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Yesterday 10:11 PM
idrivejunk Reckon I'll shoot for something like this, Mitch-



...and either fail or go from there. Brake, cutoff wheel, Flintstones look.
Yesterday 01:42 PM
idrivejunk
Quote:
Originally Posted by Too Many Projects View Post
The painter being able to "hear" the tones and use them in proper sequence to make a tune is way cool. I took guitar lessons for 6 years when I was young and played it well, by music sheet, but never had the ability to play "by ear". I finally found out years later, that I have had a high frequency tone deafness since infancy and am unable to hear most notes in the high range. Now days, I don't hear much of anything, according to my wife..

As for the patch, maybe fab the rounded sides with the side flanges separately and fill in the center with a, relatively, flat section and the frame flange at the bottom to butt weld in.. ??
They say a wife's voice is the frequency range where a man's hearing goes away first. But everybody is a little color blind too, especially painters. That helps keep the circle of plausible denial complete, anyhow.

I tried guitar too but don't have long pointy fingers or any talent for it. Painter is a natural.

Haven't really put my mind to the patch making yet. Only thought that has popped up is that I could probably make one long section of the hump then cut and butt halves of that then pie cut the joined halves for the bend. It also looks to me like a couple bent pieces of muffler pipe and a flat piece with one bend would look more like it. The outside edges are complex enough to need to be made seperately, IMHO. I posted a Q on a shaping board hoping for some help yesterday but they all ran away screaming. I watched tumbleweeds and listened to crickets, did art instead. Whatever I come up with on the spot will do, I reckon. Just faster for boss when I have idea in hand when I hit the clock.
Yesterday 11:00 AM
Too Many Projects The painter being able to "hear" the tones and use them in proper sequence to make a tune is way cool. I took guitar lessons for 6 years when I was young and played it well, by music sheet, but never had the ability to play "by ear". I finally found out years later, that I have had a high frequency tone deafness since infancy and am unable to hear most notes in the high range. Now days, I don't hear much of anything, according to my wife..

As for the patch, maybe fab the rounded sides with the side flanges separately and fill in the center with a, relatively, flat section and the frame flange at the bottom to butt weld in.. ??
11-16-2019 09:44 AM
idrivejunk Before I forget, I'd like to ask if anyone has suggestions for easily making the apron patch. To me, it looks like I should make a straight section of the double humped shape then pie cut to put a knee all the way across it. This side will also need the weld flanges down the sides, unlike the other.

By the way, the new nipple and coupler that match and work right are quick-connect bliss, to me. Still in the habit of disconnecting hose before setting tools down, still looking for stationary objects to put my weight against to connect a hose, still dedicating one hand to holding the coupler onto the tool. But those will fade. If the bliss lasts. Sure does make my job easier. When I went around borrowing air hoses the other day, I saw how the other half lives. Soft, supple hoses all around. Ones that are not like wrestling an anaconda all day, trying to do bodywork while snared by a hose trying to rotate your tool in the wrong direction. Simple pleasures are my favorites.
11-16-2019 09:10 AM
idrivejunk I was genuinely shocked to see a couple of you liked the grumpy complaint post a day or two ago. So here is another irrelevant and wordy post. About something else that was unexpected...

When I had the outer patch for the right side roughly bent to shape, it began to ring. Ha, nifty. I held it at one corner and tapped it and it sang for a few seconds. I couldn't have made it do that if I was trying to.

So I had to walk up to Painter the guitar specialist and show him. I demonstrated it then held it out and said play something, I know you can. The rounded and center parts each had a different tone, and the pliers at one end contributed for three distinct notes.

Dang if he didn't take whatever was in his hand and play twinkle twinkle little star right then and there! Pretty as you please.

Such talent I am surrounded by!
11-15-2019 01:27 PM
idrivejunk











11-14-2019 09:26 PM
idrivejunk Aw I remember now. I meant to grump about surgery prep and equipment.

There was a bunch of things in the way in that dark corner of the shop so I spent my first half hour creating a workspace with clean floor and lamp. Started cutting, got about half a foot. Hose pops off, won't go back on. The coupler I've hated from day one spit out it's rubber piece. Not wanting to stop working, I grab a nearby hose with a push on coupler. Plastic with silver button kind. Brushed the button not being used to that kind. Pops off, tool hits floor, breaks the last 4" cutoff wheel which is maybe 1/3rd used up. I go to get a 3" and discover a box of 4". Oh. OK. Grab yet another hose and go to work until I realize the booth is running and I am on the paint side's compressor. Dammit. I go hunt couplers. None. Catch broom guy and ask him for one. He scores me one, sweet. Lo and behold it works like a coupler should. Oh I haven't had that since who knows when. Still hate my granite hose but I was finally able to go to work.

End of the day, I reach for my DA... won't plug into the new coupler. Asked Broom for a nipple. Again, he comes through. Nice. It was a bit of an anti-matter but I only got disgusted once.
11-14-2019 07:23 PM
idrivejunk Oh. Astute observers may find, upon review of pix, that the front pinchweld flange had been beaten back flat. Folded outward and then welded. Straightening that out was probably where I made my smooth move of the day, the one that has me feeling smooth in a sandpaper kinda way.

Y'know what else? Spotted another previously bubblegummed because you can't get to it spot. Directly overhead with head in wheelwell. Where some small bracket attaches. Shaggy rust hole at the very top corner of the outer panel on this repair. On bottom side and with hole facing the cabin. Wish I hadn't found that. Did not investigate yet. Yee-haw.

I imagine this outer patch will not be one piece like the right side. Feels like I am forgetting a tidbit here but it must not be too earthshattering or I'd remember. Whutevz, I feel tired.
11-14-2019 07:06 PM
idrivejunk Whew yeah, I wasn't so sure the inner rail was gonna clean up but it did. I felt the least I could do for the part above the rail was snip, blast, and re-use if possible. I may butt it back on but located the cut with a double row of plug welds in mind. Where it had one row.











Boss walked me out to the parking lot mid-afternoon to play "Can you fix this?" and the next contestant was one of those RX350s... maybe... Lexus? One of them few year old ones that are always white pearl with gold cladding and bumpers. The world would stop turning if the left quarter has to be replaced, so what am I supposed to say? Yes I can but there will be heat, I'll have to cut and pull and weld, and theres foam filled double wall at the gas door. No matter. Sky is the limit, just can you fix it. OK but every inch from the gas lid back around to the gate weatherstrip is stretched and you'll want the quarter glass out. Oh, well thats one of the things we are not doing. Well... uh... (quick, how to still sound confident? Think...) I can work around just about anything.

Who am I to say I can't? None of the gaps are bad, its just killed at the lamp corner. Aw, I made my bum wrist hurt today somehow so don't pay no mind to my grumping. If I fix it, you'll probably see it and boy am I glad its Friday eve.
11-14-2019 02:00 PM
Too Many Projects Well, the good news is, you eventually found good metal to weld too...
11-14-2019 12:40 PM
idrivejunk Prepare to meet Jeez again. That was Dr Jekyll. Meet Mr Hyde-







Are you finished chewing that bite of your lunch?



Hey! A box of Crusty Flakes cereal, fortified with iron oxide.







11-13-2019 06:37 PM
idrivejunk
Quote:
Originally Posted by 123pugsy View Post
Yes!! (fist pump)


Drain holes is good too.
I hoped you would approve of that butt.

Ain't no rhyme or reason to it, but things that are to be hidden sometimes come out nice. Until it was welding time, I was convinced that I wasn't going to pull it off in one piece.

But sho nuf. Don't mind tellin' ya I am proud of this task. Why? Because within the limits of the transaxle, I would not bat an eye at (somebody) putting the car through it's paces, to the limits of the car, with this repair. Once the other side is done. In other words, as a former crash man I am happy with how it worked out as a structural repair.

Plus the pics are good enough to make a write up with if ever there were a need.



And to boot, I get to leave the perimeter weld alone. Only whizzed the spatter away. Woohoo! Pretty much looks like the OE.





11-13-2019 04:17 PM
123pugsy Yes!! (fist pump)


Drain holes is good too.
11-13-2019 12:50 PM
idrivejunk Well, I hear the customer saw it this morning early and was over the moon about what he saw. Thats good. Unconfirmed, but he probably wants the other side done, too.

Here is a little of the "how" I made it-





I fell a little short on the ends with my pattern. But I think they sit close enough to the rail that I could do an inside corner weld but am leaning toward adding end flanges to plug it on the sides. The bottom will be a bead to mock the original construction.

















No extra charge for the drain holes. Pugsy.
11-12-2019 08:12 PM
idrivejunk For clarity, this is what actually transpired-



Thats why the engine side looks fugly more than it did. The top panel was like welding kindling. But I reckon its all fairly stout again, or it will be when complete.

Neglected to get a pic of the other side. Took a closer look today and somebody already went there. Capping off the ugly with a square, overlaid patch on the low outside. Since theres more rust showing on the engine side over there, it needs this even more. Boss is so sick and behind though, I hate to throw that at him. I have the other rocker to go, and the rear body brace ends. Ain't that wierd looking below the right door? I couldn't figure out what was what there but for the most part, liberal usage of seam sealer and gravel guard could probably blend it in so I stopped before I got to the live bait stand. Where you get worms by the can with a crappy lid.
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