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Old Feb 26th, 12, 11:07 PM
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and the other side. Then a test fit. I need to trim a little off the ends before welding in place. I ran out of time tonight to button it up.

Changing a dash in a 66 is not too hard as everything is pretty accessible.
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Old Apr 25th, 12, 11:40 PM
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I have been busy. I dismantled the parts car and the floor is out and all the sheet metal has been separated. This was a lot of work.

I need to attach the middle floor to the rear section under the seat. This will take fitting from one side to the other and a cross floor weld.

Due to circumstances of original floor pieces and so that I have the least amount of cutting I will be installing the pieces in a particular order. For installation of the floor I will have to place the rear seat section in the car. Then place the middle section into the car. This is because I will pry the floor area open about 3/8 of an inch to slip the replacement floor in. I will then weld the two pieces together and then attach them to the car. Easy.

After removing the 4 door brackets from the rear floor I cut it to the seam I wanted. I then used the cut off to spray paint gold the seam onto the forward floor. I then placed the rear section on top and traced a black marker to indicate the cut line. I checked a couple times and then went for it.

After a few iterations for touch up, I am happy with the fit and it will now need to be sandblasted before installation.
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Old Apr 25th, 12, 11:41 PM
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one more pic

I had to cut it like this because I needed the distinctive wrinkles in the floor hump. I know, its a sickness isn't it?
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Old Apr 26th, 12, 9:41 AM
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Very nice work, Tom! I know how difficult it is to make accurate cuts on contoured panels like that. I'm sure no one will know the floors were ever cut when you're done.
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Old Apr 26th, 12, 3:26 PM
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Very nice work... You gotta love it when somebody takes a perfectly good car and hacks it up like that...

I get paranoid just trimming small areas for speakers and upgrades... LOL
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Old Apr 26th, 12, 4:57 PM
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Floyd, that's quite a project. Good for you! Keep up the pix.

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Old Apr 29th, 12, 10:48 PM
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Thanks for the kind words fellas.

Did a test fit to make sure it went in like I imagined. I did, with a small hitch, there was a burr in the cross brace/floor socket. Once I figured that out and fixed it things went together as they should.
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Old May 5th, 12, 1:11 AM
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Welded in the dash today. It went in easy. I welded the gutter up a little more than GM did. This should use a little less seam sealer. Blue sure looks good with the red. Maybe I should go with blue interior.
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Old May 5th, 12, 1:20 AM
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Fixed the rear speaker hack job. Here is a couple pics. This probably took 16 hours to do because of the repairs to the patch pieces. I just could not find good parts to put in. Well the're good now.
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Looking good, Tom!

Are these photos posted full size somewhere? These middle-aged eyes need more detail.
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Looking good, Tom!

Are these photos posted full size somewhere? These middle-aged eyes need more detail.
I hear you brother! My eyes have fallen off a cliff since I turned 40. Maybe I should start wearing welding goggles?

I don't have the pics posted elsewhere, too lazy.
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OK. Maybe you could email me one of them full size? I'll PM you.
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Old May 10th, 12, 11:59 PM
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I finished the dash. Added some welding to the typical Chevelle rusting areas.

Closed the gaps with a body hammer, then welded it up.

Pic 2 shows the GM weld
Pic 3 shows the gaps hammered closed
Pic 4 is welded
Pic 5 is under the gutter spout
Pic 6 is welded, less seam sealer now.

I also put a large steel dowel in the gutter spout and tapped it down to put more of a down spout. Shouldn't hold water now.

Repeat for other side.
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You are doing some beauty work there Tom ! Keep it rollin !!
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Thanks Elroy, I'm following your build too.

This car has all kinds of issues, fixed one today.

The heater area on the firewall was flattened and a million pop rivets attached aluminum block off plates.

Very fortunately for me the lip on the heater hole and blower hole were only hammered flat and not cut off. I carefully hammer and dollied the lip back into place. Turned out good. I thought I might have to graft firewall parts from the other car.

I am finding that my favourite tool in the shop is a body hammer.
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