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post #316 of 472 Old 02-20-2019, 07:12 AM
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Good to have you back. Fantastic work as always.

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post #317 of 472 Old 02-20-2019, 07:22 AM
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Absolutely Amazing!!!!!! Awesome Job!!!!
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That may have been a small update, but it looked like a lot of work.. Those fenders turned out beautifully.
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post #319 of 472 Old 02-22-2019, 02:30 AM Thread Starter
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So this grille I had already added two extra grille slots too making it 130mm/5" wider than stock. But the firewall is 230mm/9" wider so adding the rest between the headlights and the grille.


Tacked on the 50mm/2" wider strip for a look, but looks rather 'tacked' on rather than a factory look and a bit unbalanced between the headlight and the grille.


Then I thought maybe adding a bead the same width as the ones in the doors might help. It will end up in the middle between the edge of the headlight trim and the side of the grille.


The ends of the beads were quite distorted so the rusty bit of 3/4" water pipe fixed it. Lined up the ends of the pipe up with the mark where I stopped the beads and gave it a good hard whack while it was clamped down to the bench.


Think that works for me at least.


Planished the weld out to stretch the shrinkage from the weld over one of my home made stakes.


This time I removed the weld through coating this strip of steel had before wheeling it and then running the bead. Looks polished!


Just using a tiny bit of 0.9mm/.035 mig wire while fuse welding so the weld will disappear afterwards without thinning the metal. Very little to grind and even less after the first planishing straight after welding and before grinding.


Back together again 230mm/9" wider than stock.


First time I have seen the grille bolted to the guards in 10 years!


Bit of an idea what it will look like once the bonnet is made for it.


I did wonder what it would look like tilted back like the JK's have, but not a fan of the look on this.
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post #321 of 472 Old 02-23-2019, 09:59 AM
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Nice. That level of metal working is like voodoo to me. If itís not thick enough to straighten with a sledge hammer, Iím lost...

That did turn out well. It should look balanced with the headlights installed.
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post #322 of 472 Old 02-23-2019, 06:21 PM
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Nicely done!

And agreed, it has to be dead vertical, no angle.

Keep up the great work, my good man!

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post #323 of 472 Old 02-24-2019, 04:33 PM Thread Starter
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Nice. That level of metal working is like voodoo to me. If it’s not thick enough to straighten with a sledge hammer, I’m lost...

That did turn out well. It should look balanced with the headlights installed.
I was like that too as I was a blacksmith and then worked in the structural steel trade. Really had to turn down the force for sure!

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Nicely done!

And agreed, it has to be dead vertical, no angle.

Keep up the great work, my good man!

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I have been playing with thinner metal myself quite a bit lately. That makes me appreciate your work that much more. I have done some rocker panels and cab corners and felt pretty good about my skills... until I got to the bed sides. I have a lot of learning to do. Of course I am working on the bed side of a truck. It is such a large area that distortion shows itself very easily. I have been enjoying the process and your work has certainly inspired me.

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I have been playing with thinner metal myself quite a bit lately. That makes me appreciate your work that much more. I have done some rocker panels and cab corners and felt pretty good about my skills... until I got to the bed sides. I have a lot of learning to do. Of course I am working on the bed side of a truck. It is such a large area that distortion shows itself very easily. I have been enjoying the process and your work has certainly inspired me.
Bed sides will be a challenge for sure. Mine were beyond repair so not sure which way I will go with that yet. Build new from scratch or maybe early Chev bed sides the same as what was on these originally. Even toyed with the idea of using a repro Bantum trailer or similar for the bed.

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Not much to show this week as low crown panels are much more work!

I got the other side piece welded on. I also placed the radiator in place to see how it all would fit.


The filler neck unfortunately just comes under the dropped part of the bonnet. The power steering reservoir is under the taller middle section however.


Hangs down 40mm/1.5" below the grille so would like to raise it to level.


I can see two ways to get the filler into the taller section. Cut it halfway between the tank and the filler and then clamp in between a 90* silicone hose to get it over near the fan. The other way would be to run a plumbers threading tap inside the tank side and screw in a plug to seal it up. Then get an inline filler for the top radiator hose.


If the power steering reservoir is too high it just slides off and could be fitted lower or somewhere else. It also supplies the hydraulically driven engine fan which I hope to keep so it all matches the original cooling system for this drivetrain.


Bonnet had a bad dip in it but slowly getting it into shape. Should be a bit easier once the side piece is welded on giving it support.


Dip is gone but still have a lot of finessing to go if you look at the reflection. Slowly but surely it will get there in the end.
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post #327 of 472 Old 03-09-2019, 09:52 AM
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Coming along nicely. Great to see how it looks with most of the front end together. Very well balanced with the work you did on the grill.
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post #328 of 472 Old 03-09-2019, 10:13 AM
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Agreed, beautiful!

I wasn't sure about the raised grill panel extension section, but it's coming together quite well!

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post #329 of 472 Old 03-11-2019, 11:13 AM
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Good to see you back at it Marcus. Beautiful work as always, thanks for sharing it
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post #330 of 472 Old 03-12-2019, 05:17 PM Thread Starter
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Many thanks for the interest guys.

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