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    Tot Rod Build

    I have done a quick search and can hardly find any builds of tot rods in The Garage section. The only one I can find is the fantastic Model A coupe. So here is a fairly basic Tot Rod build.
    First up was to build a chassis, I broke one of my old racing Karts to get the rear axle brakes and sprocket carriers, This got it up to a rolling Chassis stage.


    I also made up a small jig to line up the front spindles,



    Here they are powdercoated,



    At this point the project stalled as my eldest was still only 3 years old!

    Cheers
    Gerry

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    As the kids were getting bigger I decided to crack on with the project, inspired by the build of Torment I made a mould,



    Then laid up a body in red Gel coat as that was the colour that Jamie wanted,



    Body as pulled from the mould, still to be trimmed and the grill fitted.



    This shows the size of the extended wheelbase Tot rod.



    Not a small toy by any means!
    Cheers Gerry
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    At this point I decided that it was going to be a toy and as such I would go against my instincts and just build it not taking overly long on it as it will be crashed!
    I decided to use the Kart seat on an adjustable frame so both my boys could use it. I also bent up and welded on a role over bar.



    At this point it was drivable so Jamie had a test drive all of a couple of hundred yards then the same night the Tot rod was stripped to a bare chassis.

    Whilst the chassis was away at the blasters I got on with the body, rubbed down and in primer, so much for moulding it in red gel coat!





    Then the chassis came back from the blasters was painted in two pack, this was my first attempt at spraying a round tube chassis, not as easy as a flat panel.
    The rolling chassis was built up, only the chassis was painted I powder coated all the rest.



    Next back to the body.
    Gerry

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    Remember the idea of not spending too much time as it was a toy? I was ready to put on a top coat, when Zefa46 and his wife came up for a few days. We spent Monday in the garage and as he wasnt happy with my ideas for the boot, at the end of the day we ended up with this.



    The boot lid bonded back in ready to get ribs for strength and return edges before getting the opening re-cut.

    After a quick trip down to the hot rod drags it was on with silver for the grill then a red base coat



    Cheers
    Gerry

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    Tot rod is my next project, having picked up a '34 body at HRDs. so thanks for posting pics do you have any pics of the rear axle/clutch/engine mounting/etc ?



    cheers , Gav.

    ps: that looks very well made
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    Thanks Gav, will get some pictures of the back axle for you tonight.
    Once the base coat was on the next day it was scuffed back with scotch bright pads and a couple of coats of laquer with a blue flake were sprayed on. This was my first go at flake and I was a bit worried as when it dryed it felt like sandpaper! Six more coats of laquer and it was ready for wet sanding.




    After wet sanding out most of the orange peel



    Cheers
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    Two nights with the G3 and a couple of coats of polish and this is the result.



    Just the exhaust to make and the dzus fastners to add and thats it finished. will try and get some better pictures in the sun when it's finished as the paint really comes alive in the sun.
    Cheers
    Gerry

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    Gav,
    are these pictures any good?








    the bearing carrier plates were laser cut to fit the radius of the chassis the brake bracket is fabricated to suit the caliper.
    The axle has one driven wheel and one free wheel otherwise the tot rod is very reluctant to turn!

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    Awesome
    Did you Take the mold off another or make your own plug??
    Caravans are cool

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    Quote Originally Posted by henry's revenge View Post
    Awesome
    Did you Take the mold off another or make your own plug??
    I have done a fair bit of repair work on fibreglass cars over the years and had made a couple of moulds for bits and pieces, seeing the torment build thread gave me the boost to make a mould from the body I had with one or two tweaks here and there. It was really just to see if I could do it!
    Cheers
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