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Old 08-20-2012, 08:40 PM   #41
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thanks roadster!

700rpm this one is pretty easy its nice and solid!! just gotta put it together

had to put it all back together after the move .. soon its going from the frame to the body cart



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Old 08-21-2012, 08:11 PM   #42
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onto the drivers door!!

a mess



cracks in the hinge areas





annnd some rot!

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Old 08-22-2012, 12:36 PM   #43
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The new shop space looks great, Tom!

Glad to see you're back at the Roadster. Ought to be done with it in a week or so, right? ;-)

I knew the driver's door was bad -- but it looks awful in the photos. Is the passenger door still looking to be in better condition, or have you uncovered some hidden treasures on that one too?

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Old 08-22-2012, 01:13 PM   #44
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Your doing a great job there Flop !!
I have a 30 roadster with rotten subrails so this thread is of great interest to me.

What tools do you use to set those rivets in the subrail ?
Do you heat the rivets first or leave them cold ?

Thanks for sharing your expertise

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Old 08-23-2012, 06:37 AM   #45
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hey jeff ! passenger looks pretty good even after some digging ! I think the drivers door is so bad because of use and abuse.

the roadster is all subframed up!!



cracks stripped





tiged and smoothed



not an expert by any means juke joint but thanks ! These rivets are acting as fancy spot welds I burn them in with the tig as Jeff and I talked about when I first picked up his roadster!
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Old 08-23-2012, 08:45 AM   #46
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Excellent work, as always. Think it will take a lot to get the driver-side inner door structure to mate up to the new door skin?
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Old 08-23-2012, 09:38 AM   #47
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when you say burn the rivets in with a tig welder could this work on the door been done with a mig welder and what heat range? thx gump
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Old 09-01-2012, 07:16 PM   #48
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the skins are nice jeff. did a set of 29 roadster doors and they looked great .

gumpy the tig actually melts the rivet into the parent metal . where as a mig will just add metal to the outside leaving a big lump .

on the fence about using this panel under the decklid pinholes everywhere some rot i cut out . i think its gonna be easier (time wise) to re skin and use the orig inner structure. I already chased some pin holes around while trying to weld them up .



put a door on





next onto the triangle pieces onto the rear quarters





and how much the repops are off compared to orig ones

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Old 09-02-2012, 08:13 AM   #49
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Thank you for showing us the pictures of your project.
You sure do fine and very detailed work.
Please continue taking pictures and show us the progression of your project.
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Old 09-03-2012, 07:16 AM   #50
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thanks jim !
pictures always help in my book so i figured this can help someone out down the line putting a car back together

early Monday morning work



once again removing the triangles



and how much this side is off



just realized there was a patch panel here as well . I dont know how i missed it .

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Old 09-03-2012, 10:25 AM   #51
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Excellent progress, Tom. I'm surprised I missed the patch panel too. Hope there aren't many more surprises like that.
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Old 09-03-2012, 11:19 AM   #52
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None of my business (feel free to tell me so).... Curious what the bill for this work is so far, as as you progress, please.
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Old 09-04-2012, 07:21 AM   #53
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None of my business (feel free to tell me so).... Curious what the bill for this work is so far, as as you progress, please.
Hi, Paul:

I'm the one paying the bills. I'm not too comfortable talking real numbers for this specific project, but suffice it to say that between the original purchase, additional original and/or new parts and sheet metal needed, and Flop's shop time, in the end I'll have more in it than a Brookville body. I simply saw a worn out Roadster and wanted to bring it back from the dead.

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Old 09-04-2012, 08:20 AM   #54
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In the end Jeff we are bringing back a roadster that has soul!! Every time i look at that Feb 1956 inside the quarter it really makes me happy to be bringing it back to life!!
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Hi, Paul:

I'm the one paying the bills. I'm not too comfortable talking real numbers for this specific project, but suffice it to say that between the original purchase, additional original and/or new parts and sheet metal needed, and Flop's shop time, in the end I'll have more in it than a Brookville body. I simply saw a worn out Roadster and wanted to bring it back from the dead.

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Old 09-10-2012, 09:40 PM   #56
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there is something missing .



filled in some blanks . gonna grind the welds tomorrow



epoxy primer on the inside of the new skin



tomorrow they get stuck together!
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Old 09-11-2012, 06:32 PM   #57
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alot done today !

its like a new door!






and the new skin on !



now we are getting somewhere




also deskinned the panel under the decklid and got it in primer

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Old 09-11-2012, 09:44 PM   #58
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It's come a long way, Tom -- excellent work -- keep it up!
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Old 09-12-2012, 10:32 AM   #59
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Really nice work! Very inspiring to see this come back to life.
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ABSOLUTLY AMAZING!...And to think, most of us would look at something like that (before restoration) and just turn our backs.

As I have said before...you are amazing when it comes to sheet metal work!

"not an expert by any means juke joint but thanks"...Are you kidding us Flop! !

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