My New Car (Sneak Preview)

1947 Chevrolet Fleetline Front Clip

Posted on Thursday, February 8th, 2007. Tags: .

9 Responses to “My New Car (Sneak Preview)”

Posted by Eeon on Thursday, February 8th, 2007 at 12:34 PM.

It appears that a motor is needed. Does GM make flathead ZZ572 crate engines? That would be completely awesome.

Posted by Jim on Thursday, February 8th, 2007 at 2:35 PM.

In fact, a carburated 305 mated to a three-speed automatic is included. Both are from a 1979 El Camino. Although this ought to be a serviceable drivetrain, it does lacks chutzpah (consider a certain Caprice we both knew). I have definitely not ruled out more interesting motors or transmissions, but it is good to have this modest combination available. There are lot of other extra parts included – a spare hood, roof, and doors – so once I’ve taken stock of everything and figured out how to proceed, there will most likely be a few things that I’d eventually like to sell, anyway.

I’ll be sharing more info soon. As goes without saying, this will be a collaborative project (in many cases, by necessity). I hope you can come check it out from time to time.

It’s like a giant lego car just waiting to be assembled! Except normal legos can’t give you tetanus.

Posted by Jim on Friday, February 9th, 2007 at 10:59 AM.

The car has a Sportmaster Sedan body.

Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, February 10th, 2007 at 7:44 AM.

Initial condition of your vehicle not that far removed from some of the used cars family has owned over the years (and a certain Uncle currently owns). Looking forward to ride as long we don’t have to start by yelling YABADABADOO !!! and put our feet to asphalt. UBILL

Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, February 11th, 2007 at 2:08 PM.

does it have a heater? Isn’t it a little cold up there right now for driving around without doors and windows?
Kousin Kathy

Posted by Anonymous on Monday, February 12th, 2007 at 10:59 AM.

Would you like some sandpaper?

Posted by Jim on Monday, February 12th, 2007 at 1:14 PM.

Sandpaper is definitely going to be needed! Lots and lots of it.

According to the service manual I have, the original six cylinder engine produced a Flintstonian 29.4 horsepower. Even the most asthmatic old 305 would seem pretty impressive by comparison. Of course, traffic and performance expectations have changed quite a bit between 1947 and 2007.

As a matter of fact, I don’t think there is a heater! The dashboard does have vents, but there’s nothing to feed them. So, coats and long johns may be advised for winter excursions.

The car itself along with the engine and transmission will be coming home next weekend. I’ve already brought home everything else (which includes the spare hood, roof, and doors, along with a metric truckload of smaller parts and hardware).

Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, February 17th, 2007 at 2:53 PM.

I think Kousin Kathy is just jealous. I’m sure she would be glad to trade her Ducati for your Chevy! I don’t appreciate those disparaging comments by Uncle B about my vehicle. So what if parts fall off while I drive down the highway. It gives me better MPG. Doesn’t it??

Posted by Jim on Saturday, April 7th, 2007 at 3:38 PM.

“As a matter of fact, I don’t think there is a heater! The dashboard does have vents, but there’s nothing to feed them.”

It turns out that there is a heater! I believe it goes under the passenger seat. There is some ductwork for it, too. The heating element looks in rough shape, though, so I’m not sure if I’ll actually use it. No need to catch anything on fire.

The timeframe I originally anticipated for getting everything home has proven rather optimistic, hasn’t it? Oh well. No big deal.