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Old 05-02-2011, 05:19 PM
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Shoulder Improved: Back in the Shop

The shoulder is better than it has been in years and have been back in the shop, starting the second week. I hope to have the top removed from the van and the Rampside this week. I have been stripping more parts from both and making some exploratory cuts to make sure I am doing this right. I spent today cutting out the driver's side cab corner from the wind shield pillar to the top of the lower cab corner. The old repair on the van was a sloppy job and the corner on the Rampside is good. It is out and cleaned up and ready to go on the van. I have cut out the van corner and will clean it up and straighten some of the under structure that was not taken care of during the first repair. The corner should be back good as new by the end of the day tomorrow. Things are getting exciting since I have been working away, pain free for the first time in years!!!

Ordered two pages of parts and pieces from Clark's Corvair Parts. Thought I should do it now before the high cost of gasoline eats too deep into my project money.

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Glad to here you're feeling better and out in the shop working again. When you get time we need pics of your progress.

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When I had a lot of time on my hand, could not do much with my left index finger. Now with both hands working, I don't stay focused long enough to find, photo shop and post pics. I keep hoping Jon will get us set up to have more than one journal, but until then, I'll just have to randomly post pics when I get a motivational shot.

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.....Hope life on the Rim is treating you well.

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Can't complain. Our next door neighbor had an Elk in his back yard last week end so things are looking up. Their natural habitat is finally coming back from the 462,000 acre fire we had back in '02. The return of the Elk is the final sign. When they're around you know things are back to normal. The only problem is it gets dangerous to drive at night with the Elk out. Damn near hit two of them about 10 days ago. Missed a good sized female by about 3 feet at 0500 on the way to Phoenix. They will do a real number on a car, not to mention the occupants. Glad to have them back though.

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For an old guy, I have been moving right along. The top is off the Van and all the sheet metal has been removed for future projects and the remains cut up to haul to the metal yard. I got side tracked on removing the drivers side, front cab corner that makes up the door opening and the bottom left corner of the wind shield frame. It had been damaged previously and had a bad repair. After removing it, I discovered the inner frame work had been whacked pretty good and ended up cutting most of it out and moving the good stuff from the Rampside. I had to make the bottom lip of the piece that held it to the inner frame and that the lower cab corner bolts to. Every thing is ready to go back together as soon as I do some rust treatment and painting of the joints and back sides. This week, I will be working everything to expose the lower flange area to receive the bed cap. I will have to get the ramp pillars removed from the van before cutting the Rampside top and bed cap off. Hopefully, by the end of the week, the top and bed cap will be sitting on the van. It will probably take another week to get it fitted for the doors, windshield, tail gate and side ramp. I am taking lots of pics and will spend some time getting caught up soon.

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