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    1. 01-30-2008 04:09 PM #201
      Wow. I just read the entire trailer post, my butt is sore from sitting on this chair for so long in one place.

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      01-30-2008 04:21 PM #202
      Where is the trailer thread again?

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      01-30-2008 05:40 PM #203
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      01-31-2008 12:04 AM #204
      Wow, just found this thread when I got on my roommates computer. Awesome thread. I hope to someday have the time, place, tools and skills to complete something like this. Super impressive! [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]
      Don't know if this has been covered or not yet (maybe I overlooked it), but what are the plans for the car in terms of style? Are you going for an OEM look, or you planning on doing anything crazy with it like air ride or a monster of a motor? Either way, I'm positive it will be incredible in the end. [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]

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      01-31-2008 01:39 AM #205
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      02-04-2008 07:02 PM #206
      Quote, originally posted by Capt. Obvious »
      Don't know if this has been covered or not yet (maybe I overlooked it), but what are the plans for the car in terms of style? Are you going for an OEM look, or you planning on doing anything crazy with it like air ride or a monster of a motor? Either way, I'm positive it will be incredible in the end. [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]

      It already has rear air suspension. I'm thinking of bagging the front. The driver's cabin will probably be traditional black leather but the back will evoke luxury cars of the '30s with lots of wood and wool.
      1-4-2008 Final repairs to rotted out door frame.
      The barrier that trapped the water in the lower area was rotted away and needed to be replaced.
      It was handy that I had another door frame 4 feet away. I covered the piece with duct tape and marked out a pattern.

      I transferred the pattern to a piece of scrap sheet metal and rough shaped it with the bandsaw.

      I ground the piece to fit the opening.

      Dropped it into the damaged door frame, making sure the drainage hole stayed open.

      Torch welded the new piece in place.

      Coated the area with POR-15 allowing it to flow out of the drain hole, permanently sealing the area.

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    7. 02-04-2008 07:12 PM #207
      I can't wait to see this thing at Dreamcruise!

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      02-04-2008 09:56 PM #208
      Maybe in a couple of years.
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      02-04-2008 10:07 PM #209
      so are you keeping a list of expenses?
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      02-04-2008 10:09 PM #210
      I never do. I figure it's cheaper than a shrink.
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      02-04-2008 10:14 PM #211
      amazing work i wish i had the opertunity to learn how to do some of that kind of work. Keep it updated i'll be checking in once in a while

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      02-04-2008 10:20 PM #212
      figures with the kind of work you have done.
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      02-04-2008 10:24 PM #213
      Quote, originally posted by barry2952 »
      I never do. I figure it's cheaper than a shrink.

      Ha.. I just tell people it's cheaper than playing golf. Plus at the end I have something tangible to show for all those hours away from the family other than a wicked farmers tan and a shot liver.
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      02-04-2008 11:01 PM #214
      well, gotta spend your time some where. why not on this cool one-off project. bump for you... [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]
      If your car doesn't scrape, it's not low enough.

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      02-04-2008 11:25 PM #215
      Looks great, Barry. It's like archeology for cars. Carcheology?

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      02-26-2008 02:48 AM #216
      Please update.
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      02-26-2008 05:20 AM #217
      Quick question, what's your background?
      I wish I had the skills to do this sort of build.

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      03-11-2008 01:27 PM #218
      I'm an electrician by trade. I've just always loved getting dirt under my fingernails.
      3-12-2008 Back to work after much needed vacation.
      I removed the grill that covers the air intake in front of the windshield. I found bags of pine needles and other debris. It had apparently been turned into a rodent condo at one time.
      I observed that there were three cuts in the sheet metal on the cowling. Apparently someone felt it necessary to cut this metal and bend it out of the way to access the hydraulic motor for the wipers. I don't understand this as I was able to get it out easily.

      After removing all the paint in the area I had Shawn do some more welding for me. Sorry about the lousy picture.

      I'll treat the inside of this area to a coating of black POR-15.

      After drilling a drainage hole for the area behind this patch Shawn tack welded the patch and proceeded to complete the welding on the dogleg and the rear quarter.


      Let the leading begin! It's much simpler than I thought. I've used lead in art glass projects and the processes are the same.
      Lead will only stick properly to clean metal. After using a flux on the area to be "tinned" the sheet metal and lead stick is heated to a point where lead will adhere to the surface of the steel. A quick wipe with a rag will reveal any spots that didn't tin. These areas must be redone.
      Shawn brought a number of wood leading tools with him. I was surprised when he asked if I had any used motor oil. We wanted to use it to bathe the tool surface in to keep it from burning.
      Using the tool and the torch I was able to melt enough lead to cover the repaired area. It looked pretty ugly when I was done and I was concerned that the dirty oil had embedded itself in the softened lead I had pushed in place.
      I went at it with a body file and took it down to the proper height. It was a lot of work but very satisfying to see the repair take shape.


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      I believe that this will be the final design. It solves a number of problems by getting rid of the center door. There is a lot of stress at the attachment point of the front "B" pillar and the roof. This is due to the lack of a rigid structure below. By welding the center door frame in place and covering it with a continuous piece of sheet metal the center of the car will be much stronger.
      It will also allow me to use the space for entertainment and luxury items befitting a proper limousine.

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    19. 03-11-2008 02:34 PM #219
      i think getting rid of the centers doors is a great idea, looks much cleaner

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      03-11-2008 02:48 PM #220
      Quote, originally posted by ojnrice »
      i think getting rid of the centers doors is a great idea, looks much cleaner

      i 100% agree. its going to make it much cleaner looking. the fact that its going to make the car stronger is a big bonus too. [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]
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      03-11-2008 02:52 PM #221
      Quote, originally posted by barry2952 »
      [Deleting the center doors] will also allow me to use the space for entertainment and luxury items befitting a proper limousine.

      Barry, I love this project, and I think that you do amazing work, but I think I should point out that if it is going to a proper limousine, then the stretch should be behind the rear doors.
      Not that I'm saying you should re-engineer the whole project...
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      03-11-2008 03:00 PM #222

      Incredible work!

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      03-11-2008 03:03 PM #223
      Great work Barry. I agree with your decision to ditch the center door. [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]
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      03-11-2008 03:04 PM #224
      Quote, originally posted by Rukh »
      Barry, I love this project, and I think that you do amazing work, but I think I should point out that if it is going to a proper limousine, then the stretch should be behind the rear doors.
      Not that I'm saying you should re-engineer the whole project...

      Behind the rear doors? Please post a picture of that!
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    25. 03-11-2008 03:09 PM #225
      thanks for the update barry - looks great!

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