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Technical Build: The Bass Coupe build

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Bass, Dec 28, 2005.

  1. Bass
    Joined: Jul 9, 2001
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    Bass
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    from Dallas, TX

    Model A split bones off of another old hot rod...yes on the spring perch boss size.

    Went to put new clutches in the Posi yesterday and found that the pinion shaft is toast...glad I caught that.

    Finishing up the water outlet/ thermostat stuff right now...had to stop to eat.
     
  2. Bass
    Joined: Jul 9, 2001
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    Bass
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    from Dallas, TX

    I tend to agree with that. I did a quick photoshop of it with a reshaped quarter window opening, and I think I will make some changes there after the Roundup.

    Please keep in mind that this is a work in progress. I haven't done much to the body yet other than chop it and change the windshield/ header/ A-pillars. There are still more tricks to come.

    Here's the photoshop...you really can't tell what's been changed until you compare it to the original pic. Look at the quarter window and rear of the top...

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    Original pic....

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    Thanks guys...

    -Brian
     
  3. Bass
    Joined: Jul 9, 2001
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    Bass
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    from Dallas, TX

    I feel like a new man after getting a good night's sleep for the first time in at least a month.

    The Roundup was bitchin'....I had a great time although I was exhausted throughout the whole weekend. It was great to meet a lot of new folks, and I apologize if I seemed a little out of it.

    I ended up working on the car 'til 5 am on Thursday night trying to get it ready to leave for the show. I have to thank FLT-BLK Tyler, Honest Charley, Phil Husband, Doug Daniel, and the Dude for their help on Thursday night...I couldn't have got it to where it was roadworthy without your help.

    Friday morning I woke up at about 9 am and finished a few of the last details. About 10:30 am I cranked the Coupe up and drove it around the block for the first time. We loaded it up on the trailer (groan...grumble) right after and headed down to Austin. Once we got there I unloaded it and got ready to drive it over to the Continental Club. This was the second time I'd driven the car.

    We got stuck in heavy afternoon traffic, and I found out real quick that the 13 lb radiator cap was too light. Spewed a little water, but still didn't get hot. The worst thing that happened was that the clutch was so far out of adjustment I had to stop and re-adjust it because I was having to slip it so bad...Smoke was pouring out of the bellhousing! Pretty scary.

    After a quick stop to fix that we made it to the Continental. Man...it was jam packed this year! Thanks to the guys for saving me a parking spot.

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    It was awesome to see my good friend Big Ric again...here we are discussing the finer points of compression and massive cams. I think he liked the way the Hemi sounded by the look on his face. :)

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    So Friday night was killer even though I was a walking zombie by the end of the night. After the cops showed up and took over the street, I thought I was going to have some trouble leaving the club, since my car is ABSURDLY loud. But I backed it out, a cop came over and reminded me to turn on the lights and off I went. The car did great on the way back to the hotel. It's got waaaayyyyy too much power for the tires, but it drives, steers, and handles great. I got it up to 90 or so on the highway and it tracks straight as a string.

    Saturday morning I woke up to find the car covered in rust from rain the night before and had to spend an hour scotchbriting the rust off. Thanks to Fat Mike for a hand with that. Got 'er cleaned up and hopped in to go to the show. Mike followed me and told me later that I white-smoked the tires in all
    four gears getting on the highway. He also said that the rear tires grow like slicks on a dragster. That's bitchin!!

    The car was running great on the way there until I ran out of gas about 25 yards from the show gate. Here's my dad guarding the car for me while I was gone to get gas.

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    After I got it filled up with 5 gallons of premium and 2 cans of octane booster, it popped right back off and I got to experience what was the highlight of the show for me....driving it through the gates under its own power. Cackling, snarling, rockin and rollin....I think everyone on that side of the park stopped and looked to see what was making so much racket.

    Sorry for blowing grass all over the place by the way. :D :D

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    One of the biggest compliments I think I got all weekend was when Jack Chisenhall told me "Hey that thing sounds like it's pretty rowdy." That's a compliment coming from a guy that drives a 200 mph Studebaker on the street.

    It was really surreal to me to be parked with the big guys over on the peninsula. It made my car look pretty ratty, but hopefully people could take a look at what I had done so far and realize that the body was the last thing to be attended to. It still needs a lot of work.

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    The icing on the cake was receiving the "Kontinentals Pick" during the award ceremony. It was totally unexpected and I am just floored that the guys that put the show on chose to recognize me and my car when there were so many other awesome cars in the show. I am honored guys....thanks for giving me a place to show off my work.

    So in short it was a great weekend, and it was totally worth all the hard work I had to put in over that past 4 months. The car is slated for bodywork, shiny paint and a finished interior now, but I'm really glad I got the car to the show under its own power, even though I had to trailer it down there. Trust me it'll probably be the last time it's on a trailer unless it breaks something at the drags.

    Thanks to the Kontinentals for putting on a great show. Thanks to all the people I met and talked to for being so cool. Thanks to my friends that helped me get this car to where it is today...those mentioned above and also Jimmy White, Bob Wilson, and everyone else.

    I had a blast!

    -Brian
     
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  4. Elrod
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    Elrod
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    hehehehe
     

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  5. Bass
    Joined: Jul 9, 2001
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    Bass
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    from Dallas, TX

    Here's some video of it running for a few seconds at the show compliments of Jai...

    It's no comparison to the real thing, but it's still pretty damn cool.

    Thanks Jai!

     
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  6. Bass
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    Bass
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    from Dallas, TX

    I was going to wait to post pictures of my rolling chassis until after I was totally done with it, but I couldn't stand it. :)

    I had to get it off of the frame table and on the ground to check pinion angle and locate the wishbone mounting points...and snapped a few pics while I was at it. I still have to finish and fully weld pretty much all of the rearend setup, gusset the ladder bars, box around the rear crossmember...etc. etc.

    This was a set of partially boxed rails and front and rear crossmembers less than a month ago....I've been busting my ass. I've been collecting parts and planning this car in my head for almost 5 years now. Lots of napkin sketches.

    Nothing groundbreaking here really, but enough changes and different stuff to keep it interesting.

    The frontend setup is based around an original Mor-Drop axle...I know people toss the term Mor-Drop around alot, but this is the real deal:

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    I'm really happy with the motor mounts. I know it's a little unusual for the motor to be set-up this high, but I really like it:

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    The ride height in the front will drop about 2 inches once the internals are back in the motor, and the body is on, etc. I had to take the motor down to the bare block to have it measured for the custom forged pistons. :)

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    I'll be modifying the rear of the body to fit the stock '32 style tank. Wheels are 16x5" Merc rear, and 16x4.5" Ford front on Firestones.

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    cont...
     
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  7. Bass
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    Bass
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    The crossmember is out of a '40 passenger car. It actually fit pretty well after I trimmed it. I made the horizontal cross pieces out of 2x4 rectangular tubing. I still need to finish out the tubular rear crossmember. Rear spring is a '39 front spring off of a 'for real' '60s show car.

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    Gotta make a trans crossmember too.

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    C-notched the rails and cut up a perfectly good pair of '36 rear wishbones...everybody around here thought I was crazy. I have plans for the front of the wishbone/spring hangers...I'll post more later.

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    My dog (Eli) doesn't know what to think. If I keep up this pace, I might just make the Roundup! :)

    Thanks for looking....

    -Brian
     
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  8. Bass
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    Bass
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    from Dallas, TX

    the crossmember was removed from a '40 (I think it was a Sedan) frame that had a really rusty rail. Basically my dad and I cut all the rivets that held the outer rails to the X-member, and peeled the rails off.

    Then I laid the crossmember on top of my '32 frame, did some head-scratching and finger-crossing, and cut it to fit.
     
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  9. Bass
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    Bass
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    Thanks for all the kind words guys. I'm like a kid at Christmas this morning with it sitting out in the shop. :)

    Here's a close-up of some of the welding on the chassis, and a shot of the "strip version" with Halibrands...I need to find some 18" American 12 spokes for the front before the drags.
     

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  10. Bass
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    Bass
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    Danny...

    This is an older post. I'm using a hydraulic throw-out bearing and a clutch master. Here's a pic of the in-progress pedal assembly...

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  11. Paul
    Joined: Aug 29, 2002
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    most impressive build!
     
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  12. Absolutely one of the best builds on the Hamb. HRP
     
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  13. flamedabone
    Joined: Aug 3, 2001
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    Did the chop on this car have like a 4 part video series once upon a time??

    -Abone.
     
  14. BLUECOLLARKUSTOMS
    Joined: Jan 22, 2006
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    I think it was an 8 or 10 part series on the chop, I've watched it a few times, Bass has the skills, fun to watch.
    Damn, this thread started in 2005....
     
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  15. scrap metal 48
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    scrap metal 48
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    Truly a great build into a very bad ass model A...
     
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  16. That was the Wade coupe build thread.
     
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  17. Hendee
    Joined: Sep 12, 2009
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    Anyone have a link to the Wade Coupe build? Curious about the specs on the Hemi in it.

    H


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  19. Stogy
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
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    Truly a passionate Hotrod builder and a master with Metal and Style...it never gets old...thanks @Bass
     
  20. Kan Kustom
    Joined: Jul 20, 2009
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    This build never gets old.
     

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