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Old 10-20-2006, 03:12 PM   #29
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Question 3x Vs 4x

It was a tough decision between the two. But when it comes to riveting two pieces of skin and a large rib with it Aircraft Spruce suggested the 4X. I did dial the PSI to about 80 and the inline valve is at the 4 out of 5 position. It worked like a champ! My first attempt doing the rivet after considerable practice, went better than expected.
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Old 10-20-2006, 03:32 PM   #30
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Looking good Bubble,
So much $$ and time involved. Isn't shift work great?

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It was a tough decision between the two. But when it comes to riveting two pieces of skin and a large rib with it Aircraft Spruce suggested the 4X. I did dial the PSI to about 80 and the inline valve is at the 4 out of 5 position. It worked like a champ! My first attempt doing the rivet after considerable practice, went better than expected.
If you can find some Tungsten, It works much better then steel for bucking bars.
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Old 06-16-2007, 10:49 PM   #32
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Newest update

OK first my computer died here not to long ago, I live and die by the spell checker and of course the new computer does not have Word. So please ignore the poor spelling.
Well since my last update I have taken my frame into a local guy who builds custom smowmobile trailers. He completed a re-weld and repair of the frame, most of the center cross members where roten with rust from the old insulation, a few of the outboard members where replaced due to a previous accident. The frame was to my suprise and to the guy doing the repair was very straight and square. A new axle was also ordered and installed. My old hitch on the trailer was done, so I went with a different style of hitch that has a greater weight max.
I had the frame sandblasted and decided on having the frme coated in Speedliner, the stuff you can put in truck beds. A local shop did it for $100, and it looks great! Most of the moving parts area was taped off and spared the lining, I used a hammered texture paint with a coat of primer.

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Hey looks great!
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Old 06-16-2007, 11:48 PM   #34
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I like the look you ended up with. Nice and clean.

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Old 07-09-2011, 09:40 PM   #35
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Well I have some money in the bank and have started up construction. I placed the new wheel wells I had made coated them inside of the wells with a rubber coating and then primed the outside with a galvanized primer and wrapped it in insulation. I have a huge glob of buttle in between the two metals. I put in a marine grade plywood floor. I put a layer of aluminum foil sealed bubble wrap insulation between the frame and the floor. Should work. I attempted to place the shell back on. Turns out after getting the frame straightened and painted the geometry was a bit off. I had some new U channels made at a larger height. After 2 days of lifting and shaving, I got it to fit just right. I fixed a mess load of faulty buck rivets. I also have decided to repair and spiffy up my old windows. New glass and gasket with some paint and polish. I had a new battery box made and had it fitted to the biggest battery I could find. All new tanks holder and regulator on as well. My poor rear hatch hinge was so hammered I had a new one made at my local roofing Co. I figure ghat 48 bucks was cheaper than a new door. I will get some pictures posted here soon. To show my progress.
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Old 07-09-2011, 10:50 PM   #36
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It's good to see you are still in the game.
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Frame looks great! Trying to get motivated to bend up c channel in my garage, probably 100 degrees out there!
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Old 07-18-2011, 05:44 PM   #38
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I wanted to walk through my window restoration.
First I disassembled the entire window.
I started with the exterior portion that held the glass
I gross removed all of the old silicone with a razor blade
Then I used a silicone remover to finish the removal
I then removed the worst of the oxidation with brasso and a metal finishing pad.
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The finishing pad left some surface scratching. I used a drill and a 3M product to buff out the worst of the scratches. I got the idea from a local body shop that deals with polishing of high end auto restoration. The 3M product code is 05973 and I got it at Napa Auto. You can see the pre and post polishing pics. I used the compound to also remove the lighter oxidation. As a final touch I finish polished with Neverdull to remove the residue.
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Be wary when intensely buffing - on soft metals like brass and aluminum (esp. cast) you can expose 'the grain' of the internal crystalline structures, meaning leaving a pebbly or gritty surface texture. I don't know if a '55 has cast frames etc. but if you notice a textured 'relief' coming out stop and regroup!
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I went slow and steady. Checking the temp of the metal and only using enough pressure to remove the oxidation. Luckily the drill I bought for this at Harbor Freight has a speed adjustment to keep the speed in check. I figured I did not want to use my good Dewalt drill and blow through the international electric brushes.
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I finished the visible metal buffing and turned my focus to the surfaces that are visible only when the window is open. With a light sanding using a foam block, fine grit, I lightly roughed up the surface. Primed the metal with a aluminum specific spray paint I bought at Ace Hardware. Once dry I painted it with a light gray "hammer texture" Rust-oleum. No will see it but me, but what the heck.
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