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PostPosted: September 8, 2017, 9:38 am 
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I have an extra tubing notcher in case you want one. Just cover the shipping.

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PostPosted: September 8, 2017, 12:40 pm 
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mjalaly wrote:
I have an extra tubing notcher in case you want one. Just cover the shipping.


Thanks for the offer. I skimmed your thread. Its certainly a nice project. So you had the best results with a fine tooth hole saw? I assume its one of those supply your own drill types. How did it do overall?


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terryjr wrote:
mjalaly wrote:
I have an extra tubing notcher in case you want one. Just cover the shipping.


Thanks for the offer. I skimmed your thread. Its certainly a nice project. So you had the best results with a fine tooth hole saw? I assume its one of those supply your own drill types. How did it do overall?


Haha, my project is a mess! Way better builds on here.

The notcher is just a harbor freight one.

I used whatever saw off the shelf I could find. It worked fine for its intended purpose. Most of my tubes were printed in solidworks, taped to the tube and coped with a grinder because they were very complex.

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PostPosted: September 8, 2017, 3:25 pm 
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Google chop saw mitering, it works really good once you get a handle on the angles needed. My brother built his tube frame bush truck using that method.
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PostPosted: September 8, 2017, 6:09 pm 
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Nice! I like the body panels in between the tubes like that. I plan to do the same with aluminum on the sides. Firewall and flor will be stainless steel


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Why cant i find an Enhanced Inspection Station thats ever done a Specialty Constructed Vehicle?

I call these places and none of them have simple answers like, can my wipers be manual?


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PostPosted: September 11, 2017, 1:25 pm 
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still playing around in cad. Trying to get chassis "shape" ideas, stiffeners and such go in later.


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PostPosted: September 11, 2017, 1:57 pm 
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terryjr wrote:
Why cant i find an Enhanced Inspection Station thats ever done a Specialty Constructed Vehicle?

I call these places and none of them have simple answers like, can my wipers be manual?


Total PITA! Not only did I have similar issues, I would get different answers depending on who I spoke with.

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I ended up finding a guy thats done some Cobra kit cars. He was pretty down to earth and shared my thoughts on build it safe and we'll get it through mentality.

When i asked him about the wipers, he sort just said,well when we send the photos into Harrisburg, they're going to want to see wipers on it. Kind of like a wink wink, lets just set some wipers there for the photo. So i was pretty much sold. He said my laminated windshield was fine. all they ask for is saftey glass, but i dont want just safety glass in case a rock hits it, i dont want a lap full of 70mph glass pellets on the highway. He didnt seem to require DOT stamped lights either. Just said make sure they work, well yes, for my own safety i agree they should work.

Doors are still an open issue. He hasnt done doorless kit cars yet so we'll have to see what happens. But i told him about all the street leagl exocet's and he said then it probably wont be an issue


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PostPosted: October 29, 2017, 9:34 am 
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Im ready to start tearing apart the donor car. I completed its bucket list, took it to the drag strip and trapped 119mph. Then put it on a mustang dyno and it made 415awhp/398awtq. Thats in a 2900 pound chassis. Cant wait to get this thing down around 1500. So now it sits and waits, i want to have my first batch of tubing and a pipe bender before ripping it apart. Any week now.


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PostPosted: October 29, 2017, 2:13 pm 
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Ok couldnt wait no more


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Drill press, Tube notcher, Pipe bender ordered.


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PostPosted: November 2, 2017, 1:25 pm 
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I've completely change my mind on the chassis. I like this one. And it looks like it should play better with my suspension

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Got my drill press in today. Just a cheap WEN 4208 8" Press. My plan was to make a longer column pipe for it so i can fit hte tube notcher under the drill chuck. The column size is 1.81" OD. Theres no such thing as 1.81" OD tube or pipe in domestic or metric. So i either have to ghetto shim it and use 1.75" tube. or have a peice os 1 1/2" pipe turned down to 1.81" OD. Ugh. My lathe at work can only handle about 16" piece supporting both ends, and the chuck wont fit over 1 1/2" pipe so it have to grip inside of pipe and hope the other end stays somewhat true and doesnt wobble or fly our of the chuck. It comes with about a 14" high column. I want a 30" high column


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PostPosted: November 9, 2017, 10:38 am 
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started the redesign sketch

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