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bkrantz
post Dec 5 2019, 09:15 PM
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After a long trip to Tucson for turkey and visiting kids, I am back home and at work on the 914. Excited to start actually putting pieces together.

Got the front corner clip rough-fitted, and was surprised that my first attempt measures pretty close to exact (comparing left and right dimensions, and compared to my new straight frunk lid).



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post Dec 5 2019, 09:18 PM
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More work to do on the right end of the front panel, that was pretty banged up. I did some straightening by eye, and now have to precisely match the clip.



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post Dec 6 2019, 06:13 AM
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Craftmanship and attention to details, Im in (IMG:style_emoticons/default/popcorn[1].gif)
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post Dec 7 2019, 09:37 PM
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Still working the fit. Made a cardboard template from the good side, and now need to work the bad side to match (and get the splice, the front panel, and the floor to align).


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post Dec 7 2019, 09:38 PM
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Work to do. Gap seen from below.


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post Dec 8 2019, 11:26 AM
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Looking good!

Do some diagonal measurements from the base of the windshield to the corner of the buckets. I had a car that was off by one inch on one side! Made fitting the headlights exciting until I realized and fixed it. Don't neglect the vertical checks as well.

I have a feeling from your work that you know all that. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/biggrin.gif)

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post Dec 8 2019, 09:35 PM
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QUOTE(FourBlades @ Dec 8 2019, 10:26 AM) *

Looking good!

Do some diagonal measurements from the base of the windshield to the corner of the buckets. I had a car that was off by one inch on one side! Made fitting the headlights exciting until I realized and fixed it. Don't neglect the vertical checks as well.

I have a feeling from your work that you know all that. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/biggrin.gif)

John


Thanks, John. The diagonal measurements (and lots more) check out. I also compared positions to the front hood (a very straight one).
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post Dec 8 2019, 09:37 PM
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More metal work, and the fit is getting closer--off by no more than a 1/16 to 3/32 inch.



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post Dec 8 2019, 09:42 PM
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Last bit of mis-alignment is the outermost end of the front panel.


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post Dec 9 2019, 09:16 PM
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After a few more hours today, I am claiming victory and will get on to welding soon. All the gaps and measurements are within 1/16 inch, and all the angles within 1 degree.



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post Dec 9 2019, 09:17 PM
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Of course, I might tap on things a bit more, just to make things more pretty.



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post Dec 10 2019, 09:45 PM
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Now starting on the rear. Weeks ago, I cut out the badly rusted rear half of the trunk floor, and also the un-rusty rear panel. That was a replacement during a PO repair, not done well. Took some surgery to undo the triple-layer seams on each side.

Here is the left side, looking not bad, except the seam and lower edges.


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post Dec 10 2019, 09:47 PM
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And here is the lumpy right side. Previous repair work done quickly?


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post Dec 11 2019, 08:38 PM
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First effort, left side. Almost good.



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post Dec 11 2019, 08:40 PM
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And right side. Still needs work.



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post Dec 11 2019, 09:19 PM
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post Dec 12 2019, 10:40 PM
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Right side done enough for now.


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post Dec 12 2019, 10:43 PM
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Time to start on the rear panel.

And yes, almost all the work so far has been to repair collision damage that had been repaired before.


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post Dec 17 2019, 09:05 PM
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Getting back to work, and a real milestone today: actually adding metal (welded the holes and tears in various places before starting to install the front corner splice.


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post Dec 17 2019, 09:08 PM
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And the first parts of the bracing for the open body. Hoping to get the front and rear done, and the car on the rotisserie by Dec 31.


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