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Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by CadMad, May 11, 2017.

  1. CadMad
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    IMG_0085.JPG IMG_0079.JPG Very early days yet and I'm fabricating the body on a model A platform prior to even having a chassis. But I'll let function follow form. . . Which is probably not the usual route that a hotrod build takes.
    Does anyone have any info on this black car ( above) that I stumbled on yesterday in the " Tired of homogenised hot rods" thread?
    Looks like it's running a 6 or straight 8.
    I'm building a Model A boattail and already IMG_0083.JPG have an assortment of Packard bits including a 39 6 cylinder and 46 grille, dash and other assorted bits in my stash.
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  2. NashRodMan
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    Wow, nice work so far! Sorry but I dont have any info on the black car for you. Cant wait to see more progress on your car. Good luck.
    NRM
     
  3. Cool, I remember you saying you were going to use a Morry Minor good, and it looks like you did.

    The black car looks great, I hope the rest of the car is great, and need to see if it is. H
     
  4. sorry, can't help either but you guys "down under" do some fantastic work! I love the boat tail thing. can't wait to see more. what hood is used on the rear end?
     
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    Sorry, no info on the black car either, but keen to see your boat tail take shape.
     
  6. mgtstumpy
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    [​IMG]
    Best I could find was this one with early Packard grill and E&Js, and not Woodlite headlamps. Dim and useless, but looking at them in a design perspective, the best looking headlight for classic cars

    [​IMG]

    Here's a 1930 Packard boat tail for inspiration.
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  7. CadMad
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    IMG_0028.JPG IMG_1443[2].jpg IMG_0039.JPG IMG_0071.JPG IMG_0042.JPG The boattail is a Holden FJ bonnet. Suits the proportions perfectly. It's a bit more rounded like the Cord and less pointed . Need to get some model a door hinges from my mate Aaron ( who keeps promising to have a look.) If he takes any longer I might revisit the dreaded pantograph door idea.
     
  8. 55Deso
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    Neat project! Looking forward to watching it take shape
     
  9. bobbytnm
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    I like it!!
     
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  10. Mr48chev
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    Oh this one is interesting. It's going to be several inches wider than the one I am building a probably a lot more comfortable. I've been shooting for the vintage Indy two seater look rather than classic sporty car.
     
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    Dang that is looking good. Amazing that what was a hulk could be such a good parts donor to it's self in it's reincarnation.
     
  13. bobbytnm
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    Wow, impressive metal work!
     
  14. Blues4U
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    Wow, nice work! I can't imagine squeezing a Packard straigt 8 into a Model A frame though. This will be interesting. Subscribed.
     
  15. bobbytnm
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    I'm in the process of building a 26 T roadster pick-up that will have Packard straight 8 power
     
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  16. CadMad
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    IMG_0228.JPG IMG_0226.JPG IMG_0232.JPG IMG_0234.JPG Still tweaking the body. Have sectioned the rear another couple of inches in the rear . Got it sitting on an A chassis but will fabricate a custom chassis several inches longer to accomodate the Packard six or Cadillac flathead. Lots of inspiration coming from classics and old race cars.
     
  17. Thanks for sharing. Subscribe!
     
  18. CadMad
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    IMG_0235.JPG IMG_0227.JPG IMG_0230.JPG Inspiration comes in many forms.
     
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    Hows the pig
     
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  20. mgtstumpy
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    What about a 3rd seat with wind deflector similar to this local Moonlight speedster?:D 32 speedster rear.jpg moonlightlge15.png.jpg moonlightlge7.png.jpg
    Is that an Auburn speedster and RHD, South America?
     
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  21. All the cool chicks are on the pavement:
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  22. CadMad
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    A rainy Sunday so I couldn't resist rolling up a door skin. Hoping to push it outside this week and do a full side on mockup. Gonna remake bottom of cowl to suit a curved leading door edge. P1000866.JPG P1000867.JPG
     
  23. aircap
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    Gonna be awesome, man!
     
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    Looking great. Definitely one to watch..
     
  25. CadMad
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    IMG_0266.JPG IMG_0269.JPG IMG_0258.JPG IMG_0268.JPG Starting to tie the loose ends together on the tub. Cowl will be the next port of call so I can get those doors swinging.
     
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  26. 2NDCHANCE
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    We built this car about 5 years ago. Should have never sold it. Many of the fabrication steps are similar to your car. Good luck and have fun. Gary IMG_1048.PNG
     
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    An optimist sees the glass that's half full. A pessimist see a glass half empty. An engineer sees a glass twice as big as it needs to be.

    a hot rodder says: Hey !! Are you goin' drink that?
     
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  28. CadMad
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    P1000885.JPG P1000886.JPG P1000887.JPG P1000888.JPG I bit the bullet and edged the bonnet and will hinge it just like a normal GM hood. Glad I did. Finding a fuel tank will be interesting . I'll probably make a stainless one in the end of the tub.
     
  29. jerseyboy
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    CadMad,
    Great lines and proportions! This is a sweet build, I'm following!
     
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