Future 409 Build

Jim Sullivan

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#21
Just posting some pictures of the fiberglass hood and fenders I'll be using on my BelAir that this engine will going in.
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Someday, I plan on making an aluminum inner structure for the hood so I can bolt on hinges and add a brace in the fenders, similar to stock fenders.
 

63 dream'n

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#22
Just posting some pictures of the fiberglass hood and fenders I'll be using on my BelAir that this engine will going in.
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Someday, I plan on making an aluminum inner structure for the hood so I can bolt on hinges and add a brace in the fenders, similar to stock fenders.
That’s only the third set that I’ve seen of individual fenders not a one piece front end..... your set, LA hot rods has one..... and a gentleman had a set for sale years ago on the website here...... I think he was from Pennsylvania
 

63 dream'n

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#24
That’s only the third set that I’ve seen of individual fenders not a one piece front end..... your set, LA hot rods has one..... and a gentleman had a set for sale years ago on the website here...... I think he was from Pennsylvania
If you bought them off this website..... parts for sale ....... I’ll bet they’re the same ones that I checked into all those years ago it would’ve cost me twice as much to have them shipped......Did you buy them from a fella in Pennsylvania
 

Jim Sullivan

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#25
If you bought them off this website..... parts for sale ....... I’ll bet they’re the same ones that I checked into all those years ago it would’ve cost me twice as much to have them shipped......Did you buy them from a fella in Pennsylvania
Yes he's from Pa., these could be the same ones. I'm not sure how long the seller had them. He did list them on this site.
 

Jim Sullivan

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#30
After a nice conversation with a very respected engine builder, I am taking his much appreciated advise/recommendation. I have made a change of plans on the crankshaft. Instead of spending money on an old crankshaft, I am now going with an Eagle crankshaft, along with Scat connecting rods and Icon pistons. The crank is ordered. As I save up the money, I'll be ordering the rods. Then after more money is saved up, I'll get the block checked and get the pistons ordered. This will take some time, but I'm not in a hurry, too many other projects I'm working on.

p.s. Thanks Carl!
 
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Jim Sullivan

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#32
More cost effective in the long run?
It will cost a couple hundred dollars less to have the 396 crank cut. The old 396 cranks are not as strong as the 4140 Eagle crank. I have been told by several machinists that the old big block forged cranks are prone to cracking when they get up in age. The Eagle, as well as Scat, 4140 cranks can take quite a bit more abuse, not that I'll beat on this engine(too much).:D

Plus, I have a great parts guy who got me a good deal and they even have layaway.
 
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