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View Poll Results: Should this car be built with Miller style Independent Front Suspension?
Yes, build control arms like on the 1930's Miller Indy cars 87 67.44%
No, go with a Ford style straight axle 42 32.56%
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Old 07-01-2009, 07:15 PM   #201
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I have to mark this!
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Old 07-01-2009, 07:21 PM   #202
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Definitely no flat panels anywhere.
Some might look flat at first glace, but the should not actually be flat.
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Old 07-01-2009, 07:23 PM   #203
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Flipper,

Your speedster looks awsome, keep up the good work!

Have you decided upon a direction for your wind screen yet? I have a pair of large wind wings that I've had sitting around for over 35 years. I've never been able to figure out what car they fit. I always thought they would be perfect for a speedster like you're building. If you want them, you can have them for the cost of shipping and maybe a speedster ride someday! If you send me an email address via PM, I can send you a couple of pictures to see if they interest you.

Let me know. Thanks
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Flipper,

Your speedster looks awsome, keep up the good work!

Have you decided upon a direction for your wind screen yet? I have a pair of large wind wings that I've had sitting around for over 35 years. I've never been able to figure out what car they fit. I always thought they would be perfect for a speedster like you're building. If you want them, you can have them for the cost of shipping and maybe a speedster ride someday! If you send me an email address via PM, I can send you a couple of pictures to see if they interest you.

Let me know. Thanks





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Old 07-02-2009, 06:53 AM   #205
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Flipper,

Your speedster looks awsome, keep up the good work!

Have you decided upon a direction for your wind screen yet? I have a pair of large wind wings that I've had sitting around for over 35 years. I've never been able to figure out what car they fit. I always thought they would be perfect for a speedster like you're building. If you want them, you can have them for the cost of shipping and maybe a speedster ride someday! If you send me an email address via PM, I can send you a couple of pictures to see if they interest you.

Let me know. Thanks
Thanks for the offer.

I am flip-flopping on my ideas for a windshield. Three top choices are Brooklands style screens, 32 ford-ish windshield, and a short Duvall style windshield.

I will probably mock up all three (or ten by the time I get to that point) and pick what feels right.
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Old 07-02-2009, 10:41 AM   #206
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Here are a couple more pics that show the overall shape of the body a little better. Just adding a steering wheel makes it look more like a car to me.


IMG_0036 by Flipper_1938, on Flickr


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I gotta spend a day cleaning up, the shop looks BAD in pics.
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Old 07-02-2009, 11:25 AM   #207
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It took me a awhile to actually find the Wind Wings, but I did. I emailed pictures to you. Let me know if you can use them.

Good luck with your build, it's looking great!
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Old 07-05-2009, 12:08 PM   #208
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All of the sudden, I think rounded cowl and hood tops may be the way to go thanks to Surf Monkey's coverage of Goodwood.

I don't know exactly what this car is, but I love it.

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Old 07-05-2009, 03:17 PM   #209
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Killer build you have going here keep up the great work...
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Old 07-20-2009, 11:17 AM   #210
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Picked up a pair of 16x4 space saver spares at pull-a-part on Saturday.

The plan is to cut the centers out and convert the outers to be used for use with the wire wheels. I will be converting my 15x5.5 wheels to 16x4.

Going to play with forming the dimples for the spoke nipples using a press. Not sure if I will need to add heat or form it cold.

If it works, these will be the front wheels. I want skinny 18's for the rear wheels.
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Old 07-24-2009, 09:04 AM   #211
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This car from the 2009 Miller meet picture thread might just change the direction of the build. I can't decide if I like the track nose or this nose better.

Also thinking about adding something that looks like real frame rails that would be welded to the spaceframe.

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Old 08-06-2009, 02:41 PM   #212
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Good job man, Once you get concrete on your shape , she'll come together quickly.

You comin up to the streetrod nats this weekend. I'll be there early tomorrow hopin to score some cool crap from the Swap meet.
By the way were do you find all the vintage tin to cut up. Around my parts there is nothing to get and the few that do reside in the yards are too nice to scrounge.
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Old 08-06-2009, 02:44 PM   #213
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Good job man, Once you get concrete on your shape , she'll come together quickly.

You comin up to the streetrod nats this weekend. I'll be there early tomorrow hopin to score some cool crap from the Swap meet.
By the way were do you find all the vintage tin to cut up. Around my parts there is nothing to get and the few that do reside in the yards are too nice to scrounge.
The caddy was free. A friend wanted it out of his yard. I saved it for about 5 years before I cut it up.

The jag roof came from a parts car that we bought for the suspension (for next AD truck).


Yep, I'll be there in the 49 flatbed. Say hi if you see me.
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Old 08-06-2009, 08:41 PM   #214
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you french townfyler and cm325 nrrd to get these cars together in one place man these cars are crazy !!!
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Old 08-10-2009, 07:15 PM   #215
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Awesome build thread! I really like the way you use existing body parts to fit what you need. Nice work.
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Old 08-13-2009, 06:21 AM   #216
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you french townfyler and cm325 nrrd to get these cars together in one place man these cars are crazy !!!
I'd be happy just getting it off of the workbench. Hopefully I will get a chance to work on it this weekend.
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Old 08-23-2009, 11:46 PM   #217
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I came to the realization that I need to work out some of the function details before I get too much farther with the form. I need to figure out the mechanics of the front half of the car.
I slid the back end of the car back a couple of feet so that I would have room on the table for the motor. I ended up making a saw horse out of a suzuki samurai roll bar.

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Old 08-24-2009, 12:03 AM   #218
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Turns out the XK transmission won't work with the bellhousing that I have, front bearing retainer and seal are way different. I pissed away a good bit of time trying to figure out if I could swap input shafts....I finally accepted defeat and decided to use the OD trans. Spent a couple hours getting it clean.

Good news is that I found a new clutch and pressure plate when I pulled the trans.

Bad news is that the engine needs to move rearward a couple of inches to make everything fit in a 100" wheelbase.

Break out the sawsall!


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I laid the stock jag front suspension on the table to see what 100" looked like. Don't worry, only spindles, hubs and brakes will be used.


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Old 08-24-2009, 12:07 AM   #219
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wow this is cool!!!
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Old 08-24-2009, 06:12 AM   #220
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Right now there is a tube that goes under the sump in the oil pan, I am going to re-arrange the framework so that I have a hole for the sump/belhousing to fit in and lower the motor a little more. That jag motor is a tall son of a bitch for a little car.
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