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No inner or outer rockers, that's a view that you don't see very often.  Kent, before you put that rocker back together, could you possibly layout all the panels on the floor next to the D/S door opening kind of like an exploded diagram and post a photo of it?

That photo would be a useful addition to the Knowledge Base section of the forum as a quick reference.

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Certainly, no problem.  It will be next week as I still need to fab the internal bracing ...

‘Details of the destruction and repair are in this thread too

 

 

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O.M.G. this is so friggin cool!!  I'm not alone in this cruel world!!

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Every time I see how clean and open your workspace is, I want to cry.  I have my garaged Z supported on wheel caddies (one caddy per corner, four caster wheels per caddy) and I have brace myself against a wall to generate enough force to make the car move. 

Looking on the brighter side, I'm thankful to have a paved floor, a roof over my head, decent lighting, and locking doors so that my tools won't vanish when I'm away from home. 

No social distancing issues either!

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[mention]ConVerTT [/mention]
I think people need a shot of your shop(s) from the outside...
Might help people see the big picture!


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Yeah, That all looks like so much fun I'm starting to wonder why I spent so much money to find a rust free car?

And this as close as I could get to a pristine minimalistic workspace. Hah.

 

 

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I am very grateful for my back yard “shop”. Having a 24x26 heated double door garage to use exclusively for the build has been the saving grace in this project.


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1 hour ago, Namerow said:

Every time I see how clean and open your workspace is, I want to cry.  I have my garaged Z supported on wheel caddies (one caddy per corner, four caster wheels per caddy) and I have brace myself against a wall to generate enough force to make the car move. 

Looking on the brighter side, I'm thankful to have a paved floor, a roof over my head, decent lighting, and locking doors so that my tools won't vanish when I'm away from home. 

No social distancing issues either!

Haha - thanks!  It wasn't always this way ...

So I have a friend that is an aircraft enthusiast and retired mechanic.  The aircraft crowd are super clean and organized relative to car guys.  When I first got my space he stopped by and during the visit he just casually slipped in the following phrase:  "They say a clean workspace invites you back ....".   To this day I am not sure if I should be insulted or grateful ...but my workspace has never been tidier LOL

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2 hours ago, wheee! said:

[mention]ConVerTT [/mention]
I think people need a shot of your shop(s) from the outside...
Might help people see the big picture!


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Post classified intel on the world wide web??? I've said too much already ??? #batcave

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Well, you have enough cars for it...


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 Well now that the chassis is nice and strong, it's finally time to remove the jig and let the chassis stand on it's own.  I thought about this step when I originally built the jig and made it so that it can be easily unbolted from the shell - everything went as planned....

first step - lift entire assembly and support with jack stands under the shell ....

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next - unbolt / remove the two full length runners ...

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next - unbolt and stow the individual supports .... 

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I left the supports at the differential carrier and the front cross member so I can roll the shell around the shop for a few more days until she goes on the rotisserie...

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Last step - set her back down (or leave her on jack stands for reassembly or whatever- depending on what stage you are at) 

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The empty shell is very light.  It is stable and rolls around easily without tying the front and back casters together (although it wouldn't take much to bolt on a couple of pieces of angle iron either)

I hope this helps somebody...

Cheers

 

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Hey ConVerTT, Thanks for including me in your last progress update. I have a "shop" question. You are clearly "THE WELDER" among many other things and welding is something  I've wanted to get into for a long time. I've started researching recently but I'll be buying the gear and then diving in (which I've done many times. . . no worries). Please share with me what you would go out and buy tomorrow if your stuff needed to be replaced for whatever reason?  I'm not afraid to spend the money if I know I'm getting good stuff and I don't want to worry about "outgrowing it".  I'm a cabinetmaker and finish carpenter by trade and part-time boatbuilder and I'm doing a Z that needs some but not too much frame and sheet metal work. I would really be grateful for any equipment preferences and insights you might share. Thanks a lot!!  Andy  

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Haha - Thanks!  

No I am just an amateur.  I basically bought the same unit as the guy who showed me how to weld.  It's a Miller 141 - relatively cheap, 120 V but best to run on a 20A circuit, MIGs sheet metal through 3/16 plate (would be fine on 1/4" too).  Uses 0.024 or 0.030 wires.  

 

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I'm very impressed with the amount of dedication to do it right. I like a good challenge and the reward of success but I don't have the time, will, or talent to undertake that project. Good Luck!

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Hey ConverTT 

I've just started building this jig for my project. Thanks very much for your detailed dimensions and photos. It’s taking me a while due to lack of previous metal fabrication experience but I will get quicker. 

With the rear diff carrier frame, did you build it with the smaller box section and angle to avoid removing the fuel lines or so during reassembly you could install fuel lines with the frame on? 

Do you recommend getting the the base 3m lengths completely level before you assemble all the frames and attach to chassis? Or doesn’t really matter?

also do you recall the rough size of bolt you used on the jig? 

Ryan

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Hey Kent - just wanted to say a massive thanks from a UK based lurker on this site 🙂  . I'm pretty new to welding and fabrication but your photo's and measurements made it relatively painless to build this design. The car feels absolutely rock solid! Again, thanks for the effort you have gone to in documenting what you did here. Jon.

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16 hours ago, tyroguru said:

Hey Kent - just wanted to say a massive thanks from a UK based lurker on this site 🙂  . I'm pretty new to welding and fabrication but your photo's and measurements made it relatively painless to build this design. The car feels absolutely rock solid! Again, thanks for the effort you have gone to in documenting what you did here. Jon.

Fantastic - glad to help ...

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