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Exterior—Rear Hatch Hold-Open Arm

Lynn in Bugsby, September 5, 2005

Completed: 2007-03-04 — Started: 2007-01-18

HATCH HOLD-OPEN ARM: A shot of the hatch hold-open arms from Al Nippert's 1923 6-55 Speedster (left) and Phil Renuart's 1924 6-55 Speedster (right).

BUGBS'S NEW ARM: Shots of the arm that Lynn fashions for Bugsby.

Work Completed:
Kevin is getting ready to put the finishing touches on the new hatch for Bugsby and he needs the arm that will hold the hatch open. Lynn studies the pictures he has of the arm on Nippert's and Renuart's Speedsters and fashions an arm for Bugsby.

Lynn uses a bar of cold rolled steel (1/8" thick, 3/4" wide) as the main structural material. After he's done making the pieces for the arm, he polishes them with a wire wheel and seals the surface with a clear spray lacquer.

Lynn takes some liberties and improves the design of the arm, slightly. He adds brass washers as bearings at the pivot points and uses a 1/4" carriage bolt and Bakelite tightening knob. Lynn feels that his reinterpretation of the original Kissel arm is more serviceable and doesn't expect that it will raise any objection from a car show judge.

Work Remaining:

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