Hello from South Carolina

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  1. atomman

    atomman New Member

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    In a former life I drove my 1953 Chrysler Town and Country Wagon, 331 Hemi, from White Sands Missile Range to Ann Arbor, MI to attend grad school. What an experience. Slept in the back of the wagon and woke up with folks lookin' at the wagon and me!. That car is in a museum in Japan, or so I am told. Would buy another if I could find one. Joined the forum as a parts man. I have lots of gas caps for various vehicles including station wagons. Will be posting in the classifieds. Currently have a 1942 Ford Ambulance with a GMC 702 ci V-12 and Allison trans.
    thanks for listening.
    Dan
     
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    HotRodRacer Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    Welcome to the forums, atomman!

    Holy Toledo please share pictures with us, we all love pictures.
     
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    60Mercman Well-Known Member

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    Hey Dan. Welcome. Are you from New Mexico? Or were you just stationed there. When I lived in Chicago, I had a good friend that drove a brown ‘53 Town and Country. I remember it be quite a nice ride. I have a ‘49 Windsor I really like the road ability of that era of Chrysler. Of course your Hemi was a bit faster than the ‘49’s 6. You might be still somewhere in Southern Illinois if had the Windsor. But they are sure great cars. Welcome!
     
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    Welcome to the forums atomman! WE NEED PICTURES! (pictures are greatly appreciated around here!)....Longroofs Rule!
     
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    So, this is my current project. since I stretched the frame 32 in, I need to find a metal smith that can stretch some fenders. Oh well, one of many issues. This ambulance was framed in wood from the B pillar back, including the doors. Wood working I can do, metal work, not so much.
    Atomman IMG_3056.JPG ford w headers.jpg IMG_3057.JPG
     
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    WOW, that was quick atomman! That's a awesome looking endeavor you got going on there. How long have you been at it?....Longroofs Rule!
     
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    Been three years, but at my age, I'm just plugging along.
    atomman
     
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    Well good luck with your project. Hope the next photos are of you driving it down the road!....Longroofs Rule!
     
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    What kind of horsepower is that bad boy going to be putting out?....Longroofs Rule!
     
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    OrthmannJ Always looking for old ford crew cabs

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    Welcome aboard. Sounds like you have definitely had some wagon adventures.
    That ambulance is very unique. What are your overall plans for it?
     
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    WOW, I sold mine for $10k with a second engine in 1990. I had painted it robins egg blue, and changed the interior wood to oak. I found it in the desert in Las Cruces, NM. Towed it to a gas station, changed the oil added gas and it started up on the first crank!!!! Who knows, maybe the Jap that bought it didn't take it to his museum. At that time the Japanese were buying lot's of U.S. made vehicles. especially 'Vettes.
     
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    Welcome to the forum, Dan the Atomman.

    Probably a lot of stories with that GMC 702... How did you come across it? I heard they were pretty rare.

    Marshall
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    P.S. Just a thought.....
    Your project is so unique, it kind of makes me wonder if one of the vehicle restoration shows might be interested in it. I was specifically thinking of 'Restoration Garage' on the Motor Trend channel, or maybe one of the other ones out there. You could write to them and see if they would be interested in helping move your project forward.....


    https://watch.motortrend.com/tv-shows/restoration-garage
     
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    The GMC 702 was built '60-64 and used in over the road semi tractors and in ag fields running on propane. I have had 4 engines, one is on the shelf already machined. I stretched the frame 32 inches, now I have to do the same to the front fenders. The fun is beginning, IMG_7010.jpg
    Thanks for the info on Motor trend. Also, look up Thunder V-12.
     

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