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Old 09-05-2017, 08:34 PM
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Sorry to hear you need to move. I know you don't like to use your condition, but is there no state agency that can help with any of the medical costs to keep your income for daily living ?

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We are looking into all options and if the market don't collapse I think I might be able to land on my feet with a bit of a smaller place. It has to have at min a 2 car garage and we have looked at a few places but nothing yet. I am also going to talk to a tax specialist and see if I can qualify for deferred taxes as I am Fully disabled. That is a complicated convoluted process and I need to find a specialist in them matters. One way or another I will land level and ready to run I hope when the wife sees a financially sane method she is ready to pull the retire button maybe even early.
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Well here we go for the the second half of the Elephant! I learned a heck of a lot on that first side, and am going to do things a bit differently. I am going to start with a patch all along the seam so that all of the weld points can be backed by solid metal. instead of welding the patch to the old steel I am going to Spot weld the patch to the old metal with My HF 220 Volt spot welder. I will then mig the seam between the old and new. So set back and read along and look at the pictures.

PICTURE 1 Here we go for side 2. This is a good shot of what I need to replace. I also laid some lines out so I can plan the backing piece I am putting in.

PICTURE 2 Here are the guide lines so I can match a patch to link the main shell to the edge I have built. you can see the pitted steel I have to work with.

PICTURE 3 A good view of the pitted steel. I have already gone over this with 60 Grit one time.

PICTURE 4 I have made the cuts and removed the crappy steel. I then took a 36 Rolock and worked back and forth till I had the back of the shell, super clean and 80 to 90% of the pits ground smooth. You need to basically have like new steel facing each other for one of these small spot welders to do a good job. The back of the shell was in better shape surface wise than the front so I was able to clean it up real good.

This Pic also shows the backing patch I have made for the back of the shell. I am Spot Welding the patch to the shell and not taking a risk of blowning holes in the old steel. That strip will hold my replacement panel. I will lay the replacement part flat against the patch and butt the old and new edge and spot weld it in position. I will then run a bead along the seam. Doing it this way I hope I weld the seam in the middle and I have the backer to help gard against blowing holes in the old shell material. the stock shell is real thin in areas.

PICTURE 5 we are looking at the "Visual side" of the shell. The shinny strip is the OE shell where it was cut when I put the backer in place. It shows the spot welds from this side.

You will note that I have the side piece that I built clamped in position. I hit my width numbers spot on. the side piece will be spot welded to the backer and the seam where gray meets shinny will be welded up.

PICTURE 6 That is a wrap for the day. I keep the old hunk of steel there reminding me how it was and no longer is.

So a couple more big bites taken out of the "Elephant"! it is looking like I might just eat the whole thing, Stay tuned my friends.
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As the world turns, We must endevour to persevere.

Been quite a while since I updated this thread. Not a lot has happened since then. I finished up 90% of the repairs on the OEM 27T deck lid shell.

I found that when I was almost finished I did not like the final result. I just found the shell was less than what I wanted. It just looked like crap and that is not me!

As I have been occupied over the last couple of months doing the domestic things around the homestead, and working with some mobility issues again, I haven't been able to work on the Coupe.

Well I finally decided to bite the bullet and design and build a completely new shell using new good steel. The old shell is usable but as I said it looks like crap and I am not going to accept it. No Rats Here!

I am going to resume the work on the Coupe within the next 2 weeks, So as I proceed to construct the new shell, I am going to move the discussion in this room back to my build thread.

To continue this saga just follow my thread https://www.hotrodders.com/forum/rip-...ls-361778.html

I hope to see any followers back in my build thread..
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Well just when you think things are working the don't. I have to figure out this problem before I continue onward. I can't seem to get my project page to accept text.. Oh well I am tired and headed for a nap..
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Well well well I made an executive decision about my thread location. If your following my build it has a official home now and will not wander any more.

So here is the continuing story on the TCoupe. Drop over here and read away.
https://www.hotrodders.com/forum/rip-...ml#post4349546

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