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

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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!!!



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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!!!!

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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!
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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.

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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?

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My first choice for cutting anything is a 4.5 grinder with a cut off wheel.
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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.


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Cool, haven't seen anything on this project in a while and I always look forward to it.

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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
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