INTUITIVE IRON - "Rocket Car" - indianapolis, IN
INTUITIVE IRON - A fusion of metal, art and function..........
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UFO car
The UFO car took a hit on the drivers side and needed some love. I replaced five panels and had to give the old girl a test run to check for rubbing. It's all good, so now I can finish up the trim and...
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Only in Indiana: Spaceship car
 An Indianapolis auto mechanic has a unique car that some might say is out of this world.
              
      The "Rocket Car"
It's not everyday a client walks in with a tiny toy rocket and a dream.  Steve came to me with a kids rocket small enough to fit in my hand and asked if I could build a similar one.  I replied.. How big? Steve then said, well...Big enough for me to drive. So here we go........ The Road-Rocket is under construction.
The Rocket Car cockpit is coming together quite nicely. This will be the only street legal rocket car with fully enclosed wheels.  The dash instruments are a mix of authentic aviation devices and vintage instrumentation.
The Rocket Car cockpit is coming together quite nicely. This will be the only street legal rocket car with fully enclosed wheels. The dash instruments are a mix of authentic aviation devices and vintage instrumentation.
Tricky shape with nothing but math and compound curves....
Tricky shape with nothing but math and compound curves....
I positioned the fins at a bit of a downward angle to give the old girl some motion.
I positioned the fins at a bit of a downward angle to give the old girl some motion.
Looks like a Zeppelin....
Looks like a Zeppelin....
Here's the tiny toy rocket the client gave me. He loved the feel of this particular rocket style.
Here's the tiny toy rocket the client gave me. He loved the feel of this particular rocket style.
A little side by side comparison....
A little side by side comparison....
Tig weld a little...bend a little..Tig weld a little...bend a little. Rocket man, I thinks it's going to be a long, long time before this ones wrapped up.
Tig weld a little...bend a little..Tig weld a little...bend a little. Rocket man, I thinks it's going to be a long, long time before this ones wrapped up.
It's like a giant jigsaw puzzle and the only thing your missing is the picture and all the pieces.
It's like a giant jigsaw puzzle and the only thing your missing is the picture and all the pieces.
Each piece requires two templates before it's cut out of alum. Then the piece  must be slip rolled, pre-drilled and riveted  using multiple clamps.
Each piece requires two templates before it's cut out of alum. Then the piece must be slip rolled, pre-drilled and riveted using multiple clamps.
Starting to really take shape now.....
Now it's time to jump to the front and work my way back to the middle.
Starting to really take shape now.....
The victim... I chopped up a perfectly good truck to provide a solid foundation for my build.
The victim... I chopped up a perfectly good truck to provide a solid foundation for my build.
Rough layout... What the hell was I thinking???
Rough layout... What the hell was I thinking???
This place is officially out of control....
This place is officially out of control....