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1970 Grabber Green Project

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Still slowly getting things accomplished, snails have a quicker pace than I do lately. Didn't want to re-hash the usual grinding and fitting portion, so a little fast forward. The welds are all ground down, and the majority of the areas are semi trimmed to final size.

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Fitting pipes, welding V band clamp flanges, tacking stuff together... (with a gratuitous weld porn pic)

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With things coming together, a quick check to see if this fits, which thankfully it does.

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I have removed the muffler to cut the exit hole in the side and get these pipes attached. The extra long, drawn out exhaust build is getting ever so close to completion, yea!!

 

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As I continue to get interrupted with other issues (like putting a clutch in a AWD Outback, yea...) I have gotten the attachment brackets fabricated and positioned. They were already laid out so all I had to do was to cut them out, drill, bend and weld them up. A few holes drilled in the car (actually a bunch of other steps were needed, blah, blah blah...) and the passenger side piping is fairly well done.

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I removed the system and welded the muffler to the X pipe assembly. I do not like how the rear rocker area doesn't look like the other side. A straight edge confirmed that this side is about 3/16" flatter than the driver's side. So while the exhaust is off the car, this area will be chopped back apart and brought out to the same contour. My OCD will not let me ignore this. 

Barring any more surprise "friend" projects, I'll get that fixed and move on to getting the holes in the floor covered up. 

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Looks great !   With the outside surrounding rocker are you going to give it a stainless steel treatment or just going with body color ?   

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On 5/15/2017 at 0:38 AM, stangnet33 said:

Looks great !   With the outside surrounding rocker are you going to give it a stainless steel treatment or just going with body color ?   

I had started with the idea of having a stainless steel surround, but didn't continue with it. I'll try painted and see how well it holds up. The surround can always be added later.

I fixed the rocker shape on the rear portion, it looks much better. The exhaust was removed, the band was welded in the frame rail notch and a few other touchups were knocked out. I decided to go ahead and remove the car from the rotisserie for a while, so over to the lift it went.

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The frame table was positioned under the car and lowered into position. I was glad it all lined up with just a little persuasion. I think it looks funny on this as I have only seen the '70 convertible sitting on it. 

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The junk castors I used for the table do not like the weight of this car. With the block, heads and transmission in the chassis, along with a roof and cage it added some weight (compared to the convertible)  and the castors protested. I'll get it all in position and leveled, then get these holes in the floor filled back up. 

 

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Looking real nice , great work and i am really impressed with your engineering and welding skills. 

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I built a 66 fast back road racer on the rotisserie ,cage and all ,two casters folded under the extra weight and it was not fun turning it

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3 hours ago, MAC390 said:

i am really impressed with your engineering and welding skills. 

Ya MAC, we are all impressed!

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Hey Mike.  Nice to see your car on that frame.  Guess my Convertible was a lightweight compared to yours.   Looks good!

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Since everything else I have done on this car is "overkill", might as well continue with that theme lol. I wanted to give the frame rails a little more support, since I all but cut them in half. I also need a way to plug those huge holes I cut in my new floor. So I started with a template, then enlarged it a little. I then transferred the pattern to some 2" x 4" x 1/8" wall tube. A little bit of Sharpie guided plasma cutting and we have some roughed out frame beef-ups.

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A little trimming, some grinding, more trimming and the beef-up is starting to fit.

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When I torched out the rough shape, I left a long strip of the top of the tube, which was cut at the tangent line of the radius on the corners of the tube. The front is bent down to the radius I cut into the tube, which takes the contour of the part.

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Tack welded in place as the strip makes contact

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Fully welded and ground. The radius on the sides mimic the original shape of the tube, (your how to for the day lol) and will look like it was formed, not welded.

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I have a couple of plasma holes I didn't get filled, but I'll take care of them shortly. I am going to cut some of the height out of these as they look huge, and probably do not need to be that big. I'll get it trimmed, then notched for the side pipe routing. 

 

 

 

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Thanks Bob and Mac, I'm just enjoying being creative. I need some more practice as I am getting rusty supervising all day long, its no fun.

Finished trimming in the beef-up part and down sizing it by over 1/2", it looks much better. I marked the area that it will be attached to and removed the floor leaving the frame rail flange exposed. I did not want to weld this to the floor pan, that would have been fairly useless. 

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With all that removed, I went ahead and marked the area for the pipe to go through and cut it out. I also cut a strip out of the leftover tube to enclose the 1/2 hole. A little bending in the vice, tacked and welded in place. I will trim the excess off and get the welds ground down on the beef-up and the frame rail. Should be welding this one in place on the next posting.

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