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Old 02-27-2018, 11:56 AM
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Got a couple shop doors open today here too. But I hear the tater wagon.

I am sneaking right up on completing a stage in my 59 job. Another piece mostly done.

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Got a couple shop doors open today here too. But I hear the tater wagon.

I am sneaking right up on completing a stage in my 59 job. Another piece mostly done.

Right on. It's really getting close now. You feeling a sigh of relief yet?
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I got all the tranny guts in today. Too much end play so need to pick up shim(s) tomorrow.

Since I couldn't do any more, I assembled the desk the boys in the shop put together for me. A buddy made the tops.

I know, I know, I didn't "do today" the parts, I only assembled them. Slacking off in my old age.

You can see my tiny office where I sit tapping keys and watching Netflix.
I only get a small corner of the new house for myself. (does the garage count?)
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I take it the shop that did your croaked trans didn't stand behind it. Sometimes it is just best to become your own expert on these things.
Didn't even mention it to them. It was over a year later. They even managed to install a pan bolt without the bolt going thru the gasket.
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Played around with different ways to back light my dash. Decided to go with using glue sticks to diffuse the leds which is something I seen on instructables site. I measured them all and sorted them into cups.



Then tested one out and the results are good with the light only illuminating where I want it to.




Now I just need to make another 55 or so over the next few nights.
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pulled up some rails and pulled for gaps and cut out a rear body. Also repaired a bumper. Used my sleeved cape and what a great buy! $25 to protect my arms and neck and not burn up like I would with a jacket.
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pulled up some rails and pulled for gaps and cut out a rear body. Also repaired a bumper. Used my sleeved cape and what a great buy! $25 to protect my arms and neck and not burn up like I would with a jacket.
Them hot bee bee's still find a way to get in.. Not as much but still get in..
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Got a couple shop doors open today here too. But I hear the tater wagon.

I am sneaking right up on completing a stage in my 59 job. Another piece mostly done.

I know you can't wait to start grinding plug welds..... Look great!

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pulled up some rails and pulled for gaps and cut out a rear body. Also repaired a bumper. Used my sleeved cape and what a great buy! $25 to protect my arms and neck and not burn up like I would with a jacket.
I have wanted those before. Don't want old man forearms. Still dodging but thats not so easy in crash work.

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Them hot bee bee's still find a way to get in.. Not as much but still get in..
"Sizzlers"... earwax boilers... they find a way too!
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Them hot bee bee's still find a way to get in.. Not as much but still get in..
one got me in the gonads the other day. I had a slight tear in the crotch and it fell right in, so I got the full affect of the burn. At least if it burned thru the pants it would have cooled down some. The undies didn't really cool it down. OUCH! With the miller matic and 3m weld thru primer not a lot of spatter. It would have more spatter if I had it at the settings I like but the auto settings are damn good.
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Looking good so far !!!!
Wait for it.... and thank you.

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Right on. It's really getting close now. You feeling a sigh of relief yet?
Happier'n a tornado in a trailer park. You guys picked up on the fact that I felt it was dragging along, didn't ya? Man, today I finally felt some of the ground work I've been doing take effect. Poof and suddenly I can move on. As a side delight I like how it took shape.

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Didn't even mention it to them. It was over a year later. They even managed to install a pan bolt without the bolt going thru the gasket.
Ah. Training a new "R & I any trans for $75" tech maybe. That sure bites. But you made lemons into expanded horizons.

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I know you can't wait to start grinding plug welds..... Look great!

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Thank you sir. I have been using the um... 3/16" setting I think. On the 14 gauge tubing. 6/70 heat / wire and gas gauge at like 35. 18 is 2/40, 16 is 3/45, etc. I been using as much heat as I can, sparingly. Going for some nice hot flat plugs like Mitch gets. Been practicing with that setting doing the support structure and plan to keep grinding minimal! It will be awhile though as I wade through other areas, but heck yeah I'm anxious to install it. Its my life's greatest work thus far to be honest.

I would not mind using full hobbyist potential here but tick tock somebody is paying so the objective differs. Hey I been playing with photos of the Cat by the way too. Just a little and lotta work thats not worth doing if the interest isn't there. I have already heard "whatever is cheapest" when asking about firewall shave and stuff. That doesn't mean things can't happen but you don't want to overstep boundaries with an unfamiliar customer. This is unusual but the Cat owner has never showed face. Might work overseas, who knows? Emails mainly. So thats odd but tells me that someone who is no greenhorn is placing epic faith in me now. As is the boss. All parties have to make it hurt a little then suprise, its a thriving business.

Heavens to Betsy, I better get to posting pics. Call tonight an IDJ special, and expect the typical best-for-last style. Here is your bonus episode, Part 1-














Stick around for part two on the late edition. Or go to bed, this ain't live.
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I have wanted those before. Don't want old man forearms. Still dodging but thats not so easy in crash work.



"Sizzlers"... earwax boilers... they find a way too!
Get them! They are so awesome. Just as useful grinding as welding. The test will be in the summer but I can already tell it's a lot cooler than any good jacket or sweater that would protect my arms. My problem was, I have 2 sweaters I wear thru the week and the metal makes its way thru and then it gets itchy. And the neck slivers you feel instantly. This way I don't have to worry at all. Metal shavings are on that thing and that thing only.
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one got me in the gonads the other day. I had a slight tear in the crotch and it fell right in, so I got the full affect of the burn. At least if it burned thru the pants it would have cooled down some. The undies didn't really cool it down. OUCH! With the miller matic and 3m weld thru primer not a lot of spatter. It would have more spatter if I had it at the settings I like but the auto settings are damn good.
Buddy of mine got a slag ball right on the pee hole. Dayum-nation I thought it was wierd when he jumped up and dropped trou right fast. He was OK with us laughing then but I heard the scar period was not unlike the showerhead on a CLR commercial.
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I wear a hooded sweatshirt when welding and leather sleeves. It can hot during the summer. But I had a strange thing of having those little buggers going in my hair and down the back of my shirt(welding on frames and exhaust). I think flipping a baseball cap around made it worse. Wearing a hooded sweatshirt prevents that fun feeling of the weld just sitting there while you try to ignore it and continue laying down the bead.
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