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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. rusty rocket
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    My thoughts also. I didnt care for the tail at all but it really fits. Also dig the tail light placement. As for the bee stinger may bee(pun intended) a yellow and black paint scheme should bee in the works?!
     
  2. rwrj
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    I originally intended to have the tank running crosswise, but I felt like there was too much frame left behind it. The cars that look best to me bob-tailed have the tank over the cross-member. This whole thing has kind of evolved from a bare frame, there never was a real set plan. Appreciate all of the support and comments along the way.
     
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  3. rwrj
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    Thank you. As far as those buckles, I
    think they must have been some kind of wagon tack. The belts they were on were almost 5 feet long. They have the right vibe for me, though.
     
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  4. barrnone50
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    Collar and hames for Horse and buggy. Just a Guess!
     
  5. rwrj
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    Didn't make a lot of progress this morning. Had to meet a fellow about a used outboard, but I got up early and wired my brake light switch up before I left, and it works. I only have the one picture. It's the early style switch, which is appropriate, since my engine and frame are from early 1928. I had to drill a couple of holes, but that's no big deal to me. For the life of me, I couldn't figure out how the thing was mounted originally, and for once the internet let me down, so I just bent the mounting tangs 90 degrees and stuck it up inside the channel of the frame. Had to fiddle with it a bit to make it miss the e-brake stuff. That thin little crooked wire going from the spring through the cross-member to the pedal is temporary, a pattern for the permanent one, but I didn't feel like crawling under there to take another picture. The front of the car is to the right in the picture. Like I said, it works. Closer to done all the time. (Famous last words...)

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  6. What a great thread!!
    Love how it has come together for you...... and us!
    Well done!!
     
  7. rwrj
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    Thank you all for the compliments. I didn't get a chance to post this last night. That bee-stinger tail has made it a pain to get to my fuel cut-off, so I cut an access hole and made a little cover for it. Nothing all that special, but it was fiddly and time-consuming. Satisfying, though. In a marine environment an aluminum plate attached to a bronze strap with copper rivets would be a recipe for electrolysis, but on this rig, it should be fine. I thought of printing "fuel" or some such on it, but I figured the rigamarole associated with starting this thing makes up for not having a keyed ignition, and there was no reason to make it easier for anybody with nefarious intentions.

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  8. fourspd2quad
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    Very impressive work. There is so much talent in this community that I appreciate and some downright incredible builds. What really impresses me about your build is that it seems very do-able to the average guy and appears very affordable and fun. Your design touches show that a cool ride can be made for little $. I bet a lot of us have already taken inventory of stuff we have laying around to build something similar, I know I have, heck I might have enough to build two! Thanks for sharing bro!
     
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  9. rwrj
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    Thank you. I put another little video on Youtube. Just because...

     
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  10. barrnone50
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    Very cool!! It fits the Build..
     
  11. 340HilbornDuster
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    Cool cover!...love this build!
    ....Should've been facing backwards so clasp doesn't blow open AT SPEED!

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  12. rwrj
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    Hahahahaaa. I think I'm safe there. If I contort myself a little, I can operate the door and the shut-off from the drivers seat now, which is good, because I forget it a lot.
     
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  13. 5280A2
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    Stoplight switch for '28-9 originally bolted to the top of the transmission with bolts that hold shift tower to transmission case. The switch connects to a special pin used on the brake pedal arm via a heavy wire link that connects to the switch with a loop on one end and the brake pedal pin with a hook on the opposite end. The link is the correct length to keep a slight amount of spring tension on the arrangement so that the hook end stays connected to the pin, All the parts are readily available from any of the Model A vendors.
     
  14. rwrj
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    That makes sense. I found and used the link on the pedal, but I have the switch on the frame. It's a copy of the set up some of the Model T guys came up with. It's working, so...
     
  15. cederholm
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    This thread keeps getting better! Love what you're doing!
    ~ Carl
     
  16. Damn, a month of good working weather and I miss a ton! Looks good man.

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  17. rwrj
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    Well, I might have to take back all of the things I have said about WallyWorld. I found some dining chair cushions there for $8 each, bought four. They are made from the finest hide of the elusive vinyl pig. Seriously, though, they do look a lot like leather. They have the recesses like the old button upholstery, but no buttons. I melted holes through them with a little piece of copper tubing (well, I drilled the first hole and accidentally turned my bit into an industrial strength Q-tip), then screwed them down with bronze oval head screws and brass escutcheons. I even clocked the slots on the screw heads. Aint I fancy? I'll be honest, I'm tickled pink. I bought them as a temporary solution, but they will probably stay for quite awhile.

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  18. fourspd2quad
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    WOW! Looks like fine Corintian leather to me! Nice work.
     
  19. rwrj
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    Made another little video. All my kids are off at school, nobody to film my little drives, but oh well.

     
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  20. rottenleonard
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    Wow those seats look custom made, and for $16, can't beat that!
     
  21. rwrj
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    Thank you guys, but it was $32. Still, though...
     
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  22. Stogy
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    Just add some leaves and little twigs...;)...ready to barnstorm the backroads...another well suited addition.
     
  23. Paul
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    love it, and that shift knob is a hoot
     
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  24. jerseyboy
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    Looks great! Love the setting for the walk around.:cool:
     
  25. Seat cushions look great, and I'm sure they add to the comfort level also! :)
    Very creative mounting solution.
     
  26. rwrj
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    It is a good bit more comfortable. I made a little ride-along video. My phone mount is pretty bouncy, but that's because it's just a cheap selfie doohickey zip-tied to a random assortment of sticks c-clamped to the car. To tell you the truth, it's a pretty accurate portrayal of the actual driving experience. This thing is pretty primitive. I like it, though. Here's a picture of the mount, and also the video.

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  27. NWRacing
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    That road looks familiar, are you near Metcalfe?
     
  28. rwrj
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    That video was from a run of about 20 minutes. It was blowing steam out of the radiator cap when I got back. Shined down in the top tank with my little light and could see several of the passages plugged with rust and trash. I took the radiator off and back-flushed it. Just turned it upside down and put the water hose in the bottom, plugged it up with some of that 1/2" foam weatherstripping tape, and ran it for half an hour or so. It looked much better after that. I also re-adjusted my timing, which was retarded a bit. I should have done those two things seperately, with test runs in between, so I could see which was the main culprit, but I think they probably both contributed.

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    NW, you have a good eye. That's the Springhill Road, cuts off East from 319 just south of Thomasville, eventually runs into the road from Beachton to Metcalf.
     
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  29. NWRacing
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    I was pretty sure that was it, my gunsmith is right down the road from there.
     
  30. DIYGUY
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    Cool, cool, cool! Love what your doin'
     

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