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Anyone BUILT a body from scratch??

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by MACKAZ, Jul 17, 2010.

  1. druids62
    Joined: Oct 1, 2009
    Posts: 188


    Great pictures guys. Proof that determination and effort can bring a dream to reality. While I was serving my apprenticeship many moons ago, an older,and very talented I might add, journeyman told me that "craftmanship" started with what you have at hand, not with what you can buy!

    Didn't young Mr. Davenport from Salt Flats Speed Shop pound out a Willys coupe from aluminum?
  2. hillbilly4008
    Joined: Feb 13, 2009
    Posts: 2,917

    from Rome NY

    Here is a Willys i rebuilt. Its not all scratch built, i used the cowl and rear quarters. I did rebuild the inner framing, rear wheelwells, deck lid, rear filler panel, doors, cowl sides, and filled the cowl vent. This was all by hand, the only "specialty tool" i used was a brake. The beltline on the doors was made using a 2x4 that i shaved down to fit inside of the original belt line, then pressed it over my knee. I didnt have a bead roller, so i took a body hammer and a piece of 1/4 angle iron. Anyway, heres some pics

  3. retroridesbyrich
    Joined: Dec 2, 2004
    Posts: 1,872

    from Central NC

  4. Ha ha... crack me up. Burning grass apart from the illegal kind is frowned upon!!! When the retaining wall gets to a 50degree angle something NEEDS to be done about it. I thought leaving it to fall over by itself would be a better, less effort idea, but she wouldnt have a bar of it. Less time working on garage projects.
  5. burnin53
    Joined: Mar 22, 2009
    Posts: 596

    from cuba,n.y.

    Using the search function near the top of your screen,look for scratch-built bodies, and homemade bodies.Good stuff!:cool:
  6. Anymore out there???
  7. I built a 29 Model A roadster out of Brookville not so direct replacement parts.
  8. I built this woody in 2006.Sold it 2 years ago

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  9. Dchaz
    Joined: Sep 6, 2009
    Posts: 480


    back in the late 70s my parents built this c cab from 3/4" plywood. Saw the car a few months ago and after sitting outside uncovered for a while the body is still solid.

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  10. woodyford
    Joined: Oct 16, 2006
    Posts: 13

    from Sweden

    I am buildimg this woodyroadster

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  11. did this one, just never finished.



  12. 322century
    Joined: Oct 28, 2007
    Posts: 72

    from Europe

    My Friend's Hot Rod ... Built from scratch :eek::eek::eek:

    Michael (From Europe)

    Marcel, montres leur !!!

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  13. oldpl8s
    Joined: Apr 11, 2007
    Posts: 1,399


    Some car magazine years ago had a story about a guy who built a 3/4 scale 37 Chevy out of refrigerator door skins. He had a Toyota 4 banger in it. It looked good.
  14. lockwoodkustoms
    Joined: Dec 22, 2005
    Posts: 3,910


    The craftsmanship in this is unreal. Simply Beautiful
  15. rancid737
    Joined: Feb 22, 2011
    Posts: 219


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  16. fleet-master
    Joined: Sep 29, 2010
    Posts: 1,770


    heres mine scratch built from mostly 20guage with some 18 n 16guage for structural members etc..

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  17. fleet-master
    Joined: Sep 29, 2010
    Posts: 1,770


    try pics again

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  18. fleet-master
    Joined: Sep 29, 2010
    Posts: 1,770


    and this one..hopefully!! :):D

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  19. nutter
    Joined: Jun 25, 2007
    Posts: 75


    looking good a bit more leg room too I see
    It will come down to what tools you have & what style you want theres plenty of parts out there that you can put together to make a cool car
  20. fuzzface
    Joined: Dec 7, 2006
    Posts: 1,311


    Sounds like we seen the same one. I also thought it was neat. Red and black, made out of a 1974 dodge. I like how the van middle body seam made a neat body lines in the t-bucket. Seen it at Jefferson, Wi. at a car show about 10 years ago maybe and still think about it quite often
  21. rodknocker
    Joined: Jan 31, 2006
    Posts: 2,267


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  22. cboy
    Joined: Apr 7, 2006
    Posts: 33

    from WI

  23. bigbubba
    Joined: Mar 19, 2006
    Posts: 78


    Thanks for the link and that sedan delivery is sweet!
  24. Ironshot
    Joined: Feb 26, 2012
    Posts: 21

    from Las Vegas

    Here's mine that's a work in progress. I call it a "cruckster" since I pulled styling cues from several 20's and 30's trucks and coupes and thanks to the removable tilt roof, can double as a roadster. Originally it wasn't going to have a removable roof, but I'm 6'4 250lbs and I built this plenty big enough to seat me comfortally, I was never fond of the need for squeezing through a little willy wonka-ish drivers door that results from chopping and channeling of traditional bodies. Started with a drawing, some ambition, and amateur metal working skills and built this from scrapmetal lying around (including an old gate, wheelbarrow, bed frame, and a trampoline). The only major tools needed were a grinder and a welder. I've invested about $8 in materials so far, maybe another $30 for enough consumables to finish the body out.

    I see more handmade bodies coming from my garage in the future, it's a lot of fun and an awesome learning experience. Not the prettiest thing, but I'm staying within my skills and tooling limits and not getting ahead of myself.
  25. jaxx
    Joined: Mar 22, 2008
    Posts: 389


    here is some of mine - real low buck - less than $100 as it sets - ready to start the glass ( kevlar ) - jaxx
  26. grouchy
    Joined: Jul 2, 2006
    Posts: 133


    Iron, Looks good keep us posted!
  27. godspeedbear
    Joined: Sep 21, 2009
    Posts: 261

    from golden

    Couple of mine..

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  28. redoxide
    Joined: Jul 7, 2002
    Posts: 594

    from Scotland

    here's one I done earlier :)

    Started with a 1933 Alvis rolling chassis, quick cardboard mock up profile followed by months of toil.... :)

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  29. fitzee
    Joined: Feb 26, 2003
    Posts: 2,862


    Always loved these stile cars.. some day I love to do much the same.. very nice work..
  30. koolkemp
    Joined: May 7, 2004
    Posts: 6,006


    Wow that is beautiful!!

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