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Old 08-30-2014, 07:11 PM
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Ahh.... the truck is running again.

Just need to change the oil and find out if she's still drinking it like water still.
Good luck. It is strange how building something can be so exciting and repairing it can be such drudgery.

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Old 08-30-2014, 11:19 PM
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Sorry guys, not car related but it's DONE! I got my gazebo up and had lunch there. You may notice that there are wheels under the poles. I assembled it in the driveway then put the wheels to roll it into place then bolted it down after lunch.

I really like this thing, it was so nice for dinner out there tonight. I put an LED rope light around the inside and it is perfect for a quiet dinner out side with the wife.

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Good luck. It is strange how building something can be so exciting and repairing it can be such drudgery.

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That's it exactly. When I was doing the repairs, I felt like packing it all in, thinking things like, why am I doing these ridiculous things with old cars that will always keep breaking down.

I got to get a better attitude about the maintenance and repair. I used to love fixing my trucks years ago when something broke down. What's changed?

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Sorry guys, not car related but it's DONE! I got my gazebo up and had lunch there. You may notice that there are wheels under the poles. I assembled it in the driveway then put the wheels to roll it into place then bolted it down after lunch.

I really like this thing, it was so nice for dinner out there tonight. I put an LED rope light around the inside and it is perfect for a quiet dinner out side with the wife.

Brian
Very nice improvement to the yard.
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Old 08-31-2014, 08:33 AM
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That's it exactly. When I was doing the repairs, I felt like packing it all in, thinking things like, why am I doing these ridiculous things with old cars that will always keep breaking down.

I got to get a better attitude about the maintenance and repair. I used to love fixing my trucks years ago when something broke down. What's changed?

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Very nice improvement to the yard.
Yeah, that's where the Sunbeam was sitting, so it's a BIG improvement.

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Finally found a Plating Shop that I could afford (Airline Plating Houston, Texas) and after 3 weeks and $450, I drove an hour from the house and picked up my "newly" rechromed front bumper. I could not be happier and I know what I'll be doing tomorrow morning now.

The other pic was a Kodak Moment about 3 blocks from the Plating Shop.



KODAK MOMENT !

I can't believe what chroming has gone to! The last bumpers I had done were for my Gran Sport around 1999 and I think I paid about $200 each (wholesale) now I am getting numbers like $1800 for my trucks grille, and $450 each for the bumpers, no wonders people get the reproduction ones! Thinking that I paid about a hundred each when I had them done in '79, yeow!

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Good luck. It is strange how building something can be so exciting and repairing it can be such drudgery.

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Whats even worse is repairing something someone else built ...It not very often I get a car someone else did and I say wow they did a great job on that...
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looks like no progress but there's been a lot. When I work at night it's all wheeling and no hammering so I worked on the radiuses with the wheel and got the left side to hug the buck properly. Today I make a radius gauge and really fine tune it, finish up the rear of the tank, tack each side together in a couple places, planish some more by hand, and then TIG weld it shut. It's coming out a lot nicer than my first tank, but it is an easier one to fab as well.

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Sorry guys, not car related but it's DONE! I got my gazebo up and had lunch there. You may notice that there are wheels under the poles. I assembled it in the driveway then put the wheels to roll it into place then bolted it down after lunch.

I really like this thing, it was so nice for dinner out there tonight. I put an LED rope light around the inside and it is perfect for a quiet dinner out side with the wife.

Brian

That is a nice! I would guess that most anything could be 'car related' in some way. Just think of all the pondering & planning for your car projects you can do under the nice shade you now have!
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That is a nice! I would guess that most anything could be 'car related' in some way. Just think of all the pondering & planning for your car projects you can do under the nice shade you now have!
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That is a nice! I would guess that most anything could be 'car related' in some way. Just think of all the pondering & planning for your car projects you can do under the nice shade you now have!
I agree Tim but have to wonder how far away the refrigerator is..........

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woke up a little hungry, time to go to the garage and eat some metal. Got both sides of my tank metal finished but will wait til I get my MIG gas so I don't tack it with just argon. I could TIG tack it in but I might need that extra hand to hold the metal in place, but it would just be for 3-4 tacks and then it's strictly TIG. So today I think I will get started on the seat as I wait til tomorrow when Barnes Welding Supply is open. This should be a tough one for me as it has inside and outside radiuses mixed together but I'm confident I can handle it. Then it's off to the aquatic park with the little one.
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Old 09-01-2014, 10:04 AM
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woke up a little hungry, time to go to the garage and eat some metal. Got both sides of my tank metal finished but will wait til I get my MIG gas so I don't tack it with just argon. I could TIG tack it in but I might need that extra hand to hold the metal in place, but it would just be for 3-4 tacks and then it's strictly TIG. So today I think I will get started on the seat as I wait til tomorrow when Barnes Welding Supply is open. This should be a tough one for me as it has inside and outside radiuses mixed together but I'm confident I can handle it. Then it's off to the aquatic park with the little one.
Try making a perfect butt then you only need one hand with the TIG to tack it, holding it in place with the other hand.

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I agree Tim but have to wonder how far away the refrigerator is..........

John
LOL, funny thing is there IS a fridge just a few inches to the left of that photo! LOL However, it doesn't work.



This Fridgidare (with GM emblem on it) was in my shops landlords office. She used this thing up until around 1995! When it stopped working I took it home and put it in my back yard to hold gardening stuff. I have to paint it one of these days, it deserves it. And that lady who used it, she was amazing, she passed away at 95 and had worked for this family from 17 years old until 93! She was something else, what a classy lady.

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[QUOTE=MARTINSR;2587266]Try making a perfect butt then you only need one hand with the TIG to tack it, holding it in place with the other hand.

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easier said than done. I need to find better screws that screw into the buck. They seem to move the piece every time you try to lock it down in place(big threads?), even with pilot holes, this makes it necessary to hold the pieces but they fit the buck great, perfect almost, but the screws seem to tweak the pieces just enough to where it's just better to tack it in there. I'm not so concerned about having 3-4 MIG tack welds and then TIG welding it shut, it doesn't make the work any less quality. I have to better plan my buck cause I try to rush straight to the metal working.

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I agree Tim but have to wonder how far away the refrigerator is..........

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Old 09-01-2014, 10:18 AM
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One of the things my Mentor taught me was that you don't have to perfectly fit every pit of the seam to tack it, ONLY where you are tacking each tack! Very interesting! His guidance helped me do stuff in just a few days I never would have dreamed of.

Check out the video, click on the link or the image.

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Old 09-01-2014, 10:22 AM
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That's why I tack it in 3-4 places then planish but it's easier to do what you can before tacking it in there cause if one mating area isn't perfect and you weld onto that seam it will be a little imperfect forever, no matter what you do with it after, or so it "seams". Good stuff, Martin.
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