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Old 12-15-2014, 09:30 PM
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After all ribs are in place and sufficiently aligned flexible shape patterns were taken from the highly shaped areas of the clay model. An inline body sander was used to blend ribs until the patterns laid nicely indexed at appropiate points. There were some low areas that I built up using fiber filler. 0730131424.jpg

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Old 12-15-2014, 09:55 PM
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The buck wheel openings are only rough edge at this point. The wheel openings on the clay are an arch of varying radius. So a measurement was taken from axle center to find the largest radius, generally at the bottom of the wheel openings. A circle with that largest radius was then drawn on the clay model and buck as a reference line. Marking the difference between the reference and edge of the clay defines the edge on the buck. A french curve is used to complete the cut to line. 1115131228.jpg
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Old 12-16-2014, 07:15 AM
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That is a huge amount of work has gone into your buck Mike!
How long did it take you to fabricate.
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Old 12-16-2014, 08:09 AM
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John, it took about 20hrs/wk for 6 months. That is from gridding the model to completion of the rotisserie. I am sure that could have been considerably shorter by using fewer stations. My buck is different than most traditional eggcrate style bucks, so I spent a fair amount of time contemplating how to build it. And since I consider myself retired, I work at a relaxed pace. I want to enjoy the project and never dread lack of progress or mistakes due to rushing.
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Old 12-16-2014, 08:32 AM
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There is a secondary advantage to building a model and then a buck. At this point I know excatly the panel shapes and nuances and how they flow together. To me this is extremely important, because I am building nearly my own complete car that must still retain that iconic Jaguar style. Just a bit more aggressive.
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Wow!
You did a huge job in this buck and Im sure it was interesting and fun!
One of the good things that will pay you off when you shape panels is that you already have the "feel" for the shape from the buck build, at least it gives me that feeling.

Im not sure if it will be a alu body or steel, but with alu the buck will work fine even if the access to the backside is very limited.

When you get the alu panels close to a good fit you can just tap the alu with a plastic hammer over the stations you not sure about the fit, this will give you
a " line" from the station.
This lines will give you information for the final wheeling, when they is blended together you are very very close to a perfect fit.

Looking forward to follow this build!
Keep the energy up!
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Old 12-16-2014, 09:31 AM
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Mike, I love the lines of your car. I'm looking forward to the sheet metal aspect also.

Did you do the sanding outside? There must have been a LOT of sawdust. What did you use to sand?
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Old 12-16-2014, 09:59 AM
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awesome work! looking forward to the rest.
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Old 12-16-2014, 10:01 AM
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Per, only the bonnet is alum, as it is seperated from the body. The body/base structure was originally steel, so those new attaching panels are also. Viewing is not much issue and yes I do as you suggest. I use markers on the underside and the residue after wiping leaves a film. Rub the panels on the buck to get witness marks to see where to work.

Kerry, I used an inline body sander and coarse disc sander on some outer spacing blocks inside the shop and yes there was a lot of dust. I used 2 window fans near an overhead door move dust near the door and then out the door. As I look back, it is amazing what few and inexpensive tools were required. David would be proud of that!
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Old 12-16-2014, 12:38 PM
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0918141734.jpg The last piece of the puzzle was the nose and grille opening. I purchased the chrome trim surround for a V12 E-type and hung it in space near where it is set originally. Measuring the space around the trim suggested how to build and attach the male hammerform. The nose is removable and indexed by 2 blocks which stay attached to the main buck. The purchased trim was traced onto cardboard which was transfered to rough shaped laminated 2x6s. The opening cut first using a large hole saw on the end and then final shaped using a variety disc sanders. Then blended to the ribs using inline sander and profile gages to verify flow.
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