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Today 07:08 PM
Originally Posted by Too Many Projects View Post

Aw now just don't rush him with that pointy stick thing again he might flinch and get a slag ball

Man I bet that feels ah, being to this stage. The new wave of steps to completion can be allowed to burst forth in your mind, and the agony of getting here can begin to fade. Every one I've done for myself has nearly killed me. But I didn't regret a thing once done. When its purring in gear, only the journey ahead will matter
Today 07:03 PM
boothboy John it is hard to believe it's been that long.Your running descriptions and picture have been so educational for us Pluggers.


Mike Osher (BB)

( you will of course notice that in response to the joining of the body, you were acknowledged by 3 "thumbs up" rather than the customary "2 thumbs up")
Today 07:02 PM
ttrotter Right on! So cool to see all your progress!
Today 07:01 PM
1971BB427 That's a beautiful sight John! I can imagine how great it feels to be at this point! She sure looks great, and hard to imagine considering what you started with!!
Today 06:59 PM
Too Many Projects WELD IT UP....
Today 06:43 PM
John long Today was kind of special. I got the rockers welded in. The door gaps are set and I began to join the front and rear body sections together. Once the body is one piece I can brace it up and pull it off the frame. I can't wait to see this thing hanging on the rotisserie.


And there it is. The last seam that takes this car from two pieces to one.

I am at a very exciting milestone. Thank goodness I have enjoyed the journey. It is hard to believe I have been fooling with this thing for three years this month.

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
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.

04-25-2016 06:50 PM
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!

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!

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."


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
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