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Today 12:07 PM
John long
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Originally Posted by 123pugsy View Post
Exactly. My rose colored glasses are always on. Hard to look at the cars in the flea markets and not buy them, no matter what the condition.
This is when our big egos get us in trouble.

I look at some old rusted piece of crap and say "well that car can be fixed".....Next thing you know, I am in trouble.

John
Today 08:20 AM
MARTINSR The non car nuts don't ever see it in their heads as we do, they see it as the rusted heap it IS at the moment. It's no wonder they don't understand. Just like the average person looks at a blank piece of paper and some pencils as just that a blank piece of paper and some pencils. Put that blank piece of paper and some pencils on a table in front of one of my co-workers and he SEES a drawing, he SEES a finished drawing and he grabs those pencils and doesn't let go! He doesn't let go of those pencils until there IS a beautiful drawing, a work of art sitting there on the table where the blank piece of paper once laid.

I don't care what "art" we are talking about, music, photography, stage, or building a car such as we see here on the forum, thank God for the artist, they add such beauty to this earth we share.

Brian
Today 08:06 AM
John long
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Originally Posted by MARTINSR View Post
John, do you ever go back through this thread and look at all you have done? It's friggin amazing to see the amount we will get done on one of these cars. But it's like our hair turning gray, you don't see it happening, one day it's just gray. We are so driven in the "what it can be" mode I don't think we EVER see it as it really is! We see it FINISHED in our head the first time we look at it and never really see it as the dented up rusted heap it is!

Your Chevy is going to be awesome finished, you have resurrected it from the dead!

Brian
It is funny you brought that up. I just went through the 2500 pictures in my IPAD and started a seperate file of "favorites" with about 95 pictures in it. While doing that it really brought home what all I have done so far.

I have tried to not think about all there is to do up to this point but now I am beginning to get excited. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel and starting to look forward instead of rearward.

Along that same line, I have begun to think about some other things other than just rust repair. I want to make my own inner fender panels and radiator support. The GM stuff was just butt ugly and I want to run a late model cross flow radiator for the big block. If I can finish the rust repair this winter, I will try to get the frame painted and set up for the body next summer.

John
Today 08:05 AM
123pugsy
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Originally Posted by MARTINSR View Post
John, do you ever go back through this thread and look at all you have done? It's friggin amazing to see the amount we will get done on one of these cars. But it's like our hair turning gray, you don't see it happening, one day it's just gray. We are so driven in the "what it can be" mode I don't think we EVER see it as it really is! We see it FINISHED in our head the first time we look at it and never really see it as the dented up rusted heap it is!

Your Chevy is going to be awesome finished, you have resurrected it from the dead!

Brian
Exactly. My rose colored glasses are always on. Hard to look at the cars in the flea markets and not buy them, no matter what the condition.
Today 07:51 AM
MARTINSR John, do you ever go back through this thread and look at all you have done? It's friggin amazing to see the amount we will get done on one of these cars. But it's like our hair turning gray, you don't see it happening, one day it's just gray. We are so driven in the "what it can be" mode I don't think we EVER see it as it really is! We see it FINISHED in our head the first time we look at it and never really see it as the dented up rusted heap it is!

Your Chevy is going to be awesome finished, you have resurrected it from the dead!

Brian
Today 07:46 AM
John long Thanks guys. The knd words are priceless.

I am on my way to the Cleveland Cruise-in today. It is supposed to be 77 degrees and be the perfect day but I really just want to open the garage doors and work on the car. I am really into this thing and getting excited to see what a good car it has the potential to be.

John
Yesterday 09:25 PM
MARTINSR x4, awesome stuff John!

Brian
Yesterday 08:31 PM
ttrotter
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Originally Posted by Too Many Projects View Post
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Yesterday 08:22 PM
Too Many Projects
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Originally Posted by 123pugsy View Post
Absolutely AWESOME!
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Yesterday 07:22 PM
123pugsy Absolutely AWESOME!
Yesterday 06:00 PM
496CHEVY3100 Metal work at its Finest
Yesterday 05:54 PM
John long

10-23-2014 07:32 PM
carolinacustoms
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Originally Posted by John long View Post
You could probably do that Kelly but it would not eliminate the need to hammer the piece. It has a compound curve that required working the profile of the bead into it with the mallot. The mallot was only used to form the profile of the bead and had nothing to do with the curves that follow the windshield and cow crease. They were formed with the Shrinker/Stretcher jaws as the piece curves down as well as back around the windshield.

I hope I am understanding your question and am giving you a good answer. If not, explain your question again so I can get it through my thick head better.

John

Yes sir you understand it clearly. I didn't realize you had used the shrinker/stretcher, and thought you had formed it entirely with the hammer. Thanks for the information.

Kelly
10-23-2014 07:14 PM
John long
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Originally Posted by carolinacustoms View Post
John it looks like you have it well under control

I am asking out of pure curiosity, but if you had taken the straight piece with the first brake that you made with the tipping wheel, then put a 90* bend on the top with a brake, could you have used a shrinker jaw on the top brake to create the curve, then cut off the extra brake line? Or was it just easier to hammer it? I know a hammer is sometimes therapy when working with metal and cars.......but I wanted to ask out of curiosity. I don't have a shrinker/stretcher so I have been watching closely trying to learn so when I am able to get one I will have a head start.

Kelly
You could probably do that Kelly but it would not eliminate the need to hammer the piece. It has a compound curve that required working the profile of the bead into it with the mallot. The mallot was only used to form the profile of the bead and had nothing to do with the curves that follow the windshield and cow crease. They were formed with the Shrinker/Stretcher jaws as the piece curves down as well as back around the windshield.

I hope I am understanding your question and am giving you a good answer. If not, explain your question again so I can get it through my thick head better.

John
10-23-2014 06:55 PM
123pugsy
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Originally Posted by John long View Post
Finished the lower half of the cowl patch and fitted it.






Tacked it in place.






Test fit stainless trim. Well satisfied.





Trimmed out the upper half and have begun to fit it. More work to be done on it though.



Very nice John.

Thanks.
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