As a datum for the whole body, I'm starting with the A pillars and hidden hinges. With the hinge pins as datums, I'll make the bulkhead & windscreen surround.
With the engine running, I've turned my attention back to the bodywork. I've started the wire frame for the bodywork buck. Although essentially this started as a Haynes Roadster, hopefully depending on my bodywork skills, will end up as a late 1930's style Hot Rod. In the past I mocked up several designs firstly in Photoshop, CAD and wood.
Getting this 1937 Ford Slantback sedan wooden buck right has been a lot slower than I'd hoped, but it's about right.
Ford 1937 Slantback Sedan Hot Rod wooden buck. In it's day the 1937 Ford Slantback was revolutionary. The swooping rear lines were some of the first efforts car designers ever made towards aerodynamics. This was an era when huge advantages were being made in everything transport related.
This Wooden Buck for my 1937 Ford Phantom Hot Rod is taking a little more effort than I would like.
I've made a hole lot of mess cutting up the wooden buck for my hot rod. Getting the shape just right is proving much harder than I thought.
They say 'A change is as good as a rest'. Well I've had one, now I'm doing the other. I've had a break from the car; this was in part because of the river running through the workshop.
Making your own car is not easy and there are several stages that need to be gone through before the final shape can be finalised. The chassis is somewhat simpler in that it's shape and layout is somewhat dictated by the components it has to house. With the body there is more freedom for expression and what might work practically, does not work visually.
The wooden buck for this 1937 Ford Hot Rod is starting to look a little too much like a dashing 1930's gentleman's ride than something you'd bolt 20 inch alloy wheels to.
1937 Ford Wooden buck - part 5.