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#41 mrm

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 05:12 PM

So I made the radius rods from some brass tubing, wire and some jam nuts from hexagon rod. I wanted them to be strong. Eventually they would be Alcladed with the rest of the suspension components that I want chrome.

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I also started shaping the brace for the upper rods on top of the diff. I capped the backs of the brackets for the lower rods. Right now everything is in a rough shape, but once all the elements are in place, both the frame and the rear end will be puttied where necessary and sanded smooth before the first coat of primer.

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I just wanted to mock the whole thing up, just to check the alinement and fitment.

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Next come the shocks. Stay tuned and thank you for looking.

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 03:30 AM

Just read through this post and have to say your doing an amazing job so far. Very nice work all around. Keep it going and thanks for sharing.

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 05:07 AM

awsome updates and i love the firewall and aircleaner set up !!!!

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 10:30 AM

Mike, Richard, thank you both.
I was feeling restless last night and dusted off my lathe and made some aluminum pulleys for the engine. I also tried to make shocks (first time ever) but I am not happy with them and will remake them.

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 10:57 AM

NICE WORK MICHAEL!

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 04:39 PM

Thank you Ira.

Here are the new shocks I made. They still need some finessing and the springs.

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That is where they will go in relation to the connecting rods.

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This is what it should look like underneath when it is all done. In this picture you can also see the brackets on the frame and the diff for the shorty con rods that would triangulate the rear. Once the whole model is done, there should be nothing visible other than the axle when viewed from behind.

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 04:52 PM

wow!! that is killer!

nice work
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Posted 30 October 2012 - 05:05 PM

Thanks Bryan.
Can anyone recommend me a material (wire) to use for the springs, please? I would like it to actually work like a real spring. I am not making the suspension functional, but would like the springs to give some support.
Thank in advance.

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 05:43 PM

why not check out some cheap ink pens for spings, ive used them before, and the great thing is you dont have to bend them! its hard to find the right size tho....

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 05:47 PM

why not check out some cheap ink pens for spings, ive used them before, and the great thing is you dont have to bend them! its hard to find the right size tho....

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I thought of that, but they are always too thin. I can make them from thin solder, which is easy and it looks cool, but then they are soft and easy to bent out of shape. Thank you anyway.

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 04:18 AM

Beautiful work, Micheal! Love what you have done so far.

The reference pics are great as well, thank you!

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 08:19 AM

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How about necklace/bracelet wire (Hobby Lobby or Micheals,etc) or Guitar string?

I like your work, looking forward to more!
Thank You for sharing
Later
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Posted 31 October 2012 - 08:25 AM

use O rings and make some air bags B)

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 05:58 PM

Scott, thank you.
Russ, thanks for the idea. Does necklace wire stay in shape? I don't care if it is harder to bend, as I can use my lathe for that. I saw people on here use copper wire. Any pointers on benefits copper offers? The only thing with copper for me is that the closest hobby shop (or any other place that may have it) is a two hour drive. And I mean at 95mph.
Todd, airbags will defy the purpose of the "exercise". Thanks for the input tho. And since O rings were mentioned, I have seen them used by few people on here. But where do you guys get them from?


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Posted 01 November 2012 - 05:16 AM

1/16 inch aluminum tig rod works well, wind it around a mandrel and your good to go. Its a little over scale, but not terribly so. I used it to make thesprings for my 50 olds.

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 06:13 AM

i have some different wire here, made by national wire, i dont remember where i got it tho.......ive got 4 or 5 different gauges of it. im sure its tough enuff to hold its shape. try lowes, or your local hardware store, lemme see if i have a pic of the stuff i have....

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 06:19 AM

heres what ive been using, ive had these rolls forever! one roll goes a long way....

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hope this helps, maybe you can find it somewhere..i still cant remember where i got it. it was really cheap tho.......as you can see by the $1.69 pricetag!

cheers
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Posted 01 November 2012 - 06:54 AM

Thank you Bryan. That 24 gauge copper wire looks exactly like what I need I guess.
Mark, thanks for the idea. Thankfully I have Lowes just a stone throw from home. I'll check what they have to offer.
I have about 15 different Deuce projects. They are all part of an ambitious project started over a year ago - to build every possible style of 32 Ford. So it is not like I won't have what to do while I figure the shocks out, but I am really itchy to lay down some paint. I should start threads for all of them perhaps.


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Posted 01 November 2012 - 06:57 AM

youre welcome mike, i`d send you some of it, but im kinda broke at the moment, i dont even have enuff to cover the postage! LOL ive had these rolls for over 5 years, and theres still alot left....

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 09:27 AM

Also, for o rings any hydraulics store or harbour freight/ princess auto type store would have them