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Forum topic by BobWemm posted 10-07-2015 11:30 AM 797 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-07-2015 11:30 AM

Many years ago my younger Brother and myself decided we needed to test our survival skills.
We had the chassis of an old Vauxhall sedan and thought it would be an idea to put a bigger engine in it. And so the process began.
The motor we used came from a utility that I rolled over and wrecked. (Imagine that)
The only place we could fit this motor was in the centre of the chassis, and that created a few problems for us. Firstly there was not enough room for a transmission, but we had to have a clutch. To solve this dilemma we cut the front of the gearbox off with a hacksaw, this had to happen because we needed a bearing mount for the back end of the input shaft. No problem, then we had to deal with a 12inch space between the back of the gear housing and the diff. We had a professional do that job for us.
After mounting the radiator in front of the engine, there was almost no room for seats and controls. Again, no problem, we mounted the seats between the front wheels, welded a piece of steel tube across the front of the chassis rails and attached the pedals and steering wheel to that.
Of course the engine JUST HAD to be modified so we went to a wrecker yard and found 2 Carby’s that were the same, nice big ones. We constructed an inlet manifold from a piece of 2inch galvanised pipe and a few bits of flat iron. The exhaust had to sound good so we made 6 individual tubes, all different lengths and applied a flare on the end of each one.
DID THAT SUCKER GO, OMG, and both of us are still alive.
The first photo shows me at 19.
Hope you enjoy this.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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Mark Wilson

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#1 posted 10-07-2015 11:51 AM

You built a cab-forward hot rod, like the first big truck I drove all over the country. A diabolical thing to make a guy sit up on the front axle.

-- Mark

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#2 posted 10-07-2015 11:57 AM

Glad you turned to woodworking, Bob. Much safer.

-- Brent H. --"This retirement stuff is hard work. I need to go get a job so I can get some rest!"

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#3 posted 10-07-2015 12:04 PM

Yeah, I was thinking as I typed this that the Road Safety Authority would have a MELT down if they saw this.

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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woodshaver Tony C

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#4 posted 10-07-2015 12:40 PM

The things we did when we were young and ambitious! But what fun it was to put our ideas to work! I built wooden Go-Karts back then! LOL!
After 30 years at GM and 15 years in retirement decided tinkering with cars was not on my bucket list anymore! I like making sawdust now! :)

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#5 posted 10-07-2015 12:58 PM

Ha ha it looks very similar to the “Hot Rod” my eldest brother built on the Farm when I was a little kid.

I remember he was an alter boy at the local church and the minister came to visit one day and my brother offered to take him for a ride, but he declined, no sence of adventure I guess !

That would have been mid 1950s and can still remember as it was yesterday I guess some things impress!

-- Regards Rob

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#6 posted 10-07-2015 03:05 PM

Well now! this is the second time that I get to laugh at this, I believe that when you and I first started our correspondence this one of the first things that you showed me about yourself, just as funny now as it was then. When I was your age back then, my buddies dad owned a scrap yard, and he and I built a couple of these “Bombs” from several different makes of cars. His dad would not let us take it out on the road, said that it was too dangerous!!! can you imagine that??? I just love your exhaust system, are you still a little hard of hearing?

-- Rockbuster,Ft. Wayne,In It is far better to remain silent, and appear the fool, than it is to open ones mouth, and remove all doubt.

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#7 posted 10-08-2015 12:16 AM

Back to the good old days eh Bob, so much fun, no fear as we were indestructible. Was this before your trip up North? You most probably have a twin exhaust on your wood lathe just to keep the adrenaline running. Thanks for showing.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#8 posted 10-08-2015 12:51 AM



-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#9 posted 10-08-2015 12:59 AM

EH!!!, What did you say Rockbuster. Of course my ears are still working, only just though. The good old days for sure.

Bob C, yes mate, not long before my northern experience.

Robcastle, this was mid 1960’s, and you’re right, some things never leave the memory. Too much fun I guess.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#10 posted 10-08-2015 01:53 AM

Wild Larakins!

-- Mama calls me Texcaster but my real name is Mr. Earl.

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#11 posted 10-08-2015 06:41 PM

Nothing like the crazy things we did in our youth. Sure looks like it was fun.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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