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Old 10-07-2014, 09:20 PM
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Default Scratch built 33-ish roadster

At the risk of being a post ho, I thought I'd do a post-build thread on a car I built a few years back. Not a rat rod (surprise!) but another shiny car.
Starting with a donor car, a 73 Caddy Sedan Deville with a nice running 472. Pulled the engine, trans and tilt column but little else - it was still heavy enough for the scrapper to give me $50.00 to haul it off.
Some boneyard seats from a Nissan Sentra, American 200S wheels and Firestone tires, after placing the pieces on the floor, a plan is developing
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Old 10-07-2014, 09:24 PM
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"Post Ho" all ya want ZZ! Love looking at your work.

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Old 10-07-2014, 09:49 PM
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Ya , what Snake farm said...
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Old 10-08-2014, 10:50 PM
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Frame construction - main rails made from 2x2 stacked on 2x4 to create a 2x6 rail, kickup made from 2x4 and 2x2. The 9" rearend came from a 61 Galaxie, not as narrow as the 57-59, but it still has that nice round pumpkin shape. Mounted with my own 4 link bars that use Energy Suspension bushings that fit 70's Chev rear leaf spring ends - they come 6 per pack so I buy 2 packs to have spares to use for engine mounts. Firestone air bags mounted to the lower bars ahead of the diff for more lift, 70's Chevy pickup rear shocks for lifted suspensions that give longer travel. Center crossmember structure is 1 1/2" round tube, tranny cooler mounted under the driveshaft.
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Old 10-08-2014, 11:02 PM
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The ZZ Rodder build series! And we have it right here on RRR. Thank you ZZR.
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Old 10-09-2014, 07:40 AM
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ZZ, do you have a part number for those Chevy leaf spring bushings?
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Old 10-09-2014, 08:36 AM
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Great job on the frame! what are you going to make the body out of? I almost have my scratch built dodge done, nice to see others making the leap.....lol
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ZZ, do you have a part number for those Chevy leaf spring bushings?
Yep, Energy Suspension PN 3.2106G - probably just use the 2106 number.


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Great job on the frame! what are you going to make the body out of? I almost have my scratch built dodge done, nice to see others making the leap.....lol
Thanks! The body will be made by building a framework or skeleton out of 1x1 and 1x2 tubing, skinned with 20 ga. steel. Love your Dodge, it's really turning out great.
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Old 10-09-2014, 11:03 PM
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Made the front frame horns and attached them to the main rails. The frame horns are made from 1/8" plate on the sides and 2x1/4" flat bar bent around them and dovetailed into the main rails so there isn't just one straight vertical weld. I made each frame horn, ground out all the welds then grafted them on. Waiting on a complete Magnum 4" drop tube axle and hairpins to give the wheels something to mount to...
I decided to try my hand at some aluminum welding and start building the tunnel ram manifold for the Caddy 472. Since it's a 'dry' manifold, construction is fairly simple. 1/2" plate for the flanges and 2x2" tube for the runners - the ports are taller than 2" so I split the tubing and welded a strip in each pipe to make rectangular tubes that match the port shape.
To mount the Caddy, I bent a piece of 1 1/2" tube for a crossmember, made ears to bolt to the block and used a couple of the spare urethane Chev spring bushings as mounts on pedestals to the crossmember.
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Old 10-10-2014, 02:29 PM
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Thanks for the bushing info.
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