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    V8pop's V8pop AKA "Norm"

    This is my first progress report in almost 3 years, mainly because up until now I havenít felt as if Iíve made much!
    I got the Pop (a 1955 103e) off ebay early December 2005, she was un-rodded but with no engine or box and most of the interior was missing. I had all the glass even though the front screen was broken, no bakerlite but both door cards and all the seats. The good news was she came with a green Log Book and 2 sixties tax disks!
    Adrian Smith of Buckland Automotive fame trailered her home for me one frosty mid December night and this is how she looked in the cold light of the next day Ė My first real look at her!





    I was determined to get a V5C first, so decided to do nothing to her until I had it, I contacted the DVLA and was told to send the Log book in and they would send me a V5C! And I believed them! I sent it, they sent it me back, 3 weeks later I got an appointment to have it inspected, as the date was 2 days from the date I received I phoned to cancel/move it, only to be told I was going about it all wrong! This time the very helpful and knowledgeable lady explained that I needed to send my Green Log Book and Tax Disks to her to get certified copies which I could use to apply for my V5C via the SVOC. That said I received all the forms and my copies by return. After contacting the SVOC and paying my dues someone came out to inspect my chassis, confirming the number was as shown on the Log book and not tampered with.
    The forms were countersigned and all sent off then approximately 8 months after my purchase I received a V5C.
    So now sheís all legal I need to get some space on the drive to work on her, I couldnít afford a garage so I looked into building a car port, Iím less than 20 metres from a trunk road so I need to apply for Planning Permission. But Iím only 4 foot from the road so I probably wonít get it!! Save your money and just pave a working area Ė Job done Ė Itís September 2007 and this is where Iím at.








    So itís off with the old axle.




    And start messing about with the Volvo 244 GLT axle I scored from Newark.




    And my swap meet Revoís from Brayfield.




    Measurements taken Iím away to the shed to make the four bar setup.









    Now itís time to make some room for it.




    I decided to section the chassis by about 4 inches to get the old gal down in the weeds.




    I made up a couple of 60 x 40 box section pieces to fillet into the chassis.














    And the ride height should look something like this Ė If I got it right!




    Happy with that itís back to the shed to get the bars painted.




    Trial fit and axle bracket positioning.




    Had a bit of trouble this week-end!




    Now I need a cross member.







    Then itís brackets to axle proper.







    Need to get some coil-overs on now, to stop the body falling over the wheels! I wanted to get them a close to the end of the axle as possible to try and limit the body roll.










    Just need a panhard rod and Iím sorted.




    Iíve always had the Idea of having the rear tyres poking out of the arches like the old gassers so rather than cut my good steel ones I sold them to make way for some second hand glass ones, which I felt happy to cut.




    And the result isÖ




    Next was boxing the rear part of the chassis and the coil-over tops.











    Because itís outside I didnít want to suffer with surface rust so I have finish painted it all ready to assemble.




    And assemble it I did.













    The finished ride height.




    Itís on to the front end now.

    I hope you have enjoyed this as much as I did !!
    Last edited by v8pop; 20-08-12 at 10:14 AM.
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    Nice work

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    Nice job

    That was only a dusting of snow. No worries about that

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    Looking good.

    And I thought my garage was cold

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    great job keep the updates coming

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    Seeing this sort of work going on outside in all the weather has to throw at ya donít half make me and my work feel soÖo inadequate!! LOL Dam good work you got going on there!

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    One man and his shed

    Just spent more than my lunch hour reading this. Top stuff , well interesting.

    Dan

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    Very good Tim, good to see your back on the saddle,
    Mike C.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DansT View Post
    Just spent more than my lunch hour reading this. Top stuff , well interesting.

    Dan
    Thanks Dan, glad to brighten up your lunck break mate.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover V8 View Post
    Very good Tim, good to see your back on the saddle,
    Mike C.
    You just gotta get back on there until you get it right, as you said before Mike the Pop will be better for it in the end.

    Cheers. Tim
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    Had a bit of a damp welding bay at the week-end so I was confined to the shed, I decided to get the Panhard Rod mounting for the axle sorted out.

    Starting off with a piece of folded flat bar (as usual)!



    That slips over the break rod swivel mounting…



    I then cut a piece of 25 square box and shaped it to fit over the swelling on the axle.



    Like so.



    I positioned the 5/8” bolt on my “C” section.



    That’s how it sits.



    Sorted out the bolt hole to go through the axle as well.



    A bit of shaping to look tidy.



    And that’s the theory.







    Also with the spherical joint fitted – Just need better weather so I can fab it up!!




    That's all for now!

    Cheers. Tim
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    Hi Tim,
    Great work as usual, should have made some more progress now ?? as you had some real good weather this weekend,
    Cheers,
    Mike C.
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    great work with this quality of thread and the great photos you are a insperation to the rodding scene keep it up and we all have problems it makes it fun to get round them

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rover V8 View Post
    Hi Tim,
    Great work as usual, should have made some more progress now ?? as you had some real good weather this weekend,
    Cheers,
    Mike C.
    Yeah Mike I've managed to get some fab' time recently, I will post some photos up real soon.

    Cheers. Tim.
    They say "life's a Crap Shoot" - Sure would be nice to have some Shoot for a change !!

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    Nice fabrication work!

    how are you going to finish the rear wings off?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim G View Post

    Nice fabrication work!

    how are you going to finish the rear wings off?
    Thanks Tim, my intention is to just glass a pretend swage line back around the cut edge of the wing and leave the tyre exposed just as it is in the picture, the old 60's Gasser look.

    Cheers. Tim W.
    They say "life's a Crap Shoot" - Sure would be nice to have some Shoot for a change !!

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    Quote Originally Posted by v8pop View Post
    my intention is to just glass a pretend swage line back around the cut edge of the wing and leave the tyre exposed just as it is in the picture, the old 60's Gasser look.

    .

    Good man!!

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    Well after a couple of months of snow and general $hite I’m finally able to get the fairly frosty cover off the old girl



    This is pretty much as I left her but with the addition of a few leaves.



    Yes that’s Ice, garage boys. LOL



    I had finished both inner wings and coated them in red oxide a while back, so I got them out to see how they looked.





    Next job was to trial fit the grill shell prior to fully welding the rad mount, but that little plate in the bottom was fouling on the rad. So it had to go.



    Those nuts hadn’t seen a spanner in a few years (if at all) so after a chat with the cutting disc they gave in.



    Sorted.



    She slipped in there sweet as a nut.



    Or possibly a little low !!



    Looks like I’ve got the rad positioned OK, cos I’ve got space above to fill it and room either side.








    It can all come off now along with the front axle. I’ll fully weld the rad mount and do a few tweaks on the chassis that I’ve had on a list from when the steering went it.
    I’m thinking of referbing the axle and painting it and the 4 bar set-up whilst it’s off to try and keep the rust at bay.

    That’s it for now, more when I do more.

    Cheers. Tim W.
    They say "life's a Crap Shoot" - Sure would be nice to have some Shoot for a change !!

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    hi tim nice to see you back and giveing it some more.looks as if things are comeing on well ,also summers onits way keep the updates comeing

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    Been doing odds and ends lately where I can, Had issues with the steering wheel, I like the original but at 16 inches itís a wee bit too wide been toying with a 12 inch deep dish but I canít see my gaugesÖ Dilemma is Ė Fancy a banjo type but 14 inch deep dish !!
    How hard can it be? Iíll make oneÖÖ..
    As usual I start with a CAD drawing of the wheel and a detail of the spokes





    Cut some lengths of 4mm stainless steel rod.



    Made a bending tool



    And Iím away





    Looks alright to me, so off I go.



    Mean while the laser cut parts arrive.



    Start drilling and reaming the spoke holes.







    And thatís it assembled ready to weld







    Welded the top of the wheel rim, flashed it off and moved the copper on to that face to weld the back and weld the spoke ends in.



    All cooled ready for cleaning





    Cleaned it up and tried it for size, looks cool and I can see the gauges, result.



    Happy with that Iíll paint it and order the foam and covering.

    Also started looking at the hand brake mount. Developed a bracket and folded it up





    Looks alright, just needs the fixings and corners welding







    Iíll trial fit that at the week-end unless it snows again.

    Thatís it for now, more when I do more.

    Cheers. Tim W.
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    great work as usual Tim you are too clever by half

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