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Old 08-31-2014, 08:26 AM
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Default Update work on speedster

Andrew Slater came by the shop this weekend and we finished the layout and cutting for the header and pipes.

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Old 08-31-2014, 10:04 AM
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That was a nice way to do the fishmouth's on the headers. I used to work for Doug's and all we had in the '60's was a metal scribe and a torch. Fred26t
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Old 08-31-2014, 11:19 AM
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Sure is coming along nicely, Will. Funny thing, it takes a bit for me to get my noodle around the geometry thing for cut-fit tubing work, then it all goes along and all of a sudden it's done before I am ! Real clean intersections. They should weld like a dream. What will the finish be on the steel tubes - old timey bbq black or the hot coat insulating finish? Still have the oval scars from working around hot headers long ago.
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Old 08-31-2014, 12:23 PM
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Really looking good Will. Your engineering always amazes me.
Got to get back down your way again.

That speedster is looking great.


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Old 08-31-2014, 12:48 PM
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Hey Will, did you show how you created that cool WC logo on the side of the Speedster? Simple minds want to know.
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Old 08-31-2014, 12:48 PM
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Nice job as usual!
This speedster will be very nice, wish I was there to give you a helping hand old man
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Old 08-31-2014, 01:10 PM
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Bob, that is just how I have signed my name since back in the racing days, and this particular version was simply from a .dxf file that I did in Solidworks and had water jetted. it has just lasted more as a logo that anything else.

Per, I sure wish that you were still here. It seems al that I have done since the 'Roundup' is mow grass, fix fences and visit Jim Hery. Could use a 'young man' around here, LOL

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More updates. Been VERY busy with customer work and visiting with Jim Hery at his Tenn. shop and mowing grass, etc.

Been working most recently on the cockpit panels that go around the driver and passenger. I had the opening contour cut in a 'stitch' pattern on the water jet to maintain the panels 'alignment' while I was doing the shaping to fit the bulkhead contours. It is my intention to fit the panels to the bulkheads, then form a wire edge configuration, install a #9 gage wire, shape it to the contour and then rivet it around the openings. Then to cut out the 'stitched' area and hand form the opening edge around the wire edged forms giving me a 5-layer of materials to maintain the opening configuration and provide strength for getting in and out of the speedster. Some of the pictures show the SoldiWorks drawing of the closing die before the stems are welded and the side cut away. There is a 6" wide Pullmax die that results in a 'P' shaped section of metal. The lead in and exit ends of the 4 ft. long segments are poorly done in the die and will have to be cut off. I pre-formed a 135 degree edge on the panel to put the 'P' contour in because it was too small in width to maintain straightness and the formed edge made it MUCH easier to feed straight and push thru the die. Once the edging has been done, I will fit the ends of the panel to the bulkhead and then trim and install a joggled edge to make allowance for panel overlaps at each end. The panel rolls were done with the rubber tire in an old nglish wheel frame.

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Old 09-13-2014, 06:16 PM
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Old 09-14-2014, 12:57 PM
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Now there is one stout wired edge, Will.
... And I thought using 3/8" gas line was a good way to stiffen a cockpit surround on an old racer.... Your PM roll-up dies are similar to some press dies I see in my press-die design book.
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