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Projects The Thomas Rocket Car Restoration

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by mramc1, Jun 7, 2018.

  1. Wow, a very unique car, amazing work on your part, watching!!
     
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  2. Really unusual - great work.
     
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  3. Whenever l see 'rocket car' l think of one l read about in a '60's or '70's old car mag. These brothers named 'Hungerford' (or seomething close to that) built a couple of very early Hydrogen fueled rocket powered expo cars. The one l remember most was built on a 1923 Chevy chassis. lt was stripped down except for motor & seat. l believe they were in the northeast US area. this took place in late '20's or early '30's. They were said to be very reclusive ala the Arfons. Anyone else ever hear of this??! Thanks!
     
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  4. Atwater Mike
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    Sure. It now resides in the New York State Museum, 4th floor lobby!
    It was dubbed "Shirley Lois, Moon Girl", after Daniel Hungerford's daughter, in 1929. First car of its type to be street licensed in N.Y. Yes, it drove on the street.
     
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    https://airandspace.si.edu/collection-objects/hungerford-rocket-car-photograph-collection-1929-1934
     
  6. mramc1
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    Cool! I don't know how the Thomas car picked up the rocket name. I have some news clippings from when it was on tour in 1940. They called it the Car of Tomorrow or Future Car on the paper.

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  7. Stogy
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    Makes one think...Getting to Your Destination Quicker...sales tactic.
     
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  8. mramc1
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    Firewall repair on the passenger side (sorry for flipped pics)


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  9. mramc1
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    Here is a How To video on how to make patch panels. I used the Thomas Rocket Car as an example. I hope to finish the firewall repair this weekend and hopefully have pics on Monday.

     
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  10. mramc1
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    Working on the driver's side firewall today. 20180616_124830.jpg 20180616_165652.jpg

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  11. mramc1
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    Here are some close up shots of the dual master setup. Both operated with a balance bar in the center. Also notice cable operated arm that applied pressure to rear brakes only for parking brake.



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    More work on the floor today.

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    Here is more front suspension from a different angle. The swing arms mount to the firewall.

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    Somebody ought to be able to Cad-cam the suspension so we can see if it had any advantages/drawbacks... just saying
     
  16. mramc1
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    That would be cool. I'm sure there is quite the bending load on the front axle stubs. Reports are that the car road very smooth and was able to cruise at 80 mph and get 15 mpg. Pretty good for 1938.

    Here are more shots of repairing the firewall and toe boards.

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  17. mramc1
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    Here is the rest of the floor being completed.

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    Next I patched the lower passenger fender.

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    MRAMC1.......you most certainly deserve high praise for both your workmanship, and equally, for your dedication to very properly restoring this one of one artifact of Automotive History.. Keep up the great work...I am looking forward to more updates and, eventually, the finished product!

    Ray
     
  19. Hop2it
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    Josh,
    I met you Saturday at the great race as they went through my hometown of Fairport NY Saturday, I loved your model a,but I am blown away when I see the before and after on this car.I am so glad you are saving this piece of history keep up the great work.
    Doug
     
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    Just found this thread and you are doing some real fine work on getting it back to how it was. And kudos on doing this civic project for your area.
     
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  21. mramc1
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    Thanks Doug. It has been quite the project. I have never done anything requiring this much custom sheet metal work.

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    Thanks. I saw the team needed some help and got involved. I didn't think it was as rusty as it was, but once I got going I realized that it was going to take way more work than I thought.

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  23. mramc1
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    A little finish grinding on the floor and the metal work on the body is complete.

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    Throw some primer at it and the floor looks good.

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    Next is repairing and installing the passenger door then it's back to the body shop!

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  24. mramc1
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    Door patching today.

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    Harbor Freight break can't do much so I had to make inner bottom in three pieces. Hoping to get skin done in one piece.

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  25. mramc1
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    First time the Thomas Rocket Car has been outside in 6 months. I had another project going for the day so rolled the TRC out and got some shots.

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  26. Doc Wright
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    Kool piece of history! I’m glad you’re bringing her back right!


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  27. 62rebel
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    I dun said it before and I'll say it agin, that's some work. Regarding museum cars, my Dad was pretty critical of them because he'd been nosey and had crawled under a "professionally restored" Model A Ford to verify some measurement he couldn't find in his Clymer's book and was appalled at the sheer shoddy work done on that poor old A. He said the rear quarters were chicken wire and bondo. This was in the mid-sixties, and there was a definite following for A's at the time. He really was pissed off that the museum was passing off a rusty hulk as "restored", when he was scrounging up good sheet metal for his own A's and passed up holed stuff regularly
     
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  28. mgtstumpy
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    By coincidence I stumbled onto this Hemmings article only yesterday, very fortuitous. Cudos to you for preserving a very unique car.
     
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  29. mramc1
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    Thanks. It's been a ton of work. I'm by no means an expert or professional, but I think I did as best as I could with the tools I had to work with. I tried to replicate all the original lines and beads even though most of it gets covered with carpet. This car was so far gone I am just happy that we were able to save it for future generations.

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  30. 62rebel
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    Professionals built the Titanic, a complete amateur built the Ark
     
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