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Building a 65 GTO for my father in law. Its my way of saying thanks for all his help when I got out of the service. For not it wont be running ethanol, but it will get switched over with a different carb once I get my homebrew production up enough to supply him. Its enough trouble to get gasoline here for him, and having only one station up here with E85 would mean he wouldnt get to drive it much. I wanted to have it done by his 65th birthday in May, but it doesnt look like I will have the funds I need to get all the parts I still need for it. He had one in the 60s and he told me on a trip to the Milwaukee VA that it was the only car he would ever want back. So I found one and brought it home from South Carolina. It was the only one I could find that I could afford, and it set me back almost a year on other projects.

 

After this one is done, the weather should be perfect for making my fuel again. Winter means I have to take a break from it with my current setup. I'll keep you guys posted on that, and how much fuel I get form how many cattails and how well it runs in my vehicles.

 

I started work on it in November right after Dave, my father in law found himself in the hospital with chest pain. Turns out he was getting clots and they were causing congestive heart failure, he is doing much better now but it got me started on his car. I decided that it needed to get done, and in a hurry, so I have been pushing myself much harder than I should have. I have also spent less time online and doing other things, most of my time has been spent working on this car.

 

It had a bit of rust.

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I built a rotisserie for it, and man I wish I had done that for the previous two I did. HUGE difference in how much i can get done, because I can sit and work then if I need to get to a different part of it I can just rotate the car. Much less stress and pain for me.

 

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I started cutting the floors out and replaced them with new metal.

 

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Then did the trunk.

 

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Replacing rusted body parts is lots of fun.

 

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The other side was a bit of a frankenstien thing.

 

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And the rusted window channel rebuilt from scrap hoods.

 

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Today I have been working on the suspension and front brakes, getting the frame ready to go back under the body next week some time. So its back out to the shop for a while yet tonight, since its nice and warm out there and I gotta get the springs in and the spindles bolted up.

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Your the man Thumpin what your doing is a great return.    Now if you turn that rotesiere and put a chicken on it and baste it at the same time man you would really have it made.  No all kidding aside my fellow veteran I wish you the best now and in the future.    I remember my ride to the Milwaukee induction center boy was I green then.

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Got more done today, couldnt take the cold tonight and I am hungry so I quit at 2200. Got to looking at the kick panel area and it was pretty bad under the dash mount and all the way to the floor. Quite the air leak, probably make for a very chilly left leg at 60mph. So I chopped into it and started bending, trimming and welding.

 

Also did a bit of grinding on the A pillar I started the other day, its coming out nice. The structural part of the pillar was good, so it just needed the cosmetic piece on the inside where the glass rests. So I built that out of Suburban hood, the channel in the underhood bracing that is on the edge near the spring mount was almost a perfect fit. Might as well use bends that are already in the metal right?

 

Here it is before, you can see the patch in the lower rear jamb and the grinding Dave's grandson David did on the floors. Kid busted his tail for 5 hours grinding welds, totally used up the wheel on the grinder. Kid is quite the worker, wish he was more into cars.

 

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This is after a bit of work, need to trim the flange to the lower channel that fits over this part. Lucky for me that make that piece, otherwise I would be having a really fun time making it and getting it to look decent.

 

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The patch on the inside came out nice, doesnt have to look great since the dash covers it.

 

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If I could work more days each week and didnt have to help friends out, I think I could get quite a bit done on this metal work thing. :)

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Got more done today, couldnt take the cold tonight and I am hungry so I quit at 2200. Got to looking at the kick panel area and it was pretty bad under the dash mount and all the way to the floor. Quite the air leak, probably make for a very chilly left leg at 60mph. So I chopped into it and started bending, trimming and welding.

 

Also did a bit of grinding on the A pillar I started the other day, its coming out nice. The structural part of the pillar was good, so it just needed the cosmetic piece on the inside where the glass rests. So I built that out of Suburban hood, the channel in the underhood bracing that is on the edge near the spring mount was almost a perfect fit. Might as well use bends that are already in the metal right?

 

Here it is before, you can see the patch in the lower rear jamb and the grinding Dave's grandson David did on the floors. Kid busted his tail for 5 hours grinding welds, totally used up the wheel on the grinder. Kid is quite the worker, wish he was more into cars.

 

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This is after a bit of work, need to trim the flange to the lower channel that fits over this part. Lucky for me that make that piece, otherwise I would be having a really fun time making it and getting it to look decent.

 

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The patch on the inside came out nice, doesnt have to look great since the dash covers it.

 

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If I could work more days each week and didnt have to help friends out, I think I could get quite a bit done on this metal work thing. :)

Now try this on a tank and see how much metal you use lol.    Really way to go thumpin he is going to just love it.

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Heh, not gonna work on armored vehicles, had to tie down too many on airplanes. I took a break from the welding and trimming sheet metal to play with some other toys and do maintenance on the fleet.

 

This is one of my next conversions to ethanol, need to send the carb out to have it done because the boosters need changed and I cant do that part... yet... Obviously it is not a candidate for a fuel mileage test, and it doesnt turn corners very well at all..

 

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