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Yesterday 08:10 PM
MARTINSR Sweet

Brian
Yesterday 08:05 PM
Too Many Projects Too bad you can't get the car up higher to make it more accessible to work in there...

The last pic back further shows how far you've come on this. You're in the home stretch with the door and outer rocker in sight now...
Yesterday 07:50 PM
John long Looking at the front of the wheel house, I believe it will be better to address the rusted lower section before removing too much material. This is really ugly but as with most of this car, once you trim the rusty areas, you get back to good solid metal. The worst part is, I am getting too old and stiff to work inside this wheel house.

I started out by making a clear plastic pattern of what I wanted to trim off and replace.




Next comes trimming the rusty material and carefully removing the spot welds so the new pieces can be installed with all the integrity intact.





The clear pattern will make it easy to transfer the cut lines as well as the plug weld locations to a piece of 18 ga stock.





Here is a shot from a little ways back in case it is hard to understand where I am working.

Also, I have been finishing the weld on the lower side of the wheel well as I work. Just 3-4 tacks and back to the wheel house. Never letting it get hot.

John



08-26-2015 06:05 PM
John long
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Originally Posted by 67Elcamino View Post
WOW! I have the exact same fireplace configuration at my place and I often use the ledge to take pictures of car parts, etc.. Must be becuase you dont have to bend over those additional 10 inches to lay things on the floor?
Isn't it amazing how the floor gets a little bit further away every year.

I would not have believed there was any place in this car for one more rat's nest to hide.......but. Found one more up between the quarter and front side of the wheel well.




I am still progressing on the wheel well. When I get it finish welded I will cut the quarter off and see what I need to do to the lower wheel house before installing the front section.

John

08-26-2015 01:57 PM
67Elcamino
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Originally Posted by John long View Post
Ahhhhh! The UPS Guy just brought me a birthday present!

Yes! Life really is good!

John

WOW! I have the exact same fireplace configuration at my place and I often use the ledge to take pictures of car parts, etc.. Must be becuase you dont have to bend over those additional 10 inches to lay things on the floor?
08-24-2015 08:31 PM
John long
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Originally Posted by Too Many Projects View Post
Aren't cha gonna open up the inner house like the other side for those 10" pie crust slicks...

They way you are moving along now, it should be ready for paint by Christmas..

And HAPPY BIRTHDAY tomorrow. You're still 69 for one more day.
No.

No.

Yupper. Got an hour and a half to go..... Thankful for the privelage!

I would love to build my chassis this winter. We will just have to see how it goes.

John
08-24-2015 08:08 PM
Too Many Projects Aren't cha gonna open up the inner house like the other side for those 10" pie crust slicks...

They way you are moving along now, it should be ready for paint by Christmas..

And HAPPY BIRTHDAY tomorrow. You're still 69 for one more day.
08-24-2015 06:58 PM
John long Ahhhhh! The UPS Guy just brought me a birthday present!

Yes! Life really is good!

John

08-24-2015 06:23 PM
John long Opened up the area above the wheel well today. What a surprise. Part of it was still shiney bare metal. The forward area had 4-5 pinholes but all on all it was a VERY pleasant surprise.





After sand blasting, welding the pin holes, a couple drill screw holes, and welding up a few deeper pits that were not through, I re-blasted the area.

I will weld the patch in and flood the area with epoxy before moving on to the forward section of the quarter.

Ain't life good?

John

08-21-2015 01:05 PM
John long Yea, I am so ashamed of myself BB.

This was one of those days when I did not expect to do much more than my "5 minutes" but I kind of got carried away and got a couple good hours in.

As you can see, There are rusty pinholes from the outside where the upper side moulding goes. I either had to replace the quarter panel 4 inches higher or weld up these pin holes. I chose to weld them up because the inside of the panel is shiney silver metal making it easy to see what spots might cause future problems.



I put a triple layer of duct tape behind the panel. Sand plast media just bounces off of it and that sure helps contain the mess that any sand blasting causes.



Then I took my speed baster and spot plasted any and all areas that had surface rust. This is a really great tool. I only filled it one time and the recycling feature allowed me to do the whole job with about a cup or media.




I did have to get a little "creative" in order to hold my copper back up strip but a magnet and piece of scrap iron became my helper.



Once the pin holes were welded, they were ground, reblasted and the metal cleaned with a stripping disc.







That makes this rear quarter area good and solid. Next I am going to open up the area just above the wheel well area.

John
08-21-2015 09:20 AM
boothboy [QUOTE=John long;

Don't be too hard on me. I ordered a front lower quarter patch from EMS Monday.

Gasp!!!!!

BB
08-21-2015 08:29 AM
Too Many Projects
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Originally Posted by John long View Post
I should not have mentioned it. It is no big deal.

John
I beg to differ. It IS a big deal when people I have come to know, respect and care about have potentially serious health issues.

Rusty, and your forum pals, need you to stay healthy...
08-21-2015 08:00 AM
MARTINSR Right on John, but a little prayer ain't going to hurt!

Brian
08-21-2015 04:23 AM
cozwurth
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Originally Posted by John long View Post
I should not have mentioned it. It is no big deal. The Basil Cell and Squamous cell carcinomas are not something that normally spread if treated appropriately. I have had both.

The Melanoma skin cancer is another story. It can spread, as they have in Jimmy Carter's case. That is the one I don't want.

John
Good to hear, John. You are right about Melanoma. You REALLY don't want that one. My wife had a melanoma laden mole and some lymph nodes removed about 1.5 years ago. So far no recurrences, thank the Lord.

Looking forward to seeing your progress on the right side of the '53.

Dave
08-21-2015 01:39 AM
John long
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Originally Posted by MARTINSR View Post
Prayers going your way John, hope you kicked it's butt!

Brian
I should not have mentioned it. It is no big deal. The Basil Cell and Squamous cell carcinomas are not something that normally spread if treated appropriately. I have had both.

The Melanoma skin cancer is another story. It can spread, as they have in Jimmy Carter's case. That is the one I don't want.

John
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