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Old Jan 20th, 14, 02:43 PM
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A little more progress last night on the frame installation. We have moved to reinforcing the inside of the rocker panels. I used a piece of 10 ga materials, slightly under cut so I should be able to put trim over the inside of the door sill, if that makes sense...


Anyways, we were originally going to just weld top and bottom, but then decided that it would be better to put some welds on the center of the material to make sure it will be strong enough to hold up to just about anything!




After that, we laid out the welds, we decided 1 on 3 off was going to be enough. You run into strength issues with welding too much on thin sheet metal, so we figured this should be about the right number. 1 on 3 off means 1" of weld, three inches clear, then 1 inch of weld, etc etc, all the way down the line, if you wanted to know.



We only had time to finish one side last night, and tacked the other side into place.





That's it for now!
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Old Jan 25th, 14, 12:03 PM
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Very nice. This will be one to marvel at when completed.


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Old Jan 27th, 14, 12:19 PM
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Thanks Nick!

There has been a lot of head scratching going on in the shop trying to put this frame on. There is a slight bow in the rocker panel (hoping thats stock?) that we tried to scribe a piece of 2 x 4 tube steel to. Unfortunately, when the TS was cut, it twisted. So, that idea is currently sidelined until further notice.

However, the other side of the rocker panel is installed and welded up. We set the body on the frame (a big moment for me) to start lining everything up. this is all preliminary, but it is still pretty exciting. Next we will line up the wheel wells, then re-align the frame to the body and start marking out cuts for the out riggers!













How goofy do those wheels look now that that body is over the frame? We were having a good laugh!
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Got the body on the frame last night!



and welded it down:



And I have to say, the ride height is going to be LOW. However, most of the stuff tucks into the frame. So, it will be low, but shouldn't drag.

Drum Rolls please:



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Gonna be badass..
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Old Feb 26th, 14, 02:29 PM
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Old Mar 10th, 14, 01:25 PM
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Happy Monday!

So, I have been busy over the last few weeks. The car is home from my parents house ( my garage was too small to have body and frame in one place) I did some re-modeling in the garage to make sure the nova had a nice place to stay. Anyways, I did some work over the weekend on the rear window rot. I used the shrinker/stretcher to form pieces to fit, then cut that area out and welded in the new piece.

I had some success in not warping the entire roof, but there is definitely body work to be done. Overall, I am happy with the result as I had never done anything like that before.

The picture shows the progress across the window. I took it about halfway done or so.



Also, I started fitting up the front end to get ready to weld that on, more to come on that!
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Old Mar 11th, 14, 02:07 AM
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Lookin real good man! Come a long way ..definitely somethin worth being proud of!
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For somebody who claims they can not weld or do body work you could of fooled me. That is excellent quality work. Your craftsmanship is showing, as are your fabricating skills.

And besides that I like the added bike tires to your wooden wheels. Class act, I would keep one in the trunk for taking to car shows along with your photo album of the build.

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Just for fun...

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Old Mar 31st, 14, 01:53 PM
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I have been a busy boy...

The chassisworks frame does not come with the front radiator support brackets welded on. I thought this was odd for a long time, then when I went to put them on, I realized that where the body mounted to the frame, it put the bumper lower in the plane of the body. So, I tried to set everything up with a straight bar from the bottom of the front crossmember. It was all tacked in, but it was very close to my steering and sway bars. So, I had to come up with something else. I don't have a tubing bender to make nice professional bends, so this is what I came up with:







I also continued the battle against rust, replacing the A-pillar cover and the roof corner on the passenger side.





Oh, and I got this:



More to come...
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I've been wonderin when we were gonna get another update ...lookin real sharp man!!
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Old Apr 12th, 14, 04:47 AM
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So how's has it been coming along? Any progress?


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Old Apr 14th, 14, 12:28 PM
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Its coming, slowly. My time in the shop is limited these days, but I went out there on Friday night to work on the passenger side window. I finished the corner next to the new patch from my last batch of pictures.

I think my next move is to finish up the frame, which I need a piece of ovalized tubing to punch 4 holes through the frame out riggers to allow the fuel and brake lines to run down the frame.

Saving money is also on the list. It seems like I have grown expensive taste. I need to buy hood hinges and I can't stop thinking about the Fesler hinges for this thing. So, I am hoping to save up enough to buy them next month. I can eat top raman for a while I guess

I am also thinking about the new motor. It is a 6.0 L LQ9 out of a 2002 Escalade. I think I am going to do a 408 CI stroker with some form of forced induction. Any opinions?
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I am getting ready to run fuel lines, which means I needed to figure out where they are going to run. Well, I have a frame in the way now. So, I devised a plan to put holes in the frame, but I didnt want to have circle holes. I decided ovals would look kind of cool. So, I bent up some 1 1/2" pipe in a press into an oval shape, then measured the 4 locations I wanted them to pass through the frame and started cutting.

Well, I don't have a plasma cutter, so cutting oval holes proved to be a time consuming effort. It took me about 8-10 hours to put these little buggers in. I think they came out okay, what do you think?

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