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Old 08-16-2019, 07:18 PM
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moving rite along,,Nice to have friends who are willing to lend a hand,,,sometimes we all need a little help,and seems lately I need a little more..

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moving rite along,,Nice to have friends who are willing to lend a hand,,,sometimes we all need a little help,and seems lately I need a little more..
Amen to that. It was good to kick around with Roger even if it was for a short time.

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I really liked this shot when I was going back through the pictures. It shows not only the front shroud in place for the first time but also how well Steve hid the wiring. It is going to be a shame to clutter it up with heater and A/C hoses.

Some sacrifices just have to be made I guess. :mwink

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Just man-up and drive it as is...
Unless you know a trick, you're going to have a devil of a time getting the hood springs on...
I had a difficult time without the fenders on...
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Just man-up and drive it as is...
Unless you know a trick, you're going to have a devil of a time getting the hood springs on...
I had a difficult time without the fenders on...
There is a very simple tool you can make for the springs out of a piece of rebar or similar rod.

1. Stretch spring and slip it on tool.

2. Raise hood all the way and instal spring.

3. Lower hood until you can remove tool.

Note 2 and 3 may be reversed.


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How do you spread the spring to get the rebar in ?? I had a heck of a time stretching mine up to the hood with a pry bar. Holding both ends will be interesting.

Are you going to remove the fenders again, for jamming ? That would be the time to install the springs.
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Old 08-17-2019, 12:49 PM
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How do you spread the spring to get the rebar in ?? I had a heck of a time stretching mine up to the hood with a pry bar. Holding both ends will be interesting.

Are you going to remove the fenders again, for jamming ? That would be the time to install the springs.
One way is to place the spring between the axle of your floor jack and the upper pivot bar. Raise the jack, stretching the spring, place the tool in the spring and lower the jack,.

There is a YouTube video out there showing a guy doing it. I have also considered drilling a couple of holes in my vice so I could insert a couple of pins (bolts?) so when I opened the vice it would stretch the spring.

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Throw a towel over it just in case! Man, I am excited for you. Precious is REAL!
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Old 08-17-2019, 03:51 PM
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Using a floor jack would probably work, but you'll need to remove 1 wheel and pull the axle out to get the long end off, as it makes a complete loop...

Maybe use a clevis on that end.
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Old 08-17-2019, 08:24 PM
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Using a floor jack would probably work, but you'll need to remove 1 wheel and pull the axle out to get the long end off, as it makes a complete loop...

Maybe use a clevis on that end.
No. Watch the video, I posted the link to.

I tore my 53 seat cushion down today. My intent is to replace the spring assembly with an all foam seat but for now I have to make do with what I have.



Actually, I was surprised to find only 4 broken springs in it. I picked up some zig zag (sinuous) springs yesterday and used them to repair the broken springs.

I have ordered burlap, 1" foam and two Mexican blankets so I can at least have something to sit on. Everything should be here Monday but I will have to pick up some cotton batting.

As far as rust goes the seat is pretty good. I might mention, this is the seat out of the hardtop, not the convertible.

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One way is to place the spring between the axle of your floor jack and the upper pivot bar. Raise the jack, stretching the spring, place the tool in the spring and lower the jack,.
I was referring to the method you wrote of using the axle, you didn't mention the drift to hold the bottom end...

That is a cool method and I may need it in a couple years, when I get back to the '54. Problem is, I won't remember it by then...
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I was referring to the method you wrote of using the axle, you didn't mention the drift to hold the bottom end...

That is a cool method and I may need it in a couple years, when I get back to the '54. Problem is, I won't remember it by then...
I understand the problem with remembering when the time comes. I'm in the same boat. I have a file labeled 53 assembly pictures. If there are articles, drawings, or things I am taking apart, I throw pictures in that file. The tool is one of those things I had put in there some time ago.

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I went up to Steve's tonight after church. He is doing the final blocking on the body shell. He said he wanted to take the deck lid and doors off and final block them on the stand.

He also asked me one more question...... Would I like to go ahead and shoot the car? He said if I wanted to shoot it, he would seal it with the red epoxy and he would keep barb company while I was in the booth!

You guys know I jumped all over that offer. We are going to shoot the body shell first, then the doors, deck lid and rear splash apron, so the car will be painted from the firewall back.

Once we get the body painted, we will take on the front clip.

NOW JUST HOW DOGGONE INSANELY COOL IS THAT? yea, yea, I know I'm yelling. I just can't help it!

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That is great John ,,every thing works out with time.

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Awesome John!

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