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Old 08-26-2019, 10:36 AM   #251
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The drawings and the workmanship are over the top! That's a well thought out, and executed mounting system.
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Old 08-26-2019, 11:14 AM   #252
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Great engineering and I like the spring bolt filler. You don't have a lot of arch in those springs with those tall spring perch's it looks like you will have good handling car. I have the same axle but shorter perches and taller springs I might need revaluate my setup.
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Thanks, guys! Appreciate the kind words
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Old 09-01-2019, 11:48 PM   #254
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Minor update on the '55 from today- I made cable straps for supporting the cowl. I ended up turning my own bungs that I welded onto my hoop supports using leftover material from the original 1957 truck axle drag link that's under my car. That must have been made with some hard material because I had a difficult time tapping it to create threads to bolt into. I felt like I was going to break my tap, so I had to go really slow and make very small passes and constantly oil it. I added some eye hooks to help keep the cables in control when the cowl is down, and they see to work well. They barely deflect the cable when the cowl is up, so very little tension is on them.

If I have time tomorrow to work on this more, I'll post more progress.
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Simple effective use of the cable holds I like the way you used the eyelet as a guide. Maybe just use some clear tygon hose of some sort to sheath the loose closed position cable to keep from clapping against paint when that BEAST is pushing through the wind.

Definitely going to use your radiator protection for future builds.
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As usual very clean fab work. Is there a reason you didn't just attach the cable at the point of the guide eye? Could put it there and use a sturdier cable like a tailgate cable from newer trucks. And they're plastic covered too!
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Simple effective use of the cable holds I like the way you used the eyelet as a guide. Maybe just use some clear tygon hose of some sort to sheath the loose closed position cable to keep from clapping against paint when that BEAST is pushing through the wind.

Definitely going to use your radiator protection for future builds.
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Good idea, thanks! I still have a little while before I'll be ready for that.

I'm glad you'll use the radiator protection- it's something I had learned not too long ago when I was in Dallas helping the Gas Monkey Garage team work on the Hi-Po Hauler. Aaron had me add cardboard to the radiator like this when I was working on mounts for that, which worked well. The gift that keeps on giving, ha ha
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As usual very clean fab work. Is there a reason you didn't just attach the cable at the point of the guide eye? Could put it there and use a sturdier cable like a tailgate cable from newer trucks. And they're plastic covered too!
I chose the location where I mounted the cable as I thought that was the strongest area to attach and put force onto. It's where the cross bar is welded, and is near a point of attachment to the cowl itself with the fiberglass. Where the eyelet is- it's like a floating unsupported corner. If I had put the cable mount there, I would imagine that area becomes the pivot point for the stress and bears the weight of the hood at that point. Granted, I'm not an engineer and do not have the ability to actually calculate this, it's just what I envision. though I do like the idea of having plastic coated cables. I can always make new ones, these were pretty cheap and simple to do.
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Minor update- made a frame for the cooling fans. It's basically done, but I don't have all the fasteners I want to use, so it's mocked in place for now, complete with clamps holding the bottom.
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