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Flipper_1938 11-07-2013 08:04 AM

Either those are big fenders, or this is going to be a low car. [dr


christcrusader13 11-07-2013 08:43 AM


Originally Posted by zzrodder (Post 363754)
Propped a tire in the fender and bolted on the running board to figure out the rearend width needed and to help determine frame measurements. This is how it will look at full suspension drop - I'd like to go lower but with the 30" tire, this is a low as it can go.
Using a highly sophisticated CAD designing program (Chaulk Assisted Doodling), I sketched out the frame dimensions on the floor. Hmmm, if this is my man cave, is this a cave drawing ? [S:rolleyes:.
I'll cut out the frame pieces and lay them right on the floor drawing to tack them together. Also in the pics are the 4 link arms I made last fall in anticipation of this frame build.

This thing is looking GREAT! I love the cave drawings!

I agree that removing the hump improved the look, that's what I did at the top of the back of the roof line on my 40 chevy...

Nice metal work! Keep it up...[cl

zzrodder 11-07-2013 11:54 PM

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Got started on building the frame, using my favorite style for the main rails, stacking a 2x2 and 2x4 to make a super stiff 2x6". The corners of the kick up are gusseted with 1/4" plate segments to bridge the joints. Just some temp crossmembers tacked in so far while mocking up the rear suspension, I'll be adding a double tier K or X member once that is sorted out. This is the 9" rear end I'll be using though it needs to be shortened 9".
I got excited today when my axles from Summit arrived - 'till I opened the boxes - they sent one 28 spline and one 31 spline axle - DOH !!.
Well, I can still shorten the housing and get on with mounting it....

Z.Z.Rat 11-08-2013 05:57 AM

Love to watch your work zz. I might suggest using colored chalk. Have'n fun with you. The grandkids come over & do sidewalk art all of the time & they consume the whole parking area with their art & then we have no place to park!

Neverdone 11-08-2013 08:59 AM

oooof thats a lot of frame!!!!

05snopro440 11-08-2013 11:39 AM


Originally Posted by zzrodder (Post 363976)
They're Coker Classics.

Yes, Radium next year though I doubt this can get even close to being done by then. Probably take the 'ol Hennway again.

It will be great to see the Hennway back at Radium. I was expecting to see it this year.

That frame looks awesome. I really like that you made a stiff 2x6 main rail and made a really beefy frame. As an engineer I cringe at some of the tiny rails I've seen used for custom-built frames. This sure isn't one of them!

zzrodder 11-08-2013 10:09 PM

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I went and bought a chop saw and did the deed on the rear end housing, cutting 9 3/4" off to bring track width from 65 1/4 down to 55 1/2". Now I can get onto mounting it while waiting for the other axle to show up.

BillM 11-09-2013 08:23 AM

As always....I am impressed!.....and I love the fact that you are able to do all of this with more ingenuity than anything!

I can't thank you enough for keeping us all inspired.

radford46 11-09-2013 09:18 AM

Just found this build and went thru the whole thing this morning. Unbelievable. Subscribing now.
Reminds me of an old modified coach race car.

Flipper_1938 11-09-2013 11:02 AM

Cool! I just noticed you threw some paint on the bare metal [dr


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