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well i have been busy each night making pieces and fitting them into place...i also attached a come along to bring the door back into the right shape so when its all welded up it will be in the correct dimension











 

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Looks like you're digging right in :thumbup: , watch you don't burn that seat and also watch you don't throw grinder sparks at the glass. The car looks fairly solid and damage free on the exterior. Bob
 

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well this makes it about 2/3 way done on this side. the seats look better then they really are but i will drape a tarp over them so that they don't get any worse. the car is in pretty good shape and there is no accident damage just the usual rust that you would expect and it looks like it had some previous attention to it maybe 20 years ago or so by a pretty good amateur.



 

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well worked a little more last night and the small piece of wood is the "buck" or form i used to create the formed piece of metal.







 

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Well Mr Ginther my car mentor use to say eat the elephant one bite at a time....he was agreat guy and i do miss him....so i kept nibbling at the elephant tonight...i paint the under side of my stuff with cold galvanixing compound thats what the grey is... next i will move to create the inner support structure and then start grinding away....



 

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moved into the inside today to start to fabricate the new inner panels....i will make thme first and dry fit everything and then temp mount the fender and then drill the holes for the caged nuts and start the finish grinding and weld in the new inner structure




that big panel is 14 ga galvanized the rest is 16 ga


 

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302/Z28 said:
Man, I thought I had a project :pain: . Looking good thought. Looks like the car is in fairly good shape. Are you gonna keep it original or rod it?

Vince
its going to be a street rod and i have already got the engine squared away ...its a 350 SBC from a vette. no rush on this project its a father/son project with a 5 year time line...the son i'm doing this with is 13 and he was cutting all the sheet metal....he likes this stuff so it should be a fun project



 

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well heres todays work. i made the bottom panel and tack welded it in with some other panels....one more panel to make then iti will be time to weld it all together and grind away the high spots...i guess another week of 1` hour per night after the kids go to sleep





 

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thanks Mike encouragement is always welcome!

well still creating little shapes ....my version of cutting out paper dolls. this is cold galvanizing compound on the back of the pieces




this is the trial fitting putting all the pieces together, the tricky part is i have to be able to get at a nut thats inthe bottom of the door pillar for the lowest fender mount, it was originally a caged nut but decided not to do that this time. after its all welded up i will make an inspection cover to hide the open area ( right below the clamp).

 

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grinding away

well tonight i suited up with a full face mask, hearing protection and a particulate mask and spent about 45 minutes grinding away at my welds. tomorrow night i will weld up any gaps then move to do the tack welds inside the door pillar area...


 

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some more work today

this is a cover piece







i put a light skim coat of fiber glass over it ....most of it will be sanded away
but i like this to cover and fill in the gaps by the welds. i prefer this over bondo since it is water proof and absorbs no moisture
 

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Looking at the last pic your filler isn't mixed good, I'd remove it and clean the surface completely, mix up another batch and apply.
 

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Looking at the last pic your filler isn't mixed good, I'd remove it and clean the surface completely, mix up another batch and apply.
yeah i saw that right after i took the picture and then went back and put a another really thin coat of well mixed stuff over it....so that the hardening agent would react with the stuff that wasn't mixed right...i'm glad to say its all hard today.....in any event most of it will get sanded off and the only part where there will be any filler is right around where i was grinding the welds.

 
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