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Old 07-18-2018, 02:39 PM
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I know it's taken a long time, but it is now a great looking car and quite an achievement. You're sure to get someone say, 'my grandfather had one of these'!!!
Glad you're back on it.
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Old 07-18-2018, 11:43 PM
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Wow! The car looks great, and major props for sticking with the project for so long.
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Old 07-19-2018, 03:17 PM
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Love the Mohawk hood detail.
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Old 10-21-2018, 06:35 PM
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Got a little more time in the shop and was able to get the decklid skin on the frame.

I'm still learning about hemming edges. But I went forward anyway. I learn more when I screw things up.

Anyway, I marked where the skin needed to sit and clamped it to the frame. Then I bent it over in a few places and just kept after it until it was done. To close it tight, I held it upside down on a flat faced post dolly and hammered it closed.

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The upper gap is on the close and the bottom gap is a bit loose so I'll need to tweak the hinge locations a bit to center it better. However, it is tight on the corners and I did not leave enough space on the frame to work it down. What I'm going to do is file it until the gap matches what I need and, if I've cut through the skin, run a TIG bead around it and refile.


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I have tremendous admiration for folks who can nail gaps. Obviously, it's an area where I still have a lot to learn.


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But the best part is the decklid opens and closes without hitting the body! Some of you who have hung on through this 12 year saga may remember that my previous decklid would not open because I had the curve going the wrong direction and it hit the body in the center of the opening. Yet another example of what happens when you don't know what you are doing...


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On another note, I think I've found a source for the stainless trim that will run down the center of the car. This guy has apparently been around quite a while but moved his business to a new location ans was out of pocket for a while. The trim I'm looking at is 3/16 tall and 1" wide. It costs $7 a foot and each end is $3. I'm going to order a couple pieces and verify I can bend it. I expect if I make a Pullmax die that stretches to top, I will be able to curve down to fit the surface.



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Old 10-22-2018, 04:01 AM
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Nice job, Kerry that's looking great!

Glad you've tracked down a source for that trim. Sourcing bits and pieces like that is surprisingly time consuming.
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Old 10-22-2018, 04:25 AM
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Glad to see you moving along again and showing the progress.
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Old 10-22-2018, 05:32 AM
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I have tremendous admiration for folks who can nail gaps. Obviously, it's an area where I still have a lot to learn.


Looking good, Kerry. And the revised rear end looks sublime!

I think this video surfaced somewhere on this forum before???



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However, worth a watch particularly with regard to sizing door gaps etc, the craftsmen at Touring use a corking tool and hammer to fine tune the spacing.
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Old 10-22-2018, 05:43 PM
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Pretty standard methods.
... and then the "pasta fazool." (thanks to Arnoldo Zucchi for his Italian humor)

(originally pasta e fasule - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryN1s7jDrfU)
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Old 11-01-2018, 03:31 PM
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A question of style for the group. I'm planning on using 37 Ford taillights. I have two options on where I can place them. They have to be at least 20" off the ground to meet Alabama DOT requirements.

Option 1 Tail lights mounted on the outer crest of the rear fenders. This would be more visible from the side. It seems to also accentuate the width of the car. It is a much bigger car than it looks...116" wheelbase and 75" wide...compared to 96 & 71 for a standard C4 Corvette.

Option 2 is the tail lights mounted in the valley between the decklid and the fender.
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I'm leaning toward the second option but would like some input.


While I'm waiting, I think I'll work on the tag holder. It will be recessed below the decklid.
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Old 11-01-2018, 04:22 PM
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Nice to see you back at it, Kerry.
Sorry, but I like the original rear end treatment, curves suit the overall design, whereas the straight line back doesn't.
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