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04-25-2016 08:08 PM
NEW INTERIORS I see a car with a BIG smile !!!!!!! For saving her....
04-25-2016 06:57 PM
John long
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Originally Posted by Too Many Projects View Post
I don't remember why you didn't just weld the rockers when you were working on them. Why did you want the body in 2 pieces ?

Waaaay back when I started the car I left the front and rear halves seperate at approximately the rear of the front seat. Since this was a convertible, I decided I could build the bottom of the car and adjust the door gaps when I was ready to put it together and that way I would not have to worry about the car drawing up with all the welding. It also kept me from having to brace it up extensively.

I also waited to do the final welding on the rockers to make sure the door gaps remained "correct" after I had built the structure back. I wanted to be absolutely sure if the car drew up from the tremendous amount of welding and fabrication I could make the needed "adjustments".

Now it is time to not only put it together and make it solid but brace it in order for it to hold its shape in the rotisserie.

Of course, I could only do it this way since it was a convertible and could shim the front and rear seperated from each other.

John
04-25-2016 06:50 PM
idrivejunk
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Originally Posted by MARTINSR View Post
Fabulous work and a fine example of how to do something right. I know one thing, that car isn't being "patched" it's being repaired!


Brian
Lovingly re-manufactured! What a super-size job. Top-shelf work throughout, as far as I can see from here.

John- If you're going to make it a limousine, now is the time
04-25-2016 06:25 PM
Too Many Projects I don't remember why you didn't just weld the rockers when you were working on them. Why did you want the body in 2 pieces ?
04-25-2016 01:32 PM
MARTINSR Fabulous work and a fine example of how to do something right. I know one thing, that car isn't being "patched" it's being repaired!


Brian
04-25-2016 01:28 PM
John long I moved on to tightening up the door gaps and fitting the rocker panels today. I would like to have them all welded in before I put the front and rear of the car together and get it boxed up for the rotisserie.

I slid the rear section forward just a little and ran a joggle in the top of the rockers. Having the proper clearance is important. I want to make sure that the door does not drag on the sill plate when the time comes.

I was surprized when I took the rockers off to run the joggle that the inner rockers are still bare metal. I will have to clean them up and epoxy the inside before I permenantly weld them.

Both of the door lower rear corners are a little off but I believe it will ba smart to address them after the car is together and I am ready to move on to body work. The bottom of the floors, firewall and a chassis to put it on come first. Once it is bolted on a chassis and shimmed there will be several small items to "correct."

John






04-21-2016 09:20 AM
1971BB427 Great to see it coming along so well, and you having time to get back to it again!
04-20-2016 09:51 PM
NEW INTERIORS I'm Really not sure what words would be best for this build, But I think this one will work for now.. AMAZING !!!!!
04-20-2016 08:52 PM
idrivejunk Thats looking top notch, John. I see light at the end of this tunnel
04-20-2016 06:17 PM
John long All of the inner structure is now in from the B pillar back and am ready to do some finish welding on the rockers and a little on the floor pans......gettin there.

John




04-18-2016 07:36 PM
John long
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Originally Posted by carolinacustoms View Post
Progress is looking great as always John. I hope Barb is doing well, as well as the rest of the family.

Kelly
Thanks Kelly. She is getting better every day. Much to be thankful for.

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Yep, I don't think I would be worried...
I was thinking last night while waiting for sleep to sneak up on me, I have the Sport Coupe HDTP out back. It uses the same doors as the convert. Some of those measurements should be the same. I will do a little double checking just for peace of mind.

John
04-17-2016 08:42 PM
Too Many Projects
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You know I don't and that has bothered me a bit. I believe I measured it but don't have the faintest idea where they are if I did. I have watched the doors closely to make sure they still align vertically and also pleased to say the drill screws that I put in the seat back support a year ago still fit. I also clamped the old seat support in place and the spot weld drill holes still line up.

I think I am good but do wish I had the original measurements.

John
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Originally Posted by idrivejunk View Post
I do like an occasional before pic for contrast. Its reassuring. Yours is a stark transformation indeed. If everything so far still lines up like it did, I say nail it! I bet you're getting a big enjoy from Rusty right now. That primer on the parts looks as good as the parts, what is it?
Yep, I don't think I would be worried...
04-17-2016 06:53 PM
carolinacustoms Progress is looking great as always John. I hope Barb is doing well, as well as the rest of the family.

Kelly
04-14-2016 08:38 PM
John long
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Originally Posted by idrivejunk View Post
I do like an occasional before pic for contrast. Its reassuring. Yours is a stark transformation indeed. If everything so far still lines up like it did, I say nail it! I bet you're getting a big enjoy from Rusty right now. That primer on the parts looks as good as the parts, what is it?
The primer is SPI Gray Epoxy. I am very pleased with it. I do think I am going to change to the red though. It should make rock chips a little less noticeable. I plan on painting the car SPI dark red with a tan Bel Air stripe and tan top.

John
04-14-2016 08:10 PM
idrivejunk I do like an occasional before pic for contrast. Its reassuring. Yours is a stark transformation indeed. If everything so far still lines up like it did, I say nail it! I bet you're getting a big enjoy from Rusty right now. That primer on the parts looks as good as the parts, what is it?
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