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Old 10-25-2013, 07:19 PM   #381
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Old 10-25-2013, 09:06 PM   #382
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Old 10-26-2013, 12:20 AM   #383
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Pre-heating with a torch will help a lot. Even with something like a little propane shop unit.
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Old 10-26-2013, 07:17 AM   #384
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Pre-heating with a torch will help a lot. Even with something like a little propane shop unit.
Thanks, I will give that a try.
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Old 10-27-2013, 05:27 PM   #385
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Hey Tango, your idea worked. I don't have a torch on hand so I used my heat gun. It work good.

I was hoping to get the front done today. It just keeps dragging on. I only got one side finished.



I need to cut away the excess steel and weld the frame back together.



Here is the steel cut away, I thought I took a photo of it welded too. After I welded the frame back together, I finished welding the side piece on. I also ground down the old welds and re-welded them. Then I riveted in the last of the side panels. Five hrs of work and only one side done.



I sealed all the seams with Sikaflex 221. This stuff is sticky when applying and stays flexible after it cures. Im going to prime and paint as is for now and watch it over the winter as I drive it around to see if any of my welds break. They I will fix them and do the body work in the spring, to make it pretty.
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Old 10-27-2013, 10:50 PM   #386
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Hey Bailey --- glad it helped. Also helps to have a heat spoon and wet rags handy when welding any sheetmetal to help dissipate excess heat. Helps prevent "oilcanning". I'm still trying to learn the right touch myself, so anyone with more experience...please...feel free to jump in here.
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Re: The Journey Visvi 1999 Thomas MVP ER

like those lines alot
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You always have to be careful when using your grinder. Especially with a cutoff wheel, They can blow apart on you. I had one do that tonight while cutting the excess steel on the drivers side.



Not pretty when it happens. Not pretty when you are working close to the grinder. Lucky for me I had a couple layers of clothing on.



It still got through and did a number on my chest. Feels like someone punched me, from the kick back of the grinder.



Tomorrow we will see if I get a bruise.
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glad its just a scratch..I had a co-worker take a chunk in the leg one time...build is looking good.
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Re: The Journey Visvi 1999 Thomas MVP ER

I did "bounce" test years ago (wearing old skool welding leathers etc) the black and yellow ones from lowes past the best....others were damn scary
I buy a new $20/$25 northern tool grinder every two years or so...first thing I do is throw away evrything ment to be ground/spun away...only usethe grinders
Never buy cutoff/grind wheels from the cheap places...esp...the tool shows that go to armorys etc...

I'm really liking the lines alot
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