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11-01-2010 10:41 PM '59 Elky Headliner Bows 3
The bows consist of three 3/16" dia rods that fit in the clips and one 3/32" wire that is held to the roof by bend tabs in a roof brace, no clips needed. see photo 1. the 3/16" rods fit snuggly in the clips I made for them. An Elky needs 6 clips total.

All bows are longer than the usual 48" cold rolled rods available at Home Depot so I lengthened them as shown in the second photo. I ground long matching tapers on each end of two rods then laid them on my welding bench and brazed them together and ground the joint round.

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11-01-2010 10:30 PM '59 Elky Headliner Bows 2
First picture shows the tube brazed in the slot. I left the tube longer than the slot so I didn't get brazing in it. If that happens, the rod won't slip in. The extra length is easily cut off later. Braze the tube in the slot before finishing the other end of the clip.

The second picture shows the clips all made, trimmed to match the factory one with screw slot and slight bend. One is installed on a rod compared to the factory clip on another rod.

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11-01-2010 10:25 PM '59 Elky Headliner Bows 1
My '59 el Camino takes 4 headliner bows and 3 of the bows have specialty metal clips at each end that screw to the roof. My car had the one bow that doesn't screw to the roof and one of them that does. finding a good set is tough. Finding a set of end clips is even tougher. I have seen them on ebaY but prices are usually stiff. Last couple I saw asking price was $35. I don't want to pay $70 for 4 quarter sized clips, thank you.

So as usual I decided to make my own. Here is a picture of a clip and the stuff I used to make my own version. Basically I used a piece of 1" wide x 3/32" thick steel bar and 3/16" brake line I had in my junk pile. The bar looks like something I bought at Home Depot.

The second picture shows the bar with a slot sketched in to accept the tube.

The last picture shows the slot cut (snug so the tube needs to be wedged in and stay by itself. Makes brazing much easier).

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05-31-2010 12:46 AM Paint booth accessory 2
Here are a coupel shots of the system in use.

notice all the junk in my paint booth. I have filled up all the cabinets I built in the rest of my 1700sqft shop and need to build a storage shed for more stuff!

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05-31-2010 12:39 AM Paint booth accessory 1
Just about every car project needs a lot of little and not so little pieces painted separately (photo 1 is a box of 40 pieces I painted all at one time!). Even if there aren't a lot of pieces to paint, there are awkward shaped pieces that need to be painted on both sides so need to be suspended for total access.

Here is how I accommodated that requirement in my paint booth.

Using long eye-bolts screwed into ceiling joists, I slipped 3/4", galvanized rigid electrical conduit through the loops. The 10' sections are jointed with conduit couplings. All this stuff is available at any hardware store. Photo 2 shows two rails spaced about 4.5' - 5' apart. Don't remember the dimension exactly.

Next, using gass welding rod I bent up a bunch of wire hangers as shown in photo 3. Real easy to make by bending the ends of the rod with pliers, they can be made any length. I have made about 40 so far and used every one!

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