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Today 05:25 PM
idrivejunk

Today 11:36 AM
idrivejunk Me, too-





Shall we now ramble on, to the darkest depths of more door...

That reference will probably pass like a heavy metal dirigible. Feeling my inner word pimp today. It is really nice out.

Mordor-



Cheeeez whiz look how wasted that thing is!



Moving the step bead back from that ledge, my friend-



And first shot at repositioning to center adjustment.



Missed. Try two-



I better do the hustle.
Today 04:45 AM
123pugsy
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Originally Posted by idrivejunk View Post
Shortest means to an end. Did you dig how approximate the hole pattern is, too? What ya don't do can be as important as what you do, I always say. That nut plate went right through hell with me. If they cave in and dimple that 18 gauge "plate", adjustment could prove problematic. However as it sits with the strut crutch, no adjusto anyway.

Oh. Or was you talking about the hook? Good ol two minute improv there. Works fine. Enough.

Ya, the hook, just drop it on and go. Gravity held.
Yesterday 07:21 PM
idrivejunk
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Originally Posted by 123pugsy View Post
I like that nut plate. So simple, yet so effective.
Shortest means to an end. Did you dig how approximate the hole pattern is, too? What ya don't do can be as important as what you do, I always say. That nut plate went right through hell with me. If they cave in and dimple that 18 gauge "plate", adjustment could prove problematic. However as it sits with the strut crutch, no adjusto anyway.

Oh. Or was you talking about the hook? Good ol two minute improv there. Works fine. Enough.
Yesterday 06:37 PM
123pugsy I like that nut plate. So simple, yet so effective.
Yesterday 05:49 PM
idrivejunk It IS freaky. Because I never really "saw" it until now. I think it'll do!

That nut plate needs to be tapped in 1/4" plate though. I have 3/16". Is that enough to tap for 5/16"? Uh. I druther quarter, I think. For this, with the overgrown struts we have.

Heres a cowl side, metaled out. Now I know what to do over yonder on the left. Still can't imagine the pillar foot thing I want at the body mount. There will be mount stands in back but fronts are biscuit on pan.






Yesterday 11:24 AM
idrivejunk Bit o' wire brush and some black stuff up under here...



... and these can zap on in. Now that all the extra holes are shut and back edge of pocket is straight-



Just having one side done is going to be freaky.
Yesterday 05:39 AM
idrivejunk Thanks. I was thinking plug welds so the layers stay against one another. It is tempting, since I can't assume any structural integrity in the future dash, to add something all the way across the top.
08-11-2020 09:38 PM
Too Many Projects Looks good to me. You still have that whole back edge to weld to...
08-11-2020 05:16 PM
idrivejunk I would place a tool rant here, just don't believe theres any among you who could grasp the level of social standing within which I operate. So instead, I will explain a question you will have if you look look at these pics.

Miscalculated on my pattern and did not make that piece wide enough. Instead of re-making it, I flattened the long bend and revised my expectations. Resulting in this-



Which goes here-



Behind this-



And looks like this on the inside-



Don't think it will need the bend on the back edge. Not bad enough to be worth the fuss.
08-11-2020 11:43 AM
idrivejunk
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Originally Posted by Too Many Projects View Post
With the firewall and pillar bracing you built with tubing, I'd bet it is already stronger than original.
True, that. Remember the face of the firewall sits a quarter inch out, floating on seam sealer. I am using the drip indent under back edge of hood as a place to connect at top. You'll see.

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The top hinge tubes look like they end in mid air. Can you add a vertical tubes there to keep them from flexing?


Maybe hang a door, pull on it a bit and watch for movement. That will tell you what you need (or don't need)
I might have you covered there, somewhat. Read on. Theres not much room for tubing inside the pillar above the dash.

Have one of these in place on the left side but it is just roughed in. I had cut one for this side and realized it was serving as a jackstand shim. Now it looks like this, for the right side-



Try as we might, every dash plan has fizzled thus far. So in the interest of max options this will remain screwed here-



If you study hard you can see a nub of the original inner brace, which ends a fraction of an inch above the new part-



That carries the angle iron theme and should stouten the area considerably. The doors have been fairly solid as far as wiggling the pillar, all along when tacked good. The hinge post is 14 gauge and there is the tubing below the hood hinge pocket. But yeah the only part of this angle piece that extends above the post is the top 2" or so of it, and it only connects on the dash side there. But hard as a Chevy. Like a rock.

You can probably see where this next piece is headed-

08-11-2020 08:12 AM
123pugsy
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Originally Posted by idrivejunk View Post
Anyone think it is too weak or too strong so far? Staring at something bothersome, etc? I am no engineer but think it needs something more at the top to tie pillars together. At bottom, I want a stout little L shape inside the pillar at the floor, at front cab mount.



The top hinge tubes look like they end in mid air. Can you add a vertical tubes there to keep them from flexing?


Maybe hang a door, pull on it a bit and watch for movement. That will tell you what you need (or don't need)
08-11-2020 07:12 AM
Too Many Projects With the firewall and pillar bracing you built with tubing, I'd bet it is already stronger than original.
08-11-2020 06:25 AM
idrivejunk Anyone think it is too weak or too strong so far? Staring at something bothersome, etc? I am no engineer but think it needs something more at the top to tie pillars together. At bottom, I want a stout little L shape inside the pillar at the floor, at front cab mount.
08-10-2020 06:47 PM
idrivejunk
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Originally Posted by Too Many Projects View Post
Welding day and another Camaro, I LIKE it...
Welding pictures

Oh, here. Studying on a thicker gauge panel right here-















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