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Projects 1930 Pontiac 3W rescue. (sheetmetal heavy)

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by toreadorxlt, Jun 4, 2012.

  1. toreadorxlt
    Joined: Feb 27, 2008
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    toreadorxlt
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    from Nashua, NH

    Long story short... This 1930 coupe was my brothers, and given to my step dad... Somewhere along the road it received a bunch of bad work. I'm trying my best to save it for him...

    When I got it.

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    Rear quarters flared out.
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    big mess of a patch panel/welding
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    The cross member holding the coilovers was literally a fence post... I replaced it with tubing.


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    door hinges welded on... with the door almost an inch out of alignment.

    There were fender arches made out of conduit, and 1x1 tubing everywhere. Somebody had also attempted at patching the lower 8" of the car but overlapped everything... one patch had two overlaps like shingles! It was awesome. Also, the passenger side of the car was patched to be 2" lower than the drivers side... Anyway.. It was bad. more pics to come as I fix it.
     
  2. toreadorxlt
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    toreadorxlt
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    from Nashua, NH

    I had my stepdad get the car media blasted... No clue where to start.. why not with the cowl.

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    Rotted out....
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    patch roughed in

    Now onto the doors...
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    Before... I should have taken a better picture of how big of a mess this was...
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    gonezo.
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    patch formed... I put a lower bodyline in it because It felt right
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    tigged
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    all better
     
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  3. toreadorxlt
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    toreadorxlt
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    from Nashua, NH

    Now moving onto where the roof is welded to the quarters....

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    Before.... This would have taken some filler for sure...

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    Bad section cut out. patch welded in

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    somewhat finished... still many hours left in this one..

    That brings me up to date... So much more work to do... I'm also building another 1930 pontiac 3W at the same time. http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/showthread.php?t=527997
     
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  4. graveyardsledder
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    wow who left the dried swiss cheese stuck to the car? haha
     
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  5. flamedabone
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    You built some very nice panels. How did you form the body line in the cowl?

    Nice work, -Abone.
     
  6. toreadorxlt
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    toreadorxlt
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    from Nashua, NH

    Thanks!

    the panel was made with a teardrop mallet, a stump and a planishing hammer. Pretty basic stuff, but it sure is fun. The bodyline in the door was put in with a bead roller
     
  7. Hey Steve looking great! Keep up the good work. Tom
     
  8. DYNODANNY
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    Man thats some fucked up work, save it man.
     
  9. monkeyspunk79
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    I admire your skills, sir. Continue the salvation...this little thing will turn out just fine under your supervision. Those welds on the body were terrible.
     
  10. CUTITUP53chevy
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    your doing a great job saving it keep up the good work
     
  11. X2!
    Well done!
     
  12. 55nailhead
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    Good Job! I like that Oval back window it's kinda cool
     
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  13. pug man
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    You are doing some great work. Stay at it.......
     
  14. captainjunk#2
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    holy carp man you are doing some good work there , some of that car is pretty religious , a holy object lol
     
  15. toreadorxlt
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    toreadorxlt
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    from Nashua, NH

    thanks guys for the kind words.... worked the cowl some more tonight.
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  16. FlynBrian
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    Awesome job! Cool your fixing the bad work for him and saving a 3W in the process.
     
  17. slddnmatt
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    GOD! alot of effort went in to welding all that bird crap up!! looks to be in good hands now!
     
  18. toreadorxlt
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    toreadorxlt
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    from Nashua, NH

    Started on the cowl sides.
     

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  19. mikeallcars
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    Great save! Sir you are a very skilled craftsman .
     
  20. As someone with a special place for those 30-31 Pontiacs I would like to say

    GOD BLESS YOU!!!:D
     
  21. Keep em coming, you got shaping down my friend.
     
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  22. toreadorxlt
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    toreadorxlt
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    from Nashua, NH

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    bottom of the door and cowl... still plenty of aligning to do.
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    again here's where we were...
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    yup
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    this ones irritating me because theres a piece of 1x1 behind the patch, so I can't work it as straight as I want. thank god for rage gold.
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    started making hinges/hardware to rehang the doors because the only hinges were basically a total loss....
     
  23. yetiskustoms
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    you have your work cut out for you. its always worse fixing someone elses bad work. nice save
     
  24. czuch
    Joined: Sep 23, 2008
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    czuch
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    from vail az

    Ya keep at it and you just might have a future in that type of work.
    Actually thats some really fine fixin your doing.
    I like the "bird crap weld" comment. I'll use that next time I see my brother.
    His saying is "the bigger the glob, the better the job".
     
  25. Mopar Jack
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  26. toreadorxlt
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    toreadorxlt
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    from Nashua, NH

    thanks guys. its encouraging. about to fire up my compressor for another nights work.
     
  27. edwardlloyd
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    from Germany

    Like it. I love that oval rear window.
     
  28. You just made me fall in love with a Pontiac. Killer work man.
     
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  29. KustomCars
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    KustomCars
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