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Old 02-08-2011, 09:58 PM   #1
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Default Kyle242GT's 1959 5.044

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Disk brake swap on page 3
V8 swap begins on page 5
Floors, frame, rust work on page 8
It falls off the lift on page 10
Header construction on page 12
Fenders and rear apron get some love on page 16
Hood gets installed on page 21
Door swap, primer, spikes, and chalkboardery on page 23

Bought this 12/31/10, after my wife gave me an opening to buy a 6th car (again).
http://forums.turbobricks.com/showth...4292&highlight

Found it in Cool Ca, talked the seller down from 2600 to 2600. Well, the heart wants what it wants. Rebuilt engine, freshened brakes, partial 12V swap, beat suspension, a little bondo, a little rust, but ... hey ... gotta have it.

After beating ourselves to death trying to start it in 25F weather, it ran great, drove it all over the place before getting AAA to tow it home from Placerville (111 miles). Felt bad for the tow driver, what with it being New Year's Eve and all. Tipped him a few bucks and a couple of homebrews.

http://forums.turbobricks.com/showth...t=b16+redblock




And that was that! Proud new owner of the oldest car I've ever had.
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Old 02-08-2011, 10:00 PM   #2
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First day I tinkered with it I dug into the carbs - out of balance, chokes sticky and out of adjustment, all manner of futtbuckery. I swear, people act like SUs are black magic. Sheesh people, it's not like it's kjet or anything.

No pics, but I did manage to bleed pretty good in the process... haha.

Car starts and runs and idles and man does it ever scoot along. I'm in love.
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Old 02-08-2011, 10:04 PM   #3
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Woohoo! Good for the post count, right?

Over the weekend, I put seatbelts in. Wife gave me the stinkeye constantly, even just moving it around the parking lot driveway.

Went to a JY with Harry (turborg) and yanked a bunch of parts, like a door, grille, clutch control, 12V blower and wiper assembly, as well as seatbelts.

Funny thing - the seatbelts were from the car parked right next to it - 84 VW Cabriolet. We walked all over that yard looking for a suitable donor, and it was right next to us.
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Old 02-08-2011, 10:17 PM   #4
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How much rust is "a little rust"?

Red wheels demand white walls.
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Old 02-08-2011, 10:36 PM   #5
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Rust isn't bad, just a thin spot in the driver's floor. Buttcheek and rear valence are solid, as are suspension and framerails.

The ugly grille was getting to me, but I scored a near-mint replacement cheap cheap cheap! And while chasing down wiring gremlins had to pull the grille and headlight rings off... so voila! Oklahoma Chrome, I believe it's called? Always liked the black grille treatment too.

Also found a TB sticker in my wife's pile of random paperwork.... whatcha think?

Whitewalls would be cool, but I'm leaning toward 205/50 DZ101's and have a buddy (possibly) giving me a set of wires.


Spider knob is a leftover from my 67 VW T3. An actual factual spider encased in a sphere of plasticky goodness.
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Old 02-08-2011, 10:52 PM   #6
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Need more pictures of pushrod goodness.

Very cool project, and damn you for being able to find what anyone from Ohio would call a "completely rust free" 544.

Any plans to make more power with the B16, or eventually go larger with the much better B18/20? Rolling did a small article on a 544 that was in a stock land speed racer class back in the early 60s, it was pretty awesome to hear how robust that motor was back then, and how competitive it still is now.
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Old 02-08-2011, 11:13 PM   #7
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You bringing it to the western meet? ;)

Car looks awesome looking forward to seeing where this goes
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Old 02-08-2011, 11:14 PM   #8
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Love what you did with the grill. Super rad man.
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Old 02-08-2011, 11:18 PM   #9
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Awesome!
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Old 02-08-2011, 11:21 PM   #11
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I need to put retractables on the front of mine, I have the old gray 'lobster claw' latch belts in the front. I did put retractable shoulder belts in the back, from a 244 sedan.
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Old 02-09-2011, 12:21 AM   #12
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12v swap as in converting from 6 volt to 12 volt.... or converting to a b30?
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Old 02-09-2011, 02:12 AM   #13
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Holy hell!! That car is awesome!

Treat it like a true VW person. Slam it to the ground on fat white walls and roll it like a savage.

Seriously, that car could be amazing. Whatever you do, don't ditch the freaky upholstery! And let me know if you're ever selling it!
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Old 02-09-2011, 03:01 AM   #14
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This reminds me to go see this guy. He also has the 445 I posted in your other thread.
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That spider shift knob didn't happen to come from a particular sky-blue '67 T3 fastback, did it?

Sweet 544!
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This reminds me to go see this guy. He also has the 445 I posted in your other thread.
Neat! Is that one of the PV convertibles built on a Duett chassis?
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it belongs to an artist that designed the chop and the top. The floors are probably gone because it has been open for 5yrs that I know of.
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Old 02-09-2011, 11:06 AM   #18
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Hell of a score Kyle! I'm sure you'll do this justice.
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Old 02-09-2011, 12:47 PM   #19
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yeah, completely forgot engine pics. Here's one the seller sent:

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Any plans to make more power with the B16, or eventually go larger with the much better B18/20?
The B16 is rebuilt, as are the carbs, and it runs really well. I don't need/want a powerhouse (got other cars that are too fast for polite company already), just something to bomb around town in. Everyone keeps pushing me to a B20, but if I go big, it'll be after doing the suspension and cosmetics.

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volt; they swapped headlights, alternator, and that's about it... found all manner of goofy shens in the wiring, including a dash bulb that was wired straight to the alternator. Probably to energize the alternator (in which case it should have a diode), but it's charging fine without it, who knows. I was just trying to get headlights and taillights so I can start driving it

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Treat it like a true VW person. Slam it to the ground on fat white walls and roll it like a savage.

Seriously, that car could be amazing. Whatever you do, don't ditch the freaky upholstery! And let me know if you're ever selling it!
Thanks for all the kind words. Kinda over the VW scene for now, leaning toward vintage road race styling. But in my darker hours I think it'd make a badass volksvolvrod.

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That spider shift knob didn't happen to come from a particular sky-blue '67 T3 fastback, did it?

Sweet 544!
Yes indeedy it did. The PO of the T3 emailed me asking if he could pretty pretty pretty please buy it from me. hell no!

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Heading in to busy season now, so work will likely taper off (working 12hr weekdays and 8hr Saturdays, Sundays to recuperate and see the kids) until spring. Something cool will come up though.

Now! Which one of you rat bastards gave this one star?
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Now! Which one of you rat bastards gave this one star?
It's a tough crowd to please here apparently. You know, anything less than 16 valves of fury with a turbo big enough to suck children off the sidewalk and MS to control the action is lame to kids these days. I think they don't like your plans of a B16 powered boulevard bomber. I think they want you to build the next Hunchback.


(seriously though, I don't get it)
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Old 02-09-2011, 01:56 PM   #21
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Cool car, I was eyeballing it for months on CL and I'm glad to see you picked it up.

Good luck with the project.
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volt; they swapped headlights, alternator, and that's about it... found all manner of goofy shens in the wiring, including a dash bulb that was wired straight to the alternator. Probably to energize the alternator (in which case it should have a diode), but it's charging fine without it, who knows. I was just trying to get headlights and taillights so I can start driving it
If the bulb to alternator wiring is 12v switched power to pin 1 on the alternator (assuming a gm10si) then it is wired correctly. There should be 12v on pin 1 of the alternator unless the alternator has a failure - then pin 1 switches to ground and the waring light on your dash lights up. The alternator on 240's and 740's works the same way as the GM 10si.

That car was a great score, much nicer than my 59. I wish I was as close to driving mine.
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Old 04-22-2011, 10:52 PM   #23
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Bought some wheels..... '80 date stamped Carroll Shelby Minilite knockoffs. 15x7", 3.75" backspacing.

I LOVE the design. I'd love it more if I didn't already have Panasports on my 240Z. But even if I AM copycatting myself, damn, these are beautiful.

Have some rubbing in front, will need a spacer. And of course about $60 of shank lug nuts. Hope to score tires tomorrow. Gonna go with 205/50, since they stick out far enough to not tuck too well.

After that, suspension bushing replacement, exhaust, paint.
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Old 04-22-2011, 11:11 PM   #24
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Excellent car. The next Volvo i buy will be a 544. Those wheels look sweet. That's cool you want to do the Vintage racing thing, there's a guy with a restored 544 that has a website dedicated to his racing days, I need to find a link and post it. Here's a photo from the website of him racing in Reading, Pa back in 1969, I grew up there and never heard of the Reading Road Races, but it must've been really cool. Looking forward to seeing more of this car of yours. Hope the photo provides some inspiration.

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Found the link. Check out "PV Story", it's great reading. That story and your car have inspired me.

http://odysseyhouseonline.com/MotorSports.html
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