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PostPosted: April 12, 2021, 12:02 pm 
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Lonnie-S wrote:
Snow? How'd ya do that in mid-April? You'd better tippy-toe on that deck, and no Captain Morgan before hand, or you'll be spending a day in the emergency room. :mrgreen:

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PostPosted: April 13, 2021, 9:25 am 
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Gravity wins, and it works faster when alcohol is involved...
Actually gravity sucks, especially when pulling on body parts :ack:


Few pages back Lonnie asked how I'm going to deal with the windshield wiper arm posts being low in the scuttle. Today I addressed the issue. I applied a skill I learned in grade 4 and traced and cut out the pattern for the scuttle sheet from construction paper. Once laid up on the scuttle I was able to see how much I had to extend the WW pivot posts - 7/16". Took apart the pivot post assemblies, fabbed up a couple of longer posts and re assembled everything. Some pics.
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PostPosted: April 13, 2021, 11:20 am 
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Very good. How do you keep the new extenders in place? Is it a friction fit or are you using epoxy or something?

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PostPosted: April 14, 2021, 12:31 am 
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Lonnie-S wrote:
Very good. How do you keep the new extenders in place? Is it a friction fit or are you using epoxy or something?
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The old ones were serated and the ends swaged, I machined the new one to press fit and plug welded the ends.



Did some odds and ends on the car: applied strip caulking around the steering column to firewall, installed keeper on gas pedal/throttle cable, installed pull handle assembly for the E brake release.
Then I transferred the scuttle construction paper template to aluminum and cut it out. I used electric shears to cut within 1/4" on the line. Then cut by hand with aviation snips. I use a wood rasp to dress the edge. Forstner drill bits work great for cutting holes in aluminum. Test fit piece to scuttle.
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Made the exhaust cut out, will apply it to the full size template.
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PostPosted: April 14, 2021, 10:03 am 
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I am glad that there are experienced builders here.
I'm a ways off from bending sheets of metal, but it'll be handy to look back at some of these threads when I get to that point. Wouldn't have thought about the strap to test fit.


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Perry has a lot of tricks up his sleeve, if one just looks closely. Look at the magnets holding the header CAD (Carboard Aided Design) cutout on the top rail. :cheers:

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PostPosted: April 14, 2021, 11:26 am 
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C[arboard]AD, one I learned from Project Binky. Will definitely be employed in the future.


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Ha ha ha like I said I done learnt that skill in grade 4 (1969), I most likely wondered at the time when the heck would I ever need to use this in my lifetime??

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Look at the magnets holding the header CAD (Carboard Aided Design) cutout on the top rail.
:lol: :lol: :lol: Good eye Chuck! I'd be willing to bet a dollar that there are escaped magnets hiding on some of my finished builds as I have to keep replenishing them!!

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You probably mentioned this in your log somewhere Perry, but where did you get your fenders from?

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You probably mentioned this in your log somewhere Perry, but where did you get your fenders from?
Hey Josh, for this build I used Princess Auto steel trailer fenders. Had to buy 3 for the rear fenders cause I had to lengthen each side 11”. The fronts had to be shortened, can’t remember how much.

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I especially like the rear fenders. I can't tell where they were joined from the pics.

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So, you added fender material in the circular dimension, not the width, right?

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Miatav8,MstrASE,A&P,F wrote:
I especially like the rear fenders. I can't tell where they were joined from the pics.
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So, you added fender material in the circular dimension, not the width, right?Cheers,
That's right, I added 11" to the circumference of the fender, that's why I bought a 3rd fender. The fender width was acceptable.
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So work on the 7 has slowed down considerably since the nice weather has arrived. Getting things organized to replace the small well pump house with a 16' x 12' building that will house the new 2100 gal cistern (I will be hauling city water to fill this) and well. Should have concrete poured in the next couple weeks.


But I did manage to mark my rivet locations (~2" spacing) and drill and cleco the aluminum to the scuttle. As always, some pics
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Just checked the timetable on this one - started the build log 6 months 2 weeks ago, will most likely be another 6 months before completion as other stuff gets in the way.

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Damn, 6 months? You're a machine! It's looking great.

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