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Project Bluey, Propav8r’s ‘63 Amazon Wagon

There aren't a lot of shock choices because the shocks in the back of a wagon are their own setup. Bilsteins, Monroe/stock, or KYB were all I could find at the time. So we used the KYB rear shocks and they have been good.
 
There aren't a lot of shock choices because the shocks in the back of a wagon are their own setup. Bilsteins, Monroe/stock, or KYB were all I could find at the time. So we used the KYB rear shocks and they have been good.
I messaged Sellholm about a set with some custom valving for my intended use and really the estimate wasn’t horrible. Might just save the pennies for that.
 
Snagged a set of 15x5 Studebaker wheels for $100 the other day, so I test fit those and I'm pretty pleased with the fit/look. The tires are a bit tall but they're not going to be used anyway, these wheels will get a set of gravel rally tires.

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Almost looks lifted with the rocker having left the chat lol.

Check out the video below for the rear suspension teardown and replacement:

 
I messaged Sellholm about a set with some custom valving for my intended use and really the estimate wasn’t horrible. Might just save the pennies for that.
I just did a suspension order with them. Payment took a few days to clear, but it's arriving today just 4 days after the order was completed.
I can't recommend working with them enough.
It's significantly cheaper to get new suspension from Sellholm than getting something revalved through Bilstein USA, FYI.
 
So I test fit the gravel tires yesterday, and in doing so I kinda gave the front wheels a shake with it up in the air. Idk why I hadn't done that before now, but there's...significant play in the tie rods and center link rod, so I ordered up a kit for that from VP, hopefully it'll be here tomorrow or Saturday.

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Last night I redid the fuel line and actually pulled out the brass fitting on the fuel pump trying to get the old hose off. A little schmear of JB weld and a tap tap with a hammer and that went back in.

Tonight's project is to drain/refill/flush the cooling system, put in a new thermostat and radiator hoses, plus probably getting started on the front suspension bushings if I'm feeling frosty.
 
I did the same thing with my other fuel pump, you'd think they would press them in better?

The white wheels look soooo good with the blue paint, vintage rally car look is coming along well
 
Tonight's project is to drain/refill/flush the cooling system, put in a new thermostat and radiator hoses, plus probably getting started on the front suspension bushings if I'm feeling frosty.
So I did none of this. Instead I halfass painted the set of stock wheels white in preparation for mounting tires tomorrow and set the base timing to about 14* instead of the 22* it was at, which brought the idle down quite a bit as well to about what it should be.
 
So I test fit the gravel tires yesterday, and in doing so I kinda gave the front wheels a shake with it up in the air. Idk why I hadn't done that before now, but there's...significant play in the tie rods and center link rod, so I ordered up a kit for that from VP, hopefully it'll be here tomorrow or Saturday.
Make sure you install the tie rods correctly. Even the factory screwed it up on some cars. The end with a small bend goes inboard and they're handed. Also, the left hand thread center link end goes on the left side of the car for concours correctness.
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Tie rods and link rod ends showed up today and I get to go home a day early from the work trip this week, so hopefully I’ll get to that in the next day or two.

Til then. I made a little video on my efforts to improve the cooling system a bit. The gauge reads high, but at the top of a long hill, the thermostat housing reads basically dead at 200* so I’m calling that good for now.

The choke cable is all jacked up and will need replacing, it’s super kludged under the dash, but the clips for the newer, thicker sheathing choke cable are out of stock at VP currently. It runs well enough now that it can wait a bit, but I’ll get to it eventually.

 
I just did a suspension order with them. Payment took a few days to clear, but it's arriving today just 4 days after the order was completed.
I can't recommend working with them enough.
It's significantly cheaper to get new suspension from Sellholm than getting something revalved through Bilstein USA, FYI.
Well that's good to know.
 
You can download the greenbooks here. Section 7 has some dimensions but I don't see wheel travel. Shock length extended and compressed should be close although the shocks are inboard in front and in front of the springs in the rear so you may need to adjust the figures to get an accurate wheel travel number.
 
You can download the greenbooks here. Section 7 has some dimensions but I don't see wheel travel. Shock length extended and compressed should be close although the shocks are inboard in front and in front of the springs in the rear so you may need to adjust the figures to get an accurate wheel travel number.
Looking at the motion ratio's and shock stroke lengths, ~8" or more front and back look feasible. That's plenty of travel for rally :)
 
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