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Old 09-19-2012, 06:24 AM   #43
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Lee, Just cruised your blog on the Hornet-very cool!! I like your workmanship and thoughtfulness. Like you I am stretched between a complete redo on our 66 Safari and our 51 Ford woodie( future TV) It too is bagged shaved smoothed frenched and sitting gathering dust while I finish the Safari, which is done inside and am trying to get it polished... which now is on hold as I rebuild the garage to park it in for the winter. There is a great Hudson museum in Ypsilanti, I've spent to much time there and used to deliver papers to them about fifty years ago as a young kid on my paper route.

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Old 09-19-2012, 06:51 PM   #44
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If you are looking to have new C- channel made for your floor check with the shop that made your wheel tubs. I had new channel made locally with my wheel wells out of .040 5052 and it was very reasonable.
keep up the good work, I am really enjoying following along.
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Old 09-19-2012, 11:33 PM   #45
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Hey Goshawk - love the woodie. I've always said if I wasn't doing the hudson I'd be working on a shoebox!!! My dad had a 51 Merc back when I was a kid and the "lead sled" thing just kind of grew on me. Something about old iron laying in the dirt is magical. Somehow the wife got this airstream upstream of the Hudson on the priority list. So i gotta knock this out before getting back on the Hudson. Anyway, thanks for jumping in! Always good to see the "whole package"....these airstreams can't get down the road by themselves (well, some models can).

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Old 09-19-2012, 11:36 PM   #46
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If you are looking to have new C- channel made for your floor check with the shop that made your wheel tubs. I had new channel made locally with my wheel wells out of .040 5052 and it was very reasonable.
keep up the good work, I am really enjoying following along.
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Yeah...thanks Tim. I hear you on the HVAC direction....might still go that route, but been aching to use my sheet metal brake. I'm thinking I might just order the 0.040/0.050 sheet and fold them up myself.

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Old 09-24-2012, 12:11 AM   #47
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Made a little more progress this weekend!!
Finished repairing the frame and got the axle and attaching hardware out of the way. I'll weld in a new hanger kit when I finalize what I'm going to do with the axle. But, got all the plywood located and cut and notched!! So now I just need to finish drilling the bolt holes, then put a couple coats of 2 part epoxy on it. I think I'll use the West Marine epoxy....$100 per gallon isn't cheap, but sounds like great stuff! Here's some pics:

Traced an accurate 22" arc on the corners, then laid what I had left of the old rear floor on top as a check. It looks real close, but the original looks to me like someone "free-handed" the cut.


Here's a close up comparison of old and new 22" arc:




Here's a mock-up of the entry step. Wanted to make sure all the trim pieces fit correctly:


And here's everything temporarily in place - just have the fenderwells clamped there:




Sorry about the image quality, I took these with my phone instead of our good camera.

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Old 09-24-2012, 12:38 AM   #48
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Also, I found a few mistakes on my original floor dimensions. Would've liked to replace the drawing on the first page of this post, but for some reason the forum won't let you go back and edit previous posts. Anyway, here's the updated drawing with the correct dimension:
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Old 09-24-2012, 08:56 AM   #49
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My truck...

Hey Lee, you're going gangbusters there on the trailer! Nice work! Here's a pic or two of our Dodge... I like the work you did on the Hornet! My family went to the Lemay family open of their property / cars. There was a guy there with with Grandfather's Hornet in original immaculate condition! My wife and daughter were invited to sit in it.... what a beautiful car!
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Old 09-24-2012, 07:15 PM   #50
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like the T shirt says, he who has the most/ best toys wins!
I just have a Harbor Freight 30" brake-JEALOUS
Boy does that floor look familiar. I am at about the same point in my resto. I know that the 22" radius has been flung about alot but mine measures nearer to 22.5" and yes I agree they were free handed by someone who had a couple shots with lunch. If it's not too much trouble, how did the curves measure in the back end? I had literally no floor in the back 8' and it would be nice to have a place to start.
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Old 09-24-2012, 07:21 PM   #51
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Sorry Lee, Dont have a clue yet how to edit here but I just reviewed your photos and your back end is much more blunt than mine. More symmetrical with the front. Mine has a more pronounced slope so I guess your measurements wouldn't be much use to me.
keep up the good work and maybe we'll both finish sometime.
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Hey Marc....freakin' love the dodge!!!

I didn't realize those had the tilt up side hoods into the '50's. Very cool....your wife is a doll too!

Your airstream will be right at home behind that bad boy!

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Sorry Lee, Dont have a clue yet how to edit here but I just reviewed your photos and your back end is much more blunt than mine. More symmetrical with the front. Mine has a more pronounced slope so I guess your measurements wouldn't be much use to me.
keep up the good work and maybe we'll both finish sometime.
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Hey Tim, I think you're right about having a few shots at lunch when they cut the floor for these things. While I was looking at the new 22" arc and the old floorboard, I had the same thought that maybe a little bigger would match, but totally not sure. My neighbor was standing there too and said if you leave a little you can take a little off later....so I stayed with the 22" radius. It's funny that one side is a little "wide" and the other is a little "thin"....so maybe it will even out and be perfect!!! That's never happened in my lifetime, so I keep hoping this is it :-)

Anyway, been checking out all the plywood coating products and will probably go with the west marine stuff. As good of price as any and it comes with a lot of testimonies. Yeah....maybe we'll finish at about the same time....maybe we should Rendezvous with the families at yellowstone or something....wouldn't that be a blast!

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My wife? That's my 17 y.o daughter! It's kinda a father / daughter project we have going....

Ha ha! Thanks for the laugh (and scare!)... love reading about your progress.
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My wife? That's my 17 y.o daughter! It's kinda a father / daughter project we have going....

Ha ha! Thanks for the laugh (and scare!)... love reading about your progress.
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Oh shoot....sorry. What an awesome father-daughter project though!! Keep up the great work too!
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Old 09-28-2012, 12:36 PM   #56
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Anybody ever come across this? I used my old front banana wrap belly skin as a template and found that there was a sealant similar to plumbers putty between the belly skin and the outer shell. I also found this material sealing the window I restored. Seemed logical so I used it for the window but it looks like the old stuff came on a 1" roll, like tape. I'll use something else for the skins. I also used the old forward floor panel as a form. Cut 2x4's to size and screwed to the panel where the frame sits then built the belly skin upside down. Hope it fits...

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