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    1. Kit: , by (VIP/Sponsor) EstebanLoco is offline
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      Started: 08-04-10 Build Revisions: Never  
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      For those that are interested, I have started working on the Emerald Deuce again. I had a few build issues (more like design flaws) that needed to be addressed before I could continue. Specifically...1. custom exhaust needed to be fabricated to clear the frame rails 2. radiator needed to be modified to accept hoses straight in instead of at an angle 3. new low-profile radiator hoses needed to be fabricated and 4. an alternate method of mounting the generator needed to be developed (to allow clearance for hoses and other components.)

      The results are pictured here. I fabricated a cylinder head mounting bracket for the generator. This gave it more than enough clearance from the hoses as well as the RF spark plug. Instead of gluing Emerald Deuce update - overcoming build issues to make an 'ell' I found a piece of plastic in the parts box that already had the 90 deg. bend preformed. This will help in the long run due to the tension that will be placed on the part. Bracket attaches to the head with 0-80 Emerald Deuce update - overcoming build issues screws.

      Other minor issues I have taken care of recently are trunk carpet, bucket seat mounts (they now attach with screws from underneath and will serve to also hold the interior carpet down) and door panels. I also opted for frenched in Pontiac inspired tal lights and license plate and modified the body accordingly.

      Firewall had to be re-fabricated from scratch as I had drilled and filled it so many times it was beginning to look like Swiss cheese.

      I am probably 5-7 days away from paint and Alclad Emerald Deuce update - overcoming build issues . What a relief as this build has been a WIP Emerald Deuce update - overcoming build issues for almost 3 years (although I have not continuosly worked on it).

      I've included on overall profile shot today.

      I'll try and post pictures as we approach fiinal assembly and of course after.

      Thanks,
      Steve


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  1. hot ford coupe's Avatar VIP/Sponsor
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    Look at that. Steve, you beat my reply by 1 minute. That's funny.
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    Green is good......especially these days.
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    green is good...

    so far so good, had 2 small runs on body (my fault) after coat #1, fixed quick with 600 grit. I'm on about a 4 hour turn around (thanks to the 90 deg heat) so I should be able to get another slightly wetter coat in before bedtime (would be the 3rd coat today). I don't ever remember better painting conditions so I am going to take advantage.

    'tis very green...


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    3rd coat down, feels like an oven in the shop

    so far, no runs, no drips, no errors

    pictures to follow


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    I'l post pictures when it's done.


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    Emerald Deuce is progressing fine. Body color has been applied and looks good. Currently working on brightwork and sub-assembly detailing.

    I thought I'd bring you up to date on some of the other Disco projects on the bench.

    1. Mooneyes Dragmaster frame, this is made entirely from the Exterminator frame, modified of course. I think I will use this version as a prototype and make a new one entirely from Evergreen tube.

    2. Tall T extended cab pickup. Chopped and channeled. Many, many cuts on this body. May be a stake bed truck.

    3. Full fendered channeled deuce. Channeled only - this will fit over standard deuce frame rails rails. Body has been smoothed out, holes filled, rear fender wells filled and fenders modified and relocated. Hood has been sectioned.


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    Wow Steve, you are busy. I have decided to build a rat rod, have got all the pieces that I need to cover the floor in.

    Just a quick question I want to take the molded floormats out, and have a nice smooth floor, any ideas how I could go about it.
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    Steve, go with brass for the dragmaster frame. It's not as complex as a lot of others and working with brass is not as difficult as a lot of people think. My 2 cents worth. I also love the smoothed deuce body and not soo tall "T".Looking forward to what you do with these projects, Ted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by robjos32 View Post
    Wow Steve, you are busy. I have decided to build a rat rod, have got all the pieces that I need to cover the floor in.

    Just a quick question I want to take the molded floormats out, and have a nice smooth floor, any ideas how I could go about it.
    Hi Rob. Just use one of the large sanding Emerald Deuce update - overcoming build issues droms on your Dremel Emerald Deuce update - overcoming build issues tool to take it most of the way down. Then a large, heavy file will smooth it the rest of the way.

    I hope you post some pictures as I am interested in the outcome.


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    Quote Originally Posted by fuzzy View Post
    Steve, go with brass for the dragmaster frame. It's not as complex as a lot of others and working with brass is not as difficult as a lot of people think. My 2 cents worth. I also love the smoothed deuce body and not soo tall "T".Looking forward to what you do with these projects, Ted.
    Ted, I thought about doing the frame in brass but I think I'll stick to plastic for now. I 'borrowed' a baking sheet pan from my wife (how many sheet pans does one need, anyway?) to use as a jig. I have a bunch of magnets which will work nice to keep everything in place and lined up while I fabricate. I'll be using 3/16" tube with 1/8" rod inserted where needed. The rod will serve to locate the various tubes to other tubes and for filler when bending the big curves.

    Thanks, Steve


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    Mooneyes Dragster album | Dave Lindsay / SoCalCarCulture.com | Fotki.com, photo and video sharing made easy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Don Garrett View Post
    Mooneyes Dragster album | Dave Lindsay / SoCalCarCulture.com | Fotki.com, photo and video sharing made easy.
    Sorry Don I had to remove your link. That was a reported attack page.

    If you could re-post the content that would be great.
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    FYI, I posted that link under my Mooneyes Gas Tank link under this forum. These are probably the best photos of the Mooneyes dragster to be found on the web.


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    Okay, here are the first photos showing the body color. I told you it was very green. Brightwork painting is proceding steadily. I thought I'd share a few assorted sub-assembly photos.

    1. Ford emblem made from the key fob from the MCG phot etch kit, decopauged and bent to conform to the grille shell curbature
    2. Engine block, oil pan was painted gloss black
    3. carbs & linkage
    4. some wiring on firewall started
    5. grille shell with headlight buckets mounted to shell
    6. frame
    7. brake line fitting
    8. master cylinder
    9. steering box mounting plate
    10. rear end
    11. tranny

    Thanks for looking!

    more to come

    Steve


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    Wow!..... And I just bought a BIG can of that green at a car parts store... Looks fantastic Steve!! I love that color.
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