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Re: 1930 boat tail speedster from a rough starting point
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Hi

Here's a '36 Eight phaeton, the coved dash and swept upper surfaces evoke the look of an open cockpit of period aircraft.

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Posted on: 2016/11/16 5:21
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Re: 1930 boat tail speedster from a rough starting point
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I have been able to finish the rust repair on the cowl. It took 3 patches... two along the bottom of each side and one small lower corner of the firewall.

Next step is to attach the steel frame and set it back on the car.

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Posted on: 2016/11/17 13:52
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Re: 1930 boat tail speedster from a rough starting point
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This morning I was able to spend 4 hours working on the Packard. The biggest thing that I got done was organizing all of the parts that has come off of the Packard. I brought in a large roll around six shelf cart and nearly filled it up.

I was also able to remove sheet metal from the rear part of the frame. With this uncovered and by scaling internet pictures I have put together a design for the body frame. I will build this frame from 1 1/2" x 3" rectangular tubing with .062 wall. This frame and the cowl will come together next on the original frame.

This week I have been able to collect several parts... nice used engine splash pans from eBay, sheet metal and special steel tubing for fabbing the body and doors, and materials for building tail light housings.

I'm going to be tied up for a few days but I'm looking forward to getting back on the Packard for a long weekend ahead.

Posted on: 2016/11/19 12:44
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Re: 1930 boat tail speedster from a rough starting point
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The cowl is almost done and I've built a frame for the floor and the body. Here is a link to the latest video...

https://youtu.be/C8W40d5eHEI

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Posted on: 2016/11/22 21:58
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Re: 1930 boat tail speedster from a rough starting point
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I know that it is Thanksgiving (happy Thanksgiving!!!) But I did get to work a few hours this morning while everyone was sleeping.

I built the inner doors. The picture shows both inner door sheets of 14 awg welded together at the corners. I cut the access holes out with a 2" hole saw and a cutoff wheel.

Next I'll make the frames, then put on the skins. After all of that I'll be able to finish the cowl edge so it flows into the tops of the doors.

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Posted on: 2016/11/24 20:59
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Re: 1930 boat tail speedster from a rough starting point
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Oh yeah I will bead roll in stiffening ribs where the red Lines are... also the back edge and bottom get a 90 degree bend.

Posted on: 2016/11/24 21:02
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Re: 1930 boat tail speedster from a rough starting point
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This past weekend was mostly spent cleaning up my shop. The pictures show the way I will sweep the edge of the cowl into the tops of the doors. The paper pattern will be 16 awg sheet metal. Once the metal is tacked in place I will cut the gap between the cowl and the doors.

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Posted on: 2016/12/5 16:55
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Re: 1930 boat tail speedster from a rough starting point
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Some wonderful workmanship going on here! I'm envious.

Posted on: 2016/12/6 8:01
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Re: 1930 boat tail speedster from a rough starting point
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Thank you David. I'm also a bit envious of where you live. My wife and I really enjoy your area of the country. I have many stories about the time we have spent in Yellowstone. 😊

Posted on: 2016/12/10 6:43
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Re: 1930 boat tail speedster from a rough starting point
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I've gotten a start replacing the paper pattern with 16 gauge steel. The first picture shows the shape tacked in place. Next I'll rounded the top edge over to radius it into the formed piece that ties it to the top of the cowl. I made a tool to hammer over the edge. I know that it looks a little rough but when I get the end parts formed and the welding and grinding finished I think it will be a good interpretation of a speedster cowl considering the canvas.

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Posted on: 2016/12/20 10:20
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