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Old 05-15-2018, 10:40 PM
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Just wanted to update that I had to tinker around with some other non Rambler stuff the last couple days, but Iím in progress on the driverís side roof rail (and will follow up with the driverís qtr. glass channel and structure. It isnít necessary to post duplicate photos and information, so until Iím onto something new and different Iíll be a little silent for a bit.
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Old 05-22-2018, 11:26 AM
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Just another quick (frustrating) update. In between a few other minor shop projects I had continued to fabricate and assemble the driver roof rail. I finished plug welding on the top cap yesterday morning and had somehow introduced a twist and warp to it (even with repeated testing and fitting)

I struggled to try and save the rail for the rest of the day but it just wasnít happening (very strong as a box now) and I was doing more damage than good....so in the junk pile the whole thing went and Iíll now restart on another new one from the start.

Iíll update again when I make real progress for once.
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Old 05-22-2018, 08:46 PM
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A very frustrating experience that is for sure!
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Old 05-23-2018, 02:12 AM
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happens to the best of us dane, I could have built another 356 with the amount of panel's I've made twice or even 3 times. You get better and quicker at making them though lol
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Old 06-22-2018, 04:31 PM
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Iím still here and still plugging away on the Rambler project slowly. Iím currently reworking the back glass opening and extending the decklid opening (as I moved the rear glass forward and will be lengthening the decklid in time)

I just havenít had time to post. Iím running most nights for my kids baseball games and General ďsummer stuffĒ Iíll get done pictures to post soon.
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Old 06-22-2018, 05:48 PM
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Anxiously awaiting your next update. I appreciate all the time and effort that it takes to keep us up to speed on your project.
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Old 07-03-2018, 01:30 AM
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Sorry for being a little lax on the updates lately. I condensed the pictures and the work I've performed as much as I can for this post.

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I've set the window mock up as a mirror image for the driver's side.

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The driver's side roof rail fabricated and in position. As I mentioned, I had to fabricate it twice since I built the first one with a twist and warp into it that I couldn't fix.

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Both roof rails set into position.

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The quarter glass structure fabricated and finished as well.

Here I'm roughly setting the rear window opening into position to check how much I need to widen it.

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Here I've widened the rear window opening 3 1/8".

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Here you can see the original trunk opening location and how much I moved the rear window in relation to the quarter panels.

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Cutting away the original trunk opening.

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This shows the original outer skin, an inner structure for the jamb and the weather strip edge.

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Here I'm fabricating the inner structure edge for the jamb.

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Here I've fabricated the outer skin as well as the trunk jamb

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I've plug welded the inner structure to the outer skin

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I then TIG welded the assembly into position.

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Initial grind, planishing and metal work completed

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Here you can see how much the rear window was moved forward compared to the decklid.

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Completing the same work for the passenger side.

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Passenger side clamped into position ready to weld.

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Passenger side welded into position and roughly metal finished.

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Both sides complete.

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One last view straight from the rear.
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Old 07-03-2018, 07:31 AM
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Seriously good work there Dane! The inner structures are much more difficult than the skins in my experience.
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Thanks for these pics, Dane. They're very helpful.

Something I don't understand yet because ive never done it. when cuts are made, like the original outer skin around the trunk opening that was moved and then reattached. When the original pieces are butt welded back into place, how is compensation made for the kerf of the cut to keep things in alignment? Did you add an extra strip of metal, then trim it to size?
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Old 07-03-2018, 05:45 PM
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Thanks for these pics, Dane. They're very helpful.

Something I don't understand yet because ive never done it. when cuts are made, like the original outer skin around the trunk opening that was moved and then reattached. When the original pieces are butt welded back into place, how is compensation made for the kerf of the cut to keep things in alignment? Did you add an extra strip of metal, then trim it to size?
Iím sorry, I possibly didnít mention that the original openings were cut out and discarded and new pieces were fabricated with the extra length necessary.

There were rust issues on the top edge and the shape actually changed because of the window being ďlaid downĒ
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