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09-01-2013 06:54 PM S10 fabrication (cont'd)
Welded the two pieces of door skin together and extended the trailing edges with some pieces of the bed side I used to make the grill shell. Used the first cowl cover attempt as a pattern to mark placement for the wiper pivots and their brackets. This one went a lot faster than the first attempt.

The welds are much better after I reinforced the mig welding gun hose where it exits the machine with a six-inch-long piece of rubber hose and a large piece of heat shrink. The gas hose was being crimped and gas flow to the nozzle was apparently compromised. Now, my tacks are 98% good versus 50% suffering severe porosity before the fix.


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08-18-2013 05:39 PM S10 fabrication (cont'd)
'Might work' is the key phrase. The driver's side end of the rolled bead was too long and extended into the fender. My fault; I should have measured with the fenders mounted before sketching out the bead. I tried removing a one-inch piece from the bead, but my welds were pathetic. Between the porosity in the welds and the marks from hammering, I decided the piece was junk.

Rather than try to reproduce the flat piece with the bead, I am trying something different. I have two curved pieces left from the tops of the extra S10 doors I skinned to fill the wheel wells in the front fenders. I'll have to extend the back, flat edge of the pieces to make the pieces work, but I am going to join these pieces for the second cowl cover.


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08-03-2013 09:15 PM S10 fabrication (cont'd)
Continued working on the cowl cover.. Used the patterns to cut openings for the wiper arms. Used my son's bead roller to embed a pattern into the cowl. Didn't have much luck using the English wheel to roll the leading edge over, so I used a hammer and dolly to work the 90 degree edge into place. I hit that edge with the shrinker and have the piece looking like it might work.


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07-07-2013 07:57 PM S10 fabrication (cont'd)
A good night's sleep and fresh daylight remind one why certain metal bowls are called 'hammered'. The bowl I made looks like a piece of bad folk art.

Luckily, I considered using a cardboard pattern. Ah, inspiration! An hour with a piece of cardboard and a knife leads to a much better design for the bowl beneath the wiper arm.


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07-06-2013 02:07 PM S10 fabrication (cont'd)
The cowl cover requires some dimples, or bowls, around the wiper arm pivots. Taking hints from others on this site who use tree stumps for anvils, I brought a cedar stump home from the lake this past spring. I fashioned some holes and bumps in it with the grinder and set about whacking a piece of 20 gauge with a pear-shaped plastic hammer. Here's some progress.


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