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01-27-2012 03:40 PM My Last Hot Rod
Quarter Panel photos.. and the long 48 inch cut with Hand nips


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01-27-2012 03:33 PM My Last Hot Rod
Headway was made today as I did not have to go anywhere or run errands. Rain buckets all day but I was able to get in the shop early to start quarter panel fabrication.. My wrists are getting tough and strong from cutting 18 gauge steel with hand nips. I mentioned early on the cutter for my air nibblers are broke they make cheap junk now and cost to much when it breaks 10 minutes into the job. My favourite hand nips are made by Ridged and I used them in the Heating Business cutting sheet metal. Not real expensive ones but I keep them sharp with a small Arkansas stone on the cutting surfaces. I have a photo of the cut 4ft long and curved I took a small break here and there but I finished it. I cut and fit the piece to the rails and clamped it tightly all around. I also drilled some 1/4 inch holes along the tubing paths so I could do a few plug welds. The top seam was all welded from the top externally. But most of the other welds were done inside the frame rails for less grinding. I also stopped using the MIG welder with gas no matter what I did the welds sucked. So now I used flux cored wire with no gas and it has done a far better job than i have done anywhere with gas. I think the snap-on Mig has a problem with the Gas part and I cant figure it out. I'm happy with the wire now with the flux. Good penetration and quick and continuous. Ill save tons with out using and paying for Argon . The 18 Gauge does not know its flux cored wire and the heat does not bother it one bit. Not one burn through. Enough said I'm a happy guy now. I also started my fender curves with my Wife's throw a way Pic-a-nic table top. I have to study it for a while and see what changes I may make I cut some 1/8 thick X 1 inch wide steel pieces 8 inches long for supports on the fender metal curves. It looks wide in the rear but I think its going to be okay as I want to go all the way to the rear with the fender and the curve. The form is only clamped on I want to put skirts on the rear of the fender when I get the top in place. In other words a wider Lip in the rear of the tire area, maybe even a fancy looking one.. I'll cut some cardboard patterns to see if I can live with it. I kept the surface flat with out any bulges so I would have less problems fitting the fender curves etc. I left some sheet metal on the door edge and hammered it over the rail there at a 90 degrees and welded it. Door jamb is sound now. The flat 4 ft piece is pretty firm and does not dimple when you push in on it. The fender curved form will toughen it up even more when I weld it on. I will have 2 more days to work on this theme and more Family stuff on Monday. That's it I have some photos


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01-26-2012 02:46 PM My Last Hot Rod
No accomplishments today, I had to be away some more. Good part is sheet ,metal arrived. But I am one sheet short because at the other end we have people who cant count properly, or they cant drag themselves away from the Coffee machine. Everything I buy recently, there is a 50 percent chance the order will be screwed up, lost. or wrong. And if it comes and is correct it is usually damaged in some way. Pride left USA just like the jobs did I think. Anyway tomorrow is another day and I will try to make up the loss of time. Metal is nice heavy gauge 18, better than Detroit's junk they pawn off on us. I guess that's a plus here.

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01-25-2012 07:46 PM My Last Hot Rod
Family business today nothing done, have more tomorrow Maybe ill get some work in, we will see.

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01-24-2012 04:06 PM My Last Hot Rod
Bad part is my 4X8 sheet metal won;t be here until late Thursday afternoon. I'll find something else to do while I wait.

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