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Projects An old timey build...Aussie style

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by 2ndchancepremier, Jul 14, 2013.

  1. G'day all,

    I spend a lot of time in the shed, thought it was time to post up my build.

    I am heavily influenced by pre WW2 hop up activity, the R. Hodge T is a favourite of mine and I love Harry A Miller's work. So that is the direction for my Jalopy.

    I guess you could say that the term Hot Rod hasn't entered by 'build' vocabulary...dig

    I was offered a rough but complete 1916 Dodge Brothers tourer about the time I was offered some ridiculous coin for my '40 Desoto custom build. Which was a good thing because the build was stalling....I wanted to build an open wheeler.

    I dragged this car home with 2 1/2 cars worth of extra parts, took 2 days. I sorted what was worth saving and scrapped the rest. Ended up recovering 1/2 of the initial outlay.

    Did some research, spoke to the experts and drew up a plan. Spent a lot of time scouring for parts...and so to the build FINALLY !

    The Chassis is '16 Dodge. Spent a lot of time grinding the heads off rivets and removing unwanted flotsam. Welded up all the holes and pie cut the front horns to lower the front end.

    Hand beat the original springs to the height I wanted and sent them off to be reproduced. The Axel is 34-35 Dodge. I have a rough Chrysler tube axle so I surgically the spring mounts from it and used them on this job. The spring's are fixed to the chassis via original Dodge rear mounts and at the front via modified dodge shackles. Wire wheels are off the same 34-35 Dodge.

    Worked out my wheelbase and raised the rear end for clearance. Pie cuts again. I am currently cacking up the rear suspension so more to follow.



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  3. Lamb
    Joined: Jan 20, 2010
    Posts: 87


    Very cool Sean,

    looking forward to seeing how it goes.

  4. Cheers Owen,

    I Should have the Dodge turtle deck by the end of the week...stoked

  5. What Lamb said. Love how the 'shell matches the cowl & old- time spring work.

  6. Steve, I wish I could tell ya what the shell is from but it beats me ??
  7. See plenty of old Dodge tourer body's on the hamb but not often that they still have a compleet windscreen still attached. Please keep posting progress.
  8. Carter
    Joined: Mar 18, 2006
    Posts: 1,406


    This should be cool. I have a '19 or so DB touring front half that I plan on doing as a three springer at some point.
  9. Thanks for the interest lads !

    I was lucky to get the windscreen with it, I kept extra posts and cut these in half.

    I love the 3 springer dirt/board track deal !!

    I am trying to use original dodge Brothers parts as best I can. Some mods are required but that is half the fun ! I dig the concept of building your own car out of others cars...the whole Frankenstein thing. Like taking design ideas from other models and somehow melding them together.

    The build list thus far ;

    '16 Dodge Brothers roadster body and chassis
    unknown grill shell
    Mid '30's Dodge driveline and wheels
    Mid '20's Dodge dash and 30's speedo
    Mad Stewart Warner reverse sweep tacho
    And a wooden crate of other stuff to make it go.

    Should be back at it today...


  10. The turtle deck arrived...stoked !


    Once the rear axle is dialled in, work begins on the body.

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  11. So anyways, I unstitched the boot floor


    And started messing with the channel




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  12. More fine tuning but this is the idea.

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  13. It's coming together !!


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  14. thommoina33
    Joined: Jun 27, 2008
    Posts: 1,046

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    Wow, loving this build.

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  15. Thanks man !!

    Got the deck at the height I wanted...



    Firestone 650/600 17's to be fitted up this week...should dial the RPM nicely with the diff ratio


    More work to do on the body, luckily only one spot of crust to cut out !!

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  16. Weasel
    Joined: Dec 30, 2007
    Posts: 6,694


    Here's some motivation for you - as if you needed any....;)


  17. Haven't updated for a while, working on the Dodge.

    I built a citric acid bath to clean the tin up. 2m x 1.6m x .9m, 2000litres of water and 140 kg citric acid crystals. Approx 10 hrs of soaking and a light rub with scotchbrite pads. This tin hasn't seen day light in almost 100yrs.

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  18. alchemy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2002
    Posts: 15,875


    Citric acid crystals? Where outside the hot rod world are citric acid crystals used? Is it a farm feed item?

    Does the vapor in the shop have an adverse affect on surrounding metals when you have the orange juice mixture working? Some acids that guys have used for rust removal seem to cause corrosion to other metals sitting around the shop.
  19. olskool34
    Joined: Jun 28, 2006
    Posts: 2,439


    really liking where this is headed. Nice.
  20. J. A. Miller
    Joined: Dec 30, 2010
    Posts: 1,410

    J. A. Miller
    from Central NY

    Citric acid crystals? Isn't that what "Tang" is?
    I'm liking this build.
  21. Citric Acid crystals is indeed a cooking product among it's many other uses. I purchased it in bulk from a local wholesaler who supplies restaurants and like that. There is no vapour to speak of, and the smell is totally innocuous, and has had nil effects around the shop. When I am done it is safe to dispose into the vegetable garden. If this failed, Plan B was to make the worlds largest Margarita !

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  22. Here is the '26 Dodge dash I'm using, before this went into the bath everything was rusted solid. Speedo, light switch etc. When I pulled it out and rinsed with fresh water I was able to undo every bolt and screw...also found a little 'jewel' under the crud ! Adelaide is my home town !!

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  23. Turns
    Joined: Jan 3, 2009
    Posts: 59


    This is a great looking build....well done

    Thanks for posting

    Cheers turns
  24. Thanks Turns...I have a feeling that this build ain't gonna please the 'masses''s a Dodge, being built by an Australian...Fukn cool by me...I've never been a 'wooly' cat, I am a Dodge Brother.I believe that this build is what the Kulture is all about...Fuk squaresville ;)

    Anyways...nuff BEAT...I live it, the dream...this is my 24 hr 360 something whatever days of the year gig :)

    I dragged the '26 dash trim out of the brew and it's time to unstitched this sucker !

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  25. BarryA
    Joined: Apr 22, 2007
    Posts: 643


    Looking good!

    Amen to that, and you are the only one who needs to be pleased by it!!
  26. Hell yes BarryA...that's how I see it cheers mate !

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