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Old 08-17-2018, 08:24 PM
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Driver side of the firewall is tied in to the 49 and the boxed reinforcement is tied to the front body mount. Everything is very rigid again.

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I needed to make a new air box to fit around the cabin air filter. It allows air to be taken in from the cowl while allowing any water to flow through and drain out the bottom. It's almost done. I need to find the plastic cowl trim piece that attaches to the top and fit that up to see how high the box needs to be. Also need to do a little reshaping on the windshield mounting surface and I'm done here.

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Old 08-18-2018, 07:16 PM
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I want to fit the cowl air inlet pieces and the wiper motor before I reshape the windshield mating surface on the firewall. The air plenum that goes from the air cleaner box to the cowl panel needed some trimming so I got that to fit. I probably won't be able to use the CTS closure panel but I want to get to the point where I know the filter and ducting will function correctly.

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Next is the wiper motor and transmission. The CTS uses a self contained assembly with a cast aluminum frame. I'd like to use it as is if I can. I have to move the assy 2" over toward the center of the 49 and tilt it to match the rake of the windshield. The drive shafts of the wipers need to be perpendicular to the surface of the windshield. If not, you will have unequal pressure on the blades against the windshield while in use.
It looks like it should be fairly easy to get them mounted where I need them.

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Old 08-19-2018, 04:06 AM
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Be good if you can use the donor wiper system. I sure wish I could have on mine!
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Old 08-19-2018, 08:05 PM
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I got it to fit without much fuss. I'm not going to mess with the arms and blades right now' I'll get that when I start the finish work. I need to get the welding done on the windshield mating surface and get the floor welded up next.

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Old 08-20-2018, 07:44 PM
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Right side is done. I had to dig out all the sound deadening foam from inside the windshield mounting surface. It is very flammable. I should replace it when I'm finished welding, there's a lot of heat and sound shielding on this firewall and I'd like to keep that. I'll decide when I'm finished welding on the firewall.

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Old 08-23-2018, 08:31 PM
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Next, I finished tying in the left and right sides of the windshield mounting surface to the side windshield frames.

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Then I got the left floor and firewall tied in to the 49 hinge pillar. I shot some primer on the welds and finished with seam sealer.

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I started doing the same on the right side and ran out of MIG wire. I think this was the 4th 10 pound roll in this build. Anyway, this is as far as I got. I ran up and got another roll but by the time I got back, I had lost my fire. I'll finish it off tomorrow.

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Old 08-24-2018, 07:46 PM
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Progress. I finished welding the right side and replaced the sound deadener that I removed to drill out spot welds then black chassis saver.

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Old 08-25-2018, 05:23 AM
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Really nice Jack.
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Old 08-26-2018, 05:53 PM
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Ughh!!! 90 degrees and 93% humidity. This is why I have to cover bare metal with epoxy primer as soon as possible.
I wasn't about to do any welding today. I did a little light work. I made the plates for the wheel center caps instead. I used some black 1/4" thick plexiglass to make the background and used CTS crest and wreath grill emblems.
I chose these wheels because they were loosely patterned after the 61 and 62 Cadillac hub caps. I like em.

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Old 08-26-2018, 07:07 PM
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Jack, those wheels are a great choice. Keep going!
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