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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by squirrel, Sep 18, 2010.

  1. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 49,513


    Steve painted my 55 for me, so I'm going nuts getting the rest of it looking nice. I got the bumpers redone, cleaned up the stainless trim, and I got a new pair of small chrome air cleaners. But the wing nuts that came with the air cleaners are lame looking, and I need to seal them so water won't leak in. The solution? Make some huge nuts! Should be a fun high school shop project.

    I had a few inches of 1" aluminum hex stock left over from one of the kid's robot projects. I cut it in half with my old Sears King Seely band saw, then faced the cut ends in my old South Bend lathe. I center drilled one end, then drilled with the #7 drill bit 3/4" deep. I tapped with the normal 1/4-20 tap, then a bottoming tap. I make sure to use high quality old tools when I do this stuff....try finding a US made tap handle at Sears for 39 cents today?

    After getting the hex stock cut, faced, and tapped, I needed to taper the lower end to fit in the recess in the air cleaner top. I came up with this wacky use of the compound rest, set at 70 degrees. Hey, it works....I took off about 7 thou each cut. After finishing the machining, I wrapped some 180 grit sandpaper around a file and smoothed the tapered part, and hit the flats on the hex with the 12" disk sander. Then off to the buffing wheel for a while.

    Yes, I need to go out to the shop and finish the other one.

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  2. Pretty slick, so the car is red now ?
  3. socalmerc
    Joined: Feb 24, 2008
    Posts: 475

    from socal

    now these are some squirrel nuts

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  4. Johnny Gee
    Joined: Dec 3, 2009
    Posts: 9,364

    Johnny Gee
    from Downey, Ca

    Huge? My lathe is bigger than yours :p. So I can make HUGER NUTS. Joking aside looks cool.

  5. I think you're all nuts!

  6. Von Rigg Fink
    Joined: Jun 11, 2007
    Posts: 13,426

    Von Rigg Fink
    from Garage

    A squirrel and his nuts.......its a beautiful thing.:D

    those look cool:cool:
  7. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 49,513


    here's the "installed" picture. Can't see much of my nuts, but the rest of the car came out all right. I was gonna put the aluminum slot wheels back on it...till I noticed a good sized lump in one of the rear tires! oops. So, you get the "1979 PHR" glamor shot.

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  8. Feels a bit weird ogling your nuts.

    Fine nuts indeed!
  9. Imwalkin
    Joined: Jul 29, 2004
    Posts: 539

    from Tucson, Az

    I remember see your car on speedway back in the 90's. looking good.
  10. gear jammer
    Joined: Sep 22, 2004
    Posts: 337

    gear jammer
    from tucson az

    Wow!! your motivated lately. when the heck did you do that, you were here at the shop last nite at midnight, they were not on there, Looks good
  11. tommy
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 14,757

    Member Emeritus

    Thanks for the tutorial. Your 55 looks bitchen!
  12. The car looks much better in that color even with your satin
  13. Well................ I don't know if I needed to see Squirrel playing with his nuts this early in the morning...................:eek::p

  14. Brad54
    Joined: Apr 15, 2004
    Posts: 6,015

    from Atl Ga

    Made me think about the first time I took Boy Wonder squirrel hunting. We went with another dad and his boy... The first one we got was rather... um... well-endowed. Hell, that sumbitch was well-endowed compared to a Great Dane!
    Boy Wonder STILL laughs about that "manly squirrel."

    Sorry for the hijack. That air cleaner fastener is NICELY done. I like the taper on it going down into the lid. Most guys wouldn't have thought to add that detail.
  15. So the car is ready for cars in the park. Pops will be there in his roadster that he just finshed.
  16. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 49,513


    Yup, it should be there, hope to see you!
  17. Autohellion
    Joined: Nov 1, 2009
    Posts: 11

    from Meriden CT

    Nice job Beaut car too
  18. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 49,513


    Dudes, remember to keep your nuts torqued! you wouldn't want your air cleaner lid to fly off when you're motoring down some little two lane in Kansas at 65. Trust me, it'll scare the shit out of you
  19. The man's nuts....grab em:D
  20. my wife just told me i need a set of nuts like squirrel:eek::mad::D
  21. The voice of experience talking here?
  22. TexasSpeed
    Joined: Nov 2, 2009
    Posts: 4,618


    I actually held one of Squirrel's nuts this morning. :D:D:D

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  23. TexasSpeed
    Joined: Nov 2, 2009
    Posts: 4,618


    Yeah. His nut had some scratches and scrapes on it. But it's a tough nut..

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  24. Old&Low
    Joined: Mar 13, 2010
    Posts: 410


    Well if you showed her Squirrel's nuts it's not her fault for 'Pecan' at them!

    BTW, nice job on the air cleaner "attachment fixture' Squirrel.
    Joined: Jun 2, 2002
    Posts: 9,635

    Classified's Moderator

    I was sitting in the passenger seat of Squirrels car when one of his huge nuts came flying at my face.

    I was completely unaware it was gonna be that kind of party.
  26. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 49,513


    Ron went to the pileup, and on the way he found a solution for my nut loss problem

  27. Prewar
    Joined: Oct 16, 2010
    Posts: 50

    from Orlando

    We all knew you were crazy, but now, we can clearly see your nuts.
  28. 1950ChevySuburban
    Joined: Dec 20, 2006
    Posts: 6,188

    Member Emeritus
    from Tucson AZ

    Hey Squirrel, missed you at Cars in the Park, were you there? Great show! Took the '50, ran perfectly
  29. Hdonlybob
    Joined: Feb 1, 2005
    Posts: 3,950


    Excellent !!!
    And the make over on you car looks awesome!

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