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Old 06-19-2017, 11:25 PM
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I'm........Back!!!!!!!!

So here I am 19 days Post op on a total shoulder replacement and let me tell you, I feel absolute great. No post op pain no complications. I am working on light stretches and range of motion exercises to tone the muscles back to operating specs. When I saw the doc last week she just shook her head and said she was ecstatic about my recovery. She then said no weight lifting but that I can take the sling off for some relief during the day. No other restrictions other than that. A week from Wednesday I will be able to ditch the sling and start mild strength exercises.

So I have gone out to the shop several times in the last couple of weeks and today was the day to get a little something done on something.. I needed to switch the hand controller back to the right side on my power chair now that the right arm is working. That took no time so I filled in an hour or two on the deck lid project. I cleaned up the table and rounded up all the parts I have built for the drivers side repair and started a fit of the various pieces of the deck lid frame. I started checking fit with the deck lid skin and was pleased my new parts fit good.

I see a few places where some extra pushing and pulling need to be done and I have to get the corner where the two pieces meet twisted around a bit but I think I may actually be able to complete the repair.

Progress here will be slow but steady but I am tickled pink with the way this shoulder is progressing. I will say this I am not pushing the edge on this shoulder replacement as I don't want to have to do that again. However it feels so much better than before... It is going to be light duty and no brake or shear activities for a few more weeks but in the mean time I can work the details of these parts!

Here are a few recap photos for public consumption.

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The side pieces for the driverís side are now welded together and all in all it fits pretty well. I still have some trimming and the tail end to work over and some more figuring! I am getting a good handle on what needs to be done and how to go about it now,


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Here the tail piece is 80% done. I still have more bending and trimming to make this corner work well .



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The tailpiece laying in place.


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The two pieces laying on the deck lid skin to check fit.
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That's terrific about the shoulder Rip.

Is the bottom edge of the deck lid dead straight or is there a slight curve to it?
I ask because your dog leg piece looks brake formed and most lids have a slight curve outwards across to bottom.

If it's straight, forget I said anything, and carry on with the new improved shoulder.
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Welcome back Rip! I told you it was addictive!

Go slow and don't injure that new shoulder but it is great to see prayer answered!

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Pugsy,

Yes the rear edge is curved slightly. It may look like there is no curve in the replacement piece but there is a slight curve I built in. I put the curve in with the the shrinker before forming the last bend. It is going to be fun making all of this fit together. Thank goodness this is an internal part and not right out there in full view.

BTW John, All them prayers worked great!! Thank you for the good thoughts.
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Sure looks to me like you've got the hang of it! Panels look good. I made a funky little wheelhouse extension patch the other day, had it about half done and realized I made it for the wrong side, lol. That would have been fine but the other side was already done. I bet there are guys out there who would like to have a patch set like you are making so don't scrap nothing. I would be tempted to scribble some templates before welding those on. Take it easy with the shoulder, it's still OK to have idle moments where you just soak up the garage smells and smile about your project. Keep us posted.
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Sure looks to me like you've got the hang of it! Panels look good. I made a funky little wheelhouse extension patch the other day, had it about half done and realized I made it for the wrong side, lol. That would have been fine but the other side was already done. I bet there are guys out there who would like to have a patch set like you are making so don't scrap nothing. I would be tempted to scribble some templates before welding those on. Take it easy with the shoulder, it's still OK to have idle moments where you just soak up the garage smells and smile about your project. Keep us posted.


I really would not say I have the "hang of it" but I am beginning to understand how to mangle some perfectly good sheet metal. I know about building backwards. I built these pieces a total of 3 times. First time I built it backwards. Second time I destroyed it welding the two pieces together. This one I am most pleased with. Now that I know how to go about making it and it is a lot clearer in my mind.

I am thinking of jigging up the inner shell before I cut the damaged area from it and fix the measurements so when I position the new piece I will have a better set of dimensions to position the new piece to. Because this is a corner and a large piece I am going to need to be pretty accurate on positioning. I am also tempted to use the new skin to position and hold the part till I get the new piece tacked. I am going out today to weigh the options and do some work on the end piece.

I can't start on the other side for at least 2 more weeks as I can't bear any weight or strain on the new shoulder and it is a real pain trying to shear metal run through the rollers and then brake form the parts one handed. I have details to finish that doesn't require stress on the shoulder so at least I am busy.
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Today I worked on this decklid shell. I spent about an hour looking this whole repair and discovered I am doing this backwards in way! I have been working to make my parts fit the deck lid shell and I should have been making the parts fit the new skin. I was moving things around trying to get the parts to look as close to original shell I never thought maybe my original shell was whacked.

I brought out the new skin and laid the shell on the new skin and then it was obvious the shell fit like crap. I could see where My problems lie and that was building to the crappy shell.

So I set the shell aside and took my parts I have built to this point and started playing jigsaw games. I fit both parts into the new skin and they fit like crap. So I started working on each piece and made some small changes hear and there. Before I knew it I had both pieces fitting the skin like a fine glove. I clamped everything in place then tacked both pieces together. After it cooled I un-clamped the part and set it over the shell and it actually fit. I need to still do some trimming just to make it fit better, but I think this is going to work. This simplifies the build up of the parts significantly easier and easier means faster.. I might finish this thing by 2050!!

As usual here are the photos for your consumption..Remember there is still some work to do.
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Yupper. He's addicted?

One little bit of advice Rip. Be sure and test fit it to your body frequently as you go. If it fits the lid perfectly but the lid doesn't fit the body, you're still screwed.

I am excited for you. Thanks for sharing!

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Looking good Rip.

X2. What John said about the fit.
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Excellent work Rip. Your a quick study that's for sure.
How many times have you thought about making the whole inner structure, funny how you were so cautious to cut a little section at the start and with what I'm seeing now you have all the confidence you need. Great job.
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Thanks for the votes of confidence guys!

I pre fit the skin as close as I could early on. The problem pre fitting is that the flange edges that bend over are not allowing the lid to go fully closed and that area may need massaging some. This is my plan, I will build a little wiggle factor into the fit of the inner shell. Once I get the shell completed I will bring the flanges back to near closed so I can massage the rear of the deck lid if necessary. Once I am happy I will lock it down and finish the the edges. Hopefully I won't have any un fixable problems. The fun is back!!!

I was talking to the wife last night and told her once this part is done I will have to wait a few weeks to do the other side. I told her I can't run the shear or the brake because I can't use both arms to put my weight into my HF Shear, brake, roll. Well she said when you need the strength just call her and she will run one side and I will run the other. That is Kool so I will be starting on the other side soon. guess I will keep her around for another 42.

An interesting note on Model T's. Close on a T is like +- 1/4 inch. the standard fit called for on the deck lid sides was 1/4". I have measured the stuffins out of the opening and the new skin and unless I screw up I will be exact on for the factory.
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Funny, I'm just the opposite. When I'm dead on, That's when I know I screwed up.
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Funny, I'm just the opposite. When I'm dead on, That's when I know I screwed up.

I have been there several times on this adventure already. I build it to be right on and the body can't help being tweaked one way or another over the span of the last 90 years. I build it the other way and the body resists attempts to fit.

I have taken it easy the last couple a days as we finally got our heat wave. But I endevour to persevere. I will not give up on this "I will make this thing come out alright.

I was tempted as heck to just keep building and make a simpler deck lid shell but the rear of the shell is the scary part. it has a curved flange that needs to be put in after the shell is attached... That is going to be, shall we say interesting!

Next week early in the morning I will start the other pieces and see if it goes a lot smoother than the first.

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Finally got back to building on the deck lid shell. I am feeling good and out of the sling. Although I am supposed to be non weight bearing I am getting along good!

I made it out to the shop today for a good solid 3 hrs of work! I was able to cut and bend and mangle some metal. I roughed out the parts I will be shaping for the right side of the shell. I was able to shear the parts on my shear one armed. The nice steady stand the shear is setting on was locked in position and solid as can be. It makes it nice knowing this sucker is solid!

Once I get the parts roughed together I am going to jig the shell and do one side at a time. Gonna be a lot of trimming, grinding,cutting, and fitting but with a little luck maybe next week I will get to some serious fitting with the possible end of this shell rebuild. Oh a bonus bling shot.
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Well here it is almost ready to marry all these pieces to the old shell. I have the sub assemblies ready to be fit to the original shell.

I set the shell on the bench on some blocks and screwed the shell down to the bench so it won't move and is held in place so when I cut the sections out I will have fixed point of reference and can get the new pieces to fit the oem contour.

Tomorrow I will sketch up the shell and record all the measurements and then I will do the cutting to fit the parts. There will be cutting,grinding,fitting and some adult word Smithing to come but I might be seeing daylight.

I will be posting maybe 1 more time here and then moving back to my 27 TCoupe project thread. I want to show the final rough fit here and then continue the skin fitting back in my original thread. Maybe I will get this done by the coming weekend.

Here are the latest pics so enjoy.
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