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Introducing my Fuel Coupe-styled Tudor

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Just Gary, Sep 18, 2006.

  1. I covered the buck with release agent, then made the top and bottom female molds.
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    Finally, the top and bottom halves of the scoop itself. Each was two layers of glass cloth with embedded metal stiffening rods.
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    I shredded their edges really badly when removing them from from the molds:eek: (Insufficient release agent? :confused:) and had to fix them before continuing. :mad:
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    The inlet screen came from the same office ventilation duct screen as my grille insert.

    It's held in place with glassed-in studs and lock nuts.
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    Three 18 ga. triangles are plug-welded to the K&N filter base. 1/4"x20 machine screws & glassed-in nuts connect them to the fiberglass scoop.
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    Then, a couple layers of cloth & resin join the top & bottom halves.
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    Finally, a light primer coat and mounted:
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    This was my first fiberglass project and it needs some clean-up work, but I'm pretty happy with the results. :)

    BTW, these pics were taken four years ago but I didn't have a carb to mount it on until this past Christmas, compliments of my beloved but long-suffering bride.:rolleyes:
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  2. Stogy
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
    Posts: 21,769


    Ya gotta be proud of that Milestone looks awesome...
  3. Wow Gary, very impressed – that looks awesome!
  4. Tim
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 13,140

    from KCMO

  5. WOW! I know that was a ton of work, but is a very cool one off piece. Great job Gary, very impressive . :)
  6. loudbang
    Joined: Jul 23, 2013
    Posts: 39,696


    WOW love it. Came out GREAT and nobody will have one like it. :)
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  7. Thanks, guys. :)
  8. Wow! Nice job for sure. Looks great.
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  9. chevy57dude
    Joined: Dec 10, 2007
    Posts: 6,710


    Crowning glory for a great looking engine!
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  10. 392
    Joined: Feb 27, 2007
    Posts: 1,206


    Nothing like a hemi. Great build. Should be a blast to mash the gas.
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  11. That scoop is great looking, the Greer/Black/Prudome car is my favorite fueler and it's scoop is part of the reason why, your scoop has enough similarities that those that get it, will get it, but enough individuality to make it garner a closer intriguing inspection.
    I've often thought about adding the center divider in my surfer scoop to make it resemble that scoop, remember Kerry's front engine dragster build, I think he made one for it too if I remember correctly.
  12. Wow! Great job on that scoop!
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  13. Dino 64
    Joined: Jul 13, 2012
    Posts: 2,141

    Dino 64
    from Virginia

    Glad you decided to use it. You did a super job finishing it up

    Sent from my iPhone using The H.A.M.B. mobile app
  14. The big ol' fuel tank filler & adapter combo got replaced with a better-fitting one from RCI.

    Carter P4070 pump & custom hoses from @D-Russ & @oj, respectively. Really appreciate your help, guys! :)

    Inline Tube sells 6' straight (not coiled) stainless steel tubing.

    The 3/8" fuel line has an 85-micron filter back between the tank & pump and a 40-micron filter just before the carb.
    May add a regulator later if needed.

    Yeah- I'm kinda nerdy about neatly routed hard lines.
    Must be the residual US Navy in me :rolleyes: or maybe Scott Sullivan's @cheezwiz '55 influence.:cool:

    Tight bends are way easier with 3/16" brake lines.
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    Rubber-coated clamps try to preserve the '60's race car theme.

    No one will see these details when the floors are in place. Oh well- I'm having fun.:D
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    Last edited: May 18, 2020
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  15. Dino 64
    Joined: Jul 13, 2012
    Posts: 2,141

    Dino 64
    from Virginia

    Looks great, especially in stainless ! Nice job ;)
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  16. “or maybe Scott Sullivan's @cheezwiz '55 influence”

    That was an impactful car for many! Great job on the tubing!
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  17. catdad49
    Joined: Sep 25, 2005
    Posts: 5,317


    Wonderful stuff, Gary! How long before fire-up?
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  18. Love it Gary. Really nice.:):cool:
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  19. Jeff Norwell
    Joined: Aug 20, 2003
    Posts: 13,512

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  20. loudbang
    Joined: Jul 23, 2013
    Posts: 39,696


    Looks like "Squid ink" spaghetti LOL. :rolleyes: Just had to add that it really looks good. :)
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  21. Gearhead Graphics
    Joined: Oct 4, 2008
    Posts: 3,852

    Gearhead Graphics
    from Denver Co

    Air scoop is killer, any chance you wanna make another?
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  22. chopndrop
    Joined: Feb 8, 2005
    Posts: 711


    How is that 45degree tank filler better? I have the same tank going in my sedan, very similar to yours, and am going to need an angled filler like that I think.
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  23. A couple of months. Gotta get the trans rebuilt, and a radiator for Father's Day.:)
    Ha Ha Ha!:D
    Sorry but the mold halves were also torn up when I removed the scoop. :mad: PM sent.
    It has a smaller neck which allows a smaller, more flexible hose. That, in turn, allows slightly more wiggle room (misalignment :rolleyes:) than the bigger, stiffer hose.

    Thanks, everybody, for your compliments. It's really gratifying to hear from peers while "social distancing".:)
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  24. Thank you Gary, it's great to get to see the work. One of my all time favorite builds on theHAMB.
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  25. mgtstumpy
    Joined: Jul 20, 2006
    Posts: 9,005


    Wow, how'd I miss this thread. Subscribed, I don't feel so bad taking so long with my 46 Olds, it seems that we've been running parallel over the same time period. Practice makes perfect. ;) Like yours, a lot closer now to completion
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  26. chevy57dude
    Joined: Dec 10, 2007
    Posts: 6,710


    Great fab work, Gary! Also you'll be glad that tank has a sending unit in it. Stressing out over fuel level will end for me this year. Getting a 20 gallon cell with a sender so the gauge actually works.
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  27. Tman
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 35,164


    Good looking ride. I have a similar Tudor I stored away when I started playing at Bonneville
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  28. @19Eddy30 hooked me up with a buddy who rebuilt my 700R4.:)

    He added automatic internal 4th gear lockup, a 'Vette servo, a 13 vane pump and correct mechanical speedo gears.

    The combo should work well with a 2400 RPM stall torque converter.

    I sprayed on some "Metallic Flat Antique Nickel" Rustoleum just to test the look.

    Contrast between gloss, matte and polish/chrome looks more mechanical and interesting than just a sea of chrome & gloss.

    Gotta hide that MSD cap & Fram :eek: filter, though.

    Next, I fabbed an NHRA-spec driveshaft loop from @Dino 64 's 1/4" thick schedule 40 pipe & 12" x 12" box.

    Had to bevel the edges a bit and crank the welder "up to 11" for good penetration.

    It's integrated into the frame's center x-member, uses grade-8 fasteners, and surrounds a 3" steel driveshaft.

    Mounting the engine/trans high in the chassis reinforces the Fuel Coupe theme...
    but REALLY complicated real-world street car packaging.
    (Never mind having to re-measure driveline angles a million times) :oops:

    I cycled the rear suspension to check clearance, then cut and reinforced the body cross-braces.
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    The driveshaft tunnel has 16 ga flanges & 18 ga arches, same as the trans tunnel.
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    It's a REALLY tight fit between the seats.
    Reinforced lap belt mounts will follow later.

    A little background: This car's Ed Roth proportions have simmered in my head since Kindergarten in 1967-68.

    My big brother and I moved in with our Grandparents and three testosterone-filled teenage uncles, while Mom returned to college to finish her teaching degree.

    We lived 15 miles from Thompson Raceway and already loved Adam West's Batmobile as well as Matchbox & the cool new Hot Wheels cars.

    Now we were surrounded by monster T-shirts, Testors model glue & paint fumes, shade-tree chain-hoist engine swaps & STP stickers on everything.

    Check out my brother's iron-on Rat Fink shirt:
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    My impressionable six-year-old brain absorbed every bit of it; I've been hooked on '60's hot rods & drag racing ever since. :)
    Last edited: Sep 22, 2020
  29. Dino 64
    Joined: Jul 13, 2012
    Posts: 2,141

    Dino 64
    from Virginia

    Nice job Gary, really coming together !

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