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Old 09-13-2004, 12:41 AM   #1
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Exclamation 63 Floor-up Restoration

Just thought that I'd start this up so you-all could hold me acountable to finishing it up.
So far the interior is stripped and we are getting ready for the "Big Lift".
If there is ANYTHING that I should not do during this process please let me know soon. Pics to follow.
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Old 09-13-2004, 11:10 AM   #2
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Looking forward to seeing your progress - I'm in the process of doing a 1958, so any help you need, just ask away.

Welcome to the forum - we like seeing lots of pictures.

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Old 09-13-2004, 12:27 PM   #3
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Blnfuse,
There are lots of things to avoid, but nothing that can't be fixed later. Take lots of measurements before you start. Don't remove any more than the bottom row of interior sheeting. Brace the shell side to side and front to back before you detach it from the floor. Have a safe place to put the shell and stake it down before the snow flies. Save as much of the floor as possible for cutting templates for the new floor.
If you ever get near Minnetonka, give me a call. I have my shell just about ready to reattach.
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Old 09-15-2004, 06:42 PM   #4
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Smile quick cutting

Well as I found out today (in the rain) you CAN use a sharp putty knife to shear off the bucked rivets. i would not recomend this for steel pinned pop rivets. They ripped up my brand new knife. A dead blow hammer worked well.100 cuts today and, 500 tomarrow.
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Old 09-15-2004, 06:47 PM   #5
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Well as I found out today (in the rain) you CAN use a sharp putty knife to shear off the bucked rivets. i would not recomend this for steel pinned pop rivets. They ripped up my brand new knife. A dead blow hammer worked well.100 cuts today and, 500 tomarrow.
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I'd try drilling the heads first. Then use your putty knife to gently push the heads off. Don't you get a lot of scratches with the putty knife?
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Old 09-15-2004, 10:17 PM   #6
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Drilling the rivets is the correct thing. When you cut the heads off it stands the chance of scratching the aurrounding aluminum and if a head is stubborn then you will egg the hole which means that you would have to oversize it. Drilling is better because you only drill into the rivet enough to break the head off and then you punch the inner piece into the hole. Usually the hole is left clean by doing this.
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Old 09-17-2004, 06:03 PM   #7
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Wink Rivvet cutting (a cutting we will go)

I guess that i did not make myself clear enough for Ya'll.
I am slipping the sharp (again) 1.5" putty knife in between the two layers of aluminum, and shearing (in 1 blow) the ALL aluminum rivets on the exterior bottom connecting surfaces.
Drilling out these 'bucked' rivets on center would be all but impossible. This is a very simple alternative to the 82 brad point drill bits needed for the job.
If yous dont got notin ta do mybes you should try a differnt way like mine.
LOLOLOL. More to come l8tr
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Old 09-17-2004, 06:43 PM   #8
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Drilling out these 'bucked' rivets on center would be all but impossible. This is a very simple alternative to the 82 brad point drill bits needed for the job.
If yous dont got notin ta do mybes you should try a differnt way like mine.
LOLOLOL. More to come l8tr
To each his own. I didn't have any problem drilling them out with a #30 drill with a split point. Did'nt need to centerpunch them, just lined up on the little dimple.
Took about three hours to to do all the way around.
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Old 06-30-2005, 11:17 AM   #9
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Still pluggin away

Sorry that it has been sooo long but you know life gets in the way.
July now an we are almost ready to put the body back on.
Have taken pics all the way so there will be a photo book when done.
these things are not as complicated or imposing once you peel there skin off.
Now I CAN ANSWER MOST of the questions that you guys can come up with.
or atleast tell you where to go to get r done.
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Old 06-30-2005, 11:56 AM   #10
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Sorry that it has been sooo long but you know life gets in the way.
July now an we are almost ready to put the body back on.
Have taken pics all the way so there will be a photo book when done.
these things are not as complicated or imposing once you peel there skin off.
Now I CAN ANSWER MOST of the questions that you guys can come up with.
or atleast tell you where to go to get r done.
You cab post the photos in your photo album, then we can all see how you are doing.
Good luck finishing it. Do you have an ETA for when it will be ready to roll?
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Old 06-30-2005, 01:06 PM   #11
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Wow - just read this post - I don't think I would want to use a putty knife to pop the rivets - you will get lots of scratches doing it that way......

I just drill mine out - find it to be pretty easy - just drill enough to punch the rivet out is the standard way of doing things.....

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I've been helping John out with this and we haven't put a scratch in it with the putty knife . Actually worked very well. It not only cut the rivets but also cut the sealer that was between the skin and the lower wrap.

Looks like the frame work will be done Fri or Sat , then the new floor goes down. and back on with the body.
The hardest part has just been gettin the time .

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Old 07-09-2005, 10:18 PM   #13
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a paintin' we have gone

All the welding is done andthe frame is rimed and painted (multi-color blue under the belly-wrap).
Tomarrow 7/10 the floor will be going on.
Stainles carriage bolts and nylok nuts for me.
My bigo-uddy and I will 'GIT-ER-DONE' right quik.
photos to come. J
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Old 07-17-2005, 11:17 PM   #14
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The Body Is On!!!!!!!!!!!

Today the body went back on.
No big troubles except the 40 mph wind gusts rockin an rollin the skin and ribs (NO I MEAN MINE ) SOME RIVETS BACK IN, enough to hold er down.
What a feeling.
now to work on the belly.
AND YOU GUYS SAID " DON'T USE A PUTTY KNIFE"
LOTFLLACM. laying on the floor laughing like a crazzzy man.
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