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26 Roadster Build

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Now that we're all back up and running I'll pick up with my roadster build where I left off a couple weeks ago. Here's a couple pictures of how the car started and what it looks like today. I admit that I slowed down on this project for months (years ?) but I now have the drive to get it done. DSC_0024_01.JPG resized_20180718_090901.jpg resized_20180625_164544.jpg
recently I've managed to mount the electric fan on the radiator, build a new electric water pump and now I'm building the hood. The first water pump was mounted in the original position but there wasn't enough clearance for the radiator top tank. This was originally a Speedway pump for a sbc. I kept the motor and the impeller and re-engineered a body from aluminum billet. resized_20180706_113802.jpg resized_20180706_105757.jpg resized_20180706_181719.jpg
Next, the cooling fan...
 
#2
The radiator is small but the core is thick with 11 fins per inch. The Brassworks assures me that it is adequate. I'm using a 14" electric fan aIIit is mounted with tube rackets that I put together so the fan doesn't actually touch the radiator.
 

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#3
Great to see this one back. I will re-start my build thread in Sept, I am going to be out of the country for a month, starting on Tuesday, and there is no time to do anything else on it till I get back, so I figured I would pick the thread up when I return.
 
#4
The hood is a three piece but because the carb will stick out the side panel I plan to make an aerodynamic blister that covers the carb and just allows the intake stacks to stick through. I bought the top piece from Rootlieb and will make the side pieces. The sides will mount much like a Dan Fink kit but the top will be attached with dzus studs. The blister will also attach with dzus studs. At least that,s the plan right now. So far I've managed to locate and build the radiator/side panel supports.
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#11
You can see here that the webber carb is going to stick right through the right side panel so I had to modify the support bar with 3/8" tubing. The hood panel will attach to the bar with three flush screws so the hood supports the bar as much as the bar holds the hood and radiator in place.
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So with that complete I made the hood side panels out of 18 guage sheet...
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OK today I gapped the hood panels and they look pretty good I can always take more material off later on but I hate to have to add material so this is good until I install the nickle plated radiator shell. Three piece hoods are a pain no mater how you look at it but you just gotta have one if you're going be in style. If I get time this week I will locate and install the Dzus fasteners for the top piece then cut a hole for the carburetor...
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It turns out that I have a few irregularities in the edge of the cowl that looks like wider gaps in the pictures but I'll just have to deal with that before I paint the car.
 
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OK today I gapped the hood panels and they look pretty good I can always take more material off later on but I hate to have to add material so this is good until I install the nickle plated radiator shell. Three piece hoods are a pain no mater how you look at it but you just gotta have one if you're going be in style. If I get time this week I will locate and install the Dzus fasteners for the top piece then cut a hole for the carburetor...
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It turns out that I have a few irregularities in the edge of the cowl that looks like wider gaps in the pictures but I'll just have to deal with that before I paint the car.
I have the Dzus fasteners on my roadster with the hex heads instead of the slot . A much more positive grip when you're installing them .
 
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