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Offline Clewisiii

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Carl's 61 Fleetwood
« on: November 18, 2015, 09:09:09 PM »
I finally learned how to hammer the sheetmetal to get rid of the oil canning in the roof.  I was able to clean it up and sand it down to 1000 grit.  I figure i can hit it with a red pad to rough up before painting.

For the rest I have run out of money for a little while.  I hope to get the bushing and steering components as soon as I can.  I contacted Coil Spring Specialties but they never responded to my request for info on the springs.

I found the shop I will take my Trans to.  The guys were great and very easy to talk to about it.  They even pulled out a photo of a rose colored 61 that they had done last year.  For fun I sandblasted and painted the trans.  I know it will get beat up during rebuilding but I could not resist.  I will touch it up in the end.
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Re: Carl's 61 Fleetwood
« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2015, 10:26:31 PM »
glad you got the roof figured out,it is a big panel to have flex on you

 
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driven like it is stolen
broken because it was driven(still)

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Re: Carl's 61 Fleetwood
« Reply #2 on: November 22, 2015, 07:56:26 PM »
I have decided to use my time to try to take care of some tedious details. I have decided to take care of body work priming and sanding of the fire wall. With few flat surfaces and sections of overlaped steel it is a pain.

Can anyone give me pointers on seam sealer. I think the factory felt the stuff was free considering how much they goobed on. How thick should it be. How else should the joint be.
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Re: Carl's 61 Fleetwood
« Reply #3 on: November 22, 2015, 10:43:47 PM »
are you going for originality,or make it clean and tidy

if cleaning it up, I use proform(or any other brand I'm sure) brush on seam sealer
it comes in a quart or so sized  can
you can brush it on however you like
once it is close to curing,a rag with soaked lacquer thinner can be used to give it a smooth seam like you do with silicone around your bath tub or kitchen sink with your finger

I love the stuff, it hides a ton of sins and generally cleans up the looks of things and easy to use

1962 Cadillac series 62 ragtop

driven like it is stolen
broken because it was driven(still)

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Re: Carl's 61 Fleetwood
« Reply #4 on: November 23, 2015, 07:53:55 AM »
I am going for clean and tidy. I just do not know what the clean seams should actually look like. 1/16 thick 1/8 thick. 1/4 wide 3/4 wide. Stuff like that.
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Re: Carl's 61 Fleetwood
« Reply #5 on: November 23, 2015, 09:39:01 PM »
I just go until the seam is sealed up plus a little extra for safety  and call it a day
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Re: Carl's 61 Fleetwood
« Reply #6 on: November 26, 2015, 09:35:07 AM »
Wow. I just scared the he'll out of myself.

I needed to lower my car on the rotisserie, to get a better height to work on the firewall. Since I first set it up I have never changed the height of the car.

The rotissserie has a built in Jack on either end that lifts the mast.  I lifted one side a bit and pulled the large set pin. I started to releave pressure on the Jack and nothing. It did not go down. I tapped the mast with a hammer about a minute. Then boom. It instantly slid down a foot and a half all at once.

That was not what I intended to do. Scared the crap out of me.
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Re: Carl's 61 Fleetwood
« Reply #7 on: November 26, 2015, 11:03:28 AM »
Being scared is ok, as long as no one hurt or car damage. I took the neck if the 22 lb turkey, stuffed it between my legs and chased my wife all around the house. Her hands have stuffing on them and i chade her . Svards the shit out of her. Holliday tradition around here.

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Re: Carl's 61 Fleetwood
« Reply #8 on: November 26, 2015, 11:09:38 AM »
So how do you follow that up Christmas.

Maybe I don't want to know.
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Re: Carl's 61 Fleetwood
« Reply #9 on: November 26, 2015, 11:24:43 AM »
You dont wanna know, your right. Lets just say some Jack Daniels and thos Xmas balls hanging on the door ring up a storm!