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Old November 13th, 2013, 07:40 PM   #1426
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Picked up the wheels from the sandblaster today. All 4 wheels clean as a whistle for $80.



Then I got them over to TechShop for some powdercoat. I did the inside and backside in black and the fronts in Mountain Dew (John Deere) Green.



Unfortunately I got a couple of them too close to the heating elements in the oven which turned the green brown. I will be taking them back over on Friday and recoating at least those two.

I also powdercoated the smoothy trim rings.



Instant smoothy wheels....





Add the stock Type 3 hubcaps and my custom bullets and you get this. I still need to powdercoat the caps and bullets chrome.



Only the front caps get the bullets since you would never see them in the rear with the skirts. Plus I don't have enough package space for them under the skirts anyway.



I will be paint detailing the rear caps with green instead of the brown on there right now...just for completeness sake. I am also planning on adding a simple tan pinstripe to the outer rim of each wheel.
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Old November 13th, 2013, 07:56 PM   #1427
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Nice vision and execution!








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Old November 13th, 2013, 09:27 PM   #1428
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Old November 14th, 2013, 06:38 AM   #1429
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Those look great John!
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Old December 29th, 2013, 06:28 AM   #1430
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Jill and i spent a couple of hours on the drive home from our cabin creating a punch list of things left to do on the Sled. It is a very long list. I am trying to get myself motivated to tackle the big things by knocking off some of the small stuff.

One of the things is shortening and welding up the stainless steel side trim. I went out yesterday and measured and trimmed all the pieces to fit. There are 5 joints that need to be TIG'd together. I am going to drop them at my buddy Glenn's place this week for him to weld.

I have also designed up the small "wings" that come down off the side trim in front of the new body line on the rear fenders. I laser cut some trial pieces from mat board to make a mock-up. I am pretty happy with the design. They tie in nicely with the license plate light housing.









I have a couple of options for making them...

Option 1. Waterjet the same 3 layers as the laser cut mat board, but from 1/16" aluminum. Fast and cheap...about $11 worth of waterjet time. I could even but some holes for machine screws in the bottom layer and sandwich them in. Question is...how do you join the 3 layers? Silver solder? Weld?

Option 2. Machine them from solid aluminum. Could even set up and do them on the CNC Tormach at TechShop. They are not that complicated, could even manually machine them.

Option 3. Use the laser or ShopBot to make a pattern and have Fred cast them for me.

With all three options, the final finish will be chrome powder coat. What do you think?
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Old December 29th, 2013, 06:52 AM   #1431
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Laser them in steel, join with TIG Brazing or Silver Solder ?
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Option 1, but make the middle layer bronze!
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Old December 29th, 2013, 06:33 PM   #1433
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I am digging it!!
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Since the final product is going to be powdercoated, I think the CNC might be the easiest route.
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Old December 30th, 2013, 09:15 AM   #1435
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I think that any way you do 'em will turn out brilliant!
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Old January 3rd, 2014, 06:48 PM   #1436
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So I am not real happy with how flat the original laser cut prototype side trim wings were. Not sure yet how to change it up so I did a little rendering to try to help. Came up with 3 options.

Option 1. The flat version like the prototype...



Option 2. Thicker version with more shape to it. Problem I have with this version is the interface to the stainless side trim...



Option 3. Thicker, more shapely as with Option 2 but the wing extends up to form the end of the side trim.



What do you all thing?

I have also been working on the seats. I got the driver's seat all rewired and the passenger seat just about there. Just need to get the correct switch to finish it up.



I also fabricated a foam filler piece to take up the space left by the side airbag module.



I fit the foam and will be re-assembling the seats with the stock seat covers from the Flex as soon as I pick-up some hog ring pliers and rings...



...at least for now. It is one of the compromises I am going to make in order to get the car ready for the 2014 Invasion. Will eventually re-do the foam and upholstery as I have originally planned.
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What if the side trim was thin at the top, thicker at the bottom ?
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If I was planning to make custom side trim I would have more options, but for right now I am planning on using the '53 Chevy trim that I have. I have flipped it over so the concave feature is on top instead of the bottom...so the bottom of the trim is actually a bit thicker than the top.
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What if you took the first one, and bent it into a decreasing radius, over the length.
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Old January 3rd, 2014, 08:17 PM   #1441
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What if you took the first one, and bent it into a decreasing radius, over the length.
Possible. Would still have a funny interface to the side trim.

Here are some cross sections comparing the three options. You can also see the stock shape of the 53 Chevy trim.

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I like option C.

Must say i like the yellow in the rendering too
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Old January 4th, 2014, 09:59 AM   #1443
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I like option #3....
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Old January 4th, 2014, 05:18 PM   #1444
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I think I am going to play around with Option 3 or C depending on the picture you look at.

Also, here is the punch list Jill and I created. Need to get all this little boxes to the right of each item filled in....



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Here are larger versions of each page....in case you want to read all the gory details. The color coding is as follows:

Yellow - Must Do
Green - Nice To Do
Pink - Only If I Have Time...





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Old January 4th, 2014, 11:07 PM   #1447
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Just flip that sheet upside down and all the boxes to the right will be filled in........









































is it done yet??????????
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Got the driver's seat retrimmed tonight. Just need to do something for a lower side shield, a mount for the switches and some rework of the headrest guide sleeves to clean them up since I am not planning on putting the headrests back on the seats. Just about ready to bolt in.

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I think I have the design of the side trim wings finalized. I didn't like how flat the first attempt was and it was a little to wide and rounded in side view. So I did some tweaking and made up a foam model of the new design. I am very happy with it.

Here is a comparison between the first (on the right) and the latest (on the left)...



I decided to incorporate the end of the trim into the wing piece similar to Option C I posted the other day.

Here is the new design with the side trim...



and a bunch of different views of it on the car...













Now I just need to decide how I want to fabricate them in something that can be powdercoated to match all the other trim on the Sled.
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