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|Wow man, this is what it's all about right here-- the true meaning of a project car. Not something you buy as a piece of crap and just drop off at someones shop and come back a couple months later and it's done. It looks like a lot of work, but I can't imagine how fun it would be. I am getting ready to take some classes at my college that get in to welding, and I was wondering if most of the skills you are using are pretty basic or advanced. I know a lot of it simply has to do with the ability to envision something first, but like the seatbelt delete patches, would something like that be easy for a beginner?|
Hey, thanks for the support- this is a lot of fun for me, but it's hard for me to spend time on this build as I don't have much money or time to devote to it at the moment.....
Welding classes are great- I would suggest it to anybody, even if you think you are an expert, you will always learn something new from working with other people.
Some of these little details don't require a lot of skill, but experience and the right tools always helps. I find taking the time to make something fit right before welding makes a HUGE difference, even if you have to make it two or three times. That way you can save time, energy and resources when applying filler.
The seat belt patches, for example, I spent most of my time making the pattern. Once I was happy with the pattern, I transferred that to metal, cut it out and then had to figure out the exact radius to make my bend. I actually made two pieces before getting the right radius on my bend just right- I "bump bent" the piece in three stages on my bending brake to get the piece where I wanted it. Then did some slight trimming to get the patch to sit just below the plane of the existing area- that way I knew I wasn't going to be too high, but not too low so that I would have to add a lot of filler...Sounds like a lot of work for a little piece, but that is my process- make it right the first time!!!!!