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    I continue to spend about one 3-day session a month at Pro Shaper in Charlton, Mass. making the aluminum body for the Indy car replica. The cockpit area is done and bolted to the chassis. The hood and side panels are mostly done but the hood needs the bulge for the carbs welded in and the leather straps to hold the hood down. The tail section is coming slowly as a lot of surface tuning needs to be done after welding the 10 sections together and the top and bottom edges need to be trimmed. The seating area needs a little more metal shaping, welding, riveting, and finishing before welding to the tail. However, just for fun, I put the tail section on the chassis to see how it all looked. The blue Dykem on the tail is to pick up high and low spots for dolly-and-hammer work. The grille just came back from the plating shop (Librandi's in Harrisburg, PA) looking gorgeous. The engine is being worked on, should be done in October.

    I had a visitor today: Mike Cleary from California, owner of the blue #18 car. Mike restored his car about 40 years ago. It's still being raced in vintage events by his son, Jamie.

    Here are some photos of the car and of Mike and me. It's starting to look like a car. That woman behind me is Larkina, the service manager in my garage. Alas, she's only a mannequin, but my wife doesn't get jealous of her.

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    Gary Ash
    Dartmouth, Mass.

    '32 Indy car replica (in progress)
    ’41 Commander Land Cruiser
    '48 M5
    '65 Wagonaire Commander
    '63 Wagonaire Standard
    web site at http://www.studegarage.com

  • #2
    Most awesome!
    Soldier on!
    HTIH (Hope The Info Helps)

    Jeff


    Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please. Mark Twain



    Note: SDC# 070190 (and earlier...)

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    • #3
      Absolutely fabulous!
      Joe Roberts
      '61 R1 Champ
      '65 Cruiser
      Eastern North Carolina Chapter

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      • #4
        That is looking very exciting! It is beginning to give back to you some of those feelings that made you set off on this noble journey! I cannot wait to see the final product!
        Diesel loving, autocrossing, Coupe express loving, Grandpa Architect.

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        • #5
          Gary:
          I have tried to keep up with your progress on this amazing project. I'm really excited to see these pictures and the dream about to come true so I know you must be feeling a real rush when you look at what you have accomplished so far. Thanks for sharing the adventure with the rest of us.
          NIck

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          • #6
            I've met Larkina, nice girl, kinda quiet. Jane has no reason to be jealous. I think.....
            Chip
            '63 Cruiser
            '57 Packard wagon
            '61 Lark Regal 4 dr wagon
            '50 Commander 4 dr sedan

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            • #7
              Very nice , A inspiration to all of us , Ed

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              • #8
                Gary —- Very nice. I sure enjoyed talking with you about this project in Mansfield.

                One of the things I like to do when someone else posts pictures of cars and projects is to look in the background to check out what special tools they might have. I see a planishing hammer and English wheel and other stuff.

                What jumps out at me is your high-tech tree stump.

                1. Not many guys even know why the stump is in your shop

                2. Not many guys know how to use a stump. I, for one, have never been brave enough to start whacking away with that big mallet

                3. If you are using that stump the way I think you are, good for you.

                Tom

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                • #9
                  Gary , Are you going to Paint it or polish it ? Either way it will look great , Ed

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                  • #10
                    Well, I hope she is not offended, but I missed Larkina by looking ant the car!
                    Ron Dame
                    '63 Champ

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                    • #11
                      Gary, I'm very impressed with your work. I recall sitting with you in the snack bar at one of the York swap meets and you shared your project notebook with your meticulous drawings & notes. I stumbled across this forum in 2008. Were you already working on this project back then? It seems that from the first time I encountered you name...(probably here on the forum) you were working on this project. I thought the six years I spent restoring my '48 Business Coupe was a long term project. Of course, I was not building from scratch. I admire not only your skills, but your tenacity as well. I always look forward to your progress reports.
                      John Clary
                      Greer, SC

                      SDC member since 1975

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by jclary View Post
                        I recall sitting with you in the snack bar at one of the York swap meets and you shared your project notebook with your meticulous drawings & notes. I stumbled across this forum in 2008. Were you already working on this project back then? It seems that from the first time I encountered you name...(probably here on the forum) you were working on this project.
                        At least since that time. https://forum.studebakerdriversclub....ident+roadster

                        Mr. Ash is proof that dreams can come true with some sweat equity.

                        An older gentleman in this area handbuilt this from scratch: https://www.flickr.com/photos/daveseven/3097181106

                        Craig
                        Last edited by 8E45E; 09-28-2019, 03:04 PM.

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                        • #13
                          Gary, when this is done - you will be the coolest kid on the block. You know that, don't you?
                          The only difference between death and taxes is that death does not grow worse every time Congress convenes. - Will Rogers

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                          • #14
                            If only I were a "kid"...
                            Gary Ash
                            Dartmouth, Mass.

                            '32 Indy car replica (in progress)
                            ’41 Commander Land Cruiser
                            '48 M5
                            '65 Wagonaire Commander
                            '63 Wagonaire Standard
                            web site at http://www.studegarage.com

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                            • #15
                              Has the sale of such a similar car for over a million dollars changed your image of your car?
                              Diesel loving, autocrossing, Coupe express loving, Grandpa Architect.

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