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Old 12-13-2017, 05:22 PM
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Jack, I just want to say thank you for taking the time to document your work and posting it here. This thread is a real inspiration to me. Your work ethic is impressive.
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Old 12-13-2017, 10:51 PM
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...To suggest that your results are typical for a novice with a few tools is a little hard to swallow...
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Chuck, I never implied that my results would be typical for a novice with a few hand tools. What I said was that a novice can start his journey with basic tools and progress from there. As his work becomes more advanced and more challenging, better methods and tooling will be needed. Everything we do boils down to various combinations of four procedures: cut, bend, stretch, and shrink. They are the first things a beginner should practice. They can all be done with hand tools.
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Old 12-13-2017, 11:46 PM
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Well, the weather turned to crap this morning. 6" of snow with more on the way. I fired up the heat this morning and had all intentions of finishing off the fenders but just couldn't get motivated. My new O/A regulators arrived yesterday and Not being one to waste a whole day, I decided to make the side molding for the left rear fender. Same process as the others. The curve is done with heat and the shrinker. What I figured out in the process of making these moldings is that if I can heat just a very thin line that is no wider than the skipped teeth in the center of the shrinker jaws, I have a solid bite on the cooler areas and the red hot strip in the middle compresses easily. At first I was heating an area that was large enough to be in the gripping area of the jaws so it was not working well at all. I used a Henrob torch with a number 1 tip and the red hot strip was only about 1/4" to 3/8" wide. Only one more piece of side trim left to make, the left front fender piece that wraps all the way around the front to meet with the grill.

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Old 12-22-2017, 06:29 PM
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Hope you all have a happy and safe holiday. I'll be back to work next week.
I have a donor car being shipped in from Texas sometime next week so it's going to get a little crowded in there.

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Old 12-28-2017, 01:32 PM
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I bought a donor car last week out of Austin TX. It's on its way here to the frozen tundra and I'm expecting it sometime in the next couple days. I've been scrambling around trying to finish up some loose ends and get as much sheet metal covered as I can before it gets here so I haven't had time to mess with too many pictures or posts. My space is very limited so I'll have to stop what I'm doing and start transferring the major components onto the 49 first. Completely out of sequence but I have no choice.
I had all trim pieces made except for the left front fender piece that goes from the grill and wraps around the fender to the wheel opening so I got on that first.
Same as the other side, alternating between heating small areas and shrinking.

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Next, I want to use chrome bullet shaped mirrors like what's on the rendering. I'm not sure I can fit the guts of the factory mirrors into the smaller housings that I have but I'll get the perches made and see how that goes. First I want to put some reinforcement plates under the area where the mirrors will bolt on. I just used some 18ga and bent it to match the shape of the skin in that area, then drilled and plug welded them in.

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Old 12-28-2017, 01:36 PM
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Next up, I want to get some epoxy primer on the doors. I did some final smoothing on the sheetmetal and covered my welds with some Duraglass. After I knocked that down I got some primer on the left door. I'll start on the right door tomorrow.

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Beautiful work Jack!
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Old 12-28-2017, 05:10 PM
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What thickness stainless are you using for the side trim.
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Old 12-28-2017, 09:50 PM
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I started with 2" square tube. .062 wall mainly because of inevitable tool marks. I wanted to be sure I could smooth out any tool marks and not sand them so thin that they would flex or bend when bolting them to the car. With some better tooling you could do this in .030 wall. As it turned out, I probably didn't even remove .010" between sanding and polishing.
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I got some more work done on the trim pieces for the front fenders. It's a pain getting the right shape but I'm pretty close now. I now know why they made the originals in two pieces.

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I also got the right door smoothed out an put some Duraglass over the welds. I got the rest of the sheet metal smooth enough that I should be able to get the rest with primer later. For now I put some epoxy on to keep it from rusting.

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The donor car arrived yesterday. It's a 2014 CTS coupe. V6 automatic trans with black interior. (I couldn't find a turbo car). I was hoping to find a tan interior but nothing usable turned up. Not a problem, I'm OK with either one. 21,000 miles and very clean until it was hit. Runs and drives and I'm in the process of checking systems before I tear it down.

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