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Old 04-01-2013, 09:58 PM
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Today it really dawned on me that the torch is being passed to me so to speak. Seems like I am now the main body guy for our restorations. The last few I've been working on were driver restos but a top dollar show car we're working on needs a quarter and someone requested that I do it. Pretty happy about that. This means I'm going to be extra nice to the Guru cause without him there's no me so without directly saying it I will make sure he knows that he's appreciated and he's still a better tech than me.

Anyhow, gnawed off part of a quarter for a 55 Chevy and it's a hassle but I know once it's all cut out than I have some spot welds and easy clean up. The fun part will be making everything fit and I already see the upper rear body panel needs a slice cut into the rear corners and set back...on both sides!

So now I guess I'm gonna have to invest in more tools to bring to the table and for this job I'm thinking a leading kit(lead free!) Any ideas where I can get this stuff for cheap? I haven't done much lead at all.
Henry, I am not a professional and don't pretend to have all the answers but are you sure you want to use lead? Every time I melt lead out of a car I find rust under it. Very frequently the paint also fails over lead (probably because of improper cleaning of the acid.) Lead obviously won't shrink but it definitely has it's own issues. I think I will leave it to Bill Hines and try to do my metal work well enough that I can keep the plastic to a minimum.

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Old 04-01-2013, 10:02 PM
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Had a late start today, as I had to run papers out to get the taxes done, but at least I got to drive the hotrod to the tax man!
When I got home I started welding up the framework for the trans tunnel and firewall setback. Then did the inset for the firewall, and test fitted tunnel ram and carbs. Need to figure out which way I'm going on the cluth first; either mechanical or hydraulic.


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Old 04-02-2013, 06:55 AM
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Today it really dawned on me that the torch is being passed to me so to speak. Seems like I am now the main body guy for our restorations. The last few I've been working on were driver restos but a top dollar show car we're working on needs a quarter and someone requested that I do it. Pretty happy about that. This means I'm going to be extra nice to the Guru cause without him there's no me so without directly saying it I will make sure he knows that he's appreciated and he's still a better tech than me.

Anyhow, gnawed off part of a quarter for a 55 Chevy and it's a hassle but I know once it's all cut out than I have some spot welds and easy clean up. The fun part will be making everything fit and I already see the upper rear body panel needs a slice cut into the rear corners and set back...on both sides!

So now I guess I'm gonna have to invest in more tools to bring to the table and for this job I'm thinking a leading kit(lead free!) Any ideas where I can get this stuff for cheap? I haven't done much lead at all.
Good job!!! Congratulations!
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Old 04-02-2013, 08:27 AM
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Henry, I am not a professional and don't pretend to have all the answers but are you sure you want to use lead? Every time I melt lead out of a car I find rust under it. Very frequently the paint also fails over lead (probably because of improper cleaning of the acid.) Lead obviously won't shrink but it definitely has it's own issues. I think I will leave it to Bill Hines and try to do my metal work well enough that I can keep the plastic to a minimum.
I can see some advantages. What about the windshield channels that are pitted but clean enough to save? Seems like lead would work great for that. Doesn't seem hard to clean up lead and tin it. Seems like there's a lot more bad techs than good techs so what they do doesn't compromise my work. What cuts into my work is the boss. He may not want me to lead due to time and I would want all those leaded areas to be epoxied before being fillled, but people think "if it's not broke don't fix it", or "we haven't had a comeback yet due to how we fill over lead". In the end I will probably just have to weld it up good and green it and fill it. Just trying to do what's right without getting yelled at for it.
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Old 04-02-2013, 10:53 AM
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The thing is in my opinion there are such great products these days that lead is more of a "feels good" kinda thing, it's cool when it's used just as a "it's cool" sort of thing, because it really isn't going to make a bit of difference in "quality" once the primer and paint is on the car.

That's how I see it at least.

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Old 04-02-2013, 11:10 AM
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you're right and to think about it most areas aren't really leaded at factory because it can move and lead is pliable, it's on there to hide the huge discrepancy between panel to panel. Probably the easiest way to hide it back then and still be a metal. Just would be "cool" if we can tell the customer we leaded the seams like factory.
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Old 04-02-2013, 11:23 AM
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And you know that the reason you see lead in factory seams was largely because they kept leading long after other fillers were created because of the lower dust in working with lead, at least that is what I have been told by people in manufacturing.

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Old 04-02-2013, 11:26 AM
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I can see that. I have guessed it's so they can say "it's all metal".
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interior work

I just finished the front cowl panels to match door and seat fabric. took me about 4 hours each to finish making and installing the panels. Never did this stuff before. thanks to all the interior post help at this site I was surprised at how nice they came out.
It may not be show quality but I did it myself for only the cost of materials. Next I going to try making the panels next to the seat and install a couple of speakers at the same time. Added some pics
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Old 04-02-2013, 11:44 PM
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looks awesome! I plan on getting the stock Mustang interior for my car but might do a few custom panels like that. Maybe on the speaker tray or something. Encouraging post, thanks.
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Old 04-03-2013, 12:12 PM
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Parts are coming in for the 383! A few at a time so I'm assembling as I get em

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Old 04-03-2013, 12:34 PM
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A few more pics! I made an adapter on my lathe for my old 426 Hemi race distributor and made a hold down so it would fit in the 383. I bought one but took it back, the distributor didn't fit the way I liked it and the one I made is much better and everything fits tight!! The Chinese made adapter was poor quality and a sloppy fit!

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Old 04-03-2013, 01:42 PM
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A few more pics! I made an adapter on my lathe for my old 426 Hemi race distributor and made a hold down so it would fit in the 383. I bought one but took it back, the distributor didn't fit the way I liked it and the one I made is much better and everything fits tight!! The Chinese made adapter was poor quality and a sloppy fit!

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383 ? That's funny. Every SBC I've seen have the distributor in the back.

Sorry, just couldn't resist.

Nice to see a real 383 going together.
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Old 04-03-2013, 02:59 PM
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383 ?

Nice to see a real 383 going together.
Yes, it really is nice to see something out of the norm! Love my Chevys, but a 383 Mopar is pretty cool!
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Old 04-03-2013, 05:30 PM
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Yea ,creative to a RB distrubitor in a B block ,I have heard the old A block 318 dual point would work even though it is a rear mounted dist,,,Never tried it though, Looking Great, Jester, is it going in the Barracuda pictured behind you,
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