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Old 07-25-2003, 11:46 PM
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Tilting frontend HELP!!

Hello Fellow Rodders!
I was wondering if i could get some tips on tilt front ends?
I recently put my entire front clip back together, with new hardware and felting. I now am have a hard time trying to put the darn thing on some type of a hinge system, i have read some parts of doing this by other members, but i can't find anymore on this type of threads..would any of you have any bright ideas for me to do this, first time builder, and i would like it to work for me, as i am just an amateur streetrodder right now.. LOL!!! I am working so hard to get this car the way i want it , "Man it is really Hard Work" i have more plans for this thing later, like suicide doors, shaved handles,etc... well now i better go since i have made you tired of reading!!! LOL. Talk to you all later.

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Old 07-26-2003, 05:50 AM
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One reason you probably heven't seen too many threads on the subject is that it is very unique to each vehicle. When I did my first tilt I looked at one that was already done ( I owned an E type Jag) and followed the principles it had. There are several kits offered for '50's F100 trucks and MAS offers one for their one piece 'glass frontends, you should look at what they offer and build similar. On things like that I build them out of small diameter rod to get the mechanics down before I build it for use( makes it easier to modify and tweak).
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tilt hoods

tilt hoods in real steel are heavy fiber glass is an easy way out
a 56 i worked on when i had my shop had a gallaxy graft front end this gave the truck pwr steer a 390 ci and disc brakes it
allso provided a great place to mount the hinges from memory
it had two pivot pins this gave it an upward and outward motion when opening and they welded some of the iner gaurd /fender skirt to the fire wall this involved a slice with the agle grinder aprox 1 o'clock to 7 oclock through the skirt on the drivers side USA so some went up with the hood and some stayed at the fire wall
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What I did with the '54 Ford...

Tilt nose for the '54 Ford

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One reason you probably heven't seen too many threads on the subject is that it is very unique to each vehicle.
This is very true. Each is unique.

What you have to do first is take a look at your clip and how it goes together. A good planning point would be to use the spot where the lower front valence (if the car has one) bolts to the fenders. This is a good spot to design a bracket (one for each side) that can tie the front end together and act as a mounting system for the tilt mechanism.

When designing a system you need to determine exactly where the system needs to tilt. You don't want a system that tilts in the wrong place and winds up with the grill in the ground when only partially opened. Once the tilt location is determined you can design brackets that will allow you to mount the system in the correct location.

A couple of simple 3/4" rod ends are more than strong enough to act as a hinges and can easily be attached to the frame rails with simple brackets.

Bottom line is that unless you find a commercially available unit that will work for your front end you'll have to design a system unique to your car.

Hopefully you can get some ideas from these pics. They show how I did this on my 41 Chevy.





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Old 07-30-2003, 05:41 PM
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Thumbs up Thanks for the Help!

Hey Thanks alot for your idea's and advice on the tilt frontend. I will take all that you gave me and put it to work.
You all are a great inspiration to me, having people able to talk to and ask ?'s. Without feeling stupiod, or a moron on building a nice machine... Take care all of you and enjoy rodding!!!

Sincerely, The Taylor Family,
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