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Projects Dreddybear's Model A Coupe thread - DARTH WALTER

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Dreddybear, Jun 26, 2008.

  1. scootermcrad
    Joined: Sep 20, 2005
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    Alright! MORE! We need to see more! We need to here it run and see it drive! :D
     
  2. fiat128
    Joined: Jun 26, 2006
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    fiat128
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    from El Paso TX

    Nice work there. I missed all this at first but I'm glad I caught it so I can follow the build.
     
  3. 60'shotrod
    Joined: Nov 18, 2007
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    Damn,That is Beautiful.I need to see MORE!
     
  4. wow im sure this chassis is just the begining of how awsome this cars going to look. keep us posted. looks really good
     
  5. The Lone Wolf
    Joined: May 19, 2007
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    from Malta

    Wow Awesome build mate
    That's gonna look Kick Ass when done.

    You can obviously weld like hell too.Can I ask what welder you're using and what settings do you prefer for the frame?
     
  6. Dreddybear
    Joined: Mar 31, 2007
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    Thanks for the kind words.

    :eek: I weld okay. It's a Miller 180. For the frame (which is .120 wall) I have it set at Voltage-4 Wire speed-4 a tad higher on the voltage in a T joint. I love my welder. I took a picture of it. :D

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  7. The Lone Wolf
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    from Malta

    Thanks a lot mate.
    Any more progress?
     
  8. Cross Rodder
    Joined: Apr 14, 2008
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    Looking great so far! I will be watching closely; Im currently building an A Coupe with a 331 Hemi also. Keep it comming!!!
     
  9. Vincent
    Joined: Aug 28, 2005
    Posts: 76

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    from Sweden

    Hows it going??I´m building a -31 coupé with a -57 DeSoto 345" Hemi.What rear axle are you using??And what gearbox and clutch are you going to use??

    /Vince
     
  10. langy
    Joined: Apr 27, 2006
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    It appears the force is strong in you young jedi, Sorry LOL
     
  11. Noland
    Joined: Oct 16, 2007
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    looking good
     
  12. BLAKE
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    God, you're weird.

    Excellent post, Paul, and the build is fuggin' killer! Keep these updates coming cuz I wanna follow along.
     
  13. Looks great. I much prefer seeing engineering build up pics than shiny finished cars.

    One query about the hairpins, looks like you put a lot of weld around these inserts, but then ground it all off afterwards. I'm worrying there is not a lot left holding the inserts in place, which is basically the strength of the hairpin as so much is removed in the hole.

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  14. Dreddybear
    Joined: Mar 31, 2007
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    Don't worry Morrisman. They're solid.

    Sorry for the lack of updates guys, I lost my shop and had to move buildings. We're about to get settled in here soon and there are some major changes to my build coming.

    Vincent, My rear axle is '57 Ford and the gearbox I'm using is T5 with s10 tailhousing. clutch will be a 10" hayes.
     
  15. Really inspiring build there. I have a '31 A as well. Going with a flatty in mine though. Ive got a few different engine, tranny, and rear end options here, but so far looks like a flatty with a T5, and possibly a 9" ford or a Dana 44 rear. no channel and probably no chop. Eventually I'll chop it but at this point I won't. A whole lot of personal stuff goin on in life at this point, and I am trying to finish clearing out my other projects witch half or more are not even mine to begin with. Hopefully We will be moving out of corpus and up towards SA or Austin within the next year to year and a half. Keep up the posts, and It is lookin Awesome...

    Will
     
  16. Dreddybear
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    Wow. Finally settled in a week ago and have started to make some progress. Here the new shop:

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    I lucked out and found a really good drivers quarter. So now what was the "good" quarter aint so great. Essentially, whomever had this before me tried to weld some patches on with a stick welder. Also, everything was lap-welded over the old metal, which they didn't clean of course.. Sigh. They also went ahead and beat the living shit out of the panel to bend it in to make room for the new panel. What a mess. I cut it all out.

    YUCK!!

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    I had to spend hours just feathering the old welds in hope of saving as much as I could to build off of.

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    Now it's time to start thinking about patching. Where to start? You see I forgot to mention that this side was an inch or two shorter than the drivers side. They just didn't measure. I want it the same as the other side. WHAT DO I DO?!! Oh. DUH!

    This gave me an EXACT method of re-construction. Just make it the same...

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    Patch fits like shit. It's too flat.

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    SHRINKERS RULE.

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    I don't know why but the metal doesn't photograph straight. It's smooth..

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    Now the Back part of the patch does not line up with the wheel well. Made a pie cut and brought it back a tad, stuck a sliver-o-metal in there and welded her up

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    Last edited: Nov 12, 2008
  17. Dreddybear
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    Moving on to the rear corner.

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    SAIT discs BABY!!!

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    I'M GONNA CUT YOU!

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    Started welding at the bead. That's waht I cared about lining up most. The rest I can use the FORCE!

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    Guess what? Wheel well didn't line up. Pie cut baby...

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    I didn't want to try and fill that crazy cut so I cut it out square and filled it properly...

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    I forget to take a picture of the back side but as you can probably guess, it was just some dancin and weldin.

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    I've got to get goin on the wheelwell panel next but I'm on it. Later...

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    Last edited: Jun 7, 2012
  18. MR. FORD
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    Sweet! Glad to see you back rockin and rollin!
     
  19. hellonwheels
    Joined: Jan 16, 2007
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    Nice work buddy. Glad to see your all lined out in the new shop. Have to come down and harrass you asap!
     
  20. Im diggin the hell out of this coupe.

    The force is strong with this one......
     
  21. Looking awesome!!!

    Someday I will learn how to work metal like that.
     
  22. Stovebolt
    Joined: May 2, 2001
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    re-checking your build thread, and suddenly the brain fade goes .... :D

    I've got just the replacement peice for the rusted section of your coupe qrtr window!!!! Left over from my coupe build

    PM me ;)
     
  23. scootermcrad
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    AWESOME! Lookin' good buddy!!!
     
  24. Dreddybear
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    REALLY??!! Pm sent!!
     
  25. Moe
    Joined: Dec 2, 2003
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    Moe

    Looks great .... Keep up the good work .... Hope you can stay in your shop this time .. !!:eek:
     
  26. Jobe
    Joined: Oct 19, 2004
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    Jobe
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    from Austin, Tx

    Good to see progress on the coupe last night Paul...get to it!

    Nice patchin'...

    You missed a good time with the dead cat and the maggots! mmmmm....
     
  27. Dreddybear
    Joined: Mar 31, 2007
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    Yeah...LaRocca and I owe you a beer on monday.
     
  28. gmchevolds
    Joined: Nov 8, 2008
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    wow, now this is a build! great proportions.
     
  29. Meech
    Joined: Nov 12, 2008
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    Meech
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    Excellent! Keep up good work!
     
  30. solid
    Joined: May 20, 2007
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    solid
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    Cool car.i love the sweepted rails.looks right.
     

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