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Old 11-06-2013, 10:43 AM
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Henry, you didn't learn to use it then, you didn't give it a chance. I know with your smarts you would find the ways to make it work. If you did you would find that you can get to about 95% of welds, you simply have to cut away the panel you are removing. Besides, you need all the "clamps" that most guys don't have. The tool only comes with the smallest one, with just that, heck yeah it is seriously limited. Adding the others changed everything.



I watch the guys drill out weld after weld pushing on the drill, one after another. This tool does all that for you. And you don't have to think about how deep, it does that too.



You could do a hundred spot welds in minutes, all looking exactly like that, a gentle split with the panel splitter and it comes apart like you unbolted it.

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Old 11-06-2013, 11:31 AM
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One of the best tools in the shop ,after many spot welds my Old hands are not cramping.like they normally would be.
it does most of the work for you.
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Old 11-06-2013, 02:21 PM
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I have my reasons. I knew about the depth clamp. If I find one for $150-$200 I'd jump all over it but I'm not going to spend $300+ for a tool I already have when I'm looking at bead rollers and english wheels. Not in a hurry to get one but I always have an eye out on CL for good deals and that's one tool I'm looking for.
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Old 11-06-2013, 06:58 PM
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Finished up assembling a bone stock 31 Ford "banger" long block today, Original builder had installed the rods wrong with the dippers facing the wrong direction. Didn't oil the rods well.. Been waiting for a good cylinder head for a while now.. Will finish up the paint and install distrib and plugs tomorrow


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Old 11-06-2013, 07:07 PM
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I got to work on the 53 today for a change. Sure was dirty work removing the rocker and grinding the spot welds. It was good to be back on it though.

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really random stuff kind of day. Swapped out a knuckle/ strut on a Lexus SUV, took off the roof rack, filled some holes on a Vette, and helped wet sand The GTO to take out some of the urethane wave. It's hard to make these cars look sharp but we're gonna pull it off and it only got primed twice. We're meshing well as a team on the restorations now,which is nice.

We also got word that we will be doing Demarcus Cousins' Le Mans. He's the star center for The Sacramento Kings and arguably the best young center in the game. I'm pretty excited to know that at least on one occasion he himself will come check the car out and not his side kick. That's gonna be awesome and I'm gonna tell him he's the best center and very underrated, and I believe that. Probably will fan out on him and get an autograph and pic too.

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Took the Ranger to the track Sat for it's last passes of the season, unfortunately the track was 515 ft above sea level so the et's were a couple of tenth off it's usual et's but any time you take it home in one piece it's a total success.




Then tucked my Ranger away for the winter in a friends garage
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really random stuff kind of day. Swapped out a knuckle/ strut on a Lexus SUV, took off the roof rack, filled some holes on a Vette, and helped wet sand The GTO to take out some of the urethane wave. It's hard to make these cars look sharp but we're gonna pull it off and it only got primed twice. We're meshing well as a team on the restorations now,which is nice.

We also got word that we will be doing Demarcus Cousins' Le Mans. He's the star center for The Sacramento Kings and arguably the best young center in the game. I'm pretty excited to know that at least on one occasion he himself will come check the car out and not his side kick. That's gonna be awesome and I'm gonna tell him he's the best center and very underrated, and I believe that. Probably will fan out on him and get an autograph and pic too.

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Took the Ranger to the track Sat for it's last passes of the season, unfortunately the track was 515 ft above sea level so the et's were a couple of tenth off it's usual et's but any time you take it home in one piece it's a total success.

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Then tucked my Ranger away for the winter in a friends garage
Damn I miss the drags, The Rangers looking good!

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I got to work on the 53 today for a change. Sure was dirty work removing the rocker and grinding the spot welds. It was good to be back on it though.

John
Got out there and did a little studying on the truck and the spare roof to figure the best way to rake the posts. Then got back to cleaning. I am getting so much better at throwing stuff out but not quite good enough.

I am going to get back on the truck this weekend I believe. I have been talking to a guy at work about welding sheetmetal and really learning a lot. Some mind blowing techniques that go against everything I have ever known. I am dying to get back at it and see how they work.

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Cool!

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I'm pretty excited to be involved with that build. I'm assuming when he does show up it will be after paint.
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The fellow redoing my old 47 ragtop asked if I would come buy and help install the windshield. This is the same car I built in 1972 and the one I straightened the stainless trim on a week or so ago.

I also have enjoyed being part of this build even though it is a very small part.

The owner offered me the 60/40 Cordoba power seat that was in it. I need to do some measuring and see if it would be a good choice for the '53.

John

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My daughter bought an old Jimmy from her uncle. I warned her about the problems with a high mile GM 4.3 powered vehicle... But,,,,,

It has funny looking oil.. I hear last night.... Today I installed intake gaskets. Looked at the front end parts.. Right tie rod end. Idler arm and cross bar are shot. Start to do the repairs and discover the brake pads are about to the metal and the rotors are almost at discard.. Rjght shock is shot and sway arm bushing is gone..

But daddy,, Why didn't you get my car done today???
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My 4Runner has been parked for a couple of months - maybe selling it, so I'd kinda like it to start. Of course, with computerized this 'n'that plus 2 separate alarms & immobilizers, it has drained the battery completely, so I went and got a "smart charger" with 8 different levels of charge, etc.

Went out, disconnected the batt (Yes, I know, I should have done that when I parked it, but....) and hooked it up on "supply/desulphate" level to see if I can make it recover or if I gotta buy yet another new battery. I think I should buy shares in a battery maker! This would be the fourth new batt I'd have to get this year!
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