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Old 01-05-2015, 10:37 AM   #831
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AARRRRGGGGHH! --- The last month has been just about a total loss as far as any progress. There is some kind of really nasty bug going around town and it managed to find me. Spent the "Holidays" coughing, hacking and generally feeling like doggy doo around the clock while my bus just sat. Just now starting to come out of it. The only thing accomplished was to drop off about nine of my replacement body panels at a sandblasting shop. I got tired of "pickling" the sheet metal with acid to remove the scale and surface rust and decided it was worth paying someone else to do it. But...they have now been sitting there for almost three weeks due to the weather. Also been raining around the clock here and this cheapo shop doesn't really have a "shop". All outdoors so nothing has happened there yet. Should have a couple of dry days this week to blast & spray some primer. Maybe by then I'll be up to getting back to work.

I HATE losing time to something like this!
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Old 01-05-2015, 01:11 PM   #832
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Hey Tango. I know what you mean about losing time "to something like this". I did just fine this holiday season unlike last year when Santa brought me kidney stones. Ha Ha. Jack
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Old 01-05-2015, 05:23 PM   #833
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so you were feeling warm and squishy?

why did that stop work on Shorty

hope you feel better soon
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Old 01-05-2015, 05:24 PM   #834
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GACK! I'll take lumps of coal over kidney stones any day. Get to feelin' better Pard!
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Old 01-06-2015, 08:05 AM   #835
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there has been a new strain of flu around here in south lowsyana. they say it is worse than h1n1!!!!!!!!!! hoping you really are getting over it!

sandblasting will warp thin panels, but im sure you found a blaster that knows what they are doing.
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Old 01-06-2015, 10:42 AM   #836
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My new (replacement) panels are all 14 gauge. Pretty tough stuff. And the blaster uses sugar sand at moderate pressure. Saw a couple of Model T doors & fenders they had just done that turned out great.

But you are absolutely correct. Too much heat as a result of too much pressure on light weight sheet metal will result in a lot of warping and oil canning. Gotta be careful not to overdo it.
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Old 01-15-2015, 04:51 PM   #837
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Howdy All --- I just discovered a source for some critical body panel replacement parts and wanted to share it. VERY difficult to find anyone making new repair panels for anything as old as my rig.

Chap named Ray Stanley is fabbing lower cowl repair panels that fit all 1942 to 1946 Chevy trucks. From 1/2 ton thru 2-ton. And just about every unit I have seen (mine included) has serious corrosion issues in that area.

He also has patch & replacement panels for other old Chevy iron as well as doing custom work.

I just put an order in given that both sides of my cowl have totally gone to rot. This is a lifesaver and priced WAY below any body work estimates I have gotten locally.

His business is called Wheelwright Restorations...below are his email and website. I have no other interest than to help other folks in the same boat as I am. Stuff like this is really hard to find or come by.

wheelwrightrest@comcast.net

http://www.wheelwrightrestorations.host-ed.me/index.html
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Old 01-15-2015, 10:55 PM   #838
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Hey Tango. Great find. I sure could have used something like that when I was cutt'in 'an Pasting the cowl on my bus! Jack
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Old 01-16-2015, 11:07 AM   #839
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Roger that Jack --- Mine are so bad I've been putting off even dealing with them. Guess that sometimes procrastinating pays off 'cause these are not easy pieces to form without the right equipment...and skills. One body shop here gave me a ballpark of over $1500 bucks to repair both sides (all metal work...less for glass & Bondo).

Still waiting on the body panels I dropped off before Christmas. Been too #!@$&! wet & cold here for the cheap-o outdoor blasting shop to work on them. Haven't seen the sun twice in the last month and a half. I'm about ready to move to Ecuador.

Meanwhile...I did find a color while rooting around online that I think I like better than the Toyota. 1936 Cadillac Colonial Cream. Will pick up a small sample today to see what it looks like in person.
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Old 01-16-2015, 12:24 PM   #840
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Hey Tango, I went on line and found a paint chip of your Colonial Cream. All I can say is great minds think alike! That color is very close to the color I used on Honeysuckle Rose!?! I remember that you were considering a much darker color a while back, but it seems to me that the lighter color shows off the Art Deco body better as well as reducing the heat load from the sun. Jack
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