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awsome looking build. i'm not nearly that far. what your doing to the front grill is great work! i haven't plsted pictures of my build yet, can't seem to get it to work right. maybe sometime i'll put some time into it.
i have my seats bolted in, and getting a steering column to complete frame welding prior to dismantling for frame clean up and paint. then the painful body work begins. for your doors, striker bars, mine seem to be about 1-2 inches short, does a 1x1 square bar get mounted to the top of those to frame in the windshield?

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Hi Ray,

Yes we used the horizontal 1x1 bar embedded in the windshield frame which was prefabricated (welded) to the vertical square tube. However, what we did that was different was that we then cut the 1x1 vertical tubing that connects to the frame in front of the door frame closest to the firewall into two pieces and then fabricated proper sized shoes that could be bolted to the frame rather than using the existing square tube with the flat feet which was to be welded to the frame. If I don't have pictures of the front feet, I'll take new pictures and post them up this week.

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Got to hand it to you Jay....lookin good

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Thanks Vince and Pugsy!


Ray,

See this early mock up picture for the description above. In these photos we haven't mocked up the lower half of the door frame/striker post yet.







Later on we would drill a hole in the "L-Bar" and bolt the 'shoe' to the L-Bar for maximum rigidity.

Additonally, in the picture below, we re-ran the horizontal support from the door frame to the box frame witha stiffer thickness of metal.



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Looking good.Glad to see you are transforming it into something better than a normal streetbeast.Did you improve the rear suspension like Randy AKA Newinteriors did?
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Hi Speedy,

Randy's suspension is amazing! However, we didn't upgrade the suspension, yet. Perhaps after the car is finished we'll bag the back so as to remove / lower the gap between the fender and the rear tire.

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Jay, thanks for posting, awesome idea for the striker post. i might just use that.
enjoyed the heater pic too.
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This week’s updates include cleaning up the front end of the car with final touches.



Presently the hood locks over by the firewall are being fleshed out.


The grille's teeth are being recut as the grill was not welded properly. Never Centered correctly, and the shell is being fortified to hold the grille itself. The method includes glassing in some small (perhaps 1/2" ? ) square bar to then thread it and use sheet metal to clamp it in. The advantage of this maneuver is that there'll be no lock washers visibly holding the grille to the shell. Pretty cool, huh?




Additionally, the backsides of the hood skirts at the front have been cleaned up and a quick shot of the car with the hood off from the firewall. I like this idea best, as I'd like to drive it around without the hood!



As always, Thanks for viewing, that's all for now!

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this is just my opinion, with those hood sides/skirts, I think it looks better with the hood on.
still, it is shaping up to be a sweet looking ride.
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this is just my opinion, with those hood sides/skirts, I think it looks better with the hood on.
still, it is shaping up to be a sweet looking ride.
Dad's Vote > My vote...

I'll love the hood too as it will add connectivity between the grill and the flow of the body lines. But I've got some rat rod in me that just don't sit right!

Thanks for your thoughts!

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Welcome the new name of the car,

"The Beast"...

First things first, the grill was redone as the rods within the grill were off center from the factory. Not sure who welded the grill, but as it didn't line up properly and was off center, it was an easy decision to make.

Another benefit of the new face was that we went from 1/2" spacing to 3/8ths spacing & now the grill doesn't look like a buck toothed chuckle head.








Additionally, I welcomed the opportunity for the Gents working on the car to expand on their creativity.




The inspiration came from this drawing:


Honestly, Tell me that the hood component at the firewall isn't an eye catcher! It's really, really sweet & yet functional at the same time as we don't have any latches at the back other than these eyelets on both sides.

Anywho, with all of the informational out of the way, this is definitely the nicest beast to come out of that company's closed doors!


Appreciatively,

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Have to agree Jay.

That is a nice looking car no matter who made the kit.
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Welcome the new name of the car,

"The Beast"...

First things first, the grill was redone as the rods within the grill were off center from the factory. Not sure who welded the grill, but as it didn't line up properly and was off center, it was an easy decision to make.

Another benefit of the new face was that we went from 1/2" spacing to 3/8ths spacing & now the grill doesn't look like a buck toothed chuckle head.








Additionally, I welcomed the opportunity for the Gents working on the car to expand on their creativity.




The inspiration came from this drawing:


Honestly, Tell me that the hood component at the firewall isn't an eye catcher! It's really, really sweet & yet functional at the same time as we don't have any latches at the back other than these eyelets on both sides.

Anywho, with all of the informational out of the way, this is definitely the nicest beast to come out of that company's closed doors!


Appreciatively,

Jay K.

Hi jay been awhile, it's hell to get old sometimes.

The car looks good I wouldn't say it's the best one ever built, but it's right up there. You said in one spot that you were glassing metal tabs with I think studs. I would keep an eye on them metal will work it's way loose between glass. you should have used a Epoxy bonding adhevise the stuff I use they use on corvettes that are raced, called AD7 = CTI.

Again the car is the second nicest Beast to be built .


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Jay...
What a gorgeous job! I'd like to respectfully apply for comedic license to use 'buck-toothed chucklehead'. LOL

Keep up the good work!
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Jay...
What a gorgeous job! I'd like to respectfully apply for comedic license to use 'buck-toothed chucklehead'. LOL

Keep up the good work!
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