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Old 10-16-2013, 08:37 PM
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John, sometimes I wonder why I still do this...I was supposed to slow down a bit, just take on a job here and there, you know, pick and choose...and in there is the situation, we all choose and those choices is what defines us. I feel very fortunate that I can still earn a living doing what I love...and now...for the people that have the same passion for the hobby I do.

It's amazing the relationships that have been built over the years and even if I don't talk to some of these people as often as I would like...we always have something to talk about...and if we ever run out of conversation...we can always talk cars...LOL. What I like about this site is that I found out I missed being a Paint Rep and help solving situations for body shops...this site lets me do that, fill that void and I appreciate it.

I didn't used to get back to my home town very often (more often now) and when I would make an appearance after a long absence, people would always need an explanation as to who I was, who my parents where, who my brother's where and it always came down to "Oh, you where the guy with the Firebird". Then the car makes everything come back to them. Even the people that weren't car guys.

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Old 10-17-2013, 09:01 AM
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I didn't used to get back to my home town very often (more often now) and when I would make an appearance after a long absence, people would always need an explanation as to who I was, who my parents where, who my brother's where and it always came down to "Oh, you where the guy with the Firebird". Then the car makes everything come back to them. Even the people that weren't car guys.

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Ray, being remembered for "you where the guy with the Firebird" ain't such a bad thing. You could be remembered as " the kid that ate buggers"

I'm just saying.

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LOL...funny you should mention that BB...after they remember the car, I often get slapped for being the guy that used to make them eat buggers...LOL

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you have amazed me with this build. the true craftsmanship that you show us all is Bar None. sure i have made a few tanks for my harleys , and a fender or two. some patch panel ,hell even replaced a 1/4 panel or two. But the parts you are making look as though they have been stamped under that 20 ton press. Amazing work here. thank you again for letting us watch & learn from your skills. TWO THUMBS UP!!!! Also thanks for the wide shot!!

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LOL. Thought you would never ask.

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John ,Annie wants to know if you have some little Elfs helping you at night,with your build.,
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you have amazed me with this build. the true craftsmanship that you show us all is Bar None. sure i have made a few tanks for my harleys , and a fender or two. some patch panel ,hell even replaced a 1/4 panel or two. But the parts you are making look as though they have been stamped under that 20 ton press. Amazing work here. thank you again for letting us watch & learn from your skills. TWO THUMBS UP!!!! Also thanks for the wide shot!!
Agreed.Way out of my league.
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Old 10-18-2013, 09:17 AM
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Agreed.Way out of my league.
Not even close. We are doing very different style cars but the quality of your work is great. I am enjoying your posts immensly.

What I am doing is time consuming but not terribly complicated. Brian Martin once said that very complicated builds were just many simple builds put together or something to that effect. There is a lot of truth to that.

I have just built one body mount from scratch.....10 dang times.

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Agreed.Way out of my league.
your build is amazing also , love the way you tied everything together on the frame.. john hope you do not mind the comment on your thead.
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your build is amazing also , love the way you tied everything together on the frame.. john hope you do not mind the comment on your thead.
Not at all. It's all good.
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After removing the fourth row body mounts I grumbled about not being able to put the support channel in my sand blast cabinet.

TooManyProjects jokingly (I think) suggested I cut it in half so it would go in the cabinet. The more I thought about it, the more it made sense.

Sooooooo.......

Here is the brace after I seperated it from the floor pan



I made a Z shaped cut that would give me more strength when I welded it back together.



Now I could sand blast it in the cabinet and weld it back together.





The welds must still be ground, the support painted and the reinforcements with the threaded nuts must still be removed from the old body mounts and transferred to the new ones......No big deal but it all takes time.

Sure am glad I am having fun.
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Been gone all day. I was going to suggest making a jig before cutting to be certain you got it back in place but I see you're too quick for me...
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Painted the support channel today. I will not be able to assemble it until I get the rockers replaced.

I have run out of excuses not to crawl back under the car and start trimming the wheel wells and quarters to get it ready.





I was straightening up a little and laid the parts out I had replicated. You guys will have to decide whether or not this is just my vanity talking.

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John, gather all your pictures together, glue those pieces to a sheet of plywood, put a glass covering over top, throw it in the back of a trailer that's towed by your convertible and go on the road. I'm sure that no matter where you go, there are enough people that would pay dearly to see what you've transformed. Hell, they pay money to see a three headed calf and they know that's fake before they go into the tent...yours is real.

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Hooooo, boy. Wait till Barb see's all those dirty, rusty parts on her nice clean couch blanket...

I agree on putting an album together to take with for people to see where this car started from. Most won't comprehend the level of craftsmanship involved, but a few will be totally amazed.
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POST COUNT

I just noticed the post count....I'm number 600!!!!!!

I went back to the first post to see what day this started and it is just a little over 4 months old. This thread has had an amazing amount of progress and a devoted following in a short time...
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