or a maxxed out credit card,
to build a hot rod.
|mustang to 1940 ford master cylinder adapter|
Many people think it takes specialized tools,
to build the precision pieces needed.
|boatyard scrap + MC template|
Not the case down here in the Perich compound!
According to my STD list (chit to do)
there is an easy $500 worth of chingaderas needed.
That makes it all the more important to build rather than buy.
This little piece could have easily been had for $50,
rounded to $60 with the shipping.
First off that $500 estimate didn't include this adapter,
so it wasn't on the list of things I can buy,
like a transmission cooler or alternator.
Although I could probably build a transmission cooler!
|diamond in the rough|
So armed with some aluminum boat scrap,
and a garage full of basic tools,
it was time to start whittling.
|aluminum hand mill|
My try to make a quick shapeless square backfired.
The adapter needs to be as small as possible,
or it will hit the adjoining crossmember.
Of course this would have been easier to cut when it was long.
Clamps are your friend.
|aluminum hand tool project|
You'd be surprised what can be made with a worm drive!
|mustang to early ford master cylinder adapter|
That shaved spot is necessary on the inside part,
as it sits really tight to that x-member piece I mentioned.
I shaved the other side just for symmetry,
even though the piece is far from symmetrical.
It photographs well at an angle!
Hey what do you expect,
I'm using a frigging circular saw and a grinder!
Finally the piece settled into place.
There were times when spending that $60 would have been easier,
but where's the fun in that.
I'd still be waiting for it anyway!
|1940 ford holey floor|
The rebuilt mustang master cylinder (cardone 10-1614) was only $16!
Yeah it's a rebuild but it should be fine for a couple years.
This is much taller than the original 40 ford version,
so it was necessary to cut a hole in the floor.
|mounted master cylinder|
I'll make a cover soon,
for both the transmission and the master cylinder.
For now my focus is doing the essentials to get it driveable.
If I'm lucky over the weekend I can get the lines plumbed.