Progress on Beep's 47


The 47 project has been strung out over several years. I started on it in 2003 by removing the fenders. After I ground off the paint and Bondo I found that I had 4 pretty rough fenders. I metal worked the rough spots, smoothed out the metal work with a shrinking disk and applied primer over my work. By this time it was 2004 and my brother in law and I decided to restore a 1953 GMC pick up for the experience and as a challenge. It took us 3 years to finish the GMC which turned out pretty fair. Next we took on a 65 Chevy Impala paint job which of course turned out to be a lot more than just a paint job. That took about a year to finish. It also turned out well.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     All this time Beep's 47 waited for attention in the corner of my shop. Once the Impala was finished I started back on the 47 by removing old paint, primer and Bondo frome the body, trunk and hood. This resulted in the discovery of lots of damage to the trunk and left side of the body. Metal work, shrinking and priming corrected the damage. The body work out of the way I tackeled the running gear (should have done this first). The 302 engine was installed when I bought the car, upon installing the new Walker radiator I discovered that the engine was too close to the radiator allowing no room for a fan. Also I didn't care for the motor mount arrangement so I purchased motor mount and transmission mount kits from Chassis Engineering. In order to have at least 1/2" space between the radiator and fan I found It necessary to modify the firewall to allow clearance for the valve covers as the engine was slid back.                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Next came modifying new Cassic Instrument gages to fit the dash and to wire the car. This progressed in a fairly strait forward manner. For the exhaust system, I installed a universal 2 1/2" kit purchased from Speedway. The car came with 10" disks in the front and drums integral with the 8" Ford Granada rear end. I installed the master cylinder, remote fill reservoir (abandoned, in frustration) proportioning valve and residual valves purchased from Chassis Engineering. 

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