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11-22-2005 01:53 PM Life gets good
With the A pillars welded back on, and time running short, We jumped on the C Pillars.

The last shot shows where the rear window will be pushed to. It will move about 4" forward. That should take car of some of the inbalance in the car. The windows on 39 sedans are its Ugly spots. By raking the roof/laying the windshield down, and pushing the rear window ahead, it will really help the car's appearance.


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11-22-2005 01:50 PM THE WORST PART
The worst part HAS to be splitting the A pillars so that the can be rewelded back in. There are 4 pieces. Inner, outer, inner structure, and drip rail. The drip rail was an absolute MOTHER to get off. The rest were pretty much drilling out the spot welds. It is CRUCIAL to get that inner structure rewelded, then reattach the inner and outer skins. Because I raked the windshield back to meet the roofline, I didn't have to cut the roof. You can see the diamond points at the top and bottom of the cut outs. That helps mend the odd shaped. YOU WILL HAVE TO MESS WITH THESE TO GET THEM RIGHT. Even though we did a decent job on the outer skins, I will need up cutting the center out , so I can match them better. The whole goal of this car is to learn metalworking, so BONDO is a bad word. They had to be pieced together, and they are not 100% symetrical . They will be before I am done. The outer "cover" of the pillar is cut and welded from 5 pieces.


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11-22-2005 01:37 PM Taking her top off
These shots show the the top after being cut and removed, and a shot of Dutch Comstock, playing Freddie Kruger.

Check out the vintage Tin on the walls. This shop is HUGE, but he has more stuf going on than 5 men should!


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11-22-2005 01:32 PM The Chop begins!
I was at Dutch Comstocks shop in Herkimer NY the week of Nov 7th. You can work with him doing your chop, and the price is reasonable for what you get. You can put in TONS of hours. You'd better be ready to learn, though. This guys is serious about metal shaping. He wants to pass on his knowledge so that everyone can enjoy this past time. Hes a great teacher. When you THINK you know it all, take a seminar or go to his shop, and you will find out how LITTLE you really know. He is on the Board of Directors at Metalmeet.com and is a regular contributer. A HUGE wealth of knowledge.

The car was marked for cutting the top off in this pic. At this point the Hagan hidden hinges were already installed. That in itself is a fairly long project. The doors have to fit perfect before you can even begin the hinges. Otherwise, you'll be peeing in the wind.


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10-21-2005 02:14 PM 39 revisited
Wow, someting went wrong with the camera.

Just put it in primer, and it looks mint. The pic looks like its rusty.

Anyways, this is probably the last you will see this car at that height. Nov 5, she gets chopped 3" in front, 2" in back.


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