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17 hours ago, grannyknot said:

I guess I'm living on borrowed time....:unsure:

Yes, probably. As I get older I don't heal as well or as fast so I have become more cautious with these sort of things

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I'm such a butterfly! Got sidetracked with building the new "bulldog" end for the passenger side.
Made a form around the dead one and welded in new capture nuts. Stretched, pounded, cut and welded the shape out. Still needs final fitting...
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I almost forgot how much work was involved when doing these types of repairs until I look at your thread to remind me.  Now I get to be the one to say man you are nuts and brave to tackle on a project like this.  Good to see that your making progress on it. I've been so busy with work for awhile I dont have the motivation to get things done with my project.  

Keep it up!! :beer:

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 That's soooo tempting. Almost moved to Canada in the late 60s. (not to avoid the draft btw) I just love Canada and Canadians eh. The way things are going here in the land of "In Greed We Trust", I might want to leave soon and avoid the post election rush.:blink:



 Maybe I could even drive Westwood again. Fantastic track.



 

Hey Mark - Thanks for the kind words. Unfortunately we lost the fantastic Westwood many years ago to several thousand houses... A big loss to all who knew her.


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I have a rotisserie that is bolted to the bumper shock mounts. I also have tripod stands under the body sections for additional support. The frame rails have not been an issue as I did them one at a time too.

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Spent a little more time fabbing up the patch panels today.
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I'll get these welded in tomorrow and start the finish welds on Wednesday.
What's that? Light at the end of tunnel???...

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Wait, if you have light in your tunnel that means there is a hole.  Sounds like more welding needed to me…….LOLJK.  Can't wait till you get your paint on!

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I have a few holes still. Just feels good getting these major pieces in.
Paint is a ways off but yeah, it will look like a whole different car when I'm done. But that was the point...!
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Minor update. Got the frame rail tacked in. Tacked the patch panels in place too. The pictures always look weird with the metal reflections looking bright then black etc. It will look so much better under primer. But that's later.
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Nice progress.  Will you be ready to paint be the spring?  Have you given any thoughts to sequencing for your paint?  I agonized over this quite a bit on my project.  I ended up painting the underbody and engine compartment first and then doing most of the mechanical work before painting the outside.  It worked fairly well for me.  I didn't want to scratch the finished product during reassembly.  

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Excellent point. I saw what you did and I think it will be same for me. I will probably paint the engine bay, interior and under body while on the rotisserie. Then mount all the under car lines and and running gear/suspension. Once it's on the ground and it's own wheels, I can work on the outer body work and final paint.
I hope to have the metal work done soon. I keep finding more things to fix and repair but that will only last so long too. I have to order the coilovers soon so I can open up the strut towers to access the camber adjustment screws. I also have to deal with the bumper shock mounts which are still bolted to the car and holding it to the rotisserie. Might have to touch those areas up last after the car hits the ground. Or not. Not sure yet!

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Small steps again. Finished the welds on the patch panels and tacked in the TC support. The welder was acting up last night. Lots of sputter and fizzle to the welds. Need to dial it in better.
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46 minutes ago, wheee! said:

Small steps again. Finished the welds on the patch panels and tacked in the TC support. The welder was acting up last night. Lots of sputter and fizzle to the welds. Need to dial it in better.
 

Make sure you aren't out of shielding gas.  

 

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