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Build Pictures / Re: HM-2018 Build Thread
« on: December 10, 2017, 05:22:02 am »
Looks really good Russ.  You are getting closer and closer.  Keep up the great work.

Russ R.

Build Pictures / Re: HM2008 Build
« on: November 16, 2017, 06:03:26 am »
Really nice sheetmetal work.  Keep up the progress.


Build Pictures / Re: HM-2018 Build Thread
« on: November 13, 2017, 05:49:29 am »
Looking really good.  Won't be much longer now.


Build Pictures / Re: HM2008 Build
« on: October 29, 2017, 09:34:38 am »
Should be nothing holding you back now.  Congrats!!!

-- Russ

Build Pictures / Re: HM-2005 Build Thread
« on: October 10, 2017, 09:40:01 am »
Under the current Texas rules, you can't register a new title for a replica now and get antique plates.  Mine is titled as a 2017 Assembled Vehicle under the Custom Vehicle - Replica category.  By getting the Custom Vehicle plates, I am exempt from the yearly inspections.  You can get vanity Custom Vehicle plates but they are only 6 characters.  I did have to get a safety inspection from a ASE Certified Master Mechanic that is over and above the yearly $7 inspection.  When the vehicle is sold, it will have to go through another safety inspection before the title can be changed.

If you have an existing title, either Texas or another state, it falls under the normal rules and you can get normal plates or vanity plates and also you can get antique plates or classic vehicle plates as long as the title states it is 1965 or 20 years or older.

I'm still sorting my car out and not comfortable going any long distances yet, especially at night.


Build Pictures / Re: HM-2005 Build Thread
« on: October 10, 2017, 05:57:47 am »
Big milestone yesterday.  Was able to get my car titled and registered in Texas.  Texas changed the rules a couple of years ago.  They specifically changed the rules for titling hot rods and replicas.  They are now classified as assembled vehicles if you are applying for a title for the first time.

It's great to have license plates (although temporary paper) and be able to drive on the roads legally.  Been waiting on this moment for 6-1/2 years.  Yahoo!!!


Build Pictures / Re: HM-2005 Build Thread
« on: October 06, 2017, 06:29:21 am »
Thought I would post a picture of some of the tools and some tips I used for installing the carpets and padding.

The chalk was used to mark the carpet.  Especially on the top since it is black.  You can use a sharpie on the back and on the padding.

The small awl was used to find the holes in the fiberglass where I needed to cut the carpet and padding. 

The putty knives were used to push the carpet and padding deep into the corners and also to stretch the carpets.

I found the best thing to cut the carpet and the padding was the aviation tin snips.  Scissors, utility knives and razor blades just didn't work.

I used the large sharpened tube to cut the holes in the carpet and padding for the dash support.  It is made from a piece of 1/2" EMT.  Used the awl to find the top/bottom/left/right edges of the hole then made a "X" cut in the carpet/padding.  Drove the tube thru the hole rotating it.  This opened up the fibers so the tube fit thru the hole and also the dash support tubes.

I used the small sharpened tube to cut the holes for the seat/seat belt bolts.  Made from a piece of 3/8" steel fuel line tube left over from making my fuel line.  Stuck the awl up from the bottom where the mounts are located.  Marked with chalk then drove the sharpened tube thru the hole rotating it until the tube would stick thru the hole.  Again this opened up the fibers in the carpet/padding so the bolts would stick thru.  Tried using a drill bit but that was a disaster as the bit caught the fibers and they twisted up on the drill bit.

For the shoulder belt holes in the rear, I used the awl to locate the slot in the fiberglass and then just used a utility knife to cut the slot in the padding and carpet.  Cut the padding first and then the carpet after I installed it.  Just the cut with the utility knife was enough to get the shoulder belt thru the slot.

Hope some of these tips help when you guys install your padding and carpet.


General Questions / Re: Cockpit tub heat insulation...
« on: September 24, 2017, 05:49:02 am »
I only applied heat insulation to the bellhousing/transmission tunnel.  Used the stuff from Home Depot that Sam Identified.  Worked like a champ.  Has 1/8" foam rubber covered with aluminum.  Very sticky so have to position the pieces carefully before rolling smooth.  My thoughts were the carpet padding and carpet provides pretty good heat as well as sound insulation so really don't need a lot more. 


General Questions / Re: Aluminum Firewall option...
« on: September 23, 2017, 06:46:40 am »
I reduce the size then upload them directly to the forum.  I keep my photos on my computer at home backed up on a portable drive.  I use IrfanView to reduce the size.  It's a free photo viewer/manipulator program.  No hosting.  I'm not that techno smart.


General Questions / Re: Website photo hosting
« on: September 21, 2017, 06:07:30 am »
I post all my pictures directly from my computer.  Everyone doesn't have access to the entire album but I've had no problem getting the individual pictures uploaded to the Hurricane forum.


Build Pictures / Re: HM-2005 Build Thread
« on: September 19, 2017, 02:28:29 pm »
Thanks Russ.  Appreciate the comments.  Being an engineer has its drawbacks.  Everything has to be done to 3 decimal places.  I guess that's because that's the accuracy of my dial calipers.


Build Pictures / Re: HM-2005 Build Thread
« on: September 19, 2017, 02:26:38 pm »
Here's a close up of the adapter for the door striker.  Like I said, for some reason my door posts were right next to the edge of the door and the adapters supplied by Hurricane just wouldn't fit.  Helps to have worked in a really high tech company that has this capability in-house.  Same with the 3-D printed wedges.

Mounts with a couple of 5/16" socket head bolts then the striker mounts with oval head screws.  Has an oversized hole so there is a bit of adjustment but for the most part had to have the door perfectly in place to locate the 5/16" bolts.  Doors shut about as good as your going to get with these vintage latches. A little lube helped too.


Build Pictures / Re: HM-2005 Build Thread
« on: September 19, 2017, 02:20:24 pm »
Here's a tool that I have found to be most invaluable.  Used it to roll out the vinyl dash covering, the adhesive heat shield on the front of the foot boxes/firewall, the adhesive heat shield material I put in the cockpit and most recently the carpet padding.  I will also use it when I get to the carpets.  I stole it out of the kitchen drawer.  I was told by Mark that this is a pastry roller.  It took awhile for my wife to find it in the garage but fortunately she forgave me since she doesn't bake much any more.

Large flat roller for flat surfaces and the smaller curved roller for irregular surfaces.  Highly recommended.

If you don't have one, I would certainly get one to install all the adhesive type materials.


Build Pictures / Re: HM-2005 Build Thread
« on: September 19, 2017, 09:59:53 am »
Sam -- I've never had an ETA or schedule.  I started on this project in 2011 so I've been working on it for 6-1/2 years.  I'm really in no hurry.  I'm hoping I can get the interior wrapped up soon and get everything ready for inspection.  Have to have the inspection so I can get it registered.  I'll finish up the carpets in the trunk and other stuff later.  I expect to be driving it and have the bugs worked out by the time of the next Texas Cobra Club meet in March.


Build Pictures / Re: HM-2005 Build Thread
« on: September 19, 2017, 09:49:38 am »
Spent the last couple of days installing the carpet padding.  Fun times getting the padding stretched over the rear fender wells.  Also, getting it installed on the firewall and sides of the foot boxes.  Would certainly help if I had rubber arms and I was a couple of decades younger.  Used 3M 77 Super adhesive to get it all glued down.  The adhesive works much better if you can apply it to both surfaces.  I like the 3M 77 Super better than the 3M 90 even though the 3M 90 is supposed to hold better as the spray nozzle works better.

Also, I found the carpet padding is tough stuff.  Hard to cut with heavy scissors, razor blade or a sharp utility knife.  Found that aviation tin snips work great.  The tin snips cut at the tips and make for intricate cuts when needed.

Anyone know why the premium carpet instructions have you gluing the carpet pad to the carpet for the two floor sections that go under the seats?  Not sure what that will buy you.  I am going to glue the padding to the cockpit tub like all the other pieces and then install the carpet.

Next will be to get the carpet installed.

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