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For sure. The passenger doesn't need near as much modding to fit the tunnel. The driver side was not formed to fit the 76 catalytic converter option.

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I am not dead.... just busy with life in general!
Picked up a set of lower nacelle panels from a friend! Gonna clean these up...

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Cleaned up the seat supports and covered them in internal frame coating to protect them.
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Nice work. Still a long road ahead, but you'll have a quality product in the end for sure!  Yours looks about like mine was when I started.  I've got about three years into the project, and I think it'll be ready this fall or early next spring.

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Looks good! When you dress the welds down it will look perfect...


Except I burn thru half of them grrrrrr

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 I don't know if this will help or if it's already obvious. When I'm welding thin steel, a poor fit or a hole, when I stop welding I watch the weld cool. IMMEDIATELY when the orange color disappears and the weld turns dark I start the next weld. The weld is still hot enough that the next weld starts easily and blends in with the previous weld. Weld times are typically about a half second in duration. It's easy to develop a rhythm that will give you a flatter weld and look more like a continuous weld. Less clean up too.

 

 

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Good advice is always appreciated. I am doing just as you are saying, and the welding is going all right but I'm thinking the Miller 210 is a bit too hot even on the lowest setting. I need a smaller welder I think!

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12 hours ago, wheee! said:

Good advice is always appreciated. I am doing just as you are saying, and the welding is going all right but I'm thinking the Miller 210 is a bit too hot even on the lowest setting. I need a smaller welder I think!

I used a 135 amp from Eastwood.  It worked pretty well.  

With regards to grinding and dressing those welds, keep in mind where you're working.  Everything you're welding is gonna be hidden so you don't need to kill yourself making them pretty.  Right doesn't have to be pretty.  IMHO that's why you start on the bottom of the car.  Make the mistakes and learn where it won't show so that you know what you're doing when you get to the stuff that does show.  Anyway, it looks great, but get a new dust mask!  

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33 minutes ago, ksechler said:

I used a 135 amp from Eastwood.  It worked pretty well.  

With regards to grinding and dressing those welds, keep in mind where you're working.  Everything you're welding is gonna be hidden so you don't need to kill yourself making them pretty.  Right doesn't have to be pretty.  IMHO that's why you start on the bottom of the car.  Make the mistakes and learn where it won't show so that you know what you're doing when you get to the stuff that does show.  Anyway, it looks great, but get a new dust mask!  

:P Maybe I'm being a little too OCD but I would like the bottom of the car to be smooth and pretty. That's where any bad welds would be seen versus under the jute and carpet. The welds on the inside will be more structural for sure. Not necessarily lumpy and bad, but not ground flush and smooth. I still need to make sure the floor supports will fit too.

and yeah, I have a box of dust masks... LOL

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2 hours ago, wheee! said:

:P Maybe I'm being a little too OCD but I would like the bottom of the car to be smooth and pretty. That's where any bad welds would be seen versus under the jute and carpet....

It's your project!  We all have our own thresholds for perfection.  Lord knows I spent a lot of time restoring bits and pieces that will never see the light of day because I wanted them just so (see my parking brake linkage?). 

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Personally if some joker gets down on the ground and tries to crawl under my car to criticize my welding I think I'll just stomp him!

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4 hours ago, ksechler said:

because I wanted them just so (see my parking brake linkage?). 

Yeah but when your under there doing some maintenance, it will be a joy to work on!

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With all the techno toy tuning and Arizona z car goodies going under there, I will be showing it off I'm sure...

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Ha! I have had a very busy spring with military exercises and then major yard renovations this spring/summer. Just finished the yard work this week.
I am being deployed again in two weeks for a month and a half, THEN I promise, I will get back in the garage and have some progress for you fine Z folks!
This is a lull, not a stoppage, guaranteed!

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3 hours ago, wheee! said:

Ha! I have had a very busy spring with military exercises and then major yard renovations this spring/summer. Just finished the yard work this week.
I am being deployed again in two weeks for a month and a half, THEN I promise, I will get back in the garage and have some progress for you fine Z folks!
This is a lull, not a stoppage, guaranteed!

Ok! Had to check. Your thread is a vicarious thrill for those of us who find car restoration fun and interesting! 

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6 hours ago, Consigli said:

Ok! Had to check. Your thread is a vicarious thrill for those of us who find car restoration fun and interesting! 

Ditto!

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On 12-9-2016 at 4:23 AM, wheee! said:

 major yard renovations this spring/summer. Just finished the yard work this week.
This is a lull, not a stoppage, guaranteed!

Thats just an excuse to hoot around on that yard tractor, but now without the snow chains:D I realise the climate probably nedds it, but that thing just cracks me up.

Be safe on your next mission.

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Well I couldn't resist a great local deal and picked up barely used black vinyl seat covers from @zKars in Calgary. This community is so nice and friendly!

here's a pic from Jim of his (my) seat covers in his gorgeous 71

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