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Decided today to go ahead and move the front mount brackets from the outside of the cowl to inside, swapping them side to side. I like the nice clean look I will have on the front now. I decided that I didn't like how the toeboard panel turned out, so I trashed it and made a new one. This one goes up quite a bit higher under the dash at the back of the firewall. I tacked it at the bottom so it wouldn't move on me & I made the rest of the tunnel and front floor bracing since I could tell where it needed to end in the front now. I made the pattern for the front section of transmission cover and cut a piece of sheet and rolled it but that's where I stopped for today. The sheet metal parts that need to be rolled/formed always give me fits so I figured there was no point in starting on them at the end of the day. Sorry to be so longwinded, probably should be putting more of this stuff in my journal. Bob
 

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Decided today to go ahead and move the front mount brackets from the outside of the cowl to inside, swapping them side to side. I like the nice clean look I will have on the front now. I decided that I didn't like how the toeboard panel turned out, so I trashed it and made a new one. This one goes up quite a bit higher under the dash at the back of the firewall. I tacked it at the bottom so it wouldn't move on me & I made the rest of the tunnel and front floor bracing since I could tell where it needed to end in the front now. I made the pattern for the front section of transmission cover and cut a piece of sheet and rolled it but that's where I stopped for today. The sheet metal parts that need to be rolled/formed always give me fits so I figured there was no point in starting on them at the end of the day. Sorry to be so longwinded, probably should be putting more of this stuff in my journal. Bob
looks good :thumbup:

as far as the "I should be putting it in my journal" stuff goes
thats what cut and paste are for :thumbup:



as for what I did today.....
nothin :( not even 5minutes worth :(
 

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I managed to put the door handle n window crank on the drivers side door of the 67 Camaro...not easy to get those clips in there,even with the tool its not easy.
I bought an antenna to put on it but didnt really wanna drill any holes in the body,so I fabricated a bracket n hid the antenna under the aluminum package tray i had made.
works good
 

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I started out today by painting the brackets and battery box I sand blasted and primed yesterday, and that is as far as I got on the car. Other than digging out a few parts, the top mainly. I will be starting on the top right after I get the dash put together. I actually have two top assemblies but decided to use the one out of the car KNOWING that it works. I was thinking of using the other so I could paint it and then have the old top to tear down and compare as I put the new top on. But decided to take lots of pictures as I tear down instead.

So, I have the shed spread all over the back lawn to get to this convertible top that was buried all the in the back bottom of the shed. It's a pretty big project and I am whooped from what I did yesterday all ready. My wife comes out and reminds me that the family truckster needs brakes and she is going on a trip that is about 125 miles from here on Wednesday taking my daughter and a number of my daughters classmates to a science camp. :drunk: Sooooooo I had to get the shed packed back up and THEN get to the brake job! finished up about 6:30 and I am WHOOOPED.

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Busy week-end

Friday I loaded up an early 50s Chev PU frame I traded for and hauled it 300 miles to Portland on saturday. My buddie started a project with his 13 year old son and needed another frame. Spent the rest of Sat with my son and grandsons. Got up early Sunday and drove down to Philomath and purchased a 1967 Pontiac 400/400 motor and trans. :D Plans are to plant it in my 49 Chev coupe. Back to Portland to pick-up the wife and 300 miles home tonight. I'm getting too old to be driving 800 + miles in a week-end. Home sweet Home. Ter409
 

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Friday I loaded up an early 50s Chev PU frame I traded for and hauled it 300 miles to Portland on saturday. My buddie started a project with his 13 year old son and needed another frame. Spent the rest of Sat with my son and grandsons. Got up early Sunday and drove down to Philomath and purchased a 1967 Pontiac 400/400 motor and trans. :D Plans are to plant it in my 49 Chev coupe. Back to Portland to pick-up the wife and 300 miles home tonight. I'm getting too old to be driving 800 + miles in a week-end. Home sweet Home. Ter409
Oh yeah, I drove up to Medford OR from here in the lower SF bay area once and BACK home in the same day, man that kicked my butt for a week. :pain:

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Fun one from this week:

Audi TT fwd w/ an aftermarket turbo kit came in for a busted motor mount. Got the car on the lift and realize motor mounts not busted, but had lost a bolt and broke the other. Replaced the bolts. Easy peasy.

Notice one of the coolant lines to the turbo is rubbing on the CV shaft, go tie it out of the way and it breaks off at the crimp fitting and i take a blast of 200*+ coolant to the face.

Go to pull the banjo fitting off the turbo and notice one of the exhaust housing bolts is backed out against it. Spend forever retightening it.

Get the Banjo fitting off, cut off the crimp section, trim back the cooked coolant line and reattach everything w/ hose clamps.

Notice that the compressor side / center section is still loose. Its missing another bolt and 2 more are also backed out.

Try to tighten them, realize that the turbo is more then just loose, its got a massive amount of clearance between the center section and the exhaust housing, like someone put the wrong exhaust housing on the turbo.

Turbo is destroyed because the exhaust wheel has been knocked against the housing millions of times. Coolant lines need to be redesigned. Intercooler piping is made from hacked together steel tubing. Silicone couplers for the aftermarket kit have been hacked to oblivion. Oil supply and return lines are questionable. Intercooler / intercooler mounts are also probably in need of additional work.

I want to punch the company that made the kit, and I want to punch the people that installed it / built the intercooler piping.

Customer was expecting a $250 repair, the bolts made it a $30 repair, but the turbo stuff will add at least $1000 back onto that.

Oh, and my coworker picked it up from the customers house, and while driving down the highway someone whipped change at the car and shattered the wind screen behind the seats. (he had the top down because he follows my "having the top up on a convert is NOT COOL" mindset)

Amazingly, dude was totally cool about it all. Hes going to check if he has glass coverage and save up till he can do the turbo stuff.
 

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That sounds like one of those days where you are happy SOMETHING was accomplished (like finding out everything you need to fix) but it is hard to talk yourself into that. :D

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Finished the restoration of the Dodge gas tank. Had it boiled out for 3 days (48 years of rust and varnish) then coated it with liner. Added a new pickup and sending unit along with a new grommet for the filler tube. Installed it today so now I can concentrate on getting this thing running so I can move it around easier during our move to Texas.



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I worked on my father :D

took my dad to his exercise class at the senior center

he was getting to be in bad shape from not going anywhere or doing anything :pain:

right after thanksgiving, I said "we gotta get you out and moving around more"
so I took him (kinda against his will) and signed him up for the exercise program at the local senior center :boxing:

so now he's doing it (going to the class) on his own, but I still have to poke him with a pointy stick, to make sure he keeps at it :mwink:
Well we had some more poking dad today, he is getting to be kinda cranky about going to classes etc.
In fact I am posting from crazy old people exercise class right now :boxing:
 

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That sounds like one of those days where you are happy SOMETHING was accomplished (like finding out everything you need to fix) but it is hard to talk yourself into that. :D

Brian
But its easy to remind myself that I no longer work for a company where so much BS goes on that I loose sleep at night, and I no longer work for a company that fires employees who get injured on THEIR OWN time.
 

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Tonight I cleaned up the front door sills in preparation for the floor install. I hadn't noticed it before, but the door sill is pretty much a straight line so I think I can break the sheet metal at a increasingly deep 90 toward the front and lap it over on top of the rail to retain the strength. Then I can just lay the flat panel of that side from the rail to the tunnel, and seam the two on the rail. Doing it in two pieces will be a lot better to tackle for my limited skills and easier to work with. I made up the patterns for the flat pieces and will do the patterns from the sill to the rails tomorrow. Not any progress to look at, but necessary. Bob
 

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I made up the patterns for the flat pieces and will do the patterns from the sill to the rails tomorrow. Not any progress to look at, but necessary. Bob
Oh heck yes that's progress! No different than painting something or making a single weld. It is a necessary step towards completion, PERIOD.

I say ANYTHING that moves me in that direction is worth my five minutes. :D
And I'll pat myself on the back for it!

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Oh heck yes that's progress! No different than painting something or making a single weld. It is a necessary step towards completion, PERIOD.

I say ANYTHING that moves me in that direction is worth my five minutes. :D
And I'll pat myself on the back for it!

Brian


X2 on that.

I started bucking up my hood and this appears as nothing much but is also another step forward.
 
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