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05-15-2008 10:33 PM The Cowl Repair Panels Arrived
Both braces are complete now. The black circles are traced from the holes in the original cowl. The red circles are from measurements taken from the original pieces. They aren't quite the same. I am going to wait to drill the holes until I can be a little bit more certain where they go.
The repair panels were on the front porch when I got home tonight. I decided to put the braces and panels in at the same time so I could be sure everything fits. I checked to see how high the pits were. The cut will be made just above the worst of the pitting.
With the old cut away, the remainder is pretty solid. Now I just have to fit and cut the replacement panel. Cutting, welding, grinding.


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05-11-2008 06:59 AM Chickasha Was a Bust
What a disappointment! There were a few neat things there, but nothing worthy of taking pictures. Spent 4+ hours on the road, about $60 for gas, $7 for a hot link and pop, $4 to park, and 2 hours walking through twice. The fall 2007 meet was much better than this. I am hoping it is the spring show that is not so hot and the fall one this year will be up to par. The Creek County meet last month was better than this!

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05-09-2008 09:52 PM Finishing the Cowl Brace
The new cowl patch panels won't be here until some time next week. The brace still needed to be finished. I had to make the brace from three major pieces. I also had to patch in two smaller pieces. I am happy how this one turned out. It is not perfect, but it fits and will function properly. I made sure to test fit it several times during the fabrication, so it fit when it was done. I will get it coated and welded in before the patch panels arrive. I think I am going to redo the passenger side piece now that I have a better original to take measurements from.
Tomorrow I will be going to the spring swap meet at Chickasha. I will probably post photos when I get back.


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05-09-2008 09:46 PM My Cowl Died
Thursday night I was hoping to clean up the parts so I could coat them with POR-15 so I could weld them together on Friday. After a little sandblasting, it became apparent the cowl bottom was far too pitted to leave it as is. After figuring what all would need to be cut out and patched, I came in to the computer and ordered cowl repair panels for both sides from Chev's of the 40's. Not real happy to be spending $210, but at least there won't be an unpleasant cowl bottom surprise a couple years down the road.


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05-07-2008 08:18 PM Making the Cowl Brace
I used an angle copying tool to mark the main bend lines on a flat piece of steel. Measurements were pulled from the original and laid out on the piece.
After braking the sides and bottom, the shrinker and stretcher were used to shape the piece. The original part was placed on cardboard and the shape was traced so the new piece could be verified.
Then the tornado sirens started going off, so I called it a night and closed up the garage. Hopefully I can get the brace finished tomorrow night.


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