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Things started going better after I put this on:



Yep I just made another piece but spaced getting a pic for me of it before welding. It is in for keeps and functioning, woohoo! Works best if you go AAAAAYYYYYY! then bump it with the heel of your fist like Fonzie on the jukebox at Arnold's. A wife might need to sissy-slap it but it takes a little effort to click it. Which is just right if'n you ask me. But best appearance will be a fine line between does it stick up and is it too hard to click. But it doesn't squirm around when shut now, either.










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That round, rear seat heater took me back to elementary school and the antique buses we rode on. There was only 1 round heater under the second to last seat on the bus and it was the ONLY place it was close to warm in the winter. The bus might hold 48 kids, but we were all piled on top of each other in the few seats near that 1 heater...
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Old 10-01-2019, 12:17 PM
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Just like how a cat will lay on a hood in winter. Precisely over the heater hoses.

Scenery is a little different today-





Cleaning up, welding up. Stuff. Behind this quarter-

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I put a flange on the neck at the best angle after Mike OK'ed it. Not welded to the pocket yet. It will most likely have a short filler hose with an elbow that passes through the side panel of the tank house. Another bulkhead finisher panel which is already patterned can extend the rear bulkhead to the quarter to make the fill neck compartment part of the tank house so no pass through fitting is needed.



I flinched tacking a bracket corner and oh well, the screw can stay.







Bracket welding-







To be continued-



To be revisited... I know how it looks but its holding the right dimensions-



More to come, other stuffs...
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I've "heard" the drill screws grind off flush and are not an issue...not that I have any experience with that...
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Perish the thought!



In your honor, I place this dunnoathingaboutit Camaro at the top of this bonus post.



I went foraging for Life cereal but found other treasures that snuck by me. I had shown the blown Coyote and trans crate weeks ago for the 51 pickup but found out the chassis is also hiding-



This one musta been like an elephant with sneakers to get by me. Not this rustbucket-



But this! Aha.





Wow, alright somebody!



Anxious to see more of that. I'm a cat person but if I were a horse person,

Maybe. We shall see.

Speaking of Cats, heres our black stray. It's trainer was ankle deep in elbows and muttering unintelligibly but has pretty plumbing going on.



No, we've not painted the firewall with vantablack-



Its a shapeshifting firewall existing in an adjacent dimension and you have to catch it in just the right light to see it at all.



Hey Mike, heres your allen wrench. (Don't touch that!)
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Welded in-



Base of left C pillar welded-



I can put that bulkhead side extension back on and plug it now.

Getting some roof side clearance at this busy intersection midway up the left C pillar-

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Thats how it is gonna sit for a day or few, with a friction jack holding up the rear roof crossbar.



With slightly unenthusiastic tone I report that I am Pantera man rest of the week. Sparing you from the barrage of shop thoughts that make it so, but it is that way. Shop people shuffle needed, boss vacation, nuf sed. Here I go.



First is dents in rear valance.



I am getting horror stories about backside rust pinholes blowing up everywhere. So for all I know this is a lion pit. If I have an easy time of it, that will go hard against the guy thats been trying to fix it. Know what I mean? Sure you do.
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Decided to save rear valance oil canning for last. Welded up five spots, now am addressing a too wide gap at left fender to cowl.







Hoping these pics will get you by.





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Anyone have some planishing tips for me on this one? Haha.
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Old 10-03-2019, 06:28 PM
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There was just some hole welding where brackets attach on the inside, and waves around the exhaust cutouts and backup lights. Not that you can make any of it out in these pix. But tomorrow looks like Model A if all my spots pass with Painter.

Last week, my primary cutoff tool (the 4") laid down. Yesterday the 3" did same. So I am down to one ten year old CH 3" that the guard broke off of many years ago.



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Old 10-04-2019, 06:31 PM
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Put in another hour on the right half of that valance and called it good. Helped one co-worker shrink down a tremendous stretched metal spot on a Cruiser back door for another half. Then back to the A, duplicating the other side approximately while filling in at the top left corner of the structure.



This pic shows how the pillar is disconnected currently from the rearmost roof tube (under the edge of the rear window panel). I'll pull the two sides together to meet, with weld gap, there. It popped loose at a time when I wasn't looking so I had to recheck dimensions and just closing that puts it back just right.



The good news is that pretty much anywhere you comparatively measure on the structure, you get a quite reasonable degree of accuracy. I am proud of this. It makes me smirk to check dimensions now. Trunk and doors still shut good. I am on the down stroke, feels like. Glad of it!

However, I'll need to do some corner brackets or something to take the rear window panel off for finishing structure. Because the front trunk jamb is part of that piece now. Have not welded myself "into a corner" too badly yet but I did a little there.


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Old 10-06-2019, 04:40 PM
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A minor epiphany sprang into my head and I had to stare at this picture-



I'll have to give 'er the ol look-see, but I am imagining Mustang-izing the gas tank for better capacity. Passing it through, and mounting it to, the tank house floor. Above the driveshaft I bet theres room to drop the bottom down and it could even have a saddle shape on bottom. The tank itself. Might buy a few more gallons' worth. Hmmm...

Initially, the thought occurred that the tank house floor could go away since bulkheads are in place and ventilation of the compartment would be a non-issue since volatile fumes sink. Not that there would be any but anyway that was the spark (ha ha). I can only envision about a dozen gallon tank in there as it is and a taller 16 gallon one would make for pretty good Model A braggin rights on range.

So again, hmmm. Must run that through the Life cereal filter.

Today I pulled up the oh, what to call it... PhotoImpression3 file that has layers, from doing the latest computer rendering of the A. Tried dragging the sliders around to change colors. My tastes ain't like everybody but I ended up being attracted to a couple ideas. That kinda burnt orange bronzish color off tri five Chevys that TMP has on his '38 rendering was one. For whatever reason, I wanted to see that along with just a dark brown interior or maybe two tone on fenders. Wouldn't necessarily have to be metallic colors to work, in my mind. Surely two colors in those families could jive well. That tumps the military tribute canoe though.

Other idea was a kind of a Zorro mask two tone in a dark color. Basically everything above the body line but cutting across just ahead of the windshield. So the light colored part would, when viewed from side, have the shape of a roadster. Nobody will want to do that but I was just playing because it is a rainy day. Didn't save anything. But there might be something to the tank thing. Life Mike wants the bottom of the car completely smooth though, so I dunno. Tank would protrude just behind the kickup.

Any of that churn yer nads?
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Be that way, then.

Got that corner together and the rear window panel off. Pieces on the pocket were made when I had the other quarter off, for this side. Last pic is other side. They are rearward extensions that link to the jamb strip for stiffness.







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