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08-31-2014 10:16 PM
MARTINSR Some times it's hard, I know!

Brian
08-31-2014 09:26 PM
Flipper_1938 Man, I've been slacking. I really need to do something with this thing!
02-03-2014 11:43 PM
EvilChuckie Wow I have been wondering what had happened to this amazing build, hope you have the determination to finish it, Well done so far.

Cheers Chuckie
02-03-2014 09:37 PM
MARTINSR Cool, haven't seen anything on this project in a while and I always look forward to it.

Brian
02-03-2014 09:04 PM
Flipper_1938
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I have been strugling with how to connect the a-arme to the balljoints, but I think I have a solution. I stumbled upon these cool bushings (Toyota stuff). These will be recessed into the underside of the forward leg of the a-arms (a-arm "channeled" over the bolts, if you will). A threaded boss will be recessed under the trailing leg.


IMG_6335 by Flipper_1938, on Flickr
06-12-2013 07:42 PM
Flipper_1938
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Oh, you've got some great clean cuts on some of your panels. Do you mind my asking what you're using, like what you did on the front frame box panels on page 12? Those are some clean cuts. Doesn't show burn marks, so I'll guess that even a plasma arc is out. Are you using cutting wheels? Nibblers?

John T.
My first choice for cutting anything is a 4.5 grinder with a cut off wheel.
06-12-2013 08:22 AM
jtomasik
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Originally Posted by Flipper_1938 View Post
When you read the whole thing you will see that this thing is the anti-CAD build. Most of the body form is being assembled from found shapes. I build to what I find, instead of building parts to a pre-determined specification. There have not been any real sketches of what I'm building. Don't get me wrong, I have a general idea of what I want that has been influenced by hundreds, if not thousands of cars. The shape of the car has evolved quite a bit from where I started. What a long strange trip it's been!
Yep! I get it. It's in many ways the opposite approach of what the academics are trained to do. In my experience, having been on both sides of the fence, there's value in both approaches. So, I try to leverage the benefits and avoid the traps of either. My approach will use CAD and FEA, but in limitation. There will be a lot of hands-on prototyping and testing, and you've given me some ideas with what you've done. Much appreciated.

You're doing a fantastic job. Your determination and patience alone (btw....how many hammers/wrenches have you launched across the shop so far?....LOL) speaks for itself, both in the shop and taking the time to post progress, pics, and replies. So far, I'm only on page 13 of the thread, and I'm trying to avoid looking ahead.

Oh, you've got some great clean cuts on some of your panels. Do you mind my asking what you're using, like what you did on the front frame box panels on page 12? Those are some clean cuts. Doesn't show burn marks, so I'll guess that even a plasma arc is out. Are you using cutting wheels? Nibblers?

I've done a couple of body-work jobs, and I hated it. But, a build from the ground up like this intrigues me. Thanks for the motivation. I think I can return the 'favor' by providing estimations of some of the questions you were asking (such as spring rates, load handling, etc.), simply from basic dimensions and a materials guess. I have some analytical tools on my end that could provide some ballpark answers. Feel free to PM and ask.

John T.
06-11-2013 07:31 PM
Flipper_1938
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Man, I have got to say you've got your head screwed on right. I used to be a motorhead back in my teen years, and I grew up entertaining myself by building or repairing things (my dad gave me my first engine...an old lawnmower engine....to tear apart at the age of 4). I was a journeyman diesel mechanic and fabricator until I finished my college degree, and I'm now a manager of an engineering department in a contract product development company. I'm 50, and one thing I've learned is to hire only guys who have practical experience (my best hires have come from farms). Some kids coming out of college are devoid of this, and it shows. I don't know what you do for a living, but if you haven't already, you should consider turning some of your ideas into products. No, this isn't a sales pitch at all. I'm just saying it because a man of your ability likely has some great, practical ideas.

And, you've given me some. Even in the age of some very advanced development technologies (CAD, FEA, CFD, etc.), nothing beats prototyping for providing 'real' answers and insight. I have a truck project I've been talking about, and so far what I've witnessed in your thread tells me I need to not fall victim of too much development on the computer and rely a lot more on building prototypes (like out of wood, plastic, renshape, etc.), before fabbing the final parts/assemblies.

I only read your first page and viewed this last one...your use of the wrenches had me smiling. I'm going to browse through this entire thread. Way cool stuff you're doing.....keep the pics coming!!!!
When you read the whole thing you will see that this thing is the anti-CAD build. Most of the body form is being assembled from found shapes. I build to what I find, instead of building parts to a pre-determined specification. There have not been any real sketches of what I'm building. Don't get me wrong, I have a general idea of what I want that has been influenced by hundreds, if not thousands of cars. The shape of the car has evolved quite a bit from where I started. What a long strange trip it's been!
06-11-2013 12:41 PM
jtomasik Man, I have got to say you've got your head screwed on right. I used to be a motorhead back in my teen years, and I grew up entertaining myself by building or repairing things (my dad gave me my first engine...an old lawnmower engine....to tear apart at the age of 4). I was a journeyman diesel mechanic and fabricator until I finished my college degree, and I'm now a manager of an engineering department in a contract product development company. I'm 50, and one thing I've learned is to hire only guys who have practical experience (my best hires have come from farms). Some kids coming out of college are devoid of this, and it shows. I don't know what you do for a living, but if you haven't already, you should consider turning some of your ideas into products. No, this isn't a sales pitch at all. I'm just saying it because a man of your ability likely has some great, practical ideas.

And, you've given me some. Even in the age of some very advanced development technologies (CAD, FEA, CFD, etc.), nothing beats prototyping for providing 'real' answers and insight. I have a truck project I've been talking about, and so far what I've witnessed in your thread tells me I need to not fall victim of too much development on the computer and rely a lot more on building prototypes (like out of wood, plastic, renshape, etc.), before fabbing the final parts/assemblies.

I only read your first page and viewed this last one...your use of the wrenches had me smiling. I'm going to browse through this entire thread. Way cool stuff you're doing.....keep the pics coming!!!!
05-28-2013 12:40 AM
thinwhiteduke I only clicked on this thread out of interest and sheer curiosity over the high reply and view count, now I've spent the best part of an afternoon reading every page and have thoroughly enjoyed it.

There is a thread going on , "what is a 'hotrodder' " . There should be an automatic 're-direct' to HERE! and then a wiki link to 'how to MAKE a car'.

'Hats off' to you sir, well done!!!



Duke
05-27-2013 10:42 PM
MARTINSR This is such an amazing build! We are talking REAL fabrication here folks.

Brian
05-27-2013 07:59 PM
Valkyrie5.7 Loving it! Those box wrench a-arms are gorgeous.
05-27-2013 07:46 PM
jpmillermatic that is just so cool!

JP
05-27-2013 05:09 PM
Flipper_1938 Welded up the other a-arm kit





and one of the mounting brackets






05-02-2013 03:54 PM
jpmillermatic I just love how you source your parts from so many different walks of life...Jaguar, Craftsman, Cadillac, Fence posts, Police cars, Garden Tractors, etc...

This is a truly inspiring post...never thought two things from such different walks of life could be joined together in such an artful way.

Im not even sure I should post my latest project...I mean sure I am using sheet metal from my buddies old shop door, and sure I also found a great round table leg to use for a trunk floor support tube....but this Roofus Special will be truly awesome!...

Had a thought for the floor supports...not sure if you welded in some angle stock along the frame tubing if you could lay the floor in there or not.....maybe some neat work with the wheel could add some strength to the panels....

and lastly...I think the lower edge of the boat tail should sweep up just a bit to give you some ground clearance when going up a driveway, or an incline...also, it would help the proportions of the lines back there just a bit....

Keep up the inspiring work!

thanks for posting this

JP
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