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Old 04-11-2022, 10:47 AM
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Hi Fellow Rat rodders...

I have been fiddling with a Morris Minor most of the winter and then this popped up on Facebook down in Virginia so I had it shipped up to my place in Mechanicville NY...

I went to my first race at the age of 4 in the summer of 1965 with my dad and one of his buddies...been hooked on those types of cars ever since...



What I liked is it was already basically a stripped out shell...I had sold my old 40 Ford Jalopy and I was missing it so this one has no history...so we were off and running again...



And it had rear steer Nova front clip already mounted to it...

First thing was get the body off and survey the whole Nova front clip situation...



It was scary but I kept at it....the first time I got the body off the frame and I jacked the front end up in the air...it was flexing....hmmm...



lots of chin scratching again....

cut cut cut....tac tac tac...grind grind grind...



and we are off and running...

Trying to sell the Morris Minor...it needs to go....my head cant work on more than one project at a time....
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Old 04-11-2022, 11:15 AM
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Old 04-11-2022, 11:29 AM
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Great find, boy that frame work was scary, looks like they put bondo on top to 'pretty' it up
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Old 04-11-2022, 12:37 PM
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Nice find.
You should listen to yourself, about having more than one project on the go at once. I used to listen to myself, but lately I have three or four projects partly finished and none done. It might work out, but it might not.

Keep on tinkering. You're doing fine.
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Old 04-12-2022, 07:45 AM
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Nice find.
You should listen to yourself, about having more than one project on the go at once. I used to listen to myself, but lately I have three or four projects partly finished and none done. It might work out, but it might not.

Keep on tinkering. You're doing fine.
Me and that slippery slope are good friends with projects in general. My '58 (daily driver) was well on it's way to a finished interior and final spot patching on the body when the '30 followed me home...

....which is why I don't look at Craig's list anymore.... well, hardly ever.
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Old 04-12-2022, 11:06 AM
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Nice find.
You should listen to yourself, about having more than one project on the go at once. I used to listen to myself, but lately I have three or four projects partly finished and none done. It might work out, but it might not.

Keep on tinkering. You're doing fine.
These days you have to have multiple projects going because of parts availability.
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These days you have to have multiple projects going because of parts availability.
Great point! Full speed ahead Mike!
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Old 04-13-2022, 11:24 AM
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So I know this is nothing really major but these GM front clips never look all that good with out fenders to hide them...So I got the scratching my chin again...back in the day if this car was a roundy round they probably would have swapped out the frame with a mid 1950's Chevy frame...so I went to looking at some vintage pics and I did my best to cobble it up and make those ugly front frame horns look a tad bit better...
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I had the thought that I might add some 2x4 steel tube to the front of these frame rails...gotta see how it looks once I get more sheet metal on it...

So it was spitting rain out side and I really wanted to get the old body sitting on the old chassis...



got the cab all reinforced...took some metal from an old EZ-Up that the wife had that the wind wrecked...



here is what 6" looks like...

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Old 04-13-2022, 11:31 AM
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I have a terrible time with proportions on any build I do...I just dont get it at all...

I have been talking to a fellow on Facebook who built a 1935 Plymouth Coupe and he gave me some numbers to shift the body back and drop the body over the frame...

Please don't laugh...



I ended up setting the old body back in the stock position just 6" lower...



From this view...it almost looks like an old stock car...



Next is where do I place the motor?....I was told 12" back would be a good number...I am not thinking that would work...



still scratching my chin on this one...

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Old 04-13-2022, 12:10 PM
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What's the idea behind the huge body setback? To get the stock car look?
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