Aluminum 550 Spyder build

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Re: Aluminum 550 Spyder build

#61 Post by Adam Wright » Thu May 03, 2018 11:35 pm

Once the gazing at aluminum time was over I actually got to work. The last time I tried to work on the dash it kicked my arse, so I slowed my roll and started in smaller sections, which worked out well.
The plan next week is start welding the panels together into one body. It's like Christmas!
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Re: Aluminum 550 Spyder build

#62 Post by Mark Sabbann » Fri May 04, 2018 7:27 am

Looking good Adam. What's the reason for the orange tape on the wire form?
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Re: Aluminum 550 Spyder build

#63 Post by Adam Wright » Fri May 04, 2018 7:34 am

Mark Sabbann wrote:Looking good Adam. What's the reason for the orange tape on the wire form?
It's so you can see it, without painting it or taping it your eye has a hard time seeing the shape.
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Re: Aluminum 550 Spyder build

#64 Post by Adam Wright » Fri May 11, 2018 10:08 am

Ok, made some real progress yesterday, I got almost the whole dash done, by myself! Wray came in later to clean up the engine grill openings. When we did them the first time months ago we didn't use the original Spyder ones, with the hinge. So to make it right, we are going to make this part again. It also helps us get some extra material for the long part of the tail that was a little short.
A good day!
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Re: Aluminum 550 Spyder build

#65 Post by Adam Wright » Fri May 11, 2018 10:10 am

Here is what the hinged grill's looks like on a real 550.
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Re: Aluminum 550 Spyder build

#66 Post by M Penta » Thu May 24, 2018 8:37 pm

Really looking good Adam, can't wait to see this thing in person some day.

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Re: Aluminum 550 Spyder build

#67 Post by Adam Wright » Thu May 24, 2018 8:44 pm

M Penta wrote:Really looking good Adam, can't wait to see this thing in person some day.
Thanks!
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Re: Aluminum 550 Spyder build

#68 Post by Charles H Jacobus » Fri May 25, 2018 2:33 pm

VERY NICE!!!

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Re: Aluminum 550 Spyder build

#69 Post by Adam Wright » Fri Jun 15, 2018 2:55 pm

Nothing too exciting this week, except I scored some more original Spyder metal. Wray did some tweaking of the decklid grills to make sure the hinged grills fit perfectly. The fun has slowed down because Wray is doing more of the work since we are in a lot of the finishing stage.
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Re: Aluminum 550 Spyder build

#70 Post by Adam Wright » Fri Aug 03, 2018 11:56 am

So me and Wray are humping this one hoping to get an almost complete body to show at my open house in about a month. I went to Wray's yesterday and decided to finish out the nose. I wasn't sure to start from scratch or go with two panels one of his students had built a few years ago. The two pieces were god awful but I thought I would at least give them a try. I worked and worked on them and after a full day got them to about 90%, then Wray spent a few hours and got them finished. I didn't take any pics of them after Wray worked them, so the pics you're seeing here are my handiwork, which isn't perfect but I was proud of it starting to look like a car.
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Re: Aluminum 550 Spyder build

#71 Post by Charles H Jacobus » Fri Aug 03, 2018 5:04 pm

I LOVE IT!

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Re: Aluminum 550 Spyder build

#72 Post by Adam Wright » Thu Aug 09, 2018 1:41 pm

Wray and I worked late into the night this week and got the front end almost where we wanted it.
"Just a few more hours..." Wray said.

I'm bringing the whole thing back to my shop to mock up for the open house, so look for cool pics next week.
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Re: Aluminum 550 Spyder build

#73 Post by Adam Wright » Fri Aug 17, 2018 12:07 pm

Ok, we got the body back to Unobtanium HQ to prep it for the open house. It's starting to look like a car!
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Re: Aluminum 550 Spyder build

#74 Post by Dan Epperly » Fri Aug 17, 2018 6:28 pm

I would totally drive that. Super cool.

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