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Here is the basically finished floor brace. The origional purpose of this thread was to show that a car could be built on a budget. There is 3 dollars worth of metal in this brace. It is built out of 5 small pieces of metal and the only tools used were shrinker/stretcher jaws and a mig welder. Of course I also used a 9 dollar die grinder and and my compressor.

The thing you must remember is I enjoy this. The fact that I have a ridiculous amount of time in it is irrelevant to me. I had fun :D



Beside the original one.

Okay John, I don't know if people are just trying to be kind and don't want to offend or maybe they just hadn't noticed but I feel it my responsibility to honestly critique the brace you built. I hope your not offended and I'm only pointing out to you what to me is the obvious...Your knew brace doesn't look anything like the original...it's not even the same color...LOL

Great job John, it is truly a labor of love.

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Okay John, I don't know if people are just trying to be kind and don't want to offend or maybe they just hadn't noticed but I feel it my responsibility to honestly critique the brace you built. I hope your not offended and I'm only pointing out to you what to me is the obvious...Your knew brace doesn't look anything like the original...it's not even the same color...LOL

Great job John, it is truly a labor of love.

Ray
I thought you were going to point out there are no places for the bolts. Thanks Ray:thumbup:

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I thought you were going to point out there are no places for the bolts. Thanks Ray:thumbup:

John
Come on now John, get with the program! Geeeez, no bolt holes! We will let you slide. :thumbup:

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Okay John, I don't know if people are just trying to be kind and don't want to offend or maybe they just hadn't noticed but I feel it my responsibility to honestly critique the brace you built. I hope your not offended and I'm only pointing out to you what to me is the obvious...Your knew brace doesn't look anything like the original...it's not even the same color...LOL

Great job John, it is truly a labor of love.

Ray
Plus he don't have any holes drilled in his new one...hehehehe:D

No.. All joking a side... When you do what Mr.John just did here it's called a Love for what you do... When it's all said and done,, You are now a part of this car..;)

Guy's it's the little things like this that turn you into a great car builder...One at a time..:thumbup:

Great job Mr.John...;):thumbup:
 

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X2 on that Randy, it's the attention to detail that makes all the difference in the end result. Saying it's good enough, isn't good enough at all.

John, I'm impressed.

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Gorsh. Can you guys tell I'm blushing? :D

Here is the lower edge of the toe board.

I had my wife take a picture of me tipping the curved edge of the lower lip on the flat wheel of my English Wheel. This is done by putting a piece of cardboard or something similar under the axle of the lower anvil (wheel) and then working your piece through it tipping the flange you want to bend. After each pass you adjust it with the shrinker/stretcher jaws to add or remove material as needed. Many people use their bead roller with flat dies or tipping dies to do the same thing.

Tipping the lower flange where the toe board meets the floor board.


Here is where the piece will go.


A good view of the final piece.
 

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You've hit a homerun with this thread. John, I admire your can-do attitude! You're so right about the time spent being irrelevant in relationship to the satisfaction of using your ingenuity to successfully craft a quality piece. I am subscribed and look forward to each new posting. :):):D
 

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You've hit a homerun with this thread. John, I admire your can-do attitude! You're so right about the time spent being irrelevant in relationship to the satisfaction of using your ingenuity to successfully craft a quality piece. I am subscribed and look forward to each new posting. :):):D
Thanks KVP. The idea is to show that the average person can do this without a fortune to spend. Patience is the key but it has to be fun or it will just end up another unfinished project in the back of someone's garage.

Also, I am blessed to have a built car so I am not doing without while I am building this one.

John
 

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You've hit a homerun with this thread. John, I admire your can-do attitude! You're so right about the time spent being irrelevant in relationship to the satisfaction of using your ingenuity to successfully craft a quality piece. I am subscribed and look forward to each new posting. :):):D

Isn't that the truth! :thumbup:

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Thanks KVP. The idea is to show that the average person can do this without a fortune to spend. Patience is the key but it has to be fun or it will just end up another unfinished project in the back of someone's garage.

Also, I am blessed to have a built car so I am not doing without while I am building this one.

John
Amen to what you said about having a car finished.I didn't have a car that I could call mine until 1991 when I bought my AMX. Up until then, building cars, restoring cars for other people often became painful. Seeing all that work drive away and yes you got paid, but it was though a part of me drove away too. Now, even though I don't drive my cars much (for all kinds of reasons), just knowing that they are there is often enough.

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Did not do much today but did get my 5 minutes in. Rough cut the toe board and aligned the door a little better. I need to make this corner of the floor board and put it all together so I can slide it in as an assembly. Keep you fingers crossed.



From inside the car.
 

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Amen to what you said about having a car finished.I didn't have a car that I could call mine until 1991 when I bought my AMX. Up until then, building cars, restoring cars for other people often became painful. Seeing all that work drive away and yes you got paid, but it was though a part of me drove away too. Now, even though I don't drive my cars much (for all kinds of reasons), just knowing that they are there is often enough.

Ray
:thumbup: A 69 AMX makes it worth the wait,,wish I had mine back.:thumbup:
 

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Looking good John. :D

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Dont even try to tell me your going to make the bolts too...
He may, goodness knows they will be better than the repros!

I love what you are doing here John, I LOATH overseas made reproduction parts and will do anything from putting them on my cars. You are going above and beyond the call of duty.

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Jeremy is prejudiced because he is my friend. Thanks Jeremy.

Reinforced the body mount so it won't collapse when torqued. This brace has to support the firewall and is key to the door being properly supported. It absolutely has to be strong enough.



The brace is bolted and a template made for the corner of the floor board.





I have some family things that are going to keep me busy for a few days. I can't wait to get back on this thing. :)

John
 
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