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Lightspeed Mike wrote:

Show off!!
Seriously, nice work.


 I wasn't trying to show off, but thought some people that don't do machining may want to see the process of how some parts are made.Glad you like them !! 



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Wow, that is nice. Gotta ask, is the lathe a part of your home garage equipment or was this done at work/place of employment?

If I was to attempt making one of those, the blank block of aluminum I started with would look better than my finished product, very nice work.

 

Just curious, what kind of vehicle are they installed on?



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Rusty Nuts wrote:

Wow, that is nice. Gotta ask, is the lathe a part of your home garage equipment or was this done at work/place of employment?

If I was to attempt making one of those, the blank block of aluminum I started with would look better than my finished product, very nice work.

 

Just curious, what kind of vehicle are they installed on?



-- Edited by Rusty Nuts on Friday 27th of July 2012 01:40:03 PM


 I made it at home. I'm a Tool&Die maker (retired) but it's also my hobby and passion.

Here's a before and after shot of my car. In case you can't tell, the top image is the original !!



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It's been a while since I made these, but here's a few pics.

 



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Show off!!
Seriously, nice work.


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thats some seriously nice work




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That car looks familiar to me ... I'm thinking it was in a magazine. If I recall correctly (and if I'm even correct at all) they (can't remember who "they" are at the moment) never made a two door of that vehicle, you had to make one yourself. Very nice car and that must be great having all that equipment at hand (and the ability to use them too). I'd probably just make a lot of waste with those machines but I'd be having fun and get to meet some new people in the emergency room of my local hospital :)



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I have seen your car a couple of times before at shows. Very nice car, I am sure you a few more custom pieces on it. Are the tail lights custom?



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The car was featured in "Street Rodder" when I first finished it a few years ago. Dodge Brothers never made a 2 door, so I figured I would. That was way too much work ! It would have been easier making a car from scratch.
I machined everything on that car including the tail lights. It's been an awesome car and I've put 20000 miles on it. I'd love to build a mid 50's wagon (Dodge) with all late model drivetrain, and convert it to a 2-door. This is the reason I've been pushing this emission fiasco so hard, because I want to run a 5.7 or 6.1 Hemi in it, but don't want to have to run all the factory emission equipment that comes with it. Hopefully things get sorted out soon.
Car Crazy did a complete shoot of the car at the "Fleetwood Country Cruise", but I guess my acting sucked so bad that they never aired it!! That was a bummer !!
I go to Syracuse with it every year and tow a camping trailer behind it. The first year I showed the car there I got picked for a "designer's dozen" award. That was pretty cool.



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WOW!

Not sure if anyone has ever told you this but you look just like that Barry guy on Car Crazy!

Your acting wouldnt matter you look so much like him.



-- Edited by bobroberts on Monday 30th of July 2012 12:56:01 AM

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Very impressive workmanship!! Beautiful car, tons are work!!

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Dang!! Amazing job on not only the brightwork but the whole car. Definitely worth a pat on the back.

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Beautiful car!!! Very impressive... amazing what can be done (when you have the talent lol) Nicely done!

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Thanks for the comments!!
It's been about 5 years since I finished my car, and I'm getting the itch again to build something. My next project will be on a smaller scale, but I will post build pics when I start in a month or two.

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Very nice work, we looked over your car at Syracuse but did not know the bits and pieces you machined. As one machinist to another great work. Now I have some insperation for the HenryJ.



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Here's the serpentine pulley !!








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That is an absolutely gorgeous car for sure. I seen it at the Ajax cruise night and some lady had her kid standing on the fender for a photo shoot.   noconfuse

Nice job on the handles.

How do you drill a square hole?
I may want to make handles for my project later.



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123pugsy wrote:

That is an absolutely gorgeous car for sure. I seen it at the Ajax cruise night and some lady had her kid standing on the fender for a photo shoot.   noconfuse

Nice job on the handles.

How do you drill a square hole?
I may want to make handles for my project later.


 Yeah, don't get me started on that  !! I wanted to wring her friggin neck !!furious

The square hole was first drilled round, then I broached it with a square lathe toolbit in an arbor press.



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hemi43 wrote:
123pugsy wrote:

That is an absolutely gorgeous car for sure. I seen it at the Ajax cruise night and some lady had her kid standing on the fender for a photo shoot.   noconfuse

Nice job on the handles.

How do you drill a square hole?
I may want to make handles for my project later.


 Yeah, don't get me started on that  !! I wanted to wring her friggin neck !!furious

The square hole was first drilled round, then I broached it with a square lathe toolbit in an arbor press.


 Thanks. Would that work on stainless?

 

BTW, my hat's off to you for keeping your cool the way you did.



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123pugsy wrote:
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 Thanks. Would that work on stainless?

 


 Stainless is a bugger to work with !!

I'm not sure exactly what shape your handles, but if possible I would silver solder a brass plug inside the stainless and broach that. If that's not possible and you must broach the stainless, then make the handles out of 303 stainless instead of 304. It will still polish up nice but will be much easier to machine.

If you want to take a drive to Newcastle, I'd be more than willing to design something with you over a couple of beers !!

Dan



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303 is the "free machining" grade I take it.
I have some 1-1/2 round bar and it does machine up nice.

I'm quite familiar with 304 stainless being a pain as I work with it every day and built my chassis from it.

Hopefully, I'll be able to reuse my 41 Chrysler door handles and only need to make new escutcheon plates.

If I'm heading anywhere's towards Newcastle, I wouldn't mind dropping by to drool all over your car some more.

A pic of my chassis below. Its all 304 stainless. Reaming out the control arms after welding was a real bitch. disbelief



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Nice frame!! The free machining stainless is a lot nicer to work with. 304 is much better than 316 though !!

I notice it's a front mounted rack. Is it home built ? I used a TCI front rack suspension but would rather build it from scratch next time. I was not happy with their quality at all. Live and learn I guess .

My door is always open to anyone that wants to do some bench racing.



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The IRS and front spindles/rack are from an 04 Cobra. Everything else is home made.

Oh yeah, I know the spindles use MacPherson struts,(DOH!), so I had to do a little modifcation for the ball joints to fit.

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                          square broch 001.JPGsquare broch 002.JPG

Here are pic'sof one of my square broaches, as said you drill a round hole first and then press the broach through the part. We also did keyway broaching in hubs, gears etc however a different system.



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all that work for handles ebay could have provided from indonesia?  those handles are worth like 400 each if you break down the labor and time.  i thought they buried boyd



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henrys57wagon wrote:

                          square broch 001.JPGsquare broch 002.JPG

Here are pic'sof one of my square broaches, as said you drill a round hole first and then press the broach through the part. We also did keyway broaching in hubs, gears etc however a different system.

 

Yeah, but they wont work on blind holes !! biggrin



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fatstax wrote:

all that work for handles ebay could have provided from indonesia?  those handles are worth like 400 each if you break down the labor and time.  i thought they buried boyd


 If I decided to buy door handles from E-bay, then I may as well take the real easy road on the whole project and build a 32 Ford with a 350 Chev in it.no

At least I can say there's no other car remotely close to mine anywhere, and no one is foolish enough to go through the amout of work that I did to replicate it. confuse



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I'm going to repeat what everyone else has said.......NICE WORK!!!! Great looking Car

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i agree totally, those are amazing handles for sure.  definitley something nobody would really think about but you most certainley have handles nobody else has period.  its too easy these days to buy a bunch of ebay junk and bolt it on.



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did you state before that dodge never made this car as a two door?  i dont recall ever seeing one of these cars hot rodded.  nice work.



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fatstax wrote:

did you state before that dodge never made this car as a two door?  i dont recall ever seeing one of these cars hot rodded.  nice work.


 It's a Dodge Victory six, and they only made them in a 4 door sedan.



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Yup !! Lot's of work !!
Picture below is the original driver's door and the passenger rear door (suicide) already cut

picture below shows the new lengthened door using the front part of the original drivers door and the front part of the original passenger rear door.

This is shows the new door installed, and the the rear part of the original passenger rear door used for the rear drivers side window opening.

I built the body into a 2 door first, then chopped the whole thing 3 1/2 inches. I figured there would be less chance of mistakes doing it this way. I had to shorten the body and frame 8 inches to keep the car from looking too "goofy".



 



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did you lengthen the doors or do they look longer since you chopped it?  the stock doors in the picture you show they look pretty long as is.  most four door cars have pretty short doors



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m sure there are some purists who would critisize you for cutting up that car, but hey would it be any good as an original car?  not likely.  you are right about shortening it though, it would look mega long with that chop



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The purists can take a flying leap !! The last thing I want to do is drive a 1928 car on todays modern roads. At least I now have a car that is comfortable, reliable and way safer than what it once was. 



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hemi43 wrote:

The purists can take a flying leap !! The last thing I want to do is drive a 1928 car on todays modern roads. At least I now have a car that is comfortable, reliable and way safer than what it once was. 


 You forgot something more important than the safety, comfort , ect...

It LOOKS cool and that's got to be the most important thing in hot rodding. Of coarse being quick is right up there as well.



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It's very comfortable, but the A/C is a little too cold sometimes!!
I drove this thing back from Norwalk Ohio last year non-stop 75 mph(except to fill up)and the ride tends to get boring because it's like driving a new car. I was towing a trailer too.
It's actually a pretty quick car. I've never had it timed, but from experience ( I use to race at Cayuga in the late 80s) if feels like a mid 13s car. Fast enough for the street.
I built it to drive and can get over 20 MPG with it if I keep my foot out of it, which explains why I rarely get 20mpg out of it.

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