Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Just A Car Guy: Ed Roth's trikes

Just A Car Guy: Ed Roth's trikes

Thursday, February 11, 2016

These are pictures of  mounted wheels and rubber with no weight other than basically a bare mock up block and hollow trans case with a rear housing. The rear coilover springs are 150 lb. rating. From the ground up the total so far of the car is 60".
It will sit dramaticly lower when real weight is added. The main reason that it is rolling is that the my wife and I have sold our home of 28+ years and have a much more smaller home being built. It will have a larger garage however,and should be ready by mid spring. The complete garage,tools,benches etc. and of course the coupe has been in storage since mid  October. Man I hated to do that but the house was just too much for us anymore and it was time to move on. 
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Thursday, February 19, 2015

MAKING HOLES AND NOT IN MY HEAD [GOT ENOUGH ALREADY]

Frenching the light housings.
Been a good while getting back to posting anything on this blog,but I have been making progress. I had had these Nerf bars for a good while now. they are made of billit aluminum and were a little too tall. I cut 2 upper holes off and polished them down a bit. they look alot better and bldend well with the lower body
The tail lights are from a 59 Cadillac and are "frenched" into the lower pan. I had to use a 3- 5/8" hole saw to make the initial cut,and a lot of filing and shaping to get "that" certain look I when going for. Welding was a long process due to the curves and shape,didn't want to warp the body,as the body metal was thinner than the light housings.
I found the light housings on "Speedway" they weren't cheap but were a time saver.Being a dumb ass,I forgot that I had a  sheet metal curving tool.It would have saved me a few bucks,by making them myself. they would have been of thinner metal though cause the tool can only round out up to 18-20 gauge and the Speed way housing were 14-16,much thicker,heavier material.
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The third brake light is a Hagan product.It's an led unit,and when its finished the lense will be flush with the body and look like part of it. It get sanded down the same time as when the body gets blocked off,making a super smooth fit. coll huh?
The third brake light I started by centering the whole thing up on the roof line and centering it up on the trunk/rear window.Used the provided template,marked and cut out. Used a drill to drill a few starting points and a a saw and file to finish the hole. You have to be careful doing this cause you want the lense to fit nice and tight,with minimal gaps.
Masking tape works well when you are trying to keep straight lines.Just be careful to run measurements to make sure Nothing is perfect,not even when it looks good and true.Chances are it won't be.,believe me.
Paisano


I cut 2 of the top holes out which left 3. 
1959 Cadillac Tailights

8" third brake light.About 3/4 " wide

Inside of third brake housing. Had to modify to fit contour

Had to cut a 3  5//8" hole to work on fitting. 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Play Ball

And the start of April is in the works,and was getting tired of running the propane heater and kerosene job.
Also tired of the headaches that they bring from using up all the clean air.
The brake lines,fuel lines,return lines are plumbed.The fuel cell and related parts are mocked up. All parts are are stainless including the line brakets and screws.




Saturday, January 18, 2014

Wilwood Master cylinder with vaoum booster
As the brake system is starting to be mocked up,I haven't figured out how much compression the motor is gonna have.I am taking a small precaution as to power brakes .I've installed a vacum resivior.It will be close to the booster/master cylinder system.I will hope for the best and if it doesn't work,will take the booster out.
Not enough vacum to operate a booster,gives a supper hard pedal.
Paisano

Closeup
 
Running out of room as where to fit things before plumbing lines and hoses. spent a long time trying to figure as where to put the NOS tank.After consideration,it will fit under the passenger floor board and accessed from the bottom.Two clamps placed at about 30 degree angle will hold it up.I made another brace that will keep it stationary so it won't slide back. Comes loose with a clevois pin.
No room in the trunk as 20 gallon fuel cell,storage box and 

battery system. 

Rear Drive shaft loop
Front Loop
A  Happy New  Year to all.Been working out in the shop with with a propane heater.Seems ok,stays around 55- 60.Cant't complain. I made this front drive shaft loop ,with some 1" tube for the loop and 1 1/4 for the lower brace and welded up to the center crossmember.It will sit about 4-6 inches from the u joint.
The rear loop I had bought several years ago from "welder series"
out of Canada.Paul Horton and son "DW" are good people and will work with you.
The rear one will be about 4"from the pinion snout when the 9" inch goes in.Centered everyhting and double checked before the welding was finished.
Paisano

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Got it up on its side so I could do some finish welding.could not have done this without Panhead Phil's cherry picker. I tell you what,this sure to me anyway is the best way I know to do this when you are by yourself without another hand to help out.

Up on its side for finish Welds
 It sure helps getting decent welds on which not only is safer and better,they also come out real pretty good looking also. I must confess,that while bringing the frame back down on to jack stands when I was done,that it slipped on me and got the top of my foot.Yeah,the damm thing fell on my foot,and really swelled up for a couple days.What can I say,man,it was worth it and do it again if needed too.
Thanks for looking & comments always welcome.
Paisano

Using an angle engine locator chain system really helps with leveling and securing frame on jack stands.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

"Moving", Stopping right along!

Started to install the brake pedal & master cylinder brackets.Had tacked them on first so to make sure that they stayed inline to each other.The angle looks right,so I will be finishing up the welds on this soon,when I put the frame up on its side.
Paisano
The master cylinder and booster brackets mounting


This one shows the pedal swing arms in relation to the booster.


Strike 3 and Yor' out!

I can't tell you how many times I had to move and reposition the battery box and the fuel cell mounts. Considering that the car does not have a trunk,I got the bright idea that I could use some storage space back there.So I bought an Army surplus motor box that about 2' long and about 7" wide. Then I modified the  can's opening so the lower part of the door would stay on without falling off. This worked great and it protects the fuel cell from possibly any contact from the battery.
Damm,am I  smart or what?

I can't tell you how many times I had to modify this $%#^&*^ fuel tank support system.