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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2013 7:20 pm 
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Hi, my name is Larry and it's time to start my build log. As the subject implies it it a big one. I've been working on it for almost three years now. I have been lurking here longer than that and want to thank all the people I have stolen ideas from. I have driven my car up and down the drive way a few times and around the block twice. As soon as I figure out how to post pictures I will try to start at the begining and go from there. I am using a Toyota 4ac motor with an automatic trans. a ford 7.5 inch rear end and mustang 2 front spindles. The frame is mostly 1.25 inch 16 gauage square mild steel along with 1 inch 3/4 inch and some round. I'm looking forward to trying to remember what I did and why. This could be interesting.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2013 9:03 pm 
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Welcome to the group! If you've been lurking then you probably already know most of the players, looking forward to pictures though...... David


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2013 10:01 pm 
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So... Would the car you built be a "Lotus 8.75"???

Keep us posted on your progress, or history, I guess it is. Pictures are always welcome!
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2013 5:28 am 
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I'm a fellow Toyota donor builder here! I have to admit I have a soft spot for 4ac's, (my AE86 used to be SR5) that engine was bulletproof! Looking forward to the pics!


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2013 12:40 pm 
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this is a picture from last summer that I'm using as a test for loading pictures.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2013 1:56 pm 
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Testing 1,2,3... Picture looks good, Larry! Fire away!
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2013 3:23 pm 
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Hi Other Larry!

I'll keep a very interested eye on your log.

Go man!

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2013 2:33 pm 
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Thank you for the welcoming comments. These are pictures of the planning part of my build, almost five decades worth. My first car was bought with the intent of building a Jabro H mod car. It never happened, but the seed was planted. I'm still learning about posting pictures so please bear with me. I forgot to put Keith's book in the stack for the picture. There were also many trips to the hobby store for the, design and structual testing, material.


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2013 2:51 pm 
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Hey that worked way better than expected. Here are the first pictures of the frame. It is a modified 442E. It is 50 inches wide so is that an 842E or 482E? The other major difference is in the dash board bulkhead area. I moved somethings forward and somethings backward to get everything lined up. There are also four removable braces in the engine bay to make engine and trans removal easier. The second picture is a bit later in the build.


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2013 5:03 pm 
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As my build progressed, not having any plans showed up a few times. Mainly the steering, on the bottom end, part of the rack and a frame tube wanted to be in the same space. On the top I went through four varations before getting it right, maybe. These are the first two versions, can't find any good pictures right now of the rest of them. There were more of those redesigns along the way. Oops put the pictures in the wrong order, still learning.


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2013 7:45 pm 
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JD, I think you'r right. Lotus 8.75 looks about right. Or could that be a Slotus 8.75 NW.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2013 10:10 pm 
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Larry - great to see your project here!!

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2013 2:05 pm 
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This is how I did the bushing for the steering column, it works and it's cheep. I have way more time then money, so anything I can make with the stuff I find in my garage, I will. I have too much stuff in my garage!


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Kartracer47 wrote:
Larry - great to see your project here!!
+1 on that!

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2013 2:20 pm 
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When it came time for the first round of final welding I built a rotisserie with recycled 2x6's, castor wheels, and a borrowed piece of 1.75 DOM tubing. I strongly recommend a rotisserie of some type, it makes the welding so much easer.


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