Building Miss Piggy

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Re: Building Miss Piggy

Postby M C Toyer » Sun Jun 24, 2012 11:33 pm

You're making great progress. You've got a great imagination and an eye for adaptable parts.

Now you've got me to thinking about using part of the long pointy hood from one of those ca 1950 GM sedans for a galley hatch to achieve a boat tail effect.

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Re: Building Miss Piggy

Postby Vedette » Mon Jun 25, 2012 11:00 am

Thanks MC
Were you plannig for the piont to tail off to the bottom?
If so, a better hood would be one off of a 1947 Hudson PU.
Already has the bump, but flairs out for your width.
53-56 Ford truck hoods do the same. Are a liitle more bulbus and round.
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Re: Building Miss Piggy

Postby M C Toyer » Mon Jun 25, 2012 6:34 pm

Thanks for the encouragement and tips. What is the tow truck in your avatar?

For the boat tail I was thinking of keeping the rear facing hood close to level sloping downward about 15 degrees and terminating about counter high in the galley. I would have separate doors for the below counter storage. The Hudson's flair you mentioned would simplify that. Is this a 47? - how close to stock is the hood?

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Along those lines and considering the more rounded shape of the Ford PU hood I have a 2012 KIA Sportage

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and am looking to try to mimic the roofline as viewed from the side. The bulbous hood is similar to my rear window and the width close also.

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Re: Building Miss Piggy

Postby Vedette » Mon Jun 25, 2012 8:48 pm

Hi MC
My Tow vehicle is a 1946 M Series Studebaker PU
Yes that is the stock hood on that Hudson PU (very stylish)
The Ford PU you posted the picture of would definitely be an easy mimic of your KIA.
Take another look at the picture........and try and imagine usin most of the truck.
First remove the grill.
Then mount the outer Kia flipped upside down and side for side insid the front fender in place of the headlights.
Now Chop the top of the 53-55 Cab 4" to 6"
Use the doors.
Cut the cabbehind the door posts and extend it to give you you desired sleeping length.
Raise the rear of the hood to meet the roof similar to that of the Kia's hatch,
Fill in the hood sides.
Shorten the box a huge amount and narrow it slightly to make your storage trunk on the front.
Remember keep the front fenders.
If you are really ambitious.... you could graft the fronts of the rear fenders to the back of the front fenders (flipping them side for side of course)
Also remember when chopping the top that 53-56 For PU's must be chopped 1"ore at the front (windshield end) to look right.
Again, as you are trying to mimic the KIA you would chop the widshield end even more.
Just my thoughts at a glance.
Sounds like it could be a cool project.
You would be guaranteed to have the "only" one.
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Re: Building Miss Piggy

Postby Vedette » Mon Jun 25, 2012 8:48 pm

Hi MC
My Tow vehicle is a 1946 M Series Studebaker PU
Yes that is the stock hood on that Hudson PU (very stylish)
The Ford PU you posted the picture of would definitely be an easy mimic of your KIA.
Take another look at the picture........and try and imagine usin most of the truck.
First remove the grill.
Then mount the outer Kia flipped upside down and side for side insid the front fender in place of the headlights.
Now Chop the top of the 53-55 Cab 4" to 6"
Use the doors.
Cut the cabbehind the door posts and extend it to give you you desired sleeping length.
Raise the rear of the hood to meet the roof similar to that of the Kia's hatch,
Fill in the hood sides.
Shorten the box a huge amount and narrow it slightly to make your storage trunk on the front.
Remember keep the front fenders.
If you are really ambitious.... you could graft the fronts of the rear fenders to the back of the front fenders (flipping them side for side of course)
Also remember when chopping the top that 53-56 For PU's must be chopped 1"ore at the front (windshield end) to look right.
Again, as you are trying to mimic the KIA you would chop the widshield end even more.
Just my thoughts at a glance.
Sounds like it could be a cool project.
You would be guaranteed to have the "only" one.
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Re: Building Miss Piggy

Postby Vedette » Fri Jun 29, 2012 12:59 am

Well it is after 11:00 pm here.
And I have pretty much had the night off.
Almost too late to go back out to the shop except to turn the lights & compressor off.
Only two weeks to go.....and I am getting worried as there is no plan "B".
Still welding, bodywork not complete, no primer, no paint, not wired, no interior, etc.
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Re: Building Miss Piggy

Postby KCStudly » Fri Jun 29, 2012 12:26 pm

Night off? What's that? :lol: :lol: :lol: :D

Haven't had one of those in weeks.
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Re: Building Miss Piggy

Postby Vedette » Wed Jul 11, 2012 1:28 am

Less than a week to go and we just primered "Miss Piggy" tonight.
Yes I know we are in trouble??? But, we have not given up and progress is made on a daily basis.
Sorry no time to post pictures to much going on around the clock,,,,,came in from the shop at i5 minutes to 4:00 am.
Getting very anxious and a little worried about being ready.
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Re: Building Miss Piggy

Postby Vedette » Mon Sep 03, 2012 12:16 pm

Well unfortunately we did not get Miss Piggy finished for the start of our Summer Vacation.
I am sure we miss some great opportunities??
But we are back at it, and it is so close we can taste it.
Still working at it.
There is still some of the season left!
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Re: Building Miss Piggy

Postby danlott » Mon Sep 03, 2012 11:27 pm

Any new pictures?

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Re: Building Miss Piggy

Postby Vedette » Wed Sep 05, 2012 9:52 am

Yes I have been taking them.......just not downloading them and converting to a usable size.
Should do this before I forget how.
Sorry for the wait.
Just working on the teardrop full time.
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Re: Building Miss Piggy

Postby Vedette » Mon Oct 15, 2012 11:22 pm

I took the night off from working on Miss Piggy to updat my "Album"
Sorry it took so long!
But go have a look.
There has been LOTS of progress since last pictures were posted.
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Re: Building Miss Piggy

Postby eamarquardt » Tue Oct 16, 2012 12:38 am

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Re: Building Miss Piggy

Postby danlott » Tue Oct 16, 2012 10:14 am

Wow wow wow wow wow. Very nice. You do super work and you certainly have an eye for how different parts come together.

Wish I lived closer. I have an idea for chopping up an old vw bug and reconfiguring it, but do not have the welding talent and fitting skills that you have.

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Re: Building Miss Piggy

Postby Vedette » Thu Oct 18, 2012 10:58 am

Thanks For the Kind Comments Dan.
So far the sheet metal and parts came from:
9 cars, 4 trucks, & 2 moyorcylcles.
List as follows:
1959 Simca Vedette - Main Body, bright work, bumpers,hood on roof
1951 Studebaker - Roof, hood, grill surround, grills, bullet nose, belly pan (front fender tops)
1950 Studebaker - Roof, rear window and quarter windows, headliner & bows
1961 Studebaker - Rockers, blower motor
1936 Ford - Inside door pulls
1937 Ford - Tail light lenses & rings
1947 Ford - Tail light lenses rings and housings (from park lights)
1941 Dodge - Bumperette bumpers (from brake & clutch pedals)
1997 Toyota Tecel - Jacks
1942 Chev. PU - Running lights
1946 Chev. PU - Front sheet metal and window (rear of cab)
1954 Ford PU - Belly pan rib, & front corners (from hood)
1955 Mercury PU - Grill sides (from hood)
1970's Honda Trail - Reel for shoreline (from wheel)
1965 BSA - Tail light reflectors

Plus lots of household effects and RV parts

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