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Old 06-16-2024, 09:41 AM   #1
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i've been working on my speedster for 1 1/2 + years and now have it on the road. thanks to ford barners for help now and then as well as more hours and dollars than i want to remember. like any project there are bugs to be worked out, but i'm well pleased with the way it turned out. farmed out the upholstery and pin stripping and bought the sheet metal pieces for the cowl thru smith and jones ( rootlieb).
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Old 06-16-2024, 09:57 AM   #2
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Very Nice. You have something to be proud of
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Very nice Job. Something to be proud of.
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Old 06-16-2024, 10:08 AM   #4
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love the green Larry.


how is the neighborhood reacting?
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Old 06-16-2024, 01:07 PM   #5
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did the local friday night car show and got a lot of good reactions.
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Old 06-16-2024, 01:18 PM   #6
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i got the paint # from an "a" i looked at last fall my pain't guy couldn"t find that number so i picked a color from his sample catalog and it isn't as dark as i had hoped. i'm already getting some ribbing about my "john deere" speedster.
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Old 06-16-2024, 03:53 PM   #7
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my "john deere" speedster"

I'd embrace that name!!
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Old 06-16-2024, 06:17 PM   #8
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my "john deere" speedster"

I'd embrace that name!!
And create a story - John Deere's personal speedster? John Deere raced the car often? John Deere was forced to sell this open speedster because riding in it messed up his wife's hair? Have fun with it - Photoshop could be your friend.....
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Old 06-16-2024, 11:00 PM   #9
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Larry:


You did an outstanding job, I too was going to go the Smith & Jones kit way, but I found a metal boattail that I picked up in PA this past Sunday.


Where did you purchase the bar across the front bumper horns and the arms for the headlights.


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Old 06-17-2024, 07:36 AM   #10
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about that "chrome " bar between the frame horns.... i was out at a local scrap dealer and saw a hand rail in their stainless scrap container. it had just enough straight to do the job, i suspect it is from a swimming pool. i welded up a couple of bolt holes and polished it out, made some end pieces on the lathe and used stainless bolts and washers to mount it. came out pretty good for an old hillbillys fabricating, what do you think?
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Old 06-17-2024, 07:39 AM   #11
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i found the headlight mounts at the charlotte swap meet last fall. i've also got a pair i made from a cut down headlight bar, but the chrome ones were too good to ass up.
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Good job.
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Old 06-17-2024, 08:50 AM   #13
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Nice job Larry, yours is similar to mine!
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Old 06-17-2024, 09:11 AM   #14
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***** 5 star Larry. Really looks nice.
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Old 06-17-2024, 12:49 PM   #15
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Hi Larry:


Great job on both. Thank You for your reply. Great looking Speedster.


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Old 06-17-2024, 02:38 PM   #16
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Great achievement!
And to think I need a nap after applying Rain-X to the little windshield!
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Old 06-18-2024, 06:20 AM   #17
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i thought a lot about a ws, but i like the stream lined sporty look (no fenders either). i was told i would not like it with no ws, but i've been on motorcycles since the early 60's so a little wind in my face seems normal, and i ain't going on long cross country trips with it. thanks for all the positive comments!
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