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HUBBA HUBBA my 32-4 Tudor tribute to Gramps

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Runnin shine, Jul 15, 2015.

  1. Runnin shine
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    Pressed pause on my dash and front seat progress to do a little file and paint.
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    Represent


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  2. woodbutcher
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    :DHi runningshine.Now that`s a real nice job.Bet Ryan will like it too.
    Good luck.Have fun.Be safe.
    Leo
     
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  3. Runnin shine
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    And check this out best plaque to date.
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    I truly believe I’ll mount this one. There aren’t enough words @Ryan


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  4. Love this build- HUBBA HUBBA!
     
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  5. tb33anda3rd
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    i agree with 2bubbas, hubba hubba and add two more hubba hubba's.
     
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  6. Runnin shine
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    Thanks so much guys. You just gave me an idea. If I fail at getting the thing titled as a 32 having pieced the car together and am forced to not use a my year of manufacture plate. Although I’m not a huge fan of vanity plates I often think of names to use. How about 2Hubbas, you think anyone would get it?


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    Done any sheet metal work on the roof etc?
     
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  8. Runnin shine
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    Well Matt the very long winded answer is a resounding NO.
    I want to say soon but it’s complicated. Now the several months delay was partially brought on by wanting to take a step back and decide what to do proportionately speaking. It was extended do to “life getting, blah, blah, blah” and other crap. First I have to totally get reinvested in the chop procedure to execute it to the desired outcome. Second I still can not with a 100% certainty come to conclusion on if the desired outcome is obtainable. Thirdly the winter garage space and temps are adding a touch of interference. But back to the second main issue as a light refresher.
    I never wheeled it out side to fantasize. If you recall the early still in OG paint driveway mock-up/chop pics before the molasses work. It looked long almost limo like and pancakey real bad. And the rear tires looked tiny(they will stay small for a authentic 40s feel maybe 650s)
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    I chopped it another inch after this pic even though it looked terrible even if you have a good forward thinking eye.
    I committed to this with the theory I believe at that point of shortening the body to reduce “pancake”. I don’t have a pic with it chopped again. This is the last one before I took out the extra inch then cut the body apart. Different angle
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    Then when I started to mock it up I took another 1/2 I think, I’d have to count scraps.
    As it sits now and again I’m repeating myself I will say it looks pretty good and definitely hot rod. I believe it is about 5 3/4” at the B pillar. Here at the house in person even with the misaligned, bulging, and sagging top of the roof it doesn’t appear to have the “pancake” look thanks to the 2 inches removed from the rear quarters and slight angle haircut. With it in the garage I’ve never captured a image that represents the way I see it here in real life. I don’t exactly know why but it it looks much better here than in this shot. Maybe it’s angles.
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    The real problem is I am not satisfied even if I was to clean it up and pull it all together. I think it looks slow and bulbous. Most definitely not racey so here’s the long part of my answer which I probably cried about already a few times on this drawn out build thread(100,000 posts till finished).
    I want to lay the A posts back more and try to just stay with the windshield’s current size. I’d have to refresh my memory but I think it’s about 6” of glass in the center. I from a driving standpoint and the looming wrath of the wife as passenger am concerned with visibility. So I hesitate to shrink it down more. Speaking from a point of esthetics I feel in my gut that from a head on view it needs to come down as much as a inch to look badass. Probably a 1/2” would suffice but I am hoping the laying it back will give that elusion.
    As for the side view I am very tempted to take out another 1/2” with maybe a smidge more up front. I am trying to save some head clearance in the back seat area. The door window opening almost looks to perfectly sized. This is one of the few spots that are telling me it needs more to become aggressive. That and when I play with the roofs top contour it fattens up the the whole car. Then there’s, as I stated a long ways back, that the quarter glass looks like a panel truck to me. It is just passible right now in it own rectangular proportions. I can see that if I chop the roof more this window will become ugly immediately. So that leaves us at shortening the quarters another inch I believe to bring it all back maybe 1.5? Trouble with that is I’m pretty darn sure I have to shorten the frame. This I dread. I know it’s welded together of a million pieces already. I feel good about it’s strength currently and it was one of the few finished parts to the car. I worry about getting it straight again. What a pain with the X frame and boxing plates. I’ve mulled other spots in the kickup to cheat but I don’t think it would be the best. I’m afraid I’ve already answered my own dilemma when I here myself state that I’ll do whatever it takes to get it right and make it something special not just another walk past homogenized blunder. But seeing something and making it happen is a whole nother long winded blah, blah, blah.
    Short answer? Soon


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    This pic has been up several times. So last time until I show progress of the top. This is close to the way I want to see it but it’s maybe a little exaggerated like a artist rendering. I have considered sliding the back curve of the side glass opening forward like when some chops are adjusted. I’m sure I won’t go this far but from where I am now I want the allusion of this
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    Alright? Now back to the building, no more “bout’n”


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  10. dumprat
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    I think you have the chop right now. It looks like the area above the windshield is messing with you. If you thin the forehead and leave the windshield alone I think you will have it nailed
     
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  11. Runnin shine
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    You mean the last photoshop pic above or the real car?
    I wish I had one with the hood sides on.
    I am also leaning really hard towards doing a welded in louvered roof insert now, could go either way. I really wanted to do the removable copper one with cool green oxidation like the grill bars will be. But I’ve had no luck finding affordable sheets. I really want something hand me down think big moonshine still. I do t want to disrespect my trucks name and sacrifice a good spirits yielding machine though. Every time I see those old black and white photos of revenuers in action I want to cry.
    Man if I only had a month to lock myself alone in the garage and shut the whole world out well except for the HAMB. Can’t really build it alone.


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  12. dumprat
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    I hear you on the time thing.

    What about building roof bows and an insert now? It would help get the shape of the roof right
     
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  13. Runnin shine
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    Yeah your right I’ve almost committed to the bows a few times cause of that. I have the ash rough sliced from a larger long chunk that was meant for some of my guitar bodies that warped. The back of the car is going to be 2” narrower I think and I’ve put off finalizing that decision. But the insert cost has held me up to if I stay with the copper idea. I want to get a English wheel next month so I could start on the crown. But the louvers will be another set back. A plus to using the copper insert would be the benefit of cool colors with out all the sanding, painting, and sanding. I’ll throw some thought at it.
    Man I love this car or at least the idea of it anyway.


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    I finally got a matching WW2 gas mask pouch on the left to go with the one on the right that was my fathers. I want these to hook and snap on to the back of the front seats. My dad’s has the straps still. I can then use it for various things on the go in my travels. The purchased one has had the lettering touched up with marker, damn it. The other had been in my dad’s possession as long as I can remember. I’ve seen it in old pictures from my first year on earth. I don’t know it’s history.
    This should be my final addition to the military theme that I only wanted scratch the surface of( @dumprat ). I intended to just focus on the front “cockpit”. Mostly some dash bits not the the whole gauge deal like some less period builds do and front seats including the belts. Then there the door safety latches. I’m not trying to directly make the rest of the interior seem warbird more race with a tiny bit of custom or ten years later stock influence. I think the the use of the holes, drab green and flat black for a planned race theme will fit military if you see it that way. I don’t want it to be forced on ones’ impressions. The shiny steering wheel, column, dash, parking brake, partial carpet, and mohair rear seat will lean towards the show and late 40s update. I’m not running panels, headliner, or garnish moldings. The latter mostly from cost. I am doing some drilled pieces for the windshield side pillars. I am entertaining something for the tops of the doors for resting your arm out the window and holding felt strips for the glass maybe.
    I plan to paint the insides of the exterior body panels black then the inner doors and the rear side glass regulator things I shortened and drilled 2” holes in dark green. I think the black behind will add contrast and help with a mechanical look. I can pretty much see it all in my head but I have to use restraint so it feels authentic not gaudy.
    Any tuner kid can go to autozone and spray anodize their dash.


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