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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Lowrders, Jan 28, 2012.

  1. Lowrders
    Joined: Sep 10, 2009
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    Lowrders
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    Well, I've been saving pics of my build for the last 2 years. It's not 100% traditional, but I think you may appreciate the fabwork involved. Work on it slowed considerably after our 1 year old was born, and just found out I have another Whooopsi on the way, So i'm going to try to knock the underside of the thing out before summer and be able to at least cruise the thing. But the pics should explain how much work there still is to do.. Enjoy. :)

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  2. sun down
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    the one pix I see looks good
     
  3. Lowrders
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    started by building a table that was square and level to build the chassis on..
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    I had the rear frame sections plasma cut and made them out of 4 pieces of steel.
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  4. Lowrders
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    Mustang 2 with bags..
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    I had to whack the top off the control arms and rebuild the lower bag mount to get the crossmember low enough for the tall tires
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    I don't remember the exact number but i think taking 1.5 inches off the bottom of the control arm equaled 4 inches lower i could go with the x member
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  5. Lowrders
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    the building of the z's....
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    connecting it all together...
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  6. chettar
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    Nice frame work!
     
  7. 53chevtrev
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    Looking sweet! Nice fabwork.
     
  8. Lowrders
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    "Dickin" around..
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    what my neighbors see every time they drive by.. :)
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  9. Lowrders
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    placing the engine and trans in there to see about the trans mounting..
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    Final welding the frame/ lowering the table height so the body will fit under the ceiling when i get it home.
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    sorry some of those are out of order

     
  10. Lowrders
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    body finally coming home after 6-8 months of fab on the frame.
    Before teardown.
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    LONG ROAD AHEAD..
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  11. Lowrders
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    For some reason, I can't find the pics of the rocker construction, but the inner and outter rockers were completely toast. So I made new ones from scratch, started there and worked my way in from there..
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    floor braces have sectioned ends for good looks underneath
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    hack the shit outta the firewall to clear the Z
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  12. Lowrders
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    Once i had to body centered and mounted, i started on the rear sheetmetal. I used a 67 mustang gas tank for the size, and I wanted it to bolt in from the top so if a worst case scenario happened, i could unbolt the gas tank, lift it out, and put a jack under the axle to get it off the ground. (Not my first Rodeo!)

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    my beads are crooked, ask me if i care..
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  13. Lowrders
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    Again, I misplaced a bunch of progress pictures of making the front floor pans, but they came next..


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    Still have to fix this...
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  14. Lowrders
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    then it went to a friend's shop where they built the exhaust. The shop is DPI (Diversified Perfomance Innovations) In Dubuque Ia.
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    when it came back i tore the motor out of it, put it on jackstands, Finished the wheelwells and the Midpan.

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    Attaching wheelwells to rocker..
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    I Had to hack the whole quarter off the drivers side, because for some reason the wheelwell was 1 inch too narrow, and it made it a GIANT pain to get the wheel off that side.
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  15. JohnnyP.
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    man, looking good my friend.
     
  16. Lowrders
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    I just relized i'm missing a boatload of pics. The first time it saw daylight, all the sheetmetal under the hood, ect.. so i'm going to try to find those. I have several hundred pics so i'm trying not to go overboard posting and things.
     
  17. thats a GREAT Build
    Keep it up & you will finnish it to Cruise in
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  18. metalix_421
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    looks good man, there is some talent here. what are your plans if any for a back seat? not going to be able to put the little ones in it to cruise?
     
  19. Lowrders
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    I'm actually working on the backseat right now, it actually is working out better than expected, however, it's going to be a seat for kids, there won't be a ton of spring left in it in the corners by the tubs and the lower floor. cut, weld cut weld cut weld cut weld on those.... But I gotta fit THREE CARSEATS wide! :)
     
  20. AMAZING work. Keep us posted on your progress. AMAZING!!
     
  21. lucky ink
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    that's cool...
     
  22. Orn
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    Nice work for sure! Keep it up.
     
  23. five-duece-chevy
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    Subscribed. Very nice work!
     
  24. BadLuck
    Joined: Jan 7, 2006
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    Great build pics!
     
  25. THE CHIEF
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  26. Pingar
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  27. ausbuick
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    cool work man, if anyone pulls you up on the crooked lines punch them in the face dude....
    cheers darren
     
  28. kclm7
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    Fellow DBQ'er. Wow, awesome work!

    I need to get some exhaust work done, I might give your friend a call.
     
  29. merc-o-madness
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    car sucks it has crooked beads so not period correct on craftsmanship
     
  30. very nice work, horrible attitude.?????? but then, "who cares"
     

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