largelunchbox

493 posts

168 months

Tuesday 15th June
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some bloke

386 posts

34 months

Tuesday 15th June
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Got details on that one lunchbox?

largelunchbox

493 posts

168 months

Thursday 17th June
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some bloke said:
Got details on that one lunchbox?
it’s actually a photo I pinched off google but mine looks exactly the same bar different wheel trims, I’ll get some proper pics this weekend as I need them for the agreed value insurance. It’s a 1985 Buick riviera.

largelunchbox

493 posts

168 months

Saturday 19th June
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Edited by largelunchbox on Saturday 19th June 14:39

largelunchbox

493 posts

168 months

Saturday 19th June
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largelunchbox

493 posts

168 months

Saturday 19th June
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