This can’t be healthy. I think about that car every morning when I get up and way too much during the day. So let’s make it worse. I saw some drawings in your garage of what your RR/Merlin car will look like when you’re done. Would you post a couple of those please? And a couple photos of your massive sheet metal forming/bending machines. Thanks.
This takes "seriously cool" and "totally bad ass" to a whole new level. I've been following the progress on FB but didn't know all the other details behind the project. I can't wait to see the finished product and additional progress posts here on the forum. WOW!! Great job Dave!
Okay, a short update plus response to Chip's request. I took the metal working classes in late-September and two months later I've just completed the basic bodyshell. It comprises sixteen panels that I 'wheeled up'. The process is; cut carboard patterns first, along with 3/4" steel strips that are bent to the correct contours. Then wheel up, test shape with the templates, add the flanges using the powered bead roller and fit to the body skeleton. There's lots of tweaking and trial and error of course, but by following Lazze's directions it's not impossibly difficult. The body represents around 80 hours of work. (Interestingly, just before I took the classes, the guy that developed the Occulus Rift VR technology had taken the course. HE is a young guy, now a billionaire but he is restoring a Lola T-70 so there's hope for the car hobby yet!). Next steps are the doors and trunk lid followed by endless hours of boring skim coating and block sanding before paint. It's going to be black so I'll need to force myself to do a good prep job coz black shows up every imperfection. Couple of pics of the body, plus the metal working equipment (English Wheel, Powered bead roller, 48" pin and box-type brake, Shrinker, Stretcher, deep throat Shrinker/Stretcher, and of course a good ole sand bag for hammering on stuff). I've also added a photo of the dash panel because I just think it looks so cool.
The overall process, as per Chip's request, I started with a 1" = 1ft concept drawing. Then this gets scaled-up to 1/4full size so I can pull dimensions off the drawing. It's not a very good picture but hopefully you'll get the idea.