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  • Aussie Aluminium Spyder project

    Just moving my thread from the introductions area. Here is what I am working with and working towards.
    I have the chassis as pictured. The green car is the body that usually goes on that chassis. I am in the early stages of building the buck. Hopefully in a couple of weeks the buck will be together and I'll begin shaping metal.


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  • #2
    Oh wow, I can remember receiving chucks Becks promotion info in the mid 80's of his 550 spyder kit. a lovely car to self build I reckon - looking forward to your story as it unfolds. thanks for posting

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    • #3
      Here is my progress from last night. I am so glad I made the wire bender. It is saving me a load of time. Last night I bent up 18 lengths of bar for the sides of the buck. It would have taken days without the bender. Now I just need to cut it and weld it to the buck.


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      • Chazza
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        Nice work. Have you got a photo or two of the bender?

        Cheers Charlie

    • #4
      Good stuff. Looks like you'll be done by the end of the weekend, ha....
      Pugsy

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      • #5
        Nicely done looks good so far !
        Peter T.

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        • #6
          Originally posted by galderdi View Post
          Here is my progress from last night. I am so glad I made the wire bender. It is saving me a load of time. Last night I bent up 18 lengths of bar for the sides of the buck. It would have taken days without the bender. Now I just need to cut it and weld it to the buck.


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          Thanks guys. The bender is just one stationary V belt pully in the middle and two adjustable tensioner V belt pullies on the ends. They are from multiple 280zxs. I added a handle to the middle pully to move the bar through the bender. It works quite well. You may notice I have to put a "handle" on the end of each bar for the first pass. Otherwise it comes out like a corkscrew. The handle allows me to hold it straight. After the first pass it tends to keep itself straight due to the curve. It produces a nice consistent curve and can get down to a tight circle with a few passes. This is important as I needed to produce some small curves for the headlight areas.

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          • #7
            After thinking about it I think I am adjusting my direction yet again. I was planning to only have two Plywood slices across the car. But thinking about it I now think that I would lack a point of reference to get the height of the corner correct. I am imagining the wire buck in the corners sagging and not even knowing it.

            So I am now planning on adding 2 more plywood cross slices to ensure the correct height in each corner. For the front I am choosing the slice just behind the headlights but in front of the wheel arch.

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            • neilb
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              good thinking batman

          • #8
            I almost finished my shrinker. I just need to bolt on the lower jaws and finish the painting. I also made some good progress on the buck. I added the plywood rear portions. The rest of the buck should take shape this weekend.


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              There was one 550 built for Brussels auto show that used regular headlights , had a "humpback" headrest and small fins on the back.
              Last edited by abarthdave; 29-03-21, 01:22 AM.

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                • #11
                  Yes, I already have the headlights. I do like the idea of the hump back. It would certainly increase the space for all my components back there. I assume these photos were from the same period as the 550? Thanks for sharing

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                  • #12
                    yes Humpback was 1954

                    Here is a link with a few more pictures and a couple more models that were built

                    https://www.coachbuild.com/forum/vie...p?f=571&t=8790
                    Last edited by abarthdave; 29-03-21, 03:19 PM.

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                    • #13
                      Thanks Dave. Those are some interesting variants. I still tend to prefer the commonly known 500 shape. I also saw a version with a hard top that wasn't bad.

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                      • #14
                        I helped with parts for 550-001 , it ran the Pan American Mexico road race car ,
                        it has a "fastback" hardtop , but really the body is not the same , but it is a cool car

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                        • #15
                          Here is the latest progress on the buck. I have done a rough bend of all the steel. I have wired one quarter of the steel in place so I can deal with the imperfections. Then I'll be able to weld it all in place.
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