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Old April 1st, 2006, 06:56 PM   #201
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Started [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/Sawzallsmiley.gif[/img] and [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/welderface.gif[/img] today! [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/Dancing.gif[/img] [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/Dancing.gif[/img]

Getting everthing ready...


Started out by welding the doors shut to help keep the body stable.


Starting with the cowl/windshield frame relocation...


Here is the windshield frame removed...


and all cleaned up and ready for welding...


Tacked in place...


This shows the amount I have gained at the roof and how much I stood the windshield up.


This shows the amount I have gained at the dash. I will cut a filler panel for this space.


And finally a shot showing the amount I have to fill at the rear due to standing the windshield up a little.


Tomorrow, I plan to get the rest of the cowl welded up and then I will start the chop by taking 6 inches out of the windshield height. Might even get the rest of the roof off, if the weather cooperates.

Felt good to finally start on the chop.
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Old April 1st, 2006, 07:06 PM   #202
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That's looking great John, and I thought I was doing alot of mods!


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Old April 1st, 2006, 07:47 PM   #203
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am man... let us know when you do something difficult! [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/funny.gif[/img] ... nice job john! [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/thumbsup.gif[/img]
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Wow! Thats gonna be some work! Will be great to see it when it's finished.
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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(jaransonT3 @ Apr 1 2006, 08:56 PM) Quoted post</div><div class='quotemain'>
Tomorrow, I plan to get the rest of the cowl welded up and then I will start the chop by taking 6 inches out of the windshield height. Might even get the rest of the roof off, if the weather cooperates.
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Old April 4th, 2006, 10:03 PM   #208
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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(ThrasherBill @ Apr 5 2006, 01:18 AM) Quoted post</div><div class='quotemain'>
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Tomorrow, I plan to get the rest of the cowl welded up and then I will start the chop by taking 6 inches out of the windshield height. Might even get the rest of the roof off, if the weather cooperates.
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Did the weather cooperate? Don't leave us hanging! [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/FreakinSmiley.gif[/img]
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Sorry. Unfortunately, it did not. [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/crybaby.gif[/img] Low 30s and snow flurries the last two days. Supposed to start getting nice again Wednesday and back up into the 60s by Friday.

Hoping to have the roof tacked in place this weekend.
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Ya Weenie! [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/funny.gif[/img] [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/funny.gif[/img] [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/funny.gif[/img]
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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(1slo3 @ Apr 5 2006, 02:44 AM) Quoted post</div><div class='quotemain'>
Ya Weenie! [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/funny.gif[/img] [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/funny.gif[/img] [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/funny.gif[/img]
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The sun came out at lunch today and it is pushing 50 degrees right now. Should be able to get some more done tonight. I will post pics.
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Old April 5th, 2006, 07:39 PM   #214
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Weather was great this evening. Did a bit of [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/AssScratch.gif[/img] and then started [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/Sawzallsmiley.gif[/img] ! Here are the results.

Cut the rest of the roof off and moved it into position...down and forward.



I decided to keep the whole rear window frame intact so that I can use the stock rear glass.



Here is the view of the rear window from the side. It should work out just perfect, since the rear body line will be at the top of the rear fender after reworking the rear of the car.



I also started on the A-pillars. Lots of pie cuts to get them to bend in to meet the narrower roof.



I didn't get to start welding anything up yet. Need to bend/fabricate up the tubular support structure for the rear of the roof and need to get the windshield header trimmed to fit at the roof and at the a-pillars. It is going to be a little tricky, but doesn't look too bad.

I did fiddle in PhotoShop a little bit tonight too. [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/biggrin.gif[/img]

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nice real and virtual work today john! [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/bowdown.gif[/img]
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That looks great. Can't wait to see more progress. Makes me want one 'o' those.
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It's looking good John!

Makes me wish I kept that T3 fasty parts car I had. [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/cool.gif[/img]



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If it comes out anywhere close to how it seems to be coming and how well your drawings do, it should be fantastic and one-of-a-kind (at least until we all try to build our own because it is so good).
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Got a little bit done tonight. Not much, but I did enough [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/AssScratch.gif[/img] to figure out how to get the windshield header and roof to line back up. It was causing me some grief because I stood the whole windshield frame up some. I will have to do a little creative trimming of the windshield header and the roof to match, but it should work out just fine.

Here are the pics....

Windshield header frame clamped in place. I had to use the header from Jane 1 since I cut Jane 2s header to high up. Good to have a practice/parts car. [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/biggrin.gif[/img] You can see where I prose to trim the header frame so the roof will line up.



It shows a littel better in this side shot.



And finally a little closer view of the A-pillar. I still need to tweak the pie cuts a little to get everything lined up just right.



I plan to add a reinforcement to the inside of the A-pillar in order to both strengthen it because of the cuts and to smooth out the contour since I no longer will have seals on door opening side. Planning on [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/welderface.gif[/img] tomorrow.
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Are you going to cut the windshield before going to far ?
Then fit the metal to the glass.

Or are you brave ? [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/Idunno.gif[/img]



It would be easy to create a windshield frame,
with a shape that didn't match the glass.
Then what ? [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/rollingeyes.gif[/img] [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/dry.gif[/img] [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/mad.gif[/img] [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/wink.gif[/img]
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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Unkl Ian @ Apr 6 2006, 11:28 PM) Quoted post</div><div class='quotemain'>
Are you going to cut the windshield before going to far ?
Then fit the metal to the glass.

Or are you brave ? [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/Idunno.gif[/img]

It would be easy to create a windshield frame,
with a shape that didn't match the glass.
Then what ? [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/rollingeyes.gif[/img] [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/dry.gif[/img] [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/mad.gif[/img] [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/wink.gif[/img]
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I am usually pretty brave with this kind of stuff, but I am planning on laying the windshield in the frame when I have it all tacked together enough to hold its shape.

In theory, the opening is just smaller than the original in both height and a little in width at the top. Something like this....



The seal should allow a little bit of forgiveness and there is always the option to glue it in and then trim the edges. The windshield urethanes can handle lots of gap variation.

Lexan or similar is always an option since I could use the original windshield as a drape form. I think it will be OK. ( we need a "keeping fingers crossed" smiley. <G>)
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that is an awsome looking car. just how many talents do you have in your bag of tricks, Felix?








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Old April 7th, 2006, 12:15 PM   #223
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Hello!

I am insprired by this project - so I made a graphic
(except tires and wheels) from one of the progress pics.

T3 Rod Bitmap

Since Bitmap won't display, here's the JPEG:



So - if interested - anyone can use MS Paint
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OK....got some more done today! [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/Dancing.gif[/img]

Started out by fitting and tacking the windshield frame back together with about 6 inches removed. [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/Dancing.gif[/img]



Then I checked the windshield fit. Looks like everything will work as in my drawing earlier.



After adding some more welding to the windshield frame to make it a bit more secure (I still need to complete the welding), I got busy fitting the roof back to the windshield frame. Got everything fit together pretty good.





Here is a close-up of the visor/overhang and A-pillar. I need to do a little more trimming and cleaning up of the leading edge. I also want to add some 3/16" or 1/4" round bar to the leading edge to give it a little more support and definition. Kind of like I did on the headlight visors.



Didn't get anything welded on the roof yet. Need to get some tubing to make the rear roof supports before I weld everything together up front.

Making progress.....
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I didn't realize you were keeping the visor look.
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