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PostPosted: July 17, 2020, 9:51 am 
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Just love this! Brilliant.
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PostPosted: July 20, 2020, 7:38 am 
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Thanks Stewart

Bit more progress with the front panel. Hammered out more dents, put it in the English wheel to smooth things out, stretched and shrank where needed to begin fitting it to car. Still more to do, but I'll be satisfied when I achieve Larry's rule - 20/20
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This is an example of the style of paint scheme wifey and I decided on with the colors beige and black.
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Every time I see ^, I think, "Oh, Perry's working on a truck".

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Every time I see ^, I think, "Oh, Perry's working on a truck".

Yeah I know, the front sure looks similar to the 1950 Chevy farm truck I used to 'bomb' around the pasture with. Those were the good old days. Life on the farm, whats a 13 year old boy to do? Charge up a 6V battery, stick it in the floor, press the floor starter and gas pedal, well son of a gun the old 6 cylinder fired up! Pull up tp the 45 gal gas barrels, hand pump some gas into the fuel tank behind the seat, and we're off! Had to slide a bit off the seat to step on the clutch and shift the floor shifter at the same time, but no one said I couldn't do it. Just got used to looking through the steering wheel spokes just over the dash and through the windshield. Open the cow pasture gate and we are going cruising... no chicks just cows :cry: How I never rolled that truck, I'll never know, regrets? None at all :D
Bit of a build update. The last bit of fabrication (I hope) are the running boards. The old ones were in very bad shape so I am building them from scratch. Using the shrinker/stretcher I fabbed up the frame. I'll be laying a piece of sheet metal over the top and welding it all together. Some fab pics..


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PostPosted: July 23, 2020, 9:08 pm 
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PS running board frame done today.


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Those look great Perry. isn't it nice having shrinker and stretcher in the shop.
Makes fabricating these little problem bits so much easier.

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Those look great Perry. isn't it nice having shrinker and stretcher in the shop.
Makes fabricating these little problem bits so much easier.

You bet, it's one of the tools I own that goes with the saying "how did I used to make stuff without these?"

Bit of a running board update.
Traced and cut out the tops of the boards. Spot welded them to the frames. Need to get some MIG gas Monday then weld the top running board perimeter without no warpage (yeah right), one perimeter spot weld at a time, cool metal down, weld opposite side, cool metal down, take your time it's not a race.
Fabricated a couple of captured nut br@cketz and welded them to the underside of each running board that will marry the running board to the car body with a running board br@cket with bolts. This is in place to take the load of a person who happens to put weight on the running board whilst entering the motorcar. I will try and replicate the OEM br@cketz.
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A bit of an update.
My son came over and proceeded to perform auto body on the car. I'm fortunate he works for food, a couple of beers, and gas money. It's amazing to see someone proficient at their chosen career. Where I am fretting about body work, he says "no problem, I've seen worse", then he does his magic, sands it down, and I can't feel the blemish. In some cases he has to knock down high spot's I didn't know were there. End result was "this is my boy, his know's his sh1t, and makes me proud".

Don't get me wrong here, I am still the boss, and we always told our 2 boys "we brought you into this world, and we can take you out". But yesterday and today the student was teaching the teacher.
I was busy with the broom, dust pan, cold beers, and BBQ.

Just said to wifey, "this investment we made 36 years ago is starting to pay off" :lol:

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No hurry. I will miss the updates on this project.

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No hurry. I will miss the updates on this project.

I know Larry, but it's been over 2 years on this project. I want to put it to rest (complete it) and move on to the next build.


The Son took the doors home yesterday and worked on them today. He was able to repair my lower panel replacement on the PS door so that there will be minimal filler used. Used a torch to spot shrink the high spots from the backside of my weld repair (might as well told me that in Greek, for what it's worth). All I know the door skin is in a lot better shape than when I had it here.
The DS door just needed high build primer to make it straight.
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horchoha wrote:
My son came over and proceeded to perform auto body on the car. I'm fortunate he works for food, a couple of beers, and gas money. It's amazing to see someone proficient at their chosen career. Where I am fretting about body work, he says "no problem, I've seen worse", then he does his magic, sands it down, and I can't feel the blemish. In some cases he has to knock down high spot's I didn't know were there. End result was "this is my boy, his knows his sh1t, and makes me proud".
What a great skill to have in the family. I'm spending days correcting the surface of my lengthened, widened and sectioned fiberglass nosecone. The bondo part looks easy. For the unskilled (like me) it ain't! I'm counting on high-build primer and lots of block sanding to cover my multitude of sins. :oops:

Ok, back to my itching and scratching. Dang those little glass fibers...

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It may be the rat rod in me, but I like her in suede. Her curves are softer.
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You know Perry, I'm getting tired of clicking on your log and seeing all the great progress you are making on your project, and I am getting nothing done on mine. At least nothing really good to post. :BH: You are making the rest of us look bad. :cheers:

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It's always a pleasure to watch someone proficient in bodywork do their craft.

I can do it, just not well and certainly not fast.

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What a great skill to have in the family.
Yes Tom I'm very fortunate. I have no skill in that department, in fact I paint like a baseball game - a few hits, a few misses, a few runs, and a few errors :rofl:
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You know Perry, I'm getting tired of clicking on your log and seeing all the great progress you are making on your project,
Thanks for that compliment Chuck, but it sure seems like slow progress
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It may be the rat rod in me, but I like her in suede. Her curves are softer.
Hey Bobber, yeah the thought had crossed my mind at the beginning of the build but I just didn't have the heart to throw away those fenders
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I can do it, just not well and certainly not fast.
I hear you Tommy, that's what I'm like with paint also.

My Son went into the city Friday to buy the paint, the supplier was out of one tint for the beige paint recipe, won't have it in til the end of this week, so the doors are in limbo right now. The Son wants to complete the doors with paint, then the fenders and lower front, then will need the car at his place to paint the body.
Anyhoo, made it out to the shop today. I'm starting to chip away at the 'hundred of little things to do' stuff. First off was measuring and cutting out some rectangular holes in the hood for the WW jets. The Topolino didn't have any originally. Ordering a washer reservoir and pump for it today. Some pics.
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Next was to take the beehive lights that were mounted on the front fenders and refit them with 2 wire 1157 light sockets. They had 1 wire 1156 sockets and were just running lights. The OEM signal lights were mounted on the front door pillars. They would swing out to indicate you were turning. Anyhow they were not rebuildable so I deleted them, which is why I needed signal/running lights in the beehive light assemblies. When installing the 2 wire sockets I made sure to clock their position so that the bulb filaments were horizontal to earth. Some pics.
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Then I did some wiring completions. I soldered 4mm bullet ends on the tail light, headlight, and front signal/running light fixtures. I then measured, cut to length, and soldered bullet connectors on the car wiring. I was getting pretty bagged by then, so there was no mock up of the fixtures in the fenders. I just hung the lights on the car and commissioned the running/tail lights, license plate light, front signal lights, rear signal lights, brake light switch, lo beams, hi beams, and daytime running lights. All good. A pic
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