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    Rods 'n' Sods Junkie Paul L's Avatar
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    28Chevy - There is definitely something about boat tail designs.

    I'm sure Robert/Ivanhoe will be along in a minute to offer the other half of his canoe.

    Jokes aside, it is nice to watch you create something from nothing (so to speak).

    Good luck, Paul.

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    The original Spitfire prototype (an aeroplane apparently) had the wings made out of 6" strips overlapped and rivetted together, as they had problems of their own with compound curves...….
    Just a passer by as you might say.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Austin Martin View Post
    The original Spitfire prototype (an aeroplane apparently) had the wings made out of 6" strips overlapped and rivetted together, as they had problems of their own with compound curves...….
    like an airstream caravan then.
    need a job done on your project? i may be able to help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 296moon View Post
    Love it ! (I see a Big shrinker/strecher in your future)...................
    Don't think they had one back then so not available to me either..

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    You have been busy!
    I'm doing my best but stuff keeps getting in the way!

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul L View Post
    28Chevy - There is definitely something about boat tail designs.

    I'm sure Robert/Ivanhoe will be along in a minute to offer the other half of his canoe.

    Jokes aside, it is nice to watch you create something from nothing (so to speak).

    Good luck, Paul.
    Thanks Paul, not sure if it is a true boat tail design though, just a crude sprint/race car style rear end, not quite as crude as this one though..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Austin Martin View Post
    The original Spitfire prototype (an aeroplane apparently) had the wings made out of 6" strips overlapped and rivetted together, as they had problems of their own with compound curves...….
    Compound curves scare me too!

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    like an airstream caravan then.
    If Lobster back curves are good enough for them they're good enough for me
    Whirrr whirrr chuff chuff de chuff........chuff......BRUMMMM!

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    Been wondering about how the cockpit floor was done, with a bit of ply floor in, it's impossibly tricky getting my feet in there with the steering wheel in the way, then I studied this pic hard and saw a foot peg in there with the accelerator pedal above it!

    So no floor at all just that half an oil drum shaped fairing underneath to prevent Flintstone style braking if ones feet drop off the pegs!

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    So a couple of bits of conduit and plate and it all makes sense, much easier to get into now with all that room to swing the legs about. Most pics of the car show it without the seat cushions, I wonder if they are slid under the bum after squirming in.

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    Found another pic showing the torque tube, so it's not an open drive despite having the rear axle U bolted tight to the springs! Meaning very little suspension movement I suspect.

    So because of the engine set back ideally I now need a 1926 or 7 rear axle or torque tube/drive shaft which are 4" shorter, if anyone's got a spare

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    Faffed about for ages setting up the front axle and setting the king pin lay back at 7 deg. Welded the spring pads under the axle, but now the drag link was hard on the spring, took the top damping springette off but still the same.

    Made a couple of lowering blocks on my shaper to get over that, (one laying on top of axle) at the expense of suspension travel, the springs hardly move so I do hope the sand is smooth . Just waiting for longer U bolts to get here and that should be all done,

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    Seems the original had the same problem, spot the extra unpainted spacers in there that look like they were stuck in after the resto was done.

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    Last edited by 28Chevy; 04-06-2019 at 13:43.
    Whirrr whirrr chuff chuff de chuff........chuff......BRUMMMM!

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    Hi Folks, it's been a good week in Beach Racer HQ, after faffing about thinking I could do the body cheap I bit the bullet, allowed plenty for cockups and got some ally sheet in and got started on the tail end.

    This is the best tool I've ever found on a junk stall, I knew what it was but the seller had no clue, offered him £1 and he was happy, and to be fair so was I

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    Throatless sheet metal sheer, straight cuts or really tight curves effortlessly and can be used free hand with both handles or in a vice with one, the old ways really are the best!

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    Started at the back, wrapped the sheet around the upright steel bit and then bend, tap tap, bend, tap, slowly getting the hang of it now.

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    Decided against welding the seam, mostly cos I've never done it, got no gear and don't want to pay!
    So I dug out some ally beading that's been lurking in the woodshed for 25 yrs, I knew it's day would come...

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    Getting there..

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    Last edited by 28Chevy; 11-06-2019 at 08:49.
    Whirrr whirrr chuff chuff de chuff........chuff......BRUMMMM!

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    ooof , now we're cooking with gas !
    Bicester scramble ,Medusa enjoyed the trip.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-7I7-nA19U

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    Quite pleased with it so far, it looks a bit Jules Verne to me..

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    After finding the fire extinguisher couldn't be made to fit as a tank, I've been searching boot fairs and auto jumbles for a suitable tank, nothing showed up, then I stumbled across this little beauty on the web, 5 galls capacity and new in stock, perfect fit and cheap enough so it was a no brainer, must stop spending now!

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    Filler neck is in the perfect place too..

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    Hoping I can keep up the concentration to do the other panels without any disasters, the last one will be quite tricky where it fits to the metal frame, one step at a time and plenty of tea me thinks..
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    Quote Originally Posted by ivanhoew View Post
    ooof , now we're cooking with gas !
    and not a canoe in sight robert
    need a job done on your project? i may be able to help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mygasser View Post
    and not a canoe in sight robert
    Mock ye not MG, we think it's amazing what a Robert candoe.......with a canoe....

    These two Roberts started it all off way back in sepia times.

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    Last edited by 28Chevy; 08-06-2019 at 22:40.
    Whirrr whirrr chuff chuff de chuff........chuff......BRUMMMM!

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