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  • MP&C
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    55 Wagon Progress

    This is a customer car, the owner and I discussed shaving the fender seams quite a while back, and she asked about it again last week, so I guess we're on the hook..





    The bolting plates are cut out of the way, and the folded flange is trimmed, leaving a bit of extra to allow for fine tuning the weld joint.











    Bottom of the fender is cut loose from the bolting plate using the cutoff wheel. Then sanding the face of the fender leaves a contrast at the bend of the flange for a good guide for trimming with snips....











    Planishing out the fold to fill the gap....








    Clamps used to test fit. Still needs some fine tuning for zero gaps, but we'll finish that another day..









  • MP&C
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    Spent last night getting an assembly line going to get the rest of the speaker grills assembled. Just say no to plastic speaker grills!




















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  • MP&C
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    So last weekend I went to Ron Yeager's shop in Kingsville, MD for a metalshaping workshop. Reconnected with some old friends and made some new ones.. Thanks to Ron for opening his shop so we could all learn some new tricks and methods..





















    Today I got another speaker trim ring put together.....this one for the sub in the cargo area of the wagon. We planned on a recessed crest in the stainless mesh, so the mesh was aligned in our aluminum plates and pressed in the Diacro press brake using flattening dies.




















    Video Version....


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWMT...ature=youtu.be



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  • MP&C
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    Had a busy weekend but didn't get anything done.

    Saturday I went to the 15th annual Jalopyrama, this year it was held at the Talbot County Community Center in Easton, MD. I didn't get many pictures this year as there are far too many people taking pictures with much better cameras than I had (iPhone). This year's theme was a focus on vintage race cars, and the indoor arena was filled with dragsters, gassers, etc, as well as some of the nicest hot rods to be found on the East Coast. I did get a shot of my buddy Dirty Dave's gasser, which is basically his daily driver. Odd to see it indoors as much as he drives the wheels off it! haha..





    Next to it was the "Hamb Special", a vintage pickup classed race truck built for Bonneville, making it's debut on the salt last year. Owned by John Mullen of Lanexa VA, built by John and many of the members of the VA Hamb. My buddy Dave Russell gets the piloting duties on the salt, and we caught up at the show and talked shop.





    It has a 262 Ford 6 cylinder, but caught the attention of many of the racer's inside the building when it was being brought in. That idle didn't sound much like any 6 cylinder I've heard:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ot0UTIhtv4


    .and I did get a picture for Joe Unger. This truck would look awesome in front of his Sinclair station in Perry..





    Sunday was another car show, this one a bit more local for me, put on in downtown Leonardtown by the St. Mary's Rod and Classic Car Club to benefit Hospice and many other charitable organizations.


    We set up in front of John's shop, along with his Biederman truck, and a couple tables of our fabrications. Got a bit too much Sun, but really enjoyed getting out and talking to everyone about their projects.






    Last night was repair time for a dirt car. We had a severe fold/wrinkle to remove to get ready for next weekend, and with little in the means to "pull", we resorted to some MacGyver action on some Vise Grips...





















    That should hold it for this weekend.






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  • silver_bullet
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    Truly an artisan amongst your peers! Being impressed would be an understatement on my part!

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  • MP&C
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    Thanks Ed!

    On these grills, to clarify, the smaller (tweeters) use a smaller opening pattern (more holes per inch) than the midrange speaker next to them, so they would appear the same proportionally. McMaster Carr sells a sample kit of the mesh to help in picking out the size, p/n is 9231T11. For the sub we used 5 x 5 mesh (5 openings per inch) p/n 85385T31. For the midrange, 8 x 8 mesh, p/n 85385T42. For the tweeters, 10 x 10 mesh, p/n 85385T48. The grill for the sub will have multiple pressings, one to include a recessed crest emblem. That one will be the test..

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  • oletrux4evr
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    I'm impressed...........again.

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  • MP&C
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    Since we got our freshly chromed speaker trim rings back from DGM Chrome in Philly, it only stands to reason that we need to put another sample together for the car show in Leonardtown on Sunday. So today I stopped by Norris Upholstery and picked up a scrap to cover one of the kick panels to make it more presentable. Fake upholstery, if you will..





    We planned on adding a plateau to the stainless speaker mesh rather than flat, so some pressing fixtures had been cut out on a water jet for us..

















    Comparing the flat to the plateau....








    installed...











    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PrOES4xQv2A



    This might even work....



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  • MP&C
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    Here's a sneak peek at our speaker trim rings just back from DGM Chrome in Philly. Looks like we'll get a couple set up with the stainless mesh so we can show them off at this weekend's car show in Leonardtown..


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5OOk...ature=youtu.be



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    Mike did some component assembly today so we could make sure things fit before powder coating brackets. Good thing we did..








    The AC condenser bracket came with the Vintage Air setup, and we bought the alternator bracket to match... I'm not really keen on the mix of vintage air cleaner and AC condenser in front of it, but I think the owner would frown on the lack of cold air exiting from the dash..


    While Mike was working on those issues, I added some color to our paint sprayout sample.. It's too cloudy out today but we're hoping for sunlight tomorrow to better show what this will look like. Until then, Milwaukee Sun...








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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhfk84YrQtY



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  • DanStokes
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    My "good" 215 V8/Vega (the one with the Arizona body) used a similar paint scheme with the factory dark green Vega color on the bottom and a REALLY light silver ('62 Buick/GM) on top. Looked great! I have those pics on a memory stick somewhere but am still looking - I'll post them if they turn up.

    Dan

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  • oletrux4evr
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    I like the color. It's pretty close to Mary's coupe. Anxious to see what color will highlight it.

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  • MP&C
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    We need to do another spray out test panel, so we can nail down the top color to accent the green. These car bodies just aren't big enough to do a two tone.....






    .so we fabricated a fake quarter panel using the Tommasini wheeling machine, and sprayed it with some epoxy primer. We'll get it blocked on Saturday and spray the bottom using Organic Green Kandy Basecoat, and spray the top with Galaxy gray, to see how well those two go together...













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  • MP&C
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    I think the Vise Grip collection is just over 100. Yes, you can never have enough, I typically buy in bulk whenever I see them good used on CL or similar .



    Busy weekend! Saturday we got the power window mechanisms cut to length, and installed for the rear windows. We found some 1/4-20 x 1" standoffs about perfect for spacing the vertical part where it needed to be for locating the window track centered in the opening..





    Lock nuts used to keep the spacer from spinning during attachment...





    1/4-20 Rivnut added to secure the top..









    Track is pretty well centered....





    Also made a bracket for the Diacro No. 1A bender so we can use it in our universal stands..















    Sunday was the Coming Out Car Show put on by the Southern Knights Rod and Custom Car Club. We got Brad to bring his car out for the event. It's like a magnet, he was answering questions all day. We had some metal fabrications on display, and I enjoyed talking to many people about their projects, welding processes, and our fabrication capabilities.


























    *photo credit Mike Tunney, Old Liners Car Club

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  • DanStokes
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    Norm Abrams always says that a woodworker can't have too many clamps. I find that's true in metalwork, too.

    Dan

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