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 Post subject: Re: Kurtis body
PostPosted: March 30, 2017, 11:37 am 
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Sean in CT wrote:
Tom - i was thinking nose and fenders - would make a good class project. A glass nose could be copied fairly quickly....
An ally nose that was a copy of my modified fiberglass nose would be really nice...but I'll probably leave that until after the car is on the road. Fenders, though, are still needed.

I previously purchased a HF shrinker/stretcher and bead roller along with some extra aluminum sheet to attempt Ewhen's approach to fender building. Haven't progressed beyond thinking about it, though. But Fenders N More is getting pricey.


It's really not difficult to turn out a pair of cycle fenders. If you guys recall these only took a few hours to make a matched set.
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 Post subject: Re: Kurtis body
PostPosted: May 3, 2017, 10:17 pm 
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Hey Sean,

I bumped into a video Wray posted about your car and project. I assume you've seen it, but I'll post it for others who are following your efforts:

Wray walk-around and explanation of Sean's Kurtis project ==> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HEX3pdLUMxM

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Damn! That front slip angle is way too large and the Ackerman is just a muddle.

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PostPosted: May 8, 2017, 12:51 pm 
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Yeah - I saw that he did it, but never watched it. Havent been to his shop in 2 weeks, but im going Wednesday. Just made the "bulkead" to support the back of the nose. I have vinyl sign software (Flexisign) and a cutter that I design stuff in. I made a template of the shape from 1/4" hot rolled bar. I took a pic, downloaded it into my sign program and developed patterns. I cut it out of vinyl, then used that as a pattern for 3/4" MDF. I bought 6063 architectural channel (1" with 1/2" legs, 1/8" thick) and cold formed it around the MDF. Came out perfect, no wrinkles or bowing. The body will be riveted to this.


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PostPosted: May 9, 2017, 11:21 am 
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Great work on the channel. Did you bend it around by hand, or use something along the lines of the apparatus shown in Champion's book?

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PostPosted: May 10, 2017, 6:55 am 
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I bent it by hand - no tools. The architectural style has square inner corners (not radiused like C channel). I though i would need the torch to sharing the tight corners, but it didn't wrinkle, so it is good. Ill weld a piece across and a vertical or diagonal too, maybe both. Going to Wrays today - going to work on the rear body.


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