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My Last Hot Rod - Jan 19, 2012

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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