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Old 01-30-2013, 10:24 AM   #1177
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Thanks for the links. They will give me some light reading in the evenings for the next few days
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Old 01-30-2013, 12:04 PM   #1178
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I need some more MEK, as my last tin is almost done!
Enjoy your reading!

The house remodel is almost done...
Just the dust and cleaning to left to do.
Then some painting...

I have to get on with the last bar of the grill this evening, so I can sign that off as done!

Brad, any input on removing the headlamp castings????
They look riveted on... but I can quite see.

The center part of the fairing is gonna be on the bench soon for MEK fixing...
I spent some time looking at that whole mess, and made some decisions...
My center piece is broken, as are both sides...
all the bits will be glued together, then I will mod them with a to have a flange on the lower edge. This will allow me to bolt on a chin spoiler later...
Looking at the later models for inspiration...
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Old 01-30-2013, 04:02 PM   #1179
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Brad, any input on removing the headlamp castings????
They look riveted on... but I can quite see.
Steve, I'm afraid I can't answer that question. All of the front sheet metal was ripped of in whatever accident the 345 was in. I'm as clueless as you on this one and the Argosies are totally different!

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Old 01-30-2013, 06:28 PM   #1180
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Steve, I'm afraid I can't answer that question. All of the front sheet metal was ripped of in whatever accident the 345 was in. I'm as clueless as you on this one and the Argosies are totally different!

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Gotcha!
Worth asking!
I will take the drill over with me next time...
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Old 02-03-2013, 02:12 PM   #1181
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Almost done...
Just a little more painting to do...



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Old 02-03-2013, 04:12 PM   #1182
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Steve,

The grill looks fantastic! Do you plan on applying a clear coat to preserve that finish. I ended up painting mine black for the time being; skeptical that the cast metal would hold a shine for long. That alloy is definitely not "aircraft grade".

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Old 02-03-2013, 04:14 PM   #1183
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Old 02-04-2013, 10:09 AM   #1184
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Thanks Peeps!

Charly, I agree that the castings are not the best... the badges I did last year are already dulling...
The issue is, do I coat and protect it for a while, then have strip and recoat, or just keep touching up the polish???

Actually, I have to say that the grill was not a tricky project... just elbow grease really.

Now onto bigger things...
This week, I want to glue the center grill fairing back together, and try to figure out how this whole LH, RH and center section and spoiler is gonna play.

The 3 pieces lap(joggle) together, and the upper part of the center has a curved aluminum stiffening bar, seen here, which bridges it all together.


The plan for now is:
1/ Cut off the front leveler mounts.
2/ Bridge a piece of 6x2 across the front crossmember and secure both of the front corner fairing to it.
3/ Remove both front fairings and the wood as an assembly. This will hold them in thier mounted positions.
4/ At home, fix any cracks or deformity, then mount the repaired center section.
5/ Do the mods and build a mould of the whole thing...

Did this for 30 years... Hope I have not lost my touch!

Big piece... so gotta get my kids Jeep outta my garage first tho... thats priority!
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Old 02-06-2013, 01:03 AM   #1185
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Practice Aluminum Mig welding..

Unwanted holes in the broken and hacked together rear bumper...

Begone!

Backed them with some copper plate..



First try was a little blobby...
Had to file it off..


Then re welded them...
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Old 02-06-2013, 01:16 AM   #1186
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Then I got crazy...

Filed and flatted out...



Then it was time....

I spent maybe 2 hours putting a V in the two halves of the rear bumper and cleaning ready for the joining...
Set it up on the bench, and checked and adjusted it until it was about as good as it could be..




Then I went for it...
Please understand, I aside from a quick test, I have never Mig welded Aluminum before...

I fiddled with the setting, and tacked it in place.
Then I laid down a heavy if ugly bead... or three!
Also filled the holes on the other half of the bumper.


And the back...

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About an hour with a file, and I have this...
Still some work to do, but its looking better...


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Very nice! I've always wanted to try aluminum welding but never have taken the time to try.

What spool gun are you using?

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If your welding doesn't work out I have bumper that should fit
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Thanks Brad...
This is the spoolgun I have..
http://buy.snapon.com/catalog/item.asp?search=true&item_ID=636204&PartNo=MHG5B&g roup_id=675736&supersede=&store=snapon-store&tool=all



Lots of work done... but I am realizing that it might never be right... It was a pig to line up because it was tweaked twice...
Trying to work out how to ship a 80" Bumper is a pain... but maybe the best option, thanks John!


But because I am sick in the head...
I wanted to see...





The bumper face would be a 5' job, but the top face is a rippled mess..
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