Not much apart from sawdust has come out of the workshop recently.
When everything that needs doing involves generating sacks of filler and saw dust, my will to go out to a cold damp workshop isn’t great.
That’s not to say I haven’t done a thing, because since my last blog, things have been cut up, filled, cut up again and re-filled.
The roof remains barely started, the boot lid has the wrong curve and there are still many hours of final flattening and profiling to be done. However, the overall shape has to be somewhere near.
You can probably see, not all the edges have been finished. I want to get them all to sharp points; on both sides of the buck; before I start creating any radii anywhere. By doing that, I can use long flexible straight edges as sanding and measurement guides, plus if I use 1 Metre rules; in conjunction with a bunch of lasers; making sure both sides are a mirror image’d should be easier (I hope). Not until the whole buck is nearing completion will I start smoothing and blending edges. At regular points along the car, I’ll cut small radius gauges out of steel, as sanding to an edge is always a easier than re-measuring every millimetre and in the long run, much quicker.
The side window is going to be tough. I can get Pilkington to make what I need, from a pattern no problem. However the side of the car is very curved and the pattern I supply, needs to be flat.
To gain a more modern profile, I want as much curved glass as I can. Therefore if I can get away with cutting down glass form a production car I will. I want this to look like an old car that has been modernised and not a Kit Car pretending to be old.
I have to keep convincing myself that this car will look ‘Hot Rod’. I’m not trying to create another gentry style kit car here. At a push, I’ll go Resto Rod like the gorgeous example below, but the the more it leans towards Hi Tech Rod, the better.
It’s only when I see how big the original is, am I convinced that this wooden buck is actually no longer or taller than a standard Super 7. From many angles my attempt looks massive but trust me, it’s really not.
To make this car look and behave a little more modern, these are my latest acquisitions:
Outlaw Billet Callipers:
I need to sorted the bracketry and handbrake issue out, but I think you’ll agree, they look better than what Ford fitted.
Plus a couple sets of Honda Fireblade Throttle Bodies to go on an Altiss Engineering manifold:
So far, all I’ve managed to do with them is stand and stare. Which is weird, because I much prefer the mechanical stuff to the bodywork aspect. Maybe things will sway the other way when I finally get my English Wheel finished. I think I’m going to like all the panel work.
The engine I have is a John Earl Engineering Rover V8 from a SD1. Without stripping it completely, I can see, it has a different cam, followers and springs, plus a modified ECU with a dial marked
‘% Increase’. Future plans for the engine include different heads, new headers and MegaSquirt management. I’m not after blistering performance, I just want to tinker and get my fingers dirty.