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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Slide, Apr 19, 2009.

  1. nickeynova
    Joined: Nov 7, 2007
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    from texas.

    looks very good. i have 50s dodge tail lights on my 52 more dr. they are shorter than urs. peakin the quarters is a sweet idea.
     
  2. Super nice work, Slide. I'll parrot what the others have said about the Buick tail lights and the peaks on the fenders....they look fantastic, as does Poncho bumper.

    Great custom in the making...

    Bryan
     
  3. straykatkustoms
    Joined: Oct 30, 2001
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    Hey Slide,

    I was shocked when you sold your sedan. I loved all of the small kustom details
    that the Chevy was wearing. Now looking at your fastback I'm thinking what
    Sedan? Very Kool, Love the rear end treatment it so right it looks stock.

    Keep us posted....

    Happy Trails,

    Mick
     
  4. JackdaRabbit
    Joined: Jul 15, 2008
    Posts: 498

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    from WNC

    Love the model choice and the direction your going. Nice work, too.

    By "truck arms" I'm thinking you mean like 60's-70's Chevy coil spring / trailing arm style? May I suggest the brackets could use a little more gusseting, like I'm showing here in red.
     

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  5. Slide
    Joined: May 11, 2004
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    JackdaRabbit-- I wrestled with the necessity of the gusset you mention, but a few factors that made me decide it wasn't really going to add any structure (but might still be good for cosmetics?):

    1. All the stock car setups I've seen have no gussets at all. Same for the Pete & Jakes-style ladder bar crossmembers on the market. (P&J ladders articulate almost identically to the truck arms.)

    2. The arms I'm using are take-offs from a Cup car, and they have spherical "monoball" joints rather than rubber bushings. This puts that front mount in a decent double-shear.

    3. I'll be running a pretty stout panhard bar that will go from the right frame rail to the rear of the left truck arm.

    4. My coilovers will be canted inwards a bit at the top (additional stability)

    5. The tabs for the truck arms are relatively close to the front legs, and the front legs will tie into the factory K-member directly inline with where the angled braces of the K-member attach to the tranny crossmember.

    6. The tabs are welded on both inner and outer edges.

    Thanks for your input!

    And thanks to all for the compliments!
     
  6. Chandler
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    no wonder you have gone MIA. you have been busy
     
  7. FIFTY2
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  8. MarkX
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  9. PeteFromTexas
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    Looking good buddy!
     
  10. Rusty
    Joined: Mar 4, 2004
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    You go Mike, Now get back to work

    Dirtys Benefit Car Show will be here before you know it

    Rusty
     
  11. Chandler
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    at least that answers yours and my question today of were has he been. Call me if you need help with anything Mike
     
  12. Pothole 31A
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    Car is looking super nice. Keep up the work
     
  13. poofus1929
    Joined: Jan 29, 2008
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    from So Cal

    Sweet. Fleetlines are awesome. I regret selling a immaculate 47 two door I had a few years back.
     
  14. Great workmanship How long is your waiting list for one of our cars?
     
  15. Slide
    Joined: May 11, 2004
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    Got the trunk floor cut out yesterday... and my bones are so sore!!!!

    The area above the rear axle needed to be raised to clear that big 12-Bolt rear, as well as the yet-to-be-made upper coilover mounts, sway bar, and panhard. The rest of it was pretty much swiss cheese with crusty fiberglass over it... so it all came out.

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    And a better shot of the truck arm setup.

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  16. tattedfordguy
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  17. RustBucket49
    Joined: Oct 31, 2006
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    from Texas

    It's nice to watch some who knows what the hell he's doing build something. Of course, you're from Texas so that is part of it !!! :)
     
  18. Where did you score the A-arms? I tought you were using Chevy truck arms but those look different. Todd
     
  19. wetatt4u
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    You guys just kill me with your skills.............DAMN ......

    Should I say its a Texas Thing...........

    I would love to see some up-dated pictures....

    Its going to to be a killer ride after your done....

    Two thumbs up from N.C.
     
  20. belair
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    Great work. I really like those cars.
     
  21. Slide
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    These are take-offs from a Nascar Cup car. One of those right-place/right-time things. Same basic design as the 63-72 Chevy truck arms, but with a little bit different bracketry. There's some more detailed pics in my Photobucket.
     
  22. Rusty
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    Looking good Mike
     
  23. PeteFromTexas
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  24. whats the latest?
     
  25. hvychvy
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    Looks killer,awesome work,love the taillights.I'm gonna keep watching for shure.
     
  26. Slide
    Joined: May 11, 2004
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    Been covered up with a bunch of side work lately... but hopefully I'll get at least a couple hours in on the car this weekend.
     
  27. sun down
    Joined: Mar 22, 2008
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    sun down
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    from tx

    nice, what is taking you so long...just kidding.. I know you have a great family to take care of..

    I hope this one rides as nice as my ride....lol..

    Mike, the only thing I have done to your old ride is put gas in it and drive ..
    wife and I went to OKC a few weeks ago in it, all she said was... stop playing around in it.. I was trying to catch a Mustang Convert some where near Gainesville....and I did........lol

    I am getting a little closer to wanting to have an automatic installed,
    I may do it when I turn 70 in 2 yrs......lol

    you are doing a great job on your new one and thanks for
    selling me your other one, it has been nothing but pleasure to own and show it... I always give you credit for the great work on it..

    the best part when you build one is,,, fun and SAFE to drive..

    have a great Holiday,

    Fred
     
  28. Roothawg
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    I am afraid that the tires will wear funny on the front.
     
  29. Been awhile. Any updates?
     
  30. Chandler
    Joined: Sep 20, 2004
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    from Rowlett,TX

    i talked to him earlier and he is supposed to be working on it tonight since the Boss and kids are out of town
     

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