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PostPosted: May 4, 2014, 9:12 pm 
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Those are the little GM lights circa 1991, on midsize coupes ?


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PostPosted: May 5, 2014, 9:38 am 
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Great work as always - its coming along nicely.

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PostPosted: December 28, 2014, 11:55 am 
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Andrew, from where are you drawing air to the radiator for cooling? Been through the pics of the side panels and body, and I can't see an intake.


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PostPosted: January 19, 2015, 10:19 pm 
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Has it really been more than a year since I last pestered you? This is still one of my favourite builds that I have come across. I hope little AFF is doing well, our first is due in a matter of weeks :shock:

I have to apologise for not PM'ing you last time I posted. It doesn't look like LocostUSA is letting me send you a PM now?


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PostPosted: January 20, 2015, 4:41 pm 
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Back with an update.

iadr: Yes from a Camaro.

Profire: the air will enter a duct just ahead of the rear wheel. The side pod will be cut out and a composite duct will be made fitted to the inside of the sidepod.

I have realized my seasonal business ambitions have put the car project into an off season hobby, I.e Jan through to April. However I have more time on my side this year vs last for various reasons.

My lawn/tree/landscaping business grew almost more than I could handle this year. The year prior I was just mowing and doing whatever my small list of clients needed done around their properties, pruning, tree work, etc. In early 2014, I self studied my bag off and acquired a pesticide applicators license and and jumped through all the hoops to get that going. Almost had more work than I could handle, mostly due to being new and spending alot of time acquiring new clients. It was a major time commitment last spring. One that doesn't need to be repeated this year and im largely on cruise control with my client base established and a much more streamlined operation. This means Ill plan on getting way more done on the car this year than last.

Otherwise, did a big clean out of the shop yesterday and picked up where I left off last April. I completed all the sheet metal parts to support the upper sidepods. now I have a large qty of aluminum pieces to prep and prime. Otherwise I made a mock up out of some PVC pipe of the diagonal roll hoop support that will need to be install. The inspector for this province required something more substantial than my bolt on brace. Ill pick up some DOM at first opportunity, however, not owning a welder, Its not a big rush. Overall, not ideal in looks nor that the nodes do not join the front stays. The PVC mock up piece is also larger in diameter that the steel tubing throwing off the looks as well.

Due to this requirement, the air intake I had planned for engine, is now completely blocked, I will make a snorkel of sorts that will adhere to the top of the body work and feed the engine intake.

Otherwise, I am happy to be back at it.

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PostPosted: January 20, 2015, 5:23 pm 
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Andrew, I have never properly touched base, living just down the road so-to-speak, but when you do get to the 'need welder' point, you could use mine.

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Andrew, great to see your update. I've been wondering how things were going. Lots of work to get a client based business off the ground, so to speak, but once over that hump nice to have a business where you're the boss. I take it this is in addition to your primary skills.

Looks like you're pretty well established "down East" but I'm sorry that I won't get to see the finished car. On the other hand, who knows, I might drive across Canada some day.

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PostPosted: January 21, 2015, 8:01 pm 
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Ron, good to hear from you. Things are great with the family and were getting into the swing of things with a toddler now. Still flying for a living, that's the no.1 gig, just wanting to further my skill set and enjoy the outdoors with the business... it also pays for daycare and provides some play money. Ill be sure to give you a buzz when I'm back in BC. And don't write off not seeing the car when its done, my employer is looking to expand west and my parents would like to live in the same place as their granddaughter. Nothing in the works now, but always a future possibility.

Warren, yes, I'd say were due for a meet up. My schedule is good Jan and feb, I think I still have your number, I'll be in touch.

First here's a quick pic of what I have intended for the scoops for the radiator and engine air intake..
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Got started on the car at 7:45 this am and went till 4pm with a quick trip to the depot and the paint store to have my Super K primer agitated, it was pretty settled out.

Got my headlight buckets cleaned up and alodined, unfortunetaly the solution was week and had little "golden-ing" effect. Still having trouble finding a local source for chromic acid, but now have a source for Phosphoric acid, so the balance of the metal work with aircraft aluminum can be properly prepped and primed. I think I will omit the alodine process from now on. I used my aligator rivet squeezer to set the rivets for the buckets. The lights are also potted in with high temp RTV silicone. At first glance, it looks rather permanent and non service friendly. However the bulbs themselves can be replaced from the rear. As for the glass breaking, it should be fine due to the acrylic or polycarbonate lenses that will protect them from debris/rocks.
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Then onto the headlight lenses.. much like composite work, a form is required, then a mold taken from the form, and then the part is produced from the mold.. Here's the first stages of the form. I plan on putting in another long day tomorrow.

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I realize typing this I've never tried, but how did you get those bends in PVC? Heat and put in a pipe bender, I guess? That's quite a lot of (very evenly applied) heat, if I guess correctly.


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iadr wrote:
I realize typing this I've never tried, but how did you get those bends in PVC? Heat and put in a pipe bender, I guess? That's quite a lot of (very evenly applied) heat, if I guess correctly.


Hello iadr

There are no bends in the PVC. the only piece that is plastic is the lateral diagonal brace for mock up/template purposes only.

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Spent the morning sanding the RH lens form. I'll wait until the left side is done before I start adding filler to the forms. The Left side was made and glued up as well. I don't think I'll be back to working on it until Monday at the earliest.

On to the air intake.. I just wing'd it to see what it would look like.. Accepting opinions on this, of course lots to do but that's the general shape of it.


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Does that meet the F.I.A. size for a inlet ? LOL :roll:

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Yo 'Frame!
Good to see an update on your mah-vell-uss build. Car is looking good, I kinda like the air inlet prototype. I know B85 was kidding about the FIA regs, but it doesn't look very big in the pics. Would you wanna make it the same width as the raised area of the engine cover it's sitting on? Hard to know if that "works" from a few pics, I'm just thinkin' out loud...
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Based on what appears to be the base of a head rest, won't the drivers head partially block the inlet?

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Based on what appears to be the base of a head rest, won't the drivers head partially block the inlet?

Has a side benefit though... Sucks those nasty little dandruff flakes right outta his hair... :mrgreen:

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