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Old 11-12-2013, 09:37 PM
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We just got about 25 new carts at the shop that are pretty neat, but I wonder if we shouldn't have gotten those, they do look very nice.

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Old 11-12-2013, 10:10 PM
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I got the right front pillar heading in the right direction with my "5 minutes" today (more like 30).

The pillar needs to change shape as it goes down it's length with the new placement of the roof and the lower piece leaned in and back. I cut a piece out of the extra roof and it ended up needing a bit of help to make it fit. I first tacked it in where the outside fit. At the windshield is where I started making it fit perfect, as this would be the most difficult area to modify. After I tacked it at the windshield I was able to tack the bottom near the door, but the upper area at that point was way in, as the donor pillar sort of twisted in there.

This photo is after I drilled the welds out of that outer layer in the jamb and pulling out on that outer layer until it lined up then tacking it.



After tacking it in place at the windshield edge this is how it looked, with the inside no where near good enough to weld. It's kinda hard to see but the upper edge on the inside is off about a quarter inch.



One trick I have learned from collision repair is drilling out spot welds "unbolting" the parts. Where in the old days I would have spliced the pillar and welded up those splices after forcing it into shape. But drilling out the spots welds releases it to do about anything you want.

Here is the back side with the spot welds drilled out, then the outside pulled out to line up properly, then tacked. You can see just how far off that inside portion is!



And here it is after simply pulling the inside over with my hand and putting the clamp just to hold it. Will plug weld those holes up and it will be just like it was made that way. Now of course a little more work needs to be done to get it perfect, but you see it is well on it's way.



Today I drove the Gran Sport 200 miles (round trip) to a tiny little farming town out in the middle of the valley for a funeral of the wife of the guy who sold me my truck in '73.

My friend was overwrought with heartache, it was really sad. She had been very ill for years, in a rest home the last 8 years much of it with almost zero response. Though he visited her every single day for hours! This was after taking care of her at home for years. A true gentleman, one of the best ever. And neither of them EVER complained. What amazing people. I felt so bad for him at the funeral, it tore my heart out. When I got home after that long drive (I work with a guy who makes the trip every day!) I realllllllly needed to go out in the garage for some therapy if you know what I mean. This was after some serious hugging time with my wife though.

We are so blessed with this life guys, every day, THIS is life. Not sometime in the perfect future, this is it, enjoy it.

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Old 11-13-2013, 06:21 AM
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They aren't going to paint anything but the new subframe, so I had to tape all the seams and be very careful taking it apart. The rack is pretty cool and I thought about buying one for home until I asked the owner what it cost....~$600...


Who is the rack avalible from.
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Old 11-13-2013, 06:37 AM
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You are lucky to have such a store ,it is about13 miles to the closest town from where I live,and the population is under a thousand ,so the stores are down sized and limited as to what we can buy so I fell lucky to have the little tractor supply store move in .only 2 weeks ago.
I must have drove by the tractor store a thousand times and didnt know it was there until someone gave me directions ,its tucked away in a strip mall..I'm fourtunate to have Harbor fright 1/2 mile from the shop the tractor store 2mi,.home dept across the street from it and PPG paint 1 mile from the shop, all closer than my house which is 5miles we also have a huge a nut and bolt warehouse in town where you can get any type bolt or fastener you want but they are a bit pricey and the specific model body fasteners from al-veco arent too expensive when you get them by the box...but these are best orderd direct...It actually takes more time for me to sort through my 30 something coffee cans full of hardware than to run and buy new stuff...
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Old 11-13-2013, 07:19 AM
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I normally buy a box of the sizes I need 3/8 and under because lot of the things I work on at home are older so lot of bolts are rusty or have the heads rounded ,and a few of the body and fender bolts various lengths,

but here is what happens when we get a break lol
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took a couple days off and on Friday I drilled holes for the GTO tack on the hood. The template was way off and had to re-adjust to fit factory spec, even though a few inches away you can clearly see the cowl is painted in orange and not the factory black-smh. Today I'll re-adjust the body on the frame cause it was painted off the frame and put on cockeyed and needs to be kicked over to make the hood opening square and to square up the body. Then I'll put on the hood and deck and take some final pics before it's delivered for final assembly. It looks pretty good but it's apparent we're having some issue with urethane wave.
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Old 11-13-2013, 08:51 AM
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took a couple days off and on Friday I drilled holes for the GTO tack on the hood. The template was way off and had to re-adjust to fit factory spec, even though a few inches away you can clearly see the cowl is painted in orange and not the factory black-smh. Today I'll re-adjust the body on the frame cause it was painted off the frame and put on cockeyed and needs to be kicked over to make the hood opening square and to square up the body. Then I'll put on the hood and deck and take some final pics before it's delivered for final assembly. It looks pretty good but it's apparent we're having some issue with urethane wave.


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Old 11-13-2013, 03:44 PM
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5 minutes with the sawzall...



Another cool tool at work. It scrubs under coating a debris off the surface to expose the spot welds.




Couple minutes of scrubbing.





Cut off more of the excess to get better access to the welds.



After drilling with the flat faced spot weld remover.



Couple taps with the chisel.



All gone ....

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Old 11-13-2013, 05:22 PM
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We are so blessed with this life guys, every day, THIS is life. Not sometime in the perfect future, this is it, enjoy it.

Brian

You are so right Brian. Every day is a precious gift and should be enjoyed to the fullest. It is sad that we don't really appreciate our lives until after we have lived most of it.

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5 minutes with the sawzall...



Another cool tool at work. It scrubs under coating a debris off the surface to expose the spot welds.




Couple minutes of scrubbing.





Cut off more of the excess to get better access to the welds.
Thanks for posting Mitch. I assume that the Scrub Thug is not on sale for 19.99 at Harber Frieght.

You guys make me embarrassed to get so little done but I try to remmember that the journey I am on is to be enjoyed. The destination is just a bonus.

I did spend my 5 minutes and started trimming the LH side in order to install the rocker but really accomplished very little. My bucket is full tomorrow so hopefully this weekend will produce some results.

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Old 11-13-2013, 07:12 PM
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John, I do this for pay, so I have to produce, just like the other guys on here cranking this stuff out.
At home, I work like a turtle... don't let it get to you.


As for the Crud Thug, the current price is $515... You gotta be able to write an expense like that off on a business. It's not a tool I would buy to use a couple times a year at home...
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Old 11-13-2013, 07:16 PM
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John, I do this for pay, so I have to produce, just like the other guys on here cranking this stuff out.
At home, I work like a turtle... don't let it get to you.


As for the Crud Thug, the current price is $515... You gotta be able to write an expense like that off on a business. It's not a tool I would buy to use a couple times a year at home...
Understood, but it would be nice to ask the boss if you could borrow it overnight.

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How I could have used one of those scrubber a couple weeks ago on my hood and inner fenders removing that POR 15 ,

love this site see o lot of tried tools used before I buy them and some I didn't even know existed..just boyght a new 13 drawer tool chest Monday ,with all the new stuff on here I might have to get another box.
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That's a pretty aggressive looking scrubber brush! I think I need one of those for doing the underside of cars I can't take the body off to clean!
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Understood, but it would be nice to ask the boss if you could borrow it overnight.

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Actually, he'd tell me to take it... just bring it back in the morning.

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How I could have used one of those scrubber a couple weeks ago on my hood and inner fenders removing that POR 15 ,

love this site see o lot of tried tools used before I buy them and some I didn't even know existed..just boyght a new 13 drawer tool chest Monday ,with all the new stuff on here I might have to get another box.
The Crud Thug wouldn't have worked on that, if you had a hard time sanding it off. Undercoating, rust scale, dirt, etc. it works wonders but it doesn't do much for paints or coatings with good adhesion.
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Old 11-13-2013, 08:30 PM
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I had a VERY hard time ,tried glass bead ,sand blasting ,air craft stripper,even took them to a commercial sand blaster ,they would not touch then ,he sais as well as it was adhered it would warp the metal,,so I sanded 4 days almost all day each day with 80 grit an a DA then epexy coated them for a base then did the regular prep ..Never again I will buy different panels before I would try that again.
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