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Yesterday 10:25 AM
tech69 looks like no progress but there's been a lot. When I work at night it's all wheeling and no hammering so I worked on the radiuses with the wheel and got the left side to hug the buck properly. Today I make a radius gauge and really fine tune it, finish up the rear of the tank, tack each side together in a couple places, planish some more by hand, and then TIG weld it shut. It's coming out a lot nicer than my first tank, but it is an easier one to fab as well.

Yesterday 08:57 AM
deadbodyman
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Originally Posted by John long View Post
Good luck. It is strange how building something can be so exciting and repairing it can be such drudgery.

John
Whats even worse is repairing something someone else built ...It not very often I get a car someone else did and I say wow they did a great job on that...
Yesterday 08:33 AM
MARTINSR
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Originally Posted by 123pugsy View Post
That's it exactly. When I was doing the repairs, I felt like packing it all in, thinking things like, why am I doing these ridiculous things with old cars that will always keep breaking down.

I got to get a better attitude about the maintenance and repair. I used to love fixing my trucks years ago when something broke down. What's changed?

---------- Post added at 06:09 AM ---------- Previous post was at 06:07 AM ----------



Very nice improvement to the yard.
Yeah, that's where the Sunbeam was sitting, so it's a BIG improvement.

Brian

---------- Post added at 07:33 AM ---------- Previous post was at 07:30 AM ----------

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Originally Posted by wretched ratchet View Post
Finally found a Plating Shop that I could afford (Airline Plating Houston, Texas) and after 3 weeks and $450, I drove an hour from the house and picked up my "newly" rechromed front bumper. I could not be happier and I know what I'll be doing tomorrow morning now.

The other pic was a Kodak Moment about 3 blocks from the Plating Shop.



KODAK MOMENT !

I can't believe what chroming has gone to! The last bumpers I had done were for my Gran Sport around 1999 and I think I paid about $200 each (wholesale) now I am getting numbers like $1800 for my trucks grille, and $450 each for the bumpers, no wonders people get the reproduction ones! Thinking that I paid about a hundred each when I had them done in '79, yeow!

Brian
Yesterday 04:09 AM
123pugsy
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Originally Posted by John long View Post
Good luck. It is strange how building something can be so exciting and repairing it can be such drudgery.

John
That's it exactly. When I was doing the repairs, I felt like packing it all in, thinking things like, why am I doing these ridiculous things with old cars that will always keep breaking down.

I got to get a better attitude about the maintenance and repair. I used to love fixing my trucks years ago when something broke down. What's changed?

---------- Post added at 06:09 AM ---------- Previous post was at 06:07 AM ----------

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Sorry guys, not car related but it's DONE! I got my gazebo up and had lunch there. You may notice that there are wheels under the poles. I assembled it in the driveway then put the wheels to roll it into place then bolted it down after lunch.

I really like this thing, it was so nice for dinner out there tonight. I put an LED rope light around the inside and it is perfect for a quiet dinner out side with the wife.

Brian
Very nice improvement to the yard.
08-30-2014 11:19 PM
MARTINSR Sorry guys, not car related but it's DONE! I got my gazebo up and had lunch there. You may notice that there are wheels under the poles. I assembled it in the driveway then put the wheels to roll it into place then bolted it down after lunch.

I really like this thing, it was so nice for dinner out there tonight. I put an LED rope light around the inside and it is perfect for a quiet dinner out side with the wife.

Brian
08-30-2014 07:11 PM
John long
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Originally Posted by 123pugsy View Post
Ahh.... the truck is running again.

Just need to change the oil and find out if she's still drinking it like water still.
Good luck. It is strange how building something can be so exciting and repairing it can be such drudgery.

John
08-30-2014 01:16 PM
123pugsy Ahh.... the truck is running again.

Just need to change the oil and find out if she's still drinking it like water still.
08-30-2014 10:44 AM
1971BB427
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Originally Posted by wretched ratchet View Post
"Done" - - - don't know if I'll run my old Car Club Plaque from the Fifties on it or not????

Of course run the old car club plaque! That's just icing on the cake!
08-30-2014 10:39 AM
wretched ratchet "Done" - - - don't know if I'll run my old Car Club Plaque from the Fifties on it or not????

08-30-2014 08:51 AM
123pugsy Got all the new seals installed and am now pre-loading the lifters. Hopefully, no more fouled spark plugs.

I need my truck running good for the upcoming project.
08-30-2014 07:16 AM
John long
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Originally Posted by 496CHEVY3100 View Post
New to me type Tig Welder head,,i like the looks but have never used one ,

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WSnj8AASuFs#t=340

That does look pretty cool.

I get Jody's weekly newsletter/video. It is usually very interesting but I had not seen that torch head.

John
08-30-2014 06:55 AM
496CHEVY3100 New to me type Tig Welder head,,i like the looks but have never used one ,

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WSnj8AASuFs#t=340
08-29-2014 07:12 PM
John long
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Originally Posted by 1971BB427 View Post
Went back out today to grab a short side axle shaft, in case I want to narrow the 8.8" Ford. Also took my calipers and measured the flange bolt pattern on the ends of the axle tube. They are not a square pattern, but rectangular at 3.40" across the top two bolts, 3.09" across the bottom two, and 1.68" top to bottom spacing.
From what I have in my records, this bolt pattern isn't close to anything else. Big Fords are either 3.557" x 2.375" or 3.557" x 2.0"
Hope this helps John!
I really appreciate that. I will measure mine and see what the options are. Thanks again.

I spent my day cleaning and prepping the loose parts today. It is good to have a couple of coats of Epoxy on them and know they are protected.

John

08-29-2014 04:03 PM
1971BB427
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Originally Posted by John long View Post
There is no hurry but if you would do that at your convenience it would be great.

Thank you,
John
Went back out today to grab a short side axle shaft, in case I want to narrow the 8.8" Ford. Also took my calipers and measured the flange bolt pattern on the ends of the axle tube. They are not a square pattern, but rectangular at 3.40" across the top two bolts, 3.09" across the bottom two, and 1.68" top to bottom spacing.
From what I have in my records, this bolt pattern isn't close to anything else. Big Fords are either 3.557" x 2.375" or 3.557" x 2.0"
Hope this helps John!
08-29-2014 02:50 PM
wretched ratchet
"what I DID today, so I can WORK ON tomorrow"

Finally found a Plating Shop that I could afford (Airline Plating Houston, Texas) and after 3 weeks and $450, I drove an hour from the house and picked up my "newly" rechromed front bumper. I could not be happier and I know what I'll be doing tomorrow morning now.

The other pic was a Kodak Moment about 3 blocks from the Plating Shop.



KODAK MOMENT !

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