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rficalora
Rob Ficalora
Willis, TX
(2708 posts)

Registered:
10/24/2007 02:46PM

Main British Car:
'76 MGB w/CB front, Sebring rear, early metal dash Ford 302

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Hey Ken - totally awesome work on you jag project
Posted by: rficalora
Date: March 09, 2013 07:56PM

Went through your project journals - wow. Can't wait to see it done.


TR6-6SPD
Ken Hiebert
Toronto Ontario
(249 posts)

Registered:
04/23/2008 11:43AM

Main British Car:
1972 TR6 1994 5.7 L GM LT1

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Re: Hey Ken - totally awesome work on you jag project
Posted by: TR6-6SPD
Date: March 21, 2013 09:44AM

Rob,
Thanks for your interest. I wouldn't want it "done" too soon. That would end all the construction fun.
Some people, usually non-car people, look at the project and all they can say is, oh, that's a lot of work. No no, work is what I do to pay for this. This is my hobby.
Part #1: [forum.britishv8.org]
Part #2: [forum.britishv8.org]

tig welding.jpg


rficalora
Rob Ficalora
Willis, TX
(2708 posts)

Registered:
10/24/2007 02:46PM

Main British Car:
'76 MGB w/CB front, Sebring rear, early metal dash Ford 302

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Re: Hey Ken - totally awesome work on you jag project
Posted by: rficalora
Date: March 21, 2013 06:37PM

I get that totally. I have a blast driving my car but am already itching to do another. Have to get the idea past my wife but told her we have to do another - need one for each son when I'm gone... just wouldn't be fair to leave one son left out in my will now would it?

Your tig welding was one of the things I noticed. I really want to learn to TIG.


TR6-6SPD
Ken Hiebert
Toronto Ontario
(249 posts)

Registered:
04/23/2008 11:43AM

Main British Car:
1972 TR6 1994 5.7 L GM LT1

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Re: Hey Ken - totally awesome work on you jag project
Posted by: TR6-6SPD
Date: March 22, 2013 10:12AM

Rob,
Actually, I think we all use the "like the construction phase", as an excuse for it all taking so long .LOL

Calvin Granis recomended the Miller Diversion 165. I'm using the same and it seems to be the ticket at this time.

For Tig welding instuction, I got the down and dirty from this website:
[www.weldingtipsandtricks.com]
He's actually quite funny. Lot's of videos.
Ken



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Jim Stabe
Jim Stabe
San Diego, Ca
(787 posts)

Registered:
02/28/2009 10:01AM

Main British Car:
1966 MGB Roadster 350 LT1 Chevy

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Re: Hey Ken - totally awesome work on you jag project
Posted by: Jim Stabe
Date: March 22, 2013 05:15PM

Ken
I agree, your build is very professional indeed. How much time do you have to work on it each day?

Rob
You can pick up a complete Corvette chassis on Ebay starting at about $6k. This particular one is an 07 LS2 powered 6 speed for $9400. I know a guy that can show you how to widen an MGB body and it doesn't take much to shorten a Corvette torque tube. Just thinkin'

Corvette chassis.jpg


TR6-6SPD
Ken Hiebert
Toronto Ontario
(249 posts)

Registered:
04/23/2008 11:43AM

Main British Car:
1972 TR6 1994 5.7 L GM LT1

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Re: Hey Ken - totally awesome work on you jag project
Posted by: TR6-6SPD
Date: March 23, 2013 01:11PM

Jim,
Time each day? As a matter of fact, I'm keeping a very accurate account of all my time in the garage, down to the 1/2 hour. I had a stretch last summer when I didn't touch it for nearly 4 months. But since Sept., I'm averaging a little over 100 hours a month. Even in the depths of our frigid Canadian winter.

My friend the Furnace:
IMG_5804.JPG
It's 175,000 BTU, natural gas fired, forced air. More than I need which is just right, (sound familiar?).
Something foreign I think, to those who live in places like Texas and California.

By the way, that Corvette package looks to be plug and play, off and running.


roverman
Art Gertz
Winchester, CA.
(3089 posts)

Registered:
04/24/2009 11:02AM

Main British Car:
74' Jensen Healy, 79 Huff. GT 1, 74 MGB Lotus 907,2L

Re: Hey Ken - totally awesome work on you jag project
Posted by: roverman
Date: March 23, 2013 02:55PM

Ken and clan, "Welding Tips and Tricks" is very usefull. It seems like using mig wire to tig, should be very economical. What if...you could wire the "spool feeder" to run without arc current ? It seems like any cheapie mig could serve as an autofeeder ? Onward, roverrman.



Jim Stabe
Jim Stabe
San Diego, Ca
(787 posts)

Registered:
02/28/2009 10:01AM

Main British Car:
1966 MGB Roadster 350 LT1 Chevy

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Re: Hey Ken - totally awesome work on you jag project
Posted by: Jim Stabe
Date: March 25, 2013 01:16AM

100 hours a month, that's dedication. No wonder you are making such rapid progress. Nice work.


cgill
Chris Gill
Salmon Arm, British Columbia
(129 posts)

Registered:
08/13/2009 12:06AM

Main British Car:
1979 MGB roadster Buick 300 stroker with EFI

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Re: Hey Ken - totally awesome work on you jag project
Posted by: cgill
Date: May 03, 2013 02:12PM

Another wow from me. I wish I had your fabrication skills!!!!


DC Townsend
David Townsend
Vermont
(406 posts)

Registered:
11/21/2007 12:22PM

Main British Car:
'78 B (almost done) 30-over SBF, dry sump

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Re: Hey Ken - totally awesome work on you jag project
Posted by: DC Townsend
Date: May 28, 2013 12:20PM

Had to chuckle when I read your last post about using angle iron as your metal brake. Same here. I used it so much I finally broke down and added a pair of hinges and a handle to make it more convenient to use. Still have. Mounts to my WorkMate and will take up to 36".


TR6-6SPD
Ken Hiebert
Toronto Ontario
(249 posts)

Registered:
04/23/2008 11:43AM

Main British Car:
1972 TR6 1994 5.7 L GM LT1

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Re: Hey Ken - totally awesome work on you jag project
Posted by: TR6-6SPD
Date: May 28, 2013 07:53PM

Thanks for everyone's interest.
Here's an interesting link on "Making a Low Cost but effective sheet metal brake from steelyard rems."
[www.majorleagueduning.com]
I must do it myself some day.


DC Townsend
David Townsend
Vermont
(406 posts)

Registered:
11/21/2007 12:22PM

Main British Car:
'78 B (almost done) 30-over SBF, dry sump

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Re: Hey Ken - totally awesome work on you jag project
Posted by: DC Townsend
Date: August 08, 2013 02:38PM

Any updates on this? Haven't seen any new postings in the project area for a couple of months. I'm beginning to have fabrication withdrawal...


TR6-6SPD
Ken Hiebert
Toronto Ontario
(249 posts)

Registered:
04/23/2008 11:43AM

Main British Car:
1972 TR6 1994 5.7 L GM LT1

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Re: Hey Ken - totally awesome work on you jag project
Posted by: TR6-6SPD
Date: August 09, 2013 11:18AM

Hi Dave,

You and me both. My garage time always slows dramatically in the Canadian summer. It's just the way it is.

We just got back from The National Street Rod Association Nationals in Louisville Ky. Viewed lots of beautiful cars and got some good ideas for the Jaguar project. Mainly engine dress-up, interior, and color combinations.

Took the bikes down and dicovered some fantastic twisty windy roads in Ky., Ohio and W. Va.

This was taken in The Daniel Boone National Forest:
IMG_2160.JPG

Hopefully I can add to my project journal soon.

P.S. I like your front brake air ducts by the way.


rficalora
Rob Ficalora
Willis, TX
(2708 posts)

Registered:
10/24/2007 02:46PM

Main British Car:
'76 MGB w/CB front, Sebring rear, early metal dash Ford 302

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Re: Hey Ken - totally awesome work on you jag project
Posted by: rficalora
Date: August 09, 2013 04:04PM

Looks like a blast Ken. I either need to retire or find a job where i can take time off outside of the major holidays! Now, get back to work, we're waiting for updated progress pics of the Jag.


Jim Stabe
Jim Stabe
San Diego, Ca
(787 posts)

Registered:
02/28/2009 10:01AM

Main British Car:
1966 MGB Roadster 350 LT1 Chevy

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Re: Hey Ken - totally awesome work on you jag project
Posted by: Jim Stabe
Date: August 09, 2013 04:55PM

Take it from me Rob, retirement is the way to go - except for that money thing...



danmas
Dan Masters
Alcoa, Tennessee
(577 posts)

Registered:
10/28/2007 12:11AM

Main British Car:
1974 MGBGT Ford 302

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Re: Hey Ken - totally awesome work on you jag project
Posted by: danmas
Date: August 09, 2013 06:57PM

Quote:
Take it from me Rob, retirement is the way to go - except for that money thing...

Agreed! I've been retired now for 19 years - don't miss "gainful employment" one bit (I do hate getting old, though).


DC Townsend
David Townsend
Vermont
(406 posts)

Registered:
11/21/2007 12:22PM

Main British Car:
'78 B (almost done) 30-over SBF, dry sump

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Re: Hey Ken - totally awesome work on you jag project
Posted by: DC Townsend
Date: August 10, 2013 06:58AM

Ken, re: brake ducts. "Necessity is the mother of invention" Tried a set of spindle mounted ducts from All Star Performance and, while nicely made, interfered with the sway bar. Looked at a number of other off-the-shelf ducts and realized I'd have the same problem with all of them. Then remembered the original backing plates and put those together with the ducts I had seen on a 1935 (or so) race car I had seen (and taken a picture of) at the Lie Rock Historic Races. While my se isn't nearly as elegant as the originals I saw (they were all aluminum and formed into the backer), they'll do the trick.


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Re: Hey Ken - totally awesome work on you jag project
Posted by: BWA
Date: August 10, 2013 02:51PM

Ken check out Jay Leno's Garage. The latest video is about a modified 1964 E Type. After looking at this video it may give you some more ideas for your project.
Now get back on that project !

Cheers
Byron


Jim Stabe
Jim Stabe
San Diego, Ca
(787 posts)

Registered:
02/28/2009 10:01AM

Main British Car:
1966 MGB Roadster 350 LT1 Chevy

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Re: Hey Ken - totally awesome work on you jag project
Posted by: Jim Stabe
Date: September 02, 2013 10:19AM

Ken

Good to see you posting your progress again. You do really nice sheetmetal work


TR6-6SPD
Ken Hiebert
Toronto Ontario
(249 posts)

Registered:
04/23/2008 11:43AM

Main British Car:
1972 TR6 1994 5.7 L GM LT1

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Re: Hey Ken - totally awesome work on you jag project
Posted by: TR6-6SPD
Date: September 03, 2013 12:31PM

Thanks Jim.

Byron, I searched and found the video clip of Jason Len's 1964 E-type. The modification I found particularly interesting was the fact that he lowered the floors by 1 1/2"s. I'm lowering my floors by 1" and the seats by an additional 1". This gives me the same head room that I have in my TR6 when the roof, (hood) is up.
Here's the clip, nice car:


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