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My 1946 Austin gasser against Toymaker's Evil Twin, twin engine dragster at Billetproof drags 2012.

At the Portland Roadster show in 2013. Best in Class in Nostalgia Hotrod Class.

2012 Billetproof drags Toutle Wa.

Billetproof 2012

1946 Austin gasser, 327 Chevy bored .040", camel hump 2.02" heads, Isky Cam, Holley Pro Dominator tunnel ram, twin Holley 450's, Dougs headers, TH350 with manual valve body, Pontiac rear axle with 3.73 posi, Dutchman axles.

Headed out racing, with my '69 Suburban tow vehicle.

1963 Falcon Futura gasser. 454 big block Chevy bored .040", Edelbrock Performer aluminum heads, Weiand tunnel ram, twin 600 Holleys, Dougs headers, Crane hydraulic cam, Crane roller rockers, Pete Jackson gear drive. Super T10 four speed. 8.8" Ford axle with 3.73 limited slip. mid 60's Econoline straight axle

Bug catcher scoop. Just cut the hood opening and edged it.

new lettering painted on.

The big Chevy 464 c.i.

At the Billetproof Drags Toutle, Wa. 2013

Relocated Moon tank, with new Richies brackets and custom built mounts. Swapped in '61 grille.

My latest project car. 1939 Chev Master Deluxe Opera coupe. Another gasser project.

Delivereed to my curb, and ready for 6 months of rust repair.

Tail panel removal. Totally rusted out.

New tail panel welded in.

New floor panels going in.

New rockers going in.

Floors completed and insulated.

350 SBC engine. Full roller 1990 motor fitted with 70's LT1 heads, Howards roller cam.

New front axle going in. 1958 Chev 1/2 ton truck axle narrowed 5" and converted to disc brakes.

New 8.8" Ford posi rear axle. 3.73 gear raatio.

Engine/trans going into the chassis. Trans is a 700R4 overdrive 4 speed.

Engine in place.

Front suspension completed and painted.

Engine completed.

Dashboard painted and instrument cluster built.

1952 Pontiaac steering wheel fitted to 1990 Chev truck tilt column.

Old school Towel City pie crust slicks on American Torq Thrust TTO wheels. As cast centers.

Body stripped to bare metal. Fiberglass trunk lid.

Epoxy sealer shot.

A horrible fitting fiberglass frontend!!

Relief cutting the hood to try and bend it to fit.

Located a pair of steel front fenders! So dumped the fiberglass one piece frontend. Will use the hood off the frontend after more fitting.

Fenders on. Reinforcing plate built to tie fenders and grille together. Hood pins to hold the glass hood on.

'32 Ford radiator fitted, and aluminum 3/8" rod braces bent up and fitted.

Pushed outside for the first time in 9 months!

Divider panel for backseat area.

Pontiac Vibe bucket seats.

Trunk cover box to protect fuel cell vent lines and wiring.

New Quick Fuel 650 double pumper to replace Demon 700 carb.

First start up of the 350 Chevy roller motor.

Exhaust system with electric cutouts.

Undercarriage cleaned and painting beginning.

Modified Hurst shifter to shift the 700R4 automatic trans.

Modified headlamp reflectors now setup for 1157 turn signal lamps, and LED headlamps.

Hand built ladder bars.

Fitting garnish moldings and discovered one was incorrect for a 1939 opera coupe with sliding 1/4 window option. Of course none available, and if they were I couldn't afford it! So time to slice and dice the bad one and bend, shape, and weld it to fit.

After cutting it, and removing the excess length and height, I bent it to match the other side. Once I could lay the pieces on top of the good pattern, I tacked it back together and welded it solid. Then polished all the paint off.

Had to also cut the relief slot on the glass side to allow for the knob that slides the window open. But it fits good, and looks just like the other garnish molding now.

After a brake bleed I took the '39 out for it's first test drive to adjust the trans TVR cable on the 700r4 OD trans. All went perfect, with no glitches or issues, so a success!

Finally mostly done, except for paint and windshield glass. A quick cleanup today.

Cleaned up the engine bay, and gave it a quick wash to remove sanding dust from the bodywork.

Finished up the interior old school. I did it in diamond tuck pattern.

All new carpet I happened to have a roll of black laying around, so used it here.

New paint on the frame was trashed by overspray, so I scuffed it again, and shot it gloss black over again.

Back "seat" area. This car had a backseat when new, but I decided to not try to find one, and deleted the backseat.

Not sure why, but images loaded from my cell phone keep posting 90 degrees off.

With the help of a suction cup glass tool I was able to install rear glass by myself. A great little tool for under $10!

After a bit of driving the old Pontiac 18" wheel proved to be just too big. Swapped it for a Joe's Racing 15" wheel.


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Anonymous on Apr 17, 2020 said:

Very very nice. I love the work. Cheers.

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1946Austin on Apr 18, 2020 said:

Thanks! It's been tough at times with all the rotted metal, but fun once I got through replacing it all.

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Anonymous on Apr 25, 2020 said:

1946Austin - I came across photos of your '63 Falcon and fell hard for it! I know you sold it, is there any way you could connect me with the new owner? Let me know and we can connect on Bangshift. Thanks, Thor1

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1946Austin on Apr 26, 2020 said:

Sorry, all I know is he lives near Tacoma, Wa.

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