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05-02-2009 09:15 PM Now the Right Side and Radiator Support
It was cold and wet today. I think it was 56 when I went out and 58 when I came back in.

While the left side had basically the same size triangles, the left side was larger for the horn baffle but smaller for the inner fender. Strange. Thing is, they all look basically the same. Must have been the way they were cut and bent.

The triangles were tacked in place on the car and then taken to the bench to finish welding and grinding.

Now that both inner fenders and both horn baffles are welded, I turned my attention to the radiator support for finishing. The first thing I did was weld up the not-through cut I made on both side which facilitated bending.


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04-30-2009 09:44 PM Finishing Inner Fenders and Horn Baffles
I thought I could get both sides done tonight. Got the driver's side done. Didn't even start the passenger side.

Filler triangles were cut from some scrap. I tacked them in place on the car and then finished them up on the workbench. After some grinding, they are ready to de-rust, prime, skim, and finish. That will come much later. On to the passenger side. Weather permitting, Saturday.


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04-28-2009 08:26 PM Front Sheet Metal
This is a far cry from the front end that was held on with bungee cords. It was held up by the Camaro steering box, steering shaft, frame horns, and upper control arms.

AC condenser and fans can't be far off. This is starting to get exciting!


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04-28-2009 08:22 PM Horn Baffle VI
Finished grinding the weld proud and filled the three holes tonight. The ripped bottom of the slot where the horn baffle bolts to the chin was repaired.

I am really getting an education as to the best way to bolt these parts together. A few more times and I should be able to put the painted versions together in my sleep. The baffle was bolted to the core support first. You can see where the triangle shaped pieces still need to be cut and welded in. This should be completed by the weekend.

This baffle, just like the other side, still requires the triangle filler, a little bit more grinding, and a skim coat of bondo and it will be better than new. And, I think it will be difficult to distinguish it from a stocker.

I am not sure if you can see it in the final photo. The stock chin has a longer "space" between it and the core support. Almost like Chevy knew the AC condenser and tranny cooler lines would be running through there. Time will tell if the 1941 engineers allowed enough room for all four lines.




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04-25-2009 11:19 PM Horn Baffle V
It was a short day. I went back to the swap meet this morning. Bought a SKIL palm sander for $5. I think the deal of the meet was probably a 70 or 71 El Camino. A little rough, but the neighborhood nuisance sticker indicated the owner was eager to sell. Marked down from $350 to $325.

The second side always goes better than the first. I changed the angle of the cut from being parallel to the side to being perpendicular to the bottom. I also used the Dremel tool with the 409 cut-off wheel (actually went through 4 of them) to cut the horn recess. I find the 409 makes a perfect kerf for MIG welding sheet metal. So far it went together a lot easier than the other side. It should test fit and finish on Tuesday.


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