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Re: My first 1964 Caliente/Comet project

Posted: Mon May 04, 2020 7:53 pm
by Red Lehr
Finally got around to getting the frame cut and now the the frame is at the original factory ride height.
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I also got started on the rear quarter metal work.
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Re: My first 1964 Caliente/Comet project

Posted: Thu Aug 13, 2020 3:54 am
by Red Lehr
I wanted to share a quick update.. I had to replace the tail panel that sits behind the bumper with new sheet metal. Getting the frame tied in with the rear sheet metal.

Re: My first 1964 Caliente/Comet project

Posted: Thu Aug 13, 2020 6:26 am
by Groover
Dang, Red. You are a welding fool! Keep it up and keep posting. :)

Re: My first 1964 Caliente/Comet project

Posted: Mon Aug 31, 2020 3:30 am
by Red Lehr
I did a little mocking up over the weekend. It looks like the engine will fit under the "teardrop" hood.
The engine is still setting higher than expected which leads me to a new problem. The crankshaft is currently 6 1/2 inches higher than the rear differential....Are we having fun yet ??? LOL
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Re: My first 1964 Caliente/Comet project

Posted: Tue Sep 01, 2020 12:44 am
by smithhe
Did you fabricate those rear quarter panels yourself?? they look awesome! I need a pair of those made bad.

Re: My first 1964 Caliente/Comet project

Posted: Tue Sep 01, 2020 4:52 am
by Red Lehr
smithhe wrote:
Tue Sep 01, 2020 12:44 am
Did you fabricate those rear quarter panels yourself?? they look awesome! I need a pair of those made bad.
Yes I did fab those rear quarter panels or I should say , I'm in the process LOL . I have to make a panel from the drivers door to the bumper. I am making the panel in three pieces then I will weld them together into one panel then weld the panel on. It just takes time, practice, and patience and a few good tools :wink:

Re: My first 1964 Caliente/Comet project

Posted: Thu Jan 14, 2021 8:14 pm
by Red Lehr
Still work'n... slow but sure. I fabbed up a couple of engine mount perches which might be a little overkill ,LOL
The trans crossmember was fabbed and now on to the firewall.





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Re: My first 1964 Caliente/Comet project

Posted: Thu Jan 14, 2021 8:43 pm
by lavron
Keep it up Red, I always enjoy looking at your updates and the work you do I am impressed
Red Lehr wrote:
Tue Sep 01, 2020 4:52 am
It just takes time, practice, and patience and a few good tools
I wish I had some good tools, oh well :roll: :P

Looking forward to more.

See Ya,
Mike

Re: My first 1964 Caliente/Comet project

Posted: Fri Jan 15, 2021 5:11 pm
by Red Lehr
thank you Mike much appreciated. I just wish I had more time to work on it but I guess that's what retirement is for! LOL having just a few good tools does help oh, I figured if a good fabricator needs good tools, a crappy beginner like me sure as hell needs a good tools!

Re: My first 1964 Caliente/Comet project

Posted: Fri Jan 29, 2021 4:03 am
by Red Lehr
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With the firewall out the mocking up begins. Unfortunately the 427 engine will sit higher so the clutch fork for the 4 speed toploader will not fit using the original clutch/brake pedals. I will use a hydraulic clutch to save space....The firewall will be hand fabbed as will the floors.[attachment=3]firewall 2.jpeg
Also had to replace one of the rusted inner wall panels.

Re: My first 1964 Caliente/Comet project

Posted: Fri Jan 29, 2021 8:28 am
by SASSY
Thanks for the update!
I very much enjoy seeing the fabbing ,, great build!
Fred