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Technical 1939 Mercury Build

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by swissmike, Jun 28, 2015.

  1. swissmike
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    Passenger side front fender. Same problems...

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    How does one patch panel repair result in so much dust? Not even counting that I'd put a chimney sweep to shame after a day in the shop.

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  2. The 39 guy
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    That technique you use on the bottom edge of the fenders is such a good idea. It will hopefully help me save some 39 rear fenders I have that I thought were beyond saving.

    My shop seems to create dirt even when I am not out there working.......
     
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  3. 54EARL
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    I know the feeling, I swept before and after working in the garage today.
     
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  4. That's an outstanding repair on the fender. I also will keep that technique for the fender roll in mind.
     
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  5. 40two
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    very nice work, Mike! :)
     
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  6. swissmike
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    Lower front edge of fender needs some love, too. There are pinholes extending a few inches from the edge so this patch will have to be a little wider, not just the rolled edge.

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    The tubing was a little challenging to bend because the bend needed to be not just in one plane, but truly a 3D shape.

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    To accurately position the tubing on the patch I cut off the outer edge of the fender to allow placing the tubing in the correct orientation in relation to the patch and tacking it in place.

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    Then taking it off and tacking it, and rolling the edge. I was a bit careless when I started shaping the metal which resulted In some folds and kinks which didn't smooth out 100%, but I will work on it some more when all is welded solid.

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  7. swissmike
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    Replacing the inner section...

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    Making the triangle an integral part of the patch made this operation a little tedious.

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  8. The 39 guy
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    Excellent work as always SWISSMIKE!
     
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  9. swissmike
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    Welded up and finished for now. Just applied some Ospho is why there is some white stuff visible.

    Smoothed out the old damage as well as I could. Didn't want to bang on the old previously worked on area for too long.

    All the fenders are done! Blasting the body shell is next, but I will manually clean up some more of the tar stuff on the inside of the body and generally prep it for dustless blasting. Been going back and forth if I should go dustless or standard media blasting. I could not get one recommendation for a local media blasting place, so I guess I will give dustless blasting a try. At least they come out and do iron site, and the project doesn't end up behind somebody's shop for the next two years.

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  10. swissmike
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    I went ahead and manually stripped the inside of the body so I can put it in primer before having the outside dustless blasted. I used just about every tool I had to scrape, scratch, wipe, etc the inside clean, including paint stripper and torch.

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  11. swissmike
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    I decided to go ahead and do the rust repair where the fenders bolt in the the body at this time, because there was quite a bit more rust through than i had originally thought. Both sides needed at least 2/3 of the entire length patched. I wanted to save the radius of the wheel well and cut right at the end of the radius to preserve the shape and strength of the body when I cut out the strip.

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    Lots of overhead welding. Had to figure out new welder settings and reduce gap distance to keep burn through to a minimum.

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  12. goldenidolcustoms
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  13. shoebox1950
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    Wow, nice metalwork! You have incredible patience.
     
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  14. mikhett
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    Great Job,Mike! I'm restoring a 56 Ford Victoria.Pics in my profile!
     
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  15. mikhett
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    The pictures are xed out.I can't see them!
     
  16. swissmike
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  17. I've seen all the pictures, no problem! Keep up the good work! This gives me inspiration to get back on my 36. Those rolled edges were stumping me. Now I have a plan! Thank you... keep up the good work.


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  18. chrisman
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    For me too...
    Otherwise, it's a great thread!
     
  19. Sometimes I have that issue with someone's thread on my phone but I can see the pictures on my desktop computer.


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  20. Soulless007
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    Really enjoyed reading through this thread, keep up the great work man!
     
  21. 1-SHOT
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    The pictures are X out .
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  22. swissmike
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    Thanks for the feedback regarding the pictures. I am using the H.A.M.B. App to upload. Maybe their hosting service has been cutting out from time to time, but that's not my specialty.


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  23. swissmike
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    "Other than that, how was the play, Mrs. Lincoln?" ;-)


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  24. Little club outing and cookout compliments of Swiss Mike
    This Merc project is even more amazing in the flesh. Incredible old world craftsmanship [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
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  25. Is this all happening in an Aircraft hanger too? or are my eyes bending those walls!
     
  26. I just rediscovered this thread. Lost track back in December. Trying to catch up I find that pictures older than April 19th aren't showing anymore.

    Glad I found this though and will be following along.
     
  27. swissmike
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    Maybe the world's smallest aircraft. It's a 25'x30' metal building, where they show a 70 some year old couple "we built it in a weekend... and had fun" in their ad.


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  28. Nads
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    First time seeing the work on my pal's car in person, I was floored. It is amazing.
    This car will be something else.
     
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  29. swissmike
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    Plugged about 30 holes in the firewall. Still needs some finishing.

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    I hope to finish cleaning the inside and put it in epoxy primer this weekend so the inside is protected from the moisture when I have it dustless blasted.


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  30. You've mentioned several times that you put Ospho on the bare metal once you've finished the repair work, how long will that keep the rust at bay and can you paint right over the Ospho?
     

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