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    OK the Texas whale has been stripped down and in the process of a complete make over.

    Photos of the Whale wet sanded and repaired in my shop prior to me taking to Indiana for its new look. The 12 year old paint job was showing its age and some cracking. Took about 120 hours of sanding, guidecoating, Epoxying trim holes, heavy sandable primer, more sanding and guidecoating....

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    Keeping the flag roof

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  • #2
    Well, sort of Redux. It is being rebuilt with a different theme.

    As of today, it as been torn down, the body sanded smooth with a guide-coat, low spots built up, most trim holes filed with epoxy, and sanded again. In mid May, it will be going to Indiana to be wrapped. The below photos are what the graphic artist needed of the details of the car after the trim was removed. I’ll be keeping the Flag roof that Mark Artis painted 13 years ago.



    The transmission has been rebuilt with parts purchased from Cope Racing Transmissions. The ATI Tree Master Converter was just gone through.

    The Mega block (No more Indy blocks for me) is at the Machinist having eight new 4.500″ sleeves installed. The crank and 572 heads will be on their way to him soon.

    When I get back, I’ll send the shocks, to get rebuilt, pull the back half out to go through and paint, and scrape and paint underside. Fuel and systems will be rebuilt.

    Stay tuned for frequent updates of this rebuild.
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    • #3
      This is where we're at as of Today. I leave a 6am Monday to go bring it back from Indiana.

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      • #4
        When in comes back I'll cover and
        1. take entire front an rear suspension off,
        2. scrape and paint underside
        3. clean, rebuild and paint rear sispension
        4. clean paint paint and rebuild front suspension
        5. new brake and fuel lines
        6. Send chrome out to be replated
        7. Send Headers out to be recoated
        8. Refinish the grill
        9. Build a new motor - been waiting for machine shop to install eight .000 sleeves in my mega block
        10. Install drive train
        11. Install new Lexan
        12. Install trim
        13. Run new wiring
        14. Finish under hood
        15. Finish interior
        16. Fire it up and adjust
        17. Align front End
        18. Test
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        • #5
          Trying to find the right name for the car:
          • PlyWood is often suggested, but doesn't do anything for me
          • Morning Wood is a popular name
          • Mesquite Missile s in consideration
          • Whale Wood keeps a little old with the new
          • Shg'n Wag'n
          • Max Wood
          • Woodimus Maximus
          • Maximus Woodimus
          • Maxine
          • Woodstock
          • Cowabunga
          • Wildwood
          • Lonhorn Limo
          • Texas Limo
          • Cowboy Limo
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          • #6
            Whale Wood is my choice.

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            • #7
              Name I settled on is

              Screamin Woody
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                • #9
                  I like it. I think it looks better with the wood grain look.
                  "You're only as old as the women you feel."
                  -Groucho Marx
                  Moparless for now

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                  • #10
                    The last day and half at the shop I managed to clean, scuff, prime, and put two coats of Banner Red paint on the Ford 9" housing for the Screaming Woody.



                    Despite two cans of primer and two cans of red paint - I need to hit it with another coat tomorrow. Then on to reassemble it. The chuck has been rebuilt and ready. Also need to do the same with the wheelie bars and four links.
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                    • #11
                      Last coat of red on the read end housing for Screamin Woody.



                      That was two cans of red primer and three cans of Banner Red paint. Also, cleaned, scuffed, taped off, primered and painted the wheelie bars.



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                      • #12
                        So last night I returned after 15 days of drag racing, dropping my Coach off for service, and visiting the "Outlaws" in Western New York. Click here if interested in more of the details on that. Anyway, after 4,000 miles of driving I was 30 miles from home when someone jumped in front of me as the Toyota that was in front of me (with one tail light and no brake lights) locked up the brakes. I had to lock up the brakes harder than I've ever had in a rig this big. So hard that the coffee maker in the coach flew into my wife. This morning when unloading the cars out of the stacker, the Genesis on the lift ripped the aircraft L Track out of the lift from that emergency stop.



                        So got the stacker unloaded and flipped the rig around and opened it up so my wife could clean out.



                        My shop rat will have a big job of washing 4000 miles of bugs off of it. Speaking of Shop Rat, while I was gone his main job was to take the under belly of Screamin Woody to bare metal, and to apply two coats of POR15 Silver and Black.



                        The clutch on my 1999 Kawasaki Drifter 1500 was replaced before I left. While the tank was off I figured it was time to change the color from that ugly Maroon, so the fenders got taken off. While I was having the Thug's body damage fixed at Randy Standsbury's in Louisiana, I took the bike's sheet metal for bright metallic red pearl paint. That was delivered last week, and put on the scooter today.



                        Back to the Woody. The Ford 9" was torn down, inspected and case painted before I left, and then reassembled today.



                        My Shop Rat stripped the Four-Link when I was gone, and I taped off ends and hit it with a couple coats of red.



                        The tail lights and fin trim is now back on the wagon.



                        I hope to have the rear suspension back in; and the rear compartment stripped, spatter painted, new fuel cell and weight boxes installed by the end of October. The goal is to have the car finished (still dealing with engine) by New Year, and well tested before Bradenton.

                        I also opened two weeks of boxes that came in while I was gone and mowed the 2' high grass.



                        I wanted to paint the "Leaning Tower of Power" that came out of my 60 Plymouth today (Shop Rat made paint ready while I was gone), but only so much time.



                        Also ordered wipers for 46 Olds; Front and Rear seals for the Screamin Woody's motor; rocker adjusters for the 383 Motor going into the 60 Plymouth; and brake master cylinder and fuel pump for my 67 Marlin.

                        Tomorrow is Doctor appointment day, then a weekend on the Lake. Monday I pick up the Magnum's bumper from the chrome shop and hope to get quite a bit done Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at the shop. So much to do, so little time.

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                        • #13
                          Speaking of Screamin Woody, the underside was painted and the rebuilt rear end and 4-link reinstalled.


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