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Projects Nate’s 32 roadster build

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by heyitsnate, Nov 17, 2020.

  1. It sure looks like you had it well thought out.
     
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    Nate, did you make that steering arm or modify it to get correct steering geometry?
     
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  3. heyitsnate
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    It was an old one . I ended up heating the taper insert out of it, and re-welding it back in, but yeah it’s estimated at this point
     
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  4. Looking great Nate. I like all the small details
     
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  5. Great build thread with a lot of details. Keep the updates coming.
     
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    I love a real Hot Rod, enjoy the journey Nate
     
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    Now I can do motor mounts. Pretty self explanatory here. This mount was a ton of work! 20E6C911-6B09-4C10-870B-2E3EC2DCF659.jpeg 40AEEB74-FB8B-464E-A0AC-F49A8B0F0D6F.jpeg 74AEAFCC-A957-43AC-A0F8-9FE534EFF7C8.jpeg F575B202-AE1C-4EBF-ACD4-90B094DBEA66.jpeg 6379256B-C82C-4C54-B9E7-1056D82CE81D.jpeg B72085FC-9270-44A0-8147-4F6175598E18.jpeg F19088EE-7FB7-4F7F-B348-E669BCDC1E4F.jpeg 1D209439-3793-48CA-B61C-D81492CBCF6F.jpeg 0A68E967-10AA-4D2B-AF9B-6AD6994E397F.jpeg
     
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    Now it’s time to start trimming the v8-60 mounts and adding some pieces to the sides . I just beat some pieces in a bench vise to match the contours, beveled the edges then built up the welds. I made some solid shims that match the height of the biscuits , then checked everything with a starett level and a laser 1CBBA9E0-567C-4066-9F02-DCB9E5B92303.jpeg 4DB0FC29-0AB7-445C-ACF0-0BE911480F44.jpeg 86124115-FA76-4672-B25B-26E5033605CF.jpeg 47332F37-8E65-49EF-A006-7D5392429D90.jpeg 2D6F30E8-A90D-4C1C-8A1D-CC228B4F383E.jpeg 5DA0CF7A-8865-4A5A-A91B-04FD04BE256E.jpeg 80F7D2A3-FCEC-491C-B4F1-9793FDBA96A5.jpeg 7F64AC0D-AE19-4344-B53A-2BB65695C3FE.jpeg 98DEB257-97DC-463D-9B3A-F1CABB8F4869.jpeg 763D00A8-65E9-4778-A98B-70A4148E0BEC.jpeg 519350AA-4938-4936-AD69-3233D94AE15D.jpeg
     
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    Now tacked, checked, then welded. Also welded a simple spring clamp 6A529E47-3722-4905-A8DD-F6B0F4DCDAE2.jpeg 168DB57F-D51F-4132-A751-F30F855D36EA.jpeg 5592CDC0-E078-4606-99E1-919747EBF362.jpeg 211A334F-E899-4A56-882C-6F4BE214F941.jpeg 948238C8-0C5B-4711-9DBB-3DEB3AB32E50.jpeg 87563F98-1910-4211-8CFE-C705A3CE702E.jpeg
     
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    Next up I mounted some Armstrong shocks in the back, then back to the front where I welded in some rivets in the stock locations. The body is fake too so why the hell not FB136831-4071-479E-A552-6D1CA219333B.jpeg
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    With the help of my lil bud we hit a big milestone. Pretty close to seeing a full roller! Shackles and hardware are temporary. I really hate the oem shackles but that’s what I’ll do in final. 1362EA03-D7A8-44AD-99F7-3DDC80B9449A.jpeg 658BEB33-A13F-4E56-B6CB-9EBEDE33C726.jpeg C7D078E5-AF4A-4DCC-A7B1-5FE521AFAEA8.jpeg E403D248-8E04-4B9C-B80B-19EFCE53EE45.jpeg 3124B8A7-EF78-4848-A692-6B5817C63AE5.jpeg 7E566F62-3D75-4C0D-895F-F3EDC0906379.jpeg C0074CD6-E899-4CEA-9E21-8A697811169B.jpeg
     
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    Very inspirational!!!!!! Great Job!!!!!!
     
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    Thanks Kevin! Do you still have that purple 34 I love so much?
     
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    Not attempting to highjack the thread/post;). 69CBF24E-A720-4DAB-82E9-24FEF11246C0.jpeg A60183D0-F717-4404-9A9C-426B0B84D7AA.jpeg 78A29B9A-FC46-4887-8455-3F953FB04E75.jpeg
    Thanks for digging it, I recall speaking with Jake (P&J’s) about different styles in Hot Rods. We were @ “The Hat” it’s a pastrami-burger joint. He had a bunch of PPC-Archived pix of 32 roadsters as he was looking for inspiration in coming up with ideas for a 32 Roadster build, He was inspired by the Walker Morrison 32. That’s an Iconic Roadster.
    He asked me what inspired anything that I’d build, I recall my 1st response was budget, My 2nd was actually more of a flattery towards him and his former company as I indicated that if some of these parts that they made hadn’t been built, I’d have a whole different inspiration.
    Thom Taylor did a really cool pencil drawing of side profiles of roadsters for “The Roadster Shop” one of them being a 34, Those became their ads. I really liked the side view of the 34 Highboy and said I want my side to appear like.
    We get inspiration from many different sources another being a SRM feature on the “Flying Flathead” roadster. I really liked its hue. Another was a Deuce roadster in a Don Montgomery book that was in the back ground of a PRC action shot.
    I locked in those tires and I saw that roadster a very cool deep purple in my head.
    Thx again.
     
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    Now that that’s mostly done I was in a hurry to see the body on. I will say it’s not as simple as it looks. Each time the body goes on it must be shimmed and it’s an ordeal , things don’t magically line up! 94763967-119F-4E02-8630-BF384E436730.jpeg AA249990-40CD-446F-8D66-E69B2C39BD7C.jpeg 55892218-C02D-470C-A60D-8A008074EDB5.jpeg 4D554E7A-E56A-4FEA-B7D9-5E02F2024445.jpeg
     
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    The next major step is the driveshaft . at this point I took a chassis break. I was looking forward to doing the dash so I started on that. I’m still in the middle of all that, which I will cover in future installments. It’s a lot . Besides the dash I needed to drill my doors for outside door handles. I’ve never had a roadster with such luxuries so here we go. I sanded down and sleeved an air fitting for the job. D5761EDA-0AB2-4DB4-9F6C-2CBB34BF2A4C.jpeg A888228D-139E-4E8B-BD9C-77BB7CC17377.jpeg 1BF932E7-62F2-425E-9E98-EAD6E1B978FA.jpeg 630FCB82-2D80-49CC-AD42-07D28EC3B46A.jpeg 37798A5E-0B6E-4CAF-8972-8FB144B9DFAA.jpeg 90AA3859-D763-4114-B4A1-2ABADFD903D9.jpeg
     
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    Well now we are pretty much current with the build. There’s lots I glossed over like rebuilding the spindles, spring packs , locating the steering box, making floor templates, lining up the pedals and things like that. Many hours in on that stuff. The next update will hopefully be soon as I drop the motor and trans in, do the driveshaft and get some floors and seat foams in. Also on the to-do list is the drag link and some adjustments to the body .
     
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  18. Beautiful.
     
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  19. Looks great Nate... Really liked reading thru the whole thread.. Keep at... Going to be bad ass ! @heyitsnate
     
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    I did not have the mind bending array of photos I thought I did, but this part was pretty straightforward. The body located the running board brackets, transfer to frame, and I had the rear fender frame holes done, so I bolted up the rear of the fender, the front of the fender, then used clecos and some lightly applied tie down straps to locate the fenders, from there I marked, drilled and spot welded the cage nuts in. I like to use a roper Whitney handheld 17E56839-AD36-4A4C-BFCE-212304F494A8.jpeg E756FD52-3F10-42C0-8632-9FADF35FCDC6.jpeg E27CAA35-0380-4F23-AE77-724E0DF0E701.jpeg hole punch to make the holes on the cage nut tabs. If you are planning to get into sheet metal often it’s a worthwhile investment.
     
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    I spent thanksgiving morning cutting my wood floors. Earlier in the build I made some Luan templates, so I set about making them in birch plywood. Wood is not my strong suit, but I struggled through it. The small upper column piece I made 4 times. My 4th one totally delaminated at the end so I decided it best to glue it. I thought about doing another but that one could do the same thing later , do I’ll head it off at the pass. also didn’t hurt I was happy with the fit. 0C182400-7795-4CCA-8538-1778E558D0DA.jpeg E93BDF5A-F2BB-4DE9-BC87-3B82C3E12A3B.jpeg E24263F9-3387-40C3-AFAD-F47667EF202C.jpeg
     
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  22. Glad you shared this with us. I enjoyed following your ‘36 and I’m subscribed to this one now, too.
     
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    Really loving this one- great fabrication, especially the wishbone detail! Great job so far!
     
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    I was saving the dash stuff til I was done, but I’m bored and maybe you you will think it’s neat .
    idk. my interior I want one thing. Decadence. I’m not doing anything subtle or understated in the cabin. Hollywood seemed the obvious choice so I tried different layouts

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    The 3w is my favorite 32 interior. Who doesn’t love gloveboxes ? I managed to get a really early Hollywood panel from pat swanson that’s a little smaller than the more common one. I made some patterns and then set about making a hammer form. Next I bead rolled some insets and hammered the edges over them. Thankfully this bit worked.

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    I figured if I could just get one glovebox hole done on one side, the other side would follow, so I made a box hole, then drilled center in the dash and made an aluminum fixture I could flip over and use for the other side. Once I marked the aluminum I cut the hole out and hand filed it to size . It took about 3 hours of filing to get it all where I wanted it. Long hard day .

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    Once I had it I used it to cut the other side
     
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    Now that that is done , I formed the edges using the aluminum as a hammer form. I was originally going to mount the door overlapping the dash, but a flush fit would be much fancy pantsier. I then made a hinge from flat stock, a couple of roll pins and some 1/8 rod. I ended up having to notch the flange and make an aluminum riser so the door would open enough.

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    I didn’t want 2 so I made a cap for the other side and welded it in. With my kid in zoom classes I brought some sheet metal home and worked it around a pipe until it resembled a glovebox.

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    Next I needed mounts so I welded tabs on the flange. Then I fitted a piece of spring steel to the bottom , setting up the next little bit.

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    This would be the next bit. I made a wire hoop on the inside of the door, and modified an elbow latch with a choke cable . Later I will put my dash knob of choice on there and mount it somewhere on the dash. It works, the door pops open. I just need to know how to post video.
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