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Flipper_1938 03-23-2009 08:08 PM

The Roofus Special
 
What is the best thing you can do with a rotted out 1954 four door Caddillac?

Build a boat tail speedster!!!

First you gotta cut the roof off!

http://i110.photobucket.com/albums/n...-parts-web.jpg

Then cut the skin free. ....and slice that down the middle

http://i110.photobucket.com/albums/n...8/HPIM0546.jpg

Then cut apart some old porch posts to recycle the free 1x1 tubing. Bend that into a shape that follows the curve of the roof. What the heck bend it so it makes the shape of a 30's Indy car.

http://i110.photobucket.com/albums/n...8/HPIM0549.jpg

Prop up half a roof and see what it looks like. a ROOFus Special

http://i110.photobucket.com/albums/n...8/HPIM0547.jpg

Flipper_1938 03-23-2009 08:09 PM

....keep going.

Throw the first subrail away and make 2 that have smoother curves. Prop up both sides, plop a cushion wher the seat will be and make race car noises.

http://i110.photobucket.com/albums/n...8/HPIM0581.jpg

Study the shape and draw where the cut out needs to be.

http://i110.photobucket.com/albums/n...8/HPIM0585.jpg

Grow some balls and quarter the roof

http://i110.photobucket.com/albums/n...8/HPIM0589.jpg

Its starting to look like a race car now!

http://i110.photobucket.com/albums/n...8/HPIM0594.jpg

Flipper_1938 03-23-2009 08:09 PM

Go buy a cheap wrecked old jaguar and part it out. Take the engine, trans, radiator, driveshaft, rear axle, front spindles, knock-off wire wheels, steering parts, gauges, switches, and title.

Plop the major parts down and see how they are gonna work with the new racecar body.

http://i110.photobucket.com/albums/n...8/HPIM0568.jpg

http://i110.photobucket.com/albums/n...8/HPIM0570.jpg

http://i110.photobucket.com/albums/n...8/HPIM0576.jpg

http://i110.photobucket.com/albums/n...8/HPIM0577.jpg

Flipper_1938 03-23-2009 08:10 PM

Realize the fancy overdrive trans is big in the wrong places. Shifter wrong. Driveshaft too short. Swap trans out for a non-OD model. Scrub off 40 years of grime first.

http://i110.photobucket.com/albums/n...8/HPIM0580.jpg

And wait for the next weekend when you are free to play.

Bonehead 03-23-2009 08:45 PM

Flipper, it is good to see you on a new project. And what a project you picked. Looks like this will be a fun one.

Flipper_1938 03-23-2009 08:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bonehead (Post 90658)
Flipper, it is good to see you on a new project. And what a project you picked. Looks like this will be a fun one.

Homie don't play.

Flipper_1938 03-23-2009 09:38 PM

This is the kind of stuff that inspired me to look at a Caddilac like that.

http://i110.photobucket.com/albums/n...f8cb39d5_b.jpg

http://i110.photobucket.com/albums/n...e51faec4_b.jpg

http://i110.photobucket.com/albums/n...ncy201-8-0.jpg

http://i110.photobucket.com/albums/n...IMG_0403-1.jpg

BruceR&C 03-23-2009 10:33 PM

Good start, Flipper. This will be fun to watch. Any chance you'll be done by the end of July ?:D

Flipper_1938 03-23-2009 10:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BruceR&C (Post 90716)
Good start, Flipper. This will be fun to watch. Any chance you'll be done by the end of July ?:D

The 48 is still running. It has 1200 miles on it now. It should be in Louisville no matter what this year.:)

moronthethrottle 03-24-2009 10:15 AM

WOW! You're building my speedster! You're even using a Jag motor...I'm thinking of using the 4.2 out of my '82 after I lump my SBC into it. Mine is FI, but I'd like to have a dual or triple($) Stromberg setup like yours. Great build, keep it up and I'll definitely use this as a guide for mine...someday!:D


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