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Projects 30's Indy style build

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by tbauer, Jan 20, 2014.

  1. tbauer
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    Starting with some dodge grill shells and a drawing I'm going to attempt a scratch body buid. It's going to have a la salle straight 8, tall spoke wheels and an open cockpit.
     

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  2. tbauer
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    I started with the center piece to hold the two grill pieces together

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    After marking the space between the grills I needed to add metal to go behind the grill and for the flange. Then I formed and welded on ears to attach the grills using the factory holes

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  5. fred pooler
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    Here is one I just finished. Good luck to you on your build. I'll look forward to seeing your progress.
     

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  6. tbauer
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    Thanks for the picture of your car. The front pan is something I need to work out on my build.


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  7. swimeasy
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    This should be cool!
     
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    Sounds like a cool build
     
  9. shivasdad
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    I like where this is headed. I want to do something similar someday.
     
  10. fred pooler
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    Here it is in it's final stages. Get on the internet and google the JIM PENDELTON SPECIAL. He was quite the inspiration for me. His build will help you push past the nonsense. Just great
     

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  11. fred pooler
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    Sorry about the JIM PENDELTON SPECIAL reference to google. Google Metalshapers forum. It will have several of Jim's photo albums.
     
  12. tbauer
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    Thanks for bringing Mr Pendelton he lives in the Fort Worth area and I met him a few years ago. I'll give him a call.



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    Here's a simple buck I made to define the edges of the grill shell ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1390261515.825913.jpg


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  14. racinman
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    Nice... I'll be watching!
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  15. falcongeorge
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    Subscribed. I have day-dreamed about something like this with Buick straight 8 power so many times.
     
  16. Mr48chev
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    Subscrbed. I've been gathering parts and pieces for one for over 20 years and almost have all the basic pieces for mine now.
     
  17. tbauer
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    I cut out and started shrinking the top of the grill shell

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  18. Hotdoggin DaddyO
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    Oh man I'm in! Subscribed.
     
  19. tbauer
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    After a little hammering and shrinking.

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  20. scrap metal 48
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    Grille looks great...
     
  21. tbauer
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    Thanks , here's a little more ruff metal work

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    Now it looks like a giant helmet


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  22. Mr48chev
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    I'd say you are on to it, that does have the look of an early 30's Indy car or Grand Prix car grill.
     
  23. falcongeorge
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    This is gonna be so freakin' cool...
     
  24. tbauer
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    Back on it today

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    I'm trimming the top of the shell in order to turn a flange for mounting to the grille


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  25. tbauer
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    Here's the top section flanged and tack welded together ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1391301663.357567.jpg

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  26. tbauer
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    Here's a little more in the grill shell ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1395183614.160903.jpg
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  27. olskool34
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    Damn!


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  28. Mr48chev
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    That looks great.
     
  29. waxhead
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    Love the grille
     

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