I cut out the seat frames, and the rear deck wood. Then I clamped and glued all day. There are 42 clamps on the wood and another 10 for the windshield. That's 52 clamps That's a lot of weight on ole Lizzie. I know the 2014 forum will be laid to rest soon, so this is just a quick update. Ill start reposting the speedsters progress next year. Happy New Year to everyone ....
still need to cut and notch the side pieces shown below
The three strips laying on the seat frame are the "batten" boards for the three permanent floor boards. They mount to the bottom side of the floor. The center long "batten" will also be part of the support for the battery box on the driver side and the tool box on the passenger side.
Keep the posting and pictures coming.
Many of us look forward to them.
I can't wait to see what the rear part will look like.
Aaron, Here is a pic of a quick mock up I did for a size study, and a period ad and photo that is the same basic body as I have.. Mine will be lower, have a skirt to hide the frame and have Disteel Disc wheels ...
Very nice work. The wood looks great. I will look forward to the future posts.
Keep up the good work.
And please keep the updates and pictures coming.
You have made a lot of progress.
...and has indeed come a long way since I last saw it !
Great work Donnie! Have a happy New Year too!
Does not seem like it has been less than a year. But those are taken at last years Chickasha. Notice my "not for sale" I had to write on top to keep the hoards of interested buyers "at bay" Also notice my electric blanket controller and the corner of my air mattress bed. If you "camp" at Chickasha the electric blankets are real nice to have I put the body right in my "bedroom" I posted on my "Chickasha Dream List" last year I was looking for an original body. I got all kinds of "Sure you are" "Good luck with that one" "Ha Ha Ha" ect. But it was the first thing I bought. Just before daylight, while we were in the "pre line up" See ya"ll in next years forum ....
Donnie -- This post is from another current thread:
I use this saying when I want to increase HP or speed: "To increase speed, add lightness"
I don't understand your choice of Red Oak for all that wood in the body. It's one of the heaviest woods we have around here.
Mike, there is not that much wood in the car. It looks like it but not really. When Im done with all the wood I could still pick up the pieces if all in one pile and carry it as one load. All the ads I have seen state the frameworks were made from oak or ash. Ash or white oak would have been my first choice, red oak third. But White Oak and Ash is very expensive in 6/4 and 8/4 lumber and almost impossible to find local in anything larger than 4/4, even by special order. I had a lot of red oak and some white oak left from our saw mill days. It is all at least 15 years old as well as some 75 to 100 year old boards salvaged from old houses. So that is what Im using. It has all been worked into useable size stock (pre cut to close measurements) and then stabilized for at least one month in the wood heated shop. Then it is final cut to size, burnt finished (burnt with torch to remove soft grain for my aging technique) Then its final finish is a soaking in quik poly to seal the wood water proof. Ill post about the finish later. Then it is assembled. Im pretty sure when Im completely finished with the body I will still be able to pick it up by myself and move it around. Im not really building a "racer" Im building a "gentlemans speedster" Now all Ill need to do is figure out where Ill find a "gentleman"
The third picture sure looks like RHD, but the old photo is LHD. What's going on. In either case it looks great. I wish you a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.
Tony, It is LHD. It is just an optical illusion. If you look at the 3rd picture you can see the steering shaft and the lowering wedge at the steering lower bracket on the left side.
Mike your weight comment got me thinking. So I did a little research from period ads, on the weight of the bodies. They are all in the 225 to 230 lb range for my style bodies. They almost all say made of ash or oak framing. The shipping weights also say "crated ready to ship" So I believe that is the weight including the crate. The weights are for complete bodies, with upholstered seats, windshields with glass and tops. I just do not see how this body is going to weigh more than 150 to 175 lbs complete. It may fool me, but Ill weigh it when done just out of curiositys sake ...
looking good Donnie!!!
Ask your wife. I will bet she can locate a nice AR Gentleman.
John, Im not going there That could get me in trouble,