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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by langy, Mar 20, 2011.

  1. Jalopy Journalist
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    I keep expecting to read ...

    Really, your work is amazing.
     
  2. Langy, The saw that you used to hand cut the 3/4" aluminum I've never seen such a saw. What would be it's proper name.
     
  3. langy
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    Thanks Eric, hope you well & safe


     
  4. bobwop
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    you should consider becoming a jeweler
     
  5. Racrdad
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    Another amazingly simple (if you have the tools) fabrication of a functional and beautiful one off part. Will be waiting to be amazed by your next update!
     
  6. robleticia
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    Are you kinding me right now???? Man, that's some really cool work!
     
  7. langy
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    Had to go to the tyre place to get a customers tyres fitted and Crumble had got my tubes for me (thanks John) plus I had been itching to get my Radir tyres on my ET rims.
    I had a slight clearence problem on the inner arch as these tyres bulge out a fair bit so I replaced the wheel studs with some longer Strange Eng studs and fitted a 1" spacer either side. I don't have a problem running spacers.

    I'm still undecided about the whitewalls, I may turn them around.


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    Had to cut a fair bit out of the rear arches to get them on and they still need blending & fettling which i will sort at bodywork time. Its got a bit more attitude now.



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  8. I never saw this thread before...
    Just beautiful stuff! :eek:

    Hope to see that car on the road :cool:
     
  9. langy
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    Thanks, it will see the road for sure.


     
  10. junkyardgenius
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    Think it will come this far? :)no excuses now mate this one,s got a roof. Looking good , like the whitewalls too but hey what do I know?
     
  11. I hope to see it by myself, we are not so far ! :D
     
  12. Jalopy Journalist
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    Two things...

    1) I love this picture. I saved it. I am not really sure why, but it just looks perfect.

    2) I know that you are into stainless steel, and you do polish it quite commonly, have you ever made a stainless frame and polished it?
     
  13. langy
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    You may like my other project then 26T build, click here. [http://jalopyjournal.com/forum/showthread.php?t=267054


    QUOTE=Jalopy Journalist;7128834]Two things...

    1) I love this picture. I saved it. I am not really sure why, but it just looks perfect.

    2) I know that you are into stainless steel, and you do polish it quite commonly, have you ever made a stainless frame and polished it?[/QUOTE]




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  14. Langy - the car is looking very, very good. You've made some really great progress since I saw it last when I had the "honor" of standing in your driveway this past summer before we all took off for the Supernats- love the switch panel you made up - very slick!
     
  15. PonchoJohn
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    Ya know, I'm an American, so I automatically think everything we do is the best...
    But watching this thread, it REALLY makes a person understand the English "Keep a stiff upper lip" mentality! Talk about self-sufficcient! Wow, with a "go get 'em" attitude like yours (and God-given skills), it really shows how the Brits were able to hold their own during WW II.
    Impressive! Are you gonna make your own tires (tyres) next? ;)
     
  16. hershambob
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    whitewalls look great steve
     
  17. langy
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    Hi Tom, know you know why i'm slow replying to emails :eek:


     
  18. langy
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    John don't feel bad about us Brits being the best :D:D:D
    Seriously thanks for the comments.


     
  19. Cymro
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    The tool is question is known as a Panel hack saw, normally used to cut sheet metal as it does not have a frame as such to restrict cutting depth, similar to a panelsaw for wood.

    Great work Langy, do you ever sleep?
     
  20. langy
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    Sorry i must of missed Milwscruffys's post, yes your right about the saw.

    Whats sleep ????

     
  21. langy
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    Thanks Bob, you may like the front ones too.


     
  22. langy
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    Met Carl at Heathrow to pickup my front wheels, Carl had already started on the disc conversion but not finished it so i have a little machining left to do.



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    The disc is positioned on the wheel hub by an adaptor that also holds the oil seal. 5 holes need to be drilled through the disc, adaptor and into the wheel hub, these will be slightly counterbored and tapped 5/16" UNC, a coarse thread is used as the magnesium is very soft and i fine thread could possibly strip, the studs are fitted into the counterbore so that the force is taken by the shank of the ARP studs I am using and not the threaded section.



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    The spindle is an early ford part & bearing setup is normal taper bearings with a standard size oil seal.



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    The calipers & disc is from a modern car and the caliper has to be fairly small to clear the wheel, clearences are very tight !!!

    Custom caliper brackets have to be made and removing a wheel means removing a caliper first so this has to be taken into account when making the brackets. 3/8" UNF hi tensile bolts hold the spindle to the internally threaded hexagon bar caliper spacers.



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    The caliper plates are made in 1/4" stainless plate, Securing bolts are hi tensile countersunk setscrews that have been modified slightly.



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    Heres the completed setup.



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  23. langy
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    Clearances are a little on the tight side !!!



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  24. langy
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    Maybe !!! :)


     
  25. captainjunk#2
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    youve probably heard this enough times , but gawd you do some outstanding work , heck of a fabricator , and a great eye for detail , wish i had the patience ,
     
  26. langy
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    Thanks Capt.


     
  27. farmer12
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    Langy, how many more times do I need to tell you............outstanding work!
     
  28. langy
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    As I'm considered an old guy now I forget what you told me LOL


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  29. jimdillon
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    Langy, I had mentioned several pages back that I had some spindle mount mags like the ones you purchased. Mine are mounted on a straight axle and I would rather run front brakes if I ever intend on driving the car.

    Not sure how or which rotors and calipers I will use, but thanks for how you are going about your project. I am sure I will scratch my head a couple of times and then look at how you did it for comparison when my time comes. Thanks again, Jim
     
  30. langy
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    Glad its of some help to you Jim.


     

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