Now I have two very ambitious projects that I have been planning for some time now that I want to build. I have just begun one of these projects and I thought I would challenge myself to complete it by posting the concept and beginning stages here. This will help keep me focused because I will not start a project on this forum and not finish it, one way or another. I will keep the second ambitious build, which goes in a completely different direction, under wraps for a while longer because I don’t want to tip my hand just yet.
Last year I took the Auburn Speedster model by Lindberg and modified it into a roadster of my own design. I really enjoyed the process of designing and building a car. That car used an existing kit as its basis, which is fine, but now I want to build a second car, a mate of sorts to go with the Cybele Special, but not from a kit. I want to create this cars body completely from scratch. I plan on building most of the interior and chassis from scratch also. I plan on sourcing the suspension and engine components from kits, but the bulk of this project will be unique. And if that is not a big enough challenge, I am planning to carve the body from wood and than vacuum-form the body panels from the mold.
This car will be a hardtop, well actually a fastback design, very similar to the Cybele except I am planning a more art deco body with curvy flowing lines accented with large wet looking chrome molding and full fender skirts both front and rear. This car is influenced by the amazingly beautiful flowing art deco cars of Emile Delahaye who built some of the most beautiful cars of the 1930’s.
So the first thing I did was work out the basic lines of the body on paper. I did a few preliminary designs but settled on the one that followed the Cybele kind of closely. Than I went down the hobby shop and picked up 4, 2 foot by 3 inch planks of bass wood, which I cut in half. <img src="http://farm4.static....f063d345_b.jpg" border="0" class="linked-image" />
Next I glued the 8 planks together with wood glue and than clamped the block down for a few days to dry. Once dry, I drew the basic outline of the car on the block’s top and one side.
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Once that was done, I traced out the design on another piece of paper to be used as a guide once I begin grinding down the wood. <img src="http://farm3.static....d64e409c_b.jpg" border="0" class="linked-image" />
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My plan here is to get the outside of the body carved in wood and than, using the Vacuum Forming system that my son purchased a few months ago to create the body. This unit is pretty cool. It handles molds that are up to 12 inches and has a connection for the vacuum cleaner hose. The styrene sheets get heated in the oven until they are “wavy” and than dropped over the mold and the “sucking” begins
As of right now, I am not sure if the body will come in one piece or if I will be forced to mold it in sections, like left fender, right fender, center body. I am learning as I go, but one way or another, I will get the body finished.
I am looking forward to this project because it is something completely new for me. As I have said before, I try and push myself with each build, to break new personal ground. With this, I am not just breaking ground, I am excavating a foundation for a high rise.
This car is going to be a royal dark blue with cream trim. The paint break lines will be different from the Cybele Roadster, but the lineage and origin will be clear.
Ok, this weekend the sawing, grinding and sanding will begin….this will be interesting.
Edited by Peter Lombardo, 03 January 2010 - 05:42 AM.