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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 26 T Ford RPU, May 3, 2021.

  1. Took the stripped down chassis to work for welding, i wanted to weld it myself but due to the importance of all the weld I'm getting Bevan to do it as he is a ticketed welder and I'm not, Will tack in some support bracing and then into it after the weekend. JW
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  2. And the other end. There is a new local car show next month so i will put it back together for that and also keep sorting out the smaller details and look at the firewall again once the frame is welded. Also got an inertia switch and a few more bits and bods. JW
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  3. Kiwi 4d
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    Ha ,paint it white and it would look like a skeleton washed up on the beach . Exciting to finally get the welding done ,i understand the desire to have “nice” welds rather than just functional .
     
  4. I'm thinking of painting it light grey. I have never had a weld fail but Bevan doe's tidy welds.... it's goimg to be a big job:eek::) JW
     
  5. Kiwi 4d
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    Must be interesting to paint ,so so many different surfaces, with paint atomising everywhere.
     
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  6. Dick Stevens
    Joined: Aug 7, 2012
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    You definitely want it on a rotisserie when you paint this one!
     
  7. I will use the same rotisserie i have set up for welding it, the over spay issue will be a big one, i hope to use my airless spray gun and some large (Cheap) tarps. Stay tuned.:cool::) JW
     
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  8. Looks like some pretty impressive progress since I was last here. I like what you’ve done with the place. Are you going to try for next year? I would like to come up and watch.
    Big changes on the D&S. Have you been following along?
     
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  9. Hey, Andy, great to hear from you. I would like to try for next year but with so many other things happening i may be pushing it. If all my stars align it would cool and iwould need a tad of sponsorship as i want to bring my T RPU and take it back to Bonneville (was there in 1950) and use as a push car. It may be a long shot at this stage. Is the ''D&S'' thing that they are now oil fired? Cheers, JW
     
  10. Maybe you will make it or not but keep up the good work.
    Yes. Most are oil fired now. I miss the aroma of coal but at least they are running. The WP&Y diesels are in regular service now. I do like the sound of an Alco.
    Give my regards to Mandy and maybe we can get together soon.
     
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  11. Andy, you will be one of the first i ring if and when i bring it your way.
    Well not a lot to report, have had some of the frame welded and that will resume again tomorrow. I have painted the axles and radius rods black and sent the rear wheel cylinders off for overhaul (sleeved) as they have been in my parts shed for 40 years and new ones are not available.
    Will have something to show very soon.:) JW
     
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  12. Got the chassis wrapped up and back home, still some welding to do but the roll cage/ drivers pod area is done. Will finish what frame welding is left this weekend and then reassemble it and carry on with small mounting bracket etc. I have entered it in a new local car show on 11/13 so i want as much done or mocked up by then, i get the feeling it will be of interest to many.....even if they don't get it. More soon. JW
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  13. grumpy gaby 2
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    LOOKIN GOOD! I also like the trailer with a tailgate both ends!
    Be safe,Have fun!
     
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  14. AndersF
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    I am glad i dont have to do the welding around all those pipes.
     
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  15. Well it took Bevan 4.5 hours and the rotisserie really helped. JW
     
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  16. THE FRENCHTOWN FLYER
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    I have found a good gray to use on the interior of a car: One part base black and four parts base white. I mix it myself. In addition to giving the car a rugged industrial look it has the advantage of making everything much more visible inside which is very helpful when trying to work on things like wiring, finding leaks, looking for cracks, etc. especially in low light conditions. I call the color"Frenchtown Grey". You can call it whatever.
     
  17. I may use that mix although when i was making gates for a job we had and they still have a grey primer that i painted on farm gates that is still good today 25 years on. The stress crack thing was one of the main reasons for it as well as to lighten up the inside. A bit more welding tomorrow then put it back togeather and work out where some other things will go in/on this contraption.:):rolleyes: JW
     
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  18. THE FRENCHTOWN FLYER
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    Note that the inside of NASCAR racecars is often painted grey or white.
     
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  19. Dave G in Gansevoort
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    Good idea. I'm going to plaigerize another idea! Now the chassis color is determined...
     
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  20. Got the chassis finished up today and after just six 3/4'' beads i ran out of MIG wire ''SHIT!'', drive half an hour to 7 day hardware store (this is at 3.30 pm) and hope they have some wire.... the kicker is i was at that store first thing this morning. Anyhow i will start the reassembly tomorrow.
    The chassis on the rotisserie. JW
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  21. I hope this is the only time its upside down;):rolleyes: JW
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  22. Putting it back together is going well. I will try fit it on my special trailer tomorrow so i have not fitted the engine and trans to make it easier for now, will report on that tomorrow....with pics!!!
    I fitted the steering arm so i can move it around and had a bounce on the front and it has very bad bump steer, that ''shouldn't'' be an issue on a smooth flat course but in NZ that can be a problem. The fix will be to have a new steering arm made that will be higher so it will be level, will also have rod ends on both ends and move the outer one closer to the tire to lengthen the rod as this will also help. JW
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  23. Elmo Rodge
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    I used my rotisserie to check my belt loadings. I figured if it felt bad under static conditions it would really suck in case of an incident. ;)
    Wayno
    Rats. Can't find the picture.
     
  24. Full of excitement today as i had put the lower body back on and was going to put it on the special trailer for the first time, this shouldn't be that much of an issue but trailer to body clearance was. All went much to plan except one mishap! It was easy for me to push it to this point as it is. The extra ramps are to lift it up enough so the body clears the trailer. JW
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  25. This was take two, i needed to use my truck to lower it off the wheel cover and well it took off back down the ramps. At this point in the photo all went well as did the final part. JW
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  26. Done and tied down. Very happy and with it running will drive on and off with ease.
    I built this trailer a few years back to carry my Roadster Pickup and to be able to put it all in a 20 foot shipping container. It has a removeable draw bar that has two mount positions. When i built it i had a Belly Tank in mind for it also but no solid build in the near future. It tows really well.
    Next weekend i will take the Tank to a car show on the trailer (weather permitting) along with the RPU and Mrs W's Mustang, pics next week. JW
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  27. Hope you can find the photo and post here as i would love to see it!!:cool::D JW
     
  28. Elmo Rodge
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    JW, If you go to Landracing.com and go to page 6 of the build diaries my build is Utah Belly Tank.
    I think that picture is on page 2.
    Wayno
     
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  29. Elmo Rodge
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  30. Elmo Rodge
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    Look. I figured it out. :)
    Wayno
     
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