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I'm unsure of proper geriatric vernacular for this as well... I heard they are going to set the headlights back from the bezels just a little. For a tunneled effect. Don't know why but unmodified headlights were never a consideration, to my knowledge.

frenched lights............

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Old 09-05-2018, 07:04 AM
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I didn't think frenching involved moving the light.
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I knew what you meant and I like slightly turned down and out pipes right under the rear bumper corners.
1969 and up Chevelle SS and GTO, etc had pipes straight out the back, but with a nice chrome end, which is iconic to the Chevelle SS heritage.
Long as they ain't soda straws. I know what you guys mean, too. You just dust mopped your show paint, you sit down in your folding chairs and spike up an insulated cup, and some slob with dumps backs in right next to the wife's chair. Now theres dust on her hair. Just hope it wasn't her that dusted the car.
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Old 09-05-2018, 07:32 AM
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Something else I forgot... when Footloose took over I made sure to point out how bad the panel between back window and trunk is. I spent a great deal of time working all around it then trying to flatten it back out. Welding warpage got out of hand and my best efforts to straighten it with no back side access (the underlying panel is close to it) were in the end, insufficient. He was told to make a new one. I've given him my thoughts on how to pull it off with plug welds only or close to it, and as far as I am concerned, the piece can be flat. Beats trying to blend things in with mud THEN cutting it out. It will give an opportunity to do some rust cleanup behind it anyway.
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I got nothing to show at the moment. Bumpers went on the Fairlady wihout a fight but I had to put one on upside down first. It fit better that way. At any rate, I was glad to find that the body panels match up to it decent, considering I never had bumpers before and it was crashed a little both ends plus had some poor work on a quarter and tail panel replacement at some time in the past. Reason I wanted to make a post is to say I will be a monkey's uncle. Footloose said boss said to Cat customer that he would have me render something, some part of it maybe. I will just listen. But that kind of thing is what I've had in mind... an additional service he can offer "in-house" except I offer it from my house with my overhead if you get my drift. Contract labor, so to speak. If I want to keep a house and this gig, a second income of some sort will be required and I don't do two jobs. I could tolerate doing professional looking edits if they can be worthwhile.
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Heres looking down inside the door at the top hinge pocket. Green tape represents the movable window glass. It is normal to have a tight fit here, and to shorten one bolt if not both. A little reflection of threads is all you can see but in the position shown, the bolt might touch the glass and thats where these end up, in my experience with the hidden hinges. No matter where I put the light I couldn't show the black bolts well but the nut plate is clearly visible to the left of the green line.



Where I left off looks same. 5 snuck up today. What you see there is ready to screw that 16 gauge piece over it. Got it to fit like I want but it isn't shown. When I couldn't get the split 1x3 into that back inside corner of the door all the way I had to get a welded nut out of the way behind it first. Now its in there tight enough for a row of welds on the rear side of the door.



A pretty flipper of someone's showed up for spot repairs.



We get some fair insect specimens around the shop since its near a lake. This mantis looks like it doesn't miss any meals. Stanley Rice thought a size reference would help.

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Looks like you have a shop mascot. lol
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this 67 showed up Saturday for a little work,,but cant get it in until after Christmas for full restoration,,he says it is original but color looks like 61 and oldermm67 should be riverside red or rallt red,,, Yes as you can see hw drives it and enjoys every week, as it should be,,


Nice Nova they just finished building a 64 convertible at the shop,cam in red leaving blackn black
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this 67 showed up Saturday for a little work,,but cant get it in until after Christmas for full restoration,,he says it is original but color looks like 61 and oldermm67 should be riverside red or rallt red,,, Yes as you can see hw drives it and enjoys every week, as it should be,,


Nice Nova they just finished building a 64 convertible at the shop,cam in red leaving blackn black
Those are about the only Vettes I can dig, my friend has one that style LT1 swapped with 4 speed and lives on a dirt road so not much use but it keeps a little mud splash on it.

I just wonder whats the deal with the 427 badge on the white convertible. I gotta see that. Wonder if its an LS7. Boss sez guy sez its an actual SS. Being a convertible, thats gotta be a rare thing. Looks like (to me) this one kinda has that "for the wife" look about the color and wheel choices.
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Looks like you have a shop mascot. lol
I noticed it heading for high ground there and was sizing it up when I realized it was doing the same thing to me. Those bugs don't get excited about much, I bet other bugs leave them plenty of room.
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If it does have a 427 he might want to run small tires and no Posi,,it would twist that body so bad the doors would not close..

The one Kelly is finishing has a 327 /275 horse 4 speed and I wonder if it will take the twist,,they did install frame connectors,,i am afraid it will come back with cracked paint,,the shop gives Lifetime warranty on paint jobs.
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Thats kind of unusual, the life expectancy of good refinish paint is little more than five years for manufacturer warranty purposes. What brand do y'all shoot?

Looks like the old Nova rag has the small tires covered. When I was in my teens, my cousin had SS454 Camino and Chevelles, both black n white and he had the Kansas tag "SS-454". O yea he was cool but later it was an SS454 Camaro, I think a 71. 4 speed, N-50s, slappers. Sure did have to slam the doors on that one. It would be a challenge making any convertible tough enough to really USE what a healthy BBC or B-O-P engine that size puts out. I am not up on my ChevyIIs but didn't think they ever had a big block option in that bodystyle. I am mainly curious if its a natural born 427 or a stroked SBC. I bet thats it. Will try to peek.
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I was encouraged by talk of doing a rendering for the Cat job so last night I played with a bumper tuck and headlights. The outside lamp is 7" with the retaining ring only painted black. The inner is a 5" like stock but with a wide stripe on the bezel around it and black ring. The powers that be liked the idea, it could put the high and low beams in one light, leaving the 5" hole for maybe a combo driving light with turn / park. I've had the staggered headlights in mind this whole time but the black around them was when the idea started to be something. Glad I tried it! Did a copout and just took pic of screen for comparo...



We can just call her a mudcat now-



Heres another vision finally translated into steel. The lower brace is another 1x3 but halved as a C, whereas at the front, vertically between hinges, its cut as an L. The stuff works just about right as far as stiffness that way but cutting heat will make a banana out of it so it takes many scoring passes cooling in between. It is heavier than the 14 ga I said it was, not sure exactly. Anyway, the stiffening cover panel can be set up as bolted, or welded with access holes or flaps as needed. Its getting fairly rigid. At least thats what SHE said.



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I like the way you have built the frames and suicide door hinges,they look great and should hold up the doors on a 73 Monte Carlo,,they had the longest and heaviest door of any car I have owned.
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