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PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 3:13 pm    Post subject: Vaughn Bros Fenderless Bug Build Reply with quote

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OK. We only get a few hours a week to work on this thing. It started life as a decent 63 canvas top bug. Then an old woman in a new Cadillac smashed it up. We then took a rusted out shell of a 56 (dash, cowl, doors) and started surgery.

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I will post more pictures soon but now we are working on the floor pans so thats gonna be the first pics. Just needed a place to start putting these pics. Very Happy


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 3:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 3:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Now the pan edges are in DP90 and ready to weld together. Next will be putting in the recess for the pan fasteners.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 8:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some of the parts that were made.


Steering arm for the flipped steering box. Made from laminated 1/4" plate. 3 pieces make a 3/4" thick arm. Cut the clamping area from an original arm and turned it around backwards.

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Here's how it fits. Going to use grease "dough" instead of liquidy oil in the steering box. You can see the old oil is leaking onto the leaf spring.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 9:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gas Tank.

Repo Ford Model T Gas Tank sits up front like so. Gas tank has threaded outlet. Gas cap is a threaded brass spinner.

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DIY Gas Tank Brackets. Made from 4 separate pieces but they match up and butt welded great. DP90 for now.

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DP90 looks like shit right when you spray it. But it dries pretty.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 9:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A view of the tank area. There are inner panels that meet the elements. Then there are interior panels both front and back. We gots a hood prop too. It's shaped to fit over the gas tank.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 9:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The area where the fenders bolt on has been removed. Tranny raised 2" and the torsion housing raised 1-1/2".

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 26, 2013 4:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's looking sweet.

I also dig the Model A parked in the garage.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 6:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks aaronr25. Its a 34 Ford 5W. Here are some more parts.

The shifter so far.

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The steering column drop.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 6:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Took a stock 40 Ford dash, stripped it down, and made a plaster mold in order to make a fiberglass version for the bug. After the fiberglass copy was dry, it was narrowed and then shaped on top and ends to fit over a stock oval dash.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 6:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 12:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Frame Head.

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Front Shocks.

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Brake Master Cylinder.

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Stance.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 28, 2013 8:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How the metal work looks under the gas tank area.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 28, 2013 8:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Seat Brackets.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 28, 2013 8:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hood Prop goes here.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 28, 2013 8:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

49 - 50 Ford tailites. Will be louvered under window.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 30, 2013 9:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Current picture from today. Finally, pan edges are one piece!!!!!!!!!!

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 30, 2013 4:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Applause

Cool idea using the 40 Ford dash.

I'm really liking the Hot Rod style of the build.

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PostPosted: Sun May 05, 2013 10:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Front Panhard Rod Bracket. 1/4 plate and a reciprocating saw.

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