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1951 Kaiser Drag'n build

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by NTAPHSE, Jun 13, 2008.

  1. Snickern
    Joined: Sep 1, 2009
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    Snickern
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    from Norway

    I think it might have been two weeks now:), really looking forward for som pic's
     
  2. UnsettledParadox
    Joined: Apr 25, 2007
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    HEY! knock it off with the excellent build thread, will ya? you're really making the rest of us looks bad here!!!

    oh man if my wife sees this thread im so screwed. there goes my alibi!! :D

    this is a build for the record book. getting to rub elbows with gene like that is an honor and you get to work with him on YOUR car...how freaking cool is that. this is gonna be a story for the grandkids!!
     
  3. Wow.....you guys got SOME TALENT!
    That car is serious eye wash! A big congragulations.
     
  4. two weeks exactly...
     
  5. NTAPHSE
    Joined: Feb 5, 2006
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    Yep, two weeks, I was hoping you guys hadn't noticed....

    Long story short, I got out to Winfield's and the car wasn't ready for paint. The bodywork wasn't up to par and the "bodyman" who was working on my car had quit the week prior. Gene was busy getting ready for El Mirage and didn't take the time to look the car over thoroughly. I was pretty bummed and my friends and I tried to bust ass to get the car ready anyways but in the end I threw in the towel on Monday and drove home. I refuse to paint over bad bodywork because it will turn the paint job from something I should love into something I'll despise and probably end up making me sell the car. I have too many years into this build to throw it away trying to rush a paint job. The other issue is that I have a hard time doing work myself that I already paid for. So, frustrating....yes. Gene said he'll make sure its "perfect" and I'm heading back out there the first week in July.
     
  6. NTAPHSE
    Joined: Feb 5, 2006
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    Here are some pics from the trip. The car was guidecoated when we got there and we planned on doing the blocking so I could thoroughly go over the car and save a few bucks too.

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    Here's an example of the bodywork I wasn't happy with. The vertical edges should be straight, not rounded off.

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    We also planned on undercoating the front fenders and hood using canned truck bed liner.

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    We also pulled the hood hinges and sand blasted them, then painted them black.

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    We got about half of the wetsanding done. Here's the roof.

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    We were leaving the shop about 10:00 PM on Saturday night when Gene showed up from El Mirage. He told us that if we wanted to go racing with him to be at the shop at 6:00 AM sharp and we could follow him out there. We couldn't turn down the chance to see Gene run The Thing and his new blue 32 roadster so we tagged along. I got to help change the gears in the 32's quickchange, and my buddy Travis got to fire The Thing while they tuned the carb. It was pretty fun. The pics from El Mirage are on my friend's camera so I'll get those up ASAP.
     
  7. BIGREDTODD
    Joined: Jan 9, 2007
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    Sounds frustrating, but it's sure looking encouraging.

    It's worth reading from the start of the thread to see what a POS you started with. Amazing (and admirable) transformation...such a sweet profile...

    Is the color still top secret?
     
  8. Mr.Musico
    Joined: Jan 7, 2007
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    from SoCal

    good stuff- looks great!
     
  9. Pir8Darryl
    Joined: Jan 9, 2008
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    Cant wait to see this one in fresh paint!!!
     
  10. poorboy
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    I've been off the Hamb for awhile but your progress is awesome!
     
  11. HelmuthBrothers
    Joined: Oct 11, 2007
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    HelmuthBrothers
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    from New Jersey

    seriously amazing, wish i had the chance to live something like this
     
  12. NTAPHSE
    Joined: Feb 5, 2006
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    No secret, it will be lots of shades of House of Kolor blues. Gene made up the paint list and it included several candies, pearls and metal flakes.
     
  13. BIGREDTODD
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    Awesome....we're all tuned in!
     
  14. Did the paint fly yet?
     
  15. Scratch that last comment, I see your not going back till July... bummer
     
  16. big dump
    Joined: Mar 12, 2009
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    big dump
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    from Arizona

    A few pics from El Mirage, more of the car coming also..

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    This one is a little tough to see, but it's Gene in 'The Thing' at about 105MPH..

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  17. big dump
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    Another couple pictures:

    First one is Gene getting prepped to run in the line with the German film crew that was filming a documentary about him that weekend at the races and around the shop. Second one is pretty self explanatory.

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  18. NTAPHSE
    Joined: Feb 5, 2006
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    I think that one is where Gene was yelling "Hey someone come zip me up!" :)
     
  19. NTAPHSE
    Joined: Feb 5, 2006
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    I got a special delivery in the mail yesterday, CHROME PARTS! They look amazing, literally not a single flaw on any of the parts. I will be bringing some of the parts to Winfield's for a final fit-check before paint, so Josh went ahead and shipped me what was ready. I want to make sure that the taillights, trunk handle, door handles, etc fit up to the bodywork one last time. It would be a shame to have paint on the car and then find out that there is a funny gap around the taillight or something like that. Pics to follow.
     
  20. Patiently watching for photos..... haha, well maybe not patiently
     
  21. bschnee
    Joined: Jun 2, 2010
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    from Lompoc

    We Want Posts, We Want Posts, We want posts..........
     
  22. PRO 48 fleetline
    Joined: Jan 26, 2007
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    PRO 48 fleetline
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    Some skills right there
     
  23. I just sat and read through the entire thread...damn, what a build!!!

    Exceptional detail so far!
     
  24. Tony Ray
    Joined: Sep 8, 2007
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    wow its looking great!
     
  25. choptvan
    Joined: Mar 19, 2010
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    I just wanted to say thanks. You posted how you did your guages and I was able to do close to the same. I stripped my new guages and painted them gold with black needles. Look pretty cool Thanks again.
     
  26. NTAPHSE
    Joined: Feb 5, 2006
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    Hey choptvan, PM me a pic or start a thread so we can see. Glad you were able to make it work.
     
  27. NTAPHSE
    Joined: Feb 5, 2006
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    I snuck up to Winfield's last week while on vacation to test fit the chrome parts that Josh sent me. Here are a few pics.

    The parts came very nicely wrapped and everything arrived in good condition.

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    It was important to test fit the tail-lights because this is an area where the bodywork has to match or it will look like crap. The bodywork needs to be flush all around, and the gaps also need to be consistent. I left behind the nice parts, but will also be mailing a junk set of tails this week so they can make them fit perfectly.

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    The grille ends fit nicely.

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    Front turn signals. The fenders need a little more bodywork around the signals.

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    The horn bar fit the steering wheel nicely too.

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    Here's the trunk handle, probably one of the nicest chrome parts on the car, although I haven't seen the bumpers yet and I know Josh has a ton of work into em.

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    And a couple more details from my visit. Rob at Winfield's whipped up these nice fender braces while I was there. It's one of those things I just never got around to doing. They have a machine called a Pexto that punches different sizes and shapes of holes. They can make parts much faster than I can using step drills and hole saws. It's now one of those tools on my "gotta have" list.

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    And a parting shot of the bodywork being done on the insides of the door frames. Even the bottoms of the doors are getting smoothed out, this is why its taking so long but the end result will be so worth it.

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  28. BIGREDTODD
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    Talked to Gene at El Mirage yesterday...he's sure excited about the way it's coming along. Had a little twinke in his eye when I asked about it...
     
  29. NTAPHSE
    Joined: Feb 5, 2006
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    Man he's back out there already? He was just running The Thing and the 32 roadster out there 3 weeks ago! Which car did he run and how did he do?
     

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