Cool project that...
Cool project that...
The Oddlot Drag Racing Team...havin fun is usual
57 chevy wagon.
your not drunk enough if you can lie on the floor without holding on..
Crawley to the Watford gap is midlands, anything beyond is North....
Nice job you're doing with that
Nice neat work..
Whirrr whirrr chuff chuff de chuff........chuff......BRUMMMM!
My Chevy thread: https://www.rodsnsods.co.uk/forum/sho...y-coach-403745
Rugged Robin 2/3rd track: https://www.facebook.com/Rugged.Robin.tracked/
Nice to see you finally getting the car you paid for ( several times ) Is the other shop still going ??
The Motoring Legend Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/nz/podcas...I86R_nE1bNnkMk
Dodgy ... well that's what you southerners say ... And as far as I'm concerned, anything south of Preston may as well be France
Kapri ...yes fingers crossed 3rd time is the charm
legend .... all the new credit goes to Jim and the crew at Royal Kustoms.
55Z ...well Ron ...the short version of a very tortured road goes something like this...
Originally bought the car from a member of a well known rod club ...who swore it was all good, just needed a couple of maintenance items.... and like all things, sometimes you can only find out how bad it is once you dig in..... So after finding the chassis was not square or level, the drums were cracked and the engine was effed..... I took it completely apart and started again. .... Engine was rebuilt and still is brilliant
I was directed to a Rod Shop in Wales, and they said they could correct the chassis ....during many conversations they also said they could complete the build to 'show quality' and if I agreed to let them use it at a few shows, then they would pay for the paint and interior.
3 years later and more excuses than enough ....along the lines of, he said his wife was dying 3 times, he'd got married and divorced twice, he'd had 2 suspected heart attacks, lots of 'employees' had let him down etc etc...allegedly. ..... As I was sympathetic to all these excuses I went along with the repeated delays...
Yes its easy to look back and see , but when you are very busy and have experience of tragedy, then it is easy to be taken advantage of.... As I have now learned.
So when I finally insisted the car was completed, I was told ( I quote) "F*ckOFF I'll see you in court !" , the car was eventually returned as a none running car, leaking fuel from the tank , the body was cracked, filler was falling off, paint was, well it was like screwed up sandpaper, and the 'new' disc brakes didn't work.
HOW BAD COULD IT BE ....... So it came apart again to have a look (I am a mechanical engineer by profession, so I'm OK with fixing stuff)..... Turns out is was now worse than when I'd first got it.... chassis was not only, not square or level, the rear axle was mounted a inch further out on one side, the wiring was dangerous, the steering was now fouling the headers and would have locked up completely if you tried to drive it...so twas a blessing it wouldn't run
Typically the legal system allows companies to shut down and open 2 days later with a very similar name and no comeback to previous work. I'm sure some people will say its my own fault, and that they would never let people get away with it etc etc ..... well Stupid or not, This is a real story and those people are still in business .... I am more wary of people, so use them if you wish but be warned.
Anyway..... I am not a competent welder / fabricator ...... but I have been dreaming of having a Flathead powered hot rod ever since my Hot Wheels days as a kid..... and I'm not getting any younger... I decided to carry on and start again, after all 3rd time lucky ...right.
So instead of a million hours in the shed, I committed to a couple of 1000 hours over time and the progress this time can be seen in the pictures .... I am hoping it will be ready to race at Pendine in October... but this year is a bust for most things, so in essence if it's just finished this year I'll be happy.... and tired, and skint ....... But I will finally have my toy to play with.
Yes I do feel privileged that I can work extra . Especially in these time when so many have lost jobs and more. But it also means that the Good Rod shops have had the work and thats gotta be a good thing.
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