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Old 12-02-2016, 06:41 PM   #1911
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I like the dry ice idea. Plus it would keep my margarita chilled while I work.
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Old 12-02-2016, 06:54 PM   #1912
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Its too late now but I got a trick that MAY help on the floors. Dry ice. I've prepped a few Mazda MX-5 race cars-and we have to take off the sound deadner goop in the interior. You take chunks of the stuff + set it on the tar + wait about an hour. It turns hard and can scrape it up with a putty knife. You get it right + its like scraping shingle off a roof. Wonder if it would work on older stuff.
Be nice if I could flip my bus 180 degrees, and use the dry ice method on the ceiling.
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Old 12-03-2016, 10:47 AM   #1913
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Body work...I HATE doing bodywork! --- More metal patching. An area adjacent to where I am building an electrical box was rusted out along the floor line so I took on the task of patching it. Made a patch out of some 18 gauge, traced it onto and over the offending area, cut it out with a grinder and cutting wheel, tacked it in, filled in the tacks all around, ground'em down then started on the Bondo work. But first...I watched a couple of YouTube vids on the subject. They helped a bunch.


Measure, cut, tack then tack some more.


Apply Filler, sand, more filler, sand.


Not pushing this brand but I did learn online is that the newer, fiberglass infused fillers are far superior to the old, creamy types. Stronger and more flexible.


A final thin layer of conventional filler and a top coat of Putty made for a fairly decent finish. Turned out much better than any of this type work I have done (bungled) before.

Next is to glue and screw some heavy gauge material around the perimeter of the big opening to provide a better welding base for the electrical box.

ONWARD!

PS...just for the record...vehicles made in America during the war years (WWII) were fabricated from whatever metal that was left after the government used the "good stuff" and is a nightmare to weld. So many impurities that it wants to blow out at any setting on my mig.Like trying to weld lead.
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Old 12-03-2016, 11:43 AM   #1914
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Apply Filler, sand, more filler, sand.
PSR- Putty Sand, Repeat. I feel your pain, it's such fun even when working with styrene models. Especially when there are huge gaps because of crappy moldmaking or age of the kit.
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Old 12-03-2016, 06:59 PM   #1915
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Looking good Tango. I doubt a "real" body man could do any better. Funny how it goes, I really enjoy working with body filler. On the other hand, while I can do it, I really don't enjoy working with wood. Go figger. Jack
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Old 12-03-2016, 07:04 PM   #1916
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I hate body work too... and it shows,.. seems any bidy work I do doesnt last very well...

im glad you know how to do it... its a great skill to have!!
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Old 12-06-2016, 08:01 PM   #1917
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Kinda reminded me a little of yours Tango.

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Old 12-06-2016, 09:53 PM   #1918
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Nice rig! Thanks Flyboy...love those old timers.
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Moving right along...Got the big hole cut out for my electrical box as well as replacing some rusted body metal. This time I decided to "glue & screw" some supporting material to which the actual box will attach. As I previously have stated, the metal used for civilian purposes during WWII is next to impossible to weld since it contains so many contaminants so I took the easy way out. One inch x 1/8" flat strap all around the edge of the hole using poly adhesive and nuts & bolts. When the box is built I will be able to easily weld directly to the straps.


Fitting the straps and drilling a bunch of bolt holes.


Mostly finished. A few more bolts were added across the bottom but I needed to get the other pieces positioned and welded together first.

Now I can start on building the enclosure for the electrics.

ONWARD!

PS...discovered some body lead while working on that area. Great filler if you don't mind the brain damage that comes along with working with it.
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'tis a little unnerving to cut a giant hole in an otherwise perfect body panel isn't it?
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