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PostSubject: Re: Chopped 1934 Ford Coupe.   Tue 16 Apr 2013, 7:31 pm

Al: The stance is perfect. I don't think you will have to do any modification to the frame. Once the engine is in you will have the final answer.

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PostSubject: Re: Chopped 1934 Ford Coupe.   Tue 16 Apr 2013, 7:35 pm

Thanks guys.

Well here we have it, the final answer!!!

I'll need to make a small trannie tunnel but I don't need to shorten the chassis!! :)




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PostSubject: Re: Chopped 1934 Ford Coupe.   Tue 16 Apr 2013, 7:42 pm

Thats looking awesome Al !
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PostSubject: Re: Chopped 1934 Ford Coupe.   Tue 16 Apr 2013, 8:20 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Chopped 1934 Ford Coupe.   Wed 17 Apr 2013, 1:01 am

Thanks boys!!

I need to make a transmission tunnel so I took a look in the parts bin and found this. It's an under fuselage airscoop from (I think) a 1:32 Spitfire. I think it will make a pretty neat custom tranny tunnel.

I think I can turn up a radio as well, to fill in the hole. If not I'll think of something.

Needs to be cut to length of course.




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PostSubject: Re: Chopped 1934 Ford Coupe.   Wed 17 Apr 2013, 1:54 am

scoop looks good. Never thought of doing that before. That's my something new for the day.
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PostSubject: Re: Chopped 1934 Ford Coupe.   Wed 17 Apr 2013, 2:06 am

Now that's being creative with what you have! Great job Al! That's gonna be a rockin' trans tunnel! I'm glued to the spot watchin' this build come to life. 8)
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PostSubject: Re: Chopped 1934 Ford Coupe.   Wed 17 Apr 2013, 3:06 am

Great idea for the transmission tunnel Al.

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PostSubject: Re: Chopped 1934 Ford Coupe.   Thu 18 Apr 2013, 6:12 pm

Thanks guys.

The trannie tunnel is just about finished. I now need to cut off the face of the twin tape deck and fit it to the centre console/trannie tunnel.



With the remaining bit of the Spitfire scoop, I have made a hood scoop, which, size permitting, I will use over the six pack.


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PostSubject: Re: Chopped 1934 Ford Coupe.   Thu 18 Apr 2013, 6:15 pm

Lookin' good! Glad you found something to use for a radio! This is jus' gonna be one bad hot rod! Keep up the great work! 8)
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PostSubject: Re: Chopped 1934 Ford Coupe.   Thu 18 Apr 2013, 10:12 pm

That tranny tunnel looks perfect. Great idea on using the left over.
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PostSubject: Re: Chopped 1934 Ford Coupe.   Fri 19 Apr 2013, 12:33 am

Thanks Jason and Buck.

The transverse rear spring made it sit way too high, so I cut it in two at the middle, removed a section and glued them in place. The rear suspension is now just about as low as it will go methinks.



However, I think I'm going to have to section the interior a bit more. The rear is still looking high to me! What do you think guys?




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PostSubject: Re: Chopped 1934 Ford Coupe.   Fri 19 Apr 2013, 1:07 am

Skid, the way it looks to me is the body should come down more in the back and come forward just a little. By lookin at the frame I think I would Z the frame right at the front of the rear crossmember to bring the rear end down and you can move the rear wheels back a little at the same time. That's what methinks. Just my 2 cents. Great lookin build John
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PostSubject: Re: Chopped 1934 Ford Coupe.   Fri 19 Apr 2013, 2:06 am

Ditto what John said.
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PostSubject: Re: Chopped 1934 Ford Coupe.   Fri 19 Apr 2013, 4:49 am

I agree! Lookin' good Al!
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PostSubject: Re: Chopped 1934 Ford Coupe.   Fri 19 Apr 2013, 7:06 pm

Thanks for the advice John. That's spot on mate.

So here it is as it stands right now.





I'm still undecided on the front being to long. It looks a bit long in the photo but it's barely noticeable in realit, so. I'm going to wait on that decision until I have the engine installed methinks.

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PostSubject: Re: Chopped 1934 Ford Coupe.   Fri 19 Apr 2013, 7:14 pm

Much better. I don't think it looks long, but I am 6,000 miles away.
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PostSubject: Re: Chopped 1934 Ford Coupe.   Fri 19 Apr 2013, 8:32 pm

Looks awesome, stance is great 8) By the time you get the eng. and the rad & grille shell on their it will be just right or maybe even a little tight :lol!: Outstanding progress !! John
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PostSubject: Re: Chopped 1934 Ford Coupe.   Fri 19 Apr 2013, 11:50 pm

Thanks both for your encouragement.

As my friend has given me free range over this, I decided to do an engine swap.

The original Ford Shelby engine may look OK with the full fenders and hood etc but, IMO, it looks decidedly whimpish indeed without them.

I was going to use a Revell Parts Pack Cadillac 354 but it is too long...... so digging around I found this..... Yes, 'It's a Hemi'.... LOL I think it's from a 'Big John' Mazmanian 41 Willys Gasser kit.





Much better methinks and it fits just nice.

Now, which headers should I use? The first ones will need to be shortened a little.





I'm leaning towards the second set.






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PostSubject: Re: Chopped 1934 Ford Coupe.   Sat 20 Apr 2013, 12:05 am

I agree the second set of headers works better for the build. Looks like your engine is up a li'l further in relation to where the firewall is going to be. Lookin' good and can't wait to see more on this great project! :)
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PostSubject: Re: Chopped 1934 Ford Coupe.   Sat 20 Apr 2013, 12:51 am

Ok Al, I'm looking at the mock up and something did not look right, so i went and looked at the reference pics. First, your engine is not set back far enough. WAY too much room between where the firewall will be and the back of the heads. Second, look at how much the frame horns are sticking out past the grille on the 1:1, then look at yours. i think maybe after the engine is set back where it needs to be, then you might move the front cross member back a bit. Then lay that radiator/grille down more. Just my observations is all. Love how the rear en d is looking and how the body sits. :cheers:
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PostSubject: Re: Chopped 1934 Ford Coupe.   Sun 21 Apr 2013, 12:29 am

Oh boy!!! This thing has taken on a life of it's own methinks.

It started out as a straightforard more or less OOB build for my friend..... THEN.... either Sam or Paul (I forget which) showed me the photo of the blue one I posted earlier.... that's when a simple build became complicated. :x

Still it's fun and I've decided to do one for myself later in the year but based around Revell's 5 Window Coupe. DEFINITELY not this kit, even if I could find one!!

I take your point on the engine set back Sam but the Hemi won't easily go any further back. So a dig around turned up a Revell Parts Pack Ford 427 Competition engine instead, with a hi rise tunnel ram from an AMT 1970 Super Bee Pro-Street kit.

The headers I was going to use, have siamesed centreports so I found another set from the parts box.

In order to to get the placement correct, I mocked up the front suspension and made a temporary firewall from card.

All went well and I got the engine nicely placed:



Then the problems arose yet again!! :lol: With the new headers attached, this is as far back as I could get the engine:



I changed the angle of the flange and now have it back this far. I think I could get it back a bit more, by cutting out the rearmost header and making a new on that goes forward instead of straight out but I think I'm going to settle for what I have.










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PostSubject: Re: Chopped 1934 Ford Coupe.   Sun 21 Apr 2013, 12:32 am

Just break out the solder and build your own headers Al. :D

All kidding aside, it will look just fine when its finished. :cheers:
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PostSubject: Re: Chopped 1934 Ford Coupe.   Sun 21 Apr 2013, 1:44 am

Sam's right. It will be a winner. I like the Ford engine in it. Looks right at home.
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PostSubject: Re: Chopped 1934 Ford Coupe.   Sun 21 Apr 2013, 2:35 am

I like the Ford eng. better, the hemi didn't look at home with the rest of the car. Gonna be a killer when all said and done 8) John
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