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Old 02-11-2012, 03:23 PM
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Yes - unistalled. The last time I sat in a lawn chair in front of the exhaust fan in my paint booth, holding it in my hand and sprayed them with an air brush. Still not happy with the results. But I'll get it worked out.

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I'm making a little progress. Assembly in general is a lot more fun than endless body work and sanding.

Front suspension is mostly in.





The floors, footboxes, and engine bay panels are in. The trunk is in progress. An air riveter is definately nice to have.





The underside of the aluminum floors is treated with Lizard Skin. I extended the footbox insulation ERA provided to the underside of them. This is to help with heat from te undercar exhaust.



Next is finishing the trunk panels, front rotors and wheels/tires and then on to several hundred more little jobs.
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It's rewarding work. You look like you're having a great time. Enjoy the journey. I'm so glad I built my car myself, as it's half the fun of ownership. Good luck.
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Dan-Consider switching that (and all) brake hose to braided stainless.
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Dan-Consider switching that (and all) brake hose to braided stainless.
If you do that, just remember that not all hose is DOT-approved. Inspections, and all that...
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If you do that, just remember that not all hose is DOT-approved. Inspections, and all that...
Using your computer to print out "DOT Approved" stickers, and then wrapping them around your brake lines, does wonders to avoid that pesky nuisance....
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If you do that, just remember that not all hose is DOT-approved. Inspections, and all that...
How come you didn't tell me that when you sent me the big brake kit and steel hoses (16? years ago) Robert???
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How come you didn't tell me that when you sent me the big brake kit and steel hoses (16? years ago) Robert???
Ignorance is bliss.

The good part is most companies now offer the DOT-compliant hoses. That's what we've been supplying for about 10 years.
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It never bothered me---witness non-DOT harnesses, tires and brake hoses. Funny how stuff engineered for the stress of racing isn't deemed suitable to be legal for street use...Lotta geniuses in BIG GOVT...
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As far as I can tell, the only change in the hoses is some reinforcement where the line enters the end fittings. I suspect that it's supposed to idiot-proof the system so that hanging the caliper by the hose won't damage the line.
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Well - I finally have 4 wheels mounted although I'm a long way from going anywhere yet.





As some suspected I might - I have a little intererence with the rear of the front wheel well lip on the driver side with the 26.9" tall tires. It's not much and might even miss with the suspension at ride heigth (and maybe not) but it looks like I'll have to shave a little off the lip there and get our my air brush for a little touch up. I'll wait until I get the motor/trans in, the suspension is settled some and I can adjust the caster which is at who-knows-where right now. The passenger side clears by about 3/4 inch. There's that "asymetrical" body again. In this picture I've turned the tire to the point it hit the lip. From the photo perspective it's hard to see the wheel is cranked around.


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Well - I finally have 4 wheels mounted although I'm a long way from going anywhere yet.

Yes, you're well on the way. I was there several years ago too, but the build time flew by and before I knew it I was on the road. Good luck
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Dan - you're front and rear tires appear to be different sizes. Aren't you building the street model?

Your paint job looks great!
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Dan - you're front and rear tires appear to be different sizes. Aren't you building the street model?

Your paint job looks great!
Yes and yes - it's a story of compromise. At the time I started Sumburst wheels were basically unobtainium (at least pricewise). The wide-hip street car body with 7-1/2 inch rear SC wheels all around was not my favorite look and Peter discouraging me from going with a widened rear suspension although in hindsight that might have been something I should have done as I would have gained room for the exhaust also. Also, although no stranger to fiberglass work having restored an old Corvette, I wasn't brave or disrespectful enough to start carving up the beautifully done ERA body to create a narrow-hip version. So, I ended up going with the wide-hip Street Cobra approach + day 1 (or day 2) when a lot of early owners switched to 7-1/2 & 91/2 SC or FIA wheels in order to fill out the rear fenders on the wide-hip models. Next, I had to go with something smaller in a tire in the rear so I can fit 2-1/2 inch tail pipes back there (ERA only uses 2 inch) which I wasn't willing to compromise on. A 255/60-15 tire came closest to fitting the bill and being tall enough to fill the wheel well. It was a little marginal in size for a 9-1/2 inch wheel but I like how it worked out. In picking a front tire I again wanted something fairly tall and the 60 series sizes just didn't size up like I wanted, so I went with a 215/70 tire that fits on a 7-1/2 wheel marginally about the same as the rear tires - giving real similar sidewall appearance. BUT - it's a 26.9 inch tall tire (virtually the same as rear) and about 1/2 inch larger than ERA recommends. Thus - I was watching for tire rub on the fender lip at the rear and sure enough on the driver side there is a little bit.

ERAStreet went with a different approach and he has a beautful car that is the wide-hip Street Roadster + day 0 with his Sunburst wheels all around. But, I wanted to fill the rear wheel wells with a little more tire and have big exhaust.

So, there - any of you future Street Roadster builders - are two general approaches.

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I know it wouldn't be cost-effective for ERA to gear up separately for a narrow-hip 427 street roadster body - just not enough demand apparently. But - I wonder if they have ever considered moldiing up a set of outer rear fender sections matching the narrow hip car that would extend to the mold match lines surrounding the rear fender flares and wheel lips. If they included a recessed bonding flange it would be pretty easy for anyone with a little fibergalss skill to zip the SC fender section off at the mold lines, bond the new narrow-hip fender sections on and then dish grind and fiberglass everything together. They could sell them as an owner-installed option or even do it themselves.

Maybe something for Mr. Bruce to consider doing for ERA, FFR and Shelby fiberglass bodies.

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