1929 Ford Model A Ford Roadster Body Modifications – part 2
This past week had a few more 1929 Ford hot rod building distractions. With the fall season there are leaves on lawn needing to be picked up. This job isn’t too bad for me, as I used my lawn tractor with a bagging attachment to mulch and bag the leaves. We have about a one acre property with numerous gardens and many trees, some ornamental and several mature rarer Carolinian trees. Since we do not use chemicals on the property, I just dump the bagged mulch picked up by the lawn tractor directly on the garden beds and underneath the hedges. There is no better fertilizer then this free and soon to be compost. Our Victorian house was built in 1868 and requires a considerable amount of attention. On weekend along with the leaves a bit of chalking around some of the windows and re-glazing many of the old windows with window putty. As a result I only managed to get a few hours in the shop and on the 1929 Ford hot rod towards the end of the day. Even throughout this past week I did manage to get several good evening hours on the hot rod. Now that I am so close to have it completed the commitment to the hot rod is very strong.
1929 Ford Hot Rod Roadster rear body modifications for the custom C4 Corvette hot chassis requires that all of the interior structure for Brookville Roadster rumble seat needs to be removed. This is neccessary since the chassis now fits between the body rails of theBrookville Roadster body.
1929 Ford Hot Rod Roadster rear body modifications required the rear body rails to be notched for the custom C4 Corvette hot rod chassis to fit between the Brookville Roadster body rails along with a floor cross member being moved forward a few inches. The notch in the body rails might compromise the strength of the body and will required addition support in the body.
1929 Ford Hot Rod Roadster rear body modifications required the addition of this new frame work to strengthen the rear of the Brookville Roadster body.
The rear body modifications to the 1929 Ford hot rod using the custom C4 Corvette chassis / frame are almost complete now. With the entire floor and rumble seat structure removed from the Brookville Roadster body http://brookvilleroadster.com/ , strengthening the rear section of the body continues. I created a new frame from 0.75 inch square steel tubing to fit in between existing supporting frame work of the body. Again I felt this was necessary since I had to notch the rear body rails slightly to allow for a bracket mounted to the outside of the C4 Corvette hot rod chassis / frame. I also needed an additional rear body mount to mount the body to the custom hot rod chassis / frame. Part of the chassis design allows me to box in the top of the rear bracket mounting the outside section of the 1986 Corvette ( IRS ) independent rear suspension. This is the bracket mounted to the outside rear of the chassis / frame. This could not work out any better. The plan is to use a hex head bolt to fasten the body to the new custom C4 Corvette hot rod chassis.
1929 Ford Hot Rod Roadster rear body modifications - this new frame is made from 0.75 inch square steel tubing that is welded to exsisting structure located with the Brookville Roadster body.
1929 Ford Hot Rod Roadster rear body modifications - with this new frame work in place, there is good rear body support to make up for the notch in the Brookville Roadster body rail and allow for the last rear body mount to fasten the body to the custom C4 Corvette hot rod chassis.
1929 Ford Hot Rod Roadster rear body modifications - additional 0.75 inch square tubing was welded just below the main frame created the strengthen the Brookville Roadster body. Now the new frame work is also supported by the body rails. This will add a considerable amount strength to the body and give me the last and most rear body mount.
New body frame work was created with a new body to frame mounting bracket welded in place. Now it came time to fit into the body. The new frame fits in between existing body support structure. Using the MIG welder everything was welded permanently in place. This took a bit of care as the 0.75 inch square tubing is thicker then the metal structure on the Brookville Roadster body. Once the welding was completed, everything was ground clean and smooth.
1929 Ford Hot Rod Roadster rear body modifications - now the new frame structure is completed and supported on three sides, the rear body modifications to the Brookville Roadster body is complete and ready for the custom C4 Corvette hot rod chassis.
Additional 0.75 inch square tubing was welded along the body frame rail and the bottom side of the new frame. This would give me support on three sides and the addition strength in the body I was looking for.
This new structure will now be the mounting base for the trunk interior panels and speakers for the sound system. I also plan to use the space in between the rear chassis / frame rails as a storage compartment with a removal panel for access.
Canada’s Largest Outdoor Car Show – Fleetwood Country Cruise In 2010
Car building distractions continue!!
This past week was an interesting one for me and very pertinent to the subject of how life tends to get in the way of things we really want to do. Life is too short to do things that are not constructive and positive, especially when we have a choice. On Monday I resigned my position as a Program Coordinator of the Electrical / Electronic Engineering Technology program at the local College I work at. I love my work and I love teaching the students. The administrative side might be attractive to some people but if I had to attend one more “busy” meeting I was going to start sending paper airplanes around the room and running with scissors. I am going to focus on teaching and some other projects at work and hopefully have some time left over for the fun stuff. Once I submitted the resignation, boy, did I feel good!
Most of us still need the day job to pay for the mortgage, bills, and provide a budget for projects. It is a fine balance between everything we need to do and the things we need to do to keep ourselves sane. So for now there might be a bit of opening for some things that I have not been able to do for a while. Wish me luck.
Summer fun – Custom Car Cruises and Car Shows – The Fleetwood Country Cruise In 2010
Summer car shows and cruises are a great way to relax, kick back, and enjoy the summer and life in general. Many of these shows can be a great resource of ideas for your own project. Not only that, you can talk to other car builders and the idea pool can develop.
I live about 20minutes from the location of Canada’s largest outdoor car show. The Fleetwood Country Cruise In located at the Steve Plunkett estate in London Ontario has grown over the years. More information can be obtained at the following link: http://www.fleetwoodcountrycruizein.com/ . This year, the event will be on June 4th and 5th.
For the past several years, except for last year, I have had the good fortune to be able to attend. The cars in the show are parked in and around Steve Plunkett’s home and personal golf course. All of the money raised at the event is donated to a variety of charities. In June of 2008 I attended and was able to get a few good pictures of the Batcopter and Batmobile from the 1960’s weekly TV series Batman. The Batcopter flew in with the original Batman, Adam West and Catwoman Julie Newmar. Every year the car show has a different theme. This year it will be an American Griffiti theme.
Fleetwood Country Cruise In - The original batcopter coming in for a landing at the Steve Plunkett estate in June of 2008
Fleetwood Country Cruise In - The original batcopter has landed with the orignal Batman and Catwoman inside.
Fleetwood Country Cruise In - George Barris meeting Batman and Catwoman. This was at the June 2008 cruise in.
Fleetwood Country Cruise In - George Barris and the original Batwoman, Julie Newmar. Adam West was on the other side of the Batcopter.
Fleetwood Country Cruise In - The original Batcopter (View 1) in fully restored condition at the June 2008 Cruise In
Fleetwood Country Cruise In - The original Batcopter (View 2) in fully restored condition at the June 2008 Cruise In. During show, people could take a ride in the Batcopter.
Celebrities like custom car builder Geroge Barris attend the event yearly. I can remember when I was very young, probably around 10 years old, in the mid 1960’s, my father brought me to an Autorama show in the arena located in Sudbury Ontario. One of the main attractions at this show was the Batmobile, and several other movie star cars. As a kid, I was in my glory. For me, to see this rather nostalgic vehicle at the Fleetwood Country Cruise In, brought back many memories of my father from a time long ago.
George Barris at the Fleetwood Country Cruise In 2008 - Summer car cruises can be lots of fun with the possiblitiy of running into all kinds of people. This cruise in is absolutlely amazing.
The attraction to cars started very early in my life, and still continues today. I grew up during the 1960’s and 70’s during the time and growing popularity of the big three, GM, Ford, and Chrysler/Dodge/Plymouth muscle cars, I’m not sure why, some would say the car attraction is in your blood or DNA. I can remember when I was in high school I would machine carburetor adapters and match them to bigger carburetors on one of my fathers Volkswagen Beetles. At the time, I even learned how to tune the exhaust on the old VW beetle and build my own simple timing lights. I was lucky to have a father that allowed tinkering with anything he had.
Fleetwood Country Cruise In - The original Batmobile at the June 2008 Cruise In. I saw this in the mid 1960's with my father at an Autorama Show in Sudbury Ontario. At that time, they would even start it up in the arena.
Fleetwood Country Cruise In - The original Batmobile - Interior View - at the June 2008 Cruise In.
Fleetwood Country Cruise In - The original Batmobile - Rear View of rocket launchers - at the June 2008 Cruise In. A guitar is sitting on the rear of the car and not exactly sure why!
Fleetwood Country Cruise In - The original Batmobile - George Barris is in the background.
Fleetwood Country Cruise In - The original Batmobile - crowds of people around George Barris. Later on in the show, people could line up and for a fee have a picture taken with George Barris.
Fleetwood Country Cruise In - The original Batmobile - view of the dash board. Check out the compass. No GPS in the 1960's, just a good old fashioned compass and a map. How many young people even know how to use a map or compass now? Simple skills are slowly being lost to technology.
Last year, I intended to bring my Corvette convertible with its custom paint job to the Fleetwood Country Cruise In, but I needed to stay home with my wife’s parents who decided to come and visit with us. It would be bad etiquette to leave them alone while my wife was at work to go and see a car show. There is always next years show, and guess what, it is only about a month away.
Every year the Fleetwood Country Cruise In car show keeps getting larger and more popular. Not only that, each year you get to see some unique and very rare vehicles. The weather is always incredible and cooperates. It’s a full day event and for those that are interested in the evening entertainment, there is always some thing good from days gone by. The event starts Friday night and ends Saturday night will have great music, food, and this year an American Griffiti drive-in movie. Music will be by Brad Rose & Spirit, the Jim Chapman Band, Lou Christie & Brooklyn Bridge.
In past years at the Steve Plunkett estate there was also a weekly cruise every Thursday night, weather permitting. Often, I would often attend depending on what was going on at home. Many of the local car builders and owners attend along with a few out of town builders / owners. It is always an interesting social event and it was just nice to walk around the golf course and ponds just to relax and unwind at bit. Hopefully it will continue again this year.
The weather here is starting to be warm and sunny. Hopefully it will continue for the summer months. Now I need to get the engine back in my Corvette convertible and continue with the build of the 1929 Ford Roadster Hot Rod. Of course I will need to fit this all in with a few more renovations on the old Victorian house we live in. Busy is good, who has time to sit around and watch TV? I like a few outside car shows through out the summer. It is a great excuse to get out in the Corvette convertible and go for a nice ride with the top down. Just maybe I might have the 1929 Ford Roadster Hot Rod completed enough for a test drive.
Things to start watching for on 1929fordhotrod.com
I am hoping to have the plans ready to sell for the chassis I designed and developed for the 1929 Ford Roadster Hot Rod using the C4 Corvette suspension components. The goal will be to have these completed for sometime in June or July this summer. Another plan is to create a series of how to videos related to custom car building. The videos will include everything from using the Mig welder, plasma cutter, to making brackets, and hot rod wiring. The intention is to share my knowledge and abilities so the craft and hobby will continue to grow. I find one of the greatest rewards in life is to build something to use or enjoy.