69 FRONT END WORK with BIRD CAGE REPAIR

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Re: 69 FRONT END WORK with BIRD CAGE REPAIR

Postby Wabco40 » Sat Jun 03, 2017 5:08 am

Bazzas77 wrote:I'm still home , go back next wed.

I cant seem to get enough adjustment to get the body in the right spot on the original frame , its got home made body mounts that don't give enough movement (fixed nut ) , what I'm thinking is it could be better just to do all the work on the frame that its going to end up on anyway ,as this ones not rusted out and is in very good condition .

If you could possibly have a look and can see a solution either way that would be awesome .


I am on nightshift at the moment and don't get home until Tuesday, might have to make it your next break. Are you weekly or fortnightly?

For sure, if you where going to change the frame anyway definitely do all the panel fitment on the new frame. Also when fitting the panels have the frame sitting on its wheels or at least supported under the front lower control arms and rear trailing arms. There is quite a lot of flex in the frame when supporting it other then where it would normally be.

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Re: 69 FRONT END WORK with BIRD CAGE REPAIR

Postby Bazzas77 » Sat Jun 03, 2017 8:58 am

copy that , I'm planning on putting the body back on my dolly as I don't have enough suspension parts to make two rolling chassis . get the new chassis rolling and put the body on and see if it fits (at the rear end ) first.

I'm doing a 3 weeker up there this time ,so only 1 week off when I get back , this will take a fair while to get anywhere near panel alignment stage again.

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Re: 69 FRONT END WORK with BIRD CAGE REPAIR

Postby Wabco40 » Sat Jun 03, 2017 10:48 pm

Ok cool. I am working 7 on, 7 off so will make it when our days off are in sync again.

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Re: 69 FRONT END WORK with BIRD CAGE REPAIR

Postby Bazzas77 » Sun Jun 04, 2017 7:18 pm

sounds like a plan :o


moving right along , I've had enough of welding , but wait there's more,

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just about done all the seams ,cut this out today as well ,

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not going top leave a dent in it , but mainly I want to strengthen it up a lot, also going to put a tie -down there for my trailer .

found some 3mm plate steel in the shed , tomorrow its make some gusset(s) time.

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Re: 69 FRONT END WORK with BIRD CAGE REPAIR

Postby Bazzas77 » Mon Jun 05, 2017 7:40 pm

had a late start on the vette , just couldn't drag myself away from U-Tube :-x


made some gussets which took a bit longer than I thought ,because nothing is flat and having to shape them a bit takes time..

put them on and hold them down with some multi-grips and tack weld along , then join the dots so to speak ,

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did this but couldn't go further as I want to use 5mm plate across the top and it being a public holiday ....

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a bit closer look ,

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I left 2 areas not welded to the chassis so any water will drain out , also welded a nut inside for a ground strap

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Re: 69 FRONT END WORK with BIRD CAGE REPAIR

Postby DOC » Tue Jun 06, 2017 8:45 pm

looks heaps better than my rusty old frame!
Nice welding as well.

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Re: 69 FRONT END WORK with BIRD CAGE REPAIR

Postby Bazzas77 » Tue Jun 06, 2017 11:06 pm

DOC wrote:looks heaps better than my rusty old frame!
Nice welding as well.


Thanks Doc , my cheap ass welder is not the best ,the wire speed is too fast or too slow so I chose fast and went with the wider sweeps to give more area . I'm getting enough penetration but my eyes aren't the best so a couple of lines went astray until I got a backlight to help. That's why I started on top of the frame so the first ones wont be seen :: :-x

Off to work for three weeks tomorrow so it sits until then , I will have the 5mm bent plate finished by my mate down the road while I'm a way so that will get prepped and put on ,then some more gussets at the front , then roll it back over and get it off the floor so I can start with the new rear suspension mounts points , so more cutting and fabrication to come. Hopefully I can get it all done next break (only one week off ). When the welding is done I will make it all red primer again then its time to pull the body off the old frame and start removing suspension pieces from that , they will be just bolted on as is for a mock up of that rear end ....69 body on a 78 frame ????? then etc, etc, etc, etc......


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