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Hot Rods Rich's Coupe - a ten year odyssey

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Rich B., Nov 10, 2019.

  1. GordonC
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    Nice lead work! I haven't done any in a while either and wondered if it would come back easily or not. Heard a guy say if you wanted to learn to lay lead do it in sandals! You'll learn in a hurry how to keep it on the car!
     
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  2. Rich B.
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    Rich B.
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    from Portage,IN

    I finished both sides, and had repaired all cracks around the top. I added lead to
    the corners, and ground back the T molding for future clearance for roof tracks
    to mount the roof covering. coupe41.JPG coupe42.JPG
     
  3. raven
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    Nice work.
    Does anyone make the T moulding?
    r


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  4. Rich B.
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    Raven: I don’t know of any one making that
    Molding.
    Sorry if I haven’t said thanks for the kudo’s guy’s, I don’t see them when I’m doing multiple posts.
    They are appreciated!
    Rich
     
  5. Rich B.
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    Rich B.
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    from Portage,IN

    I didn't want a filled top, but neededa base for the fabric top. Here I'm making
    pattern for a piece of 1/4" oak paneling. The cut piece won't lay flat, but I'll fix that. coupe43.JPG coupe44.JPG
     
  6. Rich B.
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    I soaked it in water, and let it dry in place. The finished piece after stain, and polyurathane. coupe45.JPG coupe46.JPG
     
  7. Rich B.
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    Rich B.
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    from Portage,IN

    I tapered the leading edge for smooth transition of fabric top. Also the sides, and
    a good pic of my future headliner. coupe47.JPG coupe49.JPG coupe48.JPG
     
  8. Aaron D.
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    Nice work man, keep posting pics:)
     
  9. Rich B.
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    Thanks AAron!
    Here's one more pic of the interior wood. The back window rolls down
    which takes different wood than a fixed window. I have removed the back
    shelf for more leg room where the window crank mounts. I'll deal with it later.
    coupe50.JPG
     
  10. Rich B.
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    Rich B.
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    Started cutting all the window frames, very happy with the results. Some times
    the most tedious jobs turn out the best. these will require no filler.
    coupe51.JPG coupe52.JPG
     
  11. Rich B.
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    Rich B.
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    Started replacing the wheel wells, and none of the reveal lines matched up, so
    I replaced more than I had planned on. I wrapped the bottom around the lower
    sub frame to match the original.

    The next pic shows the lower quarter panel (in primer) on my welding table. The
    reveal line did not match up there either. After beating the snot out of it I won
    out in the end! I should have made my own to start with which is what I did later in the build.
    coupe53.JPG coupe54.JPG
     
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  12. Rich B.
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    Started fabbing new floor panels out of 16 gauge CR with 3/4" square tubing around the
    perimeter, and cross braces (not shown here ) which the seat will mount to. (hopfully)
    It maybe over kill, but that's what I do! coupe57.JPG coupe62.JPG
     
  13. manyolcars
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    The under seat panel is a great place for a dropped floor to carry things
     
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  14. GordonC
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    No such thing as over kill! If somes good, a whole lot even better, then too much is just right! :D
     
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  15. Rich B.
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    Manyolcars:
    I wish that was the case, but engine set back,
    ladder bar mounts will not let me do that.
    After having the seat redone 1 had to lower it
    2” to see better! Oh well.

    Gordon C : I like your attitude, wait till you see
    Some other things I have planned.lol
     
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  16. Bugguts
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    Great job so far! Your detail is above most and you have the skills to pull it off.
    I'm looking forward to more!
     
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  17. Rich B.
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    This starts the 3 point seat belt install. I'm using 1 1/2" 3/16" wall square tube.
    The 3/4" steel bars sitting on the tubing get welded inside the tubing. I wanted
    plenty of thread purchase for the upper attachment points. The long 1/4"
    flat bar will be plug, and stitch welded on top of the sub frame from door
    post to rear of car. coupe63.JPG coupe64.JPG
     
  18. Rich B.
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    Here most of the pieces have been welded in. the body bolts do pass thru the
    reinforced sub frame. In the event of an accident that should seperate the body from the
    frame the belt attachment points stay with the car. coupe65.JPG coupe66.JPG coupe68.JPG
     
  19. Rich B.
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    Here's the finished view, the 1 1/2" tube does not touch the cab. These belts are from
    Julianos they are GM style belts. coupe67.JPG coupe69.JPG
     
  20. Very nice work. It's also nice to see how you are integrating three-point seatbelts into the car.
     
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  21. 392
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    Great work. Should be killer ride.
     
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  22. 31Apickup
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    Nice, I was thinking of similar idea for shoulder belts for my A coupe.


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  23. Rich B.
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    Thanks a bunch for the kind words, I try to think ahead but we always miss something!

    I very happy with the 3 point belts , I need to shorten
    The 2 small belts in the center. This will pull the
    Top belt higher across my chest making it safer.
    Rich
     
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  24. Rich B.
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    Time to tackle the rear panel below the trunk lid. I shaped it to match cuvature of
    trunk lid. I tacked the rear support piece to hold the shape, and sand blasted the rear
    center brace , and welded it to the back of the panel.
    The rear area in the bottom pic was in poor shape. I replaced most of it
    with new metal. you can see where I cut the long side supports to jack the
    opening to fit the trunk lid. I extended the side rain gutters to drain under car.
    coupe70.JPG coupe71.JPG
     
  25. Rich B.
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    Rich B.
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    from Portage,IN

    This was the original curved panel for the rumble seat. I cut it almost in half, formed a flange on it, and
    welded 1/4" 20 nuts on the back side.
    2nd pic shows new panel attached forming a box which will hide tailight buckets. this area will be open on bottom above gas tank.
     

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  26. Rich B.
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    I didn't like the corners on the trunk lid. I welded some 19 gauge on it to be able to shape it.
    I than took care of the top corners. Of course I had to pull the lower trunk piece, and weld
    all those up as well! coupe91.JPG coupe93.JPG coupe95.JPG coupe97.JPG
     
  27. Rich B.
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    Rich B.
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    I meant to add in that last panel that I reshaped the inner trunk lid after centering the trunk handle,
    and fabbed my own latch assembly for the trunk handle. coupe98.JPG
     
  28. rd martin
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    rich, sure is great that your taking the time for the fellow hambers to see how you did it! if i had half your talent, i would attempt to build my own space shuttle! keep up the good info! we know your quality of work.
     
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  29. Rich B.
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    Rich B.
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    from Portage,IN

    Always good to hear from the best drag race historian I know! I’m going to Put some pics up with that little dragster you put together for fun. It’a
    part of that 10 year stretch just like Butch’s old
    Dodge. I hope that ‘ s okay with you.
    Rich
     
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  30. 63Compact
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    Nice work
     
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