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Old 06-11-2015, 08:51 PM   #1001
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Does anyone else go through design session down time periods?

Yea-but then the alarm wakes me up.

Why schedule 40 instead of 2" mild steel?
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Old 06-11-2015, 09:54 PM   #1002
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I had originally spec'd 1/4"wall pipe, but my local shop only had schedule 40 on the floor...so...it'll do.
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Old 06-12-2015, 05:57 AM   #1003
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Old 06-13-2015, 10:00 AM   #1004
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Howdy All --- Been playing with plans for my new dash/firewall/doghouse. I decided to work up some templates given that my math is not adequate to calculate all the funky angles involved.


Since I could not get a direct measure across the front sides of the opening (the trans hump is in the way)...I dug out an old set of oversized dividers I put together years ago for use on my sculptural work. They confirmed what I needed to know and will likely come in handy for other such situations.


Working with a mix of cardboard & foamcore. The dash/firewall is the white foamcore stuff and the tan cardboard is part of the floor plate.


Here are all the major pieces that make up the doghouse. Would have been simpler if it were square but I needed to slant the driver side in to make room for my pedals & feet. Still need to cut the opening into the firewall for that space. It will be a separate box to accommodate the steering column and pedals.


Only 13" high and about 16"deep but should allow engine access that would otherwise be a royal PITA. Also provides a spot to set a tasty adult beverage. But only when parked, of course. Also have to work out the sealing mechanisms but think I might have a solution I can live with.

Next comes translating it all into steel. Then again...maybe I can just add more tape and get by with foamcore.

Onward!
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Old 06-13-2015, 10:56 AM   #1005
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Howdy All --- Been playing with plans for my new dash/firewall/doghouse. I decided to work up some templates given that my math is not adequate to calculate all the funky angles involved.


Since I could not get a direct measure across the front sides of the opening (the trans hump is in the way)...I dug out an old set of oversized dividers I put together years ago for use on my sculptural work. They confirmed what I needed to know and will likely come in handy for other such situations.


Working with a mix of cardboard & foamcore. The dash/firewall is the white foamcore stuff and the tan cardboard is part of the floor plate.


Here are all the major pieces that make up the doghouse. Would have been simpler if it were square but I needed to slant the driver side in to make room for my pedals & feet. Still need to cut the opening into the firewall for that space. It will be a separate box to accommodate the steering column and pedals.


Only 13" high and about 16"deep but should allow engine access that would otherwise be a royal PITA. Also provides a spot to set a tasty adult beverage. But only when parked, of course. Also have to work out the sealing mechanisms but think I might have a solution I can live with.

Next comes translating it all into steel. Then again...maybe I can just add more tape and get by with foamcore.

Onward!
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Old 06-13-2015, 09:08 PM   #1006
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That's real exciting Tango! At the risk of making more work for you, how about bending up some small diameter tail pipe material and then tacking the flat surfaces to it so you have user friendly edges rather than sharp ones. Jack
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Funny you should mention Jack --- I am considering working up a "wire frame" of the upper area out of 1" tubing for that reason as well as to add some stiffness to the whole thing. But in the final analysis, the sheetmetal shop that will be doing about 75% of this project will likely make that call. The fit and sealing around the front and edges will be critical and we are looking at a couple of ways to go about it. It needs to completely seal out any fumes but still be easy to remove for maintenance.

This ought'a be fun.
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Old 06-14-2015, 11:07 AM   #1008
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I have used epoxy shoved into my weld seams before I got a good welder that could lay a decent bead. Sealed up the pin holes nice.

A few ribs bent into the metal would give the same strength as the tubing frame.

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Old 06-17-2015, 10:26 AM   #1009
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I ran into this today, and thought you'd enjoy having a look at it. His door looks like what you're doing with yours:

1961 Chevy bus
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Wow! To bad the guy can't finish it as he sure has excellent metal finishing skills. I'd say he's losing his a$$ on that project. Tango, how about taking on another project--I'd help--promise (with some limitations like your moving in next door etc). Jack
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