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Today 11:35 AM
idrivejunk Made me some dealy bobbers to attach to the thingamajigs so the quarters can get nailed down up at the front of the trunk-



This side needed more connection to the qtr to stay put. It was all chewed and cracked there. Still all unscrewable-



Looking to do same at rear, nail down corners. Tail panel sticks out a smidge, thats where I am headed. Then I'll make the braces I mentioned that connect tub to tail. Already got out my scissors and am running down the hall with them.

Today 11:23 AM
idrivejunk Its metal. The bulge which may appear to be a hose barb is from when I got overzealous with hogging around with a square nosed drill bit, clearing away weld on the inside of the pocket drain tube. No perforation occurred, but almost.

What you are seeing is steel fuel line. Battery vent will be rubber hose though. O, ye of little faith.
Today 08:33 AM
496CHEVY3100
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Originally Posted by idrivejunk View Post
Study hard... I did the old rinse and repeat over here but made a few slices this time, to best match jamb curve to lid.

Has a couple tight spots here-



Better here-



I decided I am going to bracket the tail panel to the tub inners at about 2 o'clock in those pics. Too floppy.

Took it off, welded qtr to strip, banged it square.



Ground those with rock only, slapped it back on with a handful of screws at 5. She shuts OK and the gap is near good just like that so I am on the right track.



Anybody got a round tuit I can borry? Theres some cool bonus pics if I find one after bathchow.
Just a question ,that I dont know the answer,,is the rubber overflow line safe since it is not grounded,,when you touch the tamk with gas pump spout..or is it temporary

To pass inspection at our local trac also at the dirt track it Must have a metal overflow and be grounded,
Yesterday 10:57 PM
idrivejunk Gangway! Here are other stuffs I will make a dump now, but you must provide your own flatulent sound effects at home, kids

Don't know just whats going on here. Stepping away, nonchalantly whistling and making this face



More same. New header in three pieces going in-



Fresh meat, augered in.






Ha! I deem that one Gumby... because top of head shape lol and color!



The next Bronco job. Boss find, for cust, if I have my facts straight.





You've heard of a barn find... well, this is a weed find.

Thats the 51 Ford that goes with the massive crates that are stashed. It moved, thats forward motion.



Yesterday 10:38 PM
idrivejunk
Quote:
Originally Posted by Too Many Projects View Post
Gaps are looking better all the time.
I would send you my last round tuit, but I lost it in the move...
Thanks. Watching grass grow must seem like a blur to you guys watching the trunk gap saga.

What you probably lost was track of how many that took. You are something. Have cake and ice cream, sit a spell. You busted that move. In Chevys.
Yesterday 07:59 PM
Too Many Projects Gaps are looking better all the time.
I would send you my last round tuit, but I lost it in the move...
Yesterday 07:09 PM
idrivejunk Study hard... I did the old rinse and repeat over here but made a few slices this time, to best match jamb curve to lid.

Has a couple tight spots here-



Better here-



I decided I am going to bracket the tail panel to the tub inners at about 2 o'clock in those pics. Too floppy.

Took it off, welded qtr to strip, banged it square.



Ground those with rock only, slapped it back on with a handful of screws at 5. She shuts OK and the gap is near good just like that so I am on the right track.



Anybody got a round tuit I can borry? Theres some cool bonus pics if I find one after bathchow.
Yesterday 12:01 PM
idrivejunk Got the gas tank walls all bolted in. Thats it, but had to do some trimming of the front one on top corner, recenter about twenty bolt holes, enlarge them all, and replace 2 welded nuts on the rear. It occurred to me that I would like to have the rigidity they add in place before finishing up the left trunk jamb.



10-17-2019 06:02 PM
idrivejunk Fortunately, I don't really shave. I mow with a mustache trimmer once a week and call it good.

Why would I include a note about personal hygiene? Read on. As always, its no ordinary thread you are looking at.

I planted the flag, so to speak. Woohoo!

Model A trunk gaps were tight enough to keep a thin wooden stir stick out. This is now with just a couple screws in the right jamb but with the seal bed scooted around so that the quarter bead appears straight, not necessarily the jamb.

Best balance on that stil left the one tight spot mudway up the right trunk gap. Turns out, thats pretty much the one untouched spot on the bead. Below the spot, the bead was flatter, and above was too crowned. After beating some of the snot out of it, I had a crack where there was damage. The spot persisted but I intervened with a cut that ended up about this long-









Then it was Pontiac time. Moment of truth. No more minutes, so how'd I do? Let the chips fall where they may, one slam is all there is left...







I bleeve that'll hunt like a hound. Ah.

Its a damn good thing that did the trick because I only finished by... are you ready for it...???


The hair of my chinny chin chin.

That was close! I am truly miserable today with shoulder pain, so I got the nod from boss to skip tomorrow. In order to prevent further damage to the tool we both rely on so much. Fridays are just half days anyway and alas, theres a gigantic road clogging and widespread craft fair weekend starting here. It hurts just hanging there and I have some swelling on top. Did some awkward lifting and shuffling of office chairs in a cramped space last night and that must be when I done it.

You guys have your pics, now show me the bag of frozen peas please. I will be over here trying to remember how to sit still and reading "How to become left handed for dummies".
10-17-2019 11:47 AM
idrivejunk I am winning but the fight rages on. Harder to move things around now, as it should be. It wasn't the pan screws. Cut back the right end of the tail panel's seal bed a half inch or so and now it looks like the left side. But now the left side of the lid lands early so it resists latching. I was headed for the left side anyhow.

10-16-2019 08:42 PM
idrivejunk Here is a now-assembled project that I had no part in that I recall. Could be wrong but it was years back. I remember showing pics of it on a rotisserie, painted. Thats how it went home, so long ago. Sometimes its like that but each big customer-built job with show paint includes a return trip for polishing once they assemble their car. Generally speaking. That is the case here. I spotted it in the parking lot at lunch and while oblivious to the fact that it was an us job, I was drawn to it. Went back to work a few minutes late due to ogling it and taking these-



Nice. To me, this front end looks like a threat. It kinda strums the same strings in me that my knife-edged fenders '69 Grand Prix does, but with no beak. Less gothic and more... reptilian? Perhaps its the color. I ain't fanatical about the toad-esque profile but the car has got some wicked angles and I dig the proportions. Seeing the 390 badge and manual shifter made me lust to try it out despite the gack interior color.

If you are into these, dig it. If you are like me, just nod and linger a sec to stare.









10-16-2019 08:09 PM
idrivejunk I see windows and stuff.



Well, I uh...

Thought it would be a good idea to first also go over the square bead's face, since it felt mighty uneven to the hand. Good time to touch up weld some found holes around patches too, eh?

Better grind the backside of the quarter patch welds too. Cracked a spot beating on it. Weld that up, grind it, too. Cleaned er up, hung er back on the A with screws-



Beauty.

Then, Whut wut? Four o'clockish? Arg. Time to close the trunk and see what I've done.



BANG! No shut. Arrg. Me forum pictures shall nay make me a hero this day. Arrr. (sad pirate voice)

It wasn't even close to latching and the jig was up, time to leave. Thats still OK but man, this right quarter... war of attrition, blah blah blah whew. Zipping it for your sake.

On the ride home, mulling it over, I think I may have chosen a wrong screw hole when putting a couple in to hold tail panel to trunk pan. If so, she may go right back where it needs to be after fixing that but it sits too far left now. The whole tail. Hope thats it. If not, more shufflebored play time.

Not feeling like Eeyore, nor Tigger really. Just not where I'd like to finish a day. The right trunk gap is just the suprise fortified and reinforced bunker in this hill I am trying to take.

Never fear. A short, sweet, lovely treat is up next. A car!

Its though.
10-16-2019 12:03 PM
idrivejunk Could have put the quarter back on first thing, but it might have mislead me because with some more careful checking, it just wasn't true enough. Ground tacks and held a square edge of a heavy dolly firmly inside the corner, used a heavy spoon on the inside. Right on the bend with moderate blows. To induce perpendicularism in this oh so hammered area at the gap. Seal ought to sit pretty in there now.

That broke some tacks and I realized it was just time to stop being temporary about it and weld the strip on so it would stay put. Being careful to establish uniform depth of the jamb, I clamped and drilled 1/8" weld dot holes along the quarter's edge and set the welder just as hot as I dared.

These efforts began to make the square bead straighten up, too. Right now, the strip is welded and ground and the new flange eyeballs OK. Should go back better now and be workable.







At front of the new strips, the unattached extra length is ahead of where the trunk lid stops. The front tips extend under the rear window panel and just touch backsides of the tank wall upper outer corner extensions. The small welds I'll make there will really nail down the jamb sides and the whole arrangement will stiffen up considerably with all pieces final welded.
10-16-2019 05:52 AM
idrivejunk Its a two way street. Yesterday I assisted Footloose in planning a simplified patch for his LandCruiser project's door jamb bottoms and I enjoyed being able to do so. Longhair (working the sedan delivery rear body patch) improvised a fixture, reshaped a couple hammers, built a makeshift sandbag in the morning and at end of day only had a bent square. I had an eye on it and early afternoon I just threw ten minutes' english wheel time at it then presented what I made as hey I found this scrap that may almost have the right shape and walked away. In case it would fall on fertile ground. He continued cooking his goose though.
10-16-2019 05:38 AM
idrivejunk
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Originally Posted by 123pugsy View Post
This pic looks like you can make the sides from one piece. Just need to stretch the corners. Harder than said of course. Or slice corners and weld bits in.
Now we are on the same page. Adding at corner slices seems the safest bet. I want it to look as if it were the side of a 68 Mustang, shape-wise. You are supposed to be able to see through my mind's eye lol. Without the rendering, the cardboard requires imagination. It is sure to be tougher than it seems. I do have an idea how to stretch the corners, like how I did the indent in the rear valance of my 69. With some strategically clamped 2x4s maybe. I suspect that steel hood side panels with fiberglass rain day inserts could be the ticket for ease of fab and to avoid rattling around of the two pieces that could wear off paint and cause rust where they meet.

I think you will like the fender edge bent into the square hood bottom edge bead thing. As always, thank you much for the input and sketch, sir. I have been soaking in Model A so long that normal reality is a distant memory and I appreciate you sticking with the plot.
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