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123pugsy 06-30-2013 05:25 AM

Hard to tell from the pics. Are the ends as good as the centers of those braces? Or are the centers pitted so much that they need replacing completely?

496CHEVY3100 06-30-2013 06:40 AM

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As always good work John ,tour cuts are smooth and straight, mine are smooth it is the straight I will have to work on lol:thumbup:

John long 06-30-2013 08:50 AM

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Originally Posted by 123pugsy (Post 1689818)
Hard to tell from the pics. Are the ends as good as the centers of those braces? Or are the centers pitted so much that they need replacing completely?

Actually Pugs they are amazingly strong and rigid. I may be able to use the centers but did not want to speculate until I got them out and cleaned up. The ends are definately gone.

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Originally Posted by 496CHEVY3100 (Post 1689823)
As always good work John ,tour cuts are smooth and straight, mine are smooth it is the straight I will have to work on lol:thumbup:

The reason my cuts are so nice and straight David is because I used a cut-off disc on a 4 inch grinder. I was afraid the plasma cutter would set the undercoating on fire. Not a good thing in the basement. :)

John

deadbodyman 07-01-2013 08:32 AM

John do you have a fire extinguisher down there just in case???

John long 07-01-2013 10:01 AM

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Originally Posted by deadbodyman (Post 1690100)
John do you have a fire extinguisher down there just in case???

Yes I do Mike. Thanks for asking. i also have a hose connected beside the garage door. i do try to be really carefull. One other issue is I have a whole house fire alarm with a detecter in the basement and it is really disconcerting to barb when I generate enough smoke to set it off.

I love having a basement. It is cool in the summer and warm in the winter but it does require extra caution.

John

MARTINSR 07-01-2013 10:37 AM

I have such a hard time walking out of the garage and closing the door after I have been welding. I will often leave the door open and come back out in a little while to check before I close it up if my welding was a half hour or less from when I decided to close it up. I have multiple fire extinguishers too, there is something about looking out in the back yard seeing your shop in flames that would ruin your day. :pain:

Brian

John long 07-01-2013 10:41 AM

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Originally Posted by MARTINSR (Post 1690137)
I have such a hard time walking out of the garage and closing the door after I have been welding. I will often leave the door open and come back out in a little while to check before I close it up if my welding was a half hour or less from when I decided to close it up. I have multiple fire extinguishers too, there is something about looking out in the back yard seeing your shop in flames that would ruin your day. :pain:

Brian

Big Time :drunk:

John long 07-01-2013 09:41 PM

My hot wrench and I got all the body mount bolts out without breaking breaking them off in the caged nuts so far. One to go in the front LH mount.

http://i1062.photobucket.com/albums/...ps32666492.jpg

The center sections are better than I expected and will be easily repaired. The ends, on the other hand will have to be made.

http://i1062.photobucket.com/albums/...psc2da1a8a.jpghttp://i1062.photobucket.com/albums/...ps77731464.jpg

The door gap on the Drivers side is tight. I thought the rear body section was crooked but after measuring the cowl I have find the drivers side is back about 3/16. This is really good news since it will be easy to square the cowl on the frame.

deadbodyman 07-02-2013 07:23 AM

Thats a beefy looking frame you got there John.:thumbup:

496CHEVY3100 07-02-2013 08:43 AM

You are making good progress John,the frame looks amazingly good shape ,I wait to see your post of progress each day.

John long 07-02-2013 08:44 AM

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Originally Posted by deadbodyman (Post 1690426)
Thats a beefy looking frame you got there John.:thumbup:

I had a 51 Chevy convertible years ago Mike. the X member they put in these convertibles is amazing. This thing is 1/4 inch thick.

John

MARTINSR 07-02-2013 08:45 AM

I was thinking the same thing, for the floor being so rotten the frame looks pretty solid.

Brian

John long 07-02-2013 08:58 AM

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Originally Posted by MARTINSR (Post 1690447)
I was thinking the same thing, for the floor being so rotten the frame looks pretty solid.

Brian

Thanks guys. I appreciated David's comments about looking forward to my posts. Sometimes there is not a lot to show and I am a little self conscious about posting. Hopefully to a new or young person they see that just a little progress every day adds up to a large accomplishment in the end.

I took a lot of ribbing at the Sonic last night but I get so much satisfaction out of saving a car that others have written off.

John

MARTINSR 07-02-2013 09:02 AM

Oh Hell yeah it's fun to open Hotrodders and going to the body and paint forum to see this thread, it's the first place I go!

I think seeing progress on someone elses car is such a push, and it's exciting for them as well because you know they are digging it too. :D

Brian

MARTINSR 07-02-2013 09:03 AM

John, is that a Craftsman torch with an aluminum butt?

Brian


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