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Old 07-15-2014, 09:29 PM
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The car is looking so good! So nice to see it coming along.

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I am so tired of grinding and welding all these pieces that I have installed but not finished. Finally done with the rear floor pan and ready to start on the convertible top well and the back seat support as well as the support that runs between the B pillars.

How about a couple of "before pictures" to make the in progress pictures easier to relate to.






I am amazed that the vertical panel the top well mounts to is in pretty good shape once you get up about an inch. The exception may be the far LH side but I will cross that bridge when I get to it.





Time to get back to the fun part. Time to make some pieces.
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John, It looks so good its gonna be a shame to cover it with carpet. LOL
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John, It looks so good its gonna be a shame to cover it with carpet. LOL
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Thanks Nolan, I am going to try not to get behind on the finish work again. welding and grinding 8 - 10 feet of weld in a place where you can not get comfortable is not fun. This should have been done before I moved on to the trunk.

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Just a quick update on the old girls progress.

I joined the trunk pan with the rear floor boards and have welded in the convertible body mounts and hydraulic cylinder lower mount. There is not much creativity involved here but I am going slow and making sure everything stays in allignment.

Trunk floor joined to floor pan.



Convertible mounts shimmed and welded in.



Floor pans as they look to date.





So far, so good. Door gaps staying about the same.

John that looks outstanding!

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Yes, absolutely beautiful work.

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I have the lower flange fabricated and ready to weld in for the rear panel of the convertible top well. Just have to punch the holes for the plug welds.

I started out by laying out the panel. I had to make reliefs where the panel will come up above the bottom of the 5 ribs stamped into the panel. To do this I punched 1 inch holes so I would have a nice radius around them. Then trimmed the panel leaving nice even reliefs.

Next I ran it through the bead roller with flanging dies so it would be flush against the trunk spring housings and would weld in nice and tight.





Lastly I put the bend in it. Infortunately, I only have a 3 foot brake so I made it in 2 pieces and welded them together.







I hope tomorrow to finish welding it in. If I do, I will post a picture.

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you continue to amaze thanks for the effort
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Finished welding in the flange. Looks like the factory spot welded in there 60 years ago.



This is the important side. It shows when the trunk is opened.



When you back up and look at the whole floor, it is beginning to look like a car.



Next step is to make the top well and temporarily install the seat back support. I am going to have to break open this gallon of SPI epoxy and prime the inside before I weld it up permanently. Drill screws will be just the ticket to mock this up.

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Finished welding in the flange. Looks like the factory spot welded in there 60 years ago.



This is the important side. It shows when the trunk is opened.



When you back up and look at the whole floor, it is beginning to look like a car.



Next step is to make the top well and temporarily install the seat back support. I am going to have to break open this gallon of SPI epoxy and prime the inside before I weld it up permanently. Drill screws will be just the ticket to mock this up.

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John go online ,,Sharkskin Metal treatment,, their product will keep rust from starting for over a year on sand blasted metal should last lonber on unblasted ,( no silica from sand ),,might be something you are interested in.
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John go online ,,Sharkskin Metal treatment,, their product will keep rust from starting for over a year on sand blasted metal should last lonber on unblasted ,( no silica from sand ),,might be something you are interested in.
Thanks David. I think I will fabricate the top well, seat back support and the lower brace that runs across the car at the B pillar. At this point I intend to stop, clean it good and put the bare metal in epoxy before I weld them in. If I don't, there going to be places I can not get to to prime.

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john it looks better with every pix. I am getting a little jealous my car looks like the before pix
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john it looks better with every pix. I am getting a little jealous my car looks like the before pix
Don't let that bother you Mike. So did mine 14 months ago. That is how long I have owned it. You will be surprized how quickly it will come together as long as you do your 5 minutes every day.

I predicted 2 years to do the metal work when I started. The key is you have to enjoy the build and do not put it on the back burner for too long. Once you loose momentum it is tuff to get started again.

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Thanks Pugsy. We meed some updates on how things are going with you too.

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