AlkenTearDown

  • IMG 0259  Finally home from California in the new garage.
  • IMG 0300  Pulled from the 1957 pan.
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  • IMG 0302  Had to torch off the pan bolts
  • IMG 0309  Here is a look at the 10 hp motor
  • IMG 0332  Trial install of the 58 Ghia speedometer that I will have rebuilt by North Hollywood Speedometer.  Will put the gas gage on the left and oil pressure on the right.  Right hole was cut a little big for the electric car volt meter so I might need to close it up.  The 50s Karmann Ghia Speedometers have a chrome ring around the dial to make them unique and the large red turn signal button at the top.
  • HInges  Hinges are from a 55-57 Chevy.  I will be able to get new pins and bushings.  Two of the surrounds have come loose and I will tack weld them back on.  The door latches are from a 50s Ford , look a little like a Tbird.
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  • IMG 0293  The is the rear hood latch.  I don't know what type of car it comes from.  The one from the front was missing and I need to find a similar one.
  • IMG 0295  I post was brazed on the operator (no cable release needed and it was dropped through the rear grill.
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  • GasTank2  Road and track pictures of the tank relocated filler, tank is in backwards, the original prop rods still with the car are shown here.  Finally you can see the rubber buffers used to hold up the lids.  Not that a standard air cleaner will not clear.  It looks like the rear engine tin might have been cut.
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  • IMG 0327  Interesting 57 wiper.  A section is added to the center of the steel and the operator arm is made longer.  The had to do this to get the motor to fit under the firewall.
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  • IMG 0333  Origianl prop rods out of brass.  One says Victor #10.  The catch is a cut and bent piece of aluminum
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  • IMG 0336  Rear hinges are fiberglass on a piece of all thread between the two hinges.
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  • IMG 0338  Front prop rod of similar construction.
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  • IMG 0342  View at how to get at the rear bumper bolts.  The bumper trim is aluminum.
  • IMG 0343  Rear engine grill is cut at the top for the opener but was cut in the center for electrical conversion.  Expanded metal looks to be stainless.
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  • IMG 0345  Rear license lights appear to be late 50s T-Bird
  • IMG 0346  Here you can see how much of the engine floor was cut out but everything is really in good original condition.
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  • IMG 0349  We took out the rear grill
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  • IMG 0356  Rear bumper and front bumper trim is solid aluminum, complex shape, which is drilled and tapped for studs and nuts.
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  • IMG 0360  Polished trim in the rear. Had to file a lot, sand, then polish.
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  • IMG 0362  You can see here that the prop rods are brass
  • IMG 0363  All the rear pieces on the original tonau cover.  The vents at the top are where the heat comes into the body above your feet.
  • IMG 0359  Front winshield rubber from a 52-55 Ford Consul is toast.  Purchased a reproduction for $215.  Windshield seems to be OK.
  • IMG 0364  Front stainless trim.  Other than a few blemishes it wil lbe sent out for straightening and polishing.
  • IMG 0347  Where those vents came from.  Center hold was for the gas tank reserve.  With the tank flipped around I'll have to see how well this works.
  • IMG 0366  Front bumper filed, sanded and polished.  Took about 5-6 hours.
  • IMG 0367  Not sure why they cut the hole in the front.  The battery box was cut to change the front axle to a disc brake axle.  They didn't want to torch the bolts and pull the body.  Front windshield has been pulled.
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  • IMG 0371  Need some work around the gas tank, guys liked to cut everything, likely had some batteries up there.
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