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06-03-2020 07:36 PM
Too Many Projects I've been using the crushed glass in my blast cabinet for a couple years and its' great. I have always used low pressure, especially with more aggressive media's to avoid heat warpage, and it does a good job of removing paint and rust, while not removing any metal and leaving the surface a nice texture for primer adhesion.
06-03-2020 06:11 PM
astroracer I have two trash cans full of crushed glass and there is at least two more that could be scooped up, I just don't have anything to put them in. I may go get another trash can...
Yea, I am going to talk to the blaster guy a bit more but I think I will go this route and see how it turns out. He is using this stuff on high end builds so I guess that says something.
06-03-2020 04:30 PM
Too Many Projects Good to hear from you. Sad to hear about the in-laws..

Wish we were closer, I would scoop up a lot of that crushed glass for my projects... The wagon does have a couple more issues for you to deal with.

I am on a fb page for older cars and there are a couple people on there who only use paint from The Coating Store and swear by it.
06-03-2020 04:09 PM
astroracer Hey guys, sorry, haven't been hitting the boards to much. Doing fine during this scamdemic. Working from home and have lots to do.
My wife's folks are failing and her Dad went into hospice Monday so that is putting a crimp on family life. This has been expected though so it is not a surprise.
I have been picking away at the wagon. Had it blasted Monday to remove ALL of the paint and filler. My God what a mess! The blaster came to the shop to do it, I should have hauled the car up there... 22 bags of crushed glass and it is all over everything. I think he removed 50 lbs. of material from the car...
Uncovered a lot of rust I knew was there and a few spots I didn't but no show stoppers, just more cutting, patch making, welding and grinding...

All naked. It took him over 6 hours to get this done. I had started D/Aing it down but ran into Imron after a couple of layers of red... That stuff is hard as nails.

Both doors have this issue... This is the worst, the passenger side. All four bottom corners need patching as well.

The tail pan is also holier then thou but I new this was there by looking underneath.

Both rear fenders have patches in front of the wheel well along with all of the rocker work I did on both sides. It's a mess but it'll get there, I'll be ordering paint this week.
The guy that did the blasting builds one or two Autorama cars every year. He pointed me at UreChem paint products, he swears by them and says they work beautifully. I can get ALL of the paint for this project for under 800 bucks... Anyone used them before? Here is a link:
https://shop.thecoatingstore.com/Red...145-BCCKIT.htm
06-01-2020 05:32 PM
Too Many Projects Mark...I hope you are OK in this pandemic crap. Long time no post...
03-11-2020 05:21 AM
idrivejunk
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This is also from 18 Jan.

This is looking inside the outer rocker.

I will spend some time cleaning this up

The whole lower fender/rocker piece had been replaced back in the 80's I think. It is pretty tough inside but once I get it cleaned up and treated it should last a while longer... Right?
I would jab around with an ice pick before deciding. If the emphasis is on "a while", yep. Thats gonna have some pitting left even if it were blasted. Probably some perforations too, if it were.

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This from 26 Jan. and where I will leave you for now. This is a problem at this point in time but don't fret, it kind of fixes itself as the rebuild progresses... You'll see later.
Getting the new rocker fit to the car I have found the A pillar on the drivers side has dropped 3/4's of an inch. This is due to years of no support from the front floor brace, nothing I have done... The door still shuts with a click
With the front floor brace installed the floor flange is 3/4's of an inch higher then the rocker flange.
Here is a pic I marked up. This is AFTER I put a jack under the pillar and raised it about 3/8's of an inch. At this point the door will not close....

I can come up witha few things to chase this down but I want to hear what you guys think...
Mark
Measure, measure, measure. Find what is different from the other side. I would look at the brace first but checking the frame rail technically is the start point. You could cut a carboard pattern of the other door opening's shape then see how it fits on this side. As a clue finder.
03-10-2020 08:58 PM
95 Truck looking good, good thing is its starting warm up around here, I am in fenton
03-10-2020 08:24 PM
Too Many Projects You mentioned that it kind of fixes itself as work progresses, so I'm thinking you have already worked past this, BUT if the outer rocker fits and looks right with the door closing in the original position, then I would modify the floor pan to fit the rocker. It IS an aftermarket part, so I wouldn't take the "out of the box" fit as 100% correct anyway.
03-10-2020 07:33 PM
astroracer This from 26 Jan. and where I will leave you for now. This is a problem at this point in time but don't fret, it kind of fixes itself as the rebuild progresses... You'll see later.
Getting the new rocker fit to the car I have found the A pillar on the drivers side has dropped 3/4's of an inch. This is due to years of no support from the front floor brace, nothing I have done... The door still shuts with a click
With the front floor brace installed the floor flange is 3/4's of an inch higher then the rocker flange.
Here is a pic I marked up. This is AFTER I put a jack under the pillar and raised it about 3/8's of an inch. At this point the door will not close....

I can come up witha few things to chase this down but I want to hear what you guys think...
Mark
03-10-2020 07:29 PM
astroracer This is from 19 Jan.
The floor is fit in and screwed down as of today. I still need to do a bit of trimming yet but, to get the rocker replaced this will hold everything together nicely. I'll run a few more screws into it before I start the rocker work.



The inner rocker is in place and the fit at the bottom of the outer, at the back, is questionable to say the least...
Looking rearward from under the car..

The floor fit to the middle brace is perfect, as is the middle brace to inner rocker.

This is the rear cross car brace I trimmed off. I will clean this up and fit the splice to the inner like I did the other side.

I am also building a locator for the front lower fender bolt. just some angle that will bolt and weld in so I can position the front of the new rocker where it needs to be.
Pic is from the tire side looking down.

Looking at the body mount bracket from underneath. I will tack this short piece of angle to the bracket. This will lock the location of the bolt down to the car.

Mark
03-10-2020 07:27 PM
astroracer This is also from 18 Jan.

This is looking inside the outer rocker.

I will spend some time cleaning this up

The whole lower fender/rocker piece had been replaced back in the 80's I think. It is pretty tough inside but once I get it cleaned up and treated it should last a while longer... Right?
03-10-2020 07:24 PM
astroracer Remember these are posts from another site that I am copying and pasting here.
This is from Jan. 18th.

Shoveled snow this morning! it was pretty wet and heavy. Got done about noon so, after lunch, I headed out to the shop.
I got the rest of the inner rocker junk cut out along with what was left of the rear floor brace. Three spot welds were all that were holding all of that in.

I also cut off all of the floor flange that was left after I cut out the floor. The inner wall flange and back half of the floor is in really good shape. I have a bit of rust to fix in the wheel well but it's nothing compared to what I did on the passenger side...

I ran a flap disc around the floor opening to clean up where the new floor will weld in and ground down what was left of the spot welds on the middle floor brace.

Then I rolled the plasma cutter outside and trimmed the drivers floor so it will drop in place. It was spitting snow and sleet while I was doing this.


The pieces I won't be using.

Dropped the floor in did some trimming to fit it around the seat pedestal and got it close.



I got that done and called it a day. I was cold and I needed a shower to knock off all of the grit and dust I made when cleaning up the old metal...
I have some work to do to get the front of the floor snuggled down but I'll work on that tomorrow...
Thanks for watching!
Mark
03-10-2020 07:20 PM
astroracer How about some updates? I'll post a few updates every time I get a chance until we are all caught up. This post is picking up right where I left off so you haven't missed anything.
This is from 16 Jan.
I spent some time in the shop the other day just looking and planning. With the new outer rocker on it's way I needed to figure out how I was going to replace it without disturbing the A pillar and, especially, the door alignment. I figured the best thing to do is to get the floor installed. At least get it to the point that it can be screwed in solid. The last couple of nights were spent removing the old floor and getting the inner rocker rot cleaned out.



Cleaning the rot of the rocker. There was not a lot of "finesse" used when these repairs were done... This would be embarrassing...

The long center floor brace was attached to nothing. The metal that was in here was not welded to the brace...

This is "some" of the junk I have removed from the rocker. I still have to clean out the back, at the rear floor brace and wheel well but I ran out of steam tonight...


The new rocker came in today and it looks great! This will work much better then trying to patch and straighten that 64 year metal.


Next on the list is to finish cleaning out the rocker and getting the wire channel flange cleaned up to except the new floor.
Thanks for looking!
Mark
03-09-2020 05:29 AM
idrivejunk
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I lost track of this thread and just let it go, didn't seem to have a lot of interest so I let it lag... Sorry
Don't apologize. I know where you are coming from.
03-09-2020 03:57 AM
John long Ditto to above. I also am looking forward to seeing your progress Mark.

John
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