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Old 03-14-2017, 01:31 PM   #81 (permalink)
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You could channel the body 1 1/2" on the truck frame; but slanting the front clip would be easier. ...if you choose to.

But in any case, the strut/clip join would be a good place for a swan-neck mirror.


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Old 03-23-2017, 03:19 PM   #82 (permalink)
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Looks like a sweet and economical ride!
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What a fun build. I will be following this with interest. I also like the idea of keeping the "old distressed paint"
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Old 03-24-2017, 09:50 PM   #84 (permalink)
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I also like the idea of keeping the "old distressed paint"
It might be even more shocking for a conservative hot-rodder while realizing that this truck was turned into a hybrid
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Old 03-24-2017, 10:35 PM   #85 (permalink)
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So far the older guys I've showed it to have liked it. I'm sure when I start cruising I'll get some grief. But hey, you gotta build what you're into, right?
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Old 03-25-2017, 12:20 AM   #86 (permalink)
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So far the older guys I've showed it to have liked it. I'm sure when I start cruising I'll get some grief. But hey, you gotta build what you're into, right?
Yup. Give 'em the grief right back. Yours is the more useful thing of beauty, parts are everywhere, nobody has one like it, and it gets killer FE.
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I have taken my boat car to perhaps a dozen car shows,
and it is always a hit with the crowd, , I will comment that you open yourself up for folks to share what they would have done differently.
choosing where to compete for a trophy is important, consider the motivations of the judges and who the sponsors are.
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So far the older guys I've showed it to have liked it.
When I talked to some younger folks about your project, even though I tried to keep a neutral stance, it's been more frequently criticized. You know, such a radical move from an old-school layout to a Prius driveline is still surprising and may lead to some passionate reactions. Not to mention that Toyota started copying the Chevy straight-6


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So far the older guys I've showed it to have liked it. I'm sure when I start cruising I'll get some grief. But hey, you gotta build what you're into, right?
If they give you any grief just start adding rusty metal to it, and fill all the holes with chrome spikes.

The contrast between the vehicle and drivertain should give people frisson (goosebumps).

Else, you could murder it out and paint a big number or garage signage on the door. What does it look like with the hood but no fenders? You could paint all the shiny aluminum black.

cRiPpLe_rOoStEr — Young people shouldn't criticize what they don't understand, per Dylan. But it's what they do now — it's called 'virtue signalling'.
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I have taken my boat car to perhaps a dozen car shows,
and it is always a hit with the crowd, , I will comment that you open yourself up for folks to share what they would have done differently.
choosing where to compete for a trophy is important, consider the motivations of the judges and who the sponsors are.
Didn't know it was a prize winner! Congrats!

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