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Posted 3/2/2017 7:43:09 PM


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might be the clay they used to fill the seams in the molds before they lay up the fiberglass.
That does sound like a probability.
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Posted 3/5/2017 1:58:25 PM
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hey man great thread! Just read the whole thing from start to finish. it was almost like watching an alternate universe version of my build! Very nice, and i'm glad some of my hard lessons learned proved valuable to you.

Keep up the great work, and keep the pics coming!!!
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Posted 5/4/2017 11:00:47 AM
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Been making a lot of progress....tedious progress, but progress nonetheless.

The main focus has been to prepare to mounting of the body. Being that I am a 6'3" ogre, I need to have space to fit in this thing. In order to insure we have the body set at the right height, we need to have the floor pan at the right spot...the seats...and the wheels/tires dialed in, so everything is accurate.

I decided to go with Hoosier tires over the Mickey Thompsons; they are just a little more bad ass to me:

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I purchased a set of centerlines from jegs, and after a little over a month received word that centerline is out of business and I would not be able to get my wheels. I didnt lose money, but wont be able to get these wheels which are very unique in specs....so I went on a hunt. Most manufacturers would not be able to customize their similar looking wheels to what I needed, so I went with the only real option I had, which were these bad boys from Weld:

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Getting the floor pan set correctly has been a challenge, and taken a lot of welding and manipulation of the header pipes to allow the pan to sit low enough...

we had to remove the factory transmission support as it wont allow us to go low enough..
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used 1/4in flat bar as a lip welded on the inside of the center beams to mount the floor pan on:
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we have lowered it from this as it was way too high:

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This platform we welded in behind the cockpit area and before the trunk is where we will place the gas tank:

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We mounted the air compressor and air tank for the suspension right here on the back of the chassis...perfect fit:
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I had initially said I would not fork out money for recaros and went with a cheap alternative...but not only were they sh*tty seats....they really didnt fit in there....so I went on ebay and found a pair for less than 300$ and it only needed to be reupholstered, which I would have had to do for the other seats anyway, so this was a great find...we are working on the seat mounts now...using 1/4in flat bar...

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A little sneak peak at what the driver seat view is like:
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had this custom U pipe made for the exhaust tips:
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And I had to get this vintage poster from the movie era so I can keep my visualization on point:
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"You don't get it son. This isn't a mudhole . . . it's an operating table . . . And I'm the surgeon."
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Posted 5/4/2017 4:47:07 PM
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You are making some great progress there.

Let me find a few pics of how i did my exhaust/floor. If you are still having height issues, this may help

Keep up the great work
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Posted 5/4/2017 5:47:28 PM
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So as I dropped my floor pan quite a lot, i then had no room for the exhausts to travel under the car

easy fix for that was to run them under the chassis rails, and beside the floor pan. Worked out great.

And out the back I didn't go up and over the diff...I went straight under it

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Posted 5/8/2017 11:18:02 AM
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All I can say is. . . .Beautiful work!

To build the impossible dream . . .
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Posted 5/26/2017 10:07:37 AM


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Looks pretty tough even without the body on. Great work
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Posted 5/26/2017 11:10:57 AM
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The project is about to start speeding up...the wheels have arrived!

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which means we can get an accurate height on the body, get an accurate measure on headroom, and begin to build the frame, and mount the body.

the seats ready for mounting too:
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Finally time to break these 20ft steel beams and cut them into frame work:

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The best find yet....a super rare, nearly mint WW2 avenger throttle...movie accurate...found this on ebay and scooped it up at a great price...I love it...one of the signs of a true batmobile
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The replica (left) I got from gotham cruisers left a little to be desired, so Im so glad I found this
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"You don't get it son. This isn't a mudhole . . . it's an operating table . . . And I'm the surgeon."
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Posted 6/4/2017 11:09:00 PM
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Finally got the tires and wheels mounted and balanced and put on the car and BOY what a difference it makes....this thing is starting to look like a batmobile


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These rear tires are so righteous
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In the front I ordered 1" spacers so the wheels would be pushed out and not tucked deep into the body which looks terrible, and Im glad I did, because it makes the tires fit perfectly in the wheel wells
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Here is a shot of the front shock that we had to remount to make room for the air bag which goes into the same space as the shock:

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The wheels are all perfectly centered (not here in pic obviously) but the passenger rear wheel doesnt have the same fit as the other wheels, the body has no frame so the body is kinda floppy...but we will make this all look right
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passenger rear; wheel well is sitting on top of tire:

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driver side rear has a ton of clearance, this is the wheel that you are supposed to set first and guage the others by:
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The Bat, with plenty of headroom, thanks God
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"You don't get it son. This isn't a mudhole . . . it's an operating table . . . And I'm the surgeon."
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Posted 6/5/2017 12:51:42 AM
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You are making great progress.

Tip of the day: do the front end wheel alignment before trying to mount the shell. In case major adjustment is needed and the wheels move
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