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1956 Golden Rocket lightweight version 31 Oct 2020 12:39 #108460

What did I forget?
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1956 Golden Rocket lightweight version 31 Oct 2020 06:03 #108459

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1956 Golden Rocket lightweight version 30 Oct 2020 21:05 #108445

Sorry, no recent picks of my Rocket. I’ve been working a lot and not had good weather while I’ve been off to give it another try. I’ve not tried in a while and when I did, I only applied Easy Off on, left it on about 10 minutes, rubbed with very fine off brand Scotch Bright. I think it’s gray. Anyway, I could not tell that I had accomplished anything after about two hours of trying so, I stopped. I did not want to scratch the surface and then have to sand or buff the scratches out. I know I would be removing some amount of aluminum to get the scratches out. Sounds like that’s the only way.

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1956 Golden Rocket lightweight version 30 Oct 2020 02:54 #108427

Wow, that sounds like you have your work cut out for you. That's not even thinking about the deck too.

needless to say, but I look forward to seeing her come back to life.

As always good luck have fun.
1958 Hawk II, with a 1959 Mark 78A Super Marathon Six hanging off the back.
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1956 Golden Rocket lightweight version 30 Oct 2020 01:59 #108422

I am going to pull the front seat out and maybe move it back just a few inches.
The stringers under it are cracked out at the seat mount holes so I am going to rivet long “T” shaped 6061 aluminum to the top of the existing I-beam stringers and attach new seat mounts and build beams similar to what the 57 and later Rockets had to attach to the “T”, then I plan to tie the big beams to the front seat and the transom braces.
The later Rockets had stringers that look more like the stringers in your Hawk but no diagonal ribs and no transom braces.
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1956 Golden Rocket lightweight version 30 Oct 2020 00:49 #108419

Ray are you going to have to remove the front seat to install the center stringer?
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1956 Golden Rocket lightweight version 29 Oct 2020 16:34 #108393

The creativity in those robots is out of my league, I can get form after function pretty well but that vision to start with nothing and grow something like those creations you do to full stature just doesn't seem to come out of my head.
I pretty much spent most of my working life getting to figure out how to manufacture things and putting production procedures together so others could follow but I always had a final target to shoot for, I've tried trying to get a shot off that doesn't have a target and I always miss. ;-)
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1956 Golden Rocket lightweight version 29 Oct 2020 15:00 #108384

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I can’t match Mark’s creations but I have my fun. ;-)[/quote]

I disagree,,you surpassed my home cappabilitie long ago when you fabricated the stringer on the Flyer.

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1956 Golden Rocket lightweight version 29 Oct 2020 12:26 #108381

Yeah, I’m going to stiffen it up some, it doesn’t need anything forward of the front seat but it’s a long way from the transom braces to the front seat and there’s no back seat to stiffen the floor, it originally had compartments in the rear that helped but they don’t go all the way across, plus I’m going to mount a aluminum gas tank in the back and that gives me something good to mount it to.
It going to get a 2 cylinder OMC looper so a little extra weight but no Tower of Power ;-)
Proud Owner of 1956 Vagabond, 1950 Flyer, 1956 Rocket, Co-owner 1952 Flash, 10-1/2 less than VinTin
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1956 Golden Rocket lightweight version 29 Oct 2020 11:35 #108380

Locomotion wrote: It will get a stringer upgrade to stiffen the bottom and transom


Ray why are you adding a Stringer, I assume down the center? Is the bottom and transom not stiff enough now? or are you adding a stringer to support more HP weight? there is not much height between the bottom of the seat and the floor.

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