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Old 03-12-2017, 08:50 AM
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Default Facel Vega Buck Again: But in Detail

Photos of this buck at AUTOWORLD in Brussels have been posted before, by me, and one or two others. However, the buck is now on the other side of the museum and is easier to photograph. When I visited last week, I tried to do a more detailed examination of it to better understand it. Here is what I found.


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Original Facel Vegas buck with different style nose buck lying flat on the right of photo.

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Toggle clamps to hold strapping down on panel as deails such as wheel arches are hammered in. Wheel arch lip is steel strap, @ 1/4" or 6mm thick.

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Close-up of headlight pod. Aluminum panel is clamped to it. See later photo showing a custom fit clamp.

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Door jambs are steel. I couldn't determine if they were cast, or built-up from sheet. I believe they are built-up.

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On optional front end, one of the head lamp pod clamps.

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Gas filler door detail. Would be caulked/corked in. NOTE THE STEEL SPINE running along the fender ridge.

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Indentation for convertible top.

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Close-up of steel fender ridge spine. Panel clamp would have been covered in padded cloth.

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Close-up of fabricated panel clamp.

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Old 05-09-2017, 03:21 PM
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Very nice detail. So the door jambs would have been hammerform, then?


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Old 05-09-2017, 04:21 PM
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Yes, that's how I see it. It has a cast iron capping.
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Old 05-09-2017, 06:15 PM
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IMO it's really more of a hammer form than a buck. Regardless...... thank you for posting it. ~ John Buchtenkirch
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Old 05-09-2017, 07:32 PM
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Very cool, thanks for the explanation Bill. Bucks that are robust enough to be used as a hammerform.
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Bill, this is REALLY interesting to me. Thank you for posting the detailed photos and explanations.
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Old 05-23-2017, 02:36 AM
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Thanks for posting, Bill - extremely interesting and does show there are indeed, many ways to 'skin a cat'.

I will be fabricating a buck to build a replica of a one-off Alfa Romeo race car I own, and will consider using hammer form elements to help accuracy & expediency.
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