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Hot Rods 32 Roadster Body - a new approach. AKA Beetledeuce

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by english gent, Sep 30, 2014.

  1. :)
     
  2. Gent, is this body going to be about the same size as a deuce or more like a Bantam?
     
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  3. David Chandler
    Joined: Jan 27, 2007
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    Don't stop now! I am impressed with your casting the body lines. I don't think that I would have ever thought that one up on my own.
    Good Luck!
     
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  4. "I don't have the metalworking tools (or skills!) to hand-form the panels"

    I think at this point that statement is no longer true. Nice work man.
     
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  5. Gent:
    Bet there are a lot of guys on here that wish
    their shop was as clean and neat as yours!
     
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  6. english gent
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    It's about the same size as a deuce, for example I have a measurement of 67'' from rear axle to firewall.
     
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  7. english gent
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    I just want to say that at no point in the build have I used an English wheel, bead roller or shrinker/stretcher. All the panels are made up of Bug parts and sheet steel bent in simple curves.
     
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  8. english gent
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    I must have had a sweep up that day ;).
     
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  9. HA HA!
    Gent, I would have loved having you in my welding deptment!
    Or any of my departments!
     
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  10. great progress, what are thinking for a chassis?
     
  11. english gent
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    Chassis can be '32 Ford or scratch built I think. It's going to be channelled so will need to be kicked up in the rear.
     
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  12. Sounds good it should look great.

     
  13. english gent
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    We would have built some great cars!
     
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  14. abone1930
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    dude what a cool thread, awesome looking project
     
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  15. clap clap clap!!!
     
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  16. Tyresmoke
    Joined: Apr 9, 2012
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    I would like to see this build in the flesh why I am next in Brighton.
    How about? Email me if its OK?
     
  17. 80WTI
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    Sorry i am late to the party, great build and imagination you have, i am looking forward to the end result as i think it is really showing how to think and build a vehicle outside the box. Lee
     
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  18. english gent
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    Beetledeuce is back!!!
    Thanks for all the support guys and for helping to get this thread restored, I'm over the moon:D.

    So now I think you deserve some more photos:p:p:p.

    Ok, so I constructed a framework of tubing in the position of the rear bulkhead and also to take the upper deck panel. 20130523_144612a.jpg 20130523_144619a.jpg 20130523_144629a.jpg
     
  19. english gent
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    For the upper deck lid panel, I got my local sheet metal shop to put a couple of folds in a piece of sheet steel. It's the only time I got some work done elsewhere. 20130524_112541a.jpg
    20130524_112554a.jpg 20130601_163923a.jpg 20130601_163936a.jpg

    This panel then sits on the frame that I had previously installed.
     
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  20. Impressive! HRP
     
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  21. :)

    That's really taking shape nicely !

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    Last edited: Nov 18, 2014
  22. Inked Monkey
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    Man this thing is so freaking sweet. I love when I log on and there have been updates!
     
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  23. Dick Stevens
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    I am so happy that they did make the prudent decision to restore this thread, and Beetledeuce is shaping up so very well, great job on this build!
     
  24. Glad this thread is back, as it shows for those that dont have a pullmax, english wheel or planishing hammer that you can find shapes in existing vehicles to build a car.
     
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  25. I'm glad to see this thread is back, really great workmanship and problem solving going on here...I know I'm learning things. Keep on going!
     
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  26. The37Kid
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    Happy Happy Happy!!! Glad you are back, I really enjoy following this project! Bob
     
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  27. BISHOP
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    good stuff
     
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  28. Bill Rinaldi
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    Hey thanks Ryan the BUILD speaks for it's self!!! RINALDI
     
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  29. need louvers ?
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    Damn! How did I miss this? Gotta stick my head out of my own thread every now and then!!! English gent is actually making progress on his!
     

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