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    From cardboard to plywood. Once I had a plan, I...

    From cardboard to plywood. Once I had a plan, I bought a sheet of 3/4" plywood and transferred the design over. Still ended up with a bunch of trimming to make it all work. Had a lot of it...
  2. That is what I did with my door handles being...

    That is what I did with my door handles being grafted onto my doors. Reason here was because the door skin is 16 or 18 ga and the handles were like 22 ga. Be sure to use rounded edges if you plan...
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    Others here have way more experience than me but for my two cents. Putting 2 layers of metal together like that will cause a ghost line. Better off butting things together and welding them. If I...
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    Looks like I missed a couple of pictures for you...

    Looks like I missed a couple of pictures for you guys to see. Here is the wood in the box with the strips.
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    And now for a moment of your time. This project was picked up in the southern end...
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    I took 4 years of high school drafting, 4 years...

    I took 4 years of high school drafting, 4 years in a wood working course in high school, 2 years of collage for a technician program that had drafting as a component to it. Our youngest son spent 3...
  6. Thread: MIG Welder

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    Looks like I may be late to the party here. I...

    Looks like I may be late to the party here. I bought a Hobart 140 from TSC. Been a few years so no idea on price. I agree with others here on used/new. See what you can find. Not sure what you...
  7. Thread: Ordering

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    My credit card company charges me a percent on...

    My credit card company charges me a percent on top of the cost of the items to handle the exchange.
    No idea about the rest of your questions
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    That wood looks amazing.

    That wood looks amazing.
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    So, apparently I was doing some of the wiring...

    So, apparently I was doing some of the wiring wrong. You should not use those crimp on connectors as they come loose. You should solder all connectors. Lesson learned. Anyway, had my brother come...
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    Thanks Len 54 years, wow I'm only 57 years old. ...

    Thanks Len
    54 years, wow I'm only 57 years old. Sure wish I started this hobby a lot earlier in life but we all make choices. I am learning so much and having a great time doing it. Most people...
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    My AC is just about done. I am waiting on some...

    My AC is just about done. I am waiting on some hose fittings as the ones in the Vintage Air "sure fit" kit don't work well. Not much room left under the dash and dash extension any more. The kit...
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    My brother has one of those scissor lifts. He...

    My brother has one of those scissor lifts. He added a quick connect set of fittings to the hose that runs from the pump to the lift. Once it is in the air and locked in place he can disconnect the...
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    Thanks guys for the feedback, really apricate it....

    Thanks guys for the feedback, really apricate it. Other forums I use don't give much back in feedback.
    In our dinner devotions this week we have been reading about, not knowing how great you can be...
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    I used to do a lot of woodworking, furniture...

    I used to do a lot of woodworking, furniture building, complex models, etc. Then the truck fell into my lap and that has stopped the woodworking. Once I retire, lol I will pick it up again. The...
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    These trucks come with wood beds, often redone in...

    These trucks come with wood beds, often redone in oak. In my desire to do something different again. I had a bunch of wood of my father in laws farm from a few years ago. He was cutting them down...
  16. Thread: Happy New Year

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    2020 was a challenge for sure. But I got lots of...

    2020 was a challenge for sure. But I got lots of shop time. And I learned a lot of new things. Not all bad. The only hard part was not being able to go anywhere, exp. visiting my folks. Happy...
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    Just before Christmas my gauges came in. Had to...

    Just before Christmas my gauges came in. Had to mount them to see how they look. Not wired or secured to the dash yet.
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    Working on side windows. I bought a "kit" along with a matching power...
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    Looks great ronf. Your painting space, is it a...

    Looks great ronf. Your painting space, is it a garage? Do you have a ventilation system? Hoping to paint mine next year, will 2021-2022.
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    Still chipping away at this AC system. I am...

    Still chipping away at this AC system. I am using a Sure fit kit from Vintage Air. I'm sure it will fit, lol. Almost there but thought I would show you how things look with the dash extension in. ...
  20. Thread: Drill bits

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    A lot of my work is drilling out steel doors for...

    A lot of my work is drilling out steel doors for hardware installation. Get the cobalt bits. Pricy but work great. Watch your drill speed. Slow is good. The biggest enemy is heat, the faster you...
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    Where are you in Canada? Might be able to help...

    Where are you in Canada? Might be able to help you out here.
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    Consider talking to a boat refinishing place. ...

    Consider talking to a boat refinishing place. They use something different, I think it is called Spar varnish. I'm not there yet but getting close. Rough wood is in the basement ready to be cut...
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    It is a single groove pulley right now. I have...

    It is a single groove pulley right now. I have ordered a double groove one. My lack of knowledge has come back to bite me once again. Some thing I just didn't know and I don't have anyone around...
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    Henry, you got me!!!!!!!! I was just about to...

    Henry, you got me!!!!!!!! I was just about to jump through my computer, lol

    Kevin, what will happen once I get a new pulley. Using the crank pulley as the lead, it is a triple groove. The groove...
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    I continue to work away at this. Lots of stuff...

    I continue to work away at this. Lots of stuff in not picture worthy. Putting in the wiper system doesn't show well. After much delay I finally got the mounting system I wanted for the A/C and...
  26. Thread: wet sanding

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    Took a look at this tonight. I think the...

    Took a look at this tonight. I think the coverage is good. It does have some orange peel going on. You need to look close at it to see it. How should I handle that? I put the finish in the...
  27. Thread: wet sanding

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    I had a chance to spray the column today. First...

    I had a chance to spray the column today. First thanks to you guys for helping me out here. I did strip off the original finish I put on. I sprayed on probably 6-7light coats of 2K gloss clear...
  28. Thread: door gaps

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    I was watching one of the car building shows last...

    I was watching one of the car building shows last night. The star is Dave Kindig, forget the name of the show. What they did was use what looked like long strand fibreglass filler to close up the...
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    Thanks guys, it is fun working on this when I...

    Thanks guys, it is fun working on this when I have some time.
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    All the welding and grinding are done. Will use...

    All the welding and grinding are done. Will use some seam sealer for the front and back and some filler for the top and bottom to finish blending it in.
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    And the other side...
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    The original door mirrors for the truck are well,...

    The original door mirrors for the truck are well, old looking in my eyes. You can look around and find all kinds of pictures of them. I was thinking of something more modern but still suit the...
  32. Thread: door gaps

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    Thanks guys for the help. I will get back to...

    Thanks guys for the help. I will get back to this. I am all over the map in terms of what I am doing. I will ask questions but may move on, let it brew, do something else and then come back. ...
  33. Thread: door gaps

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    Hi Phil I am building a '53 Ford F100. I will...

    Hi Phil
    I am building a '53 Ford F100. I will have to get some other pics. It is the door to cab gap. These old trucks were never perfectly gaped right from the factory so I am trying to make it...
  34. Thread: door gaps

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    door gaps

    On my truck the passenger side door is perfectly gapped. The drivers door could use some help, I think. First is this worth fixing? The gaps are larger then I like for sure but not sure if the fix...
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    Like others have said, get the best you can. ...

    Like others have said, get the best you can. Look at it this way, you are only looking at the difference in cost between a great gun and a reasonable gun, whatever that is say $200-300. How does...
  36. Thread: next steps

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    As others have suggested, I sanded down the...

    As others have suggested, I sanded down the filler to bare metal and redid my work. I am trying to understand what is next. Please bare with me, even some of the terminology is confusing me. I...
  37. Thread: next steps

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    Opps, your right, I did forget to sand down the...

    Opps, your right, I did forget to sand down the primer, crap.
    Was not sure what to do next. I did not want to prime and then do more work then prime again if it was not necessary. I have sanded...
  38. Thread: next steps

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    Thanks Len, I did use a guide coat for the final...

    Thanks Len, I did use a guide coat for the final sanding.
    What should I do next? I know it needs to be smoother but how?
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    I would like to see some real world experience...

    I would like to see some real world experience with this stuff. If it is as good as they say, that would be a game changer for a lot of car guys.
  40. Thread: next steps

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    Here is what I have done some far. Am I going in...

    Here is what I have done some far. Am I going in the right direction? What is next? Sure wish you guys were a lot closer to me.
    First I put a layer of short strand filler on the joint.
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  41. Thread: next steps

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    next steps

    Same title new questions. I have finished welding in this patch panel. It will need some filler. I am wondering what to do first. Spray the epoxy primer then filler or filler then epoxy primer? ...
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    Ok so I started writing this yesterday and then...

    Ok so I started writing this yesterday and then my wife distracted me with apple crumble.
    With the front panel replaced attention went to the back. Started with a new panel from Mid Fifty. Right...
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    Not sure about panels. Seems odd to me but from...

    Not sure about panels. Seems odd to me but from all I read it is normal. Guess as long as we put up with it, nothing will change. I wonder if the original vehicles were all different from worn or...
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    I decided to go ahead and replace the passenger...

    I decided to go ahead and replace the passenger side cab corners now instead of later. The front one was not a big deal, more of a little deal. I got a replacement panel from MidFifty. When I...
  45. Thread: wet sanding

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    It is back to raw steel. I really like the look...

    It is back to raw steel. I really like the look of it, without any colour. I have a can of spray on 2K gloss clear but once activated I have a 48 hour window to use it in so I want to make sure the...
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    Following up on some advise here. I have...

    Following up on some advise here. I have stripped off the satin finish using lacquer thinner. What should I do next before spraying the 2K clear?
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    I may have missed it in the thread. What heater...

    I may have missed it in the thread. What heater are you using? When running that fan, if you are using a gas heater of some sort with to much exhaust you risk the flame of the heater going out but...
  48. truckeral I to am a complete newbie to this...

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    I to am a complete newbie to this bodywork stuff. You have some great advise here. The more you ask the more you learn but nothing beats hands on stuff. Half the challenge is not...
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    WOW!!!!!!! Thanks guy for all the comments. A...

    WOW!!!!!!!
    Thanks guy for all the comments. A lot of this work has been done over the last few years. I am just posting once in a while. Kind of fun for me. To help catch up on a couple of...
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    The original door handle. 29287 And the new...

    The original door handle.
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    And the new version. Complete with modern latching. Should be safer as well.
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    I did have to cut out part of the inside of the door to connect everything. ...
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