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Old 08-02-2016, 08:08 AM
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This project was not intended for any particular use. I spent so much time in NASCAR with a huge rulebook, and in Restoring Model A's to a large rulebook, that I just wanted to build something that had NO rules. That, coupled with my interest in metal shaping and aluminum in particular, I just wanted a project that I could be creative with and not have to go by anyone's rules. It is on a Model A chassis and Model A parts because I literally had tons of it laying around. Because of my interest in making SolidWorks drawings, it seemed appropriate that I draw up the body to the minimal skill level that I have achieved to date.

Bob is correct about the wishbone mounting.
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Old 08-04-2016, 08:27 AM
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Finally got the entire body is enclosed. Still some detailing and fitting required, most minor, but I view this as a milestone on this project.
Now that the panels are fitted, the area inside the 'stitched' area will be cut out and wire edging installed.

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Old 08-04-2016, 08:52 AM
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Looks fantastic, Will. I really like this project and what's been done with it. It's one of my favorite ones here, especially knowing how many have gotten to lay hands upon it.

Congratulations on your achievement and persistence to make it to this point. Can't wait to get over there and see it in person.
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Old 08-04-2016, 09:12 AM
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Looks great Will, congratulations.

You know, if you left it closed like that, you might break a land-speed record.
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Old 08-04-2016, 09:30 AM
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Hi Will, I see that you water jet the panel for the drivers compartment before you did your metal shaping. That should save you some time and make your end product look good.You should be very proud of what you have done on this project. I would show this in raw aluminum and then paint it (blue) I will need your help on my project. Thanks all the pictures John
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Old 08-04-2016, 10:07 AM
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Looks great Will, congratulations.

You know, if you left it closed like that, you might break a land-speed record.
Ha, that's the exact same thing I was thinking. Cut a little slot in the cowl for viewing and then hit the salt flats.

Great achievement Will.
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Old 08-25-2016, 07:24 AM
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Bob Kalenda came down from Grand Rapids, Michigan this week to lend a hand in prepping the speedster to get it wired up, detailed and running. We have been making a secondary bracket to run the fan, separate from the normal method of using the fan on the water pump. The radiator is lowered and the upper water neck got in the way of the fan, so we are making a shaft just below to spin the fan. The work Bob is doing on the wiring is extremely well done and organized, and I love the way it looks. He has integrated the original Model A wiring schematic with the requirements needed for the different gauges that I am using. The dual carburetors are creating some challenges. We have determined the way to jointly choke both carbs at the same time, but the high speed enrichment will be done separately with small hand knobs. A new battery has been installed and the cable are in place.

A visit to the Front Row Motorsports shop revealed the J. D. McDuffey paint job for the upcoming 'throwback' race in Darlington.

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Old 08-25-2016, 09:10 AM
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So close yet so far! Will, she's looking great. I bet you can't wait to do the first road test.
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Old 08-25-2016, 09:12 AM
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PS: I wouldn't mind that race workshop in my backyard either.
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Old 08-28-2016, 12:39 PM
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Bob Kolenda was down for the week and was VERY instrumental in bringing the speedster much closer to actually being a viable car. He did all the instrumentation, wiring, plumbing and detail fabrication to bring it to the point where we got the motor started on Saturday. The pictures loaded a little bit out of order. We spent the earlier part of the week visiting some local points of interest and acquiring the myriad of detailed parts that are needed when running down the check list that is at the end of a long project. many futtings, bolts, etc and the occasional hamburger required many trips, but on Saturday we finally got to 'light' this thing up. The motor had not been turned over in many months, so we had to 'lubricate' the cylinders. There was quite a bit of the lubricant still in the cylinders, and when it finally 'lit', it looked there was a familiar Australian metal shaper ( the one that uses a torch to shrink aluminum.... ) doing the work. This car has no muffler, and when it started, it belched flames and fire from the header, sending smoke throughout the shop and it is rumored that there is no worry about mosquitos for the rest of the summer here in York County, South Carolina. John Kluttz, a well known Model A engine builder, happened to arrive at the shop shortly prior to starting the motor, and minimized the time it may have taken to sort out any 'issues'. Because I had installed dual carbs, I had installed gauges to monitor vacuum and the small oil pressure among other gauges. Bob was very adept at mating the two carbs in a manner that we can accelerate them at the same time and choke them simultaneously, but we will have to adjust the GAV separately. Because I had to lower the radiator to lower the nose, you can see that we had to make a 'jackshaft' to turn the fan. We cut a generator pulley and welded it to the water pump shaft to drive the fan mounted below the water pump. I cut another generator pullet to fit that shaft.It has been a long time since I have had this much fun. Many thanks to Bob Kolenda and Charles Camp.
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