Register now to get rid of these ads!

Art & Inspiration Olds F88 project...sort of

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 56oldsDarrin, Dec 17, 2010.

  1. 56oldsDarrin
    Joined: May 9, 2009
    Posts: 396


    I really love that 54 F88 show car (someone else has a thread) and I have been thinking about building my own for years.
    I have this parts car, and well...
    what do you think?
    I built a model in a 3dsMax class at school, I have never taken on a project this big, but I have seen some pretty inspiring things here on the HAMB.

    Attached Files:

    Last edited: Dec 17, 2010
  2. JimSibley
    Joined: Jan 21, 2004
    Posts: 3,362


    Super cool. get a sawzall, welder and go to town......
  3. chopolds
    Joined: Oct 22, 2001
    Posts: 5,953

    from howell, nj
    1. Kustom Painters

    Nah...I'm not sure I'd tackle building that car from a "real" steel car. The amount of shortening, sectioning, chopping, reshaping, probably doesn't make it worth the time and effort (Ask Fritz....he tried to build a steel version of a Roth showcar, and finally just built it out of glass)
    You'd be better off taking that Olds frame, shortening it, and then building a fiberglass body around it. You can us the traditionally apprived Roth "spitball" method of body building, or a more modern approach of a light wood framework, and foam, carved to shape, and covered with glass (supposing it's a one-off, and you dont' want to build a mold to do multiple versions.
    Marty Martinez, out of Va, built the Pontiac version of the Vette showcar, the Club-De-Mer, this way. I think there might be some good info about it on Still Runnin', the internet magazine. If not, contact Leah, who runs that site, she is a friend of Marty's and can fill you in with what it takes to do one of these.

  4. it in steel. It really omes down to your fab skills and sheetmatal talent though...
  5. sololobo
    Joined: Aug 23, 2006
    Posts: 8,211


    Steel is real--here is an example---~sololobo~

    Attached Files:

  6. Wow! I like that!
  7. 56oldsDarrin
    Joined: May 9, 2009
    Posts: 396


    I really respect the Ed Roth method, but with the doors and stuff, I think steel would actually be easier.
    The theory is not to copy the F88 show car, but sort of "what if".
    The shortened body ends up being about the length of a 78-86 GM A or G body car. Swapping the sheet metal onto a running Cutlass (or cousin) would make things alot simpler
  8. Looks like a cross between a Thunder Bird and a Corvette. But if I had to decide between the two it would be a hard decision so you are about to create the best of both world's.

    Neat looking 3d model.
  9. Tinbasher
    Joined: Feb 13, 2007
    Posts: 274


    Get into some Metal Fab. Class's. You'll find it easier to build the panels then cut and weld the original body. Maybe start from the cowl, windshield and floor pan. Then build from there.

    Anyway go for it. We all have a dream. JP
  10. 56oldsDarrin
    Joined: May 9, 2009
    Posts: 396


    That Sololobo car is super cool.
    Did I see a build thread ??
  11. Anderson
    Joined: Jan 27, 2003
    Posts: 6,492


    Go for it! I like the concept. Needs a front bumper though.
  12. 56oldsDarrin
    Joined: May 9, 2009
    Posts: 396


    Man, this got lost quick.
  13. flamin01a
    Joined: Jul 23, 2005
    Posts: 78


    Anybody have pictures of the Papoose, built in Atlanta? 55 Pontiac with unborne calf interior. I saw it at the car show, then later on Peachtree St, same day I saw the ZOT cruising Peachtree!
  14. ***Area-51***
    Joined: Mar 25, 2005
    Posts: 711

    from Ohio

    Way Cool!....if you have the skills, discipline, commitment to finish...I say "Go For It!"
  15. texoutsider
    Joined: Jul 6, 2005
    Posts: 826

    from Frisco, Tx

    Use an early Vette body shell, go from way ahead.

  16. hotrodj54
    Joined: Jun 1, 2007
    Posts: 628


    hey if your going to cut that car up let me know i can use some parts off that......the idea you have looks pretty cool....................john
  17. Hairy Olds
    Joined: May 6, 2008
    Posts: 31

    Hairy Olds

    A little off topic- this 1957 F-88 is being built near me.


  18. raidmagic
    Joined: Dec 10, 2007
    Posts: 1,438


    Great concept and nice 3D drawing but I'd rebuild that car you have there, it's super cool.
  19. koolkemp
    Joined: May 7, 2004
    Posts: 6,006


    Go for it!! I think it would be really coll, and I agree with doing it in metal, I think it would be a really fun project!
  20. 56oldsDarrin
    Joined: May 9, 2009
    Posts: 396


    Not Off-topic at all, That thing is amazing.
  21. Would be a lot of work to stitch back together, but guys have done that stuff on here before, if your welding skills are up to par, go for it. I'd round up a 4-door to cut up rather than a 2-door hardtop, though.

    And I'd suggest a more traditional Olds front end look, like the actual F-88, you'd hate to go through all that work and have someone see it from the front and think it's a T-bird.

Share This Page

Register now to get rid of these ads!


Copyright © 1995-2021 The Jalopy Journal: Steal our stuff, we'll kick your teeth in. Terms of Service. Privacy Policy.

Atomic Industry
Forum software by XenForo™ ©2010-2014 XenForo Ltd.