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 Post subject: Re: Potentia v8
PostPosted: September 6, 2021, 9:08 pm 
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This sheet came off of a Sprinter Van that had a window installed, figured it was too nice to just toss.
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Played around with the English wheel forming the dash, still lots to do on that front.
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The previous engine mounts were not up to the task so I Cobbled these together using Mini cooper LCA bushings, 1uz wristpins as a dowel, and exhaust tubing. There will be an 1/8" or 3/16" flange on either side to the floor when I go bankrupt myself at the metal supply store again.
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Work continues on the Sill panels.
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A trace of the buck in its current form illustrates a higher window line for the doors along with a side vent. Id like to run a flat floor front to rear and airflow will need a path to flow other then down, hood vents may also be necessary.
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Of course the buck also needs to be reworked from some problems with how the front and rear end look, good to catch them now though. Above is a trace with the front grille shortened (yet it still looks large)


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 Post subject: Re: Potentia v8
PostPosted: September 6, 2021, 9:46 pm 
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The TVR Speed 6 used some clever hood cutouts to visually break up the long hood, is that what is shown on the hood in the rear quarter sketch? Using the trace paper over the photo is a really cool technique for visualising, it looks like a very accurate representation.


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 Post subject: Re: Potentia v8
PostPosted: September 6, 2021, 10:21 pm 
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Kinetic Research wrote:
The TVR Speed 6 used some clever hood cutouts to visually break up the long hood, is that what is shown on the hood in the rear quarter sketch? Using the trace paper over the photo is a really cool technique for visualising, it looks like a very accurate representation.

I was aiming to to illustrate a hump for the intake but thats a good idea, especially because tvr has had some neat hood vents over the years
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Add a layer with a solid color in whatever program your using, then wash it out with the desired transparency. It could be very accurate if you take the time to carefully set lines both along the car and perspective. In this case it's a way to quickly test ideas and find problems, so freehand works.


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 Post subject: Re: Potentia v8
PostPosted: September 11, 2021, 10:45 pm 
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Got quoted $400 for one sheet of 18ga steel, by my guesstimates the car will need 6-8 more for the body panels.(with precovid being $150 per sheet, this is out of budget)
The options are either put the body on ice for another 6 months or persevere...
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Spent the better part of the day making this, its not perfect but I'm happy with it.


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PostPosted: September 12, 2021, 10:00 pm 
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Got quoted $400 for one sheet of 18ga steel, by my guesstimates the car will need 6-8 more for the body panels.(with precovid being $150 per sheet, this is out of budget)

Holy moly that's a huge price jump :O

What you've done so far looks awesome, I hope prices come down eventually.


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PostPosted: September 13, 2021, 10:16 am 
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I don't envy you, making those panels looks like alot of work. And here I was poo pooing about modifying some fenders.

The first one does look great though!

I've heard the price of lumber has dropped around 30% in the last month, hopefully steel will follow for you.

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That is crazy money. I spent around $60 for a 4x8 sheet of 18ga about 10 years ago. It could be your supplier too. Find where they make the sheets even if it is a drive. Have you considered fiberglass components? I've not looked at the recent cost of polyester resin and fiberglass fabric. I noticed 5/4x16 pt decking went down three dollars over the last couple weeks at home depot. Reasonable now imho.

You may want to build a washer into the mounts that supports the full pad of the aluminum mount brkt on the block instead of just the steel insert.

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PostPosted: September 14, 2021, 11:18 pm 
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Miatav8,MstrASE,A&P,F wrote:
It could be your supplier too. Find where they make the sheets even if it is a drive. Have you considered fiberglass components? I've not looked at the recent cost of polyester resin and fiberglass fabric. I noticed 5/4x16 pt decking went down three dollars over the last couple weeks at home depot. Reasonable now imho.

You may want to build a washer into the mounts that supports the full pad of the aluminum mount brkt on the block instead of just the steel insert.


I agree about getting a better seating surface for the motormounts.

The steel supplier is the only one in a county larger then some states. At this point its more reasonable to purchase online at $2×× per sheet and pay a few hundred for freight shipping, though that's still more then I'd like to pay.(need plain sheets to make the floor), Fiberglass is no good in that I don't like working with it as a material, maybe for kick panels but not for the body.


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Making those Panels looks like alot of work.
Its alot of fiddling to get the exact bends you want, but the basic shape is there within a couple hours. So far the metalshapings been more accessible then it may appear.

Thanks everyone for the support


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 Post subject: Re: Potentia v8
PostPosted: September 15, 2021, 10:45 pm 
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If you are close to I-5 and Imperial HWY, There is an online metals warehouse/storefront that does customer pickup.


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