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Today 08:03 PM
idrivejunk
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Originally Posted by 1971BB427 View Post
Spent the day at the local car swap meet setting up.

Put the bricks back on the fenders so they keep working to help it settle down hopefully.



Next week I'll start putting some heat to the glass to "bend" it a little and see how much closer I can get it before I do more grinding. My heat shrink gun, a warmed shop, and some cold wet rags to quench the glass and hold it once it moves a little should help.
Knock em dead at the swap meet. Whew, lotta work to fit that front but it does look cool with a grille in. This obviously isn't your first rodeo but of the few hard knock rules committed to personal memory, one is that heat and bend never stays. For me, or others witnessed. Amazingly, although it is lots of nasty doings, the slices can work. Tough to bury cuts deep enough that a day in hot sun doesn't affect them. Only bah humbugging with intent to help, not critique. If you need a very slight bend from the heat and weight... well maybe. Maybe you'll prove me wrong and I hope so, sir.
Today 07:39 PM
John long I have all the panels made and scrimmed for the back rests. I'm ready to sit down and sew.

John



Today 07:24 PM
1971BB427 Spent the day at the local car swap meet setting up. Getting rid of decades of spare parts I haven't used, and may never use. Sold about $400 worth just during setup, and hope to do better tomorrow. I hate to drag any of it home at the end!!!

Yesterday I spent a couple hours on the '39 Chev fiberglass before the dust and just putting the front clip on and off finally got to me. But it is beginning to move a bit!
I started with my cutoff disc and cut through the brace. It turned out to be what my wife calls "floral foam" that florists use. The floral foam was covered in a thick layer of fiberglass to form the brace. Then I made cuts about halfway through the hood to give it some relief, but also so I could judge how deep I was going while sanding.





After the cuts I cut through the brace, and removed all of the horizontal bracing. Then I used a flapper disc to begin to grind away the surface too thin it down and allow it to flex more.





Didn't want to go too much without checking, so I put it on the car again to see if it released enough to move. The first time made little difference, so I removed a bit more and tried it again. I got to about 3/16" thick and it's beginning to pull down into shape.
As this image shows, it still needs to be thinned more to allow it to drop. It's sitting tight on top of the cowl and the sheer thickness is too much to allow it to flex, and the thickness is greater than the stock hood, so it just sits higher.





I need to remove more fiberglass from the inside corners of the hood to let that area relax more. But my rear was dragging, so I quit for the day. I did test fit the grille also, and that area needs work too. The lip they have inside the opening is too thick, and the wrong angle. It may need to bee completely cut off and reattached. Or maybe a a metal lip glued along the edge so the grille sits in the opening better. Right now I have to squeeze the grille width together just to get it to sit in the opening. It's just sitting in there, so a bit lower than the finished mounting will be.



Put the bricks back on the fenders so they keep working to help it settle down hopefully.



Next week I'll start putting some heat to the glass to "bend" it a little and see how much closer I can get it before I do more grinding. My heat shrink gun, a warmed shop, and some cold wet rags to quench the glass and hold it once it moves a little should help.
Today 07:08 PM
idrivejunk Missed you, sun.

Ran across some cans of tree flocking this week and figured this was a decorative use of them.



Think I skipped V8 action last weekend but it hit 47 today so I primed the carb up and had at it. Good ol fun.
01-23-2020 08:25 PM
John long I have all the patterns made and the panels cut out for the LH back rest of the front seat. I should finish cutting out the panels and scrim for the rh back rest tomorrow and be ready to start sewing.

Gettin there.........

John
01-23-2020 07:26 PM
idrivejunk
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Originally Posted by 123pugsy View Post
Driver's side has the brake pedal helm joint coming there so I tossed another one on the other side to be even.
I think I need to make an adjustment though. I will finish welding in all the bits of the firewall, set the hatch cover in place and hem and haw from there.
Well if you had just stuck to the blueprints...



Makes no difference if I only see one hooter. Then I get to imagine the other.

Your rod already has a smiling face, so I think you should paint bloodshot flying eyeball / rat fink style eyeballs there.

I can't believe I lasted this long without saying Dagmar. Probably because hey... thats a nice bit of work you did there. Respect.

New dude at work has an Impala with belts showing on two tires so today, for a fellow W-body owner, I loaded these up in the GTP to see if he wants any of it. I am just looking to slim down the hoarde.

01-23-2020 06:42 AM
123pugsy
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Originally Posted by idrivejunk View Post
You forgot pokies.

What are the lumps for,? Stiffness? Anti- flim flam? Tassles?

Driver's side has the brake pedal helm joint coming there so I tossed another one on the other side to be even.
I think I need to make an adjustment though. I will finish welding in all the bits of the firewall, set the hatch cover in place and hem and haw from there.
01-23-2020 06:28 AM
idrivejunk
OK, I'll be the bumper

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Originally Posted by 123pugsy View Post
Top half of firewall welded with a couple of hooters sticking out.






You forgot pokies.

What are the lumps for,? Stiffness? Anti- flim flam? Tassles?
01-20-2020 05:29 PM
1971BB427 I wrestled the one piece fiberglass frontend into the shop today by climbing under it and just standing up with my back bent over to walk it inside. Then once I got it over the front tires I used ratchet straps to pull it back against the cowl and a jack stand under the nose to hold it up at that end.
But it was discouraging to say the least. I can see the fiberglass is not a very good fit, and since it's street weight it has lots of heavy bracing inside. I think the cross brace just in front of the firewall on the backside of the hood is a major problem. The frontend sits against the cowl at center rear, but both hood sides are a full inch or so high to the adjacent body lines. That will likely mean I'll have to work on the backside brace by cutting it in the middle in a wedge cut, and hope it relaxes and allows the fenders and sides to align.
For now I left it sitting on the car and put a bunch of weight on each fender to see if it will relax with time and maybe get closer. Probably wont though, so looks like a lot of work ahead to make it look acceptable.
01-20-2020 04:45 PM
cerial Pulled the orgional blower out of the 94 1500 and cleaned out the derbies. When putting things back together I found that I have a faulty dimmer switch that causes the front markers to come on when the brakes are pushed. Just a short in the switch itself. I ordered another one and will snap it in later.
I figured why I had the electrical out I would play with the grounds so I pulled all the grounds for the taillights and reinstalled them with new ring terminals.

Played around in the barn with 6 wooden lockers that the previous homeowner left. I had 13 12x12" wire shelf things that I got at an auction for $1 that could be tied together to make a box shape. I tore that apart and then took my grinder cutting one side down so the wire will fit inside the locker. I still need to buy some wood to put under the shelves but it should give me 4 shelves.

Got on craigslist because hey there is free wood on there all the time. Then I found this;



I figured why not so I drove down there loaded it up and have me a 12 bolt now. The axle shafts moved when I turned the pinion. At the very least it will be a nice addition to my collection of paperweights made from diff parts.


01-20-2020 04:30 PM
123pugsy Brought home a few chunks of 11 ga.
Got one ready to bend.



























01-20-2020 01:00 PM
idrivejunk Junior Mints for me. Steer Clear is a name kind of like HACK Shack, ain't it? (implied alternate negative meaning)

Heres a classic IDJ: After years of fuss the shop got a wifi extender. I beat myself over the head for several months trying to connect to it. Tried every number on the thing as a password, no luck. Gave up.

New phone today, and after not even being able to upload pics on the same connection... it occurred to me to try the old password on the extender.

Duh. Blazin now.

Making a post here reminds me to see if the noisy pulley on the 'P is good on the spare L67.
01-20-2020 04:42 AM
123pugsy
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Originally Posted by idrivejunk View Post
Probably fulla gears and would need ears. For more spread of bolts. Figured you had plenty of nearby support. I am kinda rootin for a steer clear on the A. For giggles I wonder if they are at all OKed for use with manual steering as well.

While we are scribbling, I have some indecision to resolve. I submit this at face value and as a test of new phone. Gosh I haven't checked the resolution setting. I went with half of max before. Here goes-




I have no idea whatsoever. I'll just get some popcorn and watch....
01-19-2020 07:19 PM
idrivejunk
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Originally Posted by 123pugsy View Post
They give zero instructions in the box. I will be spotwelding an 11 ga channel with welded threaded rods to the inside of the firewall.

You could probably bolt it to 18 ga though. You could try it, hook up the steering and dry run to see if it flexes. I'm using the 11 ga channel as that will bring it a hair higher than the recess from the bead rolling.


That's a full size template I'm holding. Bolt pattern is written on it. The position of the bolts is not so ideal IMHO. Not spread out.



Probably fulla gears and would need ears. For more spread of bolts. Figured you had plenty of nearby support. I am kinda rootin for a steer clear on the A. For giggles I wonder if they are at all OKed for use with manual steering as well.

While we are scribbling, I have some indecision to resolve. I submit this at face value and as a test of new phone. Gosh I haven't checked the resolution setting. I went with half of max before. Here goes-

01-19-2020 07:15 PM
1971BB427 Weather warmed up to mid 50's today, so I got busy finish sanding my '39 Chevy grille. Then shot it with high build primer and shot it with VHT graphite color wheel paint. A budget solution to rehabilitating the grille without spending the whole budget on chrome work.





Getting the six little 10-32 screws, washers and nuts to hold the two halves together was tougher than I thought. It's very tight quarters in the internal V of the grille, and my big meat hooks dropped the parts too many times to count!
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