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Old 03-09-2014, 07:14 PM
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Cut a tail panel out of a '67 GTO.

















Need to make a panel to fill in the gap.


Now that looks like fun.

How's the fit?

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Old 03-09-2014, 07:28 PM
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NOS tail panel......dropped right in place.....

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Old 03-09-2014, 07:50 PM
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I'll bet that factory GM panel is in demand! Your customer is lucky to be able to do that with a NOS piece

Love watching the things you work on. Thanks for the pics.

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Old 03-09-2014, 08:08 PM
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NOS tail panel......dropped right in place.....

That is so cool! When I started in this business we bought them from the dealer. LOL The first rear body panel I ever installed was on a 68 Camaro, brand new from the dealer. And I proceeded to weld it in and burn the wire harness all up because it fell back into place at some point and I didn't see it. Oh yeah, that was one of a few serious screw ups I did at that shop.

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You need to try to not do the open blends at all. Bring it to some place like a hard body line where you can back tape it and just end it there. This is only in places like the door jambs anyway right? I hope they don't ask you to do any open blends on sail panels or rockers or something. The insurance company WILL pay for FULL panel clearing. There is simply no reason to do an open blend. Even a chip in the paint on the bottom of the A pillar is going to require and the insurance company knows it, blending up the A pillar and blending the entire A pillar and quarter panel. That is just the way it is now, and "industry standard". Open blends are a thing of the past.

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yeah, only in jambs and one other one coming thru the pipeline is an a-pillar jamb. I'll give it another try and that's probably a good one to practice on cause it's hidden. He'll probably let me go seam to seam on that one but I want to give it another try. Never on the sail panels though. I think that's silly being the sun beats right down on it. Thanks for your advice and wisdom.
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NOS tail panel......dropped right in place.....

I'm so jealous. Want to trade for one that's from the "far east"?
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Old 03-09-2014, 09:15 PM
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I'll bet that factory GM panel is in demand! Your customer is lucky to be able to do that with a NOS piece

Love watching the things you work on. Thanks for the pics.

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They are actually still around, if you hunt. I have an NOS for my '67 also but it must have been dropped from the third floor of the warehouse because it fit like crap. After I screwed the ends in, I bent the bejeepers out of the center and now it fits well...

What's really neat, is I get to take measurements and pics of his original floor and send them to Dynacare and point out the major difference that has caused me fitment grief for a year. Their floor is flat out WRONG and I have to compensate for it...
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They are actually still around, if you hunt. I have an NOS for my '67 also but it must have been dropped from the third floor of the warehouse because it fit like crap. After I screwed the ends in, I bent the bejeepers out of the center and now it fits well...

What's really neat, is I get to take measurements and pics of his original floor and send them to Dynacare and point out the major difference that has caused me fitment grief for a year. Their floor is flat out WRONG and I have to compensate for it...
You are going to be glad when you get past that floor. I can tell it has kind of soured you on the whole project. The thing is, you have to fight your way through it to even sell the car.

Just pretend you are a plastic surgeon. A nip here, a tuck there. A little slicing and dicing will accomplish a lot.

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They are actually still around, if you hunt. I have an NOS for my '67 also but it must have been dropped from the third floor of the warehouse because it fit like crap. After I screwed the ends in, I bent the bejeepers out of the center and now it fits well...

What's really neat, is I get to take measurements and pics of his original floor and send them to Dynacare and point out the major difference that has caused me fitment grief for a year. Their floor is flat out WRONG and I have to compensate for it...
I have quoted my old friend here many times. "If they wanted to be honest in the catalog they would instead of saying Exactly as original, they would say Similar to original, can be used if nothing else is available"

I would say that is damn profound.

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Old 03-10-2014, 06:36 AM
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Not today, but two weeks ago I replaced the valve lifters, valve seals and knock sensors in my pastor's 2005 Z-71 Silverado. Hadn't worked on any (newer) engines and wasn't expecting to have to pull cylinder heads to replace the valve lifters. Worked from 9 am to 4 pm Monday and from 11 am Tuesday 'till 1 am Wednesday to get it out the door. Did not want to work on it a third day. My pastor and I are best friends, so I did not charge him anything, but he stuffed a hundred dollars in my pocket and would not let me give it back. He is 15 years younger than myself with him being 46. He is a real outdoorsman and would hunt for a living if he could afford it. :. Now today I start building the third shadow box for my wife. Built the first about ten years ago and a mirrored one last year for her Valentine's gift, so now I get to build another mirrored one for this years gift. Then have to retrofit the first one for a mirror. But that is my idea. She loves the mirrored one so well that a year later she still gazes at it in delight. .
I love to see her happy, she has put up with a lot with me having a bad attitude for many years before I got on some med. I wish I would have started taking 50 years ago. We are both much happier now. : . I'll have to post pics of all three shadow boxes when done.
Soon to help my bodyshop buddy put the 454 in his '67 Camaro.
And camping season will soon be upon us.
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Not today, but two weeks ago I replaced the valve lifters, valve seals and knock sensors in my pastor's 2005 Z-71 Silverado. Hadn't worked on any (newer) engines and wasn't expecting to have to pull cylinder heads to replace the valve lifters. Worked from 9 am to 4 pm Monday and from 11 am Tuesday 'till 1 am Wednesday to get it out the door. Did not want to work on it a third day. My pastor and I are best friends, so I did not charge him anything, but he stuffed a hundred dollars in my pocket and would not let me give it back. He is 15 years younger than myself with him being 46. He is a real outdoorsman and would hunt for a living if he could afford it. :. Now today I start building the third shadow box for my wife. Built the first about ten years ago and a mirrored one last year for her Valentine's gift, so now I get to build another mirrored one for this years gift. Then have to retrofit the first one for a mirror. But that is my idea. She loves the mirrored one so well that a year later she still gazes at it in delight. .
I love to see her happy, she has put up with a lot with me having a bad attitude for many years before I got on some med. I wish I would have started taking 50 years ago. We are both much happier now. : . I'll have to post pics of all three shadow boxes when done.
Soon to help my bodyshop buddy put the 454 in his '67 Camaro.
And camping season will soon be upon us.

"All that I give is given to myself"

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Engine shop called today, and my new engine is headed to the assembly bench! All the machine work and blueprinting is complete. Everything needed very little adjustment to correct bore centers, align bore, deck, balance, etc., so in a couple days I can pick it up, and drop the heads back on, and put it in!
Ordered my Crower cam saver lifters today, and the new cross ram intake should be here about the same time as the engine. I want to sand and polish the cast finish off the intake before installation, so that will hold me up a bit.
I'm excited to see what it all looks like when it's done!
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Engine shop called today, and my new engine is headed to the assembly bench! All the machine work and blueprinting is complete. Everything needed very little adjustment to correct bore centers, align bore, deck, balance, etc., so in a couple days I can pick it up, and drop the heads back on, and put it in!
Ordered my Crower cam saver lifters today, and the new cross ram intake should be here about the same time as the engine. I want to sand and polish the cast finish off the intake before installation, so that will hold me up a bit.
I'm excited to see what it all looks like when it's done!


should look like this ,only better with polished intake
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Didn't get much done to my truck today,workrd a couple hours didn't change looks much.
my dogs kept getting in my way,
Moe ,Larry and Curley
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finally got to work on the head liner in my coupe. had to add some more wood to the existing wood cross supports that I put in when I replaced all the wood in the body. added enough to make all supports the same plane.
Then I used 1/4 luwan ply to make the base of the panels. split the panels down the middle and started to fit one half. after that i made another the same size and adjusted it to fit the curve a little better. 'After that i tacked the panels up to the bows and checked the fit and then marked the holes where the plastic push bolts will go. I have no idea what the correct name is for these things but their plastic with big heads 1/4" x 3/4". they uase them to hold plastic parts in cars.
I hot glue them to the plywood them sand all the edges so the fabric won't get caught on the wood edge. I used 1/4 upholstery foam first, glue both sides and roll it flat, then trim it, After that I fitted the matching fabric to my seats to make sure its about 2-3" bigger than the wood. then I spray glue both sides and Carefully apply the fabric and smooth out any wrinkles. then I roll it with a Formica roller and turn it over and do the same for the left over fabric. I then use a heat gun and warm up the service and roll it again to make it tight.
After that i lined up each panel with the holes in the wood and tapped it in. Once both panels were in I used a plastic mallet and block or soft wood and tapped the plastic bolts in tight. Next week I will install the dome light, in some of the pics you can see the wires hanging down, also my wiper motor is in the ceiling and you can see where the knob goes.
After the light is in I plan on finding a piece of chrome trim of some kind and run it down the seam from the rear window to the light. I'm putting my radio and little glove box above the windshield in some kind of frame which I need to figure out yet.
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