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Old 12-19-2017, 02:34 PM   #141
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Mine are plated, chrome maybe. If you didn't take the plating off leave them bare.
Replaced almost all mine (a few were in mysteriously good condition) with VTS ones. The new ones fit perfectly and are stainless steel. Worth the $$ in my opinion.
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Old 12-19-2017, 02:51 PM   #142
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Rmkrum good safety tips in your post.
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Old 12-19-2017, 04:33 PM   #143
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I agree.

Safety tips are probably worthy of a dedicated thread.
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Old 12-19-2017, 05:43 PM   #144
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Thanks, guys!

I've managed to avoid most major injuries for over 7 decades...we won't talk about a bad lift causing back muscle damage that will never quite go away...

Occasional getting the wrong nail with a hammer, the usual cuts and bruises, not too many.

A lot of what I talk about safety-wise have been based on some near misses and a lot of training over my career.

I still have weird work habits, like routinely wearing steel-toed safety boots to work as an IT security guy, just in case someone drops a computer on my foot or whatever...and I have a propensity to make doubly sure power (of all sorts) is well and truly turned off, since the time a live circuit tried (and missed) reaching out to get me whilst I was working on a water pump electrical system, standing in a puddle on a concrete floor. The 480 volt was off, but the pilot circuit was still hot--good thing I act like it is hot when I start taking stuff apart----

My kids complain that I always move too darn slow, take too long to work on things, etc. but I also don't get hurt much...easy trade AFAIK...

I'm real fun to watch around sharp power tools...its almost ballet-like moves avoiding cutting edges with my body parts...
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Old 12-29-2017, 07:43 PM   #145
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Scraped old tint off of front window and installed newly-painted letters and name plate. First use of new Home Depot kerosene heater. Didn't bring the building to room temperature, but made it bearable.
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Old 12-29-2017, 10:16 PM   #146
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Looks great! Stay warm. Iíll be installing the LP lines on Ď68 soon so I can install my heater.
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Old 12-30-2017, 06:52 PM   #147
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Those new emblems look super. My 66 didn't have the "cast" letters. It has a embossed tin plate. I just put new ones on instead of trying to paint the old ones. Things changed in 67,

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Old 12-31-2017, 02:50 PM   #148
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Thanks David.

Revisiting my wrist-slashing incident of a few posts above, I have a tip for others who are pondering how to rehab their window latching mechanisms to their former shiny selves. I got my dremel out this morning and used the miniature wire wheel brush attachment that came with it. As I have learned in other spheres, brute force (i.e., a high-torque drill and bigger wire wheel) carries a greater risk of harsh consequences than a deft touch, which exactly describes the dremel. Plus, the little dremel attachment gets into those nooks and crannies that are beyond the fatter wire wheel's reach. Live and learn.
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I'm wire brushing my frame this weekend. Getting it ready to paint. I had you injury in my mind as I worked the angle grinder with a cup brush around the frame rails. My grinder can be a little jerk at times.

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Old 01-01-2018, 04:23 AM   #150
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Cooler weather will require long pants.
I wire wheeled my frame wearing shorts. Not a smart move in hindsight.
The battle scar on my knee is still there 2 years later.
Be careful.
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Old 01-01-2018, 07:20 AM   #151
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I'm wire brushing my frame this weekend. Getting it ready to paint. I had you injury in my mind as I worked the angle grinder with a cup brush around the frame rails. My grinder can be a little jerk at times.

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David, be careful with the cup wire brush. When it starts to wear down, throw it away. About three weeks ago I was using one on my side grinder and one of the 1Ē wires came off and stuck in my forearm. Before I could pull it out, it was sucked in. Itís way down in there and the doctor said it would be more invasive to cut it out than leave it. Itís stainless steel, so iíll Just buzz a little more going through airports. Good luck and everyone be careful. Bubba
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By the way, the little wire brush on the dremel also likes to fire off little wire projectiles.

As for wire brushing the frame, I quickly tired of that and hauled the thing to the sandblaster down the road. It cost a few hundred bucks, but to me was worth it.
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Gloves, long sleeved shirt, eye protection sturdy shoes, and long trousers. Canít emphasize personal protective equipment (PPE) enough. Buy good stuff and maintain it carefully. You only have one set of eyes....
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Good advice Bubba L on the worn out wire brushes.

I wear heavy overalls, gloves, steel toed boots, safety goggles, and a face shield when wire brushing. I would love to sand blast the frame instead, but the thing is not moveable at the moment. I am not doing a body off renovation. Just a rear end separation repair and new waste water tanks, and new axles. And some minor frame strengthening while I'm at it.

Working on our vintage Airstreams is a good way to get a "lost time injury" as we used to say at work. rmkrum seems very safety conscious. The way to be.

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