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05-15-2009 12:21 PM Paint - repairing sand-through
It was probably inevitable that despite being very careful, I had a sand through on the upper corned of the driver's side door will cutting and buffing. (See photo 1.) I also had one on the front edge of the pickup bed but that one was much less critical since it was inside the bed and will be hidden by the tonneau cover and hinge. (See photo 2.) Photo 3 shows the flaw in the bed a bit better afer it was taped off.

After contemplating the repair alternatives offered by the "paint guys" here on HR. Com I decided to abandon my first inclination to just touch it up with a brush and instead went with a fully sprayed bc/cc repair, but within a very limited area.


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05-13-2009 07:53 PM Suspension tweak
This is a little out of sequence but wanted to get it posted up.

When I originally built the suspension I fabricated rollers for the leaf springs to ride on in lieu of the normal shackle mechanism. Even before the car has been on the road I noticed that when it sits for any expended period and you attempt to "bounce" the suspension, it is a bit sticky and does not respond the way I would like it. I believe the problem is that the plastic (Pex) inserts that I used to eliminate squeaking were "flatting" due to the pressure of the leaf spring and going out of round. This prevented the roller from actually rolling...and thus the suspension would stick and not rebound well.

I decided to replace my hand made rollers with store-bought bearings. I could not find wide bearings anywhere (at least not at a reasonable cost) so I am using two 7/16 wide bearings for each leaf. Each bearing is rated for a 900 lb load. To spread the surface area on which the leaves ride, I am using steel spacers between the bearings and spacers on each end to keep the bearings riding in the proper position.

Photo # 1 shows the parts for the new rollers. Washers, spacers, bearings and a ½" grade 8 bolt for the bearings to ride on.

Photo # 2 shows all the pieces assembled.

Photo # 3 shows the new unit in place under the leaf spring. (Note - the large nut you see under the unit is there just to hold things in place against the load of the leaf spring during assembly.)


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05-13-2009 07:22 PM Paint - cut/buff/assemble
And some more shots of things being put back together after buffing.


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05-13-2009 07:20 PM Paint - cut/buff/assemble
I am color sanding and buffing the parts individually and then assembling each to the car as I finish...it keeps me motivated that way. Here are some progress shots of the work so far.


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04-29-2009 08:34 PM INDEX
Planning and design

Donor vehicle

Chassis - Frame
Chassis - Suspension - Front
Chassis - Suspension - Rear
Chassis - Mounting Engine & Trans
Chassis - Steering
Chassis - Clutch slave
Chassis - Pedals
Chassis - Gas Pedal & linkage
Chassis - Steering column
Chassis - Steering shaft support bracket
Chassis - X member
Chassis - Radiator Mounting
Chassis - Rolling chassis completed

Body - Skeleton - design
Body - Skeleton - hinges and pockets
Body - Skeleton - door jambs
Body - Skeleton - door latches
Body - Skeleton - door opening
Body - Skeleton - side skeleton
Body - Skeleton - door frame
Body - Skeleton - window regulator
Body - Skeleton - window corner curves
Body - Skeleton - door lip and crown
Body - Skeleton - window frame
Body - Skeleton - top skeleton
Body - Skeleton - back skeleton
Body - Skeleton - rear hatch
Body - Skeleton - cowl
Body - Skeleton - firewall hoop
Body - Skeleton - complete
Body - Skeleton - floor

Body - Sheet Metal - roof
Body - Sheet Metal - top rear curve
Body - Sheet Metal - lower rear curve
Body - Sheet Metal - rear side panel
Body - Sheet Metal - doors
Body - Sheet Metal - rear hatch
Body - Sheet Metal - firewall
Body - Sheet Metal - cowl
Body - Sheet Metal - top corner curve
Body - Sheet Metal - rear corner curve
Body - Sheet Metal - visor
Body - Sheet Metal - complete
Body - Sheet Metal - weld and grind
Body - Sheet Metal - filler work
Body - Sheet Metal - fenders
Body - Sheet Metal - pickup bed
Body - Sheet Metal - Floor
Body - Sheet Metal - Transmission Tunnel
Body - Sheet Metal - Dash
Body - Sheet Metal - Drive Shaft Tunnel

Body - Fenders and Running board
Body - Cycle fender mounting
Body - Accent lines
Body - Radiator surround and shell finish

Mechanicals - Headlight brackets
Mechanicals - Frenched tail lights

Interior - Seat installation
Interior - Head Rests
Interior - Seat Belts
Interior - Emergency Brake
Interior - Rust coating
Interior - Overhead console
Interior - Tonneau Cover
Interior - Removable Toe Board
Interior - Custom Rear View Mirror
Interior - Door Pulls

Engine & driveline - Header fabrication 1 2
Engine & driveline - hidden exhaust hanger
Engine & driveline - Floor Shifter

Painting - Frame
Painting - Body prep

Heating & Cooling - Fan shroud
Heating & Cooling - Tube grill insert
Heating & Cooling - Heater Plumbing

Odds and Ends
Blowing things up
Media blasting axles and rear end

Tools - Tube bending dies - 1 2
Tools - English wheel - 1 2 3
Tools - Stumps - 1 2
Tools - Planishing hammer
Tools - Paint prep tools
Tools - Paint Light Stands

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