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04-21-2009 09:41 PM Inner Fender Panels
I haven't ordered the fan. Going to wait and see if anything turns up at the swap meet this weekend.

Regardless, the radiator stays. I just have to figure out how to make it all work.

So attention was turned to the inner fender panels. There is a bulge which had to have a relief cut so it would fold back on itself. This was made 1-5/8" back from the front edge of the panel. A cut from the front of the panel back to the relief cut was then made at the top of the bulge. Finally, the bottom portion of the flange was broke at 1-5/8" back from the front edge. The panel was then bolted to the cowl and the radiator support. A pie shaped piece will have to be cut and welded in the cut at the kick-out.

The same procedure was repeated on the other side. Bolting the second one on was a real rush. After Saturday, it feels a lot better seeing progress.


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04-18-2009 10:30 PM Radiator Core Support XIII
Well, if the Sable wasn't bad enough!

I pulled the front sheet metal off the 41 and dropped the engine and tranny in. After bolting the radiator to the core support, I tried it to see if it would fit. Unfortunately, it lacks about two inches of clearing. I don't want to modify the driver's side of the firewall. Unfortunately, that is what it would take to use the radiator / fan combo shown here.

Put the radiator in without the fan. After some measuring, it looks like a 118 Flex-a-lit will do the trick. I better get one on order.


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04-18-2009 10:24 PM Work on the Sable?
The guy that looked the car over for my wife said it needed a front wheel bearing, tie rod end, and both sway bar struts.

I needed to put the front suspension back under the 41 so I could have plenty of room. I also needed the jack stands.

I needed lug nuts so the 41 would roll. So, I go get the lug nuts and all the parts I was told I needed for the Sable.

Pushed the car outside and took these photos.

Checked out the Sable and none of the parts were bad. The ball joints are questionable, but the other parts were fine. My wife took back everything but the lug nuts.

Oh well.


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04-16-2009 09:53 PM Core Support XII
I am the envy of my friends. My wife loves to mow the lawn. We used to fight over who got to do the mowing. I finally gave in and let her do the mowing. (Don, eat your heart out!)

So, tonight I changed the oil in it and aired up the tires so she can get after the grass.

I also finished the other side of the core support. Same technique as the other side. It went a bit quicker since I had a better idea of how to complete it.

I will finish the welds and tie up other loose ends once I am sure this will work.

I did a final fit of the radiator to make sure it will fit. The radiator is now 1-3/4" closer to the front of the car at the bottom than it was going to be with the original plan which would have spaced it 3/4" away from the support.

I will have to work on the front end of the Sable this weekend. Hopefully, I can still assemble the front suspension of the 41, drop in the engine, and then check to see if this core support modification will allow the engine to clear the fans. I have my fingers crossed.


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04-14-2009 09:49 PM Radiator Core Support XI
Moving to the top, the flange was cut just above the mounting nut. The side was cut from that cut down to the bottom of the cross brace mount. The flange was then pulled up to meet the straight edge. A filler piece was cut and tacked in.

At this point, I ran out of daylight. I probably won't completely weld the flange at this time. Instead, I will do the other side and then test fit the assembly in the car. There is no point doing more welding just in case this doesn't work. I am still shooting for the test fit this weekend.


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