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idrivejunk 12-11-2019 07:02 PM

Zonkers! :eek: :cool::cool::cool:

idrivejunk 12-12-2019 06:36 AM

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Originally Posted by John long (Post 4710031)
Steve and I put the hood on the car Monday and managed to install the springs today. Once we got the springs on it (which was tuff) it not only adjusted well but also the springs hold it up well.

Good day! :thumbup:

http://i1062.photobucket.com/albums/...pspq6o57qr.jpg


http://i1062.photobucket.com/albums/...pso4smzspv.jpg


Next up is the grill and front bumpers. I know Steve is looking forward to the shiney stuff too.

John


http://i1062.photobucket.com/albums/...pss3nnf0ya.jpg

Hope you don't mind, John. My single word expression of approval started a new page with no pics on it so... hello again:welcome:

MARTINSR 12-12-2019 07:13 AM

I have said it before, and you keep proving me right John, this is the best build thread I have ever seen on a any forum! Right on!

Brian :thumbup:

1971BB427 12-12-2019 08:04 AM

Nice to see you were able to get some time in on the Chevy too!

Molon Labe 12-12-2019 09:41 AM

John,

The car looks great in red. This has been an ambitious build and you're certainly not a guy that's afraid to take on a challenge. Thanks for sharing.

John long 12-14-2019 06:00 PM

I hope you guys don't mind if I get a little off topic tonight.

I set up my sewing table yesterday and spent a couple hours today cleaning and lubricating the sewing machine. It has not run in a couple of years and I was concerned about it. I completely removed the hook assembly and bobbin carrier which I have never done before.. Once again YouTube was my friend.

http://i1062.photobucket.com/albums/...psyufyo4rj.jpg

http://i1062.photobucket.com/albums/...psdzk0gw9u.jpg

I noticed the blue truck is showing in the background of some of my pictures. Since Steve has been helping me with Precious, I offered to let him put his '85 Silverado in my basement in order for him to have more room. The truck deserves close scrutiny though. He has owned the truck for I guess 20 years and decided to freshen it up a few years ago.

Freshening it up ended up meaning taking the cab and bed off the frame and building it from the frame up. It is still stock other than valve covers and breather but look closely at his attention to detail.

It is a gem for sure. The accumulated dust on it is my fault not his.

John

http://i1062.photobucket.com/albums/...pskrv3hukp.jpg


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22george 12-15-2019 02:24 PM

John,
Are you going to show the interior work here or start another thread under "Interiors"? I understand this section is for body work but????:D

Would really appreciate seeing how you do the interior also:D:D

MGK 12-15-2019 02:51 PM

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John, thanks for all your work in posting this project. I am still working my way through it. I just had to jump forward to present day to tell you how impressed I am with what you are doing.

I have a 53 ford 2dr Sedan that I had been working on for about 25 years.
I was really surprised at how similar the construction of the underside is.
Watching your work progress, makes me wish that I had your ability.



My project took a different route, instead of restoration, I choose to take it along a modification route. Cutting out the rear floor section, and narrowing the frame rear section. I saw rust in many of the same areas as I worked through the slow process. I just retired a couple years ago, and the progress has picked up considerably. But still nothing like what you have done in just months.



I like the fact that (I think it was) your grandson was interested and able to do similar quality work. He probably hasn't spent much time on his cellphone.


Before looking at this thread, I thought shrinker/ stretchers were gimmick tools, I am glad you showed their use. The tip with the english wheel was great.



It looks like I am going to have to eat a bunch of cheerios so that I have enough poster board for patterns.


Again< thanks for the post and keep up the good work.


Here are a couple pics:

123pugsy 12-15-2019 03:52 PM

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Originally Posted by 22george (Post 4710771)
John,
Are you going to show the interior work here or start another thread under "Interiors"? I understand this section is for body work but????:D

Would really appreciate seeing how you do the interior also:D:D




At this point, I'd like to see it here. Makes for a complete thread. :thumbup:

John long 12-15-2019 07:07 PM

As always, thanks for the kind words guys.

I guess if it is ok with Poncho and the moderators, I could do it here. Or, .......I could do progress updates here and a more in depth interior thread along with this one showing more detail of the interior build.

There will be those who really don't care much about the interior.

What do you guys think?

John

idrivejunk 12-15-2019 07:20 PM

Whatever you feel most like doing is fine by this guy. I think you might do nicely having a full detail thread in the interior section while tracking progress here. I know the interior discussions get pretty technical and that there are those among us who can appreciate that. And I know many like to keep build threads free from clutter, theirs or those of others.

100% up to you but theres my .02.:)

Oh and I like Steve's truck.:thumbup:

John long 12-15-2019 07:30 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MGK (Post 4710775)
John, thanks for all your work in posting this project. I am still working my way through it. I just had to jump forward to present day to tell you how impressed I am with what you are doing.

I have a 53 ford 2dr Sedan that I had been working on for about 25 years.
I was really surprised at how similar the construction of the underside is.
Watching your work progress, makes me wish that I had your ability.



My project took a different route, instead of restoration, I choose to take it along a modification route. Cutting out the rear floor section, and narrowing the frame rear section. I saw rust in many of the same areas as I worked through the slow process. I just retired a couple years ago, and the progress has picked up considerably. But still nothing like what you have done in just months.



I like the fact that (I think it was) your grandson was interested and able to do similar quality work. He probably hasn't spent much time on his cellphone.


Before looking at this thread, I thought shrinker/ stretchers were gimmick tools, I am glad you showed their use. The tip with the english wheel was great.



It looks like I am going to have to eat a bunch of cheerios so that I have enough poster board for patterns.


Again< thanks for the post and keep up the good work.


Here are a couple pics:

Good project MGK.

The young man that has helped me is my son in law, Tim. I am very blessed to have a son in law who is also one of my dearest friends. Don't let his looks fool you though. He is 49 years old. I know.....He can still pass for 25.

A couple of other things will find as you work your way through the thread. First, even though I have gotten a kick out of duplicating the sheet metal, this is no restoration. It has a big block 454, Muncie 4 speed, and Ford 9 rear along with Nova clip, PS,PB, and eventually heat and air.

LOL, BTW, What I have accomplished in a few months will be seven years in May. Don't time fly by when your having fun?:mwink:

Again, I genuinely appreciate the interest and support from all you guys. This has been a cool trip. While I regret not being able to complete it on my own, I am so thankful for Steve and his willingness to step in and come to my rescue. He probably has no idea how much I think God has used him in my life.

John

Too Many Projects 12-15-2019 08:04 PM

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Originally Posted by John long (Post 4710853)
As always, thanks for the kind words guys.

I guess if it is ok with Poncho and the moderators, I could do it here. Or, .......I could do progress updates here and a more in depth interior thread along with this one showing more detail of the interior build.

There will be those who really don't care much about the interior.

What do you guys think?

John

Makes no nevermind to me either, I'll just read along wherever you post it. If not here, provide a link so's I kin finds it. That thar is Briar Rabbit talk...:P

22george 12-16-2019 06:24 PM

What ever you and the moderators decide is fine with me also. I've done body work and auto painting before but nothing this in depth and no interior work other than r& r. Since I retired I will be doing full restoration/rodding and interior restorations. I'm looking for all the tips and tricks and how to's I can get. Your info has been great.

Thanks in advance John.

John long 12-18-2019 08:49 AM

During the last few days I have managed to clean the seat frames and rattle can them. I wish I had time to blast them but for now we need something to sit on and this is going to have to do.

http://i1062.photobucket.com/albums/...psskdzy6ne.jpg

I have covered the cushion with burlap and then a layer of denim to protect the foam from the springs.

http://i1062.photobucket.com/albums/...psw4dqlxte.jpg

http://i1062.photobucket.com/albums/...psstougba7.jpg

This gives me a base for the foam to be glued to. Once I have the foam on the cushions and back rest I will assemble the seat, Mark out the design and add whatever foam is needed for the final shape.

I started out adding foam to the top of the cushion. It is sort of like body filler. Most of it will be cut away when the seat is shaped.

http://i1062.photobucket.com/albums/...psgcpoege3.jpg

I will make a second post in a few minutes with a couple more pictures.

John


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