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Hot Rods Rich's Coupe - a ten year odyssey

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  1. Rich B.
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    Rich B.
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    patch4.JPG Just followinng up. patch5.JPG patch6.JPG patch7.JPG

    In that second pic the shrinker marks are visible to achieve the needed curve
    in the panel. I meant to add this pic of the bead roller. I use step dies to form the curved
    body line.
     
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  2. Rich B.
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    patch11.JPG patch10.JPG patch9.JPG patch8.JPG patch11.JPG More follow up pics.
    patch8.JPG patch9.JPG
     
  3. Rich B.
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  4. Rich B.
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    This car has been finished, an sold.


    Had to post a couple pic of Butch's ride. He is HAMB member. After
    many years, and miles he sold it this past year, and has 2 projects
    going now. He's the guy with the white beard.
    DSC00264.JPG DSC00265.JPG
     
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  5. Stan Back
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    Speaking of doors (were we?) -- 30 years ago when we built the sedan in my avatar, I'd replaced/repaired the door bottoms. Now, after many trips to the salt, it's apparent that it's advantageous to put drain holes in the bottom.
     
  6. GordonC
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    Nice fab work!
     
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  7. Rich B.
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    • Stan Back: 28 Mercury Toledo Salon ? I like your attitude! Lol
    Glad to see you made it to the Salt, it was on my
    bucket list.
    Rich
     
  8. Greg Rogers
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    Excellent work! I read your whole thread and will follow along.
     
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  9. Rich B.
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    I'll try to get back to the regular programing.

    More 16 gauge, and 3/4" sq. tubing, I had to repair some original floor
    around shifter area. I don't know if I mentioned before , but the
    Muncie 4 speed I'm using has the tail shaft off of a early Nova. They
    have an xtra set of mounting holes 2" foreward which helps with
    gear shift placement. coupe198.JPG coupe199.JPG coupe200.JPG coupe201.JPG coupe202.JPG
     
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  10. Rich B.
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    Made a hammer form for the trans cover. It will take 3 pieces to do the job.

    Heres the tools I used to beat the snot out of it. The cheap muffler gun has a
    quick release collar,and a 'planishing head' available on e-bay. It helps make a tight
    definition around the edges.

    After initial planishing it's close, still needs a little work. coupe203.JPG coupe204.JPG coupe205.JPG
     
  11. Rich B.
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    I always knew I was going to cut the piece off here, but the hammer form had to
    shaped to get the proper form in this area.
    coupe206.JPG coupe207.JPG coupe208.JPG
     
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  12. Rich B.
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    Had to use 3 pieces to fill that area in, but happy with it.
    Made a little tool to counter sink the mounting holes. coupe209.JPG coupe210.JPG
     
  13. Rich B.
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    Found this on a trip to the junk yard. It's from a 96 Chev Geo Metro. It has a built
    in stop, and return spring. They had 4 cars in a row, bought them all 20 bucks,
    already gave 2 to friends
    Second pic:
    This a new (old style) Flaming River Column that I welded a piece of 3/8" stock on
    that will index into a notch in the tubing welded to the firewall. coupe211.JPG coupe212.JPG
     
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  14. Rich B.
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    This shows how the column indexes into the firewall piece which clocks it with
    the turn signal, and proper depth setting. There is a locking screw on the engine
    side of the firewall, plus the column drop.
    The gas pedal has been bent, with a tab welded to catch the cable carb linkage.
    There was grinding needed on bracket to get full stroke needed for carb.

    The round pedals did not give me enough room, so I fabbed new rectangular metal
    pads, to fit rubber pedal covers I found on line at Summit. I welded a spacer into
    the column drop to fit the new column, and added braces to the firwall that are
    not visible in this pic. I made a hold down for the rubber boot on the shifter. coupe213.JPG coupe214.JPG
     
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  15. Rich B.
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    I wanted to finish covering the rear suspension. This piece ties into the rear panel
    covering the tail lites. There is a removable cover for acess to tank sending unit,
    and fuel feed. The card board simulates battery box.

    This piece has inset removable plates to acess body mount bolts, and upper coil
    overs. Making card board template seal off passenger compartment. Had to be
    in two pieces , would not fit as one large piece.
    coupe215.JPG coupe216.JPG
     
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  16. Rich B.
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    I needed to fab a battery box, and a mount for it to sit in.
    coupe217.JPG coupe218.JPG
     
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  17. Rich B.
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    I decided to go ahead , and make a battery box.
    I get most of my solid rivet supplies from Aircraft Spruce.

    I used #2 cable, and clear plastic for a vent line, none of this will be visible. coupe219.JPG coupe220.JPG
     
  18. Stan Back
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    The Toledo Salon was the lesser model. This is the sought-after Torpedo Salon.
     
  19. Blues4U
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    Wow, amazing workmanship and vision. Fascinating thread!
     
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  20. Rich B.
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    I’ll have to Stan Back, and be corrected!
    I should have known better, Lol

    Rich
     
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  21. Rich B.
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    I wanted to add a pic that might show the steering column set up a little clearer. DSC00680.JPG
     
  22. Rich B.
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    I had shown the steering stablizer attachment to the drag link. I
    didn't like it, and changed it around a little. These half coupling
    lock spacers are from the local Sears store. They bite into a standard
    size drag link tubing, and do not slip. The rest of the pieces are standard
    clevis, rod ends, etc. That is a small piece of drag link to set things up with.

    DSC01384.JPG DSC01385.JPG DSC01388.JPG DSC01389.JPG
     
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  23. Subscribed, Rich. Wow.


    Walt
    Outsiders CC
     
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  24. Rich B.
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    I wanted to get an idea what shape to make the hood blisters, and the placement
    on the new side panels I'll make. A184.JPG A185.JPG A186.JPG
    I wanted to visually see the blisters so I glued some particle board together, and
    shaped with the DA. Dusty, but shapes very easily.
     
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  25. Rich B.
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    More particle board glued together for the hammer form.
    I used .063 alum. for the blister. I'm anealing it with a soft torch
    flame to soften the aluminum. I had to do this several times to keep from
    tearing metal. A192.JPG DSC01085.JPG
     
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  26. Rich B.
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    Cheap Harbor Freight planishing hammer, but it does the job.
    The foot ball shaped dolly in the vise is used to fine tune the blisters. The red
    laser dot shining on the dolly helps find the sweet spot. I picked that up from
    the guys on the Metal Meet forum
    A196.JPG coupe270.JPG coupe269.JPG
    Heres the laser stuck in a piece of 2 x 4 screwed to the ceiling
     
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  27. Rich B.
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    A202.JPG After a little prime, and block.
     
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  28. Rich B.
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    All the above is destined to be repeated in steel only larger !
    Great practice though.
     
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  29. Wow...great build and craftsmanship..
     
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  30. Rich B.
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    Rich B.
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    I used epoxy primer, urethane single stage, and clear from Eastwood with a cheap
    gravity gun. I plan on shooting the frame with the same stuff. A232.JPG A233.JPG A234.JPG coupe192.JPG
     
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