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    What is the best thing you can do with a rotted out 1954 four door Caddillac?

    Build a boat tail speedster!!!

    First you gotta cut the roof off!



    Then cut the skin free. ....and slice that down the middle



    Then cut apart some old porch posts to recycle the free 1x1 tubing. Bend that into a shape that follows the curve of the roof. What the heck bend it so it makes the shape of a 30's Indy car.



    Prop up half a roof and see what it looks like

    There are two things in life where penetration is really important.....and one of them is welding.

    The Roofus Special http://www.killbillet.com/showthread.php?t=15603

  • #2
    I can see it. ....keep going.

    Throw the first subrail away and make 2 that have smoother curves. Prop up both sides, plop a cushion wher the seat will be and make race car noises.



    Study the shape and draw where the cut out needs to be.



    Grow some balls and quarter the roof



    Its starting to look like a race car now!

    There are two things in life where penetration is really important.....and one of them is welding.

    The Roofus Special http://www.killbillet.com/showthread.php?t=15603

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    • #3
      Nice start. I saw someone on here last year who built one using a pile of truck hoods.

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      • #4
        Go buy a cheap wrecked old jaguar and part it out. Take the engine, trans, radiator, driveshaft, rear axle, front spindles, knock-off wire wheels, steering parts, gauges, switches, and title.

        Plop the major parts down and see how they are gonna work with the new racecar body.







        There are two things in life where penetration is really important.....and one of them is welding.

        The Roofus Special http://www.killbillet.com/showthread.php?t=15603

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        • #5
          Realize the fancy overdrive trans is big in the wrong places. Shifter wrong. Driveshaft too short. Swap trans out for a non-OD model. Scrub off 40 years of grime first.

          There are two things in life where penetration is really important.....and one of them is welding.

          The Roofus Special http://www.killbillet.com/showthread.php?t=15603

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Cirelli
            Yes sir! I believe you are actually gonna do this!
            I've been plotting and plannig for a while. Now I'm doing.
            There are two things in life where penetration is really important.....and one of them is welding.

            The Roofus Special http://www.killbillet.com/showthread.php?t=15603

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            • #7
              That is soo cool! wow, looks excellent too! I love V12's! wow this is gonna kick major ***.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Ratman View Post
                That is soo cool! wow, looks excellent too! I love V12's! wow this is gonna kick major ***.
                This is before the V12 days.

                It is a DOHC straight six. Pretty bad *** for 1948 when it was first built.
                There are two things in life where penetration is really important.....and one of them is welding.

                The Roofus Special http://www.killbillet.com/showthread.php?t=15603

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                • #9
                  oh! woah thats crazy, the cams look like they make a v lol. even more unique and cool. Looks really good for 1948! I expect to see the jaguar rat after this one lol.

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                  • #10
                    This is the kind of stuff that inspired me to look at a Caddilac like that.







                    There are two things in life where penetration is really important.....and one of them is welding.

                    The Roofus Special http://www.killbillet.com/showthread.php?t=15603

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                    • #11
                      Nice start. I see you have put a lot of thought in to this one! I see you were at a show, was that carl casper or was that the cavalcade? I was at cavalcade and saw a bunch like that. I ask because I see you are in KY and curious as to what part.
                      Arin

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by daddysbluetruck View Post
                        Nice start. I see you have put a lot of thought in to this one! I see you were at a show, was that carl casper or was that the cavalcade? I was at cavalcade and saw a bunch like that. I ask because I see you are in KY and curious as to what part.
                        Cavalcade. I made the trip just to see the Miller.


                        I live south of Bowling Green, KY ....just barely in Kentucky
                        There are two things in life where penetration is really important.....and one of them is welding.

                        The Roofus Special http://www.killbillet.com/showthread.php?t=15603

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                        • #13
                          thats really kool build out of old parts cant wait to see more pictures
                          1946 Chevy Pickup

                          Drivers don't get slower They just get older

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                          • #14
                            Makes me want to go chop the roof off the old nash in the woods lol.

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                            • #15
                              Cool design

                              I like the boat-tail Rat idea!

                              Are you going to put a chopped top on it or is it going to be an open top?

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