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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 56 Dodge Pickup, Jan 29, 2015.

  1. 56 Dodge Pickup
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    Installed the front fender today still needs some body work, but I wanted to start fabricating the inner fender wells while doing the body work, so on it went. I am not sure about the ride height it seems a little high any thoughts? I also have made a decision not to reinstall the running boards I will be making something on the bottom of the fenders to smooth the transition.
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  2. I'm lovin those rivets you used. Looks really good;)
     
  3. 56 Dodge Pickup
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    Thank you it was a lot of hammering, but I agree I really love the look! Thank you for looking! Hobo Jim
     
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    In my previous post I mentioned that I wasn't going to reinstall the running boards. Well after looking at countless pictures I thought I was making a mistake. I was struggling with finding the right contour to flow with the cars body lines then I looked at the rear fender it was perfect so I traced the line and started cutting. This is what I was starting with in an attempt to make this flow.
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    I couldn't resist using my new planishing hammer it's a Harbor Freight and surprisingly it actually works really well right out of the box.
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    After seeing this on the car I really like my decision to remove the running boards I think this really flows with the body and looks unique.
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  6. That may work out for the look you are after, and will certainly be unique. Kind of reminiscent of a COE step.
     
  7. 56 Dodge Pickup
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    Yeah you are right I didn't think of that during the process, but that is an Great way to describe it! Hobo Jim
     
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    Had a Great Day drove the 56 this morning (in November) doesn't happen to often in upstate NY sprayed primer on my 37 Plymouth fire wall with a paint gun for the first time. Then did some welding and metal shaping everyday should be this good!
     
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    Plan on driving mine tomorrow. Was my daily driver all summer. :)


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    Nothing better than driving them! except when I'm in the garage working on them. Have a fun ride! Hobo Jim
     
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  11. Mudgy
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    G'day Jim,

    Any progress mate? I got my tailshaft made, picked it up today - now the front actually joins to the back.


    Can't post about it though, it's too modern now for this site. Oh well.:rolleyes:


    Cheers, Mudgy
     
  12. 56 Dodge Pickup
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    Great to hear for you!! I'm very happy that you are making progress send me some pics on my email. I have been trying to learn how to paint Ha Ha expensive stuff to learn with was planning on shooting color this weekend, but now they are calling for snow. So it will be back to some metal work the fire wall is ready for final color the paint that I have been using is just rattle can. I also have everything I need to hookup the shift linkage throw in a battery and it will be a driver!! Hobo Jim
     
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  13. classiccarjack
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    Your Plymouth is coming along really well. I hope to begin work on my 1937 Dodge soon. Hopefully us self employed folks can get a tax break by this April.... LOL. All my spare money is going into getting the 1937 on the road. Even though it will be a rat nest on wheels at first, I plan on putting some miles on it to be sure that I fix the problems that arise while it's not painted. Then I will dismantle, make everything pretty, then reassemble it.... I am taking some notes from you, you definitely come up with some really great looking fabrication work.

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    Thank you very much classic car jack I would love to see your build! I really enjoy the fabrication part of the build i am glad that you appreciate it! Stay tuned for further updates I'm heading out to the garage to try and learn how to paint we'll see what happens Ha Ha!! Hobo Jim
     
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    OK I just shot final color for the first time I think it came out good I am impressed. Here is a before shot of the fire wall and a shot of the final color. I used PPG Essential paint with an Omni filler primmer.

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    I hope to be doing the final install this weekend making progress towards a driver.
     
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    Looks good and not too orange peeled. Once you can master thick without runs, it will look like glass when you buff it out.

    My paint jobs for friends always look great. I hope that I can do the same for myself..... I am self taught on everything I do. It took A-LOT of practice to get it right.

    Your first try looks very nice actually.... You should pat yourself on your back. ;)

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    Thank you I was impressed the paint hit the panel Ha Ha!! I agree with self taught give it a try and see what happens.
     
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    Do you plan on adding any pinstriping to the dash or any decoration to break up the colour a bit?
     
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    I have to say that I'm not feeling the lack of running boards. I think that your car ( and other fat fender cars ) have a classic look with the running boards and just look odd without them like something is missing.
     
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    Yes I have a good friend who will be doing pinstriping and maybe some gold leaf to the dash and the rest of the car. I agree the color needs something. Hobo Jim
     
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    That's funny some days and today is one of them I'm not sold on this either its one of those things that I have to think about. I still have the running board on the drivers side to look at.
     
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    Hey Blue One I have been working on the running board design I like this kind of a compromise just don't like the big running boards I am looking for a rounded design that will flow with the car. This design maybe will see metal soon. Thank you for your input! Hobo Jim
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    still need some fine tuning on the template before fab but it's a rough idea.
     
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    I didn't have any metal to fab the running board so I started working on the layout of the door panels I am really excited about how this is looking. I have some more thinking as to the finishing details but it is really nice to see them on the doors for the first time.
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    This shows how they will flow with the dash and carry throughout the interior.
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    Here is my firewall after sanding and buffing came out really nice for my first time painting. I am learning a lot about painting and prep in the process of taking this build to the next level. What a Great time working on this car! Hobo Jim
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    Thank you Classic Car Jack! I am learning a lot and having a Great Time!
     
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    Great build. Having a great time is what it's all about.
     
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    Thank you Chop Job I hope to get some more garage time this weekend!
     
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    Fire wall installed final paint I am really happy with the results from a piece of sheet metal to final install. oops I just noticed the yellow tape on the trim piece that will be off in the morning Ha Ha! I definitely have to do something with that vacuum line. Hobo Jim
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  30. 56 Dodge Pickup
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    So after a lot of thought and several drawings I have decided to go with the factory running boards. I was pleased to find some metal work that needed to be done. First I fabricated the rear bracket to attach the running board to the rear fender. I was able to play with my shrinker/stretcher it handled the 18 gauge with no problems.

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    some welding and crack filling and it was onto the front.
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    On the front there was some rust repair as well as forming the lower fender roll with planishing hammer.
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    Final results on the front I will be fabricating the bracing from the frame so I don't have to put on of those please don't step signs on my car!
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