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Old 10-22-2016, 01:45 PM
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I finally realized that I cannot create the space in my shop that I need to put the car to start cutting by simply moving stuff around. That, aside from the other issues that have gotten in the way, have put this off some. I finally had the back surgery on June 1 and have other life issues to deal with, but now have a plan that I think will help open up the space.

I'm going to obtain a 20 foot shipping/storage container and set it outside the shop area where I can put the stuff I'm not working on out of my way. I need some dirt work before that can be done, and my skid loader guy is tied up with another job right now, but I hope to get to that in the next couple of weeks.

I have, however, actually started on this project, at least in respect to the lower induction that I will need when the sectioning is done. I have the progress on that in another thread, also waiting on me to refine my tig welding technique.

Murphy's Law, 6th Corr., is still in the way for now, but I hope to be cutting the body well before Xmas.

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Old 09-26-2017, 12:25 PM
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I know that most of you probably think that this project is long gone. However, it is actually the main one that I think about at night when I wake up thinking about one of my cases at the office and which I switch my brain to to get back on a positive note and go back to sleep.

I had a longer term plan to have my 20 foot shipping container delivered and then put much of the stuff that is in my way into it, but where it needs to go outside is still tied up. I suppose I should be spending my time trying to figure that out. Nevertheless I recently thought back to when I was growing up and using our detached one car garage to work on my projects and about every two or three months my Dad would say to me that I needed to "clean the garage out!" What I did then was simply haul just about all the accumulated stuff outside and then more carefully put it all back in a more orderly fashion. That always seemed to open up a lot of work space.

A week ago I went to an estate sale by one of my clients and bought a few things including several small shelving units that are about 1.5 by 3 feet and 42 inches tall. There are 8 of them. It occurred to me that most of the mess I have accumulated in my shop (much like when I was working in our garage growing up) is in about one layer, or in some places two, on the floor and on the flat surface of just about anything in the shop. In some cases the flat surface is a pulled out drawer that I have used to stack things on. Anyway I began to realize and notice that there is actually a lot of unused space volume under much of where the things are laying. Thus the 8 shelve units are now beginning to work for me in having flat surface shelves to put much and maybe most of it on and still leave me the top surface to both put more things and/or to have some work surface which has gotten kind of scarce.

I now have the machine shop pretty well cleared out and cleaned up utilizing 4 of the shelve units and I can actually walk in a straight line across the middle of that part of the shop. I'll finish that up in the next couple of days and then start on the bigger part of the shop where I hope to put the S4 to begin this project. I think I will be able to do much the same thing there with the remaining 4 shelf units and by putting some of the stuff up on the higher shelves I showed before where there is still a bit of space. Too, there is a lot of accumulated ABS scrap and prototype fabrications that will go back to the supplier to recycle.

I think it is going to work.
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Looking forward to the progress and the end result. Keep dreaming and may your dream materialize and shine like no other.
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Old 09-27-2017, 11:44 AM
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I recently came across a photocopy of the original Car Craft magazine article that I had requested from the publisher several years ago. It is getting pretty well faded, but I think you can tell a lot about "my favorite custom" from the pictures. I also Googled "Ted Svendsen's '34 Ford" and found some more history about it and several more images.

I hadn't remembered exactly, but the article says it was sectioned 4 inches and chopped 3. You will recall that this article and car is what has inspired my imagination over these many years and which is kind of the theme of my current 928 project.
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Old 09-27-2017, 01:21 PM
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So you want to make a 2 seater 928 with a chopped roof?
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I have been making progress with my clean out of the shop and although if I posted a picture now and one before I started you might not be able to tell the difference, I can myself see where significant space has opened up and where a lot more is about to. I have been working about 2 hours each evening on it and will continue this weekend and hope to really see the difference.

I have also been studying the under side of the 928 to decide just where to make the cuts for the 2 inch shortening of the car to help accommodate the 3 inch chop. I have pretty well figured out where the cuts need to be on the "top side," but in studying the under side of the car with a picture in another thread I find that where the cuts need to be will actually shorten the distance between the rear axles and the mounting point for the rear trailing arms.

At this point I am kind of deciding that rather than try to move the mounting points forward 2 inches, which might be done, but will be pretty complicated, it might be easier and better to simply shorten the trailing arms. I think I am going to do that. Although I kind of wish I had one of the Porsche Engineers who designed the Weissach suspension system in my pocket to figure out just what that might do to the handling and ride. Myself, I don't think it will be even noticable, but . . .
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I'm still making progress, but not as quickly as I had hoped. That's usual for me anyway. One thing I found in uncovering some of the flat surfaces I had covered with accumulated stuff was a couple of unfinished projects that actually need to be finished to keep going with the clean up. One of them is a roll around kind of stand with a flat top and shelves that was intended to be used to put things in an engine overhaul project I had in mind about 8 or 10 years ago. The project didn't come to fruition and the stand got left upside down waiting for me to mount the wheels or casters, but then I put a large piece of plywood on it and used it as a work space for some other projects. Now, I also found the wheels and am putting them on it so I can turn it right side up and maybe even use it in this 928 project.

Anyway, as I view it now there is almost enough space opened up to put the car to start this project, but as before it is not quite in the right place. At least it is pretty much in one piece, which is great progress. There is still a mess between my new space and the garage door, but most of that mess is big stuff and will be fairly easily moved without needing more shelf space for much or any of it.

Then too, I have had to take a bit of time to do some Spare Tire Covers and Cowl Covers to ship. It all takes time and effort.

Too, I am now going back over all of my previous planning and calculations to finalize my cuts and fills for the chop to double check my plans. Based on this some of my previous numbers are changing a tiny bit. The most important number in all of it is the horizontal distance the C posts needs to move after the cut for the 3 inch chop is looking like 9.5 inches. I have been working with 9 inches, so the extra half inch still needs to be gathered up in the combination of cuts needed in this part of the project. Most of that will be determined most precisely by all the cuts leading up to the last one which is to move the tail panel. That last one may be as little as two inches, but as much as 3 inches. I think anywhere in that range can be accomplished.

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Keep moving forward Jerry

I have a set of your cowl covers and rear tire cover. They are great pieces.

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I guess this shows that its not just the concept, but also the implementation details that count.
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Old 10-05-2017, 12:55 AM
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Looks like we each take our inspiration from different sources.
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I'll just leave this thread here...

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I mentioned the blue car in the middle of my first post in this thread. I think the photochop on it was done by RDK. It was actually a big part of my inspiration to ultimately try something similar on one of my cars.

My original inspiration, as I said, was the chop and section of the 34 Ford I read about in my youth. Since then I have often mentally tried to do similar custom techniques to various cars I come in contact with even if just mentally. Then when I got into Porsche 928s one of my first thoughts was whether or not it could even be chopped, much less sectioned. My first thought was that it could not be done. Then I saw the blue car online and later began giving the idea more careful thought.

That is how I have gotten to the point I am now with my shop, my car, and with some of the peripheral aspects of the project, all as described in more detail in this thread, and the thread about the lower intake, that will be required when this car is sectioned.

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I'm sure that this thread appears to be kind of dormant, and as a thread, it is; but I am still working on the peripheral aspect of the project as mentioned before. The major one right now is still the clean out of enough space to be able to move the car inside to set it up to start cutting. That is coming along pretty well, but not as fast as I had expected. I found that the shelving I was using to go vertical with all the horizontal stuff was not sufficient. I then finished up a couple of roll-around shelving units I had started a long time ago and that helped reduce one of the three or four areas of concern. Then I have now nearly completed another two large shelving units I am making out of some perforated angle I had been saving for something like this and when I can gather enough plywood I'll do the shelves on them and hopefully clear out the last area needed. Another area of concern will still need to be dealt with, but for now I think I will be able to work around it.

I have been working on another aspect of this project and that is part of the shortening of the car and drive train. I have gathered the tooling needed to fabricate a shorter drive shaft and am working on the design of that. I have made a request of my steel supplier to locate some hollow bar for the shaft(s) in a suitable alloy and will see what they can come up with. Then I think I have calculated all of the factors necessary to decide just how much to shorten the car and drive train, and I think I am going to settle on 2 inches. It has been kind a struggle between 2 and 2 1/2 inches, but I am pretty sure that 2 inches is going to win out.

So, at this point I have most of what will be required to build an engine, all of the items needed to convert the car to 5 speed, all the leather and seat cores and such to do the interior, and of course, the design of just about all of the metal work needed to build the car. Remaining will be a plan for the glass for the doors and rear quarter windows, but I think I will be able to cut the windshield myself; and the hatch window will remain the same.

So much for now. . . .
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Do you have a sketch of what it will look like?
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