The Jalopy Journal
Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by Ratatouille, Sep 3, 2014.
I drove for 20 years with my front plate folded at a 90 degree angle. Never got stopped for it.
Caterham? Pinto inside?
Well, it's raining everyday.....carb accelerator command in progress, I have no original parts from the Ford, homemade try......
I need to find a cable spring, this one is for testing..... but it's ok, two barrels open at full throttle.
Lost track of this thread back in December. Happy I found it again. Great work on the engine and transmission swap!
New Chrome filter The carb will be remove soon to be rebuilt and clean, and paint the manifold, check ugly hoses.....
Workshop is open
Well, let's try to do something with the exhaust primary tube. It's a double tube, and i have not enought space between the frame and the engine to fit this big twin tubes....i cut all and i only keep a little bit.
After finding the good angle, and welding it, i cut the second tube....
I have not any soldering rods, but it seems to go..... Tomorrow, i will finish the welds and grind it all...
Test on place..... i may have lost maybe 1 or 2 HP, but i don't care
The following tomorrow
It's a 1968 Austin Healey Sprite with an Arkley SS body conversion. BMC A, 1275 with a 0.160" over bore to 1340cc. 225/50/13 tires on 7x13 wire mag style wheels. Summer daily driver and autocross champ.
Keep up the great work.
PS. I was the 1975 S5 road racing champ with a 2 liter Pinto.
I don't know yet if one day I'm gonna be the next Pinto Power Champion, but one thing sure, the primary tube is ready.
It was going to get necked down to 1 tube anyhow... so why not sooner than later. Keep at it rat, I cant wait to see this version on the road.
Wasn't it Winston Churchill that said "Never has someone done so much, with so little...."?
He must have been talking about you, Messiour Rat! Keep up the good progress!!
You're building a cool car and an amazing thread in the process!
I can't quite put my finger on exactly what this photo depicts
Looks like his well equipped fab shop. It's bigger than I thought.
congrats, Rat, your new workshop is now on the sunny side of the car, no more rain! everything will come out great for you! i like your thread very much.
Ya gotta work with what ya got. Looks like it got bigger too. All you need Rat is a portable work bench and a pretty girl to hand you beers as needed.
Now that's funny, the first car I bought came with a mould for the Arkley front! My Father still plays with spridgets (sprites and midgets). Dad actually turned up a couple of days ago in his latest one.
One day, after you get it straightened out, the 1 forward and 5 reverse story will be the funniest one around. Keep it up, even the wife likes your car, and she does not like cars.
This is awesome! I know its already been said over and over, but what youve done is incredible. Keep it up Rat.
Sorry, my shop is not really easy to photograph ;-).
I hope you will can see my great tools on these pictures
I want to do my gearbox tunnel, let's star with Converse All Star, a clamp, steel sheet......
It's not easy...too difficult, the sheet is to thick...
I need a folding machine.........why not use my brand new engine stand?....yes
Great tools isn't it?
Everything can be fixed with a big hammer?, yes we can
This is the beginning.....the rest tomorrow....
Yep.Improvise and overcome.
Good luck.Have fun.Be safe.
Kick ass, champ!
Awesome thread Ratatouille!
Your innovation and creative problem solving is second to none! Not to mention your dedication! Really inspirational!
Keep at it my man!!
Ratatouille........ The Man, The Myth, The Legend!
You never fail to amaze and astound!
Are you kidding me? An engine stand metal break? You are AMAZING!!!! You are such an inspiration on creative problem solving....I need to look around more at what's around me and how can I solve this.
Thanks Guys for your super messages
Today, it's hot, I will heat metal
Not the sticker yet, but the gearbox lever....quickshift is expensive, I try to use the original Ford Type 9.....let's do the twist
Must find a new knob, but it's ok
I can continue the tunnel.....
As i can......
Test in the car....
I hear all about the "MOT" in England. Does France have anything similar?
Just trying to figure out how easy it is to get customized cars approved for street use in France.
It sure does, called "controle technique"
Its very very hard to get modified cars through the test, next to impossible,
Unless you know a freind who is tester who can help,
Unlike england or usa we are not aloud to build kitcars or hotrods.
Importing an old hotrod "might" work but is never sure, importing a unfinished or part built project or making one is next to impossible if you havnt got a french slip, (cheating)
All old or imported vehicles have to go through a organisation that will decide if it can get a number. Sad isnt it..
Summer is here, and the sun is really hot.....I'm working very slow. And I need to work on my beach buggy.
Today, a guy with an old Renault Mehari, stop in the street and say's "nice car buddy". Thanks man, I reply. We start conversation, and the guy ask me that he own a Renault truck with the same original Fregate motor......that guy was a lucky man today, I gave him my complete old engine.....for free, my gift to a cool guy.
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