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Projects The Brooks Special - louisb’s 29 lakes roadster build

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by louisb, May 11, 2018.

  1. louisb
    Joined: Oct 13, 2008
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    Think I fixed it.

    --louis
     
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  2. Stogy
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    Aok now Louis...she sure was a Hottie and quite the songstress...;)
     
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  3. louisb
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    Yeah I agree.
     
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  4. louisb
    Joined: Oct 13, 2008
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    Been making slow buy steady progress on the roadster chassis. Buttoned up the brakes and lines, put the tires on and now it rolls. Pushed it and the body out of the garage for the first time in months so I could clean up the place last weekend.

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    Next up is running the exhaust. You can see the planned placement for the Smittys and side pipes here.

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    Cutting up some 36 drive shafts for the side pipes.

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    @thunderbirdesq gave me this cool idea for end caps for the side pipes and I asked my buddy Dan Solis to whittle up a set from some old Ford flathead pistons.

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    Lastly I picked up a set of the sweet new Belond Flathead headers for the project. You can find them at: https://belondexhaust.com/

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    Planning to start mocking up the rest of the system tomorrow if the rains hold off.

    Thanks,

    --louis
     
  5. Love the pipes and caps.
     
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  6. What a great build thread with a lot of details. Keep the updates coming.
     
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  7. louisb
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    Temps have been in the 90s all week and the garage thermometer has been hitting over 100 so I am not getting much done. Welding and grinding in 100 degs sucks. I did spend a couple hours this morning modifying the Smitty mufflers for use with my 1.75" pipes. Out of the box they are set up for 2".

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    Last weekend I spent a couple of hours trying to get the exhaust run from the Belond headers to the side pipes. Unfortunately I just couldn't get enough clearance with the unsplit wishbone. I know it can be done but it is just to complicated for my first exhaust system. So in keeping with the KISS principle I will go back to the Reds rear exit headers and keep the Belonds for a future project. To bad as I really wanted to use them.

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    Sometimes you just have to know when to say when to keep the project moving forwards.

    Thanks,

    --louis
     
  8. louisb
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    More progress on the exhaust. Unfortunatly I was unable to get everything to clear with the Belond headers and the stock wishbone. It can be done but in the spirit of KISS I decided to run with the Red's Headers that exit at the back. Got one side done and the other half way. I will finish getting everything but and fit then weld it up after I can check it with motor in place and the body on.

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    Someone had previously cut a hole for dual exhaust in the 32 rear cross member so I decided to keep it that way for character. (Not that anyone will ever see it.)

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    I will finish up the tips once the body is on.

    Thanks,

    --louis
     
  9. louisb
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    Temps are finally down a bit so I was able to get into the garage and finish up the exhaust.

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    The last major thing I need to do on the chassis is rerebuild the pedals. More on that in a future post. Then it will be time to get back to the body. I don't think it needs to much more work be for final paint. Then it is just 10,000 litille things to finish up.

    Thanks,

    --louis
     
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  10. ChuckleHead_Al
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    Awesome job on the exhaust @louisb the KISS principle is what I used on my roadster, you'll be driving that roadster real soon, way to go man.
     
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  11. louisb
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    Tied up a loose end on the chassis this past weekend in getting the brake and clutch pedals squared away. I had to redo the brake pedal to make the arm longer and move it to the right place. Also added a return spring. Before anyone says anything I replaced the welded up clevis with a new one from M&C.

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    :D

    So now it is time to shift gears and get the body painted. I ordered more primer and black single stage from Eastwood. So far I have been pretty happy with their paint products.

    Thanks,

    --louis
     
  12. Jeff34
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    Just read through your build thread. Awesome work!
     
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  13. louisb
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    Switched to finishing up the bodywork. Lots of priming and blocking.Doors and desklid are ready for a final prime and top coat. Cowl, hood and hood sides are ready for their first round of blocking. Fortunately they won't need much.

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    I have to say that sanding louvers is now my least favorite part of this build.

    Thanks,

    --louis
     
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  14. Getting SO close to driving it though! Keep sanding. :)
     
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  15. Drylake
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    Looking great! I thought I'd subscribed to this build, and only just found it again!
     
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  16. Stogy
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    A real Nice Louver Profile...and a great period in Hotrod...great stuff @louisb....Hotrod panels on the Ground...very El Mirage...Tuning Up after a Good Run
     
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