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Hot Rods "The Creeper"

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by mike bowling, Jan 17, 2017.

  1. mike bowling
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    HE'S BACK!!
    I didn't realize how long it's been ( last fall)
    Been picking away at the Creeper and the green coupe over the winter when it wasn't 10 below zero. Not a bad winter, but freakin COLD .

    A friend of mine gave me a '57 Ford wagon roof panel, so now I have a filler if I decide to use one ( also have a 6 ft piece left!) DSCN3754.JPG
     
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    DSCN3756.JPG DSCN3757.JPG Picked up some sheet metal at Haverhill Steel and began making a front floor pan, and a rear panel behind the seat
     
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    I was going to cut around the fuel pump so I could get at it, then decided to box it in separately - a few screws and the box comes off- plenty of room, and no chance of nicking a wire or fuel line. DSCN3761.JPG DSCN3764.JPG DSCN3765.JPG
     
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    Roughed in the toe board- almost ready for final install DSCN3779.JPG
     
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    Also got some heat and sound insulation cut and fitted. This is a real rattle trap. I put this in my other cars and it helps a lot. DSCN3778.JPG
     
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    That's about it till the weather starts behaving! Hope everyone had a safe and productive winter DSCN3755.JPG
     
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    Great work Mike ! Can't wait to see it live and in living color!


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    Thanks, it's been fun to do- kinda cartoony and no pressure, plus I went back and forth working on the cars to mix it up.

    Maybe a woody next?? DSCN3610.JPG DSCN3723.JPG DSCN3659.JPG
     
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    I think New England is long overdue for a good woody build since all we seem to have left up here is cowls and doodlebugs!
     
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    Hi Mike, I just did a quicker than I would like run through your thread. Congrats on getting the car on the road and thanks for sharing the build and intermissions with us. I noticed these wishbone mounts early on in the build and kept watching to see if you would beef them up with some gussets. I am not an engineer or chassis expert by any means so disregard this comment if you are confident in your design. My limited experience would say that those long brackets need a gusset of some sort to keep them from flexing and ultimately cracking which would not end well for the creeper or it's occupants. Keep an eye on em.

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    Thanks for the heads up on that. (I'm a carpenter, haha).
    Those are made from 3/8 " flat stock tied into 3 x 3, 3/8" angle at the top, but a bit more steel wouldn't hurt. I'll give them the hairy eyeball next time I'm out in the garage.
    Maybe a nice wedge shaped piece in back? or some 1 x 1" thick wall tube- I'll have to check the cut-off bin.
     
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    You know, that kinda grows on you the more you look at it. There are a couple of things , but it's DIFFERENT for sure, and a pretty cool build.
     
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    I would suggest two wedges to take out the possible twisting motion that could lead to fatigue. I hope you have a blast with your new ride!
     
  16. x2!
     
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    You might take some of the sound deadener and line the inside of the fuel pump box you built. Looking good!
     
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    Thanks for the good advice everyone. I still have plenty of time for fine tuning before the weather breaks. I can't post pictures off this I pad, but will get on the desktop later


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    DSCN3661.JPG
     
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    Looks like the drive in's open, "bandit billy"! DSCN3739.JPG
     
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    One of my favorite picture shows!
     
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    Great job! I like it!
     
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    The winter sucked, and spring's been rainy and cold, so I've been inside doing little diddley shit stuff for a LONG time.
    Last week I double checked a few things, made a few changes, and borrowed a plate from a buddy. Took small shakedown cruises around the hood, and everything was pretty good. Need a stronger return spring on the throttle, bleed the brakes again, and at some point change the angle of the brake pedal ( I must have bent my foot).
    Today was the Season Opener of the "KINGPINS" CC , show at Salisbury Beach ( Mass.) at the site of the amusement park that's been there forever. It was drizzeling steady, but I thought F it, this is the day.
    The car ran GREAT , and is a blast to drive- it sits up high, and the full windshield is such a change from the chopped car.
    I'm PSYCHED!!
    The show was excellent- lots of people said F the weather and showed up and stayed till after the end time. There's a pub / biker bar called "Gracies" right there ( with an old lettered up '34 roadster hot rod out front) and live music all afternoon. KICK ASS!

    So, my friends, this is the end of the "Creeper" build. This brings up the question, "what's next"?

    I'm hitting 70 in August but still want to BUILD so..................... who knows? All my "good" friends keep calling me up about cars for sale...............lol DSCN3835.JPG DSCN3836.JPG DSCN3843.JPG DSCN3838.JPG DSCN3734.JPG

    Thanks for coming for the ride- have a safe and fun summer!
    Mike
     
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    Great seeing you today Mike. The car looks great and I’ll bet it goes just as well. See you at Mansfield.
     
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    Hmmmm.... mid engine inliner maybe?

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    Hmmmmmm....
     
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    Thanks, George. I'm glad I remembered the shower cap/ scoop cover ( .99 cents at the dollar store)
    One of these days we'll meet and have a good chat!
     
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    Pat, me boy, this could be your golden opportunity. I might be persuaded to part with that marvelous feat of engineering for short money!
    Hand crafted from a 1957 Ford station wagon roof, sitting on a modified "T' frame, with "A" axles front and rear, this magnificent example of wasting time is ready for a drivetrain. All the hard work is done- with a couple of weekends and some simple hand tools, YOU could be blasting down the beach at TROG giving everyone the finger and singing "Back in the Saddle Again".

    I await your reply. DSCN3802.JPG DSCN3841.JPG DSCN3837.JPG
     
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    Hah!, well I might be persuaded to part with that Ford 300 L6 also! ;)

    I've already decided to pull the 265 out of my other T and drop the B Banger in that to hopefully make a TROG candidate out of it. That's why I've been looking for a 28/29 cab (or a 41 coupe/sedan); so I have a place to transplant the 265 to!

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