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« on: December 27, 2017, 07:21:53 PM »

When I started my clone project two years ago I was unaware of all the obstacles and pitfalls one must overcome when attempting to build something like this. I bought an unfinished project from a fellow board member. It already had a Dane wing, vega plug, 70 fenders/hood and a fiberglass nose. The nose was held on by a homemade setup which included bent angle iron, wooden blocks and spacers and a turnbuckle system that was stressing the radiator support.
I bought several pieces from Janak and opted for the economy version of his parts since they were less than half of the premium line (now I know why). The Z brackets seemed really flimsy. The two pieces of C channel that attach to the frame even flimsier.  I'm not sure what a real steel nosecone with all the headlight stuff weighs but my fiberglass cone is roughly 60 pounds. I was concerns that the Z brackets/C channel would not be able to support the cone without significant modification. While going thru one of my wingcar FB pages a member showed off a custom nose cone bracket he had built for his clone. The light dawned and I found the solution.
I bought a couple pieces of angle iron at HD and welded them together for the C channel. I bought 24' of 1" steel tubing from a welder friend. $60.00 for materials, and a weekend and a few beers later the nose is now firmly attached to the car. This isn't final assembly. Still need to drop the motor back in but I want to get the entire nose assembly put together without the engine in the way.  


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« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2017, 01:20:00 PM »

Nice work!!  2thumbs
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« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2018, 06:18:54 PM »

Nice work. I was toying with mounting my Superbird clone nose with 3/4" Chromoly.
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« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2018, 11:19:25 AM »

Nice work. I was toying with mounting my Superbird clone nose with 3/4" Chromoly.
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« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2018, 09:44:54 AM »

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« Reply #5 on: January 10, 2018, 03:00:22 PM »

Looks good.  cheers


Something to take into consideration about parts that may seem "flimsy" is, that as individual pieces they won't appear strong, but once tied together as a system of parts they become much stronger. Think of how a truss works. There are trusses that will span 24' & made of 2x4 dimensional lumber. You would NEVER span 24 feet with a single 2x4, but when it's part of a system, the truss, it can not only span that distance but it can support the roofing system & a snow load.  Twocents
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« Reply #6 on: January 10, 2018, 08:16:50 PM »

Bob. You are 100% correct. I've been in construction for 33 years, so I understand how a series of components, properly assembled can support a rated load. I also know that the assembly is only as strong as the weakest link. I did install the fiberglass C channel and Z brackets on the car. But after fiddling around and trying to figure out how to reinforce them so I would feel comfortable, making my own bracket was the best solution in my opinion. I just did not feel comfortable knowing the amount of weight that would be hanging off those fiberglass pieces.
I also purchased the front valance and fender scoops from Janak. those pieces were fine, although the scoops had no studs or mounting hardware so I had to make my own mounting hardware for them.
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