|THE BEGINNING, WHAT A GREAT PLACE TO START!
FRAME IS FABRICATED FROM 2X3 TUBING
|THE BODY IS FIBERGLASS AND IS VERY NICE. CHOPPED 32 GRILLE
SHELL, TILT STEERING COLUMN. EVERYTHING IS MOUNTED AND
TIME TO TAKE IT APART FOR PAINT!
|SPRING BEHIND 2" DROP TUBE AXLE, DISC BRAKES,
POWER RACK AND PINION STEERING, H.O. 302 WITH A.O.D.
FRAME IS Z'D 4" IN BACK WITH LEAF SPRINGS
|CHANGE OF PLANS!
WITH GAS OVER $4.00 I PUT A 230 CID 6 CYLINDER
AND A 3 SPEED MANUAL IN IT!
|CHECK OUT THE FRENCHED '59 CADILLAC TAIL LIGHTS
AND '57 CHEVY DASH!
|I'm finally back to work on this one!
The dash is painted, the car is wired and
I'm starting to build the top.
|The dash is painted gloss black, the car was out in the rain so it looks kind
I'm framing up the top with wood but it will be a fiberglass hardtop when it's
done. The plywood is where the windows will be.
|The top is all framed
I'm very happy with the
|Here I've started with
the chicken wire.
|The windows are cut
out and all the chicken
wire is done.
Time for the fiberglass!
|The first coat of fiberglass is done!
I think the rake and the lines of the top are great!
I can't wait to get it finished and get some primer on it!
|The fiberglass is done and I have a couple of coats of filler on it.
A word of wisdom:
WHEN YOU WORK WITH FIBERGLASS DON'T WASH YOUR
UNDERWEAR WITH YOUR WORK CLOTHES !!
|Here it is in primer and it'll probably stay that way for the summer.
Next I'm going to fabricate a 3 piece hood out of steel.
|The hood is done. I hinged it so it can be opened from either side.
Next I have to get the seat belts in and get it ready for the interior shop.
|WE DROPPED IT OFF TO GET THE INTERIOR DONE
ON FRIDAY NIGHT MAY 1.
|THE INTERIOR IS DONE!
I JUST PICKED IT UP TONIGHT MAY 9.
|MADDI SAYS IT'S DONE AND IT'S TIME FOR CRUISING!
MAYBE WE'LL PAINT IT NEXT WINTER,
BUT SHE LIKES IT JUST THE WAY IT IS!
|OK, SO I GUESS I'M NOT VERY SMART.
I'VE STARTED COLLECTING PARTS FOR THE NEXT ONE ALREADY!
I HAVE A COUPLE OF ENGINE / TRANSMISSION CHOICES.
I HAVE AN ALUMINUM HEAD 327, TUNNEL RAM AND MUNCIE 4 SPEED
AN ALL ALUMINUM BUICK 215 WITH AN AUTOMATIC
MAYBE I SHOULD BUILD 2 MORE.........
OF COURSE I HAVE A COUPLE OF 283'S, A COUPLE 350'S A FUEL
INJECTED 3.8 V8 , 9 TURBO 400'S, 3 TURBO 350'S AND A 4L60E
MAYBE I SHOULD BUILD A FEW MORE........
|I worked from 7 am until 10 pm Thursday and from 7 am Friday until 4:30
am Saturday to finish the top and get some windows in it. Then Maddi came
running in to wake me at 7 am so we could get to the Hunnert Car Pileup !
|HERE'S MADDI WITH HER PRIDE AND JOY!
I'VE DRIVEN IT TO PICK HER UP FROM SCHOOL, TO WORK, TO
THE STORE, TO THE BANK.....JUST LIKE A REAL CAR!
WE DRIVE IT EVERYWHERE AND THE MORE WE DRIVE THE
MORE FUN IT IS!
MADDI SAID IT'S AS MUCH FUN AS THE OLD DOUBLE ZERO.......
|The side windows were
a little tricky, I wanted
to be able to open
them. I started by
carving out foam board.
|I carved out the inside
so I could put some
tracks for the windows
to slide in.
|I installed aluminum
tracks for the windows
to slide in.
|I wrapped the foam in
fiberglass. You can
see where I had to cut
slots in the bottom to
form it to the shape of
|Here it is installed for
a trial fit. You can see
the filler pieces I made
windshield and side
|The '57 Chevy is coming along so I had to give it back the chrome reverse
wheels I borrowed from it. I bought some nice tall tires for the rear.
|I've got almost 2000 miles on it! I'm getting between 26 and 30 mpg.
The car is a blast to drive! It'll go down the highway at 75 mph all day long.
I've had a couple of 100 mph blasts and it's just as stable as it is at 30 mph.
There is only a couple things I want to change, I need to take a leaf out of
the rear springs and I need to lay the front axle back about 4 degrees more.
I'll make some changes on the next one, I'm going to cut the car in half at the
doors and stretch it a few inches so it's easier to get in and out of, if I build
another top I'll chop it a little more and I'll use coil overs in the rear instead of
All in all I'm very happy with the car, I wouldn't hesitate to drive it anywhere!