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Old 01-18-2014, 06:14 AM
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I'll bet knowing we are waiting for progress reports keeps you going a bit more than if you weren't posting....so in other words your not only inspiring us but WE are inspiring you too....You can keep your loyal fans waiting too long...I'm digging the floor pans...

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I'll bet knowing we are waiting for progress reports keeps you going a bit more than if you weren't posting....so in other words your not only inspiring us but WE are inspiring you too....You can keep your loyal fans waiting too long...I'm digging the floor pans...
Mike, You are soooo right. I have told all my friends that the forum has been the best thing in the world for me. The positive feedback from all you guys is priceless when it comes to motivation.

I told my wife a few days ago that I was going to start spreading my progress reports out because I was afraid the thread is becoming too redundant and I didn't want everyone to get bored with it. But, I get so much motivation from all of you guys it is hard not to post and hope for feedback. My posts are just as much selfishly motivated as anything.

With all that said, When I say thank you to the guys that give me positive feedback or a thumbs up I do not say that lightly. I sincerely appreciate the support I have gotten from all of you guys and the comments are deeply appreciated.

I am the winner here.

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Please don't spread the posts out John! I always look forward to them, and love to see what you can do with metal! It always amazes me, even the small bits and pieces!
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It is NOT redundant, not only is it cool seeing every single step getting done. But for those of us learning from you seeing stuff over and over is important. Keep up the good work and I mean on the car and on this thread! This is one of the hardest things about working with your hands like this, the little stuff is not mentioned, when the little stuff is JUST what the student needs to hear! And the little stuff is often what the teacher forgets to mention because it comes so easy it isn't even a conscience thought. When you do it as you are on this thread a lot of those little things come out, this is a treasure John, a dang treasure!

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Keep the updates coming John. I'm not getting email notifications anymore but I'm trying to check in constantly.

Sure is a lot of work for a quarter floor pan, huh?

She's looking good though.
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Please don't spread the posts out John! I always look forward to them, and love to see what you can do with metal! It always amazes me, even the small bits and pieces!


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What seems like nothing to you speaks volumes to me in pictures.
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What seems like nothing to you speaks volumes to me in pictures.
I am so glad that you guys are interested. It truly makes my day.

Moving on, I am sure there were many who wondered about the gap at the rear of the tunnel but were too polite to say anything.

There is no way to get this into the shrinker/stretcher jaws so I used my gas O/A torch to gently heat the edge to a cherry red and gently roll the lip up. This way I don't have to make the weld on the corner and I can have a nice gentle curve there. Since the shrinkage will work in my favor, I went on and welded it with the torch.

You guys will just have to guess if I originally planned to do it that way. That's my story and I am sticking to it.

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Darn it John, that sucker is looking awesome! So on that weld you just planished it or something to close it up for welding?

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Old 01-19-2014, 07:52 AM
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Darn it John, that sucker is looking awesome! So on that weld you just planished it or something to close it up for welding?

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No planishing. Since I knew the gas weld would tend to draw a significant amount as it cooled and I knew that on this panel, at that location, an 1/8 in didn't matter I just tacked it at the one end and welded from one end to the other. That would have destroyed your roof but here the shrinkage worked for me instead of against me.

I did stop about 4 times to tweak the edges to keep them alligned.

Also, Using a 3/32 CC rod it is no big deal to fill an 1/8 inch gap as you go.

It was kind of fun. It has been a long time since I have done a lot with the torch. It brought back memories of building the Merc.

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Here is a picture of the backside of the weld before I ground it. As you can see I let it get pretty hot but since I knew it could draw from the tunnel it was not a big deal...even worked for me. Had that weld gone down the middle if a quarter panel I would have been in deep doodoo.

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Very cool, I am beginning to get this use of the heat when you want it stuff. Thanks!

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Nice!

My first guess is that you planned to weld a radius bent angle in there curved on the stretcher, but you had just enough material to pull the radius off and did it that way.

Or maybe you just planned it that way. That's my other first guess.
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Nice!

My first guess is that you planned to weld a radius bent angle in there curved on the stretcher, but you had just enough material to pull the radius off and did it that way.

Or maybe you just planned it that way. That's my other first guess.
The third possibility Pugsy is I cut the dart out a little wide and got very lucky that it still worked out very well. I'll take lucky any day, Huh.

One little thing I did today I wanted to show was to locate the hole for the body mount bolt. The factory used a carriage bolt here and of course it was rusty and tuff to get out. I wanted to use a regular bolt and experimented with locating it by smacking the panel fairly hard with a rubber mallet. It showed the outline of the bolt head perfectly. I then cut a 1 inch hole with a chassis punch. Worked great. Now the panel lays flat and I marked the bottom for drilling the plug welds. I forgot to by some drill screws this week but I will pick some up.

Now for the scary part. I have to make another one identical to this for the other side. Here goes.

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