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Old 05-27-2008, 11:03 AM
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This weekend I did some more work on the fenders. Basically removed them and did some welding on the inside seems. Next I'll grind down the welds flush and start getting them looking finished. I've got my work cut out for me on these fenders!

While I had the fenders off I started welding in the shackle mounts. I was going to make some custom mounts but I don't have the right tools. So I'm in the process of cutting the end of the frame down and welding in the stock frame sections that held the shackle bushings.

Here's one side tack welded.




Here's the complete weld. I'll next go back and grind it flush.


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Old 05-27-2008, 12:31 PM
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If you grind THAT weld off, you'll be right back where you started. There is ZERO penetration there.

The weld looks like a 120v fluxcore weld. Not adequate.

Please do yourself, and the safety of the public a favor and find a welder with more amperage.
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Old 05-27-2008, 12:43 PM
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If you grind THAT weld off, you'll be right back where you started. There is ZERO penetration there.

The weld looks like a 120v fluxcore weld. Not adequate.

Please do yourself, and the safety of the public a favor and find a welder with more amperage.
Try again, I did it with an arc / stick welder. I've actually have taken a piece of the frame which I cut out to shorten the chassis, and welded it together. Then test it's strength by putting it in a vise and bending it at the weld. The metal broke around the weld and the weld held up. There is a lot of build up and that's cause I was moving really slow.
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grind it and see how it looks
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what kind of welding are you using
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Old 05-28-2008, 08:41 AM
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what kind of welding are you using
What kind? Do you mean rod, welder, process?

It's a 110V 100 amp arc welder.
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Old 05-28-2008, 09:18 AM
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My camera phone doesn't do too well in low lighting, but here's the weld ground flush.



I finally got to hook up a shackle. I then got on the frame to test the spring out. Seems it'll have a smooth ride in the rear. :thumbsup:

Now I'm in the process of welding up fish plating to reinforce it.
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Old 05-28-2008, 09:20 AM
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I sent back the Torker II intake and head gasket set I bought. Once I get my refund back I'll be purchasing a new set of GM Vortec heads



and a Summit Stage I (idle-6000 rpm)



Vortec intake. These heads have a 64cc combustion chamber and it'll lower my 283 compression ratio from 11:1, pop up pistons, to 9.7 so I can have a good chance of using pump gas!
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Old 05-30-2008, 09:13 PM
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BAD NEWS:

For the past couple months people have passed me up and seen me working on my project. 99% of them have been really cool about it and actually couldn't wait to see it progress. There's been one lady whom is a mother of 2 or 3 kids and apparently one is an "infant and sleeps early", which I understand. Any who, she came to me and askd me one night if I could stop working on my vehicle. It was just before 9. I was polite and told her no problem. About a month later I was working on my car and it was 8 o' clock and she screamed from across the complex "Hay, it's 8 o' clock. I just ignored her, stopped working on my car and closed the garage. I rarely work on my car past 9 unless it's a weekend. Well, today she drove by stopped right in front of my garage and took a picture of me working on my bug. All I could do is pose. LOL!

Needless to say chances are I'll have a complaint filed on me being I'm fabricating a car in an apt garage, that I'm renting. Now, I don't know what rules there are if any against doing something like this, but I'm thinking this isn't good. I'd hate to have to sell my project that I've put blood, sweat, and time into and I'm sure I wouldn't get anything near what I've paid for all the car parts except the things I've recently purchased.

Not looking good. ****in' ***** (the forum converted the real words, LOL, too funny)!

I've considered possibly renting a garage / storage space from somewhere's but the way these gas prices are and my limited time, that wont work for me. I'll keep you guys posted on what happens but it's looking like I'll probably have to part with ol' Blue so I can keep a roof over me and my fiancés head.

This comment deserves a triple sad face
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I hope it works out, you should try and beat her to your landlord. Better he hears it from you.

I have enjoyed your thread and was looking forward to your finished project.
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I hope it works out, you should try and beat her to your landlord. Better he hears it from you.

I have enjoyed your thread and was looking forward to your finished project.
I agree,,,,,good luck
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find out when shes not home and do the grinding and cuting and banging then.

buy the way you fishplate that section yet?
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Old 06-01-2008, 04:52 PM
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Thanks guys! I don't know where the lady lives exactly. I know she's a stay at home mom. At this point I haven't broken any laws and she's the only person that has a problem with it. The management are ladies but we know each other on a first name basis and their very friendly so I'm sure they'll work with me. I'll keep you guys posted. I'm still working on the bug and will continue to do so unless something comes of her complaint.
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Old 06-01-2008, 05:01 PM
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find out when shes not home and do the grinding and cuting and banging then.

buy the way you fishplate that section yet?
I'll just be sure to stop at 8 cause that seems to be when she pu the kiddos to bed.

I did weld the fish plating. I had trim a little more of the frame end cause it was sticking out to much. I'll post some pics soon.

I started cutting down the other end of the frame so could weld in the other shackle.
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Old 06-01-2008, 05:04 PM
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Something burned out inside my arc welder. I'm going to open it up and see if it's something I can repair. Other wise I'll be on the market for an arc welder.
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