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#1 Dennis Lacy

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 10:52 AM

Not sure what else to call it? It's an extra Ala Kart body (which was originally made from a cut down touring body) with an extra '25 T turtle deck hung on the back of it. So I guess that could be a modified...

Anyhow, I was sitting there waiting for glue to dry and I started jacking around with some junk in my parts boxes. I had this Lindberg '34 Pickup frame that had its rear cross member harvested for another hot rod, and I had this Ala Kart cab (which comes extra in the last re-issues of the AMT '29 Roadster) along with a stock '29 hood and front shell. A few pieces of tape and some random thoughts later, I had me an idea!

So I whipped out one of my modern-tooled Ala Kart kits which I keep around for hot rod donors and decided I could rework the '34 frame to take all of the AK suspension. Not wanting the usual old wire spoke or solid old Ford wheels I mixed and matched until I came up with a combo I liked. Things are just getting started but so far I have managed to graft the AK rear frame cross member to the '34 frame (luckilly I found another cross member that had already been chrome stripped!), Z'd the back of the frame (will saw some angles off later to make it look right) and modified the front of the frame to take the AK front cross member. I'm gonna keep the rear rails outside of the turtle deck but I might extend the bottom of the deck or something to tie it all together a little tighter.

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All the modern-tool Ala Kart suspension stuff:

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Rolling stock consisting of Modelhaus T120 & T180 tires, some Halibrand kidney bean spindle mounts (not sure the source) and the front Halibrand Sprint wheels from the Revell '32 Roadster. The front ones are a smaller diameter & a little shallower and are a perfect fit in the rear tires:

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Engine is going to be a mix & matched hot rodded flathead. Got the block, headers and super cool finned front cover from AMT's '41 Woody and the dual intake & finned heads from AMT's '34 Coupe. Also a couple of carb options and a beehive oil filter - gotta have a hive!

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As of now all the chrome is getting soaked off. Soon as that happens I can proceed.

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 11:02 AM

Kool sofar.

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 11:46 AM

Yeah! keep it going!

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 12:33 PM

Very nice. I second what Oliver Jantrix has to say....more, please.

#5 Dennis Lacy

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Posted 17 September 2012 - 04:32 AM

UPDATE:

Lots accompished with the frame. Added some material to the top/forward part of the "Z" then angle cut it. Angle cut the lower part of the "Z" to match the angle of the upper/rear part of the frame. Added corner gussets to the rear cross member. Modified the front motor mounts by adding some risers. Made a simple but effective and strong center frame member. The cross pieces have been drilled for exhaust pipes.

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Here's how the engine will sit in the frame. I cut the molded distributor off and carefully drilled the tube to take a Parts By Parks distributor. I also decided to use this Model Car Garage resin Offenhauser intake because it's much more detailed than the dual intake from the AMT '34 Coupe.

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Because of the shape of the frame and that the driveshaft will need to go through the body I had to remove the torque tube and radius rods from the Ala Kart axle. I was able to modify the trailing arms from the Corvette suspension in AMT's '34 Coupe. As it turned out, the "S" offset in the arms was exactly right to come off of the axle and line up with the frame rails. I also added a snout to the axle center housing for the future driveshaft to connect to.

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Here the suspensions are mocked up. The front is untouched Ala Kart.

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Here I'm considering changing the front shell to a '32...

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Posted 17 September 2012 - 05:12 AM

Love it! That rear end is fabulous! :D

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Posted 17 September 2012 - 05:16 AM

I like where you're going with this. :) Personally, I like the 29 grill shell better.

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Posted 17 September 2012 - 05:26 AM

Coming along nicely.

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Posted 17 September 2012 - 06:24 AM

LOOKS GREAT!!!

Nice Work... :)

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Posted 17 September 2012 - 06:25 AM

I like this...keep at it man...unlike me who stalls on everything lately!

#11 Dennis Lacy

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Posted 17 September 2012 - 09:48 AM

Thanks for the positive responses. B)

I like this...keep at it man...unlike me who stalls on everything lately!


You suffer from this too??? :o

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Posted 17 September 2012 - 10:51 AM

Nice looking roadster !

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Posted 17 September 2012 - 11:12 AM

I like it also. The wheel combo is excellent and the 32 shell is a good choice!

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Posted 17 September 2012 - 11:57 AM

Great engineering on the rear axle.
Crisp and clear pixs.
A definite follow

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Posted 17 September 2012 - 12:27 PM

Good looking chassis engineering. Very nice.

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 09:46 AM

Heck yeah! I'm loving this one!!

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 10:18 AM

Sweet! Moar peez!

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 06:59 PM

very nice development and i like the 32 shell best too, really integrates with the rest of the body well. amazed at the chassis construction!

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Posted 20 September 2012 - 11:56 AM

32 shell looks cool IMO
cool build!

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Posted 20 September 2012 - 03:24 PM

got a track nose for it i mite look cool