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"Belle" 1952 F-1 build thread.

 
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Thanks for the measurements. Currently my front bumper is 7.5-inches above the ground. I have never found this to be an issue.
 
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Hey Mike,
What model Borla mufflers are you using? Is it the XR-1? I like the sound from your video. But its always hard to really tell the volume from online videos. How would you say the sound level is? I like those mufflers but don't want obnoxious loud. How are they for just tooling around town?

Im after a tuned sound that isn't crazy when just tooling around.
 
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Hey Mike,
What model Borla mufflers are you using? Is it the XR-1? I like the sound from your video. But its always hard to really tell the volume from online videos. How would you say the sound level is? I like those mufflers but don't want obnoxious loud. How are they for just tooling around town?

Im after a tuned sound that isn't crazy when just tooling around.
I used a Borla builders kit (see link) that comes with mufflers that are not in Borla's catalog. I called them and they told me the mufflers were basically an unpolished S-type and felt they would sound great on my system. I, and more importantly my wife are thrilled with them. They have a nice rumble at idle and when you drive by. In the cab you can hear them when cruising but they are very mellow but realize they are under the bed so that helps. Under hard acceleration they really come alive, this happens a lot! My only complaint is my favorite sound is when the rpm is above 4000 and unfortunately that means above legal speeds in most cases, Nick you will discover this soon enough. I was very worried about drone as it drives me nuts and I have none of that. If you have any doubts call Borla, they are very familiar with our engine and are very helpful.

They now make an equivalent muffler in a crate motor specific style, see second link. Good luck with whatever you choose. I know mufflers are one of the toughest choices and every combo is different.

Borla Universal Hot Rod Exhaust System Kits 10512 - Free Shipping on Orders Over $99 at Summit Racing

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Thanks for those links Mike! I want pretty much what you mentioned. Just able to hear it nicely at a cruise without drone. Drone drives me nuts too. Funny it never bothered me when I was younger. I'll gave to spend some more time looking at the links.

Thanks again.
 
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Mike, I looked for your truck at the "Midnight at the Oasis" car show last weekend. Were you there and I missed you?
 
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Mike, I looked for your truck at the "Midnight at the Oasis" car show last weekend. Were you there and I missed you?
I was there, sorry I missed you. I will post some photos of the trucks there this afternoon.
 
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Great Thread!
What did you use for your chassis and dif. paint? Did you prime them first or use any other metal prep on them?
How has the coating held up since then? And did the brake fluid leaks affect it at all?

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You took a nice truck and turned into an amazing vehicle.
 
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Great Thread!
What did you use for your chassis and dif. paint? Did you prime them first or use any other metal prep on them?
How has the coating held up since then? And did the brake fluid leaks affect it at all?

Thanx,
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I used Eastwood's satin chassis black 2 part epoxy and primer. It has held up very well after 4000 miles. a few chips on things like the 4 link bars but the nice thing about Eastwood"s is you can get touch up in a rattle can. I did get some brake fluid on the frame when I had the proportioning valve problem, sat on the frame for awhile with no damage.
 
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Wanted 51/52 Ford front fenders. [email protected] 717-269-0079
 
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It has been 20 months since Belle was "finished" so I thought I would take a few minutes and do an update.

She now has 4850 miles and has averaged 20.40 MPG.

There have been no problems other than a slow AC leak that I haven't felt like fixing.

Since the air filter is mounted under the left wheel well I was concerned about dirt. Today I cleaned the filter and was very pleased that it wasn't really necessary.



A little bit of debris where the air inlet dumps on top of the filter.



Can still see plenty of light through the filter. Since it was out I cleaned it. Won't check it again for 5K miles.

I took some time to do a couple upgrades.




I had a problem with the wipers jumping around so used a combination of Auto Zone and marine wipers to make something that works better for me.



I didn't like the rubber upper radiator hos so I made this stainless replacement.
 
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Because I used a front suspension from a 53-56 F100 when I made a slight turn into a driveway and hit a bump the front tires would just touch the inside of the fenders. I change the front wheel backspace from 3.75" to 4" and they don't rub now. Someones going to get a nice pair of wheels.



I think the only thing I would do different is to go with manual brakes. The power is OK but not necessary. Because Belle has the stock pedals you can't rest your heel on the floor when braking. The harder you are on the brake the more your weight transfers to the brake pedal starting a cycle that continues until your eyes pop out.
 
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Amazing Mike just amazing.
 
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Thanks for the update. Amazing truck!
 

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