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Old 12-16-2006, 08:30 PM
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welding crome moly and thin tubing

Hi. Just wanted to let hotrodders know I have 30 years experience welding specialty metals. I really like welding the light metals. I'm working on a 1930 model a coupe frame. It is all aluminum.The 4 link bars are titanium. I'm trying to get plans to build a 3 member out of titanium. The plan ( dream) is to have a 1400 pound car. Any thoughts would be very helpful. Thanks. Tig welder.

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Old 12-16-2006, 08:43 PM
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Welcome to Hotrodders....sounds like you are on track for your plan......lighter is better....but untill what point? Everything has a limit.
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Power to weight

I believe building a very light car is the way to go. I am looking at an all aluminum engine for my car. I was thinking of maybe one of those new 300 hp. mercury outboards hooked to a 6 speed tranny. If I can stay below 1500 pounds with a real 300 hp. and I can get the car to hook up with the right rear gears I think I could get a real head turner. I am building one of those english wheel kits. My budy has one in his garage. I tried it out the other day. With lots of practice I believe I will be able to make the model A panels out of 4043 aluminum.My dad used to race cars when he was young. He has pictures of his 1936 ford 3 window coupe. He also has pictures of the pink slips of the cars he won racing. He told me the key is power to weight. When I was 16 I bought a 1967 camaro. It had a 327 4 barrel with a powerglide.I thought it was allright.My dad picked up a 1961 2 door chevy with a 409.He said his car would beat my car . He said" why did you buy a piece of crap car with no frame.We race and he beat me by 7 car lengths. I took the 327 out and I put in a 1967 427. I also made my own ladder bars.They went from the rearend to the tranny crossmember. The first time I took it out I pre heated the tires and pulled up. I revved up and let her go. The front end came up and the body twisted and the front window shattered all at the same time. My dad laughed so hard you couldn't wipe the smile off his face with a wire brush.Anyway thats when I was young and didn't know how to set up a car. More stories to come.
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