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Projects My Willys Gas Coupe build

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

  1. Terry O
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    Thank you Steve. Much credit to Jimmy White & Matt Proctor. Coming from a man of your skills that means a lot.

    Terry
     
  2. langy
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    I first met Jimmy a few years ago, He does nice unique stuff, very impressive.
     
  3. langy
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    Thanks Sniffin.
     
  4. junkyardgenius
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    Looking good old timer. I,m thinking about setting fire to mine.
     
  5. langy
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    Let's face it you certainly like a challenge !!!
    Thanks Gary
     
  6. langy
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    I've been looking for some valve covers for the Cadillac motor to clear my roller rockers, the only ones that do the job are the fabricated type, MTS Cadillac sell them but at $400 i thought they were a tad expensive :eek:

    I found a company on Ebay cheaper but they were real thin 16swg ally and really poorly made :( so decided to make some :D

    My mate folded the ally sheet for me at work so all i had to do was make up the fixing bolt sleeves and weld them together.

    I was going to get another mate to do the welding as i very rarely do Aluminium so i'm not as good at it, anyway i was impatient and wanted to see them done so the Tig was sparked into life, for those that are interested i used a 2.4mm rod with a 2.4mm tungsten for the main part and a 1.6mm tungsten for around the bolt holes, It came out ok and better than i thought it might !!! They are going to be polished anyway.

    I scored some original 60's Offenhauser NOS breathers off ebay US, there will be some people that think fabbed valve covers are not in keeping but I think thats the sort of thing they would of done if they couldn't get something way back then.
    Offenhauser must of had funny rulers back in the day because the measurements on the instructions are not the same as on the breathers



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  7. Fatbrosracing
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    Are you going to grind the welds smooth or polish them like they are. If the welds were invisible and the covers polished they wood look like a simple casting. Just a thought.
     
  8. rrbrucea
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    Eventually is good enough!
     
  9. 1971BB427
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    Hotrodders used to have a "do what it takes" attitude, and racers still do. It seems that some have reached a point today where they want things to resemble what was around in the 50's and 60's, and don't approve of non traditional options.
    I like the valve covers and agree that they reflect what hotrodders would have made if they couldn't buy it. I'm all for traditionala, but a little compromise for performance is a good thing too.
     
  10. Outstanding as always, Langy - I hope to see it in person again soon!
     
  11. langy
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    You don't miss much Claymore :D Its something i'm working on to go around the front panel cutouts where the shackle are.
     
  12. langy
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    Wotcha mate, hows that english wheel working out ???

    Havn't decided yet how to polish the covers, I might even paint them yet.
     
  13. langy
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    Hahaha
     
  14. langy
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    Yup i'm with you on this, I've already heard from the hamb police :(
     
  15. langy
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    Hey Tom, hows it hanging mate, I do apologize for not emailing you, everytime i think i must email Tom something distracts me :(
     
  16. Blackcherry
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    Where did the tradition come from??? That's right creative minded individuals, solving mechanical issues. Your a Hot Rodder. I like 'em, screw the establishment.
     
  17. rat nasty
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    wow! nuff said...
     
  18. langy
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    Thanks for the support, cheers
     
  19. farmer12
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    I'm behind you all of the way Steve, you have some outstanding skills and thoughts which have impressed me greatly. Keep up the good work!
     
  20. Don's Hot Rods
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    Those valve covers look great, Steve. I wonder how many people who might say otherwise could even begin to make something like them from scratch? :rolleyes:

    Don
     
  21. tmfcracing
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    Great work on the covers Steve, they look awsome and will even be better when polished.
     
  22. Fatbrosracing
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    In all honesty, I haven't touched the wheel since I made it, at the time it was more to see if I could build it, a personal project for me, but it will get used, I can guarantee that. Just need some spare time to learn to drive it, hopefully before I really need to make a panel with it.

    Keep that Willys happening, it's awesome.
     
  23. langy
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    Your too kind Eric, thanks
     
  24. langy
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    Hahaha, your probably right Don.
     
  25. langy
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    Thanks Martin, oh i will reply to your PM in a minute.
     
  26. langy
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    Thanks Chris, I tell you what stick it in a big box and send it to me for a test drive :D
     
  27. Those covers ground and polished will look cool, screw the traditional police.

    Even if you can buy some, if you can build them that nice you should!
     
  28. 64 Thunderbolt
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    I had forgot about this post.
    Looks good!!!
     
  29. brian55lvr
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    you are doing it all ''right'' langy---makin what you can---love it
     
  30. Davyj
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    Great work as usual, if someone wants condemn that beautiful homebuilt ride as not traditional........................they can just skip the posts................its like saying they don't like what is on tv, when they are sitting with the remote in their hand. Of course that means they are a couch potato, and not in the garage building a hot rod! ;)
     

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