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Adventures in soldering:Hot Rod Wrecker Project Update 2/1/15

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Hi Folks,

Have always liked the look of this wrecker....

(Photo from the net, no phptpgrapher listed)

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Magnificent! Those are some clean solder joints ... me and solder never got along. Spectacular work on that frame I must say!

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Thats the "Rat RIO" ..totally bitchin and kool.....I got the bug too...but I don't have enough time for the brass route. Are you using Tix solder??

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Great project. I especially like your work on the steering links. Surprised you didn't build the front axle in brass as well.

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You are really hitting the ball out of the park over and over with this one. What an amazing job of scratch-building, and in METAL!

Can't wait to see more.

Doctor Cranky is Happy, Happy, Happy.

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Ooh, I'm liking this! thats some awesome craftsmanship you got goin on there. I can't wait to see more on this one B)

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Mike, Thank you for the comment, I wish all my joints were clean, just showing the good ones!

Hi Mike, Using silver solder and nasty old paste flux that has lasted me forever.

Tom, Glad you like it!

Alyn, Thank you , did not have a big enough piece of stock for that dude!

Thanks Virgil!!!

Art, Thanks, it could be awhile.

Adam , Thanks!

Small update as I am still working on the front end...

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OMG.

I agree. It's almost a shame to paint/weather all that stuff and hide it under a channeled body.

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That is some of the most beautiful scratch building I've seen. Wonderful job! Cant wait to see more.

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I know, I know what you are working on here, what it is called:

ART

What a beautiful frame!

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Wow! Really nice work. I know it is a rat rod but just curious, with all the soldering that you are doing and the burn marks on the bench, have you considered investing in a resistance soldering unit? I know that they are expensive, but since I bought mine, I have really fallen in love with it. It is quick, precise and makes it easy to solder multiple pieces together without having on of the prior joints come apart. It also does the job with minimum discoloration of the brass. I know, it's a rat rod, but from the skill level you have shown here, you are not just doing rat rods!

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I am in total awe of your work!! I bow to your mastery of all things "rat rod"!

Can't wait to see more.

Tony

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First, Belated thank yous

Jon, Thanks :):)

Mike, Appreciate the comment!

Dave, There you go, assuming I'm going to that far :D:D

Thanks Shucky!

High praise indeed, Thanks Virgil :)

GGus, Thank you for commenting!

Pete, What, you want me to give up my high tec state of the art wonder soldering iron after 40 years :D:D:D

Actually drool over them all the time! One of these days.

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Adding some X bracing to the frame....

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Making up some coil overs and four links with some extra bracing for the big a** rearend I'm using..

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More...

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adding some small brackets for the radiator..

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That is all for now, as always, comments are welcomed!

Randy

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