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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2016 3:09 am 
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Great work! I love the progress you've made on your car!

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 02, 2016 10:18 am 
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Time for an update. Focus has been on the rear outer frame rail. Lots of pieces that are compound shapes. First was to fit in a piece for where the bump stop goes. Second was to form part of the curved underside of the rail. This was a tricky piece. I cut out a oak board to the shape of the curve – bolted the metal in and with a lot of heat and hammer was able to shape the piece. Third area was the shock absorber area. This is a curved piece (10” radius) that nests inside the rail. It was curved and put in position. Still a small part to shape and fit for the upper curved section of this piece.


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cut piece for side wall lip.jpg
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20160301 side wall piece installed.jpg
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20160301 bump stop in position.jpg
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20160301 wooden die cut and curved edge of rear rail hammered and formed.jpg
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20160301 piece formed - looks like die is a one shot deal.jpg
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20160301 piece in position now fitting shock absorber metal.jpg
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20160301 most of metal back in for rear outside rail.jpg
20160301 most of metal back in for rear outside rail.jpg [ 96.89 KiB | Viewed 1506 times ]

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2016 5:04 am 
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Good morning

i just want to tell you i admire what you are doing with the car.

I took my 1961 356 for painting and fixing a "couple" of rusty areas 3 YEARS ago and little by little we found rust everywhere. Now , the body is done and i see myself driving the car soon , i hope it is ready for the summer.

good luck!


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 06, 2016 10:32 am 
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Alberto, thank you for your encouragement. Just takes patience and time. I am fortunate I have a good space to work in at a friend’s shop and how has some experience. This is the first major restoration I have done and has been an interesting learning curve. So, with the right tools, help from the registry members and the project threads over on ABCGT (and some good metal parts panel replacement parts) anyone with someone comfort with tools can tackle the project.

I have started to tackle the rear cross-member frame that supports the transmission. This is a tricky area were a number of panels come together. I am starting on the right rear side. The challenge is that the car rests on a restoration frame supported by the transmission bolts so it needs to be repaired in sections at a time to keep the supporting strength for the chassis.

I first made an accurate drawing of the section and dimples. I then cut out the old ratty section. A lot of metal had to be ground away to preserve the support piece for the transmission bolt hidden underneath. A new piece was cut to shape. For the dimples I used a variety of cut off metal pipe sections and large wrench sockets. I used a press to press in the shapes. Tried heating the metal first but this created a lot of waves in the piece – it was easier to press the metal cold.


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20160406 2 section that joins the rear crossbrace needs removal as well.jpg
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20160406 3 section of rear crosssection brace removed expossing back support brace for transmission holder bolt.jpg
20160406 3 section of rear crosssection brace removed expossing back support brace for transmission holder bolt.jpg [ 190.12 KiB | Viewed 1363 times ]
20160406 4 corner section removed showing backside of new shock absorber mount in place.jpg
20160406 4 corner section removed showing backside of new shock absorber mount in place.jpg [ 172.29 KiB | Viewed 1363 times ]
20160406 5 a papertemplate was made and then transferred to metal.  New section cut to size..jpg
20160406 5 a papertemplate was made and then transferred to metal. New section cut to size..jpg [ 136.49 KiB | Viewed 1363 times ]
20160406 6 The rear brace has dimples for strength. These were recreated using metal pipe pieces and large socket wrenches in a press.  Not perfect but very close..jpg
20160406 6 The rear brace has dimples for strength. These were recreated using metal pipe pieces and large socket wrenches in a press. Not perfect but very close..jpg [ 145.33 KiB | Viewed 1363 times ]
20160406 7 piece formed with dimples ready for final positioning.jpg
20160406 7 piece formed with dimples ready for final positioning.jpg [ 117.57 KiB | Viewed 1363 times ]

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 06, 2016 11:56 am 
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Nice work man! Looking great!


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PostPosted: Mon May 02, 2016 11:27 am 
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Recent attention has been focused on the rear transmission cross-section frame. It comes together in a complicated intersection with the side rail frame. I cut out the rusted metal and then reformed a piece to fit including the “dimples” . Inside was primed and then the new piece burned in. To close it in further a section piece along the side rail (partially supporting the parcel shelf) was cut fitted in place as well.


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20160430 transmission cross-section frame opened up primed and ready for replacement piece.jpg
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20160430 new piece for cross-member section in position and set.jpg
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20160430 cornner piece joing side rail and transmission cross-section frame.jpg
20160430 cornner piece joing side rail and transmission cross-section frame.jpg [ 106.18 KiB | Viewed 1206 times ]

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PostPosted: Sat May 14, 2016 9:21 am 
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Made some progress on sewing up the inner passenger side rail. This required a lot of curves and bends. Just could not get it to work in one piece and had to resort to a lot of smaller pieces.


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20160509 inner passenger side rail complete - all new metal in..jpg
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20160509 inner passenger side rail - fitting shaping edge piece.jpg
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20160509 inner passenger side rail - starting to close it up.jpg
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20160509 inner passenger side rail - forming more pieces.jpg
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PostPosted: Sat May 14, 2016 9:26 am 
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Over to the other side to the outer drivers side frame rail. This is a mess. Colder climate - lots of snow and salt plays hard on the drivers side from on-coming traffic. A lot of rust here and older patches from previous owner. This will take some loving.


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20160509 welded jig for bolt - prior to cutting and removing the whole shock absober mount.jpg
20160509 welded jig for bolt - prior to cutting and removing the whole shock absober mount.jpg [ 170.9 KiB | Viewed 1134 times ]
20160509 preparing to cutout shock absober mount - needed to cut before welding in bolt jig.jpg
20160509 preparing to cutout shock absober mount - needed to cut before welding in bolt jig.jpg [ 166.59 KiB | Viewed 1134 times ]
20160509 shock absorber frame with positioning jug for bolt.jpg
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20160509 shock absorber frame cutout and jig for bolt.jpg
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20160509 inner side rail frame. This is a mess - a lot of rust and old patches welded in by PO.jpg
20160509 inner side rail frame. This is a mess - a lot of rust and old patches welded in by PO.jpg [ 158.71 KiB | Viewed 1134 times ]

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 2017 4:19 pm 
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Been a while since an update. Lots of progress but slow.
got most of the chassis all buttoned up. Transmission cross-brace is done as well. Working on inner rear panel and B-pillar. Also at the same time trying to add in the parcel shelf. Parcel shelf is fitting nicely so now need to figure out where the transmission cover panel will land. This piece is not matching up well with the parcel shelf. Any suggestions – have I got the piece – or is this a case of a lot of heat and hammering?
Question – the sides of the transmission panel cover they lap upwards for the rear transmission cross-brace do they also get bent up along the sides for welding or turned downwards?

You can follow more detailed progress on the restoration effort at ABCGT

http://www.abcgt.com/forum/14-356-Resto ... Resto.html


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2017027 transmission cover and parcel shelf.jpg
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20170206 inner side panel welded in with only a few more welds to go.jpg
20170206 inner side panel welded in with only a few more welds to go.jpg [ 132.51 KiB | Viewed 399 times ]
20170204 parcel shelf in place covering up many hours of hard work that will never be seen again thinking I should of sepnt less time dresing welds.jpg
20170204 parcel shelf in place covering up many hours of hard work that will never be seen again thinking I should of sepnt less time dresing welds.jpg [ 150.33 KiB | Viewed 399 times ]
20161123 interior review.jpg
20161123 interior review.jpg [ 154.51 KiB | Viewed 399 times ]
20160430 new piece for cross-member section in position and set.jpg
20160430 new piece for cross-member section in position and set.jpg [ 67.52 KiB | Viewed 399 times ]

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