The Jalopy Journal
Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by heyitsnate, Nov 17, 2020.
It sure looks like you had it well thought out.
Nate, did you make that steering arm or modify it to get correct steering geometry?
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
Looking great Nate. I like all the small details
Great build thread with a lot of details. Keep the updates coming.
I love a real Hot Rod, enjoy the journey Nate
Now I can do motor mounts. Pretty self explanatory here. This mount was a ton of work!
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
Now tacked, checked, then welded. Also welded a simple spring clamp
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
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.
Very inspirational!!!!!! Great Job!!!!!!
Thanks Kevin! Do you still have that purple 34 I love so much?
Not attempting to highjack the thread/post.
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.
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!
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.
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 .
Looks great Nate... Really liked reading thru the whole thread.. Keep at... Going to be bad ass ! @heyitsnate
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
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.
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.
Glad you shared this with us. I enjoyed following your ‘36 and I’m subscribed to this one now, too.
Really loving this one- great fabrication, especially the wishbone detail! Great job so far!
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
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.
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 .
Once I had it I used it to cut the other side
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.
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.
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.
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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