Ivan Stewart Modern motors Chenowth 1000 replica build

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I really wish you guys could see this thing in person as the pictures don’t do the colors justice. We are starting to bolt pieces onto the Chenowth and so far so good. I had to call my buddy Norm Francis a few times to remind me how to do some of the prepping on the old suspension. I pushed the car out of the garage so I could turn it around and snapped some pictures. She’s a roller again and I’ve put my head down and getting this thing ready enough to head to Norm for some light body work and fresh paint!

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Trans goes in next, then work on the aluminum floor and the Dzus springs in place. I have some minor aluminum work to finish so I will jump on that early this week.
 

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More work getting done today, coming together pretty quickly for now. I got the trans in place along with the rear bumper...

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I took the aluminum floor and held it into place with some spring clamps...

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after I drilled out the holes it was time to start on the Dzus springs, unfortunately for me I ran out soon after I began...

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Since I’ll have to wait until Tuesday to finish the Dzus springs I went ahead and cleaned up the aluminum plate for the pedal assembly...

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I thought I’d post a pic of the Chenowth ID tag, nice job from the guys at Allcoat...

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More next week, need to work on the aluminum pieces above the fuel cell and the rear firewall, along with the vents on the side panels.
 

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Dang that serial number is only 11 frames later than mine.

123 chassis after mine. The model number has to be the same which this car is to mine. Chenowth used different consecutive number if for slightly different model number. I have seen the exact same number for two Chenowth 1000’s. The only difference is one was mild steel and the other was chromoly. I know my chassis is early 1977. I know this because my chassis is three chassis before Mark Stahl’s car and he knows when he received his.
 

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123 chassis after mine. The model number has to be the same which this car is to mine. Chenowth used different consecutive number if for slightly different model number. I have seen the exact same number for two Chenowth 1000’s. The only difference is one was mild steel and the other was chromoly. I know my chassis is early 1977. I know this because my chassis is three chassis before Mark Stahl’s car and he knows when he received his.

My model number is the same as Rory's except my tag is plain and it has a number 3 stamped in at the top of the plate. I assume it stands for 3 link.
 

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As soon as I got off work I dropped by the nut and bolt store to pick up 70 Dzus springs, 30 tapered Dzus buttons and 20 button head Dzus buttons amongst a few other odds and ends. $164.00 later I walked out of the store with a little bag not weighing more than 5lbs. I was excited to start putting the Dzus buttons together so I could hang the body. I made quick work of the springs and then decided I would start on the aluminum panels.

I had already pre-made the rear firewall panel but it needed to be bent around the fuel cell and then some work from the bead roller. Here’s a shot of the OLD panels that covered the fuel cell and the top half of the rear firewall...

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As you can see they are pretty beat up and need replacing. The upper part of the rear firewall was ready for some measurements so I put it where it needed to go and marked the “Step” for the bead roller to slide under the lower firewall panel...

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After rolling the “Step”, I placed it in its happy spot and to my horror I had put the “Step” on the wrong side of the panel. Insert numerous and creative new curse words here...

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If that wasn’t bad enough my decorative bead around the panel landed directly into the middle of a tube instead of 1” to the right of it. Ok, Ok, regroup, it’s only one panel.

I then move to the front firewall panel and must admit I’m pretty happy with the way it turned out. I lay the bead roll out and smudged it ever so slightly on the bottom but it wasn’t that bad. I mount it to the car and step back to pat myself on the back on the good work.....then realize AGAIN to my horror that the F**KING bead is on the wrong side of the panel. Are you F**KING kidding me?!?!? 2 panels ruined in less than 20 minutes...

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At some point you just have to walk away and take a break. The wife brought home some food so I relaxed for a few to gather my thoughts. I headed back out to the garage an hour later and decided to throw the body on the car to see how all the Dzus buttons lined up. Much to my pleasure everything was good on that end...

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I figured I would not leave the shop until I at least started the new panels that I so stupidly ruined by not paying attention. At least I have some really good templates if I ever decide to build another Chenowth 1000. I cut out a few new pieces and drew the templates on them. Tomorrow I will redo the two panels and HOPEFULLY not screw them up as I am already A little behind on my completion date...but not by much.

We all have good days and bad days, this was a bad day but tomorrow I will get it right. As for tonight, it’s time for some adult cocktails 🍸 and reflect on the days events.
 
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Well, after yesterday’s Debacle I was back on aluminum duty. Aluminum work is new to me and I’m learning....and yesterday I learned ALOT! Since I don’t have a sheer or a brake I’m have to use my buddy David Barrett’s stuff who lives down the street from me. David builds some really nice Manx style cars and his company is called Manx Chassis. It sure is nice to have a neighbor like David and also nice to have a neighbor that has no problem letting you use his stuff, payment is usually a case of Corona every once in a while. Thanks David!
Anyways, I cut out some new pieces and started working on the rear firewall area. Here’s a shot of the area before I bent up a piece of aluminum...

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here’s the new piece prior to final fitting...

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the rear deck lid also had to be redone as we are not running the air cleaners through the aluminum like most Chenowths. The first version of this car had a single air cleaner on top of the motor so we went with this look as the car looks better that way. After getting the rear panel made it was time for me to go round 2 with the bead roller....

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luckily for me everything went smoothly and the bead turned out better than the earlier ones. I mounted the new rear deck lid on the car and one only have to fill in the gap between the two plates...

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I got the Dzus dimple dye tool and finished the number plate, roof and the entire floor...

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I finished up this evening with the front firewall piece. It only took me about 3 hours to get this one drawn, cut out, bead rolled and Dzus holes drilled out. With that said I’m sure any other aluminum guy would have had it finished in about 30 minutes...

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Sooooo, the aluminum work is almost complete, all that’s left is the gap between the deck lid and then the side vents on the fiberglass side panels. I have to have this all completed by Monday night because the car goes to Norm Francis place on Tuesday morning so he can start painting.
 

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Our old hi cage Chenoweth 1000. It was fun car. Wish I could find it. Made into a class 9 car for Stan Potter.
 

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Our old hi cage Chenoweth 1000. It was fun car. Wish I could find it. Made into a class 9 car for Stan Potter.

Nice looking car, the Chenowth 1000 lines are classic. I wouldn’t mind building another one....but It will have to be after I finish the Ivan Stewart Toyota which I’ll jump back on after this Chenowth is finished.
 

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Arts and crafts today as we get the car ready for Tuesday. I had made some templates for the side vents a while back but I didn’t like them so I made new ones...

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I’ve got the spot marked out on the fiberglass where they will be mounted. I still have to cut out the hole for the air to flow through but will wait till the vents are finished so I cut them out correctly...

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a sneak peak of what they will look like...

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a closer look at what they look like on the car from Ivan Stewart at the 1977 SCORE Riverside off road world championships...


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Made the trek down to Cali the other day with the Chenowth in tow. I arrived at Norms place in Murrieta and we unloaded the car and Norm looked it over...

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The body was then removed and we found a place in the garage for the Chenowth...

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We then traveled to ORW and picked up some stuff to wire the car with. We also ordered some hardware to mount the wing that I will be tackling when I get the car home. After ORW it was off to the paint store to buy all the goodies for Norm to paint the car...

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it was time to head back to the house so we could meet Gary Haugley who was delivering the motor. We stabbed the motor in the car to check clearances and talked about changes, like getting rid of the green color manifold and also going back to the old school Zenith carb setup so it would be more era appropriate.

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Gary and Norm take a break and talk about the meaning of life...

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Day 2 had Norm working on the rear quarter panels. There were afew holes to fill in the fiberglass...

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Rear glass was now complete and primered, day 3 will consist ofgetting a better fit on the hood and nose piece along with some work on the side panels.

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Norm will have a busy week but he is hoping to lay the yellow base coat down sometime on Saturday and the red and blue stripes a little later next week. Plan is to have it pretty much painted by next Saturday for pick up. The Aluminum might not be finished until the week of the MINT 400 but we’ll wait and see.

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photo credit Petersens Auto Museum.
 
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Norm Francis is doing a great job on the body work, and boy is there some body work to do. The hood and the nose of the car were in bad shape and the gaps were pretty inconsistent. Norm worked on the gaps between where the hood, nose and side panels all intersect. I wish I had a before pic because you would have seen what he had to work with, but here is what it looked like when he was finished...

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There is still a little massaging to do but you get the idea. Norm then moved to the nose piece and removed 40 years of paint, exposing the white from the Mears/Galles era, and the blue from the Ughard era...

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And the same for the hood...

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Norm then added primer to both the hood and the nose pieces...

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Besides the finished paint work, the only thing left to do on the hood and nose is to drill the holes for the Dzus buttons. Here's the hood and nose fitted back onto the car...

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Look at how good those gaps look on the car, strong work Norm, strong work. We have a lot of work to do to get the car finished enough for the MINT 400. Hopefully the car will be completely painted and LOOK like it's complete for the MINT but we are expecting some weather that could hamper our situation in the coming days. Norm still has to get ready for the MINT 400 as his #V110 Chenowth 1000 racer will be competing in the 1982 Vintage class with Tommy Croft driving...

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Crossing our fingers we can have the car ready in time....nothing like waiting till the last minute eh? Norm will be picking up the new shocks from BILSTEIN on Monday. We also scored a few KC lights from my good buddy Jeff Furrier from UPR Racing Supply but still need 4 more. It would be nice to find some old school light covers too so we will check out the Curt Leduc swapmeet next week to see what people have.
 
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Another good update from Norm down in Cali. The car has been completely primered and he just finished sanding the fiberglass for the last time before laying down the first coat of yellow..
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I can’t tell you how excited I am to see the finished product. Norm has painted a bunch of race cars over the years and here’s just a few recent ones...

Here’s The Bob Maynard car he restored along side his 2 seat Chenowth and the Funco...
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The 5 link Chenowth 1000...
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The Tracy’s Party Ice Funco...
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The Dave Tilton/Bob Lawrence Chenowth...
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Matt Parks 2 seat Raceco...
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And a little retro throwback of Norm’s 5/1600 from the late 1980’s...
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Norm did me another solid today as he made a trip down to Poway and picked up my shocks from Bilstein. Mark Waite and the guys (and gals) from Bilstein have really taken care of us over the last couple years and today was no different. Thank you Bilstein for all that you have done for off road racing and us little guys...
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Another cool deal was I reached out on social media looking for some old KC light covers. Thanks to Eric Record, Devin Kugler and Gary Haugley answered the call...
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Last but not least my fellow Vintage buddy Jeff Furrier added to our cause and shipped me some old school KC lights. I hate it when i owe that guy, it always seems to happen like that.... *Smiley face*
 
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