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Old 06-26-2011, 10:46 AM
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So after finishing my hand fabbed 32 roadster body i had nothing to do... So i bought a CL special, 74 vette 4spd/350 cheap. Sawzall and sell the glass and now working on mock up of a late 50's style road race car for the street. The corvette club won't let me in????? More to come.. Ray

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Good way to get started....keep us poasted....how did the 32 come out ? hi boy ?
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Henry P. (RIP) who was a good friend of many of us here in the Northwest was Reventlow's truck driver and team wrench. He drove in the USA and in Europe before he got tired of living the life of racing. Here are two of his pictures found in an old shoebox at his place many years ago.

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Wow! thanks for the Scarab pics.
The big problem i have to solve is my size. @ 6'7" the vette tub is the smallest i can fit in. I need to upsize the whole body to kinda make it work. The race windshield on the race cars were made to wear a helmet. I'm making a street car. I got a bunch to figure out and make it work. May end up looking scarab/lister/viper.ish?????????????? .......Ray
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Lessons learn from my roadster build:

1- Have a hard buck that gives you basic surface boundaries, not just FSPs

2- Model the design first. I'd get a model corvette and carve a body that looks like you want. You can slice the model up and scale up for stations on the bucks.

I'm very much looking forward to your project. Should be a great one. I'll agree with Mark...do it in aluminum.
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Yes i also would like to do the body in aluminum. I have done most my car body fab in 20/22 gauge steel and fiberglass and can shape aluminum but no way to stick it together. I have a mini torch and years ago i did some tig welding aluminum but no longer have the welder or the skill.......... I have a buddy that visited the place where they built the Cobra bodies in the 80's. He said they used a propane mix because it was cooler to do their gas aluminum work.
Yes I can buy a tig if needed but would need to get unrusty. I know plenty of guy's with nice tig's that are good at it and if i tacked it together they could do a better job then me welding it up. Any thoughts on this subject of kind of aluminum, thickness,rod selection and gas welding would be a help. Thanks, Ray
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