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Old July 18th, 2005, 08:56 AM   #176
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I think that #2 and then maybe add an over ridder also. As for the wrap around windshield, I was thinking about this this weekend, Could you use the rear glass out of a late '60's-early '70's Mopar? Something like a dart? They had fairly narrow roof lines.
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Old July 18th, 2005, 09:05 AM   #177
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c/f the bumpers then paint them titanium grey!
<div align="right">Quoted post</div>
The bumpers will be composite....probably carbon since I have so much of it. I will paint them chrome.....maybe with the new stuff from Dupont or PPG that is supposed to be so good.

Unless of course I can find just the right bumper to cut down. [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/funny.gif[/img] yeah right!

<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE</div><div class='quotemain'>Ray-Dean Posted Today, 12:56 PM
I think that #2 and then maybe add an over ridder also. As for the wrap around windshield, I was thinking about this this weekend, Could you use the rear glass out of a late '60's-early '70's Mopar? Something like a dart? They had fairly narrow roof lines. [/b][/quote]

They might work, but I suspect they are tempered glass and would be very difficult to cut down.
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Old July 18th, 2005, 01:17 PM   #178
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I like #4, lose the arch and use the bullets from #2. reminiscent of a late 40's cadillac.

Amazing work on the car by the way!! [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/bowdown.gif[/img]
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Old July 18th, 2005, 01:32 PM   #179
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There is such a thing as Too Much.

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Old July 28th, 2005, 08:18 PM   #180
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Made some more progress over the last couple of days.

Got both doors just about fully welded smooth. Filled the door handle holes and recess and the window opening slot and capped off where I cut the frame off.



Also got the other front fender smoothed over by filling the turns signal hole and the recess for the bumper.



I also picked up my new favorite cutting tool at Harbor Freight last weekend......4" angle grinder and some cut-off wheels.



This is the slickest thing since slicing bread.....and for only $16....how can you go wrong?! Came with a 1 year warranty and a new set of brushes for the motor. (We need a grinding smiley. )

And this is my favorite picture from tonight's work......



...that is my 10 year old son Ethan laying down a few spot beads on the door handle fill panel! He did great for his first time and he really liked it. Very proud Poppa tonight. Will have to have him put on a hat, some long pants and a long sleeve shirt next time.
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Old July 28th, 2005, 08:31 PM   #181
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I wouldn't leave that grinder plugged in if I wasn't around.
Killer smoked a few of those.

And save the reciept.You'll need it.
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Old July 28th, 2005, 08:38 PM   #182
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I wouldn't leave that grinder plugged in if I wasn't around.
Killer smoked a few of those.

And save the reciept.You'll need it.
Sure....rain on my $16 parade. :cry: :cry: :cry:




I look at is as a disposable......I probably went through $16 worth of sawzall blades cutting the car up so far so what the heck.

And I try to be sure that everything in the garage is unplugged for the night.
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Old July 29th, 2005, 06:34 AM   #183
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Way to go start em young Next you'll have to teach him how to work and sand bondo.

And I swear that we have the same welder, (I have a POS Uno Mig, 110V). The case looks the same anyway.

EDIT: Ok I had a look at another picture only the welder case is the same. Not sure what make your welder is, but it's not the same POS that I have.

I need to get back in the garage, (I'll just have to buy some longer extension cords, Heck if Dan can do it why can't I )

Way to go Nice progress.
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Way to go start em young Next you'll have to teach him how to work and sand bondo.

And I swear that we have the same welder, (I have an Uno Mig, 110V). The case looks the same anyway.
Need to get teach him how to grind done the ugly wleds that Uno Mig makes.

I am pretty sure that is what mine is. No real control, just a hi and lo setting, always hot wire.......sound familiar?
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Old July 29th, 2005, 06:57 AM   #185
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I guess mine is older then because the face on yours looks different I do have some control, but it really only works best at a few settings, I even replaced the reostat for the wire speed. Didn't change much though. Yup, wire always hot One day I'll step up to a better welder. Maybe 240V, but that will have to wait till I rewire the garage.

Weld on (picture a welding smilie here).
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Old August 22nd, 2005, 10:12 AM   #186
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Hey John,

MatteBlack, (Lee) and I were talking about your project yesterday. Any more progress to post??
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Old August 22nd, 2005, 10:28 AM   #187
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As I look thru the start and progress of your ride John I feel RETARDED!

Holy Crap that thing is lookin coll.

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Hey John,

MatteBlack, (Lee) and I were talking about your project yesterday. Any more progress to post??
Lots of planning and thinking and a little bit of welding....mostly just repairing the last of the rust spots on the fenders and capping off the doors.

I am basically waiting until I can get rid of the Focus in my driveway to make room for the bodyshell to come home. Then it will be cutting and welding the chop top for real.

One of the things I have been noodling over is the choptop. I really like proportions of the roof as it sits right now....without widening it to meet the a-pillars and being narrower in the rear than the fenders. I am thinking I will leave the roof alone and curve the a-pillars in the plane of the windshield to match the width of the roof. It will mean I have to trim the edges of the windshield at the same time I trim the top, But it looks like it will work. Lots of piecuts on the pillars.

I can get away with this since I am not planning on side glass. Have side glass that needs to roll up and down would make this a much harder proposition. I think my vinyl storm curtains will be ok though. I am also going to need to rebuild the entire rear deck area so I can just as easily make it work with the narrower roof. Plus I might be able to keep the original rear window.

Does any of this make sense to anyone? It is hard to describe....hoping it won't be hard to actually pull off in the sheetmetal.

In my mind's eye it will work and will look good.
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Old August 22nd, 2005, 12:27 PM   #189
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i get it! sounds cool... btw, you have some more c/f work to do! i need a dash cover!
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Got it measure twice then cut once, (ok several times because you changed your mind, or something like that).

Ok seriously I think I understand what you want to do. Overall once cut the top will be thinner side to side, (as viewed from the front and back of the car). So that now the "A" and "C" pillars will have to mount differently. The "A's"will need to be pinched in where it meets the roof. And the "C's" will mount just inside of the fenders on the rear deck at their bottom points. Rather than flush with them.

It'll make the roof look even lighter, and the rest of the body heavier, and lower to the ground.

I'm sure you'll be able to pull it off in the metal
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Got it measure twice then cut once, (ok several times because you changed your mind, or something like that).

Ok seriously I think I understand what you want to do. Overall once cut the top will be thinner side to side, (as viewed from the front and back of the car). So that now the "A" and "C" pillars will have to mount differently. The "A's"will need to be pinched in where it meets the roof. And the "C's" will mount just inside of the fenders on the rear deck at their bottom points. Rather than flush with them.

It'll make the roof look even lighter, and the rest of the body heavier, and lower to the ground.

I'm sure you'll be able to pull it off in the metal
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Old August 22nd, 2005, 12:36 PM   #192
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i get it! sounds cool... btw, you have some more c/f work to do! i need a dash cover!
Yeah, you and me both. I have the surrogate dash in my baseemnt already....jsut need to cut it up and stretch it so compensate for mold and part shrinkage and then smooth it over. Will likely be a winter project.
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Old August 22nd, 2005, 12:41 PM   #193
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move your bloomin' a*&! hahahahaha
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Old March 9th, 2006, 07:02 PM   #194
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Finally!!!!!!

I got the largely rust-free 70 body shell home tonight.



This is the body shell that will be used to create the Lead Sled.

Can't wait to start [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/Sawzallsmiley.gif[/img] and [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/welderface.gif[/img] on this thing. Supposed to be warm this weekend too. [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/Dancing.gif[/img] [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/Dancing.gif[/img]
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that's great john! enjoy the errr... therapy.
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Old March 10th, 2006, 10:24 PM   #196
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Got a little done on the new body for the Lead Sled tonight.

Here is a comparison shot of my 71 "Practice" car nextr to the new stock 70- Type 3 body.



Definitely have to lower the car and the roof. [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/Sawzallsmiley.gif[/img] [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/welderface.gif[/img] [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/driving.gif[/img]

Here is Jane 2 all dressed in Jane 1's old fenders, hood, and dorrs/

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Old March 10th, 2006, 11:30 PM   #197
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S W E E T! ! ! ! ! !
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Nice! Can't wait to see more.
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Old March 12th, 2006, 11:46 AM   #199
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Lookin good man !
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Didn't get any pictures today, but I did manage to get all the glass out of the car along with the ratty old headliner and any other materials that might catch fire when I start [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/Sawzallsmiley.gif[/img] and [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/welderface.gif[/img] for the chop top. [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/Dancing.gif[/img] As soon as we get past these next few days of cold weather (high today was 68 or something....only supposed to be in the 30s tomorrow), it is cutting time. [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/Dancing.gif[/img]
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