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Projects Introducing the Roofus Special

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Flipper, Mar 1, 2009.

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  1. Yes, build control arms like on the 1930's Miller Indy cars

    87 vote(s)
    67.4%
  2. No, go with a Ford style straight axle

    42 vote(s)
    32.6%
  1. farna
    Joined: Jul 8, 2005
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    farna
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    Everything should work just right then!
     
  2. Flipper
    Joined: May 10, 2003
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    Flipper
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    from Kentucky

    Looks like there is a pretty good chance that I will get to work on my a-arms this weekend.

    Hopefully it will be mostly doing and not as much figuring out what to do. :)

    Two productive days and I should have a rolling chassis.
     
    Last edited: Mar 14, 2013
  3. Flipper
    Joined: May 10, 2003
    Posts: 3,333

    Flipper
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    from Kentucky

    Before I got too carried away, I decided to mark up the second batch of a-arm parts
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    I started on the angled piece this morning
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    figure out where to trim
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    trim
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    add some back?
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    transfer new cut lines
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    weld
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    grind
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    admire
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    grind some more (first arm)
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    grind some more (get rid of open end wrench shape...oh yeah, I welded on the corner pieces too)
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    start on the next one...
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  4. rottenleonard
    Joined: Nov 7, 2008
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    Shouldn't you use metric wrenches with mercedes parts?
     
  5. BuiltFerComfort
    Joined: Jan 24, 2007
    Posts: 1,620

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    Just asking, not criticizing: Will those welds be good enough, with the different steels and all? And is that enough strength in the arms themselves? Visually it looks iffy but that's my untrained eye.
     
  6. Flipper
    Joined: May 10, 2003
    Posts: 3,333

    Flipper
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    from Kentucky

    The arms themselves are beefy as hell. ...the welds look good. Everything was V'd so I got 100% penetration and as much surface are as I could. It should be fine for garage art :)
     
  7. Flipper
    Joined: May 10, 2003
    Posts: 3,333

    Flipper
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    from Kentucky

    Well, no rolling chassis this weekend either... The idea I had for making the attachment to the balljoints wasn't going to work. Time for a plan B.

    I did do something constructive though.

    The last time I moved the car, I did something stupid. To balance it on the chain hoist, I ran the chain around the dash bar and the firewall bar. The leverage pulled the dash bar forward and damaged the frame.
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    Well I worked on making the frame stronger.

    First, I cut out the damage and welded in fresh metal.
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    Then I came up with a reinforcement plate to spread the load out (more cop car metal)
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    glued in
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    seriously glued in
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    top surface ground down
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    I still have to do the other side....
    Next time, I won't lift the whole car by the dash. Engine and trans are coming out.
     
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  8. 40two
    Joined: Feb 19, 2012
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    40two
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    Hi Flipper, always a sight to see how you're working! pretty unique and you must have a huge amount of imagination!! i saw a lot of cool solutions while you're building this, i'm looking forward to see how this car will come out! this will be a one-of-a-kind car, i'm sure! keep on and thanks for let us watch your build. ;)

    Cheers, Carsten
     
  9. Airhead Roadster
    Joined: Sep 26, 2012
    Posts: 106

    Airhead Roadster
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    This A-arm part of your build is my favorite thus far! Keep up the great work. Thanks.
     
  10. Tin Indian
    Joined: Jul 8, 2007
    Posts: 207

    Tin Indian
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    I hope this leads to something more than garage art. I wanna see this thing go down the road. Youve worked too hard not to drive it.
     
  11. ThiBuilder
    Joined: Mar 24, 2013
    Posts: 30

    ThiBuilder
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    This build is awesome! The project is just so unique, it makes me excited!:D Seems I have a future project on my hands. Great build for sure!

    Also, any updates? It seems like it's been a while... Keep on Rollin!:cool:
     
  12. Flipper
    Joined: May 10, 2003
    Posts: 3,333

    Flipper
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    from Kentucky

    The wife had dibs on Easter weekend. Hopefully I will get to work on it this weekend.
     
    Last edited: Apr 7, 2013
  13. Flipper
    Joined: May 10, 2003
    Posts: 3,333

    Flipper
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    from Kentucky

    I worked on figuring out what it will take to get the upper a-arms attached to the frame.

    I cut these from a piece of 2x4
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    so that I could do this
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    The idea is to mount the mercedes shafts on plates so that the arms can be bolted to the frame. The problem is that the frame is not square with the world...the rails are pinched.

    The arms need to be mounted at an angle.
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    simple enough...in theory
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    now to make it pretty
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    make mirror image one too...
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    Next step will be to prep the front rails for the arms.
     
  14. Flipper
    Joined: May 10, 2003
    Posts: 3,333

    Flipper
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    from Kentucky

    Oh yeah, I'm thinking about doing slots in the a-arm mounts for caster adjustment.
     
  15. Flipper
    Joined: May 10, 2003
    Posts: 3,333

    Flipper
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    from Kentucky

    Hopefully I will get a chance to play over the holiday weekend.
     
  16. cmarcus
    Joined: May 23, 2012
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  17. Flipper
    Joined: May 10, 2003
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    Flipper
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    from Kentucky

    Welded up the other a-arm kit

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    and one of the mounting brackets
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  18. greenehoosier
    Joined: Mar 8, 2007
    Posts: 7

    greenehoosier
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    I have been following since the beginning, I hope to see this on the road someday. Updates?
     
  19. Flipper
    Joined: May 10, 2003
    Posts: 3,333

    Flipper
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    from Kentucky

    Nope. Nothing to report. I'm waiting for cooler weather.
     
  20. Flipper
    Joined: May 10, 2003
    Posts: 3,333

    Flipper
    Member
    from Kentucky

    Please bear with me...i'm swapping the pictures over to Flickr from Photobucket. It is going to be a bitch to do, but I'm sick of Photobucket
     
  21. wrsexton
    Joined: Jun 14, 2009
    Posts: 5

    wrsexton
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    Since I just found this thread today, I now understand why I can't see the last 3 years worth of photos! Guess I can only hope you change them over soon. What little I've seen is awesome!
     
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  22. Flipper
    Joined: May 10, 2003
    Posts: 3,333

    Flipper
    Member
    from Kentucky

    Holy crap, I posted a lot of pics when building this thread! I've swapped out build pics to post 400. The reference pics will be the last things to track down.
     
    Last edited: Sep 15, 2013
  23. jaksno
    Joined: Dec 10, 2011
    Posts: 1

    jaksno
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    from Norwood CO

    Cooler weather has arrived! Any updates?

    Take care,
    Jackson
     
  24. damnfingers
    Joined: Sep 22, 2006
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    damnfingers
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    Good question....surely something's been done?
     
  25. Flipper
    Joined: May 10, 2003
    Posts: 3,333

    Flipper
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    from Kentucky

    Last edited: Dec 29, 2013
  26. stealthcruiser
    Joined: Dec 24, 2002
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  27. Flipper
    Joined: May 10, 2003
    Posts: 3,333

    Flipper
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    from Kentucky

    I'm planning on spending a week at Dad's house during Christmas shutdown. Hopefully I can split my time between Roofus and the Dodge ......and get a little something done on both!
     
    Last edited: Dec 29, 2013
  28. jr9162
    Joined: Sep 8, 2008
    Posts: 247

    jr9162
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    Any more progress?
     
  29. charliechaindrive
    Joined: Dec 6, 2011
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    charliechaindrive
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    from staples mn

    Just got done reading through this thread, wow!! I admire your use of salvaged and repurposed materials, hopefully an update will be soon. Can't wait to see more!

    Charlie
     
  30. Flipper
    Joined: May 10, 2003
    Posts: 3,333

    Flipper
    Member
    from Kentucky

    I think I finally figured out an elegant way to mount the a-arms to the ball joints. Next trip to Memphis, I will find out if imagination and reality are all that close.
     

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