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Old 08-10-2010, 10:50 AM
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When I started this thing, the idea was to knock it out and drive it to Bonneville for speed week 2010. That didn't quite happen.

...but I am still going to speed week (in my daily driver Toyota )....and (maybe) the H A M B drags .....and then Frog Follies. It will be a month until I get back to Roofus. Hopefully the heat won't be as bad then.

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Old 08-10-2010, 12:30 PM
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Roofus special.......

Hi,the build is looking good,i think i would make 3 reverse scoops to cover the rack,and tie rod ends.you could either weld them in,or make them up,cut the head off of an 1/8 inch bolt,weld bolt to scoop,drill maybe 3 holes for each scoop in the crossmember,then bolt the scoops in...but youre looking good the way you are......
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Old 08-31-2010, 12:56 PM
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Looks like I might be able to get something done over the long weekend. It is supposed to be nice and cool.

I really need to light a fire under my *** and get rolling with this thing so that it is functional for next season!

I am also going to put more thought into the truck of this thing so that I can pack all of the necessary Bonneville supplies in there.
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Old 08-31-2010, 07:00 PM
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Cant wait to see this thing up and going!
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Old 08-31-2010, 08:25 PM
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Looks like I might be able to get something done over the long weekend. It is supposed to be nice and cool.

I really need to light a fire under my *** and get rolling with this thing so that it is functional for next season!
Yep, getting out there is always the hardest part. But damned if you don't just START, you don't want to stop! Isn't it funny that way?

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http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Shroe...Q5fAccessories

You would have to increase your budget a bit. But it would be easier and cool.
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Old 09-03-2010, 08:29 AM
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Heck, I would like to have that just to hang on the wall in my garage! But I am way too cheap.

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Old 09-06-2010, 09:42 PM
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Actually mounting the steering rack was one of things that I somewhat dreaded doing.

The arched front crossmember looked cool, but was not a very friendly location for clamping down the rack. But it was something that had to be done. ...so I did it.

The plan was to mount it with two clamps. One clamp would control front to back and sis to side posioning. The other would just be front to back.

Once again, the raw materials were junk from the barn. I think this piece of heavy wall tubing used to be a physical therapy machine that dad bought cheap at an auction (for the metal).





I decided to use 7/16 bolts for mounting it. He I am checking to see if I have room for these nuts. I ended up welding the nuts to the underside of the mounting bracket.


Here it is welded to the saddle that the rack tube rests in.


Now the other side of the saddle is tied to the crossmember


Even though this was some pretty heavy material, I gusseted one of the sides.
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Same thing on the other side.







Now to start fabbing up the straps.

I started on the end that I just made the bases.



The other end of the straps will be secured by nuts and bolts through the flange of the crossmember.


just connect the dots.




...and then gusset the hell out of it so that the bends in the straps stay where they are supposed to be.


Other clamp done. Guset was done differently (clamp on this side is farther outboard...less ground clearance), but should be plenty beefy.






Boots look like crap.




But they are necessary


The spring should block out most of the view


Oh yeah, the u-bolts I bought were too small. They won't work
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Old 09-10-2010, 02:04 PM
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Time to start thinking about how to attach the spring to the control arm.

I currently have two ideas. The first is to cut the spring hangers off of the ford wishbones and then cut them apart so that the pivot can be rotated to the right orientation and the welded and ground to look like they were forged that way....and then welded to the top of the control arms. The gooseneck would be pointed up.

The ford parts look like this. The shackle part would be turned 90* or so.


The other idea is to fab up something like the t-bucket I saw at Bonneville. Not nearly as "old looking", but should be functional.



Anybody got any better ideas?
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For those that haven't figured out what I was talking about with the ford pieces. Actual placement may be in a slightly different spot.

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Went to the Pumpkin run today and hit the swap meet. I bought another set of square u-bolts. Hopefully these will work.

I also bought a gas tank of unknown origin. I'm guessing teens or twenties. it has a built in gas gauge (go to the back of car to check fuel level).

And a spare tire cover that I plan on cutting into cycle fenders.
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I love the gas tanks with the built in gauge, just one step from a "dip stick", I love the simplicity.

Brian
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Somebody on another forum suggested that they were 1932-34 Cadillac parts.













This sucker is BIG!




Two pieces of trim on it.

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Looks like I am going to get to work on the car this weekend. Not 100% sure what the next step should be.

I'm guessing that it should be to permanently mount the front crossmember and mount lower control arms. Once the arms are set, I should be able to plant my shackle hangers in the right spot.

That will probably tie up the whole weekend. If it doesn't, I will try and nail down the design for motor mounts and the path for the steering shaft....right now they look like they will be competing for the same space. I probably need to figure that out be fore I move to the upper control arm fab process.
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