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Old 06-25-2013, 10:12 AM
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John, though I was thinking about your brace project when I saw the construction of this seat! With all the photos in the ebay ad and my strinker stretcher I would make these suckers! I mean easily! There is nothing complex at all about them. I could make a set pretty easy, it's a thought.






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Think I'll go back to plan A, modify the stock seat (which I need to get, I don't have one) and keep it a three seater. I am thinking to uppolster it to look like the Corvette seats with a smooth area between the "seats" in the middle. "

Brian, Sid Chavers has put out some instructional auto upholstery videos that I have found to be very well done. One of the things he does is show how to modify an old style spring seat by installing a plywood bottom with upholstery webbing and then using heavy duty foam to shape the seat as desired. It is something you could easily do and then just have your trimmer of choice cover it. I think the video is about 40 dollars and I think you would find it very interesting.

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I will keep that in mind and keep an eye out for it.

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I got the passenger door tacked together and after pulling it off and on and making adjustments about 52 times it fits! WHOOO HOOO!



Remember, the cab and door are sectioned horizontally 2.5 inches. It doesn't look like it in this photo because there is no seam across the door. The shell was sectioned and then the skin was re-rolled to match the bottom of the door with the inner raised up that 2.5 inches, welded on then the extra trimmed off.

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Looking good. Wish I had gotten as much done....John

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Braced the cab tonight so it doesn't move around when I am doing the top. It was cross measured of course to perfection before I welded in the braces.

Brian

After seeing some photos of your Merc John, it was the straw that broke the camels back, I have chopped a number of cars and trucks and never braced the body. But after seeing your Merc I figured what the heck, it's like making a template, it's good time spent even though you could get away without it. But I feel a lot better, it would move around a little and this way I can do anything I want tugging or pushing or what ever and never have to think about it. But that's what I got done tonight. The other thing was very good too, my son has been coming out to the garage when I am working and punching the speed bag. He has never wanted to learn to box and you know how it is, when you aren't asking, now they want to. So it sounds like he wants to start to learn something and I am going to play "Oh, ok, if you want to" and get the stuff out tomorrow and have it waiting there for him and we can work on it. It's an awful good thing to know as it has changed my life I am sure though I have never had to use it. I thank my father so much for teaching me.

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I hope you still have a bed to sleep on Brian.

I braced the Merc really well before I cut it apart so it would not move. The only reason I did not brace the Chevy is when I cut the cowl loose from the floor boards it becomes a separate unit no longer attached in any way to the rear body section. It is till intact and has no reason to flex. I will shim it back until the doors lign back where I had them. I very well may cross brace the body shell before I separate it from the frame.

I think you are doing the right thing. Keep the pictures coming.

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LOL, three of those pieces DID come from my bed! Not the bed I sleep on, the bed from the truck. I had instead of the factory piece of runner along the side of the bed a piece of angle iron bolted to the side of the bed and over the wood. Those pieces were out in my wrecking yard last night when I went looking for a piece of tubing or something to make these braces out of.

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Got the passenger door almost done.



Been cleaning up rust and getting ready to put the top back on.

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Got the passenger door almost done.

Been cleaning up rust and getting ready to put the top back on.

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First class Brian. Keep the pictures coming. I look forward to each post.

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dang, i need a new project
this looks like fun
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dang, i need a new project
this looks like fun
I am having so much fun mostly because of the memories. I will be working on this truck using the same tools I worked on it 40 years ago listening to the same music! I am not kidding you, I will literally laugh out loud out in the garage while working on it.

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I am having so much fun mostly because of the memories. I will be working on this truck using the same tools I worked on it 40 years ago listening to the same music! I am not kidding you, I will literally laugh out loud out in the garage while working on it.

Brian
The reason Brian is enjoying this so much is for just a few minutes he is able to forget he is forty years older and fast becoming an old man. On the other hand getting old is not all bad.

Welcome to the club Brian.

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It's so sad when someone doesn't see this at some point. That his life is precious and it really doesn't take that much to make you happy. I don't need some new expensive car, or a big dollar old one, just my old truck , my Craftsmen torch and my Three Dog Night album spinning on the turn table out in the garage.

With my darling wife coming out to tell me dinners on, how much better does it get!

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