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Stay after it Torchie..and I'll just watch if you don't mind.

Do your new skates roll pretty easy? The ones I got from Jegs are just a little better than nothing. To the point that I seldom use them.
 
Stay after it Torchie..and I'll just watch if you don't mind.

Do your new skates roll pretty easy? The ones I got from Jegs are just a little better than nothing. To the point that I seldom use them.

They roll fine once the casters are facing in the right direction. Pops.😳😜
Plus that little extra height makes it easier for me to get my legs under it if I am on the floor working.
Torchie.
 
what a looker, i knew your greatness couldnt be contained to one car [cl[cl[cl


i hate rust repair. my life is shorter from what I have already done.
 
Part 1.

Thanks gang.:D
Brother came over yesterday and we spent the entire time(mostly) working on the hood.
For those of you that aren't in the collision trade. My brother brought his Pogo stick with him. Old school tool for sure.
We got the hinges and arms into a better position. This brought the rear hood edge down a bit.
Then we did a hinge adjust and put the springs back on. No better.
So we took the springs off again and unbolted the hinges from the cowl to see if the hood would then fit. Nope. Just that same .
To say that this is all a drag would be an understatement.:(
I am going to leave the hood alone for now. And think about what to do next.
Torchie
 

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Part 2.

PS dog leg and sill work.
Pics tell the story.
Lots of off and on and making sure things still fit as they should.
It got real hot here about 3:00. I had to call it a day.
More [;)v[;)v[;)v[;)v Tomorrow.
Keep on keeping on...
Torchie
 

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Thanks friends.😎
The pogo stick was aways a “must have” tool when i worked in the body shops. OI. Kind of like those old TV commercials touting a kitchen gadget that had 100 and 1 uses. True in the case of this tool.
Good thing there is no engine in the car, Smallfoot. Getting into the engine compartment made it easier. Still grunt worthy though.
Thanks soltz. I need to cut the welds on the sill and drop it down. It is rubbing on the bottom corner of the door right now.
Put on and take off. Story of my life.....
Torchie
 
Part 1

As I mentioned in my previous response. The sill needed to come down to clear the bottom of the door.
I put a level on the front door sill. almost centered. I put the level on the rear sill. Not even close.:eek:
I have to throw my leather apron over my legs as the grinding sparks will put holes in the liner that keeps my leg on.[;)[;):eek::p
Lowered and tacked. I put the door sill covers on that are in my stash. Checking for clearance. Door closes perfect now.
Tacked back in and on to the next issue.
Torchie
 

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Part 2

Despite outward looks, the gaps on this car are really very nice still.
With that in mind I went after the gap above the fender skirt. Terrible.:eek:
A little messaging and it fits as it should now.
Some things just aren't acceptable even on a build like this one.:D:cool:
As I have mentioned before. This car was extremely complete when I bought it.
All the trim that was taken off was kept.:cool: The only thing missing was the ciggy lighter and I took care of that already.
Perhaps I am getting anal about it......Naw.:D
Keep on keeping on....
Torchie
 

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After Pt I headed out to the shop.
Messed a bit more with the hood. Slid the hood forward on some wood blocks.
Got the rear edge to finally lay down.
Gaps are decent on the sides but it needs to get closer to the cowl.
I am ready to reattach the hinges and see what happens.
After the hood I got down on the floor to work on reinforcing the sill.
Not many pics but much like the other side.
That's all till tomorrow.
I am exhausted.
Keep on keeping on.....
Torchie
 

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Sort of a bonus day today. My Drs appt. was cancelled at the last moment.
Out to the shop.......:cool:
Called my local(Sort of) big box store and nobody carries the elevator bolts.
Since I refuse to pay $2.00 plus for a crappy bolt I made my own.
35 cent carriage bolt and 3 minutes with the grinder. Nuff said.
Got the sill brace and step welded together and then installed. Welded in and bolted. Ugly but good and strong. Once again. All of this gets hidden. Mostly just tacked in for now as it got hot again today.
I also filled in yet another hole. This one was up on the C pillar above the dog leg. Strange place to rust out.:eek:[;)[;)
I didn't blast the PS rocker skin and now I am wishing I hadn't done the outside of the DS one.
A few pass with my sander and look. Instant patina. I may have to revisit the other side.[ddd
Put the rocker on to see how things are fitting. Pretty good but some more fitting will be required.
I put the bulge on to. Just like the other side, this one will need fitting.
That's it for now.
Tomorrow will be a Dodge day. I am weary of the rusted metal. Time to take a break.
Keep on keeping on.....
Torchie
 

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