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garyash
06-21-2016, 04:58 PM
It was a brilliantly clear, warm day on this first day of summer, so I rolled the replica Indy car out of the garage for some photos. The engine doesn't run yet and the brakes don't work, but the major pieces are there. It rolls and steers, the firewall and dash panel are in, and it's coming together. This was its first time out of the garage since the project began. I at least imagined driving down the road at speed...

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2R5
06-21-2016, 05:34 PM
Looks good Gary , but you promised me a ride at this years International ...... Nice job!

SN-60
06-21-2016, 05:41 PM
Let's face it...this car is amazing!....It shows us what determination can accomplish! :!!::!!::!!:

StudeNewby
06-21-2016, 05:53 PM
Just fabulous...I love it already!

voxnut
06-21-2016, 05:54 PM
Very cool! All the best with the project!

1954khardtop
06-21-2016, 07:11 PM
Tell the truth, were you making motor noises while steering it out there?

57pack
06-21-2016, 07:23 PM
Looking great Gary!
I can almost see your Studebaker racing around on the boards at Amatol!

t walgamuth
06-22-2016, 05:46 AM
I would have definately been making vroom noises! Looks very very good Gary! All of one piece.;)

spokejr
06-22-2016, 08:33 AM
Wowzer! Admit it guys, every one of us would have been making vroom-vroom noises puncuated with imitation tyre screaming sounds too if we had our butt in that seat, even me. Oh, I grew up in the dawn of the rear engine era, this still gets my juices flowing.

Ken

52-fan
06-22-2016, 10:05 AM
As usual, your attention to detail is showing. :)
Seeing the car with no body helps emphasize how far back the driver sits. I never took real notice of how close the rear wheels are.

jclary
06-22-2016, 10:56 AM
It was a brilliantly clear, warm day on this first day of summer, so I rolled the replica Indy car out of the garage for some photos. The engine doesn't run yet and the brakes don't work, but the major pieces are there. It rolls and steers, the firewall and dash panel are in, and it's coming together. This was its first time out of the garage since the project began. I at least imagined driving down the road at speed...

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Gary...I've watched your progress for years now. Not ashamed to say I'm a fan of your work.:!: Don't know if you recall, but a couple of years ago, at the York swap meet, you allowed me to thumb through your project notebook, while we were in the snack bar. Great drawings, documentation, and photos. Much better planned, organized, and professional than my "hillbilly" improvising below.:o:rolleyes:

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Whether "Creating, Re-creating, or Restoring...we often use the term...LABOR OF LOVE. To me, it describes a process where the ENJOYMENT OF THE ACTIVITY, overshadows the time involve or the hope of monetary profit. The smile on your face in the picture...says it all!!!:D:!:

BobWaitz
06-22-2016, 02:27 PM
A Plexiglass body would be the way to go.

j.byrd
06-22-2016, 03:48 PM
Beautiful ! The 1st time you get to drive this car on a track will really be a "Great Race" no matter the results ! Always enjoy your posts.