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Projects The Levee Leveler (A Single Seat Racer Circa 1934)

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by cactus1, Dec 17, 2015.

  1. Cool. What kind of wheel did you get, harbor freight?

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  2. Tim
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 9,900

    from Raytown Mo

    Clever using all of the bat! Is the small solo piece kind of a corking tool of sorts?
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  3. Yes, nothing too spectacular. I plan to do some stiffening of the frame and give it a whirl! Hopefully someone will start making lower anvils for the again soon.

    I can't take credit as I'm sure I saw it somewhere and filed it away in my mind for later! I will add a handle to the remainder as well. I figured a cross peen would be handy. (Also useful as a handled corking tool.)
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  4. Good to see you're going on this one again.
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  5. Well “going” may be a stretch! But I am “thinking” about it, haha!
  6. Wray Schelin has a video on YouTube called, polishing anvils. It describes how to clean up the anvils on a HF wheel. I’ve used one of his that’s been tuned up and it works half way decent.

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  7. Yes! I’ve watched that video. He has posted some pics on IG of a home built XK120 project that that one of his students has made with an HF wheel. I’ll never have a good one so I’ll never know the difference, haha!
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  8. Yeah, that’s Gerry Menke’s 120. I’ve met him several times at Wray’s shop, he’s a great guy and wicked talented.

    The hardest part about shaping is developing the tool between your ears to think like the metal and interpret what the panel is telling you. Contrary to popular belief you don’t need to spend a boat load of money on tools to do this stuff. Having a nice English wheel is great for obvious reasons. But that doesn’t mean you can’t do a nice job with a tuned up HF. It’s more about the technique than the tools.

    Okay my rant is over, lol. I’m sure you’ll do a great job. Looking forward to seeing the progress.

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  9. SimonSez
    Joined: Jul 1, 2001
    Posts: 1,629


    Loving this build, look forward to seeing you back on it.

    The late twenties Essex frames came stock with stiffeners that look a lot like that and they were a popular frame for early sprint cars.

    Here's a pic of a stock Essex frame (upside down) that shows them ...
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  10. lake_harley
    Joined: Jun 4, 2017
    Posts: 662


    cactus1....any updates on the Levee Leveler? ........ anything?


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