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03-23-2005 09:12 PM Rat - Hanging Tin - Rear Quarter
Photo #1 below: Earlier in the project I cut the rear quarter sections from 18 gauge sheet metal by simply laying the side of the body skeleton (prior to it being all welded together) on a 4x8 sheet and tracing around the edges. Here I have clamped the tin onto the skeleton to determine the final fit and if any excess needs to be trimmed.

Photo #2 below: Next I install the crown supports. As discussed earlier in the journal, I am going to attempt to "crown" or bow the body panels slightly in order to prevent the visual concave effect which can occur with perfectly flat metal once it is painted. I am making a crown of 3/8" by using two pieces of 3/16" flat stock. Note that only one of the 3/16 piece needs to run the length of the rear quarter. The other piece can just be a small tab to hold the ends of the longer piece.

Photo #3 shows the crown support pieces clamped in place for welding. You are looking toward the rear of the passenger side from the back door jamb.


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03-23-2005 06:29 PM Tube Caps Trick
Before we start hanging tin, one small items needs to be completed, welding "caps" on the ends of the open 1x2 tubing we used to make the door frame.

Photo #1 below shows the problem. The open ends of tubing that are visible.

Photo #2 here is a "cap" or tab, cut from 1/8" flat stock to fit the opening.

Photo #3 normally I wouldn't bother showing this minor task, but here are a couple little tricks I picked up. That darn little tab is just impossible to hold onto or maneuver around to get it aligned in the tube. So I just made a little handle out of duct tape to hold onto it. Then, I took a short piece of mig welding wire (just barely visible in the picture), bent it in a V shape so it has some spring tension, and then placed it in the end of the tube to provide just enough friction to hold the tab in place once you get it in the right position.



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03-21-2005 09:46 PM Rat - Body Skeleton Completed
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03-21-2005 09:41 PM Rat - Body Skeleton Completed
The body skeleton is now basically completed and ready to start hanging tin. The photos above and below show various views of the completed skeleton.


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03-21-2005 08:54 PM Rat - Trunk drip edge/stop
Photo 1 above: After spot welding all four stop pieces around the perimeter of the trunk opening I reinstalled the trunk lid to check for clearances. The hinge did come in contact with the stop piece before it was fully opened so I had to make about a 1/2" notch in the lip to provide enough lift for the trunk lid.

Photo 2 above: Here is a close up of the notch in the drip edge on the passenger side of the trunk.

Photo 3 above: The drip edge/stop after welding, grinding and a quick primer coat. I placed a small piece of weatherstrip at each corner of the stop piece to test for clearances and trunk lid height to be sure it is even with the rear deck.


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