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Z.Z.Rat 10-27-2013 06:21 AM

That is looking good Mr. ZZ. Sure is nice to see the before & after pics. Thanks for sharing.

cosmic12 10-27-2013 07:49 AM

Looks fantastic![cl[dr Please don't this this as criticism, just as a question, do you plan to round the trunk lid corners?

Dirtyrat 10-27-2013 08:09 AM

Wow... that looks so much better... How did you get the curve in there so well? English wheel or by hand?

Oldrodder43 10-27-2013 09:46 AM

Gall darned, no fair! You could put detroit out of business, AND cause all us poor laymen to give up tinkering with old cars! Uhhhhh, how I wish I had your vision and enthusiasim AND skills! perleyu

zzrodder 10-27-2013 09:53 PM

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Originally Posted by cosmic12 (Post 362606)
Looks fantastic![cl[dr Please don't this this as criticism, just as a question, do you plan to round the trunk lid corners?

At this point I'm keeping the corners square. Once the lid is made I can better assess the appearance - it will probably get painted black so it may just blend in...

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Originally Posted by Dirtyrat (Post 362610)
Wow... that looks so much better... How did you get the curve in there so well? English wheel or by hand?

Rolled the corner pieces over a welding cylinder and over my knee followed by some grunting, twisting and mallet whacking - not necessarily in that order.. :rolleyes:

zzrodder 10-28-2013 09:24 PM

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Re-worked all the interior bracing and squared it up some more, moved the mid and rear body mounts to the new crossmembers and cut out what was left of the original floor. Now for a couple days of finishing up welding all the body seams and grinding them out. Filling the top will get done after the body gets mounted on the frame - for now it makes it easier to work inside the body with it open.

05snopro440 10-29-2013 03:37 PM

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Originally Posted by zzrodder (Post 362799)
Re-worked all the interior bracing and squared it up some more, moved the mid and rear body mounts to the new crossmembers and cut out what was left of the original floor. Now for a couple days of finishing up welding all the body seams and grinding them out. Filling the top will get done after the body gets mounted on the frame - for now it makes it easier to work inside the body with it open.

I'm anxious to see how that trunk area looks when you're finished. I have to say I'm not sold on the square corners, but with your vision I'm sure that however you do it will look awesome in the end.

What roof skin do you plan to use to fill the roof in? That's a substantial space to fill.

It's amazing you can make some of those panels with just bending over various garage objects and body parts [cl. Some of them sure look like they were done with a wheel. Your work is proof you don't need all the specialized equipment and a fully stocked fab shop to get expert results.

The humpback cars don't look right when chopped, definitely, this car looks awesome now that it's chopped and made into a two-door. I think it's really cool you're keeping the original wheelbase even though you're shortening the body, that will be a very interesting part of the build to see you making up that 5" change in the front sheet metal!

Bamamav 10-29-2013 04:11 PM

As always, ZZ never ceases to amaze me with his vision and skill! I'm watching [again!] and learning! [P

zzrodder 10-29-2013 09:21 PM

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Originally Posted by 05snopro440 (Post 362881)
I'm anxious to see how that trunk area looks when you're finished. I have to say I'm not sold on the square corners, but with your vision I'm sure that however you do it will look awesome in the end.

What roof skin do you plan to use to fill the roof in? That's a substantial space to fill.

It's amazing you can make some of those panels with just bending over various garage objects and body parts [cl. Some of them sure look like they were done with a wheel. Your work is proof you don't need all the specialized equipment and a fully stocked fab shop to get expert results.

The humpback cars don't look right when chopped, definitely, this car looks awesome now that it's chopped and made into a two-door. I think it's really cool you're keeping the original wheelbase even though you're shortening the body, that will be a very interesting part of the build to see you making up that 5" change in the front sheet metal!

Thanks for your support and from all the others too. Hey, things can always change with regard to the trunk corners - I'm considering rounding just the top corners [S - nothing is cast in stone...
For the roof skin I'm going to go to Pick n Pull when I get time to scalp another 90's Lincoln Town Car like I did for the 34 Caddy - it's just about the largest smooth roofed car I've found in 'late model' boneyards. The shape works nicely and I don't feel bad as if I'd taken a scalp from some older car. (I don't like the ribbed van roofs :p)

JBailey 10-29-2013 09:47 PM

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Originally Posted by zzrodder (Post 362942)
Thanks for your support and from all the others too. Hey, things can always change with regard to the trunk corners - I'm considering rounding just the top corners [S - nothing is cast in stone...
For the roof skin I'm going to go to Pick n Pull when I get time to scalp another 90's Lincoln Town Car like I did for the 34 Caddy - it's just about the largest smooth roofed car I've found in 'late model' boneyards. The shape works nicely and I don't feel bad as if I'd taken a scalp from some older car. (I don't like the ribbed van roofs :p)

I drive or rather drove a 94 Lincoln Town car everyday, until the rod started knocking but that'll get fixed when the weather gets warm again, they definetily have a huge smooth roof lol. I'm liking where you're heading with this but, I think it'd look better with the top trunk corners radiused (spelling?). But its your car and from what I have seen you absolutely know what you're doing.


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