The hook goes in deeper

I can already tell that the hardest part of this whole project is going to be those months on end when we’re saving for the next big purchase and progress is at a stand-still. The reason I say this is a Sunday night came and went with no new photos of the car and it was murder. Thankfully Brian sent a cyber care package a few days later with photos of the latest progress.

We now have the frame rails at the front pie cut and pinched, the torsion bar mounted, the front axle fabbed and mounted, with the radius rods fabbed and mounted as well. Out back, he’s fabbed and mounted the anti-rotational device. A few posts ago my head was thanking Brian for beefing up the top rails around the roll cage mounting area. Well, even though I don’t plan on having any more kids, I’m still glad that the anti-rotational device is in place… before those were made it was bad news. I know that’s what got Jack Christman, and I believe the same thing happened to Rich Guasco and ended his driving career back in about ’62/’63. Having an axle housing spin with you sitting on top of it would make for the textbook definition of having a crappy day.

So the progress is huge! Brian has moved Rocinante from his shop into the garage, and the next things to do are mount the steering and the roll cage, narrow the rear end, and build the weight box which will be mounted between the frame rails behind the torsionbar tube. We’re going with a slightly longer box because I want to be sure it’s big enough for us to be able to fit 100lbs of lead shot in there should we need it. I’m hoping we don’t, but better safe than sorry, and I like the idea of having the weight all between the frame rails rather than hanging off the front axle. 

I’m guessing the last thing to do will be to fab up the shorty aluminum body and then she’ll get packed up and start her trek to Burbank, where we’re due to pick her up in a little over a month. It seems unreal!  Here are the latest photos:


4 Responses to “The hook goes in deeper”

  1. Tom Stephens Says:

    Hi Dean,

    What are your paint/powdercoat plans?


  2. rocinante rides again Says:

    Hi Tom-

    We’re going to paint, it’s easier to check the frame for cracks and fatigue that way. Right now the plan is to go with a tahitian red on the frame, with the body being black with panels in tahitian red that are pinstriped in white. Lettering will be in white with black drop shadows on the red panels. I put an idea for the cowl art in my second post, so you can get an idea on what the black/red panel combo will look like. I’ve always loved the look of a 1960’s Sacramento dragster called “the Vagabond” only we don’t have a full body for the car, but we hope to adapt the same feel to ours. You can read about that car at although the paint look we’re shooting for is at the bottom of the page, the way it was in its 1965 livery.


  3. Tom Stephens Says:

    Will you do the painting?


  4. rocinante rides again Says:

    Yes sir.


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