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 Post subject: Re: Kurtis body
PostPosted: March 18, 2020, 7:16 am 
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Richard - i have a patient who is in the carbon fiber biz- he offered to pull a plug for $$$$ (CF isnt cheap) I like the aluminum, hand made feel tho.
I think an XK engine is way too tall, long and heavy. makes less HP too, than the little supercharged ecotec. Of course the"little" supercharged ecotec is just as wide as an LS and slightly taller.


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 Post subject: Re: Kurtis body
PostPosted: April 2, 2020, 7:26 pm 
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Using my social distancing time to work on nose. Im going to try to gas weld the aluminum rather than TIG. I have an old victor torch
which i have been practicing with, but just ordered a Meco Midget torch from http://www.tinmantech.com with the super-flexible hoses for better control.
Gas welding leaves a softer weld, less distortion and no need to weld the back (like TIG). Looks a lot like a 7 nose, but i was really just copying Kurtis's
original design (first pic) ca. 1953


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 Post subject: Re: Kurtis body
PostPosted: April 27, 2020, 6:59 am 
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I tack welded the nose together. This was a milestone for me b/c the center of the nose was the first panel i ever made.
Did it while taking the metal fab class at Proshoper. Looks like a big 7 nose - the grill opening is 28" x 10"
Not sure what 7's typically are, but prob a lot narrower. I removed the wooden buck/hammerform since it is now
(almost) self supporting


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 Post subject: Re: Kurtis body
PostPosted: April 27, 2020, 8:33 am 
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Your work on the nose is stunning! That requires a lot of patience. I always admired the lines of the Kurtis. Like a Mercedes W196 with an American flair!
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 Post subject: Re: Kurtis body
PostPosted: April 27, 2020, 5:19 pm 
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Thanks! Since Kurtis built his cars in the LA area, post WW2 they were very aircraft influenced. I tried to make the nose opening look like a WW2 aircraft engine cowl.
The european cars tended to have a sharper radius on the inside of the nose opening whereas Kurtis used a much larger one.
In January, i went to the mercedes museum in Stuttgart. The last display was all race cars from the 50s - so cool. I think my friends thought id have a seizure.

FYI - me and 2 friends went snowboarding in St Anton Austria for 4 days, then 2 days in Stuttgart to see the mercedes and porsche museums.
The whole trip was spectacular and cost less than 4 days in Breckenridge! Highly recommended and a lot less $$ than one would expect!


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