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Old 03-19-2019, 09:26 PM   #61
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Nice stuff Vic.

My Expedition lift gate uses gas struts without issue that lift gate is quite large.
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Old 03-20-2019, 05:11 PM   #62
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Beautiful work! I can appreciate the liftgate repairs because mine looked a lot like yours.
Thanks Tom, so far it's been the piece with the worst infestation of tinworm.
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Nice stuff Vic. My Expedition lift gate uses gas struts without issue that lift gate is quite large.
I'm holding out hope the gas struts will work, however, the geometry has me a little concerned. I'm thinking that adding the glass and garnish moldings will stiffen it up quite a bit. I'd really prefer the gas struts.

So the more I looked at the sides of the tailgate, the less I liked what I'd done. I realized there was no point in keeping the raised area where the liftgate stop attached. There's another stop a little further down on the tailgate that's in better shape anyway. At any rate, out came the cutoff wheel and I removed the hump and some of the adjacent area. I formed a piece that connects the liftgate and tailgate on the sedan deliveries and welded it in while I was at it. It may not be exactly like the SD's but looks better to me. I then duplicated the look on the other side, removed the braces and mounted the tailgate back where it belongs. I had to tweak it about 1/8" in the upper left corner, but other than that, it fit just fine. I reattached the sliding supports and tested it and it works nice and smooth.

When I was in St. James, MO last week, we dropped by the big salvage yard there. They advertise a lot of seats on eBay and I wanted to see if they had what I had in mind for the wagon. They had four sets in stock and as luck would have it, there was a 20% off sale on all their seats. I picked out a pair from a 2008 Silverado that are full power, etc. The upholstery shop will cover them with new material in the color I want, so I was mainly interested in the size and style.
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Old 04-01-2019, 04:21 PM   #63
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I've been prepping stainless trim in advance of having it restored. The wife and I will probably head up to WI the middle of the month to drop it off at Vintage Vehicles. They did the trim restoration for my 57 Ford and it looked better than new when they finished. My experience with reproduction stainless is that it rarely fits like OEM. I have a few pieces that may be borderline, but we'll see what the experts think.

The easiest way to get the front stainless spear off the fender was to just go ahead and remove the fender completely. Needed to do it anyway, so now was as good a time as any. In the process of taking it apart, I ran into a couple of funny things under the heading of "automotive archaeology". Long ago, someone had used bailing wire to fasten a spare key under the air scoop. I checked and sure enough, it works in the ignition.

There were also two wrenches that fell out as I was lifting off the fender. They're obviously homemade but I'm not sure of the purpose for the 1/2". At least the 14mm could work as a distributor wrench. Regardless, someone lost both of them down in the depths of the fender well. I can relate to dropping something like that and having it completely vanish into thin air. Then finding it days or weeks later 20 or 30 feet away from where it dropped - under and/or behind a piece of equipment.
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Ain't that the truth! My boxes are loaded with Craftsman tools, some of which I've had for decades. I know Sears is selling off the brand before they close down completely, but I'll still miss wandering the aisles with a wishlist in my head.

Finished removing the remaining pieces of the front clip. The bolt on the lower right front fender behind the wheel well refused to come out, so I had to drill in from the outside with a hole saw to access the nut. It was packed with about an inch of bondo which explained a lot. I'm planning to use the fender, so a patch will be needed as well as the rear support brace.

I rented a small storage space around the corner from the house and started loading it up with the clip parts and interior/door pieces I've removed. With the new chassis sitting in the spare shop bay, I'm rapidly running out of room to work.

I found a pair of BelAir wagon / Nomad top fin crown mouldings on eBay. They're the correct 41.5" versions. My quarter panels only have holes for the three clips that are stock on the 150's and 210's. So I removed the retainer pieces from the stainless trim and used them to locate where the new holes need to be cut into the tops of the quarters. The holes are rectangular, so it will be a PITA to put them in there, but it will be worth it in the end.

On a personal note, I may not be able to post regularly for awhile. My best gal, Kathy, has been diagnosed with breast cancer, so we're gearing up for her treatment. She goes under the knife next Tuesday to remove the tumor, followed by 4-6 weeks of recovery and then another 4-6 weeks of radiation. We won't know until after her surgery whether chemo will be needed as well, but we're hoping that won't be the case. Even though the tumor is the most aggressive grade, she was extremely lucky they caught it very early on. So the doctors are highly optimistic she will recover fully. So for the next few months we'll be schlepping back and forth to doctor appointments and/or daily visits to the big zapper.
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"The holes are rectangular, so it will be a PITA to put them in there, but it will be worth it in the end."

I have a small air file I cut maybe a 6" length of 1/4" square hand file then rounded one end to fit into the tool, makes square / rectangular holes from drilled holes quickly.

Bought it so long ago don't recall where I got it but it is probably a HF unit it looks like the one in the pic + the files that came with it = junk but tool works well.

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Fingers crossed for your Mrs.

BTW thanks for the silicone bronze rod 101 schooling I ran 4 test welds on scrap 16ga to get a feel for using it then used it as filler rod to repair my 57 rear bumper ends that were beat to death around the backup light area. A previous owner probably parked using the braille method. My bumpers are painted.

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"The holes are rectangular, so it will be a PITA to put them in there, but it will be worth it in the end."

I have a small air file I cut maybe a 6" length of 1/4" square hand file then rounded one end to fit into the tool, makes square / rectangular holes from drilled holes quickly.

Bought it so long ago don't recall where I got it but it is probably a HF unit it looks like the one in the pic + the files that came with it = junk but tool works well.

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BTW thanks for the silicone bronze rod 101 schooling I ran 4 test welds on scrap 16ga to get a feel for using it then used it as filler rod to repair my 57 rear bumper ends that were beat to death around the backup light area. A previous owner probably parked using the braille method. My bumpers are painted.
Thanks for the suggestion! I'd completely forgotten I have the same HF air file in one of my toolboxes. You're right about the quality of the files that came with it, but it works great like you said. Glad to hear you found a use for the SB rod. The lower melting point makes it useful in situations where high strength isn't a requirement. Years ago I was running a Lamb brake in my Super Gas car and Roger had tig welded the splined yoke to a flange with silicon bronze. I'd been running the brake for several races and one afternoon the weld sheared while I was up on the converter. Luckily I was at the starting line and it only caused me to redlight. Lamb swore it shouldn't have happened, but the replacement he sent was welded with steel instead. Around that time, internal trans brakes were becoming the norm, so I soon switched over anyway. Regardless, it was a good lesson.
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Thanks! Kathy had surgery on Tuesday and is doing very well. The doctor made two incisions, one to remove the lump and the other to remove some armpit lymph nodes. He used superglue to close the cuts, so she won't have to go back to have stitches removed. They took a preliminary look at the lymph nodes and they showed no sign that the cancer had migrated beyond the lump which was very good news. If the full pathology results we get tomorrow confirm that, she won't require any chemo. Four weeks in the bug zapper and she'll be done except for follow-up visits. So, hopefully, she's out of the woods. I can't wait for her to be back to 100%. Fixing meals, doing dishes and laundry, running errands and etc. makes me appreciate how much she does for me on a daily basis.

Deconstruction on the wagon continues intermittently. The interior is pretty much gutted at this point. A PO must have bought a bunch of 3/16 plate steel on sale. One of the shock mounts and the rear passenger floorboard were both patched with it. They just scabbed it on over the rot, but that makes it pretty easy to cut out. The storage closet I rented is filling up quickly. I should have just enough room to stash the parts I've been removing. If I can remember, I'll take a photo next time I'm there. More later.

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That's awesome news hope Kathy recovers fully and you keep moving along with your build
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