The Day's Work (pic dump)
Today I finished rust repairs on a 59 Catalina job. Been on that for months now, so whew. Shop I work at has A/C so don't hate but it was fairly warm out today. Hot where you are today? Supposed to be even hotter tomorrow.:sweat:
Anyway, the daily thread is kinda full and I need to take a pic dump really bad so I pulled over and am squatting in the ditch to write this. :D
This car has been a long row to hoe and it was all right here mostly in this flat stall at the good old vise and anvil. Pull up a chair if you like bodywork and such... more to come. Feel free to bring your own picture story.
By the way, yes this is a build thread but not any one in particular. I get to work on mostly interesting stuff but the stuff I do isn't necessarily interesting. I do have some fun learning. Allow me to just pick up where I've left off...
Inside the right rear wheelwell, you can see where the quarter has been patched but the wheelhouse has a crusty section-
It needed this little lip strip patch on the quarter also-
Howdy John!:cool: Theres your chairs, sir. Punch bowl is over yonder...:mwink::D Its.... RED so you might like it! :P
Back to the grey room and hey that was a what and a where but where's the how? Sit tight. Observe as I wander aimlessly in the dark forest of fabrication on my quest in search of the elusive junior metal forming merit badge.:)
The first side goes best, for this bodyman. This rustout was larger, as was the outside patch.
So heres whatcha do. Tape over the hole and scribble with a magic marker on it. Peel and trim it, mash that flat onto a piece of metal and cut 'er out like so-
And theres yer new metal. Did not have any old license plates to cut it from. Before I get fancy, heres the bottom seam of my quarter patch being finished. Wanted to peel the old wheelhouse section out first so I wouldn't weld to it.
Now... don't get your beady eye too close to this roller. Keep your hands in the car, this heres a power tool-
From the bead roller to the english wheel for some quick tipping-
Then came the vise-
Then the anvil-
Back to the bead roller-
Kinda rolling one bead alongside the other-
Got me here-
Don't try these slipshod techniques at home now. This is no textbook.:nono::D
Oh, hey theres that left quarter lip thing again-
Well how about that? Knew I left my gum someplace.:rolleyes:
That english wheel unscrew a ways? Good, let me try this-
Well... yeah, y'know... um had to cut it but yeah look-
The less than glamorous fab glam shot-
All wire brushed, cleaned and bombed. Ready to go-
That, folks... was good to be done with. Oh, how good.
An interesting new toy relevant to this monster project arrived so hang loose I got one more. Maybe you spotted it already.
Welp... sorry if it reeks in here but I feel much better. Regularity is golden. In bodywork posts, I reckon.:)
Friday, short day.:) Previous pics were more than one day's work. Only have these pics for today. I whipped up some patterns for closing the tubs, except the front panels which will be done at a later stage to avoid tire and back seat area clearance guesswork.
If you can picture the body 2-3 inches lower (suspension drop), that is the stance-to-be. Level, with rockers under 6" from ground.
You Sir, are a treasure. :thumbup:
Well I sure stay buried. Arr. T'is no chest of gold, only another bucket of rust.:rolleyes:
:D Thank you sir. :) Its free entertainment. Dump your admission fee in the punch bowl and have a seat, this will take a spell.
Howbout lets do this... backfill the Cat box just a little. She was a tri-power car with skirts, moons, dice, whitewalls, and leaky trans. Customer made carb noises when describing punching it but I've only met him once. His Dad had one back in the day, he says. He had a concept rendering made. My Dad was a Tempest man in the 60s and Pontiacs are my favorite. Not the X frame ones, but... anyway this one will NOT be red. So they say. He's going black so they also say I may be mudding the body myself.:sweat::pain:
Yep, tri-power. Getting a Butler engine. He got an Art Morrison chassis for it.
I made the stuff in this post and more. Been a nice introduction to fabrication work for me. That about brings you up to speed on this build, I reckon. In a nutshell. Job started last fall.
I may throw up some other projects for variety.
Aw heck, about forgot... heres the 60 Biscayne I "practiced" on last year. Stock frame, EFI SBC. This one is RED!:D
That one had a similar amount of rust :rolleyes: but can hold it's own at a show now.:thumbup:
Good stuff Matt. You have intertained me through the sevier thunderstorm. I hear trees cracking outside. I suspect it is the neibors Bradford Pairs.
Very nice work
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