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Old August 22nd, 2017, 07:20 AM   #1
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Well since photobucket messed up my last thread, I'm going to start this one. Don't worry, anyone who's followed along. It won't be quite as detailed as the last. This will be the footnotes version, and I will do my new updates here.

Here's the day I picked her up and what I had to work with.



Luckily I managed to scoop up this fairly clean body and saved myself a ton of work.





My floor pan and heater channels were rotten so rather then spend all the money on replacement parts I spent little money and some time making my own parts. Turned the car into a unibody. Rather than making frame rails and heater channels and bolting it all together, I just made a beefy frame and welded the body down.



Floor pan templates



Floor pans all set in



Floor pans all welded in



The back section all welded down



The front section all welded down



The body all welded down



Onto the doors. The original hinges were cut so it was the same amount of work to do something fun. Suicide door it is!













Here's a shot of how my seats are done. They are actually surprisingly comfortable. Little warm on a hot day though.



From there it was onto the dash. Saw a rad idea on here fromt the "Pitbull" build. Just changed things up a bit to give my own twist.















No heat so I needed some sort of fan to clear the window. Luckily my buddy had this old bus fan. Also works great on a hot day for keeping cool.



Here's the whole dash setup.



Fenders on, starting to look like a car again!





Fixed the "fat lip" on the front. Got it looking good now.



Changed out the headlights for some LED lights. Got a wicked deal on them and they work awesome!





Also went with some LED tear drop light on the back. Love the look of these.



Added some led lighting to the original speedo.



Here it is all lit up in the dash. You can also see my new rear view. since I had the fan where the mirror went, I decided to go with this instead. works great and gives me a wide view.



Had an old Grant steering wheel with a moldy pad on it. So i stripped that off and made my own cover. Was a great idea until I was 6 hours into wrapping. Worth it in the end tough. After it was all done i resin coated it to keep everything sealed in.









Almost time to get Frankie on the road. Needed some bumpers and a place for my plates. Put these together and really happy with how they came out.





Here's the whole inspiration and the reason for the name of the car. Bought this blank and painted it up. Not bad for my first shift knob paint job.





Frankie is on the road! Stoked to be to this point. Was 6 months of hard work to get to this point.



Time to start making Frankie all one colour. I'm no paint and body guy. This car is getting the cheap and dirty paint job. Tremclad semi-gloss for the win!













And this is how Frankie currently looks. Loving it!



And now that we're all caught up, onto the new bits.I had those little hot rod peep mirrors, but they weren't quite cutting it and one of them fell off. Wanted to do something different so I made some skeleton hand out of half inch round rod.

Here's all the little bits cut up.



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Used my bench grinder to shape all the bones. like the steering wheel, this was a great idea until a few hours in....haha worth it in the end though.



Here's everything all tacked together



Checking fitment and figuring out how to mount it.



Base all sorted out and everything welded. Just need to clean up, add some paint, and mount the mirrors.



Here they are after paint and with mirrors added. Really stoked with how these turned out!! Now just to mount them.





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Old August 22nd, 2017, 03:15 PM   #2
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I like it a lot. Nice work.
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Beautiful work! By the way the mirrors are 'held on,' I doubt that they will fall off.
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I like it a lot. Nice work.
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Old August 23rd, 2017, 05:07 AM   #5
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Beautiful work! By the way the mirrors are 'held on,' I doubt that they will fall off.
hahaha thanks! Yeah I think they should be alright.
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Got the mirrors all mounted last night. Turned out awesome! They are a little bit low, but having the convex mirror helps with that. Once I get that other mirror hole filled in I may move them up into that area. This spot works for now.

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Very nice mirrors


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At one time I was gonna try to cast a set of mirrors similar to that, I may still try it one a these days, I doubt my welds would hold if and when I hit a bump, that is of coarse my welds looked like a terrible case of arthritis, that's the only way I could get them to stay together using my little mig welder, I need to fix my big stick welder, it worked much better


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At one time I was gonna try to cast a set of mirrors similar to that, I may still try it one a these days, I doubt my welds would hold if and when I hit a bump, that is of coarse my welds looked like a terrible case of arthritis, that's the only way I could get them to stay together using my little mig welder, I need to fix my big stick welder, it worked much better


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I didn't use anything too fancy. I used a Lincoln 110 with Flux core. Set it on the C setting and it seemed to get in there pretty good. I need to make a set of cup holders, so I think I'm going to do something similar but take a different approach. Instead of cutting all the little bits, grinding them down, and welding together. I think I'll use thinner rod, cut relief cuts at the joint parts, bend them to shape, and use the welder to built up the knuckle bump. That way each finger will be one piece of rod. I'll be sure to post if it all goes well.
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Here's a few shots I grabbed yesterday while I was shooting a little video for Frankie.







If you wanna check out the video, you can see it here https://youtu.be/5jOa0J7qZic
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Looking great. I have to say that the wheel color is inspiring. Huh, I just had this thought about centers for the wheels made up like your 'fingers' holding the mirrors, but in the VW emblem way.
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Looks great I like the wheel center idea as well

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Well Frankie is put away for the winter months. Time to get to work on some winter projects. I liked the seats That I originally did, but they're weren't as durable as I would like them to be. Here's the new plan. Still need to get the back sorted out, but you get the idea. Had my dad help me sew these up. Still have lots to learn about upholstery.

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