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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. rd martin
    Joined: Nov 14, 2006
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    you can do anything you want bud!
     
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  2. AHotRod
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    Awesome Coupe, great job with it !

    Hot Rod Coupes RULE !
     
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  3. choptop40
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    10 years seems like ten minutes sometimes...nice build...
     
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  4. bubba55
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    Wow - wow -wow
    Awesome work and killer execution - you Sir are a Craftsman


    Sent from my iPhone using The H.A.M.B. mobile app
     
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  5. Ziggster
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    Awesome craftsmanship. Nice to see someone taking their time to do it right in a get it done yesterday throw away society.
     
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  6. Rich B.
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    Rich B.
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    from Portage,IN

    Thank's for thhe feed back guy's!
    I picked up this seat for $40 at the local junk yard, just the typical
    Plymouth Voager middle seat. It folds flat, and has arm rest on passenger
    side. I made an adapter to move the arm rest to where the seat belts pass
    thru in the center of the seat. It's removable. (Don't worry I traditonaly
    use an arm rest)
    I than used Wescots blue print to set the seat at standard height, and angle.
    That is basicaly a 2" tip back to front. coupe75.JPG coupe75.JPG coupe80.JPG coupe81.JPG coupe82.JPG coupe81.JPG coupe82.JPG
     
  7. Rich B.
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    Rich B.
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    from Portage,IN

    Here's the frame I made which is overly compplicated. I can't help picking at things!
    I used a seat tract from Summit thaat is for bucket seat I just spread it out for my bench,
    works great. That part# is SumG1153 $27.95
    coupe83.JPG coupe88.jpg
     
  8. Rich B.
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    Rich B.
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    from Portage,IN

    Fiinished arm rest, I know it's ugly, but I'll take of that later.
    coupe86.JPG coupe87.JPG
     
  9. GordonC
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    I barely have room for me and a passenger in my roadster let alone an arm rest! You must be an optimist using one in a coupe! Or a skinny little dude! :D
     
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  10. Rich B.
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    Proably sick of seat pics, but I found some more. coupe79.JPG coupe78.JPG
     
  11. Rich B.
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    Rich B.
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    from Portage,IN

    That's 1/8" heliarc wire connecting the 2 tracks together.
    WhaI would like it to look like in the bottomm pic. a91.JPG coupe90.jpg
     
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  12. Rich B.
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    Rich B.
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    from Portage,IN

    I ended up removing tilt , and bulky latches on the end of seats which gained me several inches.
    The A seat tapers to the back to fit body shape. I removed the Rear shelf to gain leg room, and could not get the seat
    back far enough. So I stole an idea from our Canadian bros. and used his method to gain room. Maybe
    he will pipe up. 005_2.JPG
     
  13. GordonC
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    How'd everything suddenly turn black? :D
     
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  14. Rich B.
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    Rich B.
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    from Portage,IN

    Gordon:
    Spray can dye! Just had to see it look better, and
    sit in the car making engine noises ! I may be old,
    but I haven’t grown up! Rich
     
  15. 40ragtopdown
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    Thanks for all the build pics. That's going to be one bad ass model a.
     
  16. Rich B.
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    Rich B.
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    from Portage,IN

    Thank's guy's:
    Here's a pic of the original firewall that came with the car. I'm going to cross brace the inside of the
    cowl, than remove the uncut xtra firewall. I could have reversed the good firewall, but it still
    would not give me the clearance I need.
    2nd pic shows cutting the flange off, and welding 1/4" 20 nuts on to match the cowl. a103.JPG a104.JPG
     
  17. Rich B.
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    Rich B.
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    from Portage,IN

    Here it's mounted with 1/4 " 20 nuts welded in position. I'm keeping the original
    frame hold down feet in stock position, I'll tie into those later. coupe101.JPG coupe102.JPG
     
  18. Rich B.
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    Rich B.
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    from Portage,IN

    I'm using 16 gauge marked in 1" increments (that's the plan any way) to help me make
    mirror images for the two sides. I have to shrink one side. and stretch the other to
    curve a piece.
    The Eastwood shrinker stretchers are mounted in my home made stands. coupe103.JPG coupe104.JPG
     
  19. Rich B.
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    Rich B.
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    coupe106.JPG coupe105.JPG Here I have installed the curved pieces. This second pic shows where I had to
    trim them to fit the front edge. coupe106.JPG
     
  20. Rich B.
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    Rich B.
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    from Portage,IN

    I'm scribing apiece of 16 gauge after tacking all the set back pieces in.
    2nd pic I'm trying to decide on a pattern some what like the original
    firewall. I have to leave room for master cylinder, and vin plate. coupe107.JPG coupe108.JPG
     
  21. Rich B.
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    Rich B.
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    All ready to tack in ! Well maybe not, pics above are 16 gauge cold rolled, and
    new press piece is hot rolled. First effort I wasn't happy with so I tried some
    hot rolled to see what my problem was. It turned out so good I'm using it.
    You may wonder why I just don't bead roll the pattern. You can't get as deep
    a pattern with the bead roller with out distorting the panel . coupe109.JPG coupe112.JPG
     
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  22. Rich B.
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    I lost some pics, I'll come back, and show the steps I took to do that.
     
  23. The work looks real nice, what's the setback of the firewall?
     
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  24. Rich B.
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    Rich B.
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    from Portage,IN

    You’re really pushing my memory 30tudor! It’s
    Been a few years since I did that. I’m not where I
    can measure it right now. I think 5 1/2” from leading edge of fire wall. Stock Model A Sticks out from
    leading edge. I know I wish it was another 1”,
    as distributor is close fit! I’ll get that info .
    Rich
     
  25. Rich B.
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    Rich B.
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    from Portage,IN

    I'm going to post a little demo on how I press form shapes. I had done this a couple
    years ago, but #%*:{(%! photo bucket will x them out pretty soon.
    I'm just an amateur, and taught myself I'm sure there are better ways.
    The firewall was the biggest I have done. but principle is the same. This is 16 gauge
    here. I give the pieces a gap one and half times the size of the male pattern. The
    pattern .057 gap is .085 does not have to be exact, but cut tooo closse trying for
    better definition will shear the piece. a118.JPG
     
  26. Rich B.
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    Rich B.
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    I use drill bits to set the gap around the two pieces in above picture.
    a119.JPG a120.JPG a121.JPG
    The pieces are all lined up with the 2 drill bits. The next pic has the female pattern
    on bottom with the blank on top of that, than the male pattern taped to the
    top. all aligned with the 2 drill bits.
     
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  27. Rich B.
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    Rich B.
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    from Portage,IN

    Here it's ready to press in my 50 ton press. Now II spray everything with WD40. a122.JPG a123.JPG
     
  28. Rich B.
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    Rich B.
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    from Portage,IN

    I.walk the press over the pattern till it is locked in, than I press with full tonage
    to finish. I' sure you could use a 10 to 20 ton press. a125.JPG a126.JPG
    The finished piece. I have sheared an edge on some pieces, and heli arced it
    with no problems.
     
  29. Rich, show your valve covers.
     
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  30. LOU WELLS
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    Excellent Save And Craftsmanship...Appreciated...
     
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