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Projects Shade tree Model A speedster kind of thing

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by rwrj, Nov 21, 2017.

  1. Stogy
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    Inspiration2.jpg

    Looking Forward


    an inspired vision...in this photo the Hotrod Jalopy reminded me of a bulldog (oops Boston Terrier) standing proud head forward...

    Keep up the forward motion @rwrj
     
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  2. rusty rocket
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    Stogy you crazy Canuk thats a Boston terrier not a bull dog, ha ha.
     
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  3. Stogy
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    :eek:...Whats white and black and sorta looks a little like a bulldog...A Boston Terrier...Thanks Rusty.

    I stand corrected. I was actually thinking of that cartoon dog called Spike with his little buddy that thought he was everything but they all looked to menacing I just wanted a standing proud dog and this Terrier fit the bill perfectly.

    You know it's pretty cool that the dogs feet positions even match the tire positions on the ole Hotrod Jalopy...
     
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  4. rwrj
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    Hahahaaa. I like that. Maybe you were thinking of the Mack trucks bulldog? He stands like that, doesn't he? I do have to figure out some hood straps.
     
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  5. 55chevr
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    The orange color on wheels makes the car pop.
    Joe
     
  6. catdad49
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    When we do/ see/ experience something we Love, we Become that little boy we once were! Drive On, Young Man.
     
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  7. 55Deso
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    I love what you're doing here! Keep up the good work!
     
  8. Blues4U
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    I prefer the 19's, but the 16's aren't bad and I could go with those. But I agree with Clark, they look more hot rod than speedster.

    Great looking car anyway, and I'm really digging this thread!
     
  9. rwrj
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    No progress today. Mother Nature.
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  10. rusty rocket
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  11. Atwater Mike
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    Totally enjoyable thread, RW! Especially raised my eyebrows over the planking!

    I built large old-style model airplanes for years, and reverted to planking any time I could manage to 'wander away' from sheeting. Something about it...
    My '30s era flat tail Sprint car project has been 'set up' a few times, mainly to measure body dimensions. I had envisioned planking for the body, but shied away.
    I recalled an old Sprint car that was framed with spruce stringers over plywood bulkheads, and covered with aircraft fabric! (I could do that again...won awards with a '32 Gee Bee racer when in my teens, stringers/silk/aircraft dope)
    I think you have ALL of us 'thinking'...
     
  12. Stogy
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    Don't forget the vintage racing helmet on the seat...theres a Hamb thread on them...never saw it before.

    https://www.jalopyjournal.com/?p=26569
     
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  13. rwrj
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    Stogy,
    Dang, I didn't even see the helmet. That's an interesting thread. I don't think I can afford one of those.

    Mike,
    I seriously considered a skin on frame for this car, but I wanted that bobtailed, open end look, and I think that fuselage style construction needs to be monocoque or it would have been too floppy. If I ever try a boat-tail, I'll be tempted to reconsider. I used to build all kinds of stick and tissue planes when I was a kid. Nothing big or award winning, just the little rubber band powered Guillows and Comet kits, mostly. Got briefly into U-control and early radio control towards the end. I went with the strip planking on this because I had it and was familiar with it.
     
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  14. rwrj
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    Got a little time off from work and rain this afternoon and managed to get a first coat of paint on the hood. Also rigged up a jack-legged system to hold it down. I like the geometry of it, holds the hood securely, but allows the wiggle room that it needs. Got the idea from a thread here called: A/SR Model A Survivor Drag Coupster. I'm also going to include some detail pictures, just in case anybody's interested. Let me know if I'm over-posting here.
    IMAG1241.jpg IMAG1238.jpg This little owl is for my wife. She's crazy about them. I drilled out a brass acorn nut and silver soldered it upside down to the base, the shifter goes up through the rounded part and into the owl
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    Made this little doohickey for a choke control.
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    The rest is just gas tank stuff. The filler cap came off of a Triumph Spitfire.
    IMAG1245.jpg IMAG1246.jpg IMAG1244.jpg
     
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  15. ClarkH
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    What does “over-posting” mean?



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  16. gdaddy
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    yea really ? not on this project .
     
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  17. Stogy
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    The leaf garnished pics are a hoot...
     
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  18. ozstuff
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    Thank you for the detail, this is a fine car.
    Oz
     
  19. jerseyboy
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    Like the build, the posts, the ingenuity, the frugality, and the pictures! Thanks for sharing!:D
     
  20. rwrj
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    I think you guys pushing the 19s were right. Here it is with them all around. Sorry for the redundant shots, but I always get a better feel for these things with the 3/4 views as well as the profile. Guess I'll have to scrape together enough to buy another pair of tires for the rear. Fronts are already new. I have a plan for those 16" rims and the new tires on them. Back burner stuff. They'll keep.
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  21. gdaddy
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    loving the build , any plans for windshield or just goggles ?
     
  22. rwrj
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    I think one of those sheet metal deflector things, no goggles. I'll just squint.
     
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  23. Outback
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    This is such a cool thing, I love it, way to go! My first banger was a shoe string budget & the current one is not far off. Will sub to this thread!
     
  24. rwrj
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    Well, I took it on the real road yesterday afternoon. Had to bounce the wrong way down the shoulder of a divided 4 lane for a hundred yards or so to get to a little two lane blacktop that's usually pretty deserted after you get a mile or so down. The first trip wasn't perfect. Over about 25, the whole ass end of the car bounced kind of violently. For those of you who know, it felt like driving too fast on a tractor with water in the tires, boing boing boing. Felt like I was in a cartoon. Boinged on back and swapped those two wore out 19" rigs on the back for the 16" rims with the new tires and headed back out this morning, chased by two of my daughters. Much better, I could go as fast as I dared (only about 35 or 40, but it sure was fun) with only what felt like a normal amount of jiggle. For a 90 year old car. It was borderline chilly out, and a heavy fog, but I felt a great sense of accomplishment. Surprised a couple of matrons pulling out of a driveway in an SUV pretty bad, though. Through my drizzly glasses and wind induced tears I got a brief glimpse of amazed expressions as I clattered by. The pitiful brakes and 22 1/2 degrees of slop in the steering wheel kept things from getting boring, especially on the rough patches (I did mention this was a little country road?), but I kept it pretty much in my lane. What joy. My girls took a video that they're going to help me edit and upload to Youtube sometime this afternoon or tonight. I'll post it here, of course. There's also some silent footage that one of my sons took of the first trip. He used some fancy camera with an external microphone that he forgot to turn on. I'll probably include it, anyway.
     
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  25. rwrj
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    No silent movie. This is all from the second run with the 16" rears.
     
  26. gdaddy
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    right front wheel locking up ?
     
  27. DIYGUY
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    Looks right at home in the woods!
    I like it!
     
  28. steinauge
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    Thats great! I really like it.
     
  29. spurgeonforge
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    That’s awesome! Congrats!
     
  30. Stogy
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    That does look like a blast RW and now for some fine tuning...that was definately a real good taste of what to expect. Those things are very open...very in the wind...have fun stay safe...really enjoyed that
     

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