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Making a Beautiful Roadster (progress pics)

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by ThirdGen, Jul 4, 2010.

  1. oldrodder43
    Joined: Oct 18, 2007
    Posts: 211


    WOW, you got my attention! You really got the creative juices flowing there! Love it all. Keep at it.
  2. 2x4
    Joined: Dec 15, 2009
    Posts: 54


    I'm along for the ride. Thanks for sharing!
  3. 35mastr
    Joined: Oct 26, 2007
    Posts: 1,899

    from Norcal

    I like being different. Subscibed
  4. biscuit eater
    Joined: Apr 16, 2008
    Posts: 434

    biscuit eater

    Nice work, love those brackets.
  5. zzford
    Joined: May 5, 2005
    Posts: 1,822


    This is going to be a really neat car!
  6. cool build and will be watching for updates
  7. BOP-Nut
    Joined: Oct 20, 2008
    Posts: 746


    I agree with Spence D, that front end is killer!
  8. doctorZ
    Joined: Apr 10, 2006
    Posts: 1,243


    i'm diggin' the creativity. the frame looks great! very clean.
  9. scootermcrad
    Joined: Sep 20, 2005
    Posts: 12,335


    Hey! I really like this project! Some great imagination, vision, and construction! Pretty neat! I like that it has a plan/concept and you're following through. Subscribed...
  10. cabriolethiboy
    Joined: Jun 16, 2002
    Posts: 870


    Nice work. I would like to see more.
  11. adamshumard
    Joined: Jan 18, 2007
    Posts: 1,380


    really cool. Subscribed.
    Joined: Dec 27, 2009
    Posts: 1,230


    Killer project. I really like the concept. Keep 'er going ! !
  13. ThirdGen ... Interesting design project / build ... I'm kinda diggin' it! ... but will reserve the "Beautiful Roadster" title until you're closer to completion ... getting all those parts & panels from different vehicles to properly fit & flow together will be the deciding factor ... please keep us updated on your progress.
  14. Creative on the frame, I like the start of it!
  15. THIS IS GREAT! That grill shell alone is worth the price of admission! Show us some more pics!!!
  16. Mindover
    Joined: Jan 18, 2009
    Posts: 1,625

    from England

    Looks like a great start, are you going to use found parts for the rest of the body or make it up yourself? Looking forward to seeing some more progress.
  17. ThirdGen
    Joined: Nov 29, 2008
    Posts: 452

    from Wales, ME

    panhead_pete - Yea i did grab the dash from the town panel, not sure if i want to use it yet. It might be to fancy for the style of the build: minimalistic, salt-flat style roadster, but we'll see. If i do use it i might try to incorporate the gauge pod as a wind deflector. And also because the corner dash pieces would flow nice with the rest of the coping that will be on the top of the body.

    The37kid - thats a good idea, but there won't be doors on this one. Hop in/Hop out.

    Hemi32 -Thanks for that, your attitude is EXACTLY what I'm looking for. I want to see if I can capture beauty within this mutt of parts that I will be using. I'll be keeping my eyes on what you think in the end.

    mindoverr - Great question. The original plan was to use as little new metal as possible, but now I think we are going to make the rest of the tub out of new metal, mostly for the sake of time.

    Thanks to everybody that is showing interest in this project. And thanks for the great comments!

    Here's a bit more progress.....
    We started on the rear perch. Using some templates to get an idea of what I want it to look like.


    Bending it was fun

    Rolled the "complete" chassis out. Basically everything is done to where I will have it for my senior design show (August 13). I told my professors that I will have it rolling and all the body panels fab'd.


    Don't mind the messy garage

    I haven't shown much of the front end because this is all temporary. The front leaf drops almost 5" under load, and since I wont have an engine in it for my presentation in August, I decided to make a temporary perch. The real perch will resemble the rear. And the GROSS bracket on top of the perch was my sad excuse for a temporary grill shell mount. Keyword temporary, haha

    Phase 1 done. Now on to Phase 2 - Fabricating the body panels.

    It's on the trailer because I will be doing the work over at Rayz Rod and Custom, where I held two internships throughout college. Ray has the proper tools and knowledge to get all these body panels to fit, and also to make the fresh panels.

    Moving on to a new mentor with a whole new bag of knowledge to acquire.

    More pictures tomorrow.
    Last edited: Jul 11, 2010
  18. panhead_pete
    Joined: Feb 22, 2006
    Posts: 2,531


    Its been said before, but this is a great build. Keep at it mate! Its great you are posting so many pics as you go.
  19. rottenrod
    Joined: Jan 7, 2008
    Posts: 159


    looking really good cant wait to see more of the body done
  20. fab32
    Joined: May 14, 2002
    Posts: 13,986

    Member Emeritus

    Excellent build. I'll be watching for the updates on this one.

    kidcampbell71 likes this.
  21. weez
    Joined: Dec 5, 2002
    Posts: 860


    I personally think the right person can make something bitchin out of absolutely anything.

    Some people have all the right ingredients (or all the currently popular expensive pieces) and still fail to capture my imagination, sometimes the opposite is true, and it's inspiring.

    Looks bitchin
  22. Hot Rod Bob
    Joined: Mar 21, 2007
    Posts: 1,146

    Hot Rod Bob
    from T-ville Ky

    This is going to be Bad Ass!!
  23. That looks like one very cool senior design project. I can't wait to see the progress.
  24. Killer build just goes to show that you don't have to work from a complete barnyard
    find to build a car,I like your grocery store list of parts an pieces just flowin together with a killer stance to achieve a truley bitchin car nice work I'm assuming that you are a Engineering student?
  25. Mindover
    Joined: Jan 18, 2009
    Posts: 1,625

    from England

    I agree lots of imagination and a bit of hard work is what it takes.

    The car is looking good! Will you be doing the panel making yourself with guidance or will you get 'Ray'z' to do it for you?
  26. Lucky77
    Joined: Mar 27, 2006
    Posts: 2,483


    Really dig your chassis. I'm looking forward to the progress on this one.
  27. erlomd
    Joined: Apr 26, 2008
    Posts: 1,213


    wow!...bitchin frame! great work! cant wait to see more
  28. UnsettledParadox
    Joined: Apr 25, 2007
    Posts: 1,107


    you've got my attention, cant wait for more!
  29. zmcmil2121
    Joined: Dec 13, 2009
    Posts: 625


    This thing is cool as hell. I mean, super cool. Really. :D

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