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Projects My Spurgin/Giovanine inspired 1925 Chev roadster build thread

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Jimmy B, May 2, 2010.

  1. I thought I would start a thread of the entire build of my roadster to date instead of having a half dozen threads all over the shop.

    My roadster is inspired by the Spurgin/Giovanine roadster which I first laid eyes on in the book "The Birth Of Hot Rodding, the Story of the Dry Lakes Era"
    this roadster has had me captivated for the past 5 years.
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    I made to decision to can my '29 Chev project and start looking for a '25 or '26 Chev. In early March '06 I found out about an Auction that had a Chev advertised as a Teen Chev with 3-port. So I sold a '30 Chev body so I would have money for the Auction. My Dad and me drove 235 miles to the Auction and was able to buy the Teen Chev with 3-port which was actually a '26 for $175aus + $17.50 gst.
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    decided to use the '25-'26 chev chassis
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    Next I started the search for a roadster 1/4 panels and in April 2006 I bought a pair of coupe panels which I would turn into roadster 1/4s They never showed.

    After being shafted out of OZ$436 for that pair of 1923 Chev coupe 1/4 panels I asked Tman if he could chase up the seller but he had no luck, but found out a few things about the seller. I felt cheated as I had no recourse thru ebay due to leaving it too long as shipping by sea takes 3 months.
    A bit dejected Brandy offered help if I needed it, well one day while trawling ebay Bam! complete 1925 Chev roadster rear, seller wouldn't post so remembering Brandy's offer I emailed to ask if she knew anyone in Tennessee, well she did 'Earl Schieb'.

    Earl Schieb (Mike) said he would pick them up if I won the bidding, I did and Mike drove 100 miles down to pick them up for me. Awesome!!! Mike is a champion and this project owes him and Brandy a lot.

    When Mike returned from picking them up he sent me photos and to my surprise my $405us had bought 2 roadster backs, Karma.

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    Mike cut the '24 Chev rear up and stuck it in a box and posted it to me..... 7 days later they arrived in Oz, best $286 I spent.

    Viva La HAMB
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  3. front spring mount set up temporary to work out a few things
    I did this last night, it was the first time I worked on it in a week.

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    The split wishbone done
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    Boxed the front frame rails. Built the recess for the bottom radiator outlet
    Still have to holesaw 6 1-1/2" in 1/8 plate for that gap below the front x-member.
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    The front pipe will blend better with a little grinding. The tapered pipe is a 1927 chev torque tube it has a 5mm wall so a bit of grinding wont adversely affect it strength.
    Firewall will be stitched back together to look stock. Oh and I am converting it to LHD. :cool:
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    I built the hood, sides and bib still needs to be finished.
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    And the alloy dashes.
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    This is how I did the sides on the bib, I also did the same for the two dashes
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    bashed and bashed
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    Annealed the pieces so I could keep bashing
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  5. I made a dimple die so I can mount the Aluminium hood sides.

    I had a few of these donuts left from hole sawing 3/8" plate 1" round.
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    I used a countersink bit to get the desired depth. I then found a countersunk brass screw and a 3/8 nut.
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    I tested it on a piece of scrap aluminium drilled a hole & tightened it up with a 3/8 ring spanner.
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    Turned out ok:)
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    I built an aluminium bootlid
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  7. primed

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    Getting closer.
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  8. Got the roadster back together and pushed it outside. Still a long, long way to go.

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  9. Jimmy,

    Thanks for putting this all together in one thread- it's a great build (one of my favorites)!!!

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  10. gauges laid out where I want them. The VDO tach will be replaced when I find a SW tach I can afford. I have an AC oil temp gauge for the empty hole. I also need to find a SW Auburn style temp gauge.
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    & decide to remedy the uphill bonnet (hood)

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    Corrupting my Nephew he doesn't stand a chance..... he will be a hot rodder. He gets the shits when he can't help me
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    & Pacer looks hungry
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  11. how it sits now
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    Will sand blast the chassis this week and finish welding the chassis.

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    & that is where I am now.
     
  12. Thanks Bill! :cool:
     
  13. Jimmy....looks good. Lot of resemblance to the original.

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  14. Fanfuckingtastic Jimmy!
     
  15. Thanks 47plym.

    Cheers!

    update: found the steering box mount pics.

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  16. claymore
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    Good job bringing this back from the pile of parts you stated out with mate.
     
  17. doctorZ
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    freakin' awesome!! i absolutely love the build.
     
  18. ot0_m0t0
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    Awesome! I believe the grill needs to go down more... the hood goes "up" a bit.
     
  19. bct
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    ahhh....monday morning treat....thanks jimmy....turning out awesome
     
  20. modelacitizen
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    This is a very cool car
     
  21. hotrd32
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    Way cool Jimmy B....definitely "Old School" build..... fantastic stuff! ....OH and corruption has been going on for a while....here's Bob with is son in 1948.....thought you'd appreciate the comparison......;)





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  22. oldandkrusty
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    OMG!!! What a project...glad you are taking it on, mate! Couldn't have picked a better car to honor.
     
  23. need louvers ?
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    Absolutely cool! I hate to criticize though...otO mOtO is right... the hood line is running uphill. Now would be the time to step back and take a deep breath and change it. It sucks to do, but I've been there before! (lots) Nice to see somebody working from scraps and making it cool!
     
  24. ken1939
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    That is such a cool build, I give you high marks for execution, sticking to it and really doing something special. Would love to hear that thing run, thats another star for getting that old chevy banger to even work :rolleyes:

    I could sit and look at this post all day!
     
  25. Love your car Jimmy. Get it finished!
     
  26. autobilly
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    Glad to see you were finally able to get the hood sorted, well done!
     
  27. Thanks Claymore!

    Cheers DocZ

    Oneday when I can afford to have the whippet radiator shortened.

    Thanks BCT

    thank you, I had great inspiration :cool:


    Thanks Jack! Maybe my nephew will look back in 60 years and either thank or curse me :eek::D


    Thank you oldandkrusty

    As I said to otO mOtO, I will lower the the hood when I can afford have the whippet radiator shortened.


    Thanks Ken, I haven't got the Chev banger running yet it has been giving me some grief.

    Thanks, I'm working on getting it done :D

    Cheers Nic!
     
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  29. WOW! I'm an early Chevy fan and you are NAILING IT! Jimmy= RULER!
     
  30. Good to see some progress again Jimmy, although the steering's on the wrong side :D :D :D :D
     

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