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Re: 1959 Apache 31 "Ernest"
TUTS 59 #1357051 Sat Apr 25 2020 01:36 PM
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I ran into a snag with the oil pan. The addition of the windage tray wouldn't allow me to use the original oil pan. I was aware the some modification would be required but even after trimming the length of the studs it was evident that this wasn't going to work. I measured the depth of the pan, the factory 2 bolt main pan tapers at the front, this was just going to be to narrow for the windage tray.

I spent the afternoon on the web researching factory style pans, the later 4 bolt oil pans were deeper in the front and wider at the bottom. I have amassed a ton of parts over the years but sadly did not have a 4 bolt pan. I have a complete 350, a marine engine, the pan on it was altogether different. A call to Jegs and some discussion with one of their Techs and the correct pan was on it's way. In the time being I did the final assembly of the oil pump and pick up screen, I had thought of using a high volume pump but decided the standard pump was more the suitable.

Fast forward to later this week and the FedEx driver brought me the oil pan. (I'm on a first name basis with our delivery drivers) The new pan dropped right into place, all that fuss was over. I only used the corner bolts and couple in the center for now, I plan to paint the engine with ceramic paint and do final assembly with polished stainless hardware.

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Oil Pump and Windage Tray.jpg (84.59 KB, 161 downloads)
Windage Tray and Oil Pump
Modified Studs.jpg (106.15 KB, 165 downloads)
Modified Studs
Mounting Pick Up.jpg (121.73 KB, 162 downloads)
Oil Pump Pick Up
New Oil Pan.jpg (101.88 KB, 157 downloads)
New Oil Pan
Last edited by TUTS 59; Wed May 06 2020 04:05 PM.

Craig

Come,Bleed or Blister somethings got to give!!!
Q:"What yah runnin"
A:"3/8 drive Black and Decker aquarium pump motor" (the movie HOTROD)

59' Apache 31, long term project (30 years and counting)
Re: 1959 Apache 31 "Ernest"
TUTS 59 #1358948 Wed May 06 2020 04:47 PM
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I had to take a break from the 59' project to get some Honey Do's done. As the saying goes "If Momma ain't happy nobody's happy". Working on our back deck and trying to finish up the laminate flooring.

I have made good use of my COVID19 stimulus money, I ordered a aluminium radiator from Cold Case, bought an air cleaner and valve covers from Amazon, found a NOS thermostat housing and used OEM oil filler cap on EBay.

I did sneak off to the wrecking and plundered for an afternoon with my Son, scored a 5 speed transmission for $145.00. Had a good day.


Craig

Come,Bleed or Blister somethings got to give!!!
Q:"What yah runnin"
A:"3/8 drive Black and Decker aquarium pump motor" (the movie HOTROD)

59' Apache 31, long term project (30 years and counting)
Re: 1959 Apache 31 "Ernest"
TUTS 59 #1359078 Thu May 07 2020 02:39 PM
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Re: 1959 Apache 31 "Ernest"
TUTS 59 #1376546 Wed Sep 09 2020 09:40 PM
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I'm trying a new approach on making time for the 59' "Truck Tuesday". I thought this way my better Half will know what my plans are for my time. Last night I pulled one of the front fender down from the loft, that took a couple of hours. I have yet to paint my engine or finish the frame assembly.
I pulled the fender down so that my brother in law could get involved with the truck. he's going to weld the patch panel for me and get the fender prepped for epoxy. It's first time the fender has seen daylight since 2012.

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Front Right Fender.jpg (162.42 KB, 93 downloads)

Craig

Come,Bleed or Blister somethings got to give!!!
Q:"What yah runnin"
A:"3/8 drive Black and Decker aquarium pump motor" (the movie HOTROD)

59' Apache 31, long term project (30 years and counting)
Re: 1959 Apache 31 "Ernest"
TUTS 59 #1376558 Thu Sep 10 2020 12:05 AM
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Cool project. I'm glad I'm not the only one that seems to not have time for the projects. For me it doesn't help not having a garage or shop.


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Re: 1959 Apache 31 "Ernest"
TUTS 59 #1379196 Thu Oct 01 2020 11:51 PM
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So I'm trying take Rusty Rods 15 minutes a day a little farther. I do trying to devote one full evening during the week to doing something on the truck, "Truck Tuesday". The way I figure it now my Wife knows shat is happening once I get in from work...
This week I concentrated on some of the smaller parts for my frame. I had already coated everything with POR15 base coat, now on to the top coat. Everything must be scuffed with 320 and wiped clean with pre-clean prior to the top coat. The top coat is applied in two thin coats. I chose the "Chassis Black" for the top coat.

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Motor Mounts.jpg (215.87 KB, 79 downloads)
Trans Crossmember.jpg (215.21 KB, 80 downloads)
Sshock Mount 2.jpg (120.01 KB, 74 downloads)
Last edited by TUTS 59; Thu Oct 01 2020 11:54 PM.

Craig

Come,Bleed or Blister somethings got to give!!!
Q:"What yah runnin"
A:"3/8 drive Black and Decker aquarium pump motor" (the movie HOTROD)

59' Apache 31, long term project (30 years and counting)
Re: 1959 Apache 31 "Ernest"
TUTS 59 #1379684 Mon Oct 05 2020 11:19 PM
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Over the weekend I cleaned up a set of Headers and painted them. The Headers were given to me by a friend that bought them for a Buick with a SBC, they didn't fit with the chassis so he offered them up... Price was right "FREE". He had already dimpled one of the down tubes so that had to be straightened out, they have never been run. I mocked up the engine in the frame with the headers and had no clearance problems. I used VHT ceramic exhaust paint, applied 2 coats. I chose white as it lends to the "Old school" look of the engine. My Dad had a set of Doug's headers years ago that were white out of the box, just a nod to him and his truck.

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Headers.jpg (144.24 KB, 48 downloads)
Headers

Craig

Come,Bleed or Blister somethings got to give!!!
Q:"What yah runnin"
A:"3/8 drive Black and Decker aquarium pump motor" (the movie HOTROD)

59' Apache 31, long term project (30 years and counting)
Re: 1959 Apache 31 "Ernest"
TUTS 59 #1379690 Tue Oct 06 2020 12:20 AM
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Awesome props to your Dad as well. When mounted, be sure to post another pic. thumbs_up

Re: 1959 Apache 31 "Ernest"
TUTS 59 #1380343 Sun Oct 11 2020 02:42 PM
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This week I finished the top coat of POR15 on the front axel. The top coat is used to prevent UV rays from oxidizing he finish, it's applied in 2 thin coats with about 24 hours between. I took advantage of a hot sunny afternoon to let the paint cure. I'm really getting excited about finishing the chassis, from now on when something gets bolted in place it will be for the last time. I still have a few mods to make, hydro-booster, clutch pedal and steering gear, but those can all be completed on a rolling chassis. thumbs_up thumbs_up

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Front Axel.jpg (190.58 KB, 32 downloads)
Front Axel

Craig

Come,Bleed or Blister somethings got to give!!!
Q:"What yah runnin"
A:"3/8 drive Black and Decker aquarium pump motor" (the movie HOTROD)

59' Apache 31, long term project (30 years and counting)
Re: 1959 Apache 31 "Ernest"
TUTS 59 #1380499 Mon Oct 12 2020 10:57 PM
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I spent the past couple of days finishing up the Rear Axel and Leaf springs. Everything was coated in POR15 for a final finish. I have read some great reviews on POR15 and found it fairly easy to use with good results. The finish is self leveling so it leaves a smooth look on the parts, it cures hard in about 3 days. The rear axel is going to be moved to over the springs so I mounted the perches under the tubes. The rear is a 72' GM 8.2 10 Bolt (from an El Camino), I fitted it with a Richmond Gear locker and 3:08 ring and pinion. I added the red rear cover to accent the housing and carry the engine color through the drive train. I will mount the brakes once it installed in the frame.

The leaf springs have been reworked. I remove 3 leaves from the front spring packs to soften the ride. After some one-on-one tutoring from HRL, I added 1 leaf back making the count 5.

The rear spring packs have 5 leaves as well, the second leaf is the same length as the main leaf with a clamp added to secure it solid. The reason for the second leaf is to stiffen the spring and aid with traction. My father used a similar set up on his 56" 210 with the addition of a ladder bar (it hooked up really well). I'm going to add traction bars to finish up the rear suspension.

Both front and rear leaves have spring clamps added to keep things aligned (I found theses on 4Wheel Warehouse, their from Rancho). All bushings have been replaced and new larger 3/8" center bolts were added along with Teflon spring liners(from Speedway).

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Rear Axel 1.jpg (155.64 KB, 26 downloads)
Rear Axel 1
Rear Axel 2.jpg (188.91 KB, 26 downloads)
Rear Axel 2
Leaf Springs.jpg (233.38 KB, 23 downloads)
Leaf Springs

Craig

Come,Bleed or Blister somethings got to give!!!
Q:"What yah runnin"
A:"3/8 drive Black and Decker aquarium pump motor" (the movie HOTROD)

59' Apache 31, long term project (30 years and counting)
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