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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Rebel 1, Jan 28, 2014.

  1. Rebel 1
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    My son is of age where he has started going to the nostalgia races with me and wanted his own race car. While he is to young for any real racing, I thought it would cool to build him his own scaled down version of a late 50's Chassis Research Front Engine Dragster.

    We found a donor kart and went to work.
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    A little fun cutting the donor kart apart
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    Getting started
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    Taking shape
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  2. Rebel 1
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    Found some spoke wheels for the front.
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    Had to narrow both front and rear axles. Front axle mocked up and found a nice spun aluminum tank for it
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    Had to get the steering to the front and around the motor - Chain drive.
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  3. doctorZ
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    that's awesome!!!!
     
  4. cmyhtrod
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    Very cool indeed
     
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  5. drflex
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    dad of the year
     
  6. dragsled
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    Now that is just plain COOL!!!!!!!!!!!! Tim Jones
     
  7. Rebel 1
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    Thanks. He is getting excited about it being done.

    Gave it the drilled axle look, while also using that as a guide for the steering.
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    Steering just about done.
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  8. Very cool.... I'm 47 and I want one (a little wider cage please)
     
  9. Rebel 1
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    Getting the steering finished up. Rear axle tacked in place.
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  10. CoolHand
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    Get 'em hooked while they're young. :D
     
  11. Rebel 1
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    He's definitely hooked.

    Had a steering wheel off of an old FED and thought it would be a good fit. Started working on seats and have the engine centered up.

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  12. In 1956 my Dad ( RIP ) and I built a go cart from 2 inch tubing and put a chain saw motor on it. I was hooked, I was 8 years old. I'll be 66 in May and not a day goes by I don't think about him and all the cars we worked on together since that go cart all those years ago. You may think you're building a car for him, and you are, but you're really building memories. Great job, on the dragster, and in life. ;)
     
  13. fender lizard
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    Been a dad now for 7months and the Hamb really reminds and guides me to what's most important in life...... Dragsters! But really your a awsome father!
     
  14. captmullette
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    very good, a good dad......keep it up
     
  15. dragsled
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    What's your plan for the driveline or chain? Tim Jones
     
  16. Rebel 1
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    I am using a jack shaft setup and will bring the chain and gears to the side of the cart, much like a mini bike. Once the body panels and firewall are on, they will keep him safe from the moving parts.

    Here is a picture of it mocked up.
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  17. PatzPaint
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    Keep up the good work, both on the project and the boy. My father helped me a lot too back in the early days of Go-Karts(mid/late 50's)
     
  18. Kenneth S
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    Neat build, I have an old pr of "no name" 18x8x8 jr dragtser slicks for a 12.90 jr (they are basically golf cart tires with no tread), if you want them I'll give them to you if your intrested. I don't have any use for them.
     
  19. Rebel 1
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    I'm game for some 8'' tires. It currently has a 6'' wheel on the rear, but I am wanting to go with a 8'' to make it more proportional to the kart. I'll send you a pm.
     
  20. pug man
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    Man, what a lucky kid and what a great dad. The two of you will remember this forever.
     
  21. Rebel 1
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    Here it is rolling. Ready to fire up for some testing.

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  22. Berzerk
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    My boy is 17 months. Starting to assemble parts in the morning! Outstanding job Dad!
     
  23. 340HilbornDuster
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    That thing is Awesome!

    What a way to school the next generation of Hot Rodders!
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  24. Rebel 1
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    Thanks. It's been a lot of work, but well worth it. My son is getting excited and asked daily how much is left to do.
     
  25. 296ardun
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    Very cool...I ran the full-sized Chassis Research TE-440 in the early '60's, this is really close -- great work!
     
  26. Rebel 1
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    Thanks. I pulled up as many pictures as I could to try to make it identical.
     
  27. Rebel 1
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    Started forming the body.
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  28. 66tintop
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    Very Kool , I bet dad has a shit eating grin going on !
     
  29. Rebel 1
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    A little test drive. Still have to finish the tin work, but first time out went went well.

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  30. dragsled
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    That Looks GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!,,, Tim Jones
     
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