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    "The Next One" - Handcrafted Mid-Engine Sports Car

    Hi Everyone! Here's little update on the 1940 Ford inspired Coupe we're working on. The donor has been prepped and we are well underway with the wireframe buck. Won't be long before we being shaping the sheet metal body. We have started a Build Log for this project on our YouTube channel...
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    "The Next One" - Handcrafted Mid-Engine Sports Car

    Thank you Gents! The blue one started out as a personal project then got mothballed due to other work coming through the shop. It sat for about 3.5 years before a friend offered to take it over having me finish it for him. I agreed under one condition *wink* *wink* ... I could borrow it from...
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    "The Next One" - Handcrafted Mid-Engine Sports Car

    Thanks Bud! I'll let you in on a little secret... I prefer the blue one too :D
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    "The Next One" - Handcrafted Mid-Engine Sports Car

    Thank you! The maroon car 'Rhythm' came before the blue one 'Metelic R2'. The design was influenced by the SR71 Blackbird recon plane and late '60s muscle cars ...something I started when I was around 18 back in 1998. As I was completing the project my mind was already thinking about what I...
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    "The Next One" - Handcrafted Mid-Engine Sports Car

    Thanks for checking in Waynne! With everything that is going on these days its great to hear from your friends. All is ok on my end. Staying out of trouble by keeping busy with work. I hope you and yours are safe and well. We've had the Metelic R2 mid-engine sports car on the road now on a...
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    "The Next One" - Handcrafted Mid-Engine Sports Car

    Hi Everyone! For the members that were following this thread back in the day I'm going to resurrect it with an update on the R2 build. Since you can't see any of the photos that were hosted on photobucket, I've included a new series of milestone build photos highlighting different stages of...
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    "The Next One" - Handcrafted Mid-Engine Sports Car

    Initial stage of R2's rear facelift. A template is created so that features can be transposed to the other side. Fitting the door top perimeter and exterior skin to the jams. Door opens on a single pivot. Rear hatch's structure mated with the exterior skin and mounted on the newly created...
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    "The Next One" - Handcrafted Mid-Engine Sports Car

    Hi everyone, guess what's back in the shop! After some off, it's time to finish up this project as well as bring this thread back to life.
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    "The Next One" - Handcrafted Mid-Engine Sports Car

    So, a lot has been done to the roadster since the last time I updated this thread. The body was cut and polished and mated with the chassis, electrical wrapped up, and dash/interior just about buttoned up. Still waiting on a few key suspension components as well as the front windshield. Cut and...
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    "The Next One" - Handcrafted Mid-Engine Sports Car

    The roadster's body arrived from paint! Final assembly can being after we cut and polish the panels. In the mean time the chassis has been slowly coming together.
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    "The Next One" - Handcrafted Mid-Engine Sports Car

    Hi everyone, here's a small update on the roadster we're working on. Trunk lid has been completed and installed. With the new seats being wider than the ones used in the original design, the centre tunnel section had to be recreated. After many hours of block sanding we're almost ready for...
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    "The Next One" - Handcrafted Mid-Engine Sports Car

    Hi everyone, here's a little update on the roadster. New seats arrived last week. And while they fit the roadster's floor well, we discovered that the tunnel cover would need to be narrowed up a bit. Will probably fab a new one rather than modify the existing. An overall view of the roadster...
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    chop top mk2

    That looks sweet! Thanks for sharing the progress with us.
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    "The Next One" - Handcrafted Mid-Engine Sports Car

    No problem man ... though it should be me thanking you and all the car enthusiasts here on the forum for the opportunity to share what's happening in the studio. Cheers!
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    "The Next One" - Handcrafted Mid-Engine Sports Car

    In between working through life's curveballs and other jobs coming in, we remounted the roadster's body back on the rotisserie to wash, re-wash, sand, wash again, and prep for primer! The remaining panels were prepped for 2k as well. Panel prep before primer is always a time consuming and...
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    "The Next One" - Handcrafted Mid-Engine Sports Car

    I hope that 2016 is treating everyone well. Here's a little update on the custom '32 Ford roadster Got the frame on the rotisserie... smoothed and primed. Before block sanding and finishing, the roadster will be reassembled for final metal fabrication and detailing. Body also gets a 'turn'...
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    "The Next One" - Handcrafted Mid-Engine Sports Car

    Hi obi_waynne, thanks! Here's the front after paint. And a few of the rear. The rod was used to mock the up the extent of the new flares. Reverse curves can be a bit of a pain to create at times, however it does give the rear a stock appearance ... more or less. Thanks for looking.
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    "The Next One" - Handcrafted Mid-Engine Sports Car

    Thank you. The boot received the same treatment... that is, a new bumper. Shaved the drip rails, drivers side fuel filler and engine compartment.
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    "The Next One" - Handcrafted Mid-Engine Sports Car

    Hi gents, some metal shaping we completed on a friend's XJ6 Series 3. Take a deep breath...and cut. There's no room for fear when building a custom. Starting with pressed paper, the main area is laid out with indicators showing where to cut, bend, stretch and shrink. Lines transferred...
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    "The Next One" - Handcrafted Mid-Engine Sports Car

    Thanks for the thumbs up bud!
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    "The Next One" - Handcrafted Mid-Engine Sports Car

    Energy tablets?!?... Dang!.. why didn't I think of that.. I've been eating coffee grinds by the tablespoon(takes too much nrg to make a cup or run out for one)..:rofl::rofl::woot::). I have more pictures of the roadster build including the chassis on my facebook page. __________________ Nick...
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    "The Next One" - Handcrafted Mid-Engine Sports Car

    Thanks for the kind words everyone. I can't wait to get back onto this build in full force... the roadster and a few other projects need to get more or less done before R2 is back in the shop. old-git - Here's a photo taken while things were being shuffled around in the shop. Body is close to...
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    "The Next One" - Handcrafted Mid-Engine Sports Car

    Windscreen dropped into place. Checking to ensure that we haven’t lost the ¼” perimeter gap during the transition from the wire frame buck stage to the current stage of panel assembly. The perimeter gap is spot on! Patience and planning does pay off. Head on check for symmetry. Except for a...
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    "The Next One" - Handcrafted Mid-Engine Sports Car

    Thank you Sir! I've been so busy with several other projects, so R2's been on hold for a while... hope to get back to it soon.
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    "The Next One" - Handcrafted Mid-Engine Sports Car

    It's been a very warm and green Christmas as opposed to last year we were kissed by that polar vortex. Last night it was 9*C. Thanks for the thumbs up!
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    "The Next One" - Handcrafted Mid-Engine Sports Car

    With the body sides on permanently, preparations are being made to install the roof skin. Fitting the roof for the final time. With edges rolled under at the door tops, low spots are slowly worked out with a dollie and spoon. Roof's rear edge aligned with the window surround. This is...
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    Rhythm - Late 60's Inspired Sports Car

    On a pretty regular basis till they start salting the roads ...just not to work or shopping malls. Basically get in turn the key... and forget all your troubles.
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    Rhythm - Late 60's Inspired Sports Car

    Hey obi_waynne! The only update for this project is spending as much time behind the wheel as I can cruising around. She's a blast to drive.
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    "The Next One" - Handcrafted Mid-Engine Sports Car

    Hi everyone, it's been a while since my last update on R2 as things have been pretty crazy here around the shop. Thanks for you patience. Here are a few photos of the body's seams being caulked and installation of the integrated cage. Completed parts getting prepped for paint and touchup...
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    "The Next One" - Handcrafted Mid-Engine Sports Car

    Here's a photo of the roaster as of last night. Just fabricated the hood skin. Soon as the hood's structure is complete, the skin will have the flanges rolled.
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    "The Next One" - Handcrafted Mid-Engine Sports Car

    Hey T9! I'm cutting up R2!?! Kidding! :lol::lol: Just a little as sometimes it’s necessary to back up a little in order to move forward. The location of the door latch was moved from its “original” location due to the way that the hinge pivot worked out. Naturally, this new spot had to...
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    "The Next One" - Handcrafted Mid-Engine Sports Car

    A while ago I started on the door hinge close out panels. Starting out with a blank of sheet metal the template shapes where transposed and pieces trimmed. A perimeter flange needed to be ‘tipped’ up. The only problem with this was that there is too much material in the corners...
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    "The Next One" - Handcrafted Mid-Engine Sports Car

    If you guys want to see a video of the doors in action visit this link on my facebook site. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10151249339872084&set=vb.110492185660865&type=3&theater Here's another little thread update. Starting to fabricate the integrated roll cage structure. Once...
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