E class streamliner

See cars and bikes being built for the salt

Moderator: DLRA

User avatar
walkingpace
Posts: 76
Joined: Mon Jun 04, 2012 11:19 am
Location: Central Coast NSW

E class streamliner

Post by walkingpace » Sun Jul 29, 2012 10:06 pm

G'day all,

I am about to kick of my lakester build and rather than work off a drawing (I'm not much of an artist) I have put together a 1/18 scale model. Now before everyone jumps on and tells me it's not a lakester because the wheels are streamlined, the wheel fairings are not actually intended for the real life build. I struck some difficulty cutting out the wheels with a hole saw and found that these little tapered characters were easier to carve out by hand than a perfect circle. The real one will have the wheels exposed in proper lakester style.....although the more I look at it........

Anyway, I am going for a WWII fighter aircraft theme, complete with nose art and a functioning 1943 air speed indicator along with some other cool guages and things poached from early warbirds (pics of these bits will follow soon).

Image
Image
Image

Engine is Holden 253 bored out .040 which I intend to run on methanol. Gearbox is aussie 4 speed which will run through a chain drive quick change to a Salisbury diff. Front end is cast iron I beam off a '28 Essex super six. The one thing I will likely change from the model is to move the front axle forward slightly. This will give me a bit more room for the cabin and allow me to lay the drivers seat back a bit more. Also, I know a head fairing will assist with aerodynamics and I did try one on the model but it just didn't look right. Total length of the car should be about 4m.

PS I apologise in advance if the pictures don't work. As you might appreciate from the historically themed build, technology is not my thing.

Cheers
Last edited by 1 on walkingpace, edited 0 times in total.

User avatar
DLRA
Site Admin
Posts: 1310
Joined: Thu Feb 27, 2003 11:03 am
Location: Australia
Contact:

Re: New lakester build

Post by DLRA » Mon Jul 30, 2012 9:10 am

Wow! Great design, great model.
Definitely has that old Timey look, but with an aero twist.
What will the body skin be made from?
Keep the shiney side up........
DLRA WebMaster / Editor

User avatar
walkingpace
Posts: 76
Joined: Mon Jun 04, 2012 11:19 am
Location: Central Coast NSW

Re: New lakester build

Post by walkingpace » Mon Jul 30, 2012 10:04 am

I had planned on using aluminium for the skin however I don't have a TIG and I'd like to avoid inserting several thousand rivets so that may end up being impractical. My experience is all with steel and that better suits my tools so that looks like the route I'll take. If I do end up building the wheel fairings I will most likely make them in fibreglass from a single mold to ensure consistency.

BIG GAZ
Posts: 328
Joined: Fri Mar 04, 2005 2:52 pm
Location: Sydney

Re: New lakester build

Post by BIG GAZ » Mon Jul 30, 2012 10:18 am

Yeah! Looks great. Where are you up to with it?
GAZ

User avatar
walkingpace
Posts: 76
Joined: Mon Jun 04, 2012 11:19 am
Location: Central Coast NSW

Re: New lakester build

Post by walkingpace » Mon Jul 30, 2012 12:57 pm

Thanks Gaz

At this stage it's a collection of parts and steel tubing. I'm moving house (and workshop) this week then work will commence putting the chassis together.

User avatar
RGV
Posts: 661
Joined: Sun Feb 06, 2011 9:17 pm
Location: Adelaide Hills

Re: New lakester build

Post by RGV » Mon Jul 30, 2012 1:08 pm

Nice bit of whittling. :D

Last Minute Racing "its a 2-stroke ya twit - Its supposed to smoke"
DLRA #928
SATA #10

2010 MPS/G 250 118 MPH:)
2011 Washed Out:(
2012 Washed Out:(
2013 MPS/G 250 131 MPH (RECORD):)
2014 MPS/G 250 140 MPH (RECORD):)
2015 MPS/F 250 DNF:(

momec3
Posts: 715
Joined: Tue Mar 01, 2011 10:36 pm
Location: Cedar Grove Qld

Re: New lakester build

Post by momec3 » Mon Jul 30, 2012 8:42 pm

Yeah welcome aboard,

I hope you possess emmence patients as that is the 1 thing that this sport has tried to teach me on so many levels.

I am suffering at the moment and wondering why I persist but seeing your simple model this takes me back to why I started to do "what we do".

Each time I'm suffering like this I drag out "Burt" on the hard drive and sit down and watch it begining to end.

Good luck, don't give up. The very unique experience that we share is truly worth the pain.

Chris

btw, not many of us can spielll
Chris

BIG GAZ
Posts: 328
Joined: Fri Mar 04, 2005 2:52 pm
Location: Sydney

Re: New lakester build

Post by BIG GAZ » Mon Jul 30, 2012 9:17 pm

We can weld good but!

momec3
Posts: 715
Joined: Tue Mar 01, 2011 10:36 pm
Location: Cedar Grove Qld

Re: New lakester build

Post by momec3 » Mon Jul 30, 2012 9:43 pm

Speak for yourself, mine just has'nt fallen in half yet.
Can you weld Balsa?
Chris

gazzas landy
Posts: 56
Joined: Sun Oct 24, 2010 4:38 pm
Location: Birkdale , South East Queensland

Re: New lakester build

Post by gazzas landy » Tue Jul 31, 2012 7:50 am

I was going down the same path for a lakester, changed my mind and going to stick the motor in the back simpler build,it looks good though. Chris ,use Pinex welding rods. Cheers F.G

User avatar
zork
Posts: 124
Joined: Fri Sep 03, 2010 8:29 am
Location: St Marys 5042

Re: New lakester build

Post by zork » Tue Jul 31, 2012 9:52 am

Should that be "Phoenix" welding rods?

gazzas landy
Posts: 56
Joined: Sun Oct 24, 2010 4:38 pm
Location: Birkdale , South East Queensland

Re: New lakester build

Post by gazzas landy » Tue Jul 31, 2012 1:34 pm

No Zork ,PINEX welding rods made for wood,the kiwi boys would have heard of them. Cheers F.G

User avatar
zork
Posts: 124
Joined: Fri Sep 03, 2010 8:29 am
Location: St Marys 5042

Re: New lakester build

Post by zork » Tue Jul 31, 2012 8:20 pm

Lol.....funny

grumm441
Posts: 513
Joined: Mon Nov 14, 2005 5:43 pm
Location: Buggery, a tidy town
Contact:

Re: New lakester build

Post by grumm441 » Tue Jul 31, 2012 9:26 pm

nice woodwork
Although...
with streamlined covers on the wheels, wouldn't it become a streamliner 5.A.2
G
They make it
I make it work

User avatar
BOB ELLIS
Posts: 455
Joined: Thu Oct 26, 2006 5:26 pm
Location: BRISBANE QLD , AUSTRALIA

Re: New lakester build

Post by BOB ELLIS » Wed Aug 01, 2012 8:34 am

Ah yes,,,the ol' Pinex Welding rods !!

Not as easy as to use as some may think , even though they are readily available at any corner store.
Only a few master tradesmen can truly master them and produce quality work.

The few "tricks of the trade",, Rods must be kept in a Chilly Bin , along with the Mutton Fat Flux (without the flux,the weld will look like Pukeko shit).We have also found that having a dozen or so cans of Lion Red stored in the chilly bin helps!

Most Important !!! The safety equipment (Using Pinex can be dangerous)
Make sure you have good woollen socks on your hands and you must wear size 10 Jandals to protect your feet.

Post Reply