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bob w 02-04-2009 09:02 PM

My air shear died recently so I cut the 18 ga. sheetmetal with a cutoff wheel in an angle grinder. Then I welded all the pieces together and ground the welds smooth. I don't have a sheetmetal brake so the top was formed the old fashioned way; clamped it to the bench with a piece of bar stock and hammered the lip all around. There are tabs on the box ends to hold the cover tight. It is supposed to be a sealed box with a vent in the bottom. I'll add a rubber strip inside the cover to make a good seal and I need to put two grommeted holes in for the battery cables.

donsrods 02-04-2009 11:19 PM

How many hours a day do you have up there in Stillwater??? :D:D Every time you post it is like a major step. Very cool Bob.


Thunder1 02-04-2009 11:51 PM

It's a really inspiring build Bob! Great job. I really envy your fabrication skills.


bob w 02-05-2009 12:18 AM

I have more time than money or talent. I consider myself a hammer mechanic compared to many of the guys posting their builds on RRR. Remember Don, we are much closer to the arctic circle here and have those long winter nights to work on projects.
I should get quite a bit of the finish welding done tomorrow. At least until I run out of shielding gas. Then, it's off to the junkyard to try to motivate the man to get the engine & trans out of the donor truck.

Thunder1 02-05-2009 07:59 AM

I also admire your modesty! Well, none the less your doing a great job in piecing it all together. I agree with you that there are some very talented builders on RRR. Several members come to mind immediately. One of those is actually doing some work for me. It was worth every cent for me to ship a large part across the country just so he could modify and adapt it for use on my 51 f-1. Wait until you see the finished product! IT'S GONNA BE COOL!!!


bob w 02-07-2009 08:04 PM

When I narrowed a gas tank for Big Dodge, I had this piece left over.

bob w 02-07-2009 08:07 PM

I narrowed it 9" to end up with a tank that is 7" by 9" by 12". Started to make the ends but took a break and called the junkyard to see if they had pulled the engine & trans. They said, "Come on down".

bob w 02-07-2009 08:11 PM

Here it is: 225 cubic inches of romping stomping slant six. And an OD 4 speed. I anticipate using 3 gears. It's a really long package. It came with a factory Hurst shifter which is forward mounted. Should be just about the right location. Now, I have to figure out when a slant six is level side to side.:confused:

Blue Eyed Devil 02-07-2009 09:35 PM

Take the carb off and put a level on the manifold base. Should work pretty good for your side-to-side...

donsrods 02-07-2009 10:06 PM

So they finally drug that thing out of the snow, huh? :D Years ago I owned a Plymouth Valiant, maybe a 60 or 61. Had the pushbutton Torqueflite and the slant 6. Little bugger would move pretty well and you could hold it in gear as long as you wanted before hitting the next button. I finally killed it when I got stuck in a snowdrift and kept rocking it back and forth until the tranny blew. :eek: I liked that little car a lot.


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