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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by I_be_moose, Feb 20, 2006.

  1. Thanks! Glad you like it...
     
  2. It has been a while since I posted any updates. Progress has been slow.......anyway I have started hammering out a new firewall.

    The firewall had been crudely cut out so I started by cleaning up the edge


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    I then clamped a sheet of 3/4 MDF to make my hammerform

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    I traced the inside edge of the openning to give me the cut line

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    I made the cut "fat" and sanded it to the finished mark so it would fight tight in the openning

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    I then used a router to round over the edge of the form to give me a nice rounded edge to the firewall as it attaches to the cowl

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    prior to hammering the edge over we added some beads for stiffness and looks. I layed out a pattern similar to the original not exact but the flavor amyway

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    I seem to be missing the photos of rolling the beads and radiusing the edges.........

    Here is how it looks mocked up before welding in

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  3. Looking Good >>>>.
     
  4. Thanks
     
  5. greasy50chevy
    Joined: Dec 24, 2008
    Posts: 547

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    coming along well very cool
     
  6. very cool. cant wait to see more.
     
  7. willie57
    Joined: Feb 21, 2007
    Posts: 378

    willie57
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    from wisconsin

    Thanks I need to see how a 32 frame is pinched for a model A. Thanks again for posting you build.
     
  8. cool tech info on cutting the frame rails... thanks!
     
  9. will post as updates arrive..

    Tim
     
  10. decker wrote<HR style="COLOR: #e5e5e5; BACKGROUND-COLOR: #e5e5e5" SIZE=1>cool tech info on cutting the frame rails... thanks!

    willie57 wrote

    Thanks I need to see how a 32 frame is pinched for a model A. Thanks again for posting you build.


    Glad to be of some help...

    Tim
     
  11. I finally got my firewall where I was happy with it. Started welding it in. Hammerformed the radius to get a nice pleasing transition to the cowl and it is nolonger held in place with clamps! Progress progres.....

    Tim
     

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  12. While checking placement for steering and toe board angle etc my Daughter took these.........
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  13. Progress continues...

    I really liked the look of the firewall extended to the bottom of the cowl but found I failed to account for the brake pedel swing. There was also concern of trapped heat when I add the full hood so I notched the bottoms similar to the original.

    I made sure the bottom was level

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    Measured up the distance I wanted the notch and scribed a level line.

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    Cut the notches

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    Used a couple hammerforms to bend an angle with a smooth radius to the edge

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    The angle matched what I wanted for the toeboards.

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    Then on to developing the trans tunnel

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    Not owning a set of slip rollers I improvised by making a radius bender from the scrap pile

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    It is a piece of 6" heavy wall pipe I welded a 2"square tube to the bottom to mount in a vice or my stand. I then added a spacer and clamped a length of flat tube to the top. The spacer is just thicker than the stock Iwant to bend.

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    The next step is to gently bend your piece over the pipe moving it in and out to get the radius needed.

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    With care you can get nice smooth radiused panels

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    I need to fine tune it and scribe cut and weld in place.....
     
  14. kirby1374
    Joined: Dec 16, 2008
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    awesome work, thanks for sharing your knowledge!
     
  15. Your welcome. That is what the site is for!
     
  16. lorodz
    Joined: Jul 26, 2009
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    great looking build
     
  17. fine29
    Joined: Sep 13, 2008
    Posts: 524

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    from Des Moines

    Thats some really good work. I like how you done your firewall.
     
  18. Rodder29
    Joined: Jan 26, 2009
    Posts: 184

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    Your doin' a great job with your build Moose. The job on the firewall is top drawer:cool:.
     
  19. HotRod33
    Joined: Oct 5, 2008
    Posts: 2,386

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    Your hotrod is turning out great............
     
  20. chopt top kid
    Joined: Oct 13, 2009
    Posts: 959

    chopt top kid
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    Great job!!! I've been following your build for awhile now... even put it on my fav's. I really like what you've done with your car... It's hard to beat an "A" Coupe on deuce rails... Keep up the good work!!!
    Tom
     
  21. Lorodz, Fine29, Rodder29, Hotrod33, and Chopt Top Kid


    Thanks for the kind works guys...

    Tim
     
  22. Well I am still "SLOWLY" continuing on my Coupe.....

    Got the toeboard area fitted and tacked in.

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    In the process of fitting the pieces I needed to mark a cut line across a radiused piece. To do this and line it up with the edge of the toeboard I used a laser level.

    I jigged it up using a magnet base for a dial indicator.

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    Aligned the laser line to to the toe board break

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    I then marked the line to scribe the cut

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    Cut fit and ended up as shown above.


    I had been loooking for a diffferent dash to use and came across a really good deal on a '46 Chevy truck dash. Trial fit it is going to work out good I think!

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    Still some fitting to do but you get the idea...
     
  23. Nice work on the trans tunnel
    I like the dash aswell
     
  24. looking great!!!
     
  25. Thanks. Different but good!
     
  26. Appreciate it. Just wish I had more time for progress!
     
  27. erlomd
    Joined: Apr 26, 2008
    Posts: 1,213

    erlomd
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    great job...never used a laser though....very cool
     
  28. looks good, I'm jealous..I really need to start on my '31
     
  29. Tommy R
    Joined: May 18, 2004
    Posts: 717

    Tommy R
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    Tim, thanks so much for taking the extra time to document HOW you did so many aspects of your build. To a first time hot rod builder like myself, it's exceptionally helpful!

    I have a question about the way you modified the curvature of your rails to match the body. Did you also pinch the rails near the cowl?

    Thanks and I'm looking forward to more ideas I can copy.....er, I mean updates! ;)
     
  30. Tommy,
    The easy answer is yes. The longer answer is that I started out with bare rails. So when I set up the spacing I placed them with the body overhang I wanted. If you were to measure it compared to a "stock" deuce frame I am sure it would be narrower at the cowl as well as every other point. I also narrowed the front cross member somewhat although I cannot give you a figure. It was more by eye to minimize the excess past the grill shell.

    Glad it has been of help...

    Tim
     

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