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The Linde takes First Place in Radical Show Rod at the Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona

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Pomona, CA. (January 27, 2015) – The Grand National Roadster Show is billed as the longest running indoor car shows in the world.  This past weekend, Nels and Ninette Linde entered their one of a kind creation into the 2015 GNRS in the Radical Show Rod class.

By the end of the show, Glendale’s Nels and Ninette Linde would be coming home with a First Place award in the their class.  Congratulations!

Here’s a little more about the Linde;

Chassis
The chassis was designed and built first. The basic frame rail material is 1/4 X 2 X 4 rectangle tubing that was tapered in front. The rear crossmember took eight pieces of steel to create. Modified 1966 Nova steering box. Owner built pitman arm. Differential is a 3.50:1, 9″ from a 1964 Ford Fairlane 500. Front axel and rear radius rods are from a 1946 Ford. American wheels. Owner modified the front brakes and brake pedal assembly from Speedway Motors.

Linde2Owner designed and created……….
a) Adjustable friction shocks designed with hidden coil springs and outer floater plate. Dog-bone shaped shock shackels are made from Caterpillar forklift, lift chain, links.
b) Quarter-eliptic springs are shaped and mounted inside the main frame rails, made from modified small trailer leaf springs, no panhard bar is needed.
c) Spherical shaped pitman arm nut and radius rod heim end covers are made from weld-on fence post caps.
d) Tie-rod is curved to match the curve of the front axel to help hide it.
e) Unique sturdy rear radius rod, to differental, housing mounts.

Engine
355″ SBC, 461 heads, SSI cam, 500 CFM Rochester 2 bbl. carb, 1969 Chevy 2 bbl. intake, modified air filter housing made from an 1949 Chevy oil bath, block hugger headers feeding a 2 1/2″ exhaust pipe and single Cherry Bomb muffler. Engine machine work by Gene’s Engine Service of Phoenix, Arizona.

350 trans rebuilt by Ken’s Transmission of Phoenix, Arizona. A 2200 stall converter from Speedway Motors. Shifter by Lokar. Owner shortened and balanced Chevy driveshaft.

Body
The body was owner designed and built on top of the chassis. The body buck was owner built out of plywood and sheets of styrofoam. Then, shaped by carving and sanding. Next only the fiberglass was hand layed on top of the buck by Earl’s Fiberglass of Phoenix. The buck was then removed at home and the filler skim coats and block sanding began. The hood section was cut off and the firewall panel made from fourteen ply, 3/4″ ( 14 ply ) plywood and sandwiched between fiberglass. Floor panels are from the same plywood and also sandwiched in fiberglass. Next the doors were cut out and the door jams were hand laid up with interior panel flanges and bear claw latches.

Body features…….
a) One piece tilt hood.
b) Owner designed and formed hood side panel vent system.
c) Grill material cut from a Freightliner grill.
d) Owner built, air foil shaped, external door hinges.

Photo courtesy of Nels and Ninette Linde.

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