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Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by nutrocker, Sep 22, 2012.

  1. nutrocker
    Joined: Jan 12, 2007
    Posts: 374


    Thanks for all the nice comments guys.

    Last Tues morning it was -6, 21F, here but I had a bit of time between jobs at work so I jumped in the car and drove to work. Bloody cold, really bloody cold, but great to be driving it again.

    So with a bit of time I started on the bonnet (hood) tops and sides, again, just like most of the car, they're not finished but that can be done later.





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  2. OoltewahSpeedShop
    Joined: Oct 18, 2007
    Posts: 3,103


    I'm gonna Holy Shit this one more time..... Holy Shit Pete, you just made the rest of us look like hacks, again. Dammit...!
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  3. You are an aluminum welding mad man! Nicely done!
  4. hot rod trimmer
    Joined: Dec 19, 2012
    Posts: 9

    hot rod trimmer

    fair play pete didnt muck about turning that around !!!!!!
    was good to catch up today
  5. QuarterLifeCrisis
    Joined: Aug 6, 2011
    Posts: 133

    from NY

    I'm going to donate all of my tools to Lincoln Tech and take up the lost art of letter writing after reading this thread. Thanks a lot!
  6. Panel Pete
    Joined: Feb 8, 2007
    Posts: 146

    Panel Pete

    I just finished reading this and have to say AMEN (to the holy shits goin' round here)!!!!! The roadster you've created looks fantastic in every way! I wish I had as much talent as you have in the very TIP of your little finger.
  7. Totally Bitchin'!
  8. 343w
    Joined: Dec 15, 2008
    Posts: 1,465


    Artistic talent and pure class is all I have to say, most impressive. Thank you for sharing with us.
  9. 40coupefan
    Joined: Aug 9, 2010
    Posts: 87

    from Trumann,AR

    I won't live long enuff to learn to do that kind of work...
  10. how did you weld the aluminium tig or mig ?
  11. GTVSaviour
    Joined: Apr 26, 2011
    Posts: 9


    Just caught up with this - first time I saw the thread and wow, have I missed something!
    Glad registration wasn't a hassle with our points system and no single vehicla test needed.....

    Looks amazing - outstanding vehicle fro the bare bones.
    As said above - I won't live long enough to attain this level of skill.

    Also bookmarked the hillclimbing thread (I'm building an OT climber) and will do my utmost to get over and be at one of the meets this year with my boy. Perfect weekend :D

  12. nutrocker
    Joined: Jan 12, 2007
    Posts: 374


    All the welding on the whole car including the aluminium and the chassis is T.I.G.

    Thanks to all for the nice comments.

    I haven't progressed much with the car over the last few weeks, been taking a break while recovering from 'man flu'.

    I will be taking the body off the chassis tomorrow, want to do some finishing bits and need to panel beat some of the imperfections out, so I'll take it to the workshop as I can make more noise there while not upsetting the neighbours.

    Also, while the body is off I'm going to pull the motor to sort a minor clutch issue.

    That'll all be about a month or so and then it'll all go back together and just driven to sort the carbs and get some miles on before the first run of the racing seasons at the start of May.

  13. HotRodDean
    Joined: Jan 11, 2007
    Posts: 249


    Cant wait to see this go up the hill Pete
  14. langy
    Joined: Apr 27, 2006
    Posts: 5,735

    Member Emeritus

    Must of missed your thread before Pete, It looks great mate, nice job !!!
  15. Supernasty
    Joined: Dec 5, 2012
    Posts: 34


    Thats nice friggen work!!!!!!!!!!!!
  16. thehazguy
    Joined: Aug 12, 2010
    Posts: 1,814


    Just saw this thread and I was glued to it. Had to go through all the pages. Amazing Nice job
  17. Nice welding & custom metal fab work on your project!!
    Joined: Dec 3, 2002
    Posts: 1,119


    Speechless. Beautiful!
  19. Corn coupe
    Joined: Jan 7, 2008
    Posts: 356

    Corn coupe
    from CZ

    Well done Pete for winning class Z in this great car.

    Last edited: Oct 21, 2013
  20. nutrocker
    Joined: Jan 12, 2007
    Posts: 374


    Thanks Mark, it's been a good first year for the new car.

    Just to update a bit for those that are interested. Started the year off with the first hill climb of the season at the wonderfully historic Shelsley Walsh hill, the oldest continuously used race track in the world, and knocked a very respectable 5 seconds off my previous best time in the old roadster. Very happy with the car, although the internally stock flatty did lack a bit of grunt on the long finish straight.

    The next couple of events had the same sort of gains, knocking 4 and 5 seconds off my bests. Then I tried it at the drags, didn't run as well as I wanted, running 16.01 seconds, but the car feels much faster so I think its down to the driver.

    With Pendine Sands looming, and 4.11:1 gears in the diff not really suited to long drives and speed trials, I pulled the rear axle and swapped in a set of 3.78:1 gears. This has made the car much better, it still has great acceleration through the gears and slightly longer legs on a run, and with the 6.50 x 16 rear tyres I use for racing it seems just a bit faster with less gear changes.

    I never managed to get back to the drags with the new gears, due to going to Pendine, so don't know if the new gears would have broken into the 15's.

    So that's were I'm at with the car, a good first year without any problems, driven it to all but the first event, raced and driven it home, just how it should be. Time now to pull it apart to start the first stage of its evolution. I have some Edelbrock heads plus a cam to go in, and going to be working on a front anti roll bar, been lifting the rear wheel and losing drive on sharp corners.

    Cheers, Pete.
  21. second_floor_loft
    Joined: Jul 23, 2008
    Posts: 93


    I'm late to the party, and just read through the thread.. Just fantastic! Please keep the updates coming. Damn nice work there.

  22. nutrocker
    Joined: Jan 12, 2007
    Posts: 374


    After the last little update I reread some of the latter posts and realized that I've done a fair few bits that I haven't shown on here.

    First up, I've made the cover plates that hide the gap in the body where the three back panels joined. The button head allen screws will be replaced with rivets later. Plus there's a couple of brass tabs for strapping stuff to the back.


    Rik (KFC) on here made a tonneau cover for me.


    For racing I needed a radiator over flow tank. A mate came up with this old BP oil bottle, which fitted nicely. Try to ignore the electric fan, I do in the hope it might go away.


    And I also needed a breather catch can too. This ones made from an old flask with a temporary rubber hose. You can also see a little pouch on the left of the catch can, this is an old aircraft fuse holder but now has a few home made tools to adjust and tweak the carbs.



    I wanted to make a mesh cover for the grill shell, one to protect the rad and two to finish the look. Looked at many different styles of mesh but none seemed to float my boat, until clearing out some crap in the loft I found an old Model A stone guard, that'll do! Held in place by an aluminium strip folded and bent to shape.




    And finally I sorted the fuel tank gauge. This is just a simple float on an arm with a rod running up to a pointer in an up-turned Model A fuel filter bowl, simple eh?





    Well that's it, fully up to date. I'll be starting the first stage of the evolution in the next few weeks so will try to keep you up to speed.

    Cheers, Pete
  23. Mart
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 4,298


    Cool, Pete, I noticed that fuel indicator and thought what a neat job it was.

  24. Woodlouse
    Joined: Dec 18, 2011
    Posts: 74

    from London UK

    Pete, that fuel gauge is industrial art I love it.
  25. Shaun1162
    Joined: Feb 22, 2010
    Posts: 809


    Wow, what a thing of beauty!

    Your abilities are amazing, I just can't get over all the little touches that make this car shine!
  26. Juggler
    Joined: Aug 20, 2010
    Posts: 77


    I saw the fuel gauge at Pendine Pete and had a smile

    Steam punk!
  27. I think the Brit terminology is GOB SMACKED or something like that. I can only shake my head in amazement.

    How do mere mortals achieve this level of skill?? I'm feeling pretty insignificant, like I wasted a lifetime of learning very little by comparison.
  28. olskool34
    Joined: Jun 28, 2006
    Posts: 2,454


    Damn you are crazy good. To me that is the best looking car hands down I have ever seen that was entitrely hand fabricated. You are an artist my friend.
  29. barobert
    Joined: Apr 14, 2010
    Posts: 102


    Congratulations to that car, I hope I can see the car once in real.
  30. This car is so killer! amazing work!

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