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Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by RAREBIKE, Jun 2, 2015.

  1. RAREBIKE
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    photo 1 - Copy (2).JPG photo 1 - Copy (3).JPG photo 1 - Copy (4).JPG photo 1 - Copy.JPG photo 1.JPG photo 2 - Copy (2).JPG photo 2 - Copy (3).JPG photo 2 - Copy (4).JPG photo 2 - Copy.JPG photo 2.JPG photo 3 - Copy (2).JPG photo 3 - Copy (3).JPG photo 3 - Copy (4).JPG photo 3 - Copy.JPG photo 3.JPG photo 4 - Copy (2).JPG photo 4 - Copy (3).JPG photo 4 - Copy (4).JPG photo 4 - Copy.JPG photo 4.JPG I started this a few years ago after I bought one of Josh's frame and body packages from a gentleman in Ohio who never started it. I had a V8 flathead with a 39 transmission, Kelsey Hayes wire wheels with big and little sprint car rubber, stock Ford banjo, stock Ford beam axle, 40 Ford brakes. Pulled it all apart and installed a Lincoln V12 with a C4 automatic after stretching the frame 14 inches taking the wheelbase to 113". Found a V8-60 tube axle locally to put on the front and a Winters/Dick Spadaro quickchange in the rear. I went with hairpins just because I like the look and then added Roto Flo shocks doubled up at each corner. I had some finned aluminum backing plates from another car i built along with some 45 fin Buick drums and 48 Ford hubs I machined. Schroeder steering box and 17 inch flat four spoke wheel. I could not afford Halibrand wheels so I bought Rocket Racing solids with Excelsior Comp V tires which give me the look I wanted. Ken Austin supplied the 3x2 intake which will have Stromberg 81's on it and I plan on adding Ken Austin finned aluminum heads soon. The fiberglass body will do for now but plans call for a metal one from Jim Busseby at Olympic Speedsters in Missouri. More to follow as I get more done.
     
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  2. .... wOw ! Very nice project.
     
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  3. RAREBIKE
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    Thanks, it has been a fun build so far. Looking forward to driving it to the local car show, would like to bring it to ROG next year.
     
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  5. Jimmy2car
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    Rarebike
    That is very impressive. I wish I had that talent. Congrats
    Jim
     
  6. seatex
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    Looks great, the wheels are spot on!
     
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  7. gnichols
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    Nice build. Please plan a video on the startup! Gary
     
  8. RAREBIKE
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    Block has been machined already and drilled for adjustable lifters, new Egge pistons, rings and all the other parts are neatly lined up on the workbench waiting to be assembled. Just need to sell a few more parts to fund the rest of this build. Video, no problem.
     
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  9. Gonna look sharp......watching.
     
  10. Ohhhhhhhhhhhh I like the looks of this!!!!!
     
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  11. panheadguy
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    What can you tell us about the shocks?
     
  12. Yowza! I love everything about it.
     
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  13. RAREBIKE
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    Vintage Roto Flo shocks from the UK, cast aluminum. These are the larger ones but there are smaller ones as well. Filled with natural rubber, produced starting in 1947.
     
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    I cannot take all of the credit, J2 Speed and Custom in Omaha did the welding.
     
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  15. volvobrynk
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    That's car building in a higher level, almost erotic kind of project!
    I like it a lot!!

    Please keep at it, lad!
    That awesome
     
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  16. Is it normal to have two shocks per corner?
     
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  17. RAREBIKE
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    Not normally, it was dependent on the car or the track where the car raced. don-lee-special-06.jpg
     
  18. RAREBIKE
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    #43.jpg The #43 sprint car in the Bill Smith collection at Speedway Motors runs dual shocks on the rear, this car and the Don Lee Special gave me the idea to do all four corners with the Roto Flo's.
     
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    Very Kool ! Do not believe I've ever seen a V12 flathead dirt car, great idea. Looking forward to seeing finished car.
     
  21. RAREBIKE
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    101_2471.JPG Finned aluminum heads should be showing up on my porch any day now from H&H Flatheads. Stopped by Speedway motors the other day to see what new stuff they have acquired in the museum and ending up buying three of their Stromberg knockoffs just to see how they run. May end up using three 81's.
     
  22. Looking good! Glad to see you're still at it man!

    As an aside, I just stuck that '34 rear I bought from you under the little dirt car I'm building last weekend.
     
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    And the heads showed up today, one step closer to being done. 101_2472.JPG 101_2473.JPG
     
  24. Joshua Shaw
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    Hey!! That looks great!!!!!!!! Glad to see guy's still building these. Your's is going to be fantastic with the V-12 in it. Very cool. I've probably got Cut up Hood pieces laying around in my storage if you need them for stretching the body.

    Thanks for sharing, Neat build!

    J Shaw
     
  25. the-rodster
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    Sweeeeeet.....

    Rich
     
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  27. RAREBIKE
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    I plan on having Jim Buseby at Olympic speedsters build my body out metal.
     

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  28. Nice! Where is he located?

    Edit, you mean Huseby I'm guessing? In Missouri?
     
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  29. Andy
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    I am not a fan of tube axles with hairpins. The old race cars only used a hairpin on one side. The rear would be better with a live axle of a four bar set up.
     
  30. RAREBIKE
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    Just a look I liked and I got to use up parts that were in the garage. The rear will be located like the attached picture shortly. 7151801_L_19003811.jpg
     

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