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Projects Swedish Dry Lake Roadster

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by J.B., Feb 28, 2014.

  1. J.B.
    Joined: Jan 7, 2005
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    J.B.
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    from Sweden

    I have been thinking a lot about starting a thread about my new hot rod build. It will make me spend time on updating every now and then and also push my already pressed schedule to do so. But I love the HAMB and Ryans ambition for tradition, the very soul in which I find support for my own life long interest in this particular type of cars.

    I have started a new project some time ago that will hopefully end up with a running car this summer, even if all details won't be ready. It is not a 100% authentic car with ONLY vintage stuff, like engine components. I want to have a dry lake styled hot rod that have a 200 hp flathead linked to only traditional parts. And I want it to able to be used as a daily driver. Eeeh.... well, since a roadster in Sweden is almost impossible as a daily driver, I mean during the summer season. :D

    One of my inspirations for the build is the Bill Likes roadster.
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    Not the only inspiration, of course. I want the car to have a level stance, like many of the pre-war cars. But, the fastest roadster in 1951 was Bill's Edelbrock car above and they had a really high and almost level car. So it seemed to work ok. :p

    So, what do you say? Shall I start this goddamn thread? :D
     
  2. Sure ! i think it would be great.........
     
  3. Jalopy Joker
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    Jalopy Joker
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    Cool plans - street driven flathead with 200hp might be bit of a challenge
     
  4. foolthrottle
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    There was a guy in Colorado, Charlie Clark, that was making fuel injection for flatheads that was streetable, someone on here must know more.
     
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  5. J.B.
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    J.B.
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    from Sweden

    I'm talking about regular carburetors, not injection, not blown... :)
     
  6. fab32
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    Post away. You'll never be in better company. We eat, sleep, and breath this stuff and Ryan provides the perfect playground.


    Frank
     
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  7. JeffreyJames
    Joined: Jun 13, 2007
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    from SUGAR CITY

    Love the idea!! You always knock shit out of the park so this will be no different.
     
  8. J.B.
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    J.B.
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    from Sweden

    Well, this project started all the way back in the fall of 2007 when I bought a 1928 roadster project car from Minnesota. And it's a long and winding road up til today.

    Here I am picking it up at the Swedish harbor in the winter 2007
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    Only had time to put on better tires and trailer the car to A-Bombers Old Style Weekend in 2008. I just got it started a couple of times, so it was a non running car at the moment. The front end was totally worn out and no brakes etc. But it looked ok for standing still. :p
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    In the fall of 2008, I had the most urgent stuff fixed and got it running enough to have it checked by the Swedish road authorities. It passed!
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    My first idea was to build a pre war style car. A "real" A-V8 with model A frame and body and a pre war V8. Something like this. And remember. I said FIRST idea. Not where we are now. :D
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    So, I blew it apart. :)
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    And more...
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    Started to work on the frame with a "frame height" kick up.
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    More to come...
     
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  9. fenderless
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    fenderless
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    from Norway

    Cool plans JB:) I will follow this one... 200hp flathead is close to doable now a days:) Get hold of a French Block, and you will have a good Foundation.
    4x2 manifold should fit "Lake style":)

    K

    ................................
    Taildragger&fenderless
     
  10. J.B.
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    J.B.
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    from Sweden

    Thanks! Hope to see your dragster out this year!

    A French block is not interesting for this build, even if they are good to work on for higher performance. It will be a period build for the most part. I will use my Ford 59AB 296" stroker from my other roadster. Then update that one with a much better manifold at first and see where I will end up on the dyno. :) But there is so much more to this type of build than only the engine. So, I start there. Engine pics and info will come... :D
     
  11. Lovin it so far JB - pre WWII lakes roadsters are killer !!

    My roadster is built the same way - thats my favourite style, keep the pix coming brother....
     
  12. tbcworks.com
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    Cool..... Following!


    Posted using the Full Custom H.A.M.B. App!
     
  13. Sledge
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    Sledge
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    Looking good JB! Should be a great looking roadster!
     
  14. bonesy
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    I'm looking forward to watching this one....
     
  15. ph8ed4life
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    ph8ed4life
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    from AZ

    I'm in to watch this one come together ;)

    -Matt
     
  16. Pinstriper40
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    How long is the roadster season in Sweden? 4 or 5 Months? Have fun with your build, and keep at it!
     
  17. Southfork
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    I gotsta see this...
     
  18. fenderless
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    fenderless
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    from Norway

    I understand that you will focus on the traditional part, but you can ¨do some mods on the French Block, making it like a 59AB. And it will "hold" the stroker kit:) 59AB Blocks With minimal rust is getting hard to find these days. I just thought it would be easier for you:) A isky 404A would fit Perfect in the "296":) ??

    Oh yes, the Sidewinder will be out this year too:)
    And if I'm Lucky, the modell A will also see the daylight again:)


    K

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    Taildragger&fenderless
     
  19. J.B.
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    J.B.
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    from Sweden

    Thanks, guys!

    Here's how far I came on this first part of the Dry Lake project. This pic is from April 2010. A 59A engine linked to a -39 gear box hanging in a -32 K member.
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    Then this thing showed up in my garage and destroyed my plans for a true A-V8 with Model A frame and body... :D A 1932 original frame in nice shape.
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  20. T&A Flathead
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    Yeah , but your A frame is looking so good.
     
  21. J.B.
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    J.B.
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    Yes, it was nice. But now I sold that one and started on the -32 frame instead. Since they also count a Model A body on a 1932 frame as an A-V8, I felt ok anyway... :D

    They do however not make a perfect fit! :rolleyes:
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  22. Looking good JB.
     
  23. But I am sure you can make it fit.....
     
  24. Nobey
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    Nobey
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    Looking forward to this build......
     
  25. J.B.
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    J.B.
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    from Sweden

    Thanks for the support!

    Well, first we need to rip up the floor panels. The rear floor is just so abused. I wonder what they have been up to here. :eek:
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    Then we need to get it down over the kick up.
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    Bim bam thank you, Mam!
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    Now it just needs a small V cut out in the front lower panels and we're all set. Hmmm... well, one more thing! Bye bye to these babies...
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  26. fishslayer82
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    Cool brother! I am working on an original 32 frame for my 29 body right now as well. Keep us posted!
     
  27. J.B.
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    J.B.
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    from Sweden

    I had been collecting parts for this build for some time now, so the time was to do a serious take on the chassis. I had a 1" dropped -32 front axle, -32 spindles,front spring, perches and a -32 front wishbone. I bought a complete driveline incl. front and rear axle from a stock 1940 Mercury from where I got the complete brakes and also the rear axle tubes and diff/axle shafts.
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    The 1940 Mercury has a 4" longer wheelbase and a very special drive shaft. It doesn't split at the pinion like a Ford, it is a combined drive shaft/pinion all the way from the gear box through the banjo and then run against the crown wheel.
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  28. JeffreyJames
    Joined: Jun 13, 2007
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    JeffreyJames
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    from SUGAR CITY

    I accidentally bought a Merc 3.54 rear once. It came in the mail and I was like what the?!!! Looking good buddy!
     
  29. Majo
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    Majo
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    Looking good!

    Majo
     

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