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Old 04-25-2018, 06:26 AM
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No dunce cap because we all get the same award no matter what the outcome, ha....just like the BS in little league these days...
"Everybody wins, nobody loses! Single scoop cup of vanilla soft serve for everyone!"

In my day, humiliation was still a primary educator. Lose and get yelled at and watch the winners eat ice cream. If more than one pitch hits a batter in a game, you clear the bench and somebody bleeds before gr'ups can break it up. Everybody had a pocket knife but nobody pulled it. Heck if the bill of your cap had not been properly shaped with baseball and rubber band, you got put in the outfield.

In this case, I'm playing outfield because I don't know how to cut metal with fire. But kids are all champions now. Boys are told they will be rockstars, girls princesses. Hobo in a boxcar was the image of failure for us, study hard or be "king of the road".

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Old 04-25-2018, 11:41 AM
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Y'all know I can only talk that talk because I got no kids. But man if I won I want at least swirl in a cone dangit. If I lost I'll drink from the hose for crying out loud. My brother's LL coach got busted dealing coke from his Benz at a game. Mine was a chain smoker with a nine passenger wagon. And if you got hit by a pitch, do NOT rub it! Walk it off.

Now if thats enough preview of my Branson MO standup routine...

Plug welds for everyone!
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IDJ you've got her looking good!
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What's the odds of two different cars having temperature gauges fail in the same week? And one being 7 years old and the other about 3 years old. That's what I worked on today. Replacing both gauges and getting things working again. One was easy, as it was an under dash set on my '69 Suburban. The other was in the dash cluster I built for my '63 Falcon, and a bit more trouble. Adding to that, I couldn't find an exact match for the silver trim rings and white face gauge. So I bought a chrome trim ring gauge and then sanded it. But still the wrong profile, so I cut the trim ring off the old gauge and epoxied it over the new gauge's trim to make it match.
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Ok, I have been very tired the last few days falling asleep in the lunch room. I had to get out to the garage of course and I welded up a bunch of seams on the passenger door, got something done!

I also measured the frame and the garage to see if it would fit in there. This is another thing that has hung me up, with the Gran Sport in there I was screwed. Well................I figured out that I can move my tool box, take the doors off my storage thingie and the frame will fit there tucked into the storage thingie I can get the cab on the frame and section the hood when needed. WHOOO HOOO!

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Speaking of being hung up on a 53 Chevy pickup frame, Brian... and being familiar with depleted mental power syndrome particularly at this point in the week... I offer this. A guy could whip up a stand or hang it.

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Old 04-25-2018, 06:00 PM
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What's the odds of two different cars having temperature gauges fail in the same week? And one being 7 years old and the other about 3 years old. That's what I worked on today. Replacing both gauges and getting things working again. One was easy, as it was an under dash set on my '69 Suburban. The other was in the dash cluster I built for my '63 Falcon, and a bit more trouble. Adding to that, I couldn't find an exact match for the silver trim rings and white face gauge. So I bought a chrome trim ring gauge and then sanded it. But still the wrong profile, so I cut the trim ring off the old gauge and epoxied it over the new gauge's trim to make it match.
If you're like me, watch out for a third one to go bad now.

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IDJ you've got her looking good!
Thank you sir, its all grindereded out now too.

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What's the odds of two different cars having temperature gauges fail in the same week? And one being 7 years old and the other about 3 years old. That's what I worked on today. Replacing both gauges and getting things working again. One was easy, as it was an under dash set on my '69 Suburban. The other was in the dash cluster I built for my '63 Falcon, and a bit more trouble. Adding to that, I couldn't find an exact match for the silver trim rings and white face gauge. So I bought a chrome trim ring gauge and then sanded it. But still the wrong profile, so I cut the trim ring off the old gauge and epoxied it over the new gauge's trim to make it match.
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If you're like me, watch out for a third one to go bad now.
Good to know I'm not the only one with "luck" like that...
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Old 04-25-2018, 06:33 PM
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Down at the "Regular Vise & Anvil" shop today, my original thought when fabbing these floor pan foot wells was that I would simply plug weld the stepped edge seen here. But things ain't all that exact and in order to have the wells appear even from beneath, as you can see, repositioning was needed on this one.

Start your clock, this is one hour in real time as of... now-



So I cut everything but the tacks there, ground those flush both sides, and ran the seam through the english wheel with an almost flat die to soften the bead rolled step and to even out the seam for welding. Next pic is after that and three passes of initial tacks with each pass between the last, using a Miller 212 MIG with .030 wire set on 5 heat and 45 wire speed. Gas gauge at 35 triggered. 18 gauge cold rolled mild steel here.



Its a floor, no planishing just stitching now. The nearby contours provide some resistance to radical warpage from heat. In between stitching passes, I began working one corner.







Any doubts about penetration? I do this a lot so I stay in practice but I'm not terribly ninja at welding so lets flip it-



That'll do, get out the rock-



That plus a surface conditioning disc gets me here. Ran out of time to 80 DA it then put a red scuff pad under the DA for a minute like I like to do. And which I did do inside the car. The 59 Catalina job car where I have been burning some serious calendar.





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Old 04-25-2018, 06:44 PM
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Nothing really exciting for me. I just wiped the third application of body filler and had to knock off for church. It appears to be going well. I just had a few high spots to tap down.

I am really enjoying playing with this firewall.

I also found a NOS front splash apron for $100 that I should get next week. Life is good.

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Good to know I'm not the only one with "luck" like that...
What have you done now?



Are #'s 38 and 62 prepped for their springtime rip-snorts? There have to be glorious burnt rubber stories to counter these tales of Chevy-hell.
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It's official. I am an idiot. I was trying to swap out my torches this afternoon and almost destroyed the end of the acetylene hose before I figured out that it has left hand threads. Duh! I did confirm that the oxygen valve at the cutting lever on the first torch is leaking. I'll have to see if I can get a rebuild kit for it at some point.

Why is there no "dunce cap" smilie?

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About covers it I guess
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Got almost all the welds done on the door and ground, WHOO HOOOO! Got the window channel welded in. All I have left is the tab of the skin cut off for sectioning the door along the bottom front. I made a pattern, cut the metal and prepped and etch primed it with the door so tomorrow it will be dry for me to weld it in, and the door will be completely done!

After cleaning up the Gran Sport I am now pulling it out when I grind or weld on the truck. And of course, I just can't pull it out, I had to take it for a little drive too.

Brian
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Nothing really exciting for me. I just wiped the third application of body filler and had to knock off for church. It appears to be going well. I just had a few high spots to tap down.

I am really enjoying playing with this firewall.

I also found a NOS front splash apron for $100 that I should get next week. Life is good.

John
John will you be running a heater or air cond,
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Old 04-26-2018, 04:02 AM
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John will you be running a heater or air cond,
both, I hope. I may run an under dash A/C unit. If I do, I will run the hoses through the side of the cowl and inside the fender, keeping them mostly out of sight. That worked really well on the Merc.

I also will have to place my battery and mount the box. I xpect to mount it on the firewall but have not ruled out building a box into the inner fender.

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Ugh.....worked in the house yesterday.....ugh......
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