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Projects '23 Ford Roadster build aka The Incredible Hulk

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Paul, Feb 22, 2018.

  1. 64 DODGE 440
    Joined: Sep 2, 2006
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    64 DODGE 440
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    Definitely one badass little hotrod.
     
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  2. Paul
    Joined: Aug 29, 2002
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    Shuffled things around in the shop to clear a space for the frame table, pulled everything off the frame and clamped it to the table.
    Will start welding it up tomorrow.. hopefully.

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  3. Paul
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    Another example of similar front suspension treatment,
    V8-60 axle, spring behind, non parallel four bar

    George "Whitey" Gould's T

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  4. Paul
    Joined: Aug 29, 2002
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    Had to take a break on the car.
    Working around the house after last progress post I managed to strain my back
    enough to lay me up for a couple days,
    as soon as I started to feel halfway human
    I over did it again
    and it put me down for a few more days.

    Finally almost back to normal.
    I got all the major welds done on the frame and bolted big things back in place.
    'Plan to work on the rear engine/transmission mount cross member next,
    then on to finish welding brackets on front and rear axles..

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  5. Paul
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    worked on that cross member
    it'll get two bolts poking up and two bolts poking out at each end with nuts welded in frame walls to take 'em

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  6. Paul
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    I got this

    I got this.jpg
     
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  7. bct
    Joined: Apr 4, 2005
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    I image your projects around the house are just as clean and neat. Lol. Good you got your sacroiliac back.
     
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  8. J_J2
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  9. Paul
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    Right here on the shelf

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  10. dumprat
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    That crossmember is beautiful.
     
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  11. Paul
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    Thanks man
     
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  12. loudbang
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    YA gotta remember that we are no longer "Incredible Hulks" as we get older. And have to take it a bit easier. :rolleyes:
     
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  13. Nice job on the crossmember Paul. Glad to hear your 'back" is back. :) I've fought with those issues now for thirty years so I know it can be a bitch at times.
     
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  14. J_J2
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  15. Paul
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    Pulled the front axle
    and welded the four bar brackets
    and the perch stops to it.
    Reinstalled the axle,
    adjusted the upper shock mounts a bit
    to better align with the plane of the spring,
    made a simple jig to check and align lower shock mounts,
    and welded them to the perches.
    And started to clean up and blend those together.

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  16. dumprat
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    That front end set up should be in the gold standard for a T front axle set up. Perfectly done.

    I am going to blatantly rip off your ideas sometime in the future.
     
  17. Paul
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    If you must copy any ideas shown here
    please don't credit me,
    I stole them from somebody else.

    But thank you for the kind words ;)
     
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  18. Paul
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    Front suspension is done enough to move to the other end.
    All major welding and grinding done until finish phase.
    Going to try to get the rear suspension to same state of completion next.

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  19. So good!
     
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  20. alchemy
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    That's a lot of leaves for the front spring of a T, but I guess when you're an Oldsmobile man you gotta keep them all in there. Looking good!
     
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  21. 51box
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    from MA

    Nice work @Paul great details on the front end. I need to get more efficient, you’re flying through this build!
     
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  22. wheeltramp brian
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    Your car is perfect!good job!
     
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  23. Paul
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    found a pair of NOS shocks the right length for the rear,
    so I made some top brackets..
    simple 1/4" plate tab with hole for shock stud
    with 3/16" plate to spread weld load at frame

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  24. Paul
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    that won't do..
    structurally sound but ugly and out of place..
     
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  25. Paul
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    broke the tacks and took them back to the bench.
    cut the mounting studs off just below the face of steel plate
    welded the shock side to the plate,
    rosette welded the cut stud to the plate on the opposite side,
    cut some 3/8" plate same shape as the tab,
    beveled all edges and welded it to the tabs.
    ground everything nice and rounded to get rid of the sharp edges.
    and tacked them back in place.

    that'll do

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  26. dumprat
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    Well that's better!
     
  27. Paul
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    Better match to the front mount

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  28. Nicely done! The rest of us mere mortals would have stopped at version 1. Version 2 is soooo much better.
     
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  29. Stogy
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    The Art of Fabrication...truly...a joy to watch from this front row seat...

    @Paul, thanks again for sharing...;)
     
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  30. chopndrop
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    How much do you charge for someone just to stand at the door of your shop to watch you work?

    Only joking,
    . . . kinda
     

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