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#26 Bill from NH

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Posted 16 September 2015 - 02:28 PM

Since you used the Steube method of soldering the pans together before cutting, why did you have to mark them left and right? Old habit? Are they really not identical?

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Posted 16 September 2015 - 02:58 PM

Because I like to have the concave side of the brass up, and convex down. Not that big a deal with .032", but it's something to consider with .063" for sure.

 

Learned that from Dennis Samson.  :)


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Posted 16 September 2015 - 05:03 PM

Hey Billy, it's starting to look like a Thingie.

 

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Posted 16 September 2015 - 08:47 PM

Thanks to Tony P for general advice on wire-loading for "L" arm front wheels . :victory:

.025" wire inside pieces of 3/32" tube persuade the front axles downward just a little bit.

 

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Chassis is done. Final quality checks:

- Everything perfectly flat?

- Equal amounts of pan tilt and plumbing lift?

- No pan droop?

- Body form fits pan curves?

- Rear axle bushings in perfect alignment?

- Pin tubes countersunk and ready for pins?

- Plumbing aligned?

 

Yup, etc. etc. Time for a bath...   :D


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Posted 16 September 2015 - 10:24 PM

See you're making good use of your bandsaw with those curvy pans.   :D

That is one cool-looking Thingie chassis!

Always liked the sprung L front axles ever since having one of those Parma I15 cars.



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Posted 17 September 2015 - 08:21 AM

Thanks, Paul.  :)

 

I like the "L" arm design because it fits right in with my dislike of front wheels.

 

Best of both worlds - they keep the wheel lovers satisfied, provide gentle rolling support, and tilt up out of the way. :dance3:


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Posted 17 September 2015 - 10:42 AM

Eight hours in the tumbler, and the front axle springs remained perfectly intact - amazing!   :D

 

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Pan management: brass axle keepers on the .055" wire bite bar ends, and .032" brass rod downstops.

Little bit of lift, and a little bit of tilt.  :to_become_senile:

 

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Posted 17 September 2015 - 02:21 PM

Great build as always. :good:


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Posted 17 September 2015 - 03:41 PM

Thingies are spreading fast, soon every track in America will be covered with them.


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Posted 18 September 2015 - 12:07 PM

Stunning build... I'm looking forward to your next project...


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Posted 18 September 2015 - 07:23 PM

Thanks, guys.

 

Yeah, Asp, I'll bet you are.   :)


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Posted 19 September 2015 - 06:28 AM

When someone turns these thingie cars over, expecting to see a '60s era brass chassis and instead, find a work of art in design and assembly.


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Posted 25 September 2015 - 04:16 AM

Assembly is complete:

 

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Posted 25 September 2015 - 07:18 AM

Beautiful work, Paul.  

 

Love those pans! :good:


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Posted 25 September 2015 - 08:03 AM

Is Billy painting his own body? :)


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Posted 26 September 2015 - 07:47 AM

:clapping: Very nice job.


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Posted 26 September 2015 - 03:46 PM

Thanks a lot, guys.  :)

 

I think the paint job turned out nice, but you can be the judge:

 

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Posted 26 September 2015 - 05:20 PM

Gets my vote. Got blue in it. :good:


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Posted 26 September 2015 - 06:21 PM

Red,

 

Take your car off when you see the Jupiter coming.  :P  

Drivetrain test last night had the neighborhood cats scrambling for cover - this car will surely damage something.  :aggressive:

 

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Which driver head to use? Billy will probably like the vintage guy with tinted blue goggles...

 

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Posted 26 September 2015 - 08:48 PM

The Jupiter body came out nice! Minnie's car will have to be fogged in pink.


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Posted 26 September 2015 - 11:40 PM

Exactly, Bill.  :yes3:


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Posted 28 September 2015 - 04:18 AM

Billy and Minnie, this is my way of saying, "Thanks for the fun at The Dungeon" over the years.
 
Jupiter is on its way. Go-Kart will soon follow...
 
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Posted 28 September 2015 - 06:11 AM

Looks great!!! As long as Billy's head doesn't fall into the motor hole. LOL.  :laugh2:


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Posted 28 September 2015 - 02:32 PM

Thanks, Red. :)

 

That would hurt, falling nose first into a spinning armature. But it won't happen -

 

1. His neck is JB Welded to the can

2. The cockpit is such a tight fit he can't move :laugh2:

 

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Posted 28 September 2015 - 02:44 PM

I wasn't worried. LOL :good:


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