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Author Topic: Mickrat. FE Holden rusty one.  (Read 58506 times)
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« Reply #20 on: November 02, 2013, 09:59:06 AM »

Thanks for your input. Haydn. The More the better. Body work today. All day.
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« Reply #21 on: November 10, 2013, 02:13:59 PM »

Just finished up fitting battery tray. Didn't go much on the standard one so fitted a f#*:_ one. Xf. Like the battery base hold down set up as opposed to top clamp and through bolts. Had a battery come adrift and fall into the fan once when I was a boy. And chopped the side out of the battery. Like it or lump it.

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« Reply #22 on: November 11, 2013, 09:56:39 PM »

Rubbed down initial primer coat and sprayed on a couple of coats of putty primer. Able to see all the blemishes and low spots ,more rubbing to go. First time at this. Just gunna take my time till I get it right.

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« Reply #23 on: November 12, 2013, 03:55:57 PM »

Hey mate , about that incident with the battery. The same thing happened to me some 40 years ago only problem was I was home alone and had decided to paddock my dads FC ute . Smashed the rad. and the fan with the battery and all the acid came running out . Then a big rush to swap everything with one of my older brothers wrecks before the olds got home . All good fun looking back .Cheers
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« Reply #24 on: November 17, 2013, 09:31:11 AM »

Hi Mick what have you done with the first body wondering if i could use any sections like inner sill etc PM Me if you are interested mate
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« Reply #25 on: November 17, 2013, 10:40:37 AM »

Front inner sills from rusty one

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« Reply #26 on: November 17, 2013, 06:52:17 PM »

Doors,boot and front valence done,bit more work on rear beaver panel ,front guards next. Nos bonnet should be a breeze. Wouldn't be a panel beater for quids

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« Reply #27 on: November 18, 2013, 03:06:25 PM »

Neil. Here are some more pics of A and B pillars. If you can use them you can have them if it means another early one back on the road. A total stranger done me a real good deal on another shell thanks again Matt. So I guess it's my turn to pass it on. Will only cost you postage.

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« Reply #28 on: November 18, 2013, 03:20:21 PM »

Hi Mick
That would be fantastic really appreciated could you let me know how much postage and I will fix you up.
My business address is in Henederson Western Australia 6166 best place to send it and then the wife doesn't freak Grin
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« Reply #29 on: November 18, 2013, 06:04:12 PM »

Spent the whole day taking guards back to bare metal. Ground out heaps of bog. Found a dodgy repair, but surprisingly they are in pretty good nick. Slow and steady wins the race.

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« Reply #30 on: November 19, 2013, 06:44:35 PM »

Cut out a section from a wrecked guard to repair mine. It's a square section or would  i be better off making it triangular , worried about distortion from welding. Going to swage the section and overlap
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« Reply #31 on: November 19, 2013, 06:46:53 PM »

Panel repaid section.

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« Reply #32 on: November 19, 2013, 09:34:11 PM »

Corners act as heat risers, they should be avoided. You can keep the rectangular shape if you like but radius the corner.
I would butt weld rather than overlap

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« Reply #33 on: November 20, 2013, 07:59:03 AM »

doing a nice job there, your getting more done than i am at the moment. How did you strip the front guards so nice, when i paint strip it only moves the top coat. Ive just got the shell to strip now.
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« Reply #34 on: November 22, 2013, 06:23:29 PM »

Got my mate to weld patch on front guard , he ended up doing it with the TIG. Done a good job. Was going to have a crack at it with my mig    Glad I didn't.

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« Reply #35 on: November 30, 2013, 06:41:25 PM »

Life wasn't meant to be easy !!!  Just struck a major hurdle. After fitting up doors for alignment on the last one. Left hand rear carnt get the door to line up. Tried another set of hinges. Pack with washers ever tried another door frame. Fault appears to be the shell is out of shape. Very dissapointed. Major set back. Was hoping to be on the road for tassy nationals. Just have to sit back now and take stock. Take some measurements and get some good advice. I'll go and see a panelbeater and see what they can come up with. More cash!! 

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« Reply #37 on: November 30, 2013, 07:07:20 PM »

Bugger me you got it in primer real quick...
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« Reply #38 on: December 03, 2013, 09:15:57 PM »

Looks like it may have twisted while doing the sills . Anyway I'd probably modify the doors to suit if the rest of the car is not too far out of square but first are these pictures of the rear ps door with the hinges off . What I'm getting at is when I fit doors I put the door in the opening ,usually sitting on a piece of carpet or an old towel folded on the sill and spaced with folded card board to get an idea of where it will fit before fitting the hinges . If the door then needs modification it will be obvious in the door gaps . I built two suicide doors from scratch for my hotrod and I know how frustrating it can be .Cheers Haydn
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« Reply #39 on: December 03, 2013, 09:29:24 PM »

got a good mate to check it out he a shithot welder fabricator and knows his stuff, we removed the door skin and ground and cut the frame to suit the lower section fitting a new skin and positioning it to suit , the top frame nudged and manipulated to suit the top section, still got a fair bit of a gap down the slop of the window frame till just below the door handle level, so ive trimmed an 8 mm slice off the side of a star pickett and am going to weld this to the edge and grind it back to get the gap right so we will see how its going to turn out.................
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