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It's been about a year since my last post, so I decided to start a new thread.  If you're not familiar with the background look for "Lane's Beck Super Coupe #2", on this forum, for the story.

So where are we?  Well in the time since my last post they have completed the two prototypes and gotten them on the road.  Those of you who were at Carlisle this year saw Carey's car, the first prototype, which I was lucky enough to drive.  Despite being the first one on the road, it felt much like a finished product, with only a few tweaks needed.  Chuck, being the perfectionist that he is, made a few more, hence the delay.

This morning, at 0700, I got a text from Mike Fincher that he was meeting Chuck for lunch to pick up my partially assembled car to take it from Chuck's place in northern GA to the factory in Bremen, IN.  Pictures below.

First a teaser from the smartass. 

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Followed by the real deal.  I find it fitting that parked next to it is Chuck's V12 Lambo-bike.

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Now the fun really begins!

1957 Beck Speedster ('06 Carlisle build car)

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I was out West last week and stopped by the SE/Beck shop. Spoke to Brad and Carey. They both took the time from their very busy schedules to show me what was in the works and all the new addition /changes to the shop since I was last there. Thank you Carey and Brad. I took a few pic's and Carey showed me his personal prototype 1 coupe and fired it up. Man it is sure cool. Lane is going to have an awesome car. There have been a lot of neat shop changes, including a new chassis welding area, lift and more room for all the projects. Of course I asked Carey if he'd consider selling me his coupe....but he's not parting with it at this time.  Sorry my pic's are not so good and don't do the shop justice.  PeteIMG_E5690IMG_E5689IMG_E5669IMG_E5671IMG_E5672IMG_E5673IMG_E5674IMG_E5675IMG_E5676IMG_E5677IMG_E5678IMG_E5679IMG_E5681IMG_E5682IMG_E5684IMG_E5686

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You're one of a kind, Lane. This car is one of a kind too so that makes you...well..two of a kind, eh ? You are in excellent hands with Carey et al. 

But don't forget, shipping such an animal can be a risky task at the best of times. Some prefer to have a reliable long distance driver do the right thing and drive it straight from the builder to your home. I know of such a person with some time on his hands and will do it for a plane ticket. Have beer Will Travel.........

Bob: IM S6 posted:

Lane

You want holes in the body?

Calling ALB....

David Stroud IM Roadster D posted:

But don't forget, shipping such an animal can be a risky task at the best of times. Some prefer to have a reliable long distance driver do the right thing and drive it straight from the builder to your home. I know of such a person with some time on his hands and will do it for a plane ticket. Have beer Will Travel.........

Lane Anderson posted:

Bob, I think Al focuses on metal holes.  I’ll leave the fiberglass ones to Carey.😬

Oh, and thanks for the generous offer, Dave, but I think we have this covered. 😂

 

I can do them in fiberglass. Just haven't had any reason to....so far  

You really should seriously consider Dave's offer; I hear he's very good at this sort of thing. And someone will need to be in the right seat to keep Dave on course (and to open beer). I'm available...

Mid engine cars...

Interesting but not made for a real man.   

Well, we can't get into the car without being bent like a pretzel, our knees are up to our chest and well you know, sometimes we hit the root, it just not comfortable...

Just kidding of course but I don't fit in your car!   Glad you do. 

P.S. How about a 6 speed Subie Tranny in there might make it even more quiet at cruising speeds.

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By the way, I just registered the car for the Cars on Kiawah (https://www.carsonkiawah.com) car show next April.  This is the third year in a row I've registered it, but this time I truly expect to have it there.  If any of you are in the southeast next April, I urge you to drop by the Charleston area for a visit.  This is a wonderful show in a beautiful setting, and it brings out some seriously beautiful (and expensive) cars, as you may have seen in some of my photos.  April is a wonderful time of year in the area, so those of you up north could use it to get your first taste of warmer weather.

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David Stroud IM Roadster D posted:

You're one of a kind, Lane. This car is one of a kind too so that makes you...well..two of a kind, eh ? You are in excellent hands with Carey et al. 

But don't forget, shipping such an animal can be a risky task at the best of times. Some prefer to have a reliable long distance driver do the right thing and drive it straight from the builder to your home. I know of such a person with some time on his hands and will do it for a plane ticket. Have beer Will Travel.........

@Lane Anderson being one of the closest SOCers I will volunteer my time and skills to drive it to SC for you. 

Also a set of knock offs would look amazing.  IMG_7249

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IaM-Ray posted:

Lane, I am part of a unique group but there are a few more on the list who's head is above the windshield. 

Anyone else ever been hit in the forehead by a bee at 55mph? It stings...

I rode a motorcycle (last bike an 1100cc Suzuki) for 5 years in my mid 20's and always wore decent shoes, long pants and a leather jacket just in case. The jacket wasn't always done up, and once on the freeway got hit in the middle of my chest (just above the tank top underneath- hey it was summer!) by a large fly or bee. At 60 or 65mph it hurts wicked! Last time I rode with the jacket not done up...

IaM-Ray posted:

"I rode a motorcycle (last bike an 1100cc Suzuki) for 5 years in my mid 20's"

750cc Suzuki 18 y.o. lol

Reminds me of those who buy a speedster to sell it the next season... my story with a MC.

Still have an 1800 CC monster touring bike that almost as long and heavy as some of the Speedsters on here. Been riding off and on for almost 40 years and I'll continue to ride as long as I can throw a leg over.

barncobob posted:

must be a honda goldwing, 6 cylinder,1832cc, thing was comfy and FAST,,big heavy bike..the bike had a reverse gear, newer ones had a electric center stand....it had electric seats,handlebars, cruise control, plugs ins for every device known to man..just dont drop it, need help picking that monster up..

Close. Same company, same cc but V-Twin.

VTX 1800R with a Harley Street Glide fairing (8 speakers and amp, great stereo), 4 piece Ultimate seats and custom fenders and fibre glass bags. Over 8 feet long and yes....heavy. No reverse but plenty of forward 

Oxblood leather interior, probably with oatmeal carpet.  No bumpers or side deco.  Raydyot aluminum racing mirrors on the fenders and (probably) leather hood straps.

I believe the largest tire that can fit in back is a 195, Al.  Going for Vredestein SportTrac 5s on Stan’s recommendation.  Wilwood disk brakes on all four wheels.

Still working on the wheel choice, but leaning toward color matched steelies with Beck hubcaps.

Lane Anderson posted:

Oxblood leather interior, probably with oatmeal carpet.  No bumpers or side deco.  Raydyot aluminum racing mirrors on the fenders and (probably) leather hood straps.

I believe the largest tire that can fit in back is a 195, Al.  Going for Vredestein SportTrac 5s on Stan’s recommendation.  Wilwood disk brakes on all four wheels.

Still working on the wheel choice, but leaning toward color matched steelies with Beck hubcaps.

I second Stan's recommend on those Vreds. I didn't know much about tires but I sure like mine after one year of driving on them. Congrats on your car's progress, Lane. It's going to be a winner big time. Sure must be nice to specify what you want. 

Latest update from the Marvelous Mr. Hines: "Drip rail fabrication and installation.  May not look like a lot but its nearly 2 weeks worth of work to do a proper drip edge/rain gutter.  Driver side is done, passenger side will be done middle of next week."

I have to agree that - at least at first glance - it doesn't look like a lot, but when you take a closer look at the work you can see the attention to detail, particularly at the leading end.  The body surface looks almost ready for paint and most of the interior panels are in.

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Lane Anderson posted:
JMM (Michael) posted:

A Lanester always pays his debts.

??  Please elucidate.

Well, Stan came up with "Lanester" and Ray came up with "Lanester Coupe" and you're copywriting it, so someone is owed a beer somewhere in there.  And then some wee group of cells in my brain went to Game of Thrones...Lanester/Lannister.. and, well, you got it now.

 

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RacerX posted:

You know how you always want something you don't have? Well a year ago or so, I began noticing some early sixties 356 cars done up right. Also, I thought it would be kinda cool to have a car representing your birth year. Bottom line, I want your car bad ...cutface1 I mean really bad!

There’s something intriguing about owning a car representing ones birth year. I’m envious of those that are able to participate in that “exercise” and drive an amazing car. 
Unfortunately for me, I’m not into screaming chickenhawks or Cartier Lincoln’s. 1977 wasn’t exactly a banner year for the automotive industry. 

IaM-Ray posted:

Well that may be true but when I think of the automobiles today, there is absolutely nothing that gets me excited to go out and drive. I mean they only are DDs and do the job but excitement... well no. nada. bli, nothing, rien du tout. 

I have that problem every time I get a new or newer car. Nothing really excites me that suits what I need for work and weekends/lifestyle. 

Kevin - Bay Area posted:
There’s something intriguing about owning a car representing ones birth year. I’m envious of those that are able to participate in that “exercise” and drive an amazing car. 
Unfortunately for me, I’m not into screaming chickenhawks or Cartier Lincoln’s. 1977 wasn’t exactly a banner year for the automotive industry. 

Here ya go, Kevin. Yr welcome!

f car 1977

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