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Old 09-17-2018, 12:42 PM
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Much better. Go ahead and buy the black paint.

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Speaking of black, I did put black on the backside of the new part also. That old pad just got new glue.
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I sure hope this is sufficient-













These ought to be!





Heres the segway pic... back to the Model A.

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Difference in new door skins-



Differences in old quarters-



Left drip rail off-



Pillars off. Firewall in foreground, roof in background. Smooth cowl top due tomorrow.

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Places I shrunk with mig and wet rag to remove craziness from this quarter-



So I've only had the tape measure out once today. Just putting it together.









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Sometimes somebody could save some somebody elses a few somethings by having some things somewhere sometime sooner. I'll never get that bit of sanity back. I juuuust needed paaaarrrrts. Still need laaaatcheeees. Kill me now!

*ahem*

Here we are, starter gaps tabbed all around and ready to slide the pan underneath then heave-ho. Think I'll start with no firewall. Actually, engine out would be good. Theres only two bolts holding the rear window panel to quarters and no screws to roof there yet. How the hell did they ever assemble these floppy bastards in the first place?

One thing that looks to have been messing with me is the lower tail panel was mounted too high. Probably because the ends were gone prior to the previous repairs. But that left quarter must have almost been folded at some point, right behind the window. The right must have been mashed down next to the lid when the tree fell. Its a mess and doing everything with it tabbed together is pure sadism. I haven't figured out why folks think I enjoy pain.

But hey, when I was working in the Cat trunk yesterday, I noticed that the floor is like stepping on a slab of granite with it on jackstands. If I can make this produce crate hard as stone too, that will be satisfying.









Those ribbed roofs are so cool looking.
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Loook good and add lots of strength and stops the droning ( Oil Cannin ).
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I can tell now looking at the pics that its being held too flat in the middle. Gotta take my own advice on this one and hold the panel against the roof hole from the inside. I had partly set up a way to push the roof sides up to meet the panel but wanted as much of it loosely together as possible by quitting time. Pay week ends here, see? I really need the panel inside the car and to reshape the roof sides to make things begin to be right with the roof shape. In the end it should be a stout little igloo but this process will undoubtedly generate more mistakes. Like the one I made by not saying this isn't ready to work on yet awhile back.
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Which comes first, top chop or metal roof?
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Which comes first, top chop or metal roof?

I would lock up the roof into a non twisty chunk.
Well, at least weld it. Then chop it off to dress the welds easier.
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I would lock up the roof into a non twisty chunk.
Well, at least weld it. Then chop it off to dress the welds easier.
Heres what I am now thinking:

Remove doors and rear window panel.

Cut quarters above and behind side window.

Take 3" off the A pillar.

Move top rear quarter corners as needed, clampscrewtack lid back on, level.

Let everybody look. Real good.

Epic door saga, latches, rockers, cowl / door gaps, windshield bed, cowl sides patch and mod, firewall...

Then maybe come back to quarters and tail / trunk and THEN...

roof and the glorious parts. Then I may finally design and build a permanent inner body structure. Until then its whack n tack, no commitments. I hope to do my best stuff ever when icing the cake by metal finishing. But theres an ocean to wade through first without breaking the camel's back (customer wallet) so if I want to have time to make nice at that end, I gotta hop-to daily.

I was going to chop in today's final work hour but at five minutes until, boss says to us "Want to go at noon?". Insert Ricochet Rabbit sounds here. Bing bing bing, poof gone. We are having a shop meet n eat at some restaurant in a couple hours.

You'll be up to date here in a few.

Fresh punch on Friday night, have a snort while I compose.
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Leveled chassis and body, all points ahead of axle and below roofline are in approximate positions and sides match. Cut doors open and of course they went ape again but no worries. Took off the tail reinf for now. Blocked up aprons where quarters sit. Tacked in upper and lower B post supports and tied those to an extension so it rests on the frame kickup. Put the upper support fixture back in. Tacking all things to old rocker remnants for now because I need the clues they provide. There are bolts at the four corners where the body mounts to the flat part of the frame. Pan can slip in at next convenient opportunity, no biggie. It is exactly the hairy mess it looks like but its my hairy mess and I am beginning to understand it better.

Help me remember to just CHOP, first thing next week. As said above, with doors and back window panel out. The shapes of all the metal up there is pure crap so theres nothing to stop me and I don't see a problem chopping the doors seperately. But I can't expect anyone to see past these chaotic scenes. I suspect you guys know what to expect. Boy those doors won't be no light sneeze, thats gonna be a real snot-slinger of a project if ever there was one. Bring tissue!







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