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Projects Fresh Fab' Ideas....Mike Roberts '28 pu build pics.

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Kiwi Kev, Nov 6, 2009.

  1. Mike stayed with me recently while on a trip from his New Zealand homeland. I scanned these pics of his 28 pickup project back home. Mike is not a HAMBer but his sweetheart is so if anyone has a question we can probably get it answered. Search Mike's name on the H.A.M.B. and you will see that he is a master fabricator. I was impressed with some of the fresh ideas he is incorporating in this project. His vision is that when finished you won't see any welds anywhere on the truck. Most of the cab is scratch built, it is wedge chopped (not really, built from scratch that way) with the posts leaned forward giving a kind of forward moving curved look.....





    Here is a hairpin like no other. Think early motorcycle frame when looking at it. There are many hours invested, The rear will take a urethane bushing. The sleeved areas are sweated together to seal everything but before that there is alot of tig welding inside and out and also alot of plug welding.



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  2. Rear suspension is quarter elleptics with an upper wishbone that has a ball joint......






  3. trad27
    Joined: Apr 22, 2009
    Posts: 1,108


    Thats a clean truck, I would love to see how he made those radius rods.
  4. All the frame sections have been formed by Mike, a top hat shaped section will finish this crossmember with D shaped access holes to get to the bolts.

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

    from Central NC

  6. Nice workmanship. That shit must be inbred in you kiwi's!!:D
  7. Engine is a Y block, here is the mount...


  8. Wow, i love his wifes car and this looks even better. Those hairpins are real nice.
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  9. Olds' Dash, not sure what year, anybody know for sure?

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  10. rick finch
    Joined: May 26, 2008
    Posts: 2,003

    rick finch

  11. NealinCA
    Joined: Dec 12, 2001
    Posts: 2,882


    Nice fab work. That motor mount is beautiful.

  12. Body follows 32 type reveal in frame...


    Last pics...



  13. That's some fancy work,Kevin! Any pic's from the front? I'd like to see what the front of the cab looks like.
  14. rob lee
    Joined: Jul 30, 2006
    Posts: 1,327

    rob lee
    from omaha,ne

    Wow ,might have to borrow that Y block mount idea;) Great looking work!
  15. neonloverrob
    Joined: Jan 25, 2009
    Posts: 560

    from newton, ks

    I wanted to wedge chop my 24 TT, now I know I am... That's just BADASS!!
  16. electron
    Joined: Oct 20, 2009
    Posts: 123


    I dig those hairpins. Nice craftsmanship.
  17. JKerb
    Joined: Jun 5, 2008
    Posts: 91


    Breath taking!!!!
  18. captainjunk#2
    Joined: Mar 13, 2008
    Posts: 4,367


    awesome work looks great
  19. Royalshifter
    Joined: May 29, 2005
    Posts: 15,729

    from California

    I think Ladyshifter has a new friend.......Mike is a 50's nut.
  20. hemi coupe
    Joined: Dec 25, 2001
    Posts: 1,162

    hemi coupe
    from so-cal

    Mike is one of my heroes!! You wont meet a nicer guy, I really enjoy his visits to the shop! His builds are always amazing..
    Jimmy White
  21. Tank
    Joined: Nov 8, 2002
    Posts: 749


    The craftsmanship looks top-notch! I really like all the suspension pieces, traditional with a modern twist. Especially like the Hurst style Y-Block mount! very cool.
  22. sota
    Joined: Oct 14, 2006
    Posts: 717


    Great detail and fad work!!!
    Joined: Feb 5, 2006
    Posts: 1,029


    That's awesome, the hairpins and rear links look like an old lugged bicycle frame. Lots of metal finishing time invested for sure.
  24. Boones
    Joined: Mar 4, 2001
    Posts: 9,560

    from Kent, Wa

    amazing work and innovative ideas. Hope more pictures from the side are posted to get a better view of that roof line
  25. Supercool! Please keep us posted as this moves along.
  26. gnichols
    Joined: Mar 6, 2008
    Posts: 10,773

    from Tampa, FL

    So nice. Thanx for posting pix of this project! Gary
  27. umm, umm, umm, WOW!
  28. 41 Dave
    Joined: May 23, 2005
    Posts: 2,594

    41 Dave

    Kev, Very nice no very Sweet build ! That thing is very very slick looking. I too am going to try to use the Y-Block mount. Let Mike know his work is the BOMB !

    41 Dave
  29. Pinstriper40
    Joined: Sep 24, 2007
    Posts: 3,324


    Congrats to Mike! I like the look of the hairpins- that's really unique and very well executed. They are very high-performance looking! Is he going to get them chromed? I hope so... the wedge chop is sweet too!
  30. Kiwi 4d
    Joined: Sep 16, 2006
    Posts: 2,809

    Kiwi 4d

    Mike is NZs own metal magician , seemingly turns the vintage tin into something awesome and inspirational . Anything he touches seems to turn to gold. (not without a lot of skill and effort) My son has a 28 closed cab in the she so this is a real inspiration to start moving some metal around, just need to get my boy to stop chasing girls and Jappas.

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