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Old 12-31-2011, 11:22 PM
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Before I could go any farther with sheetmetal work, I needed to beef up my horrible fright bead roller.


junk from the pile


welded on


It works!


Somehow I had offset the trans too far to the passenger side.


the tunnel was too tight anyways, so I removed 1 inch.






34 olds? dash insert looks cool upside down and looks like it might work



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Old 12-31-2011, 11:23 PM
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more mock-up pics






making plans for the body side of the trans mount
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I don't know where the heck I have been?

I just spent 3 hrs going through this, start to finish

sorry I haven't even opened this thread up, before this

just so much on this site to look at, and I wanted to go through this whole thing, not just start on page 15 or something

this is great, I will be following along, from here on out



we have typed back and forth on a salt flats thread before, I don't remember if it was here, or the HAMB



anyway, keep up the good work, you are inspiration for me to get out and work on my car
I have motivation problems sometimes

thanks, Matt
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Old 01-01-2012, 04:17 PM
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I don't know where the heck I have been?

I just spent 3 hrs going through this, start to finish

sorry I haven't even opened this thread up, before this

just so much on this site to look at, and I wanted to go through this whole thing, not just start on page 15 or something

this is great, I will be following along, from here on out



we have typed back and forth on a salt flats thread before, I don't remember if it was here, or the HAMB



anyway, keep up the good work, you are inspiration for me to get out and work on my car
I have motivation problems sometimes

thanks, Matt
I'm glad you enjoyed the post. I hope it does motivate you to work on your stuff. I wish I could work on mine more often.

...and yeah, "The Roofus Special" is probably not the most descriptive, enticing title for a crazy build thread. But what in the heck should I have called it?
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Old 01-01-2012, 06:13 PM
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If it were only it were this easy... a photoshopped passenger side!

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Old 01-01-2012, 07:18 PM
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really sweet build, i like where its headed!!
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Old 01-06-2012, 07:29 PM
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So do y'all like the track nose?

I like the shape, but I'm kinda disapointed that it will hide the front crossmember.
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Looks great, I really like the track nose.
Shane
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Old 01-15-2012, 09:52 PM
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Me and my daughter went to dad's for the weekend. We had a great time visiting but I didn't get nearly as much done as if I would have gone alone.

I started out trying to make frames for bucket seat backs.


I was shooting for the same feel as the bench seat in my truck





It didn't work all that well. It didn't feel great and took up interior room.

Plan B One seat back.

Not wanting to mess up anything good for a mock-up...I grabbed a very rusty VW hood that was destined for the crusher.








view behind the seat. I need to figure out how the seat back will attach and how it will be supported


My daughter trying it out. The VW hood was amazingly comfortable. The shape was much simpler than my truck seat.
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Old 01-15-2012, 09:53 PM
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I also mocked up a set of model A hood sides. They might be louver donors...not sure.







I didn't take it off of the table, but I did the next best thing. I made my daughter climb on the table.



It's a sleek LITTLE car!
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Old 01-15-2012, 11:21 PM
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VERY cool, that sucker is really gonna have a great look. And you darling daughter looks like she can't wait for the first ride.

Brian
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Old 01-16-2012, 06:54 AM
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I also welded in the bottom 1x1 tubes that will be part of the driveshaft tunnel. (not yet welded in this pic)


I'm having a hard time deciding how the sheetmetal in this are will all fit together. I haven't found the elegantly simple solution yet. I need to blend the driveshaft tunnel to the front of the seat bases while sealing off the driveshaft...and the whole thing needs to support the weight of the middle part of the car.
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Old 02-27-2012, 08:47 AM
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I finally got a chance to do something!

I had a general idea of how I wanted to do my trans mount, but had no idea of how the trans tunnel would tie in. Everything I visualized got real complicated.

I went to wally-world and picked up posterboard to play with.



It worked great to eliminate a couple of ideas that didn't work in real life.

I started off making fronts to the seat bases. The beefed up bead roller is fun to use (as uposed to frustrating).





I then traced the panels to see the "box" th trans mount had to fit in.



I mocked up a mount in posterboard. It worked good enough to transfer to steel.











Even though it is a short span between the seats, I felt the mount needed more beef.



I bent up a simple reinforcement to double the material and add gussets













now for the tunnel

I screwed around with the idea of a beefy safety loop, but nothing seemed to work. In the end I just made a simple tunnel.

First in posterboard





then in steel









Nothing is welded in. I am considering bead rolling the tunnel, but need to know where the seat back will be before I can finalize a design.

....and I also plan to have a bolt in piece at the front of the tunnel to seal off around the trans.
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Very good, getting something done! WHOO HOO

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Very good, getting something done! WHOO HOO

Brian

It feels good to get past the mental block that I have been struggling with over the trans mount!!!!
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