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Old 06-25-2013, 11:25 AM
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Bringing up Window Moulding fits right in with what I've been doing-back when I chopped the top on my '35 (2"), I neglected to chop the garnish mouldings-

I completed the job last Saturday (just have to clean things up, get them in Epoxy and ready for Paint ), then I can finish up the inner Windshield Header/sunvisor mount-

What has me worried is that I have 4 Windshields for my Car that I've purchased through the Years, and when I tried to chop any of them they were too thin (water gets inside the frame and the frame rusts inside out (you can't see it from the outside)-

After the 2nd one I decided that this was ridiculous (the cheapest used one I bought was $100), and found where I could buy a brand new chrome Frame ($650.00)-cool! The problem is that I have to "chop" new chrome, and I've been nervous about that-

Anyway, after some thought I think I will blue tape it up good, mark it carefully, and then screw a new hose clamp on it so that I won't:

-cut too far
-give myself a true "line that I can "see" and not mess up (Ha!)-
-be able to true it up with a File

Or, maybe one of you has better idea?

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Got over to Home Depot and picked up the foam backed foil insulation to out on the firewall and floors. Got it all stuck down, and joints taped with foil tape too. Floors got pretty warm from the fenderwell headers, so it will hopefully be better now.
Rebuilt my dome light socket, as the spring and socket were bad. Got it wired in and working.
Tweaked the tuning a bit, and connected the manual chokes up on both carbs. It starts great, and idles nice now when cold. Did a little idle adjustment once it warmed up, and found the idle air screws were nearly closed off! Only about a half turn out, so I turned them out 1.5 turns to begin, and got the engine idling much better from there.
Taking the Falcon for it's first longer cruise Friday, so trying to make sure all is sorted out before then.
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Finally a couple hours back on the truck.Spent the weekend fishing and rebuilding my buddies 4L80E for his business truck.

New condenser, old tranny cooler and rad and hoses are now back in.

Discovered tonight that I forgot to grab a fan when I got my donor serpentine parts, DOH!, as it's also reverse rotation.
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Sounds like everyone has something more exciting to report than I do but I did make the rest of the RH inner rocker tonight. Also the PO of the '53 called and advised he had forgotten to give me the door and rear 1/4 garnish moldings so I picked them up tonight. I had not missed them but WOW, looking for 4 convertible garnish moldings would be a big deal down the road.

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looking for 4 convertible garnish moldings would be a big deal down the road.
That's for sure! Things like garnish moldings can drive a guy crazy trying to find them!
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Tonight I went out to the garage to start on my clearing out the closet in so I could remove the shelves to get my tool box in there. I am SOOOO sick of having tools all over the place, I just don't have a good place to put them all. I don't use my tool box but once in a while at work and it sure as heck is for something simple like removing a license plate these days. So I want it HOME where I am using half the tools that were in it anyway!

I didn't think I would get very far but you know how that is, I kept going until it was done! Clearing off the shelves took the longest.





All the while I kept looking at my poor truck sitting there neglected and I HAD to put in my five minutes. So I removed the drip rail on the drivers side and marked off the post as I did on the other side.



This side came off a lot easier, there was no brass, go figure.

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Old 06-26-2013, 07:51 AM
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Bringing up Window Moulding fits right in with what I've been doing-back when I chopped the top on my '35 (2"), I neglected to chop the garnish mouldings-

I completed the job last Saturday (just have to clean things up, get them in Epoxy and ready for Paint ), then I can finish up the inner Windshield Header/sunvisor mount-

What has me worried is that I have 4 Windshields for my Car that I've purchased through the Years, and when I tried to chop any of them they were too thin (water gets inside the frame and the frame rusts inside out (you can't see it from the outside)-

After the 2nd one I decided that this was ridiculous (the cheapest used one I bought was $100), and found where I could buy a brand new chrome Frame ($650.00)-cool! The problem is that I have to "chop" new chrome, and I've been nervous about that-

Anyway, after some thought I think I will blue tape it up good, mark it carefully, and then screw a new hose clamp on it so that I won't:

-cut too far
-give myself a true "line that I can "see" and not mess up (Ha!)-
-be able to true it up with a File

Or, maybe one of you has better idea?
I think you have it. Leaving what you are cutting long and then fine tuning it to where you want it is a die fast way to do a good job. Measure twice and cut once is another, I personally like to measure four times and cut once.


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I get a daily quote sent to me and thought todays theme of inspiration was a good one with a few making me think of this thread and my own 5 minute a day builds a car plan.

First forget inspiration. Habit is more dependable. Habit will sustain you whether you're inspired or not. Habit will help you finish and polish your stories. Inspiration won't. Habit is persistence in practice.
- Octavia Butler, 1947 - 2006

Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.
- Pablo Picasso, 1881 - 1973

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I agree with the habits. keeps you sharp as a blade. welding and metal working skills stays with you to some degree but mud work will suffer without repetition. I recall feeling that way after working for a resto shop for a number years, then going production for a year, and then back to restoration. I felt the mud work suffered a tad.

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I think you have it. Leaving what you are cutting long and then fine tuning it to where you want it is a die fast way to do a good job. Measure twice and cut once is another, I personally like to measure four times and cut once.
Brian

Thank you for your opinion/validation, now when I screw it up I have a partner! -(just kidding!)-
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Thank you for your opinion/validation, now when I screw it up I have a partner! -(just kidding!)-
You noticed I kept my mouth shut....
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I am beat today, but got out there for a little work. I punched some holes in the door shell to screw it together to trial fit it on the hinges and cab then I will weld them up. I also did some cross measuring and adjusted one of the cab mounts to get it straight. I will be cutting the roof off soon and getting that back on straight is of course an upmost importance.

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hey, why not make a tutorial on that? I'd love to check that out. I never chopped anything but am eager to try it out.
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There are a million videos and books on the subject.

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