Page 2 The project begins
Page 3 Front end and doors
Page 4 Body framing
Page 5 Wheel tubs and more framing
Page 6 Door openings and more on the body
Page 7 The frame
Page 8 Steering, shocks and engine mounts
Page 9 CAD, lasercut parts and intake.
Page 10 Transmission and engine mounts.
Page 11 Roof and floor.
Page 12 Body and engine details.
Page 13 Fuel tank.
Page 14 Pedals and steering.
Page 15 Odds and ends, the frame.
Page 16 The body and more details.




Body and engine details

There's supposed to be a bead running along the underside of the door. This filler part was a stamped steel profile, but one was missing, and the other one was so rusty, it was deemed unusable.
(January 2023)



More work on the roof.

The new beads were made by rolling a 1" diameter tube to a suitalbe curve, then cutting it into a half and welding it to the edge of the floor. The ends of the tube were capped with 3/16" thick peices of metal, so that the ends could be ground rounded.

The new bead now connects the lower body line between the quarter panel and the cowl.

Then turning the attention to the top of the door opening, the door jambs were next. One of these were missing too. Some previous owner had gotten one from a four door car, so making two new ones seemed logical.

Here it is, welded in and ground. The weld seam is 1/4" above the door opening.

Profiles to attach both top and bottom weather seals were made.                                   Seal in place here.

The propshaft is done. A very cool billet front yoke was CNC machined out of a piece of 8-3/8" diameter axle. It fits the output shaft of the ZF transmission.
The front part and the slip joint is from a four wheel drive Dodge Ram front prop shaft, and the rear part is from a Chevrolet Caprice, which in turn fits the rear axle yoke.

Stainless tubing bent to a 62 degree angle were ordered. 12 of them.

Flanges drawn in CAD, and laser cut
(March 2023)

Exhaust flanges polished

Exhaust primary tubes tacked to the flanges.

The headers give the engine a new precense. The tall and skinny engine really needs this.

Two of these Air-Maze oil bath air cleaners were bought at a swap meet several years ago, actually the first parts acquired for this rod project.

Annoyingly enough, the carbs are too close to eachother to allow for the huge air cleaners. The solution was to cut them and weld them into a single unit. Surprisingly enough this still looks pretty good, so it's considered a success.
All welds ground and more or less ready for paint here, but depending on what suitable filters are found there might be some welding still to be done.

The primary exhaust bends are back from welding, so now it's time to make the collectors.

There will be four of these three into one flat collectors.

This type of collector was chosen because there is limited space / ground clearance under the frame. The ends of the three primaries here are all the same cross sectional area as the round pipe they come from.

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