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11-15-2016 06:39 PM Hood
Yesterday I got the hood latch working. This included welding the threaded boss back on the hood latch piece when the spot welds failed.

Today, I dug the hood bumpers and hood to cowl seal. With those installed, the hood was adjusted. The gap is a bit wide, but it needs to be in order to keep the hood from hitting the cowl when opening. The bottom of the passenger side was way wide and it actually did not need to be. A little welding rod welded to the back edge of the hood brought it into alignment with the fender to cowl gap.

The hood was sanded and cleaned. A skim coat of Metal 2 Metal was applied to the main portion of the hood. The vents were left as this is tedious work and I ran out of day.


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11-05-2016 07:35 PM Spray Booth
With the exception of some hardware and a few adjustments, the spray booth is complete. I do need to figure out how to get the spray air supply and the fresh air PPE supply into the booth. Details. Ready to paint!


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08-23-2016 10:14 PM Nose
Time to do the header panel over the grill. A piece of 18 ga. was cut to 1-3/16'' wide x 14'' long. A bead was rolled down the middle and a relief was cut to allow a 1/4'' flange to be made. The flanges were then run through the shrinker to get the shape and the excess was trimmed off of both ends. Welding ensued. Grinding followed that. The 10 diamond shaped holes were also filled. A little rattle can gray will keep the rust bloom away.

There is one hole where the hood latch plate mounts to the hood that needs repair. Other than that, the left rear fender and the right front fender may need tweaked which would require cutting and welding. Not sure if I am going to do the fender work as it is hardly noticeable as is. Think I am going to get some opinions.

After that, the right front fender, the chin, the header over the grill, and the hood need to be cleaned up and put in epoxy primer. Then filler, high build, etc. I think I better get the paint booth set up next.


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07-02-2016 07:01 PM Nose
Time to do the header panel over the grill. A piece of 18 ga. was cut to 1-3/16'' wide x 14'' long. A bead was rolled down the middle and a relief was cut to allow a 1/4'' flange to be made. The flanges were then run through the shrinker to get the shape and the excess was trimmed off of both ends. Welding ensued. Grinding followed that. The 10 diamond shaped holes were also filled. A little rattle can gray will keep the rust bloom away.

There is one hole where the hood latch plate mounts to the hood that needs repair. Other than that, the left rear fender and the right front fender may need tweaked which would require cutting and welding. Not sure if I am going to do the fender work as it is hardly noticeable as is. Think I am going to get some opinions.

After that, the right front fender, the chin, the header over the grill, and the hood need to be cleaned up and put in epoxy primer. Then filler, high build, etc. I think I better get the paint booth set up next.


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07-01-2016 09:17 PM Hood and Nose
The brace is installed in the hood.

The hood profile was adjusted several times until results were not noticeable. It's not perfect but it will have to do. If I were to cut it and re-weld it, it may get better. Or worse.

After the hinges were attached and adjusted, some of the low spots were hammer and dollied out. This alleviated some of the oil canning. A few shrinks were performed to pull in some of the stretching that has occurred as well as some of the excess metal that resulted from the center line shrink from welding the hood into one piece. I checked it against the good stock hood I have. Both of them have some give and they are about the same. There is a lot of nearly flat real estate here with no internal bracing.

The filler panel between the hood and the grill was cleaned up and a coat of weld through primer was applied. There are 10 diamond shaped holes which were for chrome strips. The 3 large holes were for the ''Chevrolet'' piece of pot metal. Fabbing a filler piece and welding should happen tomorrow.


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