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05-10-2007 09:32 PM
400 SMB Chev In A Bus

Thanks for your support. I'm still an internet virgin and haven't worked out how to put pictures into my web responses yet. I'm still shopping for the right price on a digital camera up here in Eskimo Land. Once I figure out how to send pictures, I will send you something to look at. Thanks for your support. westfaliaguy.
05-10-2007 12:06 PM
cboy Thanks Crash.
05-10-2007 10:41 AM
crash70rs I just checked out your journal and all I can say is wow.. That is some really amazing work.
05-10-2007 06:50 AM
cboy The Dana 44 is obviously not on equal par with a 9", but it will be plenty for this particular project. The motor is going to remain as a stock 302. BTW, you can see the Dana installed (as well as the rest of the progress so far) in my Cboy-Two journal located here
05-09-2007 10:15 PM
Westfalia Guy
9 Inch Rear End

I don't know about trucks built in the U.S. But all F-150's sold in Canada up until 1989 were delivered with the bullet proof Ford 9 Inch rear differential as stock equipment. I'm surprised that your truck didn't come with the same equipment as original fitment. Maybe the three speed was the reason it was fitted with a lesser rear diff! I'm sure that you are going to upgrade to a proper 9" axle as the project proceeds. We can still find complete axle assemblies up here in Eskimo country with the large brakes for as little as $125 CAN dollars. Good luck with your latest project! May the Gods of "Internal Combustion" smile on you!
11-26-2006 11:19 PM
McLeay F1
steel is the best choice

hey cboy i am sure it will turn out fine and building out of steel is the best
wish i could give you a hand you will probably finish yours before I finish mine
11-03-2006 08:35 PM
Originally Posted by pasadenahotrod
Why not take a shot at a fiberglass body??
I have. And my experience is that for ME, scratch built glass bodies are more difficult and more time consuming than steel bodies. That's not to say steel is preferable for ALL builders. It's just a matter of personal skills, abilities, and comfort levels. Some do better working with glass. Some prefer steel.

BTW, I'd love to see a few journals of complete scratch builds using the glass process you outlined in your post (or any process for that matter). I think it would be quite helpful for others who would like to tackle this type of project.
11-03-2006 08:21 PM
Originally Posted by Nightfire
...are you gonna leave the sides pretty "flat" or make a pretty accurate replica with rounded corners and the roof dripline etc...
Well, I HOPE to end up pretty close to Malc's drawing...which means it will also be pretty close to the original Defibrillator. I'll be doing more of the accent lines (like around the door and roof line) and recessed areas (like around the rear tires) than I did on the roadster. I'm also anticipating that I'll put a little greater crown into the sides than I did with the roadster. I guess the short answer is I'm going to try to get it as accurate as I possibly can and improve a bit on the techniques I used for the rat.
11-03-2006 07:06 PM
Brian_B WOW....A cartoon car. I spent a long time reading the complete journal on the last one. Can't wait to see this one happen.
11-03-2006 06:19 PM
pasadenahotrod Why not take a shot at a fiberglass body?? Buy some big foam blocks, sit 'em up on your chassis, cut and grind everything that doesn't look like a cartoon car away, surface finish, determine parting lines, shoot it with loud release, shoot it with gel coat, lay up the glass, parting line flanges and stiffeners. Pull it apart, fix any hiccups, surface finish, mould release, gelcoat, lay it up. Let it cure, pull the mould apart, BINGO, something to sell to finance the rest of the project! CARTOON BODIES! the latest fad!
(Of course, you'll still have to cut out the doors, make up jambs and sills, and so on, but that's the challenge isn't it?)
11-03-2006 04:25 PM
Nightfire I cant wait!
Dumb question, are you gonna leave the sides pretty "flat" or make a pretty accurate replica with rounded corners and the roof dripline etc.

11-03-2006 09:27 AM
klassik100 The roof and the quarters are going to be the hardest.

11-03-2006 09:22 AM
klassik100 [QUOTE=cboy]
The BIG challenge for me on on this project will be the body. It is the first one I've tackled with a top and full size doors (with working windows). I wake up at night now wondering how in the heck I'm going to do that./QUOTE]

Two words Cboy Hammer form.

Make the door frames out of separate hammer forms and join them together.

Working windows arent all that hard to do, just look at the donor truck and see how they work then copy it.

That or go for electric windows, even easier.


11-03-2006 06:31 AM
Originally Posted by dinger
Make up a parts list, maybe we can get a support group going.
1) Blower
2) Blower
3) Blower
4) Blower
5) Blower
6) Oh, and maybe a...blower
11-03-2006 06:28 AM
Originally Posted by redlightning
Did you wind up keeping shoestring one or is she gone?
It's still in the shop...waiting for me to get off my butt and list it on Ebay.
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