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@arajani posted:

@Stan Galat and @IaM-Ray: it truly is super small -- and it is smaller than the BECK spyder. The seating position is oriented far differently, too. Carey told me I'll look like Stuart Little with a tan. 

This is as Ferry intended.

And right and proper.

What Stan wants (though he is loath to admit it) is a channeled '32 Ford Highboy with a chopped top & cut screen. 

Can't stop, won't stop.

Curious about the technical here, @arajani. To my eyes, the Beck and TR tubs' rounded transition to the rocker panels takes space away. As you learned on your first build (and I on mine), the jack ends up sitting too high because the upper part of the curve crowds it. The fix here would require cutting the 'glass and riveting in an angled section of aluminum (which, in fact, I almost did before deciding it was too much additional nonsense). 

So I ended up building a standoff for the jack tie-down bracket so the leather strap could reach the jacked-up jack.

I understand the CMI is a different animal. But your description of the flaw sounds the same. How, again, was yours done? What "foam?" What "board that was previously in place?"

@edsnova: The room will get pretty empty once we start geeking out about the differences between original cars vs CMI vs Beck/TR. 

Alas, I feel compelled to respond 

The inner rocker of the original car is comprised of the panel with the lightening holes and floor piece outside of the main frame rail. 


When upholstered:


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The CMI has a similar shape, but because the body is fiberglass, there is a curve where the two parts of the inner rockers mate (can be seen on the driver's side in the photo below):


To make a panel that fit against this, Carey's team used a special type of board which they curved (it isn't cardboard as I had thought!):


Which led to this:


Because this is rounded instead of two pieces with a crease where they meet, Carey's guys put foam along the floor to flatten it out and make the vinyl sit flat; they also created that "crease" where the two rocker pieces should meet (if the car was aluminum). 

This is in contrast to the BECK/TR cars, which have a totally different cockpit: 

I had purchased a jack from AlloyCars for my BECK 550, and it wouldn't fit well because it was too wide. The BECK rockers aren't as wide (the space has been appropriated elsewhere). 

First picture is 550-0074:


My BECK 550:


So, Carey cut steel and created false rockers and subsequently slimmed the jack down (as seen above and below -- yes, he took it apart and rebuilt it for me) so that it would fit. At standard, the regular 550 jack is too wide to fit. 


I did ask Carey if he would cut into the fiberglass rockers, and he refused. He said that it would compromise the strength of the car and refused for that reason. There was a car that did have aluminum rockers grafted in after removing the rounded fiberglass ones, and Carey told me he repainted that car every year (the paint cracked along the outside because of those aluminum rockers).

@DannyP: Thanks! Good ol Carey. The guy never ceases to amaze me.

@John Schneeman: Test drive next week. The generator may be bad, which could mean no test drive...We'll see!


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