|Today 01:07 PM|
That MIG is terrific for gap zeroing-in-ing/adjusting.
|Today 12:15 PM|
|Yesterday 07:36 PM|
A little blurb or two I forgot to include that nobody else would.
I got the 56 Ford cluster out and did some measuring. For the A dash. After I peek at some pics, I'm ready to see about that with mockery and patterns and I have half a mind to CAD (board) a Mustangy one like I drew, too. Just getting an idea of size will help me, and pushing through a style choice beforehand will help Mike in the next phase. Don't matter who does it but I would just as soon be the guy to make the panel at least to the point of having a fully shaped and bolted shell in place before handing it over. Mike has enough decisions and fuss to make elsewhere.
I saw stripes on the Pantera. Looks like they put a coat of clear over them to sand, to bury edges, then it probably gets more clear. Guaranteed to be slick.
Dash might be in the Cat. Didn't make it back there today. One guy was helping finish a go kart build over the weekend and from his description I can see why a lot of those have throttle governors. Said it gets squirrely when you romp it from a 30MPH punch. Uses one of them six and a half horse engines from HF tools.
|Yesterday 07:10 PM|
Got the gap re-roughed in then started cuts on the stepped right quarter-to-tail panel connection patch. Safely at this point, I can say that when the floor cross braces are level... so be also the roll pan bottom, right half of bead on tail panel, bottom of tag pocket, trunk rear gap at top and bottom, trunk hinges, and bottom of rear window opening almost. Makes me happy to see the wonk retreat from being widespread to more isolated.
|Yesterday 12:52 PM|
I leveled her up again (jack under right rail), started checking horizontals to see if the roll pan extension ended up right. It did, nicely. Which is good because that trunk well floor ended up kind of crooked.
Moving upward, bead at bottom of tail panel dips at left end a bit. Thats a mud fix already discussed. Tag pocket top right corner is a little high and sloppy. Trunk front at gap is OK. Back window's top edge is just barely sloppy (yellow lines) but my eye picks it up.
Trunk lid bottom edge, before you gasp... was left rough purposely until now. Foldover edge is a tacked temporary hodgepodge. For the panels to play nice, I needed to slice and tap the top of this down not quite halfway across-
Trimming required on left half, added thick stuff on the right. At least this time is for keeps and I'll refine this until I feel comfortable to weld qtrs to trunk jambs-
While I was leveling things I glanced at the roof top. Hmm, might have some tilt to it or a poofy spot. I am very very ready to have wheels and reminded boss. Having the car sitting as intended will be critical for evaluating that which eludes measurement. Eyeball stuff. The rounded all around roof fits that category.
Some new meat-
|01-25-2020 07:41 PM|
I believe I have shown this spot before
Thats the 66 Impala A pillar. Other side not as bad. We ARE fixing the car, as the owner feels the point of no return has passed. Cruiser and local meet type car though, no stellar demands. It has crap like this everywhere-
Several of us will probably share the metal work tasks on it, but I am the "hard stuff" guy so its in my future some way or t'other. I am mentally prepared and boss knows to just pull the trigger at will then I do whatever suits the day. Could be last thing, could be anytime. We do have another metal guy due in soon.
We are getting the one piece cabin floor but in the trunk I believe it was pieces which got the nod. Good to have a big Chevy job in the mix. Ever since the 56 Ford sedan delivery left, my hidng place was gone. Roto Imp makes a durn good fence though.
|01-24-2020 07:49 PM|
|01-23-2020 07:54 PM|
Thats Footloose and the Ankle Biters working on the bug. This "backup" welder is what he is using and hating.
But its the only one I used the first few years there. The whip spit the liner out one day and I'd had enough of it. Sure tried to find him a usable setting and help it but man it almost acts like theres flux core wire in it. I will be sure he uses the newer Miller for the part that counts. If the gas holds out til next week.
|01-23-2020 01:02 PM|
Heard a new saying from a tool man today... I was expressing my amazement on a boss accomplishment and the reply: "Ain't you figured it out yet? Gary can crap in a swinging bucket if he wants to."
Ha. Now theres a stunt! I wouldn't bet agin it.
Opened the epoxy floodgate (brushing crevasses) and almost forgot to zap that brace in-
That stuff'll be ready after lunch. Revisit yon briar patch-
Was a tedious AM commute and there were cowl thoughts active as I began so I stared a few moments while in thoughtful mode. Suddenly the felt tip in my hand was uncorked and gesturing wildly-
Didn't figure that would readily translate mentally but it does appear viable. So I allowed myself a brief scribblevision. It could be pretty snug around the mill and just the original cowl shape shrunken sort of visually drapes over the engine's top shape. Probably could work with or without a huffer. We want the supercharger so the intake is off to one side rather than pointed at the radiator.
Howboutat? Our cubby opportunity has shrunk considerably since last serious ponder.
Painter doing his thing... stripes going black. Owner wants to see it together and striped before deciding to put the big Pantera decals down the sides. Front bumper and spoiler are satin black and I don't think these stripes will wrap all the way down to the bottom of the body. So, SS stripes?
|01-22-2020 07:11 PM|
Remember the grey 73 T/A? Dude who built that floor goes by "Slick". Started when he was painting bicycles as a teen and people always told him they were slick.
I'm about slicked out for this day and don't have much for the evening show. If I can say I bounced around to various things this afternoon, that oughtta cover it eh?
These flanges didn't end up real tight and it is messy but connected securely. This is the stick head in trunk and look toward knee angle, driver's side.
Close-up shot of the place I started to weld yesterday-
The wide angle, better without a trunkload of crap. Found a use for those flaps.
This is Footloose's beetle door task that I coached on for a few. Told him start by making two L strips-
|01-22-2020 06:54 PM|
You guys know how I get on a kick with the old shows.
For the record, that particular jewel of vernacular is a vintage colloquialism acquired in my days of more southern living from a Creole gentleman alongside whom I toiled. Once while mixing a bag of alpha jewels into clear gelcoat, I heard him say: "Look at it spark and glit!"
That memory cracks me up to this day. Pure gold.
Edit... that was "relevant" because in central Louisiana in the early 80s... there were still glass doorknobs all over the place. They could be slick!
|01-22-2020 03:13 PM|
Never seen the aforementioned, but I will agree it's slick.
|01-22-2020 02:57 PM|
|Too Many Projects||HOT dang, that's as slick as snot-on-a-doorknob...|
|01-22-2020 01:18 PM|
I went right in, cranked up the welder for the 1x3 and was making beautiful music for about ten welds then ran out of wire. Grabbed the more poorly kept other welder, spent the time to get it ready, extrapolated a setting (welder is same model but older, different adjustments) and dove back in.
The one you are looking at was #1. The brown one in the foreground. Drat. Had a nice row going where it can be seen at least now. I readjusted the heat down, got one acceptable plug weld. Went to finish the one where I ran out of wire...
Then that welder quit. Makes the sounds but no spark. I check stuff... yep, nope dead as a nail. I told boss. He got me some wire at lunch just now. Snowing today, broom guy gone.
So, went to fill out my book and my pen quit. Mercy sakes! OK, time to make stuff instead. Whew.
This little box will weld in with the roll pan front extension at bottom, and before at top. It is right under the latch support. That screw is on the front flange of the brace so the box is under the middle of it.
Finally, down to business. Glad I didn't start welding on that bottom overlap seam-
This is how it goes. On top, it will just overlap the flat where the stepped and overlapped plug weld seam is and become a third layer. Should blend right in with a scrape of seam sealer there. At bottom, I will tighten up the fit at the step best I can and plug it through the roll pan edge.
Doing this actually solves a couple other small areas at corners and I like the looks of it. The decider was when I saw that an almost straight line from pan edge to lip seam follows the curve where the inner tub bottom edge steps down.
Its a work in progress. Nothing holding it yet.
|01-21-2020 08:43 PM|
Alright, that was yer meat n taters. If your plate is clean, this is dessert. If not, salad for you.
Don't you retired hobbyist types enjoy having lacquer sanded off one stall over?
That is a new hood. Piece of dented in the center crap!
I don't swear but do cuss. If I did, though... I'd put my hand on a Bible and state this car is obviously orange in person and the camera sees red. It is orange as blazes. Looks like a Chevy mill.
They are knocking down clear for stripes-
Psst... step over here into the shadows.
Figured I'd get me some bible thumpin in there in order to maintain balance, as this next part gets kind of dark. I mean if theres beauty to evil at all, this is where those two meet. When this thing hits the road, the driver may see in black and white because all wavelengths of nearby light will be absorbed by it. I never seen sky this black-
Cowl (or Bat-arang?)
Dash (theres a push to get it to Oz. Interior guy in Kansas. Just follow the yellow bricks.)
Tank (hey I shoulda took a pic of that drawing)
We'll make it around the car, hang on...
Looks like more foundation for some nifty full custom interior happenings here, speaker shelf-
Mmm, mmm. Spaghetti!
One of these days we'll see everything shut. Still no bumpers.
A big change of scenery is obviously coming soon for me and Life cereal. Whats the world like without a prewar Ford in your stall? Not sure I remember. He sure does. Oh yeah, theres GM4IDJ on the horizon! Maybe.
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