That was the 18th Oct 2014 and it hang on the wall of the shed untill 8.45am this morning when I took it down to have a good look and think, and as the sun went down this arvo I took these…
Ok so way back I started a thread here about doing 2 cars that by the end of a few days became 1 Car (( A Red 1 )) well that car now joins a Bentley Body hanging on the wall from back in 2003.
The Bentley like the Red 1 just met a brick wall as what I wanted from them, they would never had made the grade.
So this is a new Detailed Car as someone has waited long enough, sorry Mate I don’t have a name for Her yet or if even a colour.
I took the 5lt 4 pot ( built at the start of “A Tail of 2 Cars” ) laid it on the desk and designed a full chassis to go around it
I had 7 photos of how the chassis was made but iTunes sorted out how to get rid of them, So it was a section of 1/2 inch square that was forged into the shape I wanted then cut right down the middle so that both rails are the same.
The rear springs are my own design and still need to be wire wrapped so they stay together at speed.
So that was my last few days ! what did you get up to.
See Ya Tony
OK Sunday 8th I have made a video that shows what the still photos never show 3D…real.
Monday the 9th Feb 15….
so this took me 5 hours today..Every car that is not air cooled needs a radiator So looking at the beast I took a few distance points and starting with a sheet of copper,
to hold it in as I have to join Alloy,Copper and Steel I ran a wire through the grill grabbing the center bar, a twist or to keep it snug then bent to go through the cooler and grab the 2 center down tube’s.
Funny thing this stuff I started about 2pm it was daylight and then it was dark and I needed a torch to take the last few photos at 7pm, yes I know that is 6hr’s but I did sit and think a fair bit but it was all fun and time stops.
So it’s the 11th today and I missed yesterdays post…ok…here..
So at present the chassis is 22 inches long and it is an old final drive Chain.that was it.
Sorry no photo of a bit of tin with lines all over it just after it was cut in about what looked like where it should have been…That is I wanted the cab floor,firewall,leg well and a nice comfy seat all with a hole for the gearbox tunnel .
So I am a day late, blame all the concrete.
So it took to Friday to get my act together and get back into the start on the bodies made on Tuesday.
In the good old days I used real car panels but a Merc nigh on killed me when the panel went up in smoke and the stuff used in sound deading was very toxic, so now I use nice safe new steel.
Pictures new steel and an old pattern of the cockpit from there it gets to be what is in my head at that moment, this body ,I decided to make like an old rivet job and i had some sections cut from old computers so a few more cut outs and then …BIG MISTAKE….
I have not counted how many rivets I did yesterday and there are just as many to go before the paint job.
Thus the 2 cars now 1 cause I would go mad if I did 2 the same (but Different) right now.
so cut rivet and then fold over a chunk of old oar then weld and grind the seam behind the driver and put on the body lower frame.next was the dash and then I started the copper tube that will be the leather tuck/roll on the metalwork around the cockpit.
So there you have it 1 week gone.
And that Motor well it was going to be WAY to big to be usefull , so I will work out some thing else for it …Even a Tractor …1 day. Tony
Another week of which 3 days I concreted while the paint went off.
The box of bits that were to be the motor ended up way out of scale so that was shelved along with a motor for a Morgan.
A bit was done this week Bodywork, Copper/Leather cockpit edge, Clean, Prime, Paint, Grill, Copper Surround,Rad Cap, Exhaust for Straight 8…8 into 4 x 2 then…
and a start on the Front wheel stuff, Some pictures are needed at this point.
“It’s made in Australia.”
Well that was fun, love the shape of the pipes.
See You Next post.
A long time ago as an artist I made model Racing Cars from any of the stuff I did collect.
Now I have been asked to build 1 more along the same lines “Thanks Ian”, but looking around here
(at home) I find that of what I made I can’t forgive myself for not keeping one of two that I did build.
These are those two cars.There was the RED one
And a Yellow one
Both were the top end of Detail, and took far longer than the few days needed to build a standard.
So I am going to build Two cars.
Right here over the next month or so.
I will update this post every week with the how and when and they will be Yellow and very much along the same lines.
Ian gets first pick and the Tinker gets the other.
Well that was a fast week it is Friday night allready and with all the other stuff in life not much happened in the fixing the shed side , But in the job of the Cars I did manage to get ahead of my self and figured that what the heck do it right …so instead of a body first and then the rest was made to fit why not build a motor and then work outwards (you will notice that neither of the above cars have motors).
So first off you need to dig into 18 years of junk and kept stuff (yep started collecting in 1996) I wanted stuff that would build a motor or two from way back…thinking big 4 or 6 cylinder great big 5lt type stuff, air cooled ? whatever so that ment a day just going through draws and buckets…you get the picture.
take a bucket load of old rusty parts , toss into a cement mixer add some concrete blend and water and you get Dam that went messy quick but after an hour or so, pour it out wash the bits then blow torch them dry FAST or they rust again so …
R;….Wire and Rods, misc Motor and Carby Sections.
O;….Exhaust Pipes….P;….Exhaust End, still need a middle pipeso the picture of the Exhaust end was not to great so I will show you another that gives away where it came from ( Love Woolies Sales)so One Complete Motor allmost.
That’s about 11 inches long, mite be a bit big, rethink time me thinks.
So, at last I have a week to build a Giraffe, You know one of these.
Yes it is a stock image just taken from the net , and I thank whomever for posting it.
The reason for this one is that it can be broken down into sections so when built from corrugated Iron I can get a 3D effect from flat planes of Corro.
It will be about 4m tall, but I have put form into the head as it will lay at about 69 degree’s to the rest of the body.
So 2 sheets of Iron at 3.8m from the salvage yard
Take a copy of the Photo from the web and print, I then worked out 4m from head to feet and drew a line across the print at those 1m points.
This was the only lines drawn I just free handed the body from there .
If you look there are 5 sections needed to build Her.
the first layer is neck, then the right side, followed by the left rear leg, then the last leg on the right at the rear and then the head this was made wider so the bending will allow for it to gain the full shape.
I have a nibbler that fits on a drill so cut out was easy compared to tin snips.
next photo is both front legs cut out and crossed as per finished.
Belive it or not the neck L Leg is in this photo 3.8m long. (just looks short in photo)
when it was all cut out it was all given a 2 coat of primer undercoat.
With a bit of black added to the head after shaping (yep that’s a tongue)
Now the pallet is restricted
all house paint and UV stuff and the owner wants to clear coat later.
So that was yesterday and today and it needs to go up in place in a tree on Saturday.
wish me luck !.
I will post the rest of the build as it happens over the next 3 days.
Thursday 25th Sept
cut myself 4.250m of 25 x25 2mm wall square tube.
then using the neck left leg/neck section made up an angle and went looking for 2 close together trees to bend it..
Lucy (dog) just checking)
Then I lay the fore section over the axis spar and fixed it with self drilling hex head screws
turned it over and fixed the other sections to the back in there order front to rear, added a x member and fixed the rear sections to it so as to give a small amount of depth but not too big as to give a disjointed look to the finished beast.
Then primed all the fixers and heat bended the top section of the spar to hold the head and this also sealed the tube from weather entering at the top.
Then late today out came a 4 inch brush and the pallet of house paint and did some hard and fast wet on wet painting in a rough vein of the photo.
Tomorrow I will stand it up at the front of the shed and see how it looks and get out the ladder and fix any bad paint work.
Friday he got a Bit of a trim and some more colour paint, then He got to stand up for the first time so against my shed ( 9m x 6m) he is 4meters tall!!
Now he looked a bit bright so a bit more colour and then this morning
Saturday 27th September
he went down to my back yard to see him in morning light
(there is a reason)
Facing South East at 9.30am …dappled shade
The light gives him a better 3D look.
He will sit facing North West with the same sort of light in the afternoon.
so on to the ute and off home, His place in life was worked out so that
From the drive way
From the Lounge room over the deck
From the Kitchen
From the master bedroom
and the little deck
and at last in place facing North West
and from all accounts he glowed redder in today’s sunset.
OH and His name..Morris…
Sorry, but photos don’t do him Justice.
“That’s all Folk’s”
The Cathedral Of Saint Stephen Art Group
Are up to there old Tricks in Brisbane again this year on Friday 25th July
The Francis Rush Centre
Cathedral of Saint Stephen
249 Elizabeth Street, Brisbane
It’s the annual Cycle Of Life Winter Art Exhibition.
And like last year I am again tossing in a few (3) entries
This Years Theme is “Interconnections”
Life on this planet is about the interconnections of all things.
Our survival and quality of life is dependent on this understanding.
So number 1 is Metro (above-below) $400
Is the park in the city or is the city surrounded by the trees?
This 1 is an exercise in form folding and hammer shaping and trying to get things even. $600
OK so if you know me you would know that I mainly work with odd bits of cars and junk and the last 2 were a bit left field.
But FEAR Not
The sound of the wind to the sea.
So it is not quite all out of old metal bits, but I did manage to get a couple of epns cake stands and a few bits of quality wire.
Real bird wings a wooden Table leg, sea shells and a now not working violin and a jewellery hanging on doll, oh and 2 silver plated cake trays (upside down).
So if you are in Brisbane on Friday 25th July till Monday 28th (Opening Times) 9am till 5pm
come on over and grab some Art, either I or another Artist will thank you (we all need the sales) and you get Made in Australia.
Brian is a Mate from way back and will be on TV this weekend.
He has his own Gallery in Nambour, Queensland, and I have some of my Art in there.
This You Tube is the program segment in www.colourinyourlife.com.au TV show and I get a show at 15.25 in a quick flash of RED the horse and a Tractor in the background.
Well worth watching just to see how to paint something that “has stood still to long”
Thanks Brian good to see you get some Air Time.
and there is face book as well, I’ll find it later
This Post will be a few days in the making as I have Told myself that I would load up some of my art over the last 10 years.
Now if it is classed with an S then it has gone it’s own way.
There is Body Castinging and what I did to them there is Cars, Bikes,Birds and a whole lot of other that is made from stuff that had another life before I got to it.
So sit Back and Enjoy the picture show.
Next we have a glass lady (was to be a fountain but looked better mounted).
Now for a few cars all “S”
So as I am going to a car show in a few weeks,that has Rocker Cover Racers as part of the day I decided to finish a project that has sat in the shad for the last 2 years.
I got in Jan 2011 a set of 2 Rocker Covers from a V8 at a swap meet they are chrome, clean and very straight so this is what I have done.
The wheels are from a skate board and are mounted on some brass bits that were lying about, these are mounted on just 1 bolt so I can rotate them up from the position they are in (lowered) to suit any humps or bumps in what ever track any where it gets a run.the driver is a bonnet mascot from I know not which car and the now added bit on the front I belive comes from an old petrol bowser.
Just need to see how it goes now.
Another bit of junk in my shed was an old style Ship light and I wanted to build something Steampunk out of it but the shape was not going to fit anything that I could think of ……….but then, What if ?
Long before Captain Nemo was a Captain he was a Deckhand lived in a little cottage and on the front of that cottage he had a night light and a bird cage.
So out with an old door and take out the center section give it a bit of a sand stick on the light, a bracket to hold a rusty wire bird cage that took quite a while to build and it sure did need some stuff, so using the same old rusty wire that the cage had been made from I made a wire basket and a vine that clawed its way up over the light and also helped hold the bracket up.
I have wired the light up as a plugin but it could be used as a light that is wired into the house without much worry.
The cage still looked a bit empty so I added a small copper wire Baby Bird with a Pine beak, his legs are built with some copper wire that was treated to go blue/green over a year ago.
It stands about 4ft tall at a guess if not 4ft6in, to late at night to go and measure so even the metric you have to work out yourself….don’t worry I will edit this post with the correct size up and across.