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Yesterday 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".
Yesterday 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-


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
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.
10-16-2019 04:56 AM
Originally Posted by idrivejunk View Post
Forgot one

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.
10-15-2019 08:34 PM
idrivejunk Crap, left out another one. This was end of day, trunk latched and now with the thin, even sliver o' silver sticking out past the trunk lid edge. Poifect! As said, ready to try it back on in the morning.

10-15-2019 07:59 PM
idrivejunk As a stute fellow may have prophecied...

Of course the trunk lid gaps changed when I did the fabbed trunk jamb reinforcing strips' installation this morning. I am sure some of you will recall my buddy Spot. First name, Trouble.

Sure, you remember. We've spent lots of time$ together, playing games and chasing our tails. And cars.

I have come to expect this class clown sort of behavior from that character. The southeast gap area protests continue. However, armed with the new weapon strip I shall decidedly subdue any noncompliance. On the other side of gap town, resistance was light-

That don't confront me. Long as I get my money next Friday. (re: Thorogood)

The new pieces put me in good control of the trunk gaps. Big improvement. You see, the shaggy quarter lip gotsta get (re:Gibbons) perpendicular with the seal bed. If this here inside corner don't run 90 along the whole length of it... that will spread disease like a dog (re: Mustaine) and ruin the looks of the trunk bead. So aha. I know what to do and am working on it.

The right seal bed strip had some twist and some pregnant in it, had popped loose, and I had left some outside corner weld material on the quarter at gap for fine tune grinding where the fancy patching took place months ago.

These are a straightedge on my knee, not real precise but yeah-

Endo day I was over here trimming the corner weld and am ready for another go at fitment-

This is the weatherstrip got fer thu hood. I kinda likes it for the trunk too. Perhaps.

We all like that rubber fine. I can bust a move on alterations now.
10-15-2019 07:15 PM
idrivejunk Forgot one

10-15-2019 07:05 PM
idrivejunk You have all been good so you may have dessert now but be sure and leave room for your meat n taters, which are to follow this brief variety sideshow.

Pretty slick job, for a track car-

Boss says this is in for "little stuff" Thats like, all new metal on it.

Me, if'n I had to ever drive an SUV... it'd be one of these. 2WD high, GMC grille please.

Now I will rattle the can of cat treats. Like me showing you this progress outside of my stall is something special.

Well, it is.

No extra charge for the Vicky on top.

Crumbs on keyboard after that. I work with crumbs best. Back after shower with your piping hot fresh essential daily helping of teat and 'maters.
10-15-2019 06:46 PM
Originally Posted by 123pugsy View Post

Thank you, Mr Pugsy. That is such a nice drawing I am going to leave it on the board to show the next class how much attention we pay in this class. Before returning to your seat, would you please turn around facing the class and share your process used to solve the problem?


Please explain.

I kinda want to sketch how that fender bending thing looks in my head. The one I wrote about yesterday. No idea if anybody caught that. I know words are drama fluff mostly so thats cool.

Dad blame forum kept timing me out every half minute so I just changed devices. This is attempt #3 on this post. I have spoiled you guys. Onward
10-15-2019 03:00 PM
123pugsy ..............

10-15-2019 11:34 AM
Originally Posted by 123pugsy View Post
Can you post another pic of your concept hood sides?
Why post one perfectly good picture when half a dozen will do?

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