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Old 07-23-2013, 08:21 PM
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Finished up the welding on this body mount tonight. I still have to trim it, grind the welds, and clean it up. I did not expext this one to be so challenging bit it has several offsets and joggles that were very difficult to reproduce.

I also went to Tractor Supply and picked up everything I hope I need to bolt the cowl down and shim it left and right. Once that is done and the doors are aligned again I can install the inner rocker (after I make it) for the drivers side. After it is in I can install the mounts I am making and bolt them in.

LOL. Someday I get to make floor pans.


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The brace looks good John.
Thanks for posting. I need to make a bunch of these and now I know how to make them.
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Finished up the welding on this body mount tonight. I still have to trim it, grind the welds, and clean it up. I did not expext this one to be so challenging bit it has several offsets and joggles that were very difficult to reproduce.

I also went to Tractor Supply and picked up everything I hope I need to bolt the cowl down and shim it left and right. Once that is done and the doors are aligned again I can install the inner rocker (after I make it) for the drivers side. After it is in I can install the mounts I am making and bolt them in.

LOL. Someday I get to make floor pans.

How did you round the edges? This friggin thing looks like it was stamped!

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How did you round the edges? This friggin thing looks like it was stamped!

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LOL. That is the advantage of having a cheap brake that won't do any better. I would have tried to use 16 gauge but 18 is all my brake can do. Remember each of these pieces start out as straight channels bent in the brake. On the flanged pieces I run them through the vise and take a hammer and sharpen the corners. The sharper the 90's are the easier it is for the shrinker/stretcher to move the metal but on the pieces that are just sweeping curves they will do fine. You can get the same effect with a good brake by moving the upper bar back a little.

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Finished up the welding on this body mount tonight. I still have to trim it, grind the welds, and clean it up. I did not expext this one to be so challenging bit it has several offsets and joggles that were very difficult to reproduce.

I also went to Tractor Supply and picked up everything I hope I need to bolt the cowl down and shim it left and right. Once that is done and the doors are aligned again I can install the inner rocker (after I make it) for the drivers side. After it is in I can install the mounts I am making and bolt them in.

LOL. Someday I get to make floor pans.

thanks for opening up my mind of the possibilities to create cool stuff with a shrinker/stretcher.
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thanks for opening up my mind of the possibilities to create cool stuff with a shrinker/stretcher.
It really is a neat tool Henry. Lots of "bang for the buck"
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Today I did the final welding and grinding on the body mount Tim made and the last one I was working on. I have what I need done to support and shim the cowl. Hope to start doing that tomorrow. I am sure I will have to make the bottom of the toe board and rebuild the A pillar as I had to do on the passenger side.

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that looks awesome! One day when I ditch the middleman I hope I find a nice spot to do that kind of work and be able to take my time without some boss breathing down my neck.
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You aint primed those yet ???? LOL,I see you have the same problem as I do John,Dont you just hate putting primer on your work....We need a clear epoxy...
....Good God they shine like they just got back from the chromers...
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that looks awesome! One day when I ditch the middleman I hope I find a nice spot to do that kind of work and be able to take my time without some boss breathing down my neck.
If you're referring to having your own shop, you probably still won't have time. Hopefully you'll be busy with customers breathing down your neck..

Once you are independently wealthy, like John, you can retire and take your time....

John, if those pieces aren't available as repro's, you could go into business selling them. Much better quality than anything stamped overseas...
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Great job... Looking very nice..
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If you're referring to having your own shop, you probably still won't have time. Hopefully you'll be busy with customers breathing down your neck..

Once you are independently wealthy, like John, you can retire and take your time....

John, if those pieces aren't available as repro's, you could go into business selling them. Much better quality than anything stamped overseas...
How about the PG&E and the landlord and the phone company, and your insurance company, and the parts suppliers, and the paint store, and the tool bill.......etc. Oh yeah things are much better when you don't have that boss breathing down your neck.

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Too Many Projects is right, there are a LOT of those cars out there, you never know how much you could get for a set of those, it may just be worth it to do another set or two and put them on eBay!

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How about the PG&E and the landlord and the phone company, and your insurance company, and the parts suppliers, and the paint store, and the tool bill.......etc. Oh yeah things are much better when you don't have that boss breathing down your neck.

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insurance companies? lol more like a shabby corner in my friend's shop to do restorations.
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