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Today 11:26 AM
idrivejunk



This angled strip goes 3" forward of the firewall and sits under the seal bed at front of cowl-



Fuel filler neck pocket (and a bracket) took a couple hours to work out in posterboard without being too fussy over it. Metal origami, anyone?



Setting up the latch may be another matter entirely.

Today 07:13 AM
idrivejunk Left phone at shop yesterday, thats why the feed stoppage like a stovepiped .45 auto. I got those tacked in, made a panel to connect cowl top and firewall and am fussing over gas neck pocket now. Will resume fire at lunch.
Yesterday 11:22 AM
idrivejunk Right rail is up there now, too





Asked Mike if he wanted any of this in tubing. Just the vertical, he says.



Doing those-

09-17-2019 06:13 PM
idrivejunk Guy at work says the red 33 is out front so I grabs my phone next chance I gets and I moseys out the front door. Boy am I glad nobody was around to see my jaw drop.

As the unintelligible gigglesmirkyness began to subside, and I ain't kidding I was giddy like a dog with separation anxiety... my Grandpas and Dad came to mind and right then got something in my eye for a sec but then I went back to work with a full charge in my batteries. Caught me a big enjoy off seeing this and in full sun, no less. Actually did have to get metal taken out of my eye way back when I worked this job three rustbuckets ago. Memories, hah!





It needs a couple touch up before the local show this weekend. Bike rally here.



Ain't she just some kinda mess?



Not responsible for retina damage, boys.

Roof looks like it turned out.





Deep breath. Ah, yep that was good stuff.

09-17-2019 05:49 PM
idrivejunk Could not resist screwing.



Its tucked under the visor up front. I beveled the leading edge.







Passenger side only lacks grinding, and it also fits. That was a snap!



That about wraps up the part before disassembly to finish and fuss over the structure and parts and get epoxy on all before putting it all back nice for keeps and doing the roof insert.

Speaking of roof insert... Stand by for bonus rod pix.
09-17-2019 12:02 PM
idrivejunk



Drip rail tuck starts with a cardboard pattern which fits both sides (see right side of cardboard). Holding the template straight out flat from the drip rail indent in the roof. Rails came with the down bend at rear already done.



Scoring the floppy little buggers then cutting was touchy, trying to keep it right down the middle.



This is what I am doing here, slicing, overlapping, tax. Rails will eventually be attached via plug welds in holes in the roof sides (quarters).



The quarter inch nut on the tape is the spacer used inside the rail at clamp spots, and serves as a gauge by sliding along, inside the length of the rail. I just have a few tacks holding the pieces together, checking the shape created by splitting the rail then baby tapping the halves with jaws ever so lightly. Tapping with weight of handle was plenty. Stretcher on the inside half, shrinker on the outside one until both matched the template.



These will look less clunky than stockers, sticking out less. Seam sealer will hide any evil underneath them. Of course, they won't be pulled tight to the body until screwed on for welding. I thought about trimming the inner half at the white line and scooting the rail to the very top of the indent but not doing that will look better by filling out the indent more fully.





That looks good to go, to me at this point. Wasn't too tough, didn't know what to expect exactly so

09-16-2019 06:29 PM
idrivejunk Had the right front bracket off to finish welding in the 2" extension so I welded the nuts a little better and closed the end with 18 ga. while it was out. The rear brackets' top mounts are still just tacked.



I could certainly put some cute wee li'l gussets on those nuts but probably no need.

Heres the one closed end, which I did not get a pic of showing the end with it installed-





This is me, on top of...



... this, the driver's side front bracket-



Felt sturdy as any, to me. Here are the rest. Threw the bay door open for passenger side pix.





Yes there are plug weld holes on the top flanges. This makes 3 layers along the front of the mount channel.



I got a little start toward splitting each drip rail down the middle for the tuck. Marked em, anyway.
09-16-2019 11:30 AM
idrivejunk I showed Mike three ways to go about this and his main concern was speed. I downgraded in the interest of that by putting nuts on top of the bracket instead (to be welded better when apart). Angle pieces are made and marked for drilling and outside corner trimming, nuts are in place.





09-15-2019 06:17 PM
idrivejunk Thats stronger, and I did think about through bolts along the way. I could be wrong, but I don't think my flimsier design will fall short on strength because theres just not much need for that, there. With boards bolted to fenders, they don't move much and if nobody needs to ride out there with a Tommy gun... meh... probably enough.

My other thought is that no pebble grabbing gap over the bracket is present on the leading side in my sketch, and that the cup design would be less tolerant of small fore/aft and or twist discrepancies between bracket and board.

You know the step plate on top of one back fender of a rumble seat car? Like this had. Round, cast silver metal with ribbed top face. I was studying on having those as exit steps and having them set up where they look sunk into the board and are about half as tall, but invisibly pass through the board and are supported by the bracket only so no weight goes on the skin when you step there. That was just a thought, and an automatic trans car's brake pedal pad could be done the same way. Either yells step here only please.

Howzat grab ya?
09-15-2019 05:23 PM
123pugsy ......................


09-15-2019 03:06 PM
idrivejunk I know I made flats on the brackets for the carriage bolt attachment method but with all the stacked approximateness of all things involved... like the mount channels not being necessarily square to the board and such... this is my current thought in visual form. The note about a pad is an afterthought but my intent is to drill holes in the front of the brackets and weld nuts in there flush. I think this will be easier than carriage bolts and have a couple advantages but am open to suggestions.



This was last night- Power to the Pontiacs!

09-13-2019 07:37 PM
idrivejunk Checked the boards with a level and the left rear corner was the only one level. But that corner is a known trouble spot. Other three corners, shimming the outside end of my little level with the edge of a roll of quarter inch tape centered the bubble and matched exactly. Since I think the boards should slope down just a tiny bit, I am calling that only one corner to correct. On the sheetmetal.

On the front brackets, I lengthened each by 2" and twisted one top mount plus removed a half inch there. Rears just needed a top twist on one side. Not too terrible, they fit now-

Left side-



Right side-



I have a rough mental plan to put nuts on the front of the brackets and attach the boards with angled strips plug welded to the front edge flange of the existing running board mount area support channels. Those have keyholes for down facing carriage bolts. My plan has the bolts going horizontally, pointing rearward and with adjustment slop.
09-12-2019 05:13 PM
idrivejunk





Looks like the front one falls short a tad. Might be the bracket or the panels causing that. I will probably swap them around to find which fits which corner best before making board bolt holes, and I'll need to finish folding over the top edge of the right apron to get top bolts in that side. But I am satisfied with them overall, looks to fit about like I expected.
09-12-2019 11:16 AM
idrivejunk I know I said I would fit these when tacked. Notice the top ends are still just that. I reconsidered and found that having the arms all match as close as possible was my best bet. If they don't want to fit right as-is, I will try to contain adjustments to the area where the top flange connects to the arm. We shall see how that works out real soon.

These are all welded except that, and are rough ground-

09-11-2019 05:36 PM
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