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cnchotrods 02-27-2009 09:15 AM


Originally Posted by bob w (Post 86407)
I'm thinking of running a tube where you see the green tape, to stiffen the Model T frame. What do you think of the look with the extra tube?

My input, for whatever it's worth. Add the rail for sure. The fit will take some time but the design calls for it. The engine and trans will be taking the brunt of the flex and you'll have too much stress on the trans case without it. I would suggest some diagnal supports in between the uprights also. If your going to run it on a track, they will require them anyway. Very cool build. I love to see the old stuff on the track. That's what racing is, old tin. Keep up the good work.

bob w 02-27-2009 12:44 PM

I've recieved many suggestions regarding forward tubes. Most of the experienced altered racers think I don't need them for such a low powered car. I do have the diagonal braces but intend to put them in last, so I don't have to work around them as I continue to build the chassis.
Above is a shot of the chassis I built for my Fiat, which morphed into a Crosley. The bent tubes are from Chris Alston Chassisworks. The rest I built. This one passes NHRA tech. Thanks for your interest in this build and keep the suggestions coming.

RatHead 02-28-2009 02:36 AM

This will be so nostalgic...Good luck...

bob w 03-01-2009 12:04 PM

Got a nylon rubbing block for the steering cross shaft. Also a firewall and most of the steering strung together.

bob w 03-01-2009 12:09 PM

Driver's view of home made butterfly wheel carved from scrap iron. It will be mounted with a quick disconnect. I tried sitting in it and making motor noises, but after all these years with sbc's I can't make a Slant Six sound!:confused: Using a drag strip calculator, if this thing has 300hp & weighs 1500lbs, it could be well into the 10's. Add a second for old guy shifting ineptness:eek: and it still could be a fun ride.:D

Bonehead 03-01-2009 10:06 PM

Man I wish I was there, I do great motor noises.
I have not checked this thread since yesterday, I thought you would be driving it by now.
Steering wheel is as killer as the rest of the build... you go!

Gastrick 03-02-2009 12:11 AM

Lookin good Bob W. You are kicking butt on this project.

rockb1 03-02-2009 09:29 AM

Hey bob she looks great! and Im sure that after a few runs down the strip you'll be quick on that shifter.

Todd 03-03-2009 08:53 PM

Bob, you are such a bad influence :D . I am resisting the urge to build one of these, until I catch up with the other projects. Looks like fun.

dmw56 03-03-2009 09:55 PM

Bet it will sound like this!


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