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    Marten,

    Like you I produce my own running boards and feel your pain. Yours are turning out great and were very well thought out. Still amazed by your skills with no previous SM experience! On your vertical to horizontal surface at back of running boards, have you considered tacking in a 1/2 or 3/4 radius using a 16 ga. extrusion or producing an extrusion from a bead roller, tack in corner and hit with a short strand fiber filler and finish out? The problem with running boards are the way they are used which stresses that back side corner when attached to the cab and I'm not sure you could ever keep that joint from separating later on. On your running board brackets, I had to put mine in a vice and heat up with my acetylene torch on the inside corners and pull them back into parallel , worked perfect. Afterwards In tack in .250 support plate on the backside to strength up the 90 degree turn. I have some pics of what I built and would be happy to share them with you, but they may not exactly cover your few problems, however they may spark something to help. Looking great!

    BTW, make sure your fenders are true and straight before attempting to get the one running board that is out of plumb to conform otherwise you are chasing sheet metal alignment.
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    So even though I am older, I am trying to stay in tough with the younger people. thought I would try and do a you tube video of my truck and where she stands today. Need to do a couple of things then off to the garage for final stuff I can't do and safety.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PeRN-SW_u9g
    Building my dream one piece at a time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marten View Post
    So even though I am older, I am trying to stay in tough with the younger people. thought I would try and do a you tube video of my truck and where she stands today. Need to do a couple of things then off to the garage for final stuff I can't do and safety.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PeRN-SW_u9g
    No such thing as being older as it's only a number. What YOU do from your mind to your hands is what matters and I've read all your posts, looked at all you shared and you're another one of "THOSE GUYS"!

    That would be, ABOVE & BEYOND" like, kevininohio, bam55. Marten, Ronf, bmarler and I must be leaving someone out (sorry - hard to think around SUCH TALENT!)

    You guys are DANGEROUS with what you can do and SO amazing and 'all over the top'.

    (Marten: use the icon next to the one for attaching a photo for your YouTube as below")


    Since we all love this guy, let's ALL subscribe to his YouTube channel!



    Henry

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    Thanks Henry, I hope the border opens up again some day and I can get over. Hoping some of you guys live close by and we can get together for a beverage or 3. Would love to meet you kind people. Had the appraiser down this week. This guy has been doing this for 35 years. He was impressed as well. Got a great report from him. The next day the truck got picked up and off to a shop for exhaust, A/C charge, 4 wheel alignment, safety, final tuning of the carb (had a guy look at it and I think he changed something and didn't know how to get it back), safety and look at my tranny, it would not go into gear.
    Got a call from the shop, I messed up something when I installed the tranny and broke off some alignment pins? so it is off to a transmission shop. Hopefully not long getting it back. Then off for some ice cream.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marten View Post
    Thanks Henry, I hope the border opens up again some day and I can get over. Hoping some of you guys live close by and we can get together for a beverage or 3. Would love to meet you kind people. Had the appraiser down this week. This guy has been doing this for 35 years. He was impressed as well. Got a great report from him. The next day the truck got picked up and off to a shop for exhaust, A/C charge, 4 wheel alignment, safety, final tuning of the carb (had a guy look at it and I think he changed something and didn't know how to get it back), safety and look at my tranny, it would not go into gear.
    Got a call from the shop, I messed up something when I installed the tranny and broke off some alignment pins? so it is off to a transmission shop. Hopefully not long getting it back. Then off for some ice cream.
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    Marten,

    Your not talking about the trainly alignment dowel pins that help clock the transmission to motor correct? I wouldn't think it is possible to mess those up without snapping an ear off. If this is the case I have a feeling one or both of the pins was removed and not replaced prior you getting your set up. Easy fix if this is the problem as long as it didn't crack the cast.

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    It was not them, there huge and I would have a tranny on the ground as I would need to shear the bolts off as well. I didn't quite understand what alignment pins the garage was referring to, torque converter to trans, or torque converter to flexplate or something else. I had a tranny guy help me put things together once and I don't remember him telling me that. But then for some reason I took things apart and put them back together. Memory has since faded. Any way we will wait and see. I have accepted the fact that this is going to cost me a few bucks. The joys of learning.
    Building my dream one piece at a time.

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    OK so not much of an update, but I got my truck back from the garage last week. Did not get the safety paper I need. I have to fix the parking brake handle as it doesn't hold. I should be able to grind the teeth to fix that, then the owner of the garage will look and give me the paperwork. IN the mean time I thought I would show you this 12 second video that my son took. It perfectly shows the difference between my wife and myself when it comes to what we enjoy. Thought it was good for a laugh. Just wait till the end.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x3MhWiuIU
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marten View Post
    OK so not much of an update, but I got my truck back from the garage last week. Did not get the safety paper I need. I have to fix the parking brake handle as it doesn't hold. I should be able to grind the teeth to fix that, then the owner of the garage will look and give me the paperwork. IN the mean time I thought I would show you this 12 second video that my son took. It perfectly shows the difference between my wife and myself when it comes to what we enjoy. Thought it was good for a laugh. Just wait till the end.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x3MhWiuIU
    lol, i love it marten, the truck is looking really good btw, the mods you made are subtle, and fit the truck well.
    b marler

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marten View Post
    OK so not much of an update, but I got my truck back from the garage last week. Did not get the safety paper I need. I have to fix the parking brake handle as it doesn't hold. I should be able to grind the teeth to fix that, then the owner of the garage will look and give me the paperwork. IN the mean time I thought I would show you this 12 second video that my son took. It perfectly shows the difference between my wife and myself when it comes to what we enjoy. Thought it was good for a laugh. Just wait till the end.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x3MhWiuIU
    Let me post a photo link for us all to share!

    Nothing to laugh at here cuz IT'S YOURS and look how sweet it is at this point!

    Proud of you buddy!


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    Marten, I found this '56 heading to auction. Thought of you so I'll share the photo:

    https://www.mecum.com/lots/AZ0322-49...ource=hs_email

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    Quote Originally Posted by Henry View Post
    Marten, I found this '56 heading to auction. Thought of you so I'll share the photo:

    https://www.mecum.com/lots/AZ0322-49...ource=hs_email
    Thanks for fixing the link.
    And a big thanks for the compliments from you guys. Don't have much of an update as I have not been working on it. Got the parking brake fixed so hoping the mechanic can stop by and bless it, then plates and wait till spring. Might do some body work but that is about it.
    I have a woodworking shop in the basement so been in it building some furniture for now. Not a guy to sit around yet but love building stuff.

    That is a nice ride for sure. Guy must have hired others to do a bunch of the work to get to over 100K invested. Seen some of the auction listings for BJ and others. Prices are stupid, some people have a lot of money. Could become an investment as such but could go to nothing as well, depends on the trend of the day.
    Building my dream one piece at a time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marten View Post
    Thanks for fixing the link.
    And a big thanks for the compliments from you guys. Don't have much of an update as I have not been working on it. Got the parking brake fixed so hoping the mechanic can stop by and bless it, then plates and wait till spring. Might do some body work but that is about it.
    I have a woodworking shop in the basement so been in it building some furniture for now. Not a guy to sit around yet but love building stuff.

    That is a nice ride for sure. Guy must have hired others to do a bunch of the work to get to over 100K invested. Seen some of the auction listings for BJ and others. Prices are stupid, some people have a lot of money. Could become an investment as such but could go to nothing as well, depends on the trend of the day.
    On the last paragraph above I submit:

    Yeah, good luck to all those people and always know, none of them can put their head on the pillow and fall asleep knowing they (MARTEN did IT - 'His WAY'!)

    Stay in touch good buddy. Many members of the forum deal in woodworking projects as well (me included.)

    Henry

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    Quote Originally Posted by Henry View Post
    On the last paragraph above I submit:

    Yeah, good luck to all those people and always know, none of them can put their head on the pillow and fall asleep knowing they (MARTEN did IT - 'His WAY'!)

    Stay in touch good buddy. Many members of the forum deal in woodworking projects as well (me included.)

    Henry
    Thanks Henry, you never fail to leave me with a smile.
    I'd post a couple of pics of the woodworking if Len says OK and tells me where he wants them. Don't like posting stuff that is off topic without a blessing.
    Building my dream one piece at a time.

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    So this winter has been a little busier than I wanted it to be but life is good just the same. The mechanic did stop by and was happy with my fix on the parking brake. Got the paperwork and off to the license plate place. Got my plates, super happy with that. Bring on summer.
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    There was a bit more work required then I expected. Read a bit more cost then expected. But my wife did not flip out much so that was good. There was a problem with the tranny. My mistake, lack of knowledge here. Didn't install the torque converter right and broke something inside. The tranny place also suggested a different torque converter so I said yes to that. There was a problem with my brake booster, they said it was broken inside so I told them to replace it. They put on an exhaust system, I could not do that. Used Magnaflow mufflers, recommended by others over Flowmaster 40's. I have a few little things to do but it is driveable so that is what I needed for now. So looking forward to summer and cruising season. More updates once I get back to it.
    Thanks for all the advise and inspiration.
    Building my dream one piece at a time.

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    another milestone marten, way to go. it'll be good to put a few miles on it to see if there's some fine tuning to do before you get ready to paint. i use the summer to make my winter hit list of car projects. except for painting of course, i need warm weather for that.
    b marler

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