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Forum: Basic questions and answers 08-10-2022, 08:02 PM
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Posted By crystallographic
Hindsight is helpfully accurate in analyzing why,...

Hindsight is helpfully accurate in analyzing why, how long, and whether or not ....

In situations like these, the careful repair technique can save hours of cutting in a patch down in a reverse.
...
Forum: Basic questions and answers 08-08-2022, 07:10 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,623
Posted By crystallographic
All for the best, Phil. Don't worry - the metal...

All for the best, Phil.
Don't worry - the metal had been way overworked before it came to you.
You are on to smoother metal now. :):)
Yeehaw.
Forum: Basic questions and answers 08-06-2022, 09:13 PM
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Posted By crystallographic
Good work. The concave this body presents at...

Good work.
The concave this body presents at this location is curved two ways, short curve and long.
Your convex dolly fits the long curve and when the spots in the valley are heated and then...
Forum: Basic questions and answers 07-30-2022, 07:33 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,623
Posted By crystallographic
Good progress on your metal - and on the old...

Good progress on your metal - and on the old torch!
:)
:)
Forum: Basic questions and answers 07-25-2022, 11:27 PM
Replies: 56
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Posted By crystallographic
Okay then, practice the hand maneuvers needed to...

Okay then, practice the hand maneuvers needed to operate that Smith.
Get sorta fluent with it, on-off-on-hot-hotter-off.
No sense in over heating that tender spot, unnecessarily.
Forum: Basic questions and answers 07-25-2022, 02:20 PM
Replies: 56
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Posted By crystallographic
"Idle" should be separate valve, then lever is...

"Idle" should be separate valve, then lever is big boost.
Idle is set, O/A, neutral flame.
I have welded thin sheet with cutting torch, at idle.... no boost....using O/A ...
and also O/H.
You...
Forum: Automotive Projects 07-25-2022, 09:27 AM
Replies: 404
Views: 144,529
Posted By crystallographic
That is really nice work, Dane. Patient...

That is really nice work, Dane.
Patient attention to the details.:):)
Forum: General Discussion 07-25-2022, 09:23 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,640
Posted By crystallographic
Nice clean top effort, John. Really good to see...

Nice clean top effort, John. Really good to see your work!
(I second Gareth' vote for the Sikaflex)
Spiffy job.:):)
Forum: Basic questions and answers 07-24-2022, 09:32 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,623
Posted By crystallographic
Closer and closer - good news!:) Dish soap...

Closer and closer - good news!:)
Dish soap drops + water in spray bottle = good leak check when pressure first applied to system.
Forum: Basic questions and answers 07-23-2022, 04:52 PM
Replies: 56
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Posted By crystallographic
How is your torch working, Phil? Heat the ridge...

How is your torch working, Phil?
Heat the ridge and tap 5 times and you are probably done....
Forum: Basic questions and answers 07-22-2022, 09:45 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,623
Posted By crystallographic
(psst - "care of the 85y.old still-functional,...

(psst - "care of the 85y.old still-functional, flame-melting contraption")
:eek:
:lol:
Forum: Basic questions and answers 07-22-2022, 02:35 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,623
Posted By crystallographic
It is a very nice torch, Norm. I only use it...

It is a very nice torch, Norm.
I only use it when "matching the vintage work" - gloves on, silk cushion, and am always guarding the tip surfaces. :)
Forum: Basic questions and answers 07-22-2022, 11:08 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,623
Posted By crystallographic
Sometimes I use a torch of equal vintage to weld...

Sometimes I use a torch of equal vintage to weld a restoration.

Like the 1937 Howard DGA we made a round cowl for a few years back ...
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I had my choice of using a Victor J27 from the 1930's...
Forum: General Discussion 07-21-2022, 06:43 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,388
Posted By crystallographic
Working around crews who raced boats and autos...

Working around crews who raced boats and autos and modified mechanical components included hydrogen embrittlement.
Aside from not exposing tender springy parts to chromium plating, seems another...
Forum: Automotive Projects 07-20-2022, 03:56 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 17,109
Posted By crystallographic
Hi Antoine, So nice to see it out in the fresh...

Hi Antoine,
So nice to see it out in the fresh air, getting exercised again!! :):)
Bravo!
Big long efforts, Well Spent for a treasure.
:D:D
Forum: Individual Classifieds 07-19-2022, 11:44 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 743
Posted By crystallographic
Hi Matt, Sorry to be so tardy on this topic, as...

Hi Matt,
Sorry to be so tardy on this topic, as it is important.
I'm really sad to see a good craftsman giving it up after a good long run.
You have great equipment. The Piccolo was a very popular...
Forum: Automotive Projects 07-17-2022, 03:38 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,190
Posted By crystallographic
Nice quiet film, reflecting on the interesting...

Nice quiet film, reflecting on the interesting (complicated) process, detailed juuuust enough ..... as plenty of builders on this forum know ....

Many "complete build" projects get sold unfinished...
Forum: Welding Sheet Metal 07-16-2022, 01:12 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 764
Posted By crystallographic
B ... b ... bu ... buut .... his welding method...

B ... b ... bu ... buut .... his welding method is already chosen (Not Mig) :confused:
Forum: Welding Sheet Metal 07-15-2022, 01:57 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 764
Posted By crystallographic
I agree 100%. :D:D Also - I do not mind...

I agree 100%.
:D:D
Also - I do not mind welding "square corners" on aluminum bodies.
Steel sheet, on the other hand, is not pleasant when welding square corners.
Like Robert so accurately says,...
Forum: Basic questions and answers 07-15-2022, 01:17 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,623
Posted By crystallographic
I made a little mockup for you, using steel sheet...

I made a little mockup for you, using steel sheet about = to 356 Porsche.
(I've done this a couple times, so doing it here in accurate demo = no prob.
I think you have all needed.
...so no need to...
Forum: Basic questions and answers 07-14-2022, 06:29 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,623
Posted By crystallographic
Okay - you have limited clearance between top...

Okay - you have limited clearance between top surface and inner fender liner = tight fit.
Okay - I'll get photos for a setup for you - but go get that torch ....:)

(I'm no expert - but I do offer...
Forum: Basic questions and answers 07-13-2022, 09:01 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,623
Posted By crystallographic
Very good work. You are "piling up" the...

Very good work.
You are "piling up" the mischief.
Two choices: (Nearly equal, but I expect heat to be a superior force, in this wreck) ...
1) Back up the ridge firmly with either a small tight...
Forum: Basic questions and answers 07-13-2022, 01:03 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,623
Posted By crystallographic
I learned my skills by working alongside other...

I learned my skills by working alongside other master craftsmen.
For years, I did aluminum, steel, stainless, brass, copper ... for painting and polishing and plating, alongside men who Knew.
When...
Forum: Basic questions and answers 07-13-2022, 09:22 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,623
Posted By crystallographic
Yes, agreed Jaro. I have arrived at many...

Yes, agreed Jaro.
I have arrived at many solutions from doing many many "rough patches" on 356 Porsches. Although, it is easier to repair those bodies to "metal finished" when using scraps of patch...
Forum: Basic questions and answers 07-12-2022, 08:55 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,623
Posted By crystallographic
Heh - You were writing yours same time as I was...

Heh - You were writing yours same time as I was shooting stills and writing mine.....:) all good stuff, +++ together. :)
On olde wrecked/straighted/wrecked agin/fixed summore autos ... etc. I have...
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