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Old 05-04-2017, 12:08 AM   #2221
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Hey Robin --- I can't quite picture it yet either, but hey...I'm workin' on it. Maybe something with wings???
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Hey Robin --- I can't quite picture it yet either, but hey...I'm workin' on it. Maybe something with wings???
Did you say "Wings"? Maybe like this? :

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Old 05-04-2017, 11:21 AM   #2223
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Paul McCartney Factoid...

He is generally credited by many musicologists as the "Father of Heavy Metal". His 1968 recording of "Helter Skelter" first set the standard for that (annoying) school of music. Personally, I prefer his lighter work...like "Mull of Kintyre". But then, I'm a sucker for bagpipes.
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Old 05-05-2017, 01:09 AM   #2224
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Got Wings? --- Well, sort of. After much measuring, dangling of strings, head tilting and scratching, I managed to cut out something akin to a template for part of the tail light brackets in light weight steel.


This is the temp for the outer/side brace.


The outer brace will have an angle piece welded to it that goes across the backend (not a ruler) that the lights will bolt through. I am hoping to get a friend of a friend to use his cad/cam plasma cutter to chop a pair of them out of 11 gauge (1/8") stainless. Once assembled they will be riveted on.

If I can't get a brother-in-law deal on the plasma work, I guess it will take a big bunch of cutting and grinding disks. At least my little Miller will weld stainless if I get it a different flavor of shielding gas.

Meanwhile, I'll get on something else while waiting to hear from the plasma guy.

PS...Did I mention that working with compound curves can be somewhat...perplexing?


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Excellent! --- Instead waiting on the friend of a friend, I chatted my local sheetmetal shop this morning about plasma cutting the winged tail light bracket. Lo and behold...they are running a batch of 10 gauge stainless through their Cad system cutter on Monday and said they could do it. I raced back to my shop and finalized the drawings and handed them off. Hope to see something next week.
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I love your approach of external mounted lights rather than flush.. seems gaskets around lights fail and water gets in that you dont know about... external lights make good sense

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I like the old school look of externally mounted lights too. Will only have one small entry hole on each side but I already have a bunch of screw-down, self sealing firewall grommets I plan to use for the wiring. Handy little buggers. Except for the brackets...simple.
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The wings look great. Tastefully done sir.
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Old 05-07-2017, 11:12 PM   #2229
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Thanks Robin --- I figured since I had to make some brackets...why not have a little fun with'em.

Meanwhile, back at the Ranch House...

I am on at least the fourth incarnation of my brake pedal. It came out of a 3500 Chevy...made e new mounting bracket...the pedal lever was too long...cut it down....too much offset to right...straightened it out...modified the homemade top bracket...then decided to add some offset going the other direction.

Oxy Acetylene can be a real friend at times.


I tried using afancy aluminum pedal from Wilwood, but it was a no go due to the bolt holes being a smidge away from where they needed to be. Have a buddy who needs one for his '33 Chevy so it won't go to waste.


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good lookin brake pedal!! tough with no room in the foot-bay that you have!! rest assured its security that no fat guy could steal your school bus!!

Tango: - side note - who was that company your worked with to get your allison transmission? the signs are beginning that the redByrd 545 may not have a ton of life left in it.. and ive told myself if that transmission blows up that i was gonna Upgrade.. time to think about getting the ball started.. no slips yet but occasionally it doesnt downshift to first on full stop.. usually the first sign of valve body issues.. so its time to think about that tricked out 1000..
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