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Yesterday 07:43 PM
1971BB427 Nice to see some clean shiny metal that wasn't something you put on it!
Yesterday 05:08 PM
John long The reason I let this old girl follow me home was because I thought there was good metal to build back too. In that respect, I have been very pleased.

So far this thing has been pretty good in those areas where water did not stand. Even the dash has been free of any rust out, though the glove box area is broken out from the hinges seizing up.

Keep your fingers crossed for me. I still have to get the alignment pins, sun visor clips and several broken screws out of the windshield header. I suspect it might not be much fun.

John



10-27-2014 08:16 PM
1971BB427 Pretty clever John!
10-27-2014 07:36 PM
Too Many Projects That's just too cool, Dude...
10-27-2014 06:49 PM
John long I came up with an interestng method of repairing the damage on the RH side below rhe windshield.

I set my bead roller up with my skateboard wheel on the bottom and the widest beading die on top. ( 1/2 inch).



I then cut a blank out and ran it through the bead roller repeatedly until I had the profile I needed. This made it unnecessary to have a weld seam in the middle of the piece.



It still has to be finish welded and ground but I do think this is making a better looking patch. Of course, neither side shows. The stainless belt molding covers them but it is cool to be able to learn little tricks you can use another day.

John

10-25-2014 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
10-25-2014 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
10-25-2014 08:06 AM
John long
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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
10-25-2014 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.
10-25-2014 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
10-25-2014 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
10-24-2014 09:25 PM
MARTINSR x4, awesome stuff John!

Brian
10-24-2014 08:31 PM
ttrotter
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10-24-2014 08:22 PM
Too Many Projects
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Originally Posted by 123pugsy View Post
Absolutely AWESOME!
X2..
10-24-2014 07:22 PM
123pugsy Absolutely AWESOME!
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