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Most likely not the same quality level anymore, but my 15 yr old Ingersol 5 hp 175 lb 2 stage has thousands of hours on it and still performs as new. No oil in the lines from weak rings either...:cool:
I'm scared for sure. If something breaks, I'll just replace it piece by piece with the best parts I can find.

Motor will probably be the first part to change.

Nice to have a new compressor though. This is one piece of equipment that I believe getting new is worth it.
 
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I dunno. If it only takes an hour's worth of work, I think I would find out what is up there. Every little bit helps. A 3:70 is better than a 4;11 but a 3:55 is even better...............Ooor, You could start building that 2004r you always wanted! :thumbup:

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I hope you're happy.....I got the pallet down off the rack. It's a 3.08 and it will go in the Impala, rather than the 3.70.
What was really interesting is, this is supposed to be a '55 axle that was on the shelf. It has self adjusting brakes....the '62 does not...:confused: Maybe they were eliminated to facilitate spinning the bejeepers out of the one tire while holding the car back on the front brakes ???
Anyway, they got swapped onto the car too..;)







Had the windshield removed from the Chevelle today too. It's closer to stock car status...:p



 

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That worked out geat Mitch. You are more than welcome! :D

I love that it turned out to be a 3:08. Both the 3:08's and Ford 3:00's are gettig a little scarce. Personally I love them for a good compromise gear for highway and city driving.

I hung my front fenders today. Notched the front frame horns enough that they are sitting on two pieces of plywood. Now I can design and build my front fender mounts.

The only issue I had was I missed the lower rear fender mount in front of the rocker. I will need to slot it on both sides about 1/2 inch.

John



 

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The new compressor is running. It clicks off at 175 PSI, what? Oh yeah,....... more power....insert Tim the Toolman grunt here....

Bonus that I also got my hose reel leak repaired as well.

That means tomorrow, it's back to baseboard heaven....:mad:
 

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The new compressor is running. It clicks off at 175 PSI, what? Oh yeah,....... more power....insert Tim the Toolman grunt here....

Bonus that I also got my hose reel leak repaired as well.

That means tomorrow, it's back to baseboard heaven....:mad:
Yep, the 2 stage is 150 on, 175 off. I have a $12 pressure regulator on one hose for use with air tools and the blasting cabinet. That adjusts from 40-110 psi.
 

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.I got the pallet down off the rack. It's a 3.08 and it will go in the Impala, rather than the 3.70.


Had the windshield removed from the Chevelle today too. It's closer to stock car status...:p
Any Chevelle pic is good pic. You are just trying real hard to keep your dark passion for blasting hidden under a bushel basket. :p:D

Told you it was time for something to go your way. ;) I know a little about luck, and I can guess the rest. Made me smile wide to read about the rearend, Mitch. :D Now if I tell you a hen dips snuff you better check under it's wing for the can.:pain: Glad John provided the voice of reason for you.
 

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Looks good. I realize it is time prohibitive but I wish it was practical to post the process as well as the result.

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Tap this link, it may be more to your liking, John:

Old car body repair pic dump: Bronco repairs- dents

That was today stuff I did. Not rod. BUT! Biscayne is wearing polyester primer, woot!









Floors in the Bronco are all thats left on that one, for me. Might be fixing first rust on the 59 Pontiac tomorrow. Decklid. :rolleyes: No way its as bad as the 60 Chevy one.
 

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Tap this link, it may be more to your liking, John:

Old car body repair pic dump: Bronco repairs- dents

Floors in the Bronco are all thats left on that one, for me. Might be fixing first rust on the 59 Pontiac tomorrow. Decklid. :rolleyes: No way its as bad as the 60 Chevy one.
Very interesting. I also really liked the Spitznagel dent puller/shrinker. I had never seen one and didn't even know I wanted one until today! :D:D

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Yep, the 2 stage is 150 on, 175 off. I have a $12 pressure regulator on one hose for use with air tools and the blasting cabinet. That adjusts from 40-110 psi.
Thanks.
I have a wall mounted regulator before the hose reel.
I use the inline for my spray gun. It's attached to the gun.
 

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Very interesting. I also really liked the Spitznagel dent puller/shrinker. I had never seen one and didn't even know I wanted one until today! :D:D

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I saw this after posting. I did a Kijiji search for one.
It would be a lot quieter than the shrinking disc. :thumbup:
 

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I saw this after posting. I did a Kijiji search for one.
It would be a lot quieter than the shrinking disc. :thumbup:
Nifty device is exactly what I think. They make other neato junk as well. The puller is like SPI epoxy must be... it will make a thug out of a guy. Thought I had shown that thing several times in the past, it nearly qualifies as a secret weapon though. I have used one for over a decade but was without for many years. Effort is required maintaining the tip every few pulls and getting it to stick can be frustrating but it truly can turn a "No way!" panel into a "Well, maybe.".

The Biscayne is another good example, it had a smashed door and nasty mailbox dent on the hood but will be rocking all original sheet metal. Boss made a lucky score by finding the Maxi on CL for about half the price of a new one. It needed a new plug but had some accessories and wiggle wire with it. Lets you just walk up to a car and begin straightening rather than fumbling for ways to push dents out from behind. Done that plenty. The tool is hardly practical for a hobby shop price wise but it's a no brainier as a busy shop tool.
 

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I use my stud gun a lot but rarely use the slide hammer that came with it. Normally, I use a block of wood as a fulcrum and pull the studs with a large pair of side cutters.

The nice thing about the Spitznagel would be the lack of consumables.

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I use my stud gun a lot but rarely use the slide hammer that came with it. Normally, I use a block of wood as a fulcrum and pull the studs with a large pair of side cutters.

The nice thing about the Spitznagel would be the lack of consumables.

John
The tip is a consumable, but it lasts quite a while. They have one at Centerline.

MAN, that poor bronco had been bounced off plenty of trees out 4-wheelin'...:pain: Was there a panel on that truck that didn't have multiple dents ?
 

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The tip is a consumable, but it lasts quite a while. They have one at Centerline.

MAN, that poor bronco had been bounced off plenty of trees out 4-wheelin'...:pain: Was there a panel on that truck that didn't have multiple dents ?
Well, the bolt on parts are new. At least theres that! Broncos are best used for that knock around stuff but this one will just be used as a cool ride to take the kids out in. Might never get dirty again.

Got another mess specialist task on the 59 Pontiac trunk lid. Tackling that at the moment. Cutting the skin and shell apart completely and reusing both pieces. You read that right. Should be swell forum fodder.
 

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I use my stud gun a lot but rarely use the slide hammer that came with it. Normally, I use a block of wood as a fulcrum and pull the studs with a large pair of side cutters.

The nice thing about the Spitznagel would be the lack of consumables.

John
It is almost like no consumables. We have a bunch of tips in different lengths. Even the wiggle wire is often reusable. That's another neat feature of the tool but one I seldom use because its not really up to the task of 18 gauge.

Have you tried a shrinking tip for your stud gun? You could probably make one once you saw a pic. The tip in your gun that makes it the right size for the studs being used can be taken out, and a shrinking tip is just the same part but with a rounded tip and no hole for a stud. I have to imagine that in a perfect world with infinite tools, theres a perfect use for shrinking discs as well. Perhaps more in fab than repair work. There are times when I wish I did have one of those to shrink broader areas. As you saw on the Bronco roof, I reach for the MIG to shrink when drastic measures are called for.
 

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Well, the bolt on parts are new. At least theres that! Broncos are best used for that knock around stuff but this one will just be used as a cool ride to take the kids out in. Might never get dirty again.

Got another mess specialist task on the 59 Pontiac trunk lid. Tackling that at the moment. Cutting the skin and shell apart completely and reusing both pieces. You read that right. Should be swell forum fodder.
Dang, at first glance, that lid looks great.....until I focused on the pinch flange...yikes. There was a guy on here some months back that made a slick tool to un-fold the skin and separate it from the frame of a door. No memory of how to find that thread. I imagine you will be replacing the flange on the frame ?
 

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It is almost like no consumables. We have a bunch of tips in different lengths. Even the wiggle wire is often reusable. That's another neat feature of the tool but one I seldom use because its not really up to the task of 18 gauge.

Have you tried a shrinking tip for your stud gun? You could probably make one once you saw a pic. The tip in your gun that makes it the right size for the studs being used can be taken out, and a shrinking tip is just the same part but with a rounded tip and no hole for a stud. I have to imagine that in a perfect world with infinite tools, theres a perfect use for shrinking discs as well. Perhaps more in fab than repair work. There are times when I wish I did have one of those to shrink broader areas. As you saw on the Bronco roof, I reach for the MIG to shrink when drastic measures are called for.
I do have a shrinking tip for my stud gun and it works for sure. The one negative is the spring pressure behind the tip will make a pretty good divet in a low crown light panel when it gets hot and the metal gets soft

Explain more, if you will, about the deck lid.

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I remember seeing that somewhere, thanks! :cool: My mind works bassackwards but I think you and the guys will hmm when you see the whole story on the blog with the pics at fullsize glory. See link below, sir.


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I do have a shrinking tip for my stud gun and it works for sure. The one negative is the spring pressure behind the tip will make a pretty good divet in a low crown light panel when it gets hot and the metal gets soft

Explain more, if you will, about the deck lid.

John
I remember that now. Another advantage for the Maxi. My stud gun is a big heavy HF unit that doesn't do much but has a tough spring too. I spit nagels on it, ptui!! :D Seems like its tough to get a good slide hammer with one. Anyhow, yessir I will. Check the blog entry and I won't need to plaster this thread with pics. Plenty to look at. It is wierd how jobs come in pairs... Mustangs, 33-4 Fords, first gen Camaros, now X-framers. Crazy. :drunk:

Old car body repair pic dump: Catalina repairs- trunk lid

 
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