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Old 11-03-2019, 09:49 PM
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Tonight I got up my sand paper rack up in my new garage that my dad made for me when I opened my shop. It was 1982, I was only 23 and opened my shop with something like $500 no kidding! I could only get something like 50 business cards, that's all I could afford. I had a little 20 gallon 2 hp compressor. LOL I had big dreams! I treasure this rack and think of him about every time I grab something from it. He has been gone 15 years.

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Old 11-04-2019, 02:38 AM
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I got the patch for the front part of the outer wheel house trimmed and fitted yesterday. Cleaned it up and sprayed a coat of weld-through primer on it. If all goes well, it will be welded in this evening. I'll need to figure out a way to keep that area warm for epoxy primer.
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Old 11-04-2019, 06:47 AM
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Got my cabinet and shelf assembled and up that I bought at the McHome store yesterday, WHOOO HOOOOO!

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Old 11-04-2019, 09:13 AM
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As much as I love customs and rods I hate to see dashes butchered. So much of the personality of any car lies in the dash.

Glad to see you wanting to preserve yours.

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Old 11-04-2019, 11:30 AM
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Pugsy, do we gotta start a fund for you a haircut, buddy?





Do stuff like that every chance you get.
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Old 11-04-2019, 11:32 AM
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Tonight I got up my sand paper rack up in my new garage that my dad made for me when I opened my shop. It was 1982, I was only 23 and opened my shop with something like $500 no kidding! I could only get something like 50 business cards, that's all I could afford. I had a little 20 gallon 2 hp compressor. LOL I had big dreams! I treasure this rack and think of him about every time I grab something from it. He has been gone 15 years.

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Dadgum. Nowadays $500 worth of sandpaper wouldn't go knee high on that thing!
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Old 11-04-2019, 11:37 AM
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As much as I love customs and rods I hate to see dashes butchered. So much of the personality of any car lies in the dash.

Glad to see you wanting to preserve yours.

John

I'll have to put a warning on my build thread pages when I get to the dash.
I only see the personality from the outside.....
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Old 11-04-2019, 01:20 PM
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Need to pull the 700R4 trans to install the flex plate I got. I'll pull 4 bolts and replace them with 6" pieces of 3/8" all thread and a nut. That way I can jack it up, and slide the trans back. Then install the flex plate, and slide the trans forward using the bolts to guide it in place.
Get the longest bolt you can find in 3/8 with as much shoulder as possible, up to 6", and cut the heads off. Thread the bolt in until the threads are completely in the block or cut the extra thread off. The trans will slide WAY easier on the smooth shoulders than the all thread.
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Old 11-04-2019, 01:40 PM
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Yesterday was one of the nicest days we have had in 2 months... 46 degrees and sunny. I took advantage of the warmer temp in the "shop" and cranked up the propane heater to get the temp up more. I was looking for a way to gain more floor space and looked up at the ceiling of the enclosed section at the back. I had wondered if I could store light stuff up there for a while, but my 10' step ladder had been buried until last week, when I dug it out to install the gutter. I leaned the ladder on the wall and crawled up....HELL YEAH, 7/16 OSB on 2x6 "rafters, 16" on center. I can stand up under more than half the roof and the ceiling is strong. I swapped out the summer for winter tires on my HHR and the wife's TSX and they went right up the ladder, along with my pie crust slicks and 2 new 14" tires I bought for a Corvair I had a few years ago and never installed. Next my NOS fender the Camaro and 2 bicycles went up there. As I dig thru boxes and find seldom used, light stuff, it's going right up there too. I still have to swap winter tires onto the Silverado, but the summer wheels will get put on a pallet and raised with the fork lift. Those suckers are a little heavy to drag 10' up a ladder...







I went back out today and put 2 more bicycles up to make room in the back room for 1 of the white storage cabinets the PO left.

I also, put up the hose reel again and now have my "air station" pretty well set up again. It's great to have the use of air tools for the tire changes.
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Jumping all around today. I decided my homemade floor shifter was a little shorter than I wanted, and shift points were closer than I wanted also. So the cure was make it taller, which would also make the move from gear to gear longer travel. I took it off, and cut the arm inside the boot where it wouldn't show. Then welded in a 2" long piece, and welded the shifter arm back on it. It's now a lot easier to reach, and a little more movement to go between gears.
Then I figured I'd build my driveline safety loop. So I cut up some 1.25" tube to make the loop and came off each side with some 2" box tubing to go to the frame rails. I was hoping the 2" box tubing could also be the front mount for my ladder bars, but in order to get the crossmember to be in the first 6" of the driveline it will be too far forward by about 5"-6". So I'll make separate hangers off the frame for the ladder bars.
After getting the driveline loop built, I set it aside and got the trans ready to pull. I used the 4 six inch pieces of 3/8" all thread in two holes on either side of the dowel pins on the bellhousing. After removing those bolts and replacing them with the 6" bolts, I jacked up the engine and blocked the pan. Then I put my floor jack under the trans pan, and the trans slid back like it was on rollers! I got a good 5" of space to work in, and installed the flex plate. Then I simply laid on my back and pushed on the tailshaft with my foot and the trans slid back against the engine! Easy as I could ever have hoped!
It was a good 8 hr. day, so I didn't bother bolting up the torque converter. Just picked up my tools and came inside for some grub. Tomorrow I'll get the crossmembers for the trans and driveline loop bolted in, and get started on the mounts for the ladder bars. Once those are done I can paint the bottom side of the car before I start running the exhaust system.
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Old 11-04-2019, 09:53 PM
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Got some pieces to my shelf painted, that's it, proceed.

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Nice weld. Ahead of rear wheel? Tail end?
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Man i wish, i had shop setup like that nice job
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This is how my day is beginning. After the barking dog, before touching the gate.Kinda afraid to now. Last night, power suppy for my modem fried itself. Real lucky I was there and even luckier I had another that works. I reckon if I have to plug that tire at lunch, that makes it a wash. Right?

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