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10-15-2005 12:04 AM Willys tilt hood mechanism 1
'Glas tilt front ends are very popular on '37-'42 Willys drag cars. Makes it easier to service the hemi in the engine bay. Unfortunately, the fenders extend way behind the front door hinges and the hinges interfere with the hood tilting up. Photo 1 shows the common fix - just cut part of the fender off and attach it to the body. That is period correct but not very pretty. When I was building a friend's '42 pickup (photo 2) we wanted a system that would allow full tilting hood yet look good when the hood was down.

The next couple of entries show what we came up with. It works super and hasn't given a bit of trouble for nearly 10 years of heavy use.

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09-18-2005 10:49 PM New shop goes in 5
Here is a sneak preview - the 2 post hoist still in the shipping wrapper waiting to be installed! I'll do a full how-to on putting it in.

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09-18-2005 10:44 PM New shop goes in 4
Photo 1 shows the angled ceiling joists I added to the paint boot. In these panels I added 4 light boxes framed in 2X4s and 1/2" plywood backs for fluorescent light fixtures. I added 3 more on each long wall for a total of 14 in all. This is what I had in my old shop and is plenty of light. these boxes wil be covered with sheets of heavy polyethylene clear plastic.

Photo 2 shows how I framed in a couple of large crawl holes so I can blow in my attic insulation and service the attic.

Photo 3 show the vault I framed into the ceiling over the hoist so I can extend cars all the way up. MY ceilings are 10' and the hoist needs 12'-3". Incidentally, the ceiling joists are 2X10 and look at that 4x16 glue-lam beam the builder put in!! There are 5 of those monsters across the building. I have NO clue why they did that but I can hoist a CAT V-16 from one, no problem.

Walls are insulated and drywall is going on!

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09-18-2005 10:28 PM New shop goes in 3
My wiring consists of a 100 amp sub-panel. I have 1-20 amp circuit for all the lights (24 40W fluorescents), 1 20 amp circuit that runs the swamp cooler, wood shop vacuum and paint booth vet fans, 1 - 20 amp circuit for all the plugs in the main shop, one GFI 20 amp circuit for the power in the bathroom and paint shop, 2 - 30amp 220V circuits, one for th air compressor and one for the two post hoist and a 220V 50 amp circuit for my welders and plasma cutter.

All the plug boxes are at 4' so I can put cabinets anywhere.

Photo 3 shows how I set up the lights in the main shop. One plug in the middle of the ceiling and the two light fixtures will be on either side and plug into it. The box next to the light plug is for the two post hoist.

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09-18-2005 07:06 PM New shop goes in 2
shots of the cement slab. I had to build a retaining wall on one end where my BB goal will go. Note the big drive from the city street and the solid surface even behind the shop. Great place to stack spare fenders and bumpers.

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