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Old 08-18-2020, 08:24 PM
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Its come a long way Pugsy! I wish I was where you are...



Thanks, but I think you're way ahead.



Short list of remaining items:


Chop top
Chop doors
Major door overhaul to get the window slot straight for one piece glass
New hood
Repair rear fenders, add 1-1/2" and weld to car
Rear valance
New chassis
Inner front fenders


Paint the El Camino as my daughter thinks it's too drab when we go to cruise nights among all the bright colored rods. This winter for the El Camino so will be losing Rod time.
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Old 08-19-2020, 05:53 PM
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Back to the front clip. I needed to reinforce the fender edges as they were buckled in in a couple of spots. I was going to fill them with a 3/8 stainless rod, but that would probably rust too fast. I opted for a 3/16" diameter rod welded to the edge of the lip. This still left the trough for water to run down and out of the rim.


































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Old 08-19-2020, 06:05 PM
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Some of you may remember warning me of the damage that would have incurred to the paint job if I had of continued with the body mounts in the first pic here. The plug welds would have totally cracked the paint eventually.













The only other place available was the thin rim around the headlight opening. I formed 6" wide strips of satin coat steel to the shape of the opening...never mind...the pics are self explanatory......
































































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Old 08-19-2020, 06:09 PM
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The halogen light kit comes with a nifty grommet to pull out to change the bulbs from the rear. The drilling may seem hack, but the buckets are so thin, the holes popped thru in seconds and only took about five minutes. Thin means it filed easily to shape as well.

























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Old 08-19-2020, 06:13 PM
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This gets us to Sunday past when I hit the front clip with some epoxy all around.























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Old 08-22-2020, 05:39 PM
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Thanks, but I think you're way ahead.



Short list of remaining items:


Chop top
Chop doors
Major door overhaul to get the window slot straight for one piece glass
New hood
Repair rear fenders, add 1-1/2" and weld to car
Rear valance
New chassis
Inner front fenders


Paint the El Camino as my daughter thinks it's too drab when we go to cruise nights among all the bright colored rods. This winter for the El Camino so will be losing Rod time.
I guess that beats her hosing it with plasti dip when you aren't looking.

Very interesting points on your list and very well done ones scratched off. Thanks for the detailed updates and hurry back to thy rod!
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Old 08-06-2021, 05:56 AM
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I had a fine fella, without mentioning any names Matt, mention something about using a split back window when I chop the top. I thought, "what?", nah, ain't gonna happen......
Well, after 8 hours on the road and a couple of bucks less in the wallet and we got us a new window frame.


A few months in the molasses and it came out pretty good.




















































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Old 08-06-2021, 06:15 AM
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I considered chopping the top in the basic way when same said fine fella made a Photoshop of the roof lowered without touching the B pillars or door tops. Hmm.....I like the sound of that.

The scale of roof length, door window height, and door height itself below the window opening seems to be fine as is. Need to lose that box at the rear of the roof as well.







I sliced down the A pillar and took 2" out of the windshield opening for an inch and a half roof lowering.














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Old 08-06-2021, 06:19 AM
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This is where I'm at. Time for my attempt at wheeling panels approximately one foot wide down each side.
A mock up of some scrap ally I had laying around.




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Old 08-07-2021, 05:05 AM
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I would approach the pancaking of the roof by wheeling the existing roof panel along the sides where most the the crown is. That would release it and let it down flatter without needing a filler piece.
Is that what you plan to do?
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