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Old 12-01-2011, 04:53 PM   #11
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Nice Corvair and VW in the back ground.
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Old 12-03-2011, 09:38 PM   #12
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couple pictures for you mlj427. The corvair got fresh paint this summer. The owner is having us reassemble a newly overhauled motor, then hopefully he will get the rest of the body worked on, ie. bushings in the steering and all suspension. The interior is all tore up and needs work but the convertible top is in OK shape. The VW is the shop owners and he is tricking it out slowly.
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Old 12-03-2011, 10:01 PM   #13
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Looks good hope they paint the engine compartment before they finish the engine. It would look great with all the tins painted.
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Old 12-03-2011, 10:35 PM   #14
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Default Custom Grill "Rolls Royce" Assembly Complete

Unfortunately Mike, the owner isn't budgeting to paint the engine compartment. It's just going to be a driver.

Anyway, back to the grill. I'm finished with assembly Two weeks I've been working on this bugger! It has been a rollercoaster ride getting it to the finishing stage. I still have to block sand the dickens out of it and use my pencil grinder to knock off some ruff edges but that only needs to be done before I chrome it. Chroming it will happen next summer so I have lots of time. The grill came out really nice and I'm proud of the result. If I made this to sell I would have to charge about $700 just from the labor! And the weight came in at 7lbs. I was surprised it wasn't 10 or more.

I mentioned the jigs, they made a world of difference. My welds were horrible at times, thank goodness for a hand grinder

Here are the pictures. Let me know if you all have any questions.

I started over after my terrible atempt to weld the fins by eye so I took them off.

Those ugly welds you see were from me pulling the waviness out from my prior welding. It worked pretty well.

Then I took the time to get the fins all symmetrical, well mostly




Next are the JIGS!!! I made 4 all the same, hindsight I should have made 2 opposite. Oh well, I overcame.



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Old 12-03-2011, 10:42 PM   #15
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But before installing the fins I felt it in me to do a lot more work on the frame. 2 days worth. The top wasn't square and that is what people will see the most. I basically built up and filed down the top about 5 times.









Now I can start assembly.





That last picture was what happened to me last night and I threw in the towel for the day and good thing too cause the rest took me 6 more hours.

Started fresh this morning.


Added 0.035" setback on the fins

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Old 12-03-2011, 10:44 PM   #16
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Thats going to be a nice looking grill when your done. Probably more hours in it then some people put in their whole cart by the time your done. The guy with the Corvair should just rattle can it satin black it would look better. Good luck with your project.
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Old 12-03-2011, 10:49 PM   #17
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more pictures.















WAHOO!!!! DONE AND ON TO BODY WORK
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Old 12-03-2011, 10:51 PM   #18
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Thanks Mike, you could be right?
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Old 12-04-2011, 01:48 PM   #19
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Wow very nice
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Looks great man.

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