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  1. rcnut223
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    Caveman

    Took most of 6 months off, didn't touch a thing .

    Burn't out and missed a deadline I had set for myself on the unchopped car.

    Have been going at that car pretty hard since Christmas

    Changed my mind Ina number of things during the break

    The chopped car will be black and fender less

    The unchopped car will be fendered and use the original frame


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  2. Outback
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    What Cavman said ^^X2^^!
     
  3. rcnut223
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    ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1421638832.776987.jpg while tearing into the drivers door I noticed that their was a lot of lead around the hinge

    Also the door just isn't fitting right .

    I removed the lead a found this


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  4. wow its been awhile I almost forgot I subscribed to this thread , rock on man!
     
  5. rcnut223
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    Thanks guys

    Feels good to be back at it !




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  6. Keep it moving.......
     
  7. big duece
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    I know what you mean about taking time off and regrouping your thoughts. A second deuce on your hands doesnt help matters. The first one starts to get jealous.
     
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  8. rcnut223
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    Your killing me man


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  9. rcnut223
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    ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1421717775.492834.jpg the hinge area has been hit at some point

    This area should be straight


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  10. rcnut223
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    ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1421717903.676649.jpg i drilled out the hinge rivets and the 2 positioning welds on the hinge half attached to the door

    Here's what I found

    Argh


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  11. Mart
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    The hinge area can get damaged like that from the door getting blown open on a windy day with no check strap in operation, or reversing with the door open and catching the door on something, or another scenario is wrenching the door open on a body that has been sitting for years and the hinges have seized up. there may be other causes, but that damage is quite common. My sedan has hinges damaged like that.

    Mart.
     
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  12. big duece
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    Most guys would be feel honored to have those problems.:cool: With your talents, I am sure you will get through it.
     
  13. greaser
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    A lot of us have this same door hinge damage. Looking forward to see how you fix it!
     
  14. rcnut223
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    ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1421814661.524367.jpg ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1421814675.073898.jpg

    Well I did not get a picture while I had the hinge in the vice... Hmmm

    So I've drawn the method I used

    I simply placed two blocks on one side of the hinge and a small block on the outward side of the bend and tightened

    No need to over bend , this is not hardened metal


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  15. rcnut223
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    Mort

    You are correct . In this case , my guess and only a guess, from the looks of the skin and the fact that the upper has no damage, is that the car drove into something .


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  16. rcnut223
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    ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1421968529.263689.jpg

    Before removing the hinge I made straightened the area as much as possible , with the goal to get the door edge straight.

    I also made a pattern of the metal to be cut out

    And made the cuts


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  17. rcnut223
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    ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1421968792.297306.jpg this slice allowed me to pull the door edge


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  18. rcnut223
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    ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1421969202.975451.jpg

    Here is the patch


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  19. rcnut223
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    ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1421970561.479833.jpg welded in place


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  20. I couldn't stand it having two of them things. I'd have to build on chassis and switch bodies back and forth. Remember the '32 chevy roadster/'67 camaro that R&C did an interchanging body on?
     
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  21. greaser
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    Great work as usual, Mike. You always make it look so damn easy... makes me think even I can do it!
     
  22. rcnut223
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    ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1422801875.519922.jpg ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1422801932.102724.jpg

    Returned last week from LA where I attended the LA Roadster show!

    My wife , Becky, and I met up with friend Martin Lundqvist and his wife Mia

    Here's a few shots of Martin's car ....wow!

    Had a great time! Wonderful to be in warm So Cal!




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  23. rcnut223
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    ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1422802459.402425.jpg Here was my favorite !




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  24. rcnut223
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    ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1422802505.985921.jpg ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1422802521.335433.jpg

    Caution
    Non Hamb material! Ha, ha

    Yesterday helped my son with the replacement of the sub rails on his 270z . We made new ones a while back when we discovered damage from a previously acceding that was poorly repaired .




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  25. rcnut223
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    ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1422827662.190104.jpg ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1422827696.856902.jpg ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1422827723.657346.jpg ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1422827789.023546.jpg

    Bottom of the door was decent on the inside with rust on the inside contained to one end . Decided to make the pieces rather than buy

    Here's a few pictures



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  26. rcnut223
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    ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1422828002.889446.jpg


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  27. Proof positive that one can make chicken salad out of chicken sh*t!

    beautiful work! HRP
     
  28. rcnut223
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    Rushed the panel install, ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1422967644.689816.jpg ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1422967734.508745.jpg pushed the bottom of the door up to much when installing the outer panel and the bottom is a bit short

    Cut a seam in the door patch and welded it to the correct length

    Last picture shows the finished product on the car


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  29. big duece
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    That's craftsmanship right there. Faced with a challenge, hit an obstacle and finding a solution.
     
  30. rcnut223
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    Thanks Greg

    It was Dinner time and I wanted to get the panel hammered down and and shop cleaned before I went in. Did no pay attention to the measurments...oh well a couple hours wasted again.
     
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