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Old August 23rd, 2008, 03:49 PM   #1
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Hi all. I have been lurking for about a year and finally posted an intro and decided to start a vrod project.
Thanks for the inspiration and insight into the out of the box projects.
There has been a change in the plans since I first posted my intro. We are going to do a woody.

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Old August 23rd, 2008, 07:06 PM   #2
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good going!!!! keep it up... hardest cut is the first one
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I thought the 'First cut is the deepest'.

Looks like a good start to me, just don't screw it up!
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Sounds like a cool plan. Got any drawings ?
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Looks there are a few things missing; keep it up!
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Old August 24th, 2008, 04:10 AM   #6
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Unk, I wish I could draw, but the best I can do is crayon stick figures.

Yeah, the boys and I got carried away with the and this is what happened. Well, I guess we are going to have to make do with what we have left.

Anyway, as my 9 year old says, "destruction is fun"!
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I got done work a little early today and decided to do some more work on "Frank". This whole project is going to end up looking like a woody that was a CBOM some months ago. I apologize for copying someone else's ideas but my boys and I really like it. And frankly I am more of a follower than a leader when it comes to designing things.

Hopefully this project will help improve my confidence. Anyway here are some pics of what we got done:

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Man I wish I had a better welder, but the flux core dealie will have to do for now:
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welds look god to me. May just suggest one thing though. clean the metal some by grindign or using a flapper wheel sander on the grinder. From what i have heard you need good clean metal when using flux core.
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welds look god to me. May just suggest one thing though. clean the metal some by grindign or using a flapper wheel sander on the grinder. From what i have heard you need good clean metal when using flux core.
I agree with Nate, cleaner the metal better the weld, some may argue this but I have been using my flux core for years, chopped a top with it, etc, still using it and it always works great for me.. Not good for thick metal but Definatly good for 1/8th inch or smaller.
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Thanks guys for the compliments and the suggestions for the welds. I will try that next time. I have to agree with you Zuki, this is the third car I have worked on with this welder. It has always done me right, but I have had to get really good with the grinder. Well, you have to make do with what you have, right?!?!?

Zuki, I also know where there are 2 Diamond Reo's sitting, here in York, if you are interested I can get you a name and phone number to call to see if the fellow is interested in parting with any of the parts. Let me know.
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I'm no pro, but, I've found this to be true no matter what form of Welding that I have tried.
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Old August 30th, 2008, 04:00 PM   #13
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I took the advise about cleaning the metal before I did any welds and it did help. Thanks guys.

Here are some pics of the work we got done today. Both doors are built and installed and we started building the framework for the body. Let me know what you think.


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There are some more pics in my intro, if you are interested.
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Thats very cool looking.

I had done a boxed tubing life and roll cage support for my Buggy and once I was done I should have made my own chassis from the rear torsion tubes forward. Looking at yours made me think of this again and how you have so many options open at this point.
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What thickness is your tubeing? I was wondering if you thought about the weight of everything once it is together? I like what I see so far and your doing a hell of a job
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All the tube is 1/8" thick, it is heavy, but there are only a couple more pieces to put on now. Once those pieces are on, the tubing will be covered in 1/4" plywood for the field and the rails and stiles will be 3/4" pine. So I think the overall weight will be ok.

And thanks so much for the nice comments, it really does help build the confidence level at this point.

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How about painting the metal and putting the plywood on the inside!!???
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Ooohhh! I never thought of that. That could be really interesting. After I get that frame completed and painted, I will definately try that out. Thanks alot for the suggestion!

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By the way Pine won't last very long outside.
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Just a quick update today. I got home from work and finished the bottom of the frame work behind the rear wheels. Now all I have to do is to tie the lower areas around the rear wheels with some 1x1 angle. This will give me clearance around the bump stops and also give me a place to attach the wood.

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So this has been a real productive weekend. But, I have come up with 2 questions that I hope you guys can share your expertise on. I flipped the wheels around backward to make room to do the frame work. My original plan was to get wide 5 to Chevy adapters and find the inner wheels off a dually pick-up to give me the room. Well, I am a cheapskate and now am wondering if there is a way to run the stock wheels like I have them mounted now.

Also. looking for some suggestions on the wood for the body. I would like the field to be light and the rails and stiles to be darker, like chestnut or walnut brown. Any help would be greatly appreciated. (Just remember I am cheap)

Thanks alot guys in your interest in our project.

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The centers of your wheels when cut out fit perfectly into chevy s10 wheels, that can give you a 7 1/2 inch wide wheel and you can make it any offset you want
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i dig the project. woodys kick ass. when you skin it it will all be worth while.

you could do somthing way off the wall like staining the wood a color instead of standard stain. i know i have some stain from ikea that is blue. if you did like 2 coats on the lighter panels and 4 on the rails it would look sweet as crap. they cary some other colors too. then tompson water seal it all. well it is an idea
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you could do somthing way off the wall like staining the wood a color instead of standard stain. i know i have some stain from ikea that is blue. if you did like 2 coats on the lighter panels and 4 on the rails it would look sweet as crap. they cary some other colors too. then tompson water seal it all. well it is an idea

The colored stain is not a bad idea at all. There is a company (I am forgetting the name right now) that makes colored stain, but it is more like a dye. After you stain a piece, if you cut a cross section it penetrates like an 1/8" into the wood. Well anyway, I may look into that also. We are still up in the air about color for the wood.

Thanks alot for the idea!!!!
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It's a little more costly... but there's an even lighter alternative. The entire car is airbrushed work. Sweetly done, looks like real wood.

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No, bashing but I think it looks more like a "Steelie" than a "Woodie"

Wouldn't the body frame be made from 2x4's instead?
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