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Old 05-06-2018, 07:30 AM
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Part of the pan repair on the '71 Chevelle involved the center body mount. It, clearly, never had a bolt in it. The threads are as rusty as the rest of it.





Incorrect, or upside down, body mount folded over and blocked getting the bolt in. Assembly line worker, just shrugs and moves on to the next task...
I ran the "nut" thru the blast cabinet, chased the threads and then gave it a good coating of Galvanic Zinc to help prevent future rust. I had to fabricate a new cage for the nut too.














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The mount, pan and tower all happened on Friday. I had my old shop helper, John, stopping in to bleed the rear brakes, so was pressed for time to get the seat in before he arrived at 1. Moving along, after the pan was mostly welded in, I bolted the new seat mounts to the seat, set it in place and marked them for welding.







John got there and we bled the brakes as best we could. Couldn't really get the pistons to move in the calipers, but there is fluid back there, so he left and I continued on.
Then I removed most of the floor pan from the donor shifter hump and marked the tunnel where to remove more for the tower to fit correctly.







And that is done, except for seam sealer...





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Saturday was devoted to the yard. We have been clearing Buckthorn for years and have a large swath of woods that is open and weeds and other "crap" keep invading now. We went to a local nursery that specializes in native plants and talked with the owner about woodland shrubs. He went thru his yard and showed us a LOT of different choices, but suggested we should identify what is coming up because there is a good possibility that some the the "junk", as we think of it, may well be the same native plants trying to come back, now that the buckthorn is gone. He introduced us to a Botanist that is now coming out on the 14th to go over the area and identify what to keep and what to pull out. Then he will recommend what plants to buy and where to group them. My wife and I have talked about doing this for several years, but never knew who to talk to about this, so this is a MAJOR step towards the restoration of the woods.
We then came home and proceeded to trim many limbs off pine trees that the lower branches die off, as they no longer get sunlight, root drenched our Ash trees with systemic insect repellent to prevent infestation from the Emerald Ash Borer and did general yard clean up.
Our grass and tree buds seem to know they are a few weeks behind and we could almost watch them grow throughout the day. It still seems like a bad dream that only 3 WEEKS ago, we were in a blizzard that dumped a FOOT of snow on top of the previous 14 inches we had gotten since the 30 of March...
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Pan fix looks good, Mitch. You come fill in for me for a spell and maybe boss would trade Chevelle paint job. Haha. Didn't some vehicles use cushions rather than mounts under the passenger compartment? I take it that in this case theres a proper bolt in the other side. Looks like bucket brackets were no sweat also. Awesome!

I made the mistake of walking to my mailbox yesterday. Pulled mail out and the bottom side felt grainy. I turned it over, looked, swore, and threw the lot of it down. These are the type things that let folks who see them know I'm a mental case. Underside of mail was covered in crawling insects and their eggs, as was mailbox floor. Crawling up arm now, more looking crazy. Went in to get something to dump in the box to deter the insects and was exposed too long...

"Matt? Matt?..." Neighbor lady follows me into the garage saying she has a proposition.

(Dammit.) Yes?

I unboxed and assembled then tested the tiny pressure washer she bought years ago off TV. One O ring from my stash and its a go. Wants her house done and me to do mine with it. Fact is I want to do my driveway but thats it, and my physical condition is not up for two houses nor do I own a ladder. But there goes whats left of the perfect weather weekend, shoving my needs behind wants of others because they were born first and I'm single. Yay.

Mom wants same thing but wishes I'd take off work to do that and paint their awnings a different color. I've pretty much worked my whole career straight through, never taking a vacation or missing more than a couple days and don't know any other way. So I just want to dig a hole, crawl in it and not come out until I feel rested and healed. Its tough watching Pugs get all the "breaks", and tough to sound positive when in pain.

You guys know how it is with concrete and knees, and old injuries and ladies with wishes. When do we get ours? I could go sit quietly in a forest or on a mountain alone for weeks at this point, before getting lonesome. Right knee, shoulder, elbow and wrist all currently biting. Running about a thousand bucks worth of gas through the 69 GP without entering any city limits sounds interesting about now.

Today so far, I et and typed. Duty calls, off I go...
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The mount, pan and tower all happened on Friday. I had my old shop helper, John, stopping in to bleed the rear brakes, so was pressed for time to get the seat in before he arrived at 1. Moving along, after the pan was mostly welded in, I bolted the new seat mounts to the seat, set it in place and marked them for welding.
Hard to tell from the pics, but is the pan patch lapped in, or butt welded? Looks great from here!

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Old 05-06-2018, 12:03 PM
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After buttoning up the pan, for the most part, I did roll under and look, and that mount is just a dead plug/cushion ??? WTH ?? On the first gens, that's the position I consider the "centering" mount, where the body is initially positioned fore and aft and then alignment pins are run up thru the front frame to body supports for side to side. Obviously, GM wasn't using that method of initial placement on the second gens...

Been fighting with the e-brake cable and getting it to ratchet up the rear calipers. Finally came up with a cable that would reach, but then had to custom fabricate the 3 hooks to take up some of the slack. The junk CPP calipers STILL won't ratchet up and I have no clue what to do with them at this point. Just frustrated and way behind on time to get this done for an alignment on Tuesday.
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Old 05-06-2018, 12:08 PM
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Hard to tell from the pics, but is the pan patch lapped in, or butt welded? Looks great from here!

Dave
About 3/4" overlap. Too hard to get an aftermarket pan to match good for a butt weld and since it's all under carpet, I like this method for more strength. This pan actually did follow the original quite well, and if I had more time, I probably would have installed the full length, but this was a "surprise" that I really didn't have time for, but couldn't ignore. I want to have all the welding done before replacing the dash and risking that getting spatter damage.
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Well so far today, "What did you work on today" was a run to a nearby city with my 1-800-GOT-TORCH company van to do the heat and cool trick on my nephew's girl friend's Jeep Cherokee oil drain plug to get it off. Got a call this morning, it all started when he checked the oil and there was NONE on the dipstick! He tried to remove it, rounding the bolt with the wrench and then with vice grips and a hammer and got nowhere! 1-800-GOT-TORCH got there and wham bam done deal! It's his girl friend's birthday so I told her that was her gift and don't expect anymore. And yes there are more ties at the top of the tanks to hold them in there safely.

If you don't get my 1-800-GOT-TORCH joke, you haven't heard the 1-800-GOT-JUNK ads I hear every damn day on the radio. LOL

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Got the inside passenger window moulding finished off ready for chrome. Got the outside one started, but ran out of gas..I mean my gas. I was out last night picking up my daughter in SF at a concert, didn't get to bed until 1:30 am, that isn't my world anymore.

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mine either. hope you're holding up alright.

yesterday i measured how far down in the hole my pistone's are in my truck engine. hey this thing ran awesome and yet i have about 28 down on #2 and #7 is about 30 on the top and 35 on the bottom. no i didnt have it decked before. hell im just going to slap some 1094s on it (.015 thick) and call it good, before i had the 041 composites. that is depending on if my heads are flat or not. the 1094 have a sealer on them already too which is why they are $25 instead of $5 at Oscaro.com.

i noticed my water pump pulley had a bit of a wobble to it, (like the previous pulley i had on there did) so i thought maybe 23 years was closing in on the life of it too, so i'm ordering another AC Delco from them too, as well as they have my fel-pro 90314 intake gaskets. pulled all the lifters out of their little holes one at a time too just to see if they were shroomed on the bottom. they all came out and went back in real nice so leaving them all alone (whew). nice tunnel up there TMP!

oh i also changed one of the two front brakes on a friends chrysler today. weirdest set up i ever saw, the two caliper bolts dont even touch the damn caliper! i dont know how they stay on but they did. rubber boots sleeve them, it's ridiculous! Dodge Power! also cleaned all the grease off the front of my engine after i took off the water pump. happy to report that just a generic Govt issue degreaser WAY outperformed the garbage Purple Power i have! just amazing! and didnt hurt my skin either. and it also did NOT destroy the finish on my aluminum (gear drive cover) either like that PP did. that stuff is worthless imho. i know some ppl like it. i HATE IT!

so much for my day off. started with me packing two suitcases and telling the wife goodbye....until i got to the car and she FINALLY kissed *** a little bit. meanest damned woman i ever met.
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Got the inside passenger window moulding finished off ready for chrome. Got the outside one started, but ran out of gas..I mean my gas. I was out last night picking up my daughter in SF at a concert, didn't get to bed until 1:30 am, that isn't my world anymore.

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Your finishing looks really good.
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Old 05-07-2018, 06:16 AM
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Your finishing looks really good.
Thanks, it's fun nailing it down to that level. I can see why you get so into making those panels like you do. I can't do that, but I can see why you are draw to it.

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