Daily Features

STARS IN REHAB PART TWO: ’62 FARGO-A 3RD GENERATION PROJECT TO HONOR A GRANDFATHER

By on December 11, 2013
62-picture10

62-picture10STARS IN REHAB PART TWO: ’62 FARGO-A 3RD GENERATION PROJECT TO HONOR A GRANDFATHER

Most old rides don’t come with factory power train, “The original engine and transmission were swapped out by the grandkid for a mid to late sixties 383 or 400 (haven’t figured out which yet) with a three speed auto transmission.

“It looked like some parts of the engine swap were well thought out as the driveline, transmission cross member and engine mounts were well done”.

62-picture8Time wreaks havoc with old iron so the casualty list for the Fargo was long,”The wiring and brake lines…well…that is another story. For some reason four of the front frost plugs were missing, the exhaust was incomplete and the headliner wasn’t shag carpet but fleece, the floor mats were shag. The box had bolts through it with no nuts and the hood latch was MIA”.

Shawn confessed why he spearheaded the project,“Dylan isn’t a mechanical kid. Now seventeen, Dylan has made some beautiful electric guitars, shadowboxes and turned bowls but he struggles with mechanics”.

The key to success is simple as he explained, “It is an experience thing. His grandfather, Tom, had so many hot rods growing up in Rock Creek, BC, that if there were noise issues, disturbances or reckless driving complaints, the local constabulatory knew where to start. If one blew up, he would grab another. If the breakdown wasn’t bad, he would try and fix it. Tom learned everything by doing, making mistakes and having success. Tom once bought a Harley Davidson knucklehead with a dead cylinder just to see if he could pull out the dead one and get it to run on one. He told me he sold it to an RCMP member who was going to take away his licence. Apparently the sale got him off the hook.

Some of Tom’s DNA was clearly passed along and this became an issue as he confessed, “Dylan has a habit of collecting…stuff. With the addition of two trucks in our backyard, I needed him to show some interest in them beyond being able to say “I have my own truck.” We set a goal of getting the truck to run and drive”.

The game plan was simple,I said there were two catches, right? The second catch was that before Dylan could drive it on the road, he had to promise his Grandpa Tom to fix the emergency brake.

62-picture6

“The original engine/transmission combo had an emergency brake drum mounted on the end of the transmission (I think). Other trucks of this vintage that I have worked on have had that set up. When the engine/transmission swap was done, the parking brake disappeared”.

“To ensure Dylan’s safety, Tom wanted him to have an emergency brake. I managed to find a rear axle out of an early 80’s dodge van that had drums with emergency brakes in them. Add axle swap to the list of ‘have to get done’.”

The learning curve was steep but it produced results, “So, in the summer of 2011, Dylan did his first carb rebuild. I don’t think he had a clue what he was doing but with some help (ok, TONS of help) he managed to rebuild the carb. With instruction, he figured out how to see if the fuel pump was working and how to hook up a battery safely. He fired up his truck for the first time”.

The results were immediate,It was LOUD (I mentioned the half finished exhaust right?). We tried to fill up the cooling system so he could drive it and that is when we discovered the missing frost plugs. We also figured out that the water pump didn’t have a pulley to drive it and the fan was MIA. Suffice to say, the list was getting longer”.

Jerry Sutherland

For Part Three of this Star in Rehab story please follow this link.

Like us on Facebook

Follow us on Twitter

Follow us on Pinterest

print
1056 Total Views 1 Views Today

About admin

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Facebook

Featured Ads

Rear View Mirror

main-imgp3546

JUNE 23, 2014: ATTENTION CAR GUYS–PETULA CLARK WAS RIGHT ABOUT ‘DOWNTOWN’

  British songstress Petula Clark hit the top of the charts in the mid-60s with her famous song about the bright lights and appeal of the downtown area.  ...

June 23, 2014 View more...
july13-31 fordimgp0389-001

JUNE 30, 2013 (JULY 2013): A 1931 MODEL A TRUCK LETS A YOUNG CAR GUY GRADUATE IN STYLE.

    I have always a fondness for Model A trucks because my father owned one when I was a very young kid.   My Dad’s Model A was...

June 30, 2013 View more...
july12-pace5-2011 jim pix cars etc. etc 210-001

JUNE 29, 2012 (JULY 2012): LIFE INSIDE A GOLDFISH BOWL WHEN YOU OWN A 1979 AMC PACER

  Bruce Carr is a proud fan of American Motors.   In fact he has always loved the AMC brand enough that the third vehicle in his life was...

June 29, 2012 View more...
june11dimgp5562-2

JUNE 5, 2011 WHEN DRIVE-IN MOVIE THEATERS WERE KING-THE LOSS OF A GOLDEN ERA

  The drive-in theater was always a great idea but, like the late Curly Howard, it was a victim of circumstances.   ‘Everything from Daylight Saving Time, high land...

June 5, 2011 View more...

Most Viewed

My Star Showcase

news-mill-jjmscc_Neon-001

SIGN UP FOR THE MYSTARCOLLECTORCAR DAILY NEWSLETTER!

SIGN UP FOR THE MYSTARCOLLECTORCAR DAILY NEWSLETTER!   Are you too busy to check out MSCC regularly? That’s too bad because MyStarCollectorCar is updated every day.   You don’t...

October 25, 2017 View more...
mill-jjmscc_Neon

MSCC MARKET REPORT 2018

  MSCC MARKET REPORT 2018   Welcome to the MyStarCollectorCar Market Report.   This will be a regional look at prices for collector vehicles based on actual sales so...

August 3, 2017 View more...
products-IMGP5647

MSCC Products and Services Showcase

These are all great businesses and they support MyStarCollector Car through their advertising  so we can continue to bring you our  insight into the old car hobby 365 days...

July 13, 2016 View more...

More At My Star

A BOAT BY ANY OTHER NAME—WHAT’S THE TRUTH BEHIND OLD IRON’S WEIGHT PROBLEM?

  I used to get into some pretty serious debates when I owned a ’59 Plymouth–it was always about the weight of the car .   The term “boat” came up more often than the term “sketchy” does with online money requests from Nigerian royalty.   Boat is an uninformed opinion when it’s assigned to See More

DOES A BREXIT DEBATE BELONG ON A CAR HOBBY PAGE?

  I look at hundreds of car related pages every week because they relate directly to what I do at MyStarCollectorCar.   I get a trifecta out of this because these pages educate, inform and entertain — that’s nearly impossible in today’s cyber-connected world.   Car pages are a comfortable fit because they remove you See More

CRYSTAL BALL TIME: WHAT IS ON THE COLLECTOR CAR HORIZON?

  The source of the current collector car hobby is rooted firmly in the past.   Most car guys lean heavily toward the vehicles that lassoed their interests when they were kids with a paper route and a meager income source.   The proceeds from a paper route were a long way from the necessary See More

FIVE MUST SEE CONVERTIBLES FROM THE POST WAR ERA

  Post World War II Detroit played a big game of catch up because the factories were stuck in pre-war phase.   Nobody cared about the outdated style because every new car had a waiting list.   Most buyers wanted a sedan because this was the starting line for the Baby Boom so convertibles were See More

Editor’s Picks

SEAN-5

MSCC FIVE FOR FRIDAY: SEAN BELL–A FORD GUY PICKS HIS FIVE FAVORITE FORDS

  A guy who sells Fords for a living will definitely have a strong list of favorite Blue Oval rides.   Sean Bell is the General Manager at Cam...

January 11, 2018 View more...
5-auc

FIVE THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CAR AUCTIONS

  Car auctions have become a TV hit thanks to extensive coverage over the last twenty years so auctions have been turned into show business.   They are run...

December 14, 2017 View more...
sein

CONNECTING WITH SEINFELD—THE FRATERNITY OF THE JEROMES WASN’T ENOUGH

  MyStarCollectorCar is based on the average guy in the car hobby—the kind of guy who puts gallons of blood, countless hours of sweat equity, and a big pile...

October 11, 2017 View more...
IMGP7176-001

THE GUILD GARAGE: WHEN A HALF HOUR CAR SHOW JUST SEEMS LIKE AN HOUR

  Restoration Garage always lived up to its non-car guy producers’ goal to produce a docu-drama.   The producers appeared to believe in the standard TV playbook wherein a...

August 3, 2017 View more...

Car Shows and Events

ST1
SAINT ALBERT ROCK’N AUGUST—THE BIG SHOW RETURNS AUGUST 7-11

  Rock’n August is one of Western Canada’s biggest annual car shows.   The whole community gets behind this week-long event because this is a showcase for the best...

December 16, 2017
57-1
MICHENER ALLEN AUCTION OCTOBER 28, 2017: 1957 CHEVY 1500 STREET ROD

1957 Chevrolet Street Rod 1500      Make:   Chevrolet            Model:                 Street Rod 1500 Drivetrain:           RWD      Ext Color:             White Engine:                 4Spd Automatic TR700  ...

June 19, 2017
BACH2
MARCH 16-18 2018: 12TH ANNUAL RED DEER COLLECTOR CAR AUCTION & SPEED SHOW

12th ANNUAL RED DEER COLLECTOR CAR AUCTION AND SPEED SHOW  TIME TO CONSIGN 1888 296 0528 EXT 102     OVER 200 CARS UP FOR AUCTION FRIDAY NIGHT-50 CARS...

April 21, 2017
116
JANUARY 2018 CAR SHOWS AND EVENTS MYSTARCOLLECTOR CAR

  JAN 20: CALGARY, AB  Michener Allen Auto and RV Auction   JAN 27: EDMONTON, AB  Michener Allen Auto and RV Auction   JAN 28: WOODSTOCK, ON: Woodstock Automotive...

October 8, 2015

Ads

Ads responsive