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kneebone
kneebone New Reader
1/31/18 4:14 p.m.

Very impressive! Like one of the other guys said, you're not giving yourself enough credit. You've done a great job.

frenchyd
frenchyd Dork
1/31/18 4:59 p.m.

In reply to jmc14 :

Make a split at the high point in your mold. Production molds just use plywood cut carefully to fit exactly. Splash molds I just use cardboard.  

759NRNG
759NRNG Dork
1/31/18 5:10 p.m.

jmc14.....great progress......safe travels

jmc14
jmc14 Reader
8/2/18 11:05 a.m.

My friend and I finished the final body work and prep for pulling molds yesterday.

For the body work I left the gap between the tub and nose extra wide.  It will be tighter for the build.

Side pipes will fill in the gap below the body and the frame.

 

 

nderwater
nderwater UltimaDork
8/2/18 11:14 a.m.

Wow, that looks fantastic.  Really excited to see the progress you're making with this project.

rustomatic
rustomatic New Reader
8/2/18 6:53 p.m.

Great build--love the body and frame!  I dig the square tube as opposed to the roadster-show style round tube pains-in-the-neck I see on some "look at me" builds.  I thought I'd throw in a picture of a Cheetah I got to race with a few years ago at a track day at Laguna Seca.  It was the real deal, as far as I can tell; I was nearly afraid to get too close to the thing, but the driver was not in much fear of hammering on it.  The Falcon is mine, an older, less complicated version of what it is now; funnily enough, the Falcon now has C4 stuff under it . . .

Keep at it!

mblommel
mblommel Dork
8/2/18 8:09 p.m.
rustomatic said:

Great build--love the body and frame!  I dig the square tube as opposed to the roadster-show style round tube pains-in-the-neck I see on some "look at me" builds.  I thought I'd throw in a picture of a Cheetah I got to race with a few years ago at a track day at Laguna Seca.  It was the real deal, as far as I can tell; I was nearly afraid to get too close to the thing, but the driver was not in much fear of hammering on it.  The Falcon is mine, an older, less complicated version of what it is now; funnily enough, the Falcon now has C4 stuff under it . . .

Keep at it!

Isn't that blue car a Scarab?

jmc14
jmc14 Reader
8/2/18 8:43 p.m.

I love the falcon!  I believe the blue car is a Devin. 

rustomatic
rustomatic New Reader
8/3/18 7:13 p.m.
Crap!  I think you are right.  I believe it was a Scarab--small-block Chevy, predecessor to the Cobra.  Brain gas overload . . .  Sorry, back to Cheetah-related comments.
 
mblommel said:
rustomatic said:

Great build--love the body and frame!  I dig the square tube as opposed to the roadster-show style round tube pains-in-the-neck I see on some "look at me" builds.  I thought I'd throw in a picture of a Cheetah I got to race with a few years ago at a track day at Laguna Seca.  It was the real deal, as far as I can tell; I was nearly afraid to get too close to the thing, but the driver was not in much fear of hammering on it.  The Falcon is mine, an older, less complicated version of what it is now; funnily enough, the Falcon now has C4 stuff under it . . .

Keep at it!

Isn't that blue car a Scarab?

 

759NRNG
759NRNG SuperDork
8/4/18 7:20 a.m.

Absolutely  gorgeous!!!! very well done!!!! How are you doing BTW???? 

jmc14
jmc14 Reader
8/4/18 7:37 a.m.

Thank you.  To be honest I'm struggling health wise.  Very frustrating. But, I'm not letting it stop me from completing my build.  And, I'm optimistic!

Last night I sat in my car and made Vroom-Vroom noises. :) 

The car is going to the fiberglass company on the 13th of this month.  The molds and first bodies are scheduled to be completed the first week of Oct.

 

 

 

jmc14
jmc14 Reader
8/14/18 2:46 p.m.

I delivered the body to the fiberglass company yesterday.  I could make my own molds and lay up bodies but I'm not up to doing the physical work now. 

I'm gone the month of Sept to the New England State Fair in West Springfield, MA selling coin banks that I invented.  It will be my 26th year selling my banks there.  I'm scheduled to get the first bodies out of the mold the first week of Oct.  The company says they can do the body in colored Gel Coat that is wet sanded and buffed out. That i won't have to do body work and paint.  If they can do that it will make the build much quicker and cheaper.  I'm anxious to get the car finished. 

 

759NRNG
759NRNG SuperDork
8/14/18 7:01 p.m.

Safe travels to the fair .....sell a bunch of banks....and I'll be knockin' this to the top come mid October...Take care!!!

GTXVette
GTXVette SuperDork
8/17/18 8:07 a.m.

Did I tell you Lately how Much I LOVE YOU,

the car anyway,

    Life spins in a funny arc, I HAVE AN ERA 427 COBRA frame, lots of people calling about it being for sale,  no one has showed. Wonder if the Cheetah would fit there with a couple mods? it's set up for a Ford FE block but no problem as I also was thinking of a jag V-12 but it would need a 'Black Jack' Body / jc Whitney doesn't carry them. but a sick little DZ302 in that cheetah would be QUICK.

jmc14
jmc14 Reader
8/17/18 1:34 p.m.

Thank you for the comments.  I'm excited for Oct to be here so I can get a production body and get my car built.  Ild like to take it to AZ and southern CA for the winter and go to some car shows.   

The wheelbase and width of a Cobra is similar to my Cheetah.  But, the Cheetah seating position is much farther back, the a cowl and over all height is lower.  It would take a lot of work to modify the body to be used on the ERA frame.  

I wish that I was younger and in better health.  I'm really liking the look of my Cheetah and know that with its stiff frame, C4 Vette independent suspension, rear weight bias, and light weight that it will have great handling and performance.  I like Cobras but I like that my car is unique.  I think there could be a decent market for it.  An alternative to the Cobra for Chevy guys.  

 

GTXVette
GTXVette SuperDork
8/17/18 6:16 p.m.

working with what I have, Lol.  

A Cheetah or D-Jag looking body would be way ahead of ANOTHER Cobra.

jmc14
jmc14 Reader
9/6/18 2:49 p.m.

The plug is being prepped to lay up the molds.  5 coats of wax has been applied.  In addition a mold release agent (PVA) will be sprayed prior to the application of the tooling Gel Coat.

Because the body has negative returns seams will be placed in critical locations. Otherwise its possible to lock the body in the mold.   On either side of the seam a flange is placed at 90 degrees to it.  The mold gets laid up to the flanges.  The flanges are bolted together to lay up the body. Once the body is laid and cured the flanges are unbolted and hopefully a beautiful body comes out of it. 

 

java230
java230 UltraDork
9/6/18 3:25 p.m.

Cant wait to see the first one coming out of the mold! Plug looks nice and smooth.

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