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Old 03-23-2009, 08:08 PM
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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!



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



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.



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

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....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.



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



Grow some balls and quarter the roof



Its starting to look like a race car now!

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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.







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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.



And wait for the next weekend when you are free to play.
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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.
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Old 03-23-2009, 08:59 PM
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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.
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This is the kind of stuff that inspired me to look at a Caddilac like that.







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Good start, Flipper. This will be fun to watch. Any chance you'll be done by the end of July ?
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Good start, Flipper. This will be fun to watch. Any chance you'll be done by the end of July ?
The 48 is still running. It has 1200 miles on it now. It should be in Louisville no matter what this year.
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Old 03-24-2009, 10:15 AM
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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!
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