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Darren B

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   Darren,

              i haven't been here much lately. But I stopped by this afternoon to see what people were up to . You Pete is looking really good. I am interested to see how the seat pedestals turn out.

 

 

   Be Well

   Gator

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Hey Marc, good to hear from you again, Thank you , I should be working on the front end tonight but will be work also on scratching some seats to fit the pedestals, we will see thou if I get to it but for now that is the plan....

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this is only the start of the bomber seats, have to add the sides and inside of the seats..

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got the front end started. Leaf springs anyway. I think they turned out ok. Hope to have attached to the rig in the next few days...

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Very inspirational build. I'm sure a lot of builders are going to be digging out their long stalled project hot rodded semi's and re-thinking them as we speak.Thanks for sharing your build process with us.

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Very inspirational build. I'm sure a lot of builders are going to be digging out their long stalled project hot rodded semi's and re-thinking them as we speak.Thanks for sharing your build process with us.

Thank you misterNNL, I had to do the same thing, dig out this beast from 2013 when I first started it. One of the reason for keeping me going is to not let another 4 years go by and actually get this to the finished pile....

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Geting there, just need to add the mounting point for the front end then get on the radius rods, then it will be engine time....

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Added some pie tin metal to hold the ends of the leaf springs, may add a few more near the top.

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Started the scratch building of the aircraft style seats............

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Getting there. Needs some more bracing and detail, but getting there....

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awesome work Darren, the front springs look fantastic !!! great idea using tin for the metal bands around the leaves.

love the bomber seat too, truly ratty lol

we wont let ya drop this into the 4 yr pile again :blink:

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awesome work Darren, the front springs look fantastic !!! great idea using tin for the metal bands around the leaves.

love the bomber seat too, truly ratty lol

we wont let ya drop this into the 4 yr pile again :blink:

Thank you Jeff, na I want to get this finished so hopefully I will not get stumped and wait another four years, lol.

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I have been wanting to try these seats since I got my copy of issue #138, back in '09, this is the perfect project to try out the seats. Thank you Dave Zinn for the how to, they really come out convincing without a lot of work!!!! They are not finished yet. Need to add the front bar, then the bracing on the back, was even thinking about making cushions out of milliput, but not sure if I can pull those off but will try.

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working on seat cushions and got the radius rods done last night....

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Radius rod just mocked up here, as I did not think to not glue the axle cross member in and I am having a hell of a time lining up the ubolts and plate to hold it down, not thinking that If I left it loose I could glue that sub assembly together as one piece and not fight getting the ubolts to line up. So just a quick mock up to see how it will look when I get the front end fixed.....

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had to design a shim piece to help hold the leaf spring unit, it took away an 1/4 inch of rake but it still looks good.

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almost have completed the front end, just need to clip the paper clips flush with the plate and add some bolt heads, shocks and shock mounts, and tie rods....... but other than that finally made some good process on this build. I will next attack the rear end and finalize that and then its on to other tid bits...................

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Darren,

          This project is looking good. I like your bomber seats. And the front spring looks awesome .

 

 

 

Be Well

 Gator

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Darren,

          This project is looking good. I like your bomber seats. And the front spring looks awesome .

 

 

 

Be Well

 Gator

Thank you Gator, really appreciate it. I am trying to do more scratch building then just out of box and this project was perfect to work out some scratch building. Just have to keep on pushing on and hopefully be done soon.....

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another update, got the rear end glued in and finalized, also fabricated a drive shaft to mate the engine and rear end. Now on to the cab and engine details now.

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