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PostPosted: Wed Apr 16, 2008 9:46 am 
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finely some progress.
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Put this temporary superstructure on the front.
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So I can have something to measure from, to get the top of the windshield and the top lined up.
You can see it's not.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2008 4:46 pm 
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The curve at each side of the roof was not the same.
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I made a template out of cardboard, and traced the curve on a piece of wood. then I flipped the template over and traced it again.
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I cut along the lower curve on both sides, and screwed the wood to the roof. You can see how much difference there was.
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This leaves me a slight overlap to trim and then I can weld the two roof halves together.
I think I will do the same thing at the back of the roof..

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2008 9:56 am 
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This is what the back end looks like. It came out nice.
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Other pictures.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2008 9:23 pm 
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coming along great, good to see ya made back out to the shop
can't wait to see it when you're street legal
it's gonna have a great W T F :shock: factor :lol:


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 24, 2008 11:41 am 
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You can see from the black line how much the roof moved when I lined it up with the template.


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Those welds look like crap.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 28, 2008 1:55 pm 
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Top's welded. :D :D

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The floor wasn't flat and it caused more trouble than I thought it would. It was hard to get a comfortable foot position.

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So I modified a Mini floor repair panel to fill the gap. it worked grate. :mrgreen:


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 28, 2008 6:21 pm 
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Coming along nicely :D

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PostPosted: Tue May 06, 2008 5:29 pm 
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Thanks M.

Worked on the sheet metal around the inside of the windshield.
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Replaced a flange and cleaned them up.
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Cut a chunk out of the center of the dash, and both ends.
Welded a piece of sheet metal to the dash to stiffen it up.
Tapered the ends of the dash so the door seals will fit.
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Used clecos to keep the alignment.
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PostPosted: Fri May 09, 2008 4:26 pm 
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My friend came over,so I got him to take some pictures

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I cut the seat rails off and set the seat on Subaru Justy rails.
This gave me more head room.

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Geez! :shock: I'm running out of hair! :huh:

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I will put a roll bar back far enough so I don't bump my head on it.
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PostPosted: Fri May 16, 2008 2:52 pm 
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Got the dash welded in. Put the front sheet-metal back on.
I want to get the hood and cowl sorted out next.
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I'm trying to decide if I want the hood to open, or make the whole front flip up.
What do you guys think?
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PostPosted: Fri May 16, 2008 7:48 pm 
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flip fore front, five window, three wheel, one person, coupe :lol:

Q? why does a chicken coupe have two doors ?

A: because if it had four it would be a chicken sedan !


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PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2008 3:23 pm 
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Stared working on the rear suspension.

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I'm putting a Honda Siverwing swingarm on to get a mono shock.

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I'm using a Honda CB900 final drive because it has a shock mount and a bigger axle.

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The only hard part is this pivot point is bigger. I want the bigger pivot because it uses a bigger bearing and will support more. Also this pivot was rusty so I made a new one and welded it on.

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I'm also using a Honda CB900 wheel with a disk break. more stopping. :D

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This cup holds the small bearing. I took the cup out and lucky me, it's the same size as the big bearing.

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So I can put the big bearing in and machined the cup to use as a stop for the bearing. once I get the swingarm lined up I will weld the cup in.
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PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2008 12:48 pm 
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I ran into a small problem, the stock pivot bolt is .589" dia. and the bigger bearing takes a .668" bolt. :huh:
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The bigger bolt has a way bigger thread. This is the cx500 bolt.

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I cut the end off a cb900 bolt, but I can't just weld it on. It's bigger than the thread.
I'll make it a press fit. :D
more to follow.
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Ok I'm back.

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I cut the end off the cx500 bolt, and pressed in a 10mm reamer blank.
Then I drilled and reamed the big bolt end for a slip fit except the last bit. It has a .005" press fit.

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This shows the slip fit.
Now I have to see if I can make it fit on the car.

john :D :D

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PostPosted: Fri May 23, 2008 10:43 am 
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Now I can weld the left hand shock mount on, and hook up the mono shock. If I can find all the parts. =)
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PostPosted: Wed May 28, 2008 10:09 am 
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Found the parts, put them in, works good. :mrgreen:
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PostPosted: Thu May 29, 2008 11:02 am 
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Cut the shock mounts loose and removed extra metal.
john :D :D

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Wow this is amazing, nice job

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 02, 2008 11:45 am 
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Thanks RG.
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Removed more extra metal and leveled up the swingarm. Edit: Found out the swingarm is not level there where the blue level is. =) So I got a bulls-eye level and used the axle.

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Welded in the shock mount in a new position.

So now the wheel is perpendicular.
I'm stuck at the moment because I thought I had a cb900 bevel gear assembly. But it is a cx500 one. and it doesn't fit on the silverwing swingarm.
The way it is now, the wheel points to the right.
I will get a cb900 bevel drive and modify the swingarm to fit.

john :D :D

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 16, 2008 11:23 am 
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Got the CB900 bevel drive. And welded the Cb900 bevel mount to the swingarm.
Now I need to align the back wheel.
john :D :D

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 23, 2008 1:25 pm 
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I set up a supper structure to find the center of the frame.
I used that to aline the rear wheel. This took the better part of two days. :shock:
Then I welded the upper supports in.
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Now all I have to do is tie in the bottom of the Honda frame to my frame.
Then,that part is done.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2008 10:27 pm 
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5 window coupe ?


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2008 3:24 pm 
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Cool, got any bigger pictures?
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2008 3:31 pm 
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Rolled it out in the yard.
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I like it! :mrgreen: :D
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It's almost as long as my Insight.
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But shorter and narrower.
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Working on the back frame.
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john :D :D

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2008 9:40 pm 
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sorry....ran out of primer :lol:
BTW coming along nicely


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 26, 2008 3:52 pm 
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That looks nice! :D :D :D :D :D :D
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