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Old 07-26-2013, 10:33 AM
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I spent a good part of yesterday replacing rear axle wheels studs. It seems the conical style unilug washers that were on the used mags I bought had worn out area under the lugnuts, which caused the lugnuts to work loose. I pulled the wheels and found that most of the studs had worked loose in the axle on the pressed in shoulder also! One stud had a seized lugnut also, and I spent two hours with a hacksaw blade cutting a slot in the side of it to split it with a screwdriver so it would release!
Once I got it all apart I had to purchase new studs, washers, and lugnuts; then put it all back together. An all day project in 88 degree weather, but it's in great shape now. I really didn't notice any problem with the ET unilug washers when I put the wheels on, but after seeing the new washers and how small the conical taper was when compared to the old ones, it was very obvious. The new ET style lugnuts are also different than what came with the wheels. They have a conical seat, but a shank that goes through the washer in addition to the seat shape. Much more solid, and less room to move or work loose.

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Old 07-26-2013, 09:34 PM
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Found the front cowl mount was a little rustier than I thought. I started to fab up a repair. It also has to be re-designed to make clearance for a V8.

Had a good day.

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Old 07-26-2013, 10:18 PM
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fiberglass repairs, long sleeves duct taped to my wrists, p100 mask (with a brand new filter), and even glasses, which is over and beyond for me...not really...it's fiberglass! So I'm trying to buy some happiness over this and just got an aluminum roller off Amazon for a moment of joy. Anyhow, the hood repairs are going slow cause there's huge issues on the edges but the rest are going pretty easily. We have determined the front end was taken off once before and put on without the doors on to line it up correctly. So we will use self tappers when we glue it back in w/ doors on and will check the hood fit, and at that point I will then shave the areas on the edge of the hood I've been working on that I left untouched just for that moment. It sounds so easy but I fret taking off this front end after someone else already did the same. I have a hunch that it's not gonna come off as easily as it should because of that. If you have any tips they would be greatly appreciated.

Oh, and I go on vacation next week. Nothing special. Just a trip to Santa Cruz.
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Old 07-26-2013, 10:49 PM
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Been moving shop equipment today ,when I got home reading my Emails,i have a 47 Pontiac on ebay listed as Not running Blown head gasket,,,i actually received this email today ,,How Blown is your head gasket,,when can I come look at it.
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Old 07-26-2013, 10:55 PM
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don't know how regulations are in the other coast.or whats avalible ,but a local Corvette shop here ,Tommy sprays his sleeves with anti static that is designed to go in paint,,he says it works I don't know I dont work with fiberglass or Insulation.,,might be worth a try ,
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Old 07-26-2013, 11:06 PM
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fiberglass repairs, long sleeves duct taped to my wrists, p100 mask (with a brand new filter), and even glasses, which is over and beyond for me...not really...it's fiberglass! So I'm trying to buy some happiness over this and just got an aluminum roller off Amazon for a moment of joy. Anyhow, the hood repairs are going slow cause there's huge issues on the edges but the rest are going pretty easily. We have determined the front end was taken off once before and put on without the doors on to line it up correctly. So we will use self tappers when we glue it back in w/ doors on and will check the hood fit, and at that point I will then shave the areas on the edge of the hood I've been working on that I left untouched just for that moment. It sounds so easy but I fret taking off this front end after someone else already did the same. I have a hunch that it's not gonna come off as easily as it should because of that. If you have any tips they would be greatly appreciated.

Oh, and I go on vacation next week. Nothing special. Just a trip to Santa Cruz.
Ain't nothing "just" about that! Check out the Santa Cruz diner on Ocean st for me. It was on Diners Drive-ins and dives and I haven't been down there in so long I haven't tried it. Home

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Old 07-26-2013, 11:17 PM
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Spent a half hour out there tonight. I swear I have spent more time measuring out this one cut than I did on marking and cutting the roof off on the original cab I chopped in '74.

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Old 07-26-2013, 11:23 PM
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Do a good job Brian because I am going to copy your chop on mine LOL ,or should I have said that
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Old 07-26-2013, 11:41 PM
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Do a good job Brian because I am going to copy your chop on mine LOL ,or should I have said that

Hell yes, if mine comes along, I say go for it. I am looking at that line and wondering if I should move it back so I am more on the curve, hmmmmm

When I originally did it I went right across the middle, then gas welded it.



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I spent yesterday fixing a flooding problem on the new carbs for my Falcon gasser. Rear float on the front carb stuck, and poured fuel into the engine! Pulled the bowl and checked it over, but all was fine. Replaced it after blowing it out, and flooding stopped. Not sure why it stuck, but it was gushing fuel!
Then I noticed my accelerator pumps had both dried up and wont move. Brand new, so I guess it's this junk gas we have with alcohol drying them up. I ordered the diaphragm that's designed for alcohol/gas from Summit, and I'll change them out next week. Until then I'll be back driving the Austin for this weekend's cruise.
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Well as for me i have not been around much for awhile just check in from time to time but now i'm back in the garage starting the restoration of my 67 camaro, started last weekend got glass out interior out assesed the car at this point, but have found i'm going to be removing the roof for a new one and front floor pans thinking about doing a complete pan .
just came in from removing the vent assembly's and window regulators. i will be posting pics and doing a project journal .


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Brian, make a tutorial on that. Why not? We're following your posts on this but would be nice to see it all together.
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Brian, make a tutorial on that. Why not? We're following your posts on this but would be nice to see it all together.
My tutorials take a LOT of time and I want to put that time into the truck. I may put something together once I am done but right now I am too jazzed to be getting something done on it and thinking about it and planning it than to be side tracked.

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Old 07-27-2013, 01:21 PM
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I am looking at that line and wondering if I should move it back so I am more on the curve, hmmmmm


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Be careful where you cut. I doodled a bit showing what would happen near a curved spot compared to a a flatter spot.

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Spent half the day changing the turn signal switch. What a pain!
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