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01-19-2012 02:17 PM My Last Hot Rod
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01-19-2012 02:13 PM My Last Hot Rod
The Epoxy is dry and I am back to work after a cold start this morning.I fit the frame again and made some cuts on the frame corners. I have decided to keep the inside of the frame square corners keeping in tradition with older Rods. But I am rounding the outside corners as it more closely fits the rounded roof top corners i built. This is a choice not set in rules for anyone,. As chief engineer of this project I liked it this way. That's the nice part of Rod building. Does anyone remember my shock eye modifications? Well I got back to them as I will soon have them obscured with sheet metal making it tough to fix the mounts for the tops and bottoms. I will point out I want 3 inches of travel with my shocks so I will make mounts angled to accommodate the shorter stroke when you angle a shock inwards. I would not have 3 inches of travel if I set the shocks at say 45 degrees. The compass pivot point will show that the travel gets shorter. But by angling the mount each hole at 0 degrees-25 degrees and 45 degrees I can still maintain 3 inches of travel approx. I will drill 3 5/8ts holes and then weld on 3 1/2inch nuts over the hole to accommodate the shock eye bolts.. I have some photos showing a very rough outline of my mounts they are just clamped in place for now. but they have the proper angle for my needs. Next operation will be to cut and weld the mount pieces together and drill all holes and weld the nuts etc. Then I can attach the mounts to where they go.I'm sure some changes will occur as they do most of the time. One photo of the shock mounts is tipped sideways just crook your neck to view it my ratty program won't rotate it. These shock mounts are settings from my past Racing days everything was made adjustable and it still makes sense for everyday drivers also. 0 degrees- 25 degrees- and 45 degrees will give me many options for ride . 3 inch shock travel is a lot but I live in the country and we have pot holes year round.


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01-18-2012 04:51 PM My Last Hot Rod
One other thing I did today was to buy some Flux core wire for my MIG welder. I changed the wiring around to accommodate this fluxed It actually welded better and more consistent than the Gas wire did. I'm going to keep it in for a while until I can evaluate what I need and what I like. I quickly welded a piece of 18 gauge sheet metal to a 3/16 inch piece of flat steel. It never burned through and I continuously welded a 1.5 inch bead. It did a respectable job, better than my stick welds, he he.I know it generates more heat but I really don't care I did my whole 1948 Ford coupe with Gas welding with a torch and tanks. 117 separate welds on the dual exhaust alone as I remember. And I know I have to use Body Filler as I did with the Ford Coupe and the hundreds of welds there.I'm not gonna lose any sleep here, we will see where it takes me.

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01-18-2012 04:36 PM My Last Hot Rod
I got to Epoxy the rest of the parts needed for the rear window frame. Now I wait for it to dry before I can dry fit the thing.. I will cheat and get a piece of plexi glass cut to fit for now and use that for a template when i get ready for the real rear window glass. This frame overlaps the inside of the tubing frame and it leaves about an quarter of an inch lip all the way around for the plexi glass to set against from the inside. Then I will fabricate another red wood or other (cause it is inside out of the elements) type of wood frame to sandwich the window in place. As you can see I am winging this project and I change as I go. You always find an easier and most of the time better ways to do a step. I am not locked into anything here. Anything can be changed or modified as far as I am concerned. That's the best part of Hot Rodding and building. I made fender skirts for my 1948 Ford Coupe out of plywood and I used house hold Barrel Bolts door latches to hold them on the car with coat hanger wire clips to stop the latches from opening on bump etc. A bunch of my friends said they looked okay but should be curved. So I experimented a little and found out I could use Body Filler on the whole surface it stuck to the wood better than it did metal. from there I made the appropriate curve on the Fender Skirts. They went with the Car when the new owner bought the Coupe. Any way enough preaching here I have some photos of Epoxy drying in a sunny window...


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01-17-2012 11:24 AM My Last Hot Rod
Not much done today I only Epoxied the window frame and it must dry before I can do the bottom. I also installed and welded the left roof top corner piece. Now I am even all along the roof with metal so far. Just one more thing I won't have to do. It all adds up that's how I approach this Rod stuff. I have a few uninteresting photos of Epoxy drying....


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