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post #76 of 89 (permalink) Old Nov 8th, 17, 11:09 AM Thread Starter
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Bruce, how's the Elco project coming along? You haven't posted an update,lately.
I just recently started working on car projects again after taking the summer off. I am helping my son with his Corvair project and hope to get busy on the El Camino soon.
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post #77 of 89 (permalink) Old Jul 20th, 19, 7:17 PM Thread Starter
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I had a health setback a couple of months after submitting that last post. I ended up with an atrial valve replacement, cardiac ablation, and a pacemaker. I am doing well now and have made some progress with my son's Corvair.

It is hot here again, but am trying to get reorganized and ready to work on the El Camino. I pulled the chassis out of the workshop and am moving it to the house garage. The body has been stored on barrels and 4 x 4 s since I started the chassis. I put it on a body dolly so I could move it in and out of the shop. I am expecting a two post lift on Monday so I need room to install that.
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Ugh - sorry to hear that, Bruce - I was wondering ...

Glad you're on the mend!

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Glad you are back at it, Bruce.

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Thank you, Dave and Bill! I think I am back to normal. Hoping to stay this way.

My 2 post lift arrived today. It is designed for small garages with low ceilings. It only lifts 45 inches inches. It should be good for lifting bodies off of frames and putting them back. I will do a little report on it when it is installed. Dannmar MaxJax
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I got the MaxJax installed last September after replacing the concrete under one of the posts because of cracks. Needed to wait a month for the concrete to cure. Tested it by lifting the EC body and got it's first practical use lifting the Corvair to remove the front subframe with suspension. Worked great.

I have plans to take the EC to a body shop
/ painter soon. I still need to strip the paint on the fenders, hood, doors and tailgate. I better get busy.

I had been storing the bucket seats in the back of the EC and needed to finish them. Seats are reupholstered, I just need to refinish the metal backs and skirts. They are being stored with the chassis now.
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Looking good...

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Hi Tony, I have been watching your progress, too. Progress is great!

I need to thank Rambo, too. He supplied the padding and spring repair parts I used to redo my seats. Thanks!

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Hi Tony, I have been watching your progress, too. Progress is great!

I need to thank Rambo, too. He supplied the padding and spring repair parts I used to redo my seats. Thanks!
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I have all my seat materials from Rambo still in their boxes... I am guessing that will be my "winter" project...

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I managed to get my tailgate and hood stripped and epoxy primed. Front fenders are next, and I know there is filler in the passenger side, and drilled holes to weld. I found more filler in the tailgate than I was expecting. Rust free, though.
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I managed to get my tailgate and hood stripped and epoxy primed. Front fenders are next, and I know there is filler in the passenger side, and drilled holes to weld. I found more filler in the tailgate than I was expecting. Rust free, though.
Good to see you are making progress Bruce. How do you plan to attack the holes? My SS was a vinyl top car and they filled the holes by brazing them I think. Looks like brass material from the inside. Are the holes present in the filler area from pulling out a dent? The 66 convert that I got that came from Tucson has a few holes drilled to pull out a dent and then filled with bondo like material. Looks kind of like worms crawling in the inside of the quarter just over the wheel well area.


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Hi Jim. My filler oozing through holes sounds like yours. My plan is to remove all of the filler and paint, then weld each hole with MIG welder using a copper plate to back each weld. I will use minimum heat, and wait for each one to cool before starting the next one.
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I was removing the remaining hardware from my front fenders and realized I need to repair/replace a couple of nuts. I have a u-nut missing the nut. The replacements I found on-line are a different style than my originals. Is there a source for ones like my originals? Also, one of the front fender mounting tabs is missing the threaded insert. Can I buy replacement inserts anywhere? I guess I should check my 72 wagon to see if it has any of these style u-nuts. The 72 has the same u-nuts.
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