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    Quote Originally Posted by legendlives View Post
    Excellent!
    I'd love to build one of those, and I may do after my current project is finished.
    When you've done we could race..

    Quote Originally Posted by mygasser View Post
    will you have enough room between the axle and chassis for suspension travel once all the weight is on it?
    neil.
    Should be OK, not much movement there, but it really depends on the sea state as the tide goes out prior to the race, could be smooth sandy beach or bumpy puddles !

    Quote Originally Posted by chaley View Post
    A quick question,
    Does your ruler only have marks at every Foot?
    As it sure looks that way

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    Have you tried SpecSavers? Na I just lop everything in half and call it good..


    Quote Originally Posted by ivanhoew View Post
    looks nice and straight .
    Straight enough for me, rails are parallel but with slight variations at the ends, manufacturing tolerances perhaps.

    A couple of reference pics for y'all to study.

    Anyone recognise the rad surround/nose cone?

    I reckon the tank at the front is for dry sump, any other ideas?

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    Bentley? and yes dry sump oil tank as there is a fuel filler behind the cockpit
    Nuttier than squirrel shit
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    My guess for the shell is a 1927 Willys Overland Whippet.

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    I recken the griii was made from a wrap around bumper that had been bent in the middle.........................................
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    something like that with the front bit cut out at the top to make the continuous curving edge ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by steve1275 View Post
    Bentley? and yes dry sump oil tank as there is a fuel filler behind the cockpit
    Does look simlia but Bentley grills might have been a bit too pricey back then, might have to fake that dry sump bit....

    Quote Originally Posted by chaley View Post
    My guess for the shell is a 1927 Willys Overland Whippet.

    Chaley
    My first thought too but trying to think of how to cut one down to fit I think maybe they are a bit too curvy, with un-square bottom corners, but maybe if I can find a f/g repro to hack..

    Quote Originally Posted by 296moon View Post
    I recken the griii was made from a wrap around bumper that had been bent in the middle.........................................
    Don't think wrap around bumpers and been invented back then, see what you mean though..

    Quote Originally Posted by ivanhoew View Post
    something like that with the front bit cut out at the top to make the continuous curving edge ?
    Way too British Robert, but I'm keeping an eye out for that sort of thing

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    Engine mount x member marked out.

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    Cut bits off and stick them together again summat like this.

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    Seems to fit OK, even if I did put it in the wrong way round first time..

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    What happens when I reach my pic storage limit, which I'm fast approaching?
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    On to the rear suspension.

    After pulling out the rear spring hanger bushes, I rummaged around for a suitable imperial size steel rod and unbelievaby found one, no idea where it came from or why it wasn't rusty, but if fitted exactly, pure serendipity and happenstance made this happen. Reduced each end and threaded for an original size nut, drilled split pin hole too.

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    Made a spacer tube and centering thingy then welded one hanger side to it.

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    Turned the tube out for a brass bush, bored that to fit the rod and welded the other side on.

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    All fits together like so, the original used front springs and hangers which are both shorter, I've got to use rear ones which are longer, no idea how this will work till I get it on it's wheels, hoping some suitable shorter springs will turn up somehow.

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    During all this I realised why that big x member was left off the original, because those hanger castings don't line up at all now the rails are parallel and square, the rails have to tip outwards slightly at the top of the arch to get the x rod to fit.

    So took out the x member bolts and let the rails spring a bit and the x rod went in, so after all that work the big x member has to go :-(

    On the plus side it looks more like the original without it, so all good!

    Watching the TV later when I spotted that Ricky Gervais's choice of background props got just that little bit more in line with mine.

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    Made 6 spacers to compensate for the widening chassis web, re-drilled the holes 9 1/16" and bolted the front chrossmember in tight.

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    Long forgotten and lurking under junk in the shed was this.

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    Hoping this will become the beach race/sprint/hill climb pressurised fuel tank, mounted vertically in the tail.
    The tank is shaped so the filler cap should poke through the rear bodywork just right.
    And it's free..

    Car's not yet as low as original racer, mainly because my disc wheels are taller that the '31 wires, but they're all I've got and I reckon they look more vintage..

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    Spot the pump lurking within, made of brass for that period look. With a bit of modding and polishing with a neater handle it will do the job nicely. Double serendipity and happenstance work their magic again!

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    Well it appears I have exceeded my file upload limit now so it seems that's all folks!
    Last edited by 28Chevy; 17-05-2019 at 23:02.
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