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Old 08-19-2015, 09:53 PM
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Default 1949 Cadillac Roadster Build

I'm going to document some extensive sheet metal work and frame modification on a 49 Caddy. This will be a start to finish project that will probably take two years to finish. The beginning will be somewhat slow going but I think it will be an interesting build to follow. I've spent some time looking around this site and like the group of people here. I wasn't sure that this build would be welcome here until I came across a post by Admin Kerry Pinkerton directed toward Sergey who's building a 41 Chevy truck. He stated that a full build thread was welcome here. So, if you're interested, please follow along. Ask any questions and I'm always open to suggestions.

I started with tunneling the headlights. I got a headlight bezel from a 54 Stude to use as a guide. One tip I can offer for making templates for a complex or irregular shape is to use 3M weld paper. It is about as sticky as masking tape on one side and keeps its shape without stretching when you remove it. after transferring the shape to a piece of sheet metal and cutting it out, a little time on the wheel and shrinker and they're ready to fit to the fender. I also made the tubes with flanges that the headlight bucket will mount to. That's about as far as I got today.

I'll be using a rolled 1/4" rod for the leading edge where the inner and outer pieces meet. I have been reading some input from Marty Comstock ( a very knowledgeable welder here on AMS) and I think I will be gas welding this up using SiBr rod. I use this wire at work with a MIG Pulse welder and it is amazing.
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Old 08-19-2015, 10:05 PM
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Hello Jack and let me be the first to join your build.

We need pictures.

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Old 08-19-2015, 10:08 PM
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I'm having trouble loading pictures. Security token error???
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That means they are too large, 800x600 is a good size or a bit larger.
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I'm having trouble loading pictures. Security token error???
Jack, I used to have the same problem posting pictures, but somebody put me onto a free download gizmo Faststone Photo Resizer http://www.faststone.org/download.htm

With this, you can reduce a whole bunch of shots at once and they are then fine to individually upload to the site. Pays to set up a destination folder for them to be reduced into and you will be away.

Look forward to seeing some shots of the project.
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Old 08-20-2015, 07:40 AM
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Thanks, Kerry gave me that info late last night I'll resize them when I get home.
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Old 08-20-2015, 09:54 PM
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Lets see if I can figure out this picture upload thing.

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I started fitting the inner rings and got them trimmed up. The aluminum disc is just wedged in there to keep the round shape while fitting and welding.

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Jack, this is going to be a classic lead sled, sooo very cool.
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Old 06-11-2016, 10:34 PM
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Over 90 degrees and humid today. Way too hot for yardwork but I can bang out panels without even breaking a sweat. Funny how that works. I'm starting on the left and right drip rails or gutters. They'll run along the side deck panels inside the trunk opening. They are symetrical so one template can be used for both parts.

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I cut some sheet metal and laid out the right and left blanks.

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