The Jalopy Journal
Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by frankinplymouth, Oct 26, 2011.
Lister-like is good. I'm in...
x2. I'd be leaning more towards Costin or scarab on the nose. yea, like as if I could make anything even remotely like that!
The 280-ish look is also due to the sharp break at the end of the nose, not just the headlights. You could pull the nose-grill opening farther forward, and drop the hoodline down between the fenders more, put a scoop or bubble on the hood to clear the carb, leaving the fender tops where they are. Not only would this help get rid of the 280 look, it would give it more of that Lister/Scarab/Testa-Rosa 1950s look. Just a thought...
The ass-end is dead on. Perfect.
C-types give me wood...
Pretty squirrely cars at the time they debuted, did not handle well from what I heard my father and his buddies talking about, and they were racing against them and beating them. If you want to look at home-brewed american sports racing cars with sbc's, the Scarabs were FAR more successful in thier day, and a REAL contender. The other big reason cheetahs never did much, the plan was to make enough of them to get them homologated for production class, so they could go head-to-head with the Cobras. That never happened, and because of the limited production numbers, they wound up running heads-up against the rear-engine sports race cars of the day. Privateers did make some progress in time with sorting the rear suspension (the rear control arms were too short, and the mounting points werent rigid enough) but they were badly out-classed running against Lotus 23B's, Chapparals and Mclaren Mk 1A's and it was WAY too little, too late. I saw the Alan Green Cheetah at Westwood in the mid-sixties, one of the best memories of my childhood. IIRC, Bob Mclean totally outran it in his 23B.
Shouldn't that be Holley Suckswell,
or Hurst Shiftwell
Still pounding away. Working on the hood scoop and cowl area to make the transition to the windshield and allow for the wipers to come out. Next is back to the grill and nose for some fine tuning. Ray
Made some "keeper" lower panels today. Worked out where the door skins will start and stop. Had to relocate the door hinges to make up for the extra girth of the door. Extended the grill 2" and smoothed out the transition around the headlight bucket. Hours go by!
I think I'd like to see this one go to a finished drivable car by you, like your coupe, rather than partially build the body then sell to someone to finish.
I know you're well into it now but this thread has also turned into a good reference for custom bodied sports cars. Here's one I like. Hemi powered Kieft.
I'm building this for me, Ray
Working on the design of the dash. Moving along, Ray in rainy Oregon
Nice design for the dash.
Absolutely fantastic vision and execution, only a handful of folks anywhere could pull that off.
Id give any skill I have for just a half of your metal bending skills!!
I have to mention one car, the Cobra Daytona Coupe, love those things.
Now I'm not tying to be offensive or rude here but looking at it I still think cut up 'vette. I would try to loose it's visual heritage as, if I were you I would be offended by complete dicks like me and want to punch their lights out!!
Side window and roof looks very Lotus to me?
Ken Miles and his "Flying Shingle". Great little car and very fast for its class.
The more I look at it the more it reminds me of a Cheetah, modenized to use some salvage chassis.
New dash#2 I think i can save this one, I will ditch the steering wheel. Ray
Great work! You have awesome skills for sure! This will be a sweet cruiser when you're done!
This picture below is making me think of an Opal GT. Maybe its just the back end.
Very cool build.
Every time I'm grinding on one of the vettes in my shop I cuss.Maybe building an aluminum body would cure the itch!
You're doing a great job and besides that you see good. Keep it up.
Also-The build is looking great.Subscribed
just my 2 cents... the top of the hieght of the fenders is off, either the wheel opening in too small or the fender is to tall. proportions seem a little off.
ferrari 375 couple different versions. I dont know if you can get the hood line low enough to pull this off, I think it gives more a 50's look.
Love what youre doing, just keep the headlights / front end out of Datsun-Mazda territory
Starting to work on the door skins, Ray
Subscribed, like a nice novel that gets better with each chapter
Still working on the shape of the front fender and door top. The door kinda needs to flow into the dash and blend onto the fender top..Ray
Damn dude. That just looks fantastic.
Not that you care or that my opinion matters, but I am still having a hard time with that windshield.
I only say anything because I think the car deserves better! Ha!
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