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Offline IowaEagle

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Re: Priya's SX/4 project
« Reply #30 on: July 15, 2008, 10:22:53 PM »
Nice bends.  I think you are getting the hang of it.  So when are you coming to my house again?
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Re: Priya's SX/4 project
« Reply #31 on: July 15, 2008, 10:27:16 PM »

After the Eagle, 280ZX, and Dodge Van - assuming I don't by any other projects in the meantime.

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Re: Priya's SX/4 project
« Reply #32 on: July 15, 2008, 10:29:12 PM »
Darn!  You remembered the other projects again.  At least I tried.  Maybe that should be a group project at the meet.  Fix Doug's rust???
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Re: Priya's SX/4 project
« Reply #33 on: July 31, 2008, 10:16:36 PM »
I'm surprised to see its been two weeks since I posted last.  I took a few days off and things were going a bit slow but I didn't think this slow.  Anyway, I have made some progress, I got a patch in the wheel well on the passenger side and the rear part of the outer rocker.





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Re: Priya's SX/4 project
« Reply #35 on: August 03, 2008, 05:36:28 PM »
When you go to Iowa to work on Doug's Eagle, you can stop by Arkansas on the way and work on mine. ;)
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Re: Priya's SX/4 project
« Reply #36 on: August 03, 2008, 08:13:38 PM »
Thanks Jim.

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Re: Priya's SX/4 project
« Reply #37 on: August 03, 2008, 09:40:41 PM »
I hate to admit it, but I'm probably going to fix my outer rockers with roof flashing and self drilling sheet-metal screws. looks like you're doing a great job, keep it up.
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Re: Priya's SX/4 project
« Reply #38 on: August 03, 2008, 09:58:53 PM »
Very nice work   love all the pictures

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Re: Priya's SX/4 project
« Reply #39 on: August 04, 2008, 12:30:19 AM »
Very nice work   love all the pictures

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Re: Priya's SX/4 project
« Reply #40 on: August 08, 2008, 07:17:24 PM »
Well, I've taken more days off than I should have but I'm starting to get back into the swing of things.  There was a small part of the floorboards on the passenger side just ahead of the rear wheel well that was spongy and needed to be replaced.  Its surprising how much of the work so far has been like this, it looks solid with some surface rust but when you test it to see how solid it is, it isn't, and has to be cut out.




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Re: Priya's SX/4 project
« Reply #41 on: August 08, 2008, 07:50:17 PM »
Yup, that be the area I need to address too.
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Re: Priya's SX/4 project
« Reply #42 on: August 11, 2008, 12:15:44 AM »
You can come and practice under my car anytime.

How much would you charge to come to Omaha and fix the couple of parts that I have rust on?  Nice work.  I wish I knew how to weld.  Sorry to throw off the flow of this thread, but I have been away for awhile. 

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Re: Priya's SX/4 project
« Reply #43 on: August 11, 2008, 02:22:11 PM »
Well, considering travel costs from the centre of Saskatchewan, lodging, and labour, probably more than it would cost you to get a local shop to do it.  Although at what I hear local shops are charging these days, maybe not.  You could learn how to weld, it didn't take me that long to learn how to make an acceptable weld (if a little crude).  The worst part is that if you're not good at it you tend to end up with a pretty thick weld that takes a lot of grinding but even that works out fine in the end. Also, burn through is pretty common at first and you have to zap at the hole, wait a couple seconds, zap it again, etc. until you fill it in.  To avoid warpage tack weld your piece in every couple of inches then weld between one set of tacks move several inches over weld between two other sets of tacks, and move around so you don't do too much in one area and build heat to warp the metal. I figure it only took me 2 or 3 hours of practice before I could do an acceptable weld on most surfaces.  Overhead welding is another story though as the molten metal drips as you're going and it can take A LOT of grinding, the best way to do it is with short bursts of the welder so big drips don't get a chance to form.  I still have trouble with overhead welding, about half the time I get my sweety to do it for me as he's better at it than I am.  Its important to have a good mig welder as well, the first mig I bought was $300 (the cheapest I could find) and I was never able to produce a continuous weld with it, it kept cutting in and out.  For the longest time I thought it was just me being unskilled, but eventually I decided I couldn't be that bad, it must be a faulty welder and one day my boyfriend bought me a new Lincoln mig pak 15 and sure enough as soon as I tried that one I could see my problems were soon to be over. 
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Re: Priya's SX/4 project
« Reply #44 on: August 11, 2008, 07:36:21 PM »
Here's the next area I tackled.  Its just above the front spring on the passenger side.  Once again, no actual holes but the metal was soft enough to merit replacement



This was after the offending rusty metal was removed:


Here's the patch I made, it was more difficult than it looked as despite having straight lines the angles varied from front to back, side to side and top and bottom.  I was expecting a lot of trouble with this piece but to my surprise it fit quite well after a little tweaking.  Pays to spend extra time on the pattern before actually cutting metal.


And here's the repair after it was welded in, the overhead welds were mighty thick after I was done.  I initially asked my hubby to do the overhead welds but after he messed up the first couple I decided I couldn't do any worse.  Once I was done the overhead welds I wasn't so sure about that.   Oh well, they're complete and solid if pretty ugly.

 

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