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PostPosted: Thu Jun 26, 2008 4:56 pm 
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How about this.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 26, 2008 6:38 pm 
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i like the windows in a ford 40 myself. your in that direction some.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 01, 2008 8:11 pm 
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How about this.

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That looks pretty sweet. I would roll it. I bet it will move out good too.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 01, 2008 9:46 pm 
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I like the elongated, Bucky Fuller, Dymaxion look best.

Great Work! :razz:

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 02, 2008 12:43 pm 
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AkcapSWIFT wrote:
I like the elongated, Bucky Fuller, Dymaxion look best.

Great Work! :razz:


That's what it reminded me of, too... I'm a fan of the BMW Isaetta and Messerschmidt's, too.

On a similar note, I finally saw a real Dymaxion at Harrah's Reno last November (next to a Chrysler Airflow, a Tucker, and a few other odd but streamliner antique cars). If you find yourself in Reno, Harrah's Auto Museum is a must see. I'm only 3hrs drive and I can't belive I waited this long to go see it.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 02, 2008 11:59 pm 
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Thanks guys.
I'm a fan of the BMW Isaetta and Messerschmidt's, too. And the Dymaxion, and all those arowdynamic funky cars.
I'd like to give it a retro look. If my skills can keep up with my imagination. =)
It's been HOT this last week, so not much done.
But I will have pictures next week.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2008 1:21 pm 
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Got the rear frame on, and put it on a spit. :mrgreen:
Now I can finish welding.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2008 2:54 pm 
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A brief detour before returning to your regularly scheduled broadcast:

The Dymaxion Car... by the late, and very great, R. Buckminster Fuller (Wikipedia Link)

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To put the Dymaxion Car into proper chronological context:

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Hail Bucky Fuller:

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2008 3:04 pm 
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I vote for the Dymaxion look too! For old school cool.

For new school, you could worse than park it beside your Insight and copy that roof line/hatch angle :D. It's just about perfect for fuel-saving & higher speed aero.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2008 10:22 am 
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Here you can see the backbone that sticks out of the floor.
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This is from the straightening I had to do when I noticed the cowel was twisted. I cut it off and plated over the hole.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2008 1:15 pm 
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[quote="AkcapSWIFT"]A brief detour before returning to your regularly scheduled broadcast:

The Dymaxion Car... by the late, and very great, Buckminster Fuller[quote\]

I saw an old film (converted to video0 of the Dymaxion in act-ion. It was so cool!

BTW, never atempt a rear steer car (like the Dymaxion) unless you are designing a forklift or have this need for gray hair and frustration in your life... I crewed on a 450mph capable Bonneville streamliner that was rear-steer :shock: Another story for another time, but what a learning experience for the designer (thats code for 'flop' LOL) I too learned a great deal and got to bench race with fastest man on earth, Andy Green, who also advised that we never <again> build a rear steer car (for those who don't know, Thrust SSC that Andy broke the sound barrier in at Black Rock was rear-steer)

Anyhow, the dual-engine stand rotiserie and resulting underbelly access (and pictures) are great, keep up the good work!


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 11, 2008 8:38 pm 
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Thanks for the encouragement metromizer.

Not much progress. I've been buisy with my other job, and last week I painted the duplex.
On the three wheelr I've been welding in filer plates and parts that where hard to get at when it was on it's wheels.
Also I've been sanding the frame and putting Masterseries rust preventer it.
Today I sanded the top and put Masterseries on it.
Two layers of primer and three layers of paint. =) took hours.
That's it for now.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 28, 2008 10:02 am 
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Sanded all 5 layers of pint off the roof and painted it with Masterseries.
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Took the swingarm off and sandblasted it.
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Then painted it semi gloss black.
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Looks nice :) :) :)
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2008 2:50 pm 
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Put gussets where the frame tubes connect to the spring\shocks mount.
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Noticed the right rocker was deformed. :shock: :cry: :evil: So I cut it loose from the floor, and put two slots in the floor.
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Straightend the rocker and floor, and welded it back together.
Now to put the outer rocker panel on.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 19, 2008 5:12 pm 
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having trouble getting pictures in here.
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Had to turn it sideways to get it out.
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Most of the interior masterseries silver.
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Took it to a car show a work. They liked it. :D
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2008 10:57 am 
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cant wait to see it when its done

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 15, 2008 3:53 pm 
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Still having trouble getting pictures in here.
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I forgot the picture of my van towing the three wheeler.
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I think I will put a roll bar with a bar going to the rear. That way if someone rear ends me they will go over the top of me. :shock:
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Here is a cut and past of a VW back end on my car (blue). I'm not sure I got the scale right.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 21, 2008 9:50 am 
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Working on the firewall.
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Cutout more metal.
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Filling the hole.
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I'm almost out of that orange steel.
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Welding it in.
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Finished filling the gaps and mastersieres .
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All done :D
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 05, 2008 1:24 pm 
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The brake assembly was hard to put in because the it took three hands, and I only have two.
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So I cut a hole in the firewall for clearance.
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Added metal to give more room.
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And welded it up.
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Now it goes together much easier. Oh, and I welded in the bottom dash.
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Can you guess what this is? :huh: and why it needed to be cut in the middle? :huh:
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Hint.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 09, 2008 12:16 pm 
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Hi guys.
It's been raining lately, so I haven't been out in the car tent.
I went out the other day and saw it has been leaking :shock: :shock: :evil:
So I cleared out the garage enugh to put it in. Bearly. :razz:
Then I turned it on the spit to let the water out =)
The masterseries worked great! :D
It's realy cramped now in the gerage, So I guess I'll work on what I can reach. :mrgreen:
Does anybody read this?
john :huh:

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yea' some of us read...
most of us look at the pictures 8)
keep up the good work, get that motor installed :thumbsup:


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i read this. its killer action. many do, they just dont post to clog up the thread with "killer job" 's.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 12, 2008 11:43 am 
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Thanks for the replys guys. It helps.
After looking at how I need to mount the steering wheel, I wish I had not welded the dash all the way in. =)
The steering collum should come out from under the dash about where it starts to curve down. So I have to cut that out and move it over. Blaaa.
Photos when I'm done.
john :? :?

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 17, 2008 11:23 am 
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Not done yet
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Dash cut out and steering column propped in place .
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If I connect the u-joints like this, the u-joints bind. :cry:
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I need to shorten the column to get the u-joint closer to the steering wheel.
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My mess.
john :D :D

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 21, 2008 1:05 pm 
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My steering adapter. From L to R.
Mini rack output Chevy Sprint U-joint, Mercedes-Benz spline.
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