Discussion in 'Projects' started by Smartin, Jul 13, 2008.
its a chevy but there's a buick in the story.
Looks like he's chroming damn near everything!
The LH rocker itself is done, finally. I got really tired of welding and grinding while laying on my back. I swept up my mess and took a break from metal work, and grabbed a couple parts to clean and paint. This is my favorite part Instant gratification!
I took the shift indicator and took it apart to clean and paint/polish each part separately. I had to re-color the letters. The chrome is a so-so candidate for rechroming, but I can live with it for now. I can always do it later.
I also cleaned up the column shift linkage that connects the column to the transmission.
My garage is a mess. I've been holding off installing new shelves on the back wall because I want to extend the garage out to the backyard so I can have a 4-car garage. But...I'm having trouble justifying the expense.
I have a 2x2 4 car garage, but I have the same width issue you do...I'm also doing the same kind of work on my off brand...in fact, I was cutting and patching a rocker panel today too...a little extra garage width would be nice!
Nice work. I wanna come down and work on her! :rant: If the county lets you do a 4 car just promise yourself you will commit to two cars. No point in having four cars. Never enough time to finish one. If you extend the garage just offset the cars in opposite corners, or get those skates for the tires. I love the pics of the shift indicator pieces.
I would use the rear two spaces for a shop area so I could spread this thing out and get the body off the frame without having to store the Centurion somewhere else....or outside. And I know that isn't happening.
Nice metalworking Adam:TU:
I'm trying realllllly hard!:spank: :Comp:
Sort of a trial by fire type of deal here...
Hopefully within the next 2 weeks, I'll have the front floor pans delivered. I will need to make the bases of the two braces that come down from the cowl to the floor...they're rotted up pretty good at the floor. Imagine that.ou:
I sent Ken Reeves at Wheatbelt an email last night asking about some trunk metal, and maybe a trunk lid....waiting on a reply from him. I might be driving to Oklahoma this Winter if he's got what I need.
Haven't checked in on this thread lately. Wow Adam, that's a ton of progress! Sorry to hear about the Centurion engine. I had no idea. I only stopped at the Columbus event for a few hours on Saturday and had to get right back home. What did you do with the blown up engine? I assume it is matching #s.
I stuck it in the trunk and drove home on the salvage engine:laugh:
That engine is still running in the car. I will be having my original engine rebuilt this Winter, and will have it swapped out pretty quickly...probably within a couple months if everything goes as planned.
Great story you have going on here, I sign on during my lunch hour to see your progress........Keep up the great work!!
Stuck it in the trunk. I should have known that, having done it before myself. Glad you got everything back home ok.
Whut ?? you changed enjuns in your centrion ?
... Im buying stock in welding wire and tetnus serum :idea2:
I'm up-to-date on tetanus...no worries there. I just have to worry about keeping diesel fuel in my garage heater this Winter...BRRR! 18 degrees last night and 23 tonight. Gotta love those torpedo heaters!
Propane ones aren't much better now...18 dollars for a 17 pound refill of propane...lasts about 10-11 hours in my propane salamander...
Didn't get very far today...just finished up the inner rocker and rebuilt the lower cowl. I had to guess on what it looked like, since there was literally nothing there to judge from.
Here's the photo I posted above:
Here is the current condition...it's cleaned up a little more now,though. The piece hanging down is actually going to be used to bolt the front fender to the cowl. That portion of the cowl went with the fender when I pulled it off. Same deal on the other side, too.
I started hacking out the front floor section that needs to be replaced.
I also removed some of the body mount bolts on the drivers side. How do you remedy a situation where body mount bolts break off and you don't have access to the nuts on the other side?? Cut an access hole?? Or remove the body, cut out a hole and weld in a new nut??
I hate those caged nutz ... wish they just welded the nut to the body. I had to ventilate a few area's to get to them myself
SInce I gather this is a "Make it up as I go, but make it look good" deal I'd say do whatever is easiest and repeatable elsewhere
Are you Migging with flux cored?
yep...flux core. Care to criticize my welds?:laugh: