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Old 11-27-2019, 05:23 PM
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Kent, I was a machinist when I was in the Navy (MR2) but I don't remember getting into any hydraulics. I was on a submarine dry dock and submarine tender.
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Old 11-28-2019, 12:48 PM
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Kent, I was a machinist when I was in the Navy (MR2) but I don't remember getting into any hydraulics. I was on a submarine dry dock and submarine tender.
Navy offered great training years ago, and maybe still does in some areas. Your thoughtful planning and execution shows a trained understanding of procedure and materials.
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Navy training used to be renowned, back when trades were great.

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Old 12-01-2019, 04:17 PM
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I'm still fighting with this exhaust system. The pipes fit right, it's just a pain working below. I saved all the exhaust hangers and insulators from the CTS to use on the new system.


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I used the original catalytic converters and pipe assembly up front, then put full size (quiet) mufflers on. Now the tailpipes. When I had the tailpipes bent, I had them done all on one plain. I knew that I might have to adjust in length and angle where the pipes spread out to go around the gas tank. It turned out that I was a little long so rather than lop 1 1/2" off the front of the pipe I took it off at the bend. That made it easier to assemble the last section with the resonator, exhaust tip and hanger. Everything fits but it's getting pretty busy back here behind the skirt.


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From below, it looks like the pipe hangs low because the gas tank isn't in yet,but if you look beyond the pipe, you can see that the frame rail hangs a couple inches lower than the pipe.


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Old 12-05-2019, 10:15 PM
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I finally got this fuel pump business straightened out and installed the new one. The tank is back in the car and I hooked up all the vapor recovery system. I also got the trunk latch mounted permanently so I could fit the cover. While I was at it, I cut an access hole in the trunk floor and made a removable cover so if I ever have to get the fuel pump out again, I won't have to remove the tank. You can just see the access cover in the upper corner of one of the pictures below.

Now I can get back on the exhaust and finish that up.


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Old 12-18-2019, 01:00 PM
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I got some time in the garage so I finished off the exhaust. I couldn't find exhaust tips that would work for me in stainless steel. I didn't want chrome because I needed to cut and weld them. I ended up buying a stainless U bend and cut out what I needed.


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After I had everything cut to fit, I polished the tip and welded everything up. The exhaust is installed and finished.



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Moving on to another thing left for later. I needed to get the RDO/GPS antenna mounted. I didn't want it out on the outer body to interrupt the lines but it has to be exposed to radio waves. Being behind metal would be a problem, but back here under the rear window should be OK. I don't want anything exposed that interrupts the lines of the body. Minimal badging, long straight trim, no distractions. Smooth and clean.


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Old 12-29-2019, 01:20 PM
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Every time I look at this thread Jack, I learn something else that I did not know. Hell, I didn't even know what I didn't know.

I just found this a few pages back. See below:


Stages of Competence:


UNCONSCIOUS INCOMPETENCE - Not even aware of how little you know.


CONSCIOUS INCOMPETENCE - Realization that you know nothing.


UNCONSCIOUS COMPETENCE - Very little experience but think you know a lot.


CONSCIOUS COMPETENCE - After years of learning, you're good at what

you do but never completely satisfied.
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Old 12-29-2019, 01:43 PM
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When I was making the buck for the rear fenders, I was taking most of the dimensions from the original fenders. They were completely rusted away at the front lower corners so I had to guess what shape and size they were. I guessed pretty close, but not close enough. The front of the skirts are about 3/8 to 1/2" too long. No good, so I cut away the reinforcement frame on the leading edge and a little of the skin so I can replace it with a new piece.


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I made a new reinforcement from 1" angle and added a boss for the Dzus fastener.


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I started making the new piece by stretching a little with a hammer and shot bag to get the rough shape.


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First pass with the shrinker and E wheel.


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More wheeling and finish fitting. This shape that I put in at the forward end fades away as the piece rolls under toward the bottom which is nearly flat.


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Pretty much finished. I'll do some trimming and finish work then weld it in.


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Old 12-30-2019, 01:39 PM
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Great project Jack.
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Tacked and ready to weld. I'll double check the fit tomorrow and weld it up. It looks better than the first one. I'll have to clean up the right side a little to match better with this side.

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Hi jack

Read all the way to page 33 so far, amazed by your skills and build. Are all the joins on the rear section you have built butt welded or do they overlap? Some look overlapped (the big rear section that you welded down the middle).

Were they mig welded? Do you tack weld slowly to avoid distortion? I can never seem to mig weld and get the sheet to stay perfectly flat.

Looking forward to reading the rest of the build and seeing it finished

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Old 01-01-2020, 09:24 AM
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All sheet is butt welded with MIG. I usually don't get much distortion from tacks but if I do I just planish with a hammer and dolly.
You don't actually butt the panels against each other. That might be why you're having distortion problems. Too much material in one place. Leave a gap roughly the same width as the thickness of the sheet metal you're using.
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