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    Brian Arcella
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    Sorry for not posting any updated pictures on my build. I’ve mainly been in scavenger hunt mode finding parts and pieces. I secured all the sheet metal I need with the exception of the decklid but I’m not sweating that too much right now.

    So I have been working around the shop a little so today I decided to finish up cleaning and repainting the tig machine. I blows my mind how anyone could let such an expensive piece of equipment get in such poor condition, dust and dirt are part of being in a body shop I get that but the rust? So I was sanding away and figured well if you’re going to do this you might as well do it right. So after removing the side panels I found that it doubled as a mouse condo in the former owners shop……lol No fried mouse carcasses were found. I spent two hours with a flashlight going over every single wire making sure there were no little teeth marks

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    #54450

    Another example of the many little(!) chores that need attention before we can get to the big tasks!  Good to be thorough though..  Hurry and get back to the custom!

     

    Dave

    Jus' creepin' along..

    #54595

    Brian Arcella
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    Well yesterday was road trip day drove down to Glen Burnie Maryland to pick up my sheet metal from a member of another messageboard who was nice enough to meet the seller at his job and bring them to his shop saving me a lot of time and gas. So now I have all the sheetmetal  to start construction or well most of it anyway. I’m still looking to acquire a few more rear fenders as I am planning on stretching and reshaping the rear fenders and back section of the car to give it that “swoopy” look ( a custom car builder term so I’ve been told) 

    I made a smart move on the advice of my friend Mark to drop it all off at my friends shop in Newfield NJ for media blasting as I was almost passing right by it on my way home, nothing beats working on nice clean metal

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    #54614

    Torchie
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    Moving forward!

    The little critters can get in anywhere. I found the carcass of one Inside a Buick nailhead that I was tearing down for a rebuild once.

    How it got down into the oil pan always made me wonder as the engine was well sealed with all the covers and caps and air cleaner in place.

    Torchie

    #54617

    Quentin Hall
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    I found the perfectly preserved skeleton of a mouse in the heater blower fan ( that looks just like a mouse wheel) when I was restoring my 59eldorado conv . I figured it must’ve died with a smile on it’s tiny mouse face.

    #55358

    Brian Arcella
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    Ok sorry it’s been awhile since I posted any updated pics of my build. Nothing radical or earth shattering but got my newly aquired sheet metal back from media blasting and and well just like when a woman takes off her make up media blasting reveal a lot of ugly P/S rear fender is waffled and was full of bondo, both fronts look like swiss cheese at the bottoms but I can work with them unless really nice one’s come along for next to nothing….lol

    Checked the placement of the front wheel in the wheel opening on the stock chassis just to check and see how far off my calculations were when I made the cut for the chassis stretch, happy to say I was right on the money.

    Well we were expecting a big snow storm this weekend here in the north east so I decided no way was the old jalopy going to be outside so I singlehandedly managed to get it inside the shop and proceeded with the help of the “shop Manager” aka my son Dominick removed all the body bolts (what a joke) and the body is now free of the chassis ready to be supported on 4×4’s

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    #55362

    Brian Arcella
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    <b>Well did  mention how frustrating it can be when other people who really shouldn’t be working on cars do some really stupid stuff. I was on the creeper under the car getting ready to remove the last two bolts from the frame and I think now thats odd nuts instead of bolts so I look in the truck for a plug or a hole so I can attach a socket and well there ain’t one because some genius welded in panels right over the bolt holes. If that wasn’t enough I started to jack the rear of the body up with a couple of 2×4’s and a floor jack and the whole car is lifting up so I spot another body bushing so of course no access hole so I break out my trust grinder with the 4″ cutoff wheel and remove a section of the truck floor and no bolt I am like WTH is goin on here upon further investigation I found where the mensa society reject had siliconed body bushings to the frame and the body one good grunt and lift on the prybar and the body broke free. Enough for today need to stop and get some 8foot 4×4’s to support the body so I can drag the old frame out from underneath it, with a little bit of luck possibly Mark and the guys will be able to help me swing the S10 chassis under the body and we can jack it up into place so I can fab all the new body mounts, which will be done the right way and secured more than finger tight</b>

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    #55442

    Brian Arcella
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    20171216_143658<b>Well a short build upgrade I know it’s riveting isn’t it…….lol well anyway the body and frame are now officially divorced. It was an ugly battle right down to the wire, I read on the P15 form where the steering column shaft separates from the steering box well someone forgot to tell that to the guy on the Plymouth assembly line back in 1948 because as hard as I tried I could not separate that shaft from the box until my friend the 4″ angle grinder with a cut off wheel  came to the rescue. The guys are stopping by tomorrow afternoon and we’ll lower it and stabilize on the stand so I can break out the plasma cutter I just got from my friend Mark tonight and cut out the truck floor. Then finish the body cart and its off to media blasting</b>

     

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    #55463

    Torchie
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    Don’t worry. We are all watching. 🙂

    Got to get thru the boring stuff to get to the exciting stuff.

    Looking good with good progress. Keep at it.

    Torchie

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