|06-12-2013 08:42 PM|
|06-12-2013 09:22 AM|
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.
|06-11-2013 08:31 PM|
|06-11-2013 01:41 PM|
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 01:40 AM|
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!!!
|05-27-2013 11:42 PM|
This is such an amazing build! We are talking REAL fabrication here folks.
|05-27-2013 08:59 PM|
|Valkyrie5.7||Loving it! Those box wrench a-arms are gorgeous.|
|05-27-2013 08:46 PM|
that is just so cool!
|05-27-2013 06:09 PM|
Welded up the other a-arm kit
and one of the mounting brackets
|05-02-2013 04:54 PM|
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
|04-07-2013 09:52 PM|
Beautiful work there, I love seeing stuff like that, you are a true fabricator that is for sure.
|04-07-2013 09:48 PM|
I worked on figuring out what it will take to get the upper a-arms attached to the frame.
I cut these from a piece of 2x4
so that I could do this
The idea is to mount the mercedes shafts on plates so that the arms can be bolted to the frame. The problem is that the frame is not square with the world...the rails are pinched.
The arms need to be mounted at an angle.
simple enough...in theory
now to make it pretty
make mirror image one too...
Next step will be to prep the front rails for the arms.
|03-17-2013 09:05 PM|
Before I got too carried away, I decided to mark up the second batch of a-arm parts
I started on the angled piece this morning
figure out where to trim
add some back?
transfer new cut lines
grind some more (first arm)
grind some more (get rid of open end wrench shape...oh yeah, I welded on the corner pieces too)
start on the next one...
|03-01-2013 12:20 AM|
LOL, good one.
|02-28-2013 10:23 PM|
So is that "Suspension by Craftsman" and does it come with a lifetime warranty?
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