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: the '55 Ragtop.....are we done yet?
: josh October 26, 2007, 02:49:02 PM
So I figgured i'd start a thread on my new car and update it as I get along in the build.

heres the puzzle.....

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_1641.jpg)

It was all stripped and body work done in the early 90's by a porche shop in the oakanogan. heater channels, and a couple other rust repairs were done at that time. It has all the correct parts with it like non cutout rear apron, 4 tab hood, big spring W lid, ribbed doors etc, etc.

Body came on a 69 ball joint/IRS pan that i'm debating on using.

Every time i get out into the garage to \"work\" on it I end up just doing circles pondering where to start and getting a game plan.

I tore down the rag and man some of those little screws are a biatch to get out after 53 years. some stripped, some snapped and ended up heating some up with the torch. will replace with all stainless hardware.

The original 3 fold....

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_1645.jpg)

and the mechanism parts after being stripped and powdercoated. Crincle black and the 2 aluminum bars done in chrome powder, side rails re-polished.

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_1675.jpg)
(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_1676.jpg)

Almost too nice to cover in canvas.

I'll hopefully have all the shiny chrome bits back from the platers soon.

As far the body goes there are a couple areas that need some attention.
For some very strange reason the caged square nuts were cut off on the inside of the roof where the tensioning strip holds down the canvas.

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_1661.jpg)

I've started building new \"cages\" out of sheet metal and finnished drilling,tapping and cutting little square nuts out of 3/8\" flatbar, lotsa fun i'll tell ya :rolleyes: then i'll weld them all back on so I can adjust the canvas without having to pull the headliner to get a wrench on the inside.

I don't like the shape of the aftermarket heater channels at the front, they're all square like a 70's beetle and have the pressed louvered heat out lets instead of the mesh ones.
I found a set of original grills but once I got them shipped to me they turned out to be too rusty to use, oh well at least I have the shape/size to make new ones.
when I cut these areas out, i'll have a chance to coat the inside in rust bullet or something to protect them.

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_1666.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_1668.jpg)

.......more to come
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: surgerypending October 26, 2007, 05:27:42 PM
Color?
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: josh October 27, 2007, 12:34:55 PM
the car was light beige from the factory, I was thinking of sticking with that but there is a zwitter in victoria that color. I might go diamond green again or I might get brave enough to paint it black
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: Shane October 27, 2007, 01:32:36 PM
Looks killer Josh
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: silas October 27, 2007, 07:36:08 PM
right on josh. looks like a great project.
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: josh October 28, 2007, 07:13:52 PM
yeah it's gonna be cool, build it the way I want this time.

 
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: egspot October 30, 2007, 06:06:51 AM


WOW Josh, that was a great choice. I saw that oval in Maple Ridge a while ago and I was very taken by it.

Look forward to see the progress on that baby.

I vote Black
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: josh October 30, 2007, 03:07:51 PM
black would be sweet but the bodywork has to be deadly, with that vote are you volunteering to sand and sand and sand some more for me B)  
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: surgerypending October 30, 2007, 05:18:21 PM
Doesn't matter the color.....the body work has to be deadly on that car....make her look as good as you can!
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: josh October 30, 2007, 08:34:27 PM
Doesn't matter the color.....the body work has to be deadly on that car....make her look as good as you can!
I hear ya but black makes any imperfection so obvious, whatever color it'll be all I gots
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: surgerypending October 30, 2007, 09:31:44 PM
That would be a fun car to do....if I had more time I'd help ya out...I'm kinna booked for the next year and half tho  :wacko:  
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: josh October 31, 2007, 12:23:56 AM
That would be a fun car to do....if I had more time I'd help ya out...I'm kinna booked for the next year and half tho  :wacko:
thanks gerry, no worries. Things are taking waaaay longer on this one being back at work now after my 10 month stint of garagernity leave...................I mean paternity leave I just had.

how's the 58 comming? was that one from stephan schmitt? if so I almost bought it before the 57
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: surgerypending October 31, 2007, 07:36:32 AM
Ya, that's the one....original diamond green car.  It's a pretty solid and should be an easy build as far as body work is concerned. Right now i'm getting the pan ready to go to the blaster and powdercoating......picking up a 3\" beam from Brad this weekend. Hopefully tranny and brakes will be first thing in the new year and I can start on the body and have it in paint by early September. I also have a 79 vert that i'm getting ready for paint this winter for a friend/customer...taking it easy this summer and I have two projects for next winter..a 56 oval and a.....I can't really say right now kinna job!
Anyway, I vote for Strato Silver for that car...it would really look Awsome!
Gerry
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: josh October 31, 2007, 03:11:52 PM
I'll say you're busy, have fun :wacko:  
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: josh January 26, 2008, 12:37:30 PM
Well time for an update.................

turns out this body will need a little more lovin' than was antissipated, I have un covered a few sheetmetal repairs done by this \"profesional\" porshe shop that are kinda scary. I knew there was some filler in the wheel well openings around the body mounts because they had the shaved look but holy crap they must have gone through a few 5 gal tubs :o

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(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/54031.jpg)

got the captive/caged nuts made up and welded back into the inside of the roof for the ragtop tentioning strip.

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/54044.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/54043.jpg)

started on the heater channel recreation

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/54041.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/54040-1.jpg)

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I don't like the heater tube outlets and where they go through the rear crossmember is crap so I think i'm gonna completely do away with them and weld the hole up..........who the hell runs heater boxes in a hot rod anyway :D  This will give me room to mount the accusump under the rear seat and some extra space by the torsion housing for my oil cooler.

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/54042.jpg)


found some beautiful lap welds on the rear quarters they scabed back together :rolleyes:
this is the inside........

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/54021.jpg)

and outside skin, looked really straight, the guy was a sculpter :ph34r:

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/54020.jpg)


(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/54025.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/54028.jpg)

OK enough bondo pics.......
got the new pan head ready to go, just gotta build a jig to keep it true when welding. I calculated some built in caster to eliminate the need for shims under the beam.

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/54045.jpg)


I'm working getting on an entire ass end of an oval from cali, that's straight original geman and un fuct with to re-fix the past repairs and make it mint. I plan on building a rotissery for it and cutting out all the shady shit, send it to get walnut blasted and then i'll have a clean slate to start welding to.

a couple parting shots just cause.....

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(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/54047.jpg)
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: Russ January 26, 2008, 01:41:51 PM
looks killer Josh
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: silas January 26, 2008, 04:40:43 PM
(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/54028.jpg)

that's what the d/s door looks like on my 56.  :o

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/54035.jpg)

i like that shot.

keep up the good work josh!!!
 
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: josh January 27, 2008, 10:06:17 AM
I think i've found a perfect donor section from California..........from a 55 too how perfect!! posted a wanted add on thesamba and no word of a lie the phone rings not 10 mins after posting and the caller id says california :D now I just gotta work out shipping.

I'll hopefully bring the father in laws MIG home in the next couple days, it will be a hell of a lot easier to weld this thin shit with than my TIG, I haven't quite got the hang of it yet (it's a scratch start, no pedal control :( )

I'll try and update this more regularly.
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: Mike Scott January 27, 2008, 11:41:58 AM
Glad to see you working on this Josh!!! Keep up the great work!

Cheers
Mike
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: josh January 27, 2008, 01:39:05 PM
Glad to see you working on this Josh!!! Keep up the great work!

Cheers
Mike
it's gonna be a long road but worth it.

here's a couple shots of that nasty quarter that Bruce wanted, looks like they used all the scraps lying around the shop.

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/54053.jpg)

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: Bruce January 27, 2008, 03:38:19 PM
Wow, they really were using scraps!

Initially, I thought they used one of the commonly available VW patch panels.  With the seam so high up, it appeared they made the most common mistake.  Most beginners will fit up the patch panel and cut the car at the top of the panel.  This is the worst way to do it.  You should strive to keep the most original steel and minimize the size of the patch.  You should cut away only enough metal until you get to good sound original steel.  Then trim the patch panel to match.
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: josh January 27, 2008, 06:03:27 PM
yeah they were complete butchers :angry:

at least now I know what i'm up against and have a plan of attack.
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: silas January 27, 2008, 06:53:37 PM
You should strive to keep the most original steel and minimize the size of the patch.  You should cut away only enough metal until you get to good sound original steel.  Then trim the patch panel to match.
that's what my buddy tod told me when i started on my 56.

words to live by.
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: josh January 28, 2008, 10:43:58 AM
so I think we sealed the deal on the rear clip I found, using the seawings express cargo service from Blaine straight to Victoria the quoted me $68 for this big lump (thanks wayne for the link)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/HPIM0560.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/HPIM0565.jpg)

it looks really solid with only a little spot where the heater channel welds to the cross member that may need some attention, I hope to have it in my garage by the end of the week and start surgery :rockon:  
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: red snapper January 28, 2008, 05:22:13 PM
Looking good dude! Since it so cold, motivation seems to be lacking for me to get my ass out in my garage.
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: Brassmonkey January 29, 2008, 07:32:40 PM
Freaking sweat I love watching builds, that car is going to be awesome
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: Lanny January 29, 2008, 07:41:01 PM
Great pix Josh..nice job! The crash isn't stopping you, as it didn't stop me.. :D
Can't you convert your TIG to use a pedal? What brand is it?
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: josh January 29, 2008, 07:59:29 PM
the cold ass garage was my excuse, that was lame, it aint that bad.........just keep movin no thinking.

crash what crash B)  I don't know if I can get a pedal for my tig, it's a lincon. haven't looked into it but that'd be sweet

thanks for the motivation boys, it helps..............this is gonna be a long road. :blush:  
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: Trevor P January 29, 2008, 08:41:17 PM
Looking good dude! Since it so cold, motivation seems to be lacking for me to get my ass out in my garage.
:huh: Cold??? I'll trade you forecasts for one day and then you will know the meaning of cold. I actually have an excuse! :lol:

BTW Josh that oval should be killer when it's done. I've always had a soft spot for pre 55 ovals...especially one with a sunroof. :wub:  :rockon:
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: josh February 14, 2008, 02:41:45 PM
so the to do list keeps on growing :angry:

found some more scabbyness in the rear of the car. strips welded here and there, more lap welds, the majority of the fender mounting nuts must have been seized or broken of cause they are all messed with. all the black lines are seams :(

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/54071.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/54077.jpg)

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I think I will bit the bullet and order a pair of these from wolfe in sweden, got a quote of $295 shipped to my door. not too bad for the quality I have heard his stuff is.

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/quarter2h.jpg)


trying to descide the best place to graft the quarter panel/wheel wells in.............any experienced pro suggestions welcome.

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/54070.jpg)

Leaning towards cutting at the white line across the panel and follow the fender flange. then I don't know what would be better to use the pillar from the donor cause mine has some shady parts in the area under the rear door panel where it welds to the heater channel under the seat. OR slice it down the rear quarter lip where the door seal contacts it????

It was a tough call on the original non pea shooter H apron but after having both my last 2 cars have removeable rear aprons, I just can't go back to a solid one.
I thought drilling factory spot welds was a pain, well it's a hell of a lot better than drilling and chiseling off rosete/plug welded panels. I will be weldin a new flange out of some 18 gauge for a little more strength.

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/54073.jpg)

the rear apron isn't bad, here it is after a quick hammer and dolly, and a guide coat, still needs a little lovin. I made a stainless shrinking disk for my grinder and will be trying to get the panels as straight as possible without gross amounts of filler needed.

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/54072.jpg)

been practicing my welding with my little tig, I think i'm getting the hang of it. starting to fill some of the unnessisary holes drilled in strange locations.

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/54080.jpg)

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more to come :rockon:  
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: Russ February 15, 2008, 12:08:28 PM
comming along nicely.
gotta say the whole metal work on that car is a dissaster.
better you than me bud :D
glad your fixing it right though
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: Tom H. February 15, 2008, 06:41:59 PM
On my split I used the left heater channel for my wire loom.  With the electronics under what will be some kind of floor/seat delete panel it was a natural. I left the mufflers in but cut a large slot in the bottom of it. The loom heads on back to the engine where the heater box should hook up, too.

Nice oval.  :rockon:

I do have a drivers rear 1/4 in nice shape sitting here. It was cut large and I can send you pix if ......
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: silas February 15, 2008, 08:22:06 PM
(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/quarter2h.jpg)

$295 canadian, shipped, for both sides?? that seems like an allright deal for those parts. i know there is no other company making early rear bumper mount sections like that, so the alternative it to modify an aftermarket late panel. i have heard good things about wolfe & his quality of parts.

personally, i like the solid 55 rear apron (no exhaust cutouts). but it depends on header & muffler clearance and what you like. i know alot of guys have used a solid rear apron with the cutout in the center for exhaust clearance.

and as far as cutting the rear corners, i would suggest waiting until your donor arrives from cali and having a really good side by side look at what piece is better where and cut to fit. between the donor & your 55, it's all og german steel, so it shouldnt matter. however, i dont know if it's easier to blend a panel that has been welded higher or lower down on the 1/4....and as far as the body shifting and maintaining gaps whether the cut is higher up or not.....might be something to consider.

hopefully someone with more experiance than me will chime in. ;)

looks good josh & it sure is nice to see you forging ahead.
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: josh February 15, 2008, 10:10:28 PM
thanks for the idea on the wiring for the electronics tom, I may copy that.

yeah that's $$ for both sides on those panels from Wolf, prob gonna order next week.
I will be waiting anxiously with my zip wheel in hand for that clip to show up before cutting. there has been a decent dent worked out on the pass side of my car smack dab in the center of the quarter, that's why i'm thinking of a cut so high. I pondered doing the splice behind the body trim but looking at it from inside you can't access most of the weld to work the panel after.
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: josh February 16, 2008, 12:49:21 AM
making some LED tail lights for the hearts


(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/54087.jpg)

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(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/54086.jpg)

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Started with a sheet of 1/8\" copper and cut out the shapes with a tab top and bottom. layed out the template/pattern and ended up with 29 LED's in each cluster. the template shows how I figgure i'll wire them, the black being running lights then all of them for the brake. keeping standard incandesent bulbs in the \"heart lense\" and using them as a signal to come on with the semaphores.

I still gotta make up my mind on how to solder them all together, leaning towards mini circuit boards. I did a quick test just by bending the tabs to contact each other and just about blinded myself and the guy next to me :shock: they get a little toned down behind the lense but still should be pretty bright.

ALSO MISSING ONE HELLA GLASS LENSE AND BEZEL (if anyone has a spare collecting dust)
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: Tom H. February 16, 2008, 08:17:31 AM
Here's the hole and wiring in work.

(http://home.att.net/~theshoppe/Assembly/epanel1.JPG)

more pix on the way soon.
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: josh February 16, 2008, 10:51:49 AM
right on, did you run the main harness for the motor/tail lights with that?


did you get my pm on the panel?
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: Tom H. February 16, 2008, 11:08:40 AM
motor, yes.  lights, no. And the fuel pump, line loc, launch control wiring, etc,  all is in the tunnel.

pix sent
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: josh February 16, 2008, 11:54:41 AM
motor, yes.  lights, no. And the fuel pump, line loc, launch control wiring, etc,  all is in the tunnel.

pix sent
very curious, sounds like I have a map to draw out.......most of the stuff in my 57 came off the stock fuse panel, I didn't really like it.

e-mail sent back
 
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: surgerypending February 18, 2008, 05:26:05 PM
this is a nice piece
http://www.thesamba.com/vw/classifieds/det...l.php?id=531556 (http://www.thesamba.com/vw/classifieds/detail.php?id=531556)
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: nivag February 18, 2008, 06:02:24 PM
Josh, I might have an extra Hella lense for you... I will double check in my extras.
Gavin
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: Brassmonkey February 18, 2008, 07:37:29 PM
Nice job with the lights I would like to put LEDs into my hearts aswell.
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: Chris February 18, 2008, 08:11:58 PM
what type of leds are you using? you may have to upgrade to an electronic flasher relay as the older relays dont like the LEDS and may flash at a really fast rate. Also you can buy resister that goes in line to add the proper load to the circuit.
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: josh February 18, 2008, 08:33:31 PM
this is a nice piece
http://www.thesamba.com/vw/classifieds/det...l.php?id=531556 (http://www.thesamba.com/vw/classifieds/detail.php?id=531556)
yeah but not so nice a price :huh: don't wanna know what shipping would be from the UK

that'd be killer gavin, let me know

I had read that about leds and flashers, thats why the top heart lense will be using the stock incandesent bulb for the signal
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: josh March 13, 2008, 12:46:40 PM
I've recieved my rear inner fenders from wolf.......very nice indeed just waiting for donor sheetmetal so in the meantime i've got a bunch of powdercoating and clean up of little parts done.

biggest hurdle were the IDA's, thought about polishing but ended up going semi-gloss black powder coated :rockon: they were a major pain in the A but I think they look killer. many hour went into prep not to fill all the threads with powder, stuffed every little hole full of tinfoil and it worked great. going for the low bling stealth bomber look on the motor, no chrome but a couple bits of polished alum, mostly black. I'm thinkin' annodize the velocity stacks black and then polish the insides and top lip to match the intakes.

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/54097.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/54093.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/54092.jpg)

my super fierce muts wondering what the hell i'm obsessing over :rolleyes:

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/54094.jpg)

powdercoated dual circ master cylinder with rabbit reservior

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/54091.jpg)

lots more stuff done but not assembled yet like steering box, pedal cluster and torsion arms, link pin carriers, various other brackets and bits'n'peices. I LOVE POWDER COATING :D
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: Chris March 13, 2008, 12:58:04 PM
That looks killer.
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: thumper911 March 13, 2008, 03:31:24 PM
Wow, very nice!  :rockon:  
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: vanBoven March 13, 2008, 08:01:34 PM
nice stuff. i lovvve powder coating but hate paying for it :D  
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: josh April 02, 2008, 01:00:37 AM
so a little update, got all my sheet metal for the ass end of the car now. bumper mounts from wolfe, pass side rear quarter/wheelwell from california and Tom H hooked me up with the drivers side  :D imagine that, both my donor sections came from 55's :rockon:

I started disecting the old heater channel chunks out of these and found a couple thin spots inside so I drilled out the spot welds and will bead blast and start fresh.
the section from cailfornia had the rear crossmember cut in half with a plasma cutter to fit it in a smaller box to save me on shipping so I had to stich it back together (I now have the mig at home) also cut out and patched where the heater box exits.

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/54001-1.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/54002-1.jpg)

I'm pretty happy with my first attempt at butt welding sheetmetal with a wire feed.

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/54007-1.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/54006-1.jpg)

not as much as a dent in either of these panels, much better than what I was up against.
still not 100% sure on where I will be splicing these sections in, i've changed my mind waaay to many times, just gotta do it
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: bwaz April 02, 2008, 08:34:36 AM
Looking good Josh, I have project envy! (the car and the time to do it)
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: Russ April 02, 2008, 02:21:33 PM
thats cool that you were able to find two clean panels.
tricky part is putting them in now
keep us updated good job man
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: josh April 03, 2008, 12:47:48 AM
thats cool that you were able to find two clean panels.
tricky part is putting them in now
keep us updated good job man
welding them in isn't all that tough if you are real careful in trimming to get the fit perfect, it's just really time consuming!!

I plan on making some templates from heavy paper to transfer the cut lines.

Cut out the engine bay shelves tonight and seaperated the 3, count them 3 layers! of overlapped/stacked metal that made up the inner rear wheelwells :wacko: now they're prepped and put aside until the new sections are welded in.
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: Geoff April 22, 2008, 09:31:58 PM
Nice work Josh, keep up the good work.
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: josh April 23, 2008, 01:03:10 PM
thanks G, i'm tryin' but time is tight these days.

I scored some heavy duty aluminum framed work bench bases with shelves and some with nice drawers on a dumpster diving mission and am in the midst of a garage makeover. I was sick of all my stuff out in the open getting piles of dust and crap all over it. Once i'm done everything will have doors and be all dialed in hopefully a better workspace.

I was debating on a trade deal for my IDA's on a T04 and a set of staggs intakes but descided to stick to N/A for now.

finnished my pedal cluster.....rebushed, powdercoated and made a new wheel for Russ's killer cruizer to ride on complete with skateboard bearings, o-ring grip and speed holes of course ;D  way better than the cheezy plastic stocker.

 (http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_0434.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_0438.jpg)
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: surgerypending April 23, 2008, 01:15:03 PM
I like that wheel....keep up the good work!
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: Russ April 23, 2008, 02:19:29 PM
ha ha that's killer love the o-ring grip.
you should start selling them
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: Tom H. April 23, 2008, 04:16:27 PM
kewl, I like the looks of clean metal.  Glad it all worked out for you.

oh, btw

remember me asking if it was ok to whack the B piller off for shipping?

well, I went to toss it and guess what?

It's a complete semaphore pocket piller  :o

and I have one extra trafficator......... 8)
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: Geoff April 23, 2008, 06:36:53 PM
As a good VW friend likes to say.........."Thats Bitchin!!!"
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh April 23, 2008, 08:19:18 PM

It's a complete semaphore pocket piller  :o

and I have one extra trafficator......... 8)

was it filled over of something? I found a little old school lead filler repair on the quarter under the 4 layers of strange colored paint
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: silas April 24, 2008, 10:42:38 PM
f@#kin kick ass roller pedal with o-ring gription & s-pee-d holes!!!!! good work josh....i love it!!

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_0434.jpg)
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh April 25, 2008, 10:26:36 AM
thanks man havin' fun.

got a shat load of stuff bead blasted yesterday, new rear quarter sections, all the interior bits like steering columb, glovie/ash tray doors, hinges, tail light housings on and on. will be epoxy priming them tonight.

bought a pair of pre 55 front seats on thesamba and they should be here today..........things are happening ;D 
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: Russ April 25, 2008, 10:48:07 AM
bought a pair of pre 55 front seats on thesamba and they should be here today..........things are happening ;D 
ouch thats gotta hurt
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh April 25, 2008, 01:43:48 PM
actually not that bad....... $350 shipped from illinois i think

shitty part is I had just picked up a set of 56's from Gary at the swap ::)........anyone need a set of mint frames and new wolfsburg horsehair pads??
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: Geoff April 30, 2008, 08:11:35 AM
Come on, It's been like 4 day's since an update ;D
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: Trevor P April 30, 2008, 11:20:59 AM
Love the roller pedal. 8)
Is that machined out of a chunk of AL or is it a roller from something else?
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh April 30, 2008, 08:50:11 PM
Come on, It's been like 4 day's since an update ;D

OKOK ;D

I got the pair of pre 55 front seats and ripped the old OE covers off them and to my dissapointment the square thin frame around the springs are paper thin from years and years of getting wet and the pads holding moisture in there, couple are broke in half >:(
By the time I got them to my door I paid a little over $400 for the set but the guy I bought them off of is a super stand up dude.....he has offered to refund me the entire $366 I paid him :o :o :o :o(that includes the $66 out of his pocket for UPS shipping to Clipper Cargo!!!!) Talk about character!! I couldn't be happier ;D

I think I may be able to salvage them with a lot of work but hey i'll have the right early seats NOT HONDA SEATS  ::)
(I know you're lurking Steve-O ;))
found a set of pan seat tracks to weld into the 57's pan....they are different. should see them soon.

Oh and yes Trevor that roller started as a big hunk of alum round stock, turned down and machined on my lathe ;D

Other than that I started working on the doors and trimmed the rear quarters a bit and clamped them over the existing ones to have a look see. hope to take a week off work soon and dive in and start cuttin :-X

STAY TUNED KIDS
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: steveo_32 May 02, 2008, 10:27:26 PM
Dude, It would sooooooo work.

Got your arms for ya, I'll send via Lordco.

: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh May 05, 2008, 09:41:26 AM
Dude, It would sooooooo work.

Got your arms for ya, I'll send via Lordco.



right on mang, throw my cell# on them.......588-7025

thanks
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh May 16, 2008, 01:39:25 PM
little update....... finnished the crusty seat frames/springs and re-assembled them today ;D really happy with how they turned out after all the welding and making 3 rows of new springs (should have taken pics of that part, had to make a jig and hand bend spring wire to replace the rusted through ones that had no more sproing) one of the back rest frames was so bad I had to take a spare 56up frame and narrow/shorten it to get the right shape/contour to match. everything was bead blasted and powdercoated.......springs matte black and frames a cream colour that is very close to the factory light beige.

what I started with.........


(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/55seats001.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/55seats002.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/55seats003.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/55seats004.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/55seats005.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/55seats006.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/55seats007.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/55seats008.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/55seats009.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/55seats010.jpg)

and now....


(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/redoneseats002.jpg)

the top and bottom rows of spring are the ones I made......can't tell ;D

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/redoneseats003.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/redoneseats001.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/redoneseats004.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/redoneseats005.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/redoneseats006.jpg)

not bad for free seats ;D ;D ;D

back seat came with the car and was painted and re-uphostered but it was all gloss black and the bottom was already scratched up so did it at the same time.

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/redoneseats007.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/redoneseats008.jpg)

they made the trip down to the storage room to patiently wait for me to finnish the rest of the car. I'm thinking have covers and panels sewn up in a pinstriped tan/brown cloth similar to Darrens 55.
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: Russ May 16, 2008, 02:03:08 PM
wow...nice work Josh
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh May 17, 2008, 05:28:05 PM
thanks dood


finally finnished the black IDA's ;D


(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IDAs007.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IDAs003.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IDAs002.jpg)


: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: Russ May 17, 2008, 05:32:04 PM
wow looks super good.
heard music through our radio for the first time today:)
it was awsome...you coming to the classic this year?ever?
the seats look good glad you were able to salvage them
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh May 17, 2008, 09:57:45 PM
wow looks super good.
heard music through our radio for the first time today:)
it was awsome...you coming to the classic this year?ever?
the seats look good glad you were able to salvage them


right on man how was the sound over the 2L??

I wish :'(no classic for me this year...gotta goal to work on next year and have the car ready. lots a work ahead we'll see.


: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh May 19, 2008, 09:02:23 PM
NO TURNING BACK NOW!!!!!!

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/metalwork002.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/metalwork003.jpg)

Lots of careful measuring, scribing and inching up on the lines got the gaps nice and tight

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/metalwork001.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/metalwork006.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/metalwork007.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/metalwork004.jpg)


Got a little more fine tuning to do and will start tacking it in then off to the next side........progress ;D
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: vanBoven May 19, 2008, 11:25:12 PM
nice work, lovin the engine too.
btw if you need that engine ummmm just tested you know make sure everything is good before it goes in the 54 i don't mind mmhmm testing it for you :D and i won't charge you 8) haha jk i have barley drivin the 2017 from your 63. all i know is when i put the pedal down in 3rd the car started goin all over the place, need to do some work to the front end ;) but it was great, felt like sooo much power, can't wait to wind er out.  keep it up man.

o and when the car is on the road i will stop by and let you drive it.
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh May 20, 2008, 09:28:47 AM
nice work, lovin the engine too.
btw if you need that engine ummmm just tested you know make sure everything is good before it goes in the 54 i don't mind mmhmm testing it for you :D and i won't charge you 8) haha jk i have barley drivin the 2017 from your 63. all i know is when i put the pedal down in 3rd the car started goin all over the place, need to do some work to the front end ;) but it was great, felt like sooo much power, can't wait to wind er out.  keep it up man.

o and when the car is on the road i will stop by and let you drive it.


thanks for the testing offer but she's already broken in and ready to go ;) only thing I changed was the shroud from the scat to the DTM.

go easy on your new car and get use to the power SLOWLY trust me ::)

for sure bring it by when you get it on the road, i'd love to see it.

: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: vanBoven May 20, 2008, 07:03:34 PM
motor already been through a crash test :o   jk i will but it will be so temting too just floor it ;D
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh May 20, 2008, 07:53:40 PM
motor already been through a crash test :o   jk i will but it will be so temting too just floor it ;D

you bet ;D
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh May 21, 2008, 07:44:55 PM
got the pass side rear quarter mostly welded in, really pleased with the way it turned out. will barely need any filler on the seams......a far cry from what I started with ::)

will upload some pics tomorrow
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh May 26, 2008, 03:12:07 PM
progress.......

connect the dots

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/metalwork001-1.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/metalwork002-1.jpg)


finnished welding up the pass side rear quarter and started dressing the seams....

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/metalwork003-1.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/metalwork004-1.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/metalwork008.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/metalwork007-1.jpg)

re worked the flange for the removeable rear apron

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/metalwork006-1.jpg)

final fitting to check for gaps..... fit NICE ;D

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/metalwork005-1.jpg)

Now its onto the drivers side which should go a bit quicker now that my confidence is up....it was a little scary making that first cut :-[

Looks like I will be putting new heater channels in too cause low and behold these ones were done half ass....welded in too high and then when they went to put the doors on, they hit the channels and more cutting smashing and welding followed by a healthy dose of mud ::)

gonna try and get my hands on some good donor channels and modify them to be like real 55's. not only for the proper fit but so I can say the car is 100% german (not original to this car 8)) steel.
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: vanBoven May 26, 2008, 09:37:03 PM
nice work man, i see something in your garage i want i will be in there in 45 mins ;D  jk i hope i am done buying parts off you and ww and shit cause i am getting broke :D
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh July 27, 2008, 03:38:43 PM
Soo been a while. Project time lacking the last couple months. I switched back to dayshift at work and now I don't get my 2-3 hrs every day of garage time while the little one is napping :'(

Got my LED tail lights almost done, really hard to get a pic of them lit up but here's a taste.

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_1149.jpg)

have to upload the others soon.

The last couple days i've been stripping parts of a front clip I bought from Mowser, got the pass side quarter all drilled out and starting to do a couple mods to it so it looks right on the oval (was from a 60 I think)

The speed i'm going the car might be ready for GCVWS................................................................2012 ::)
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: Herrlowlight July 28, 2008, 11:03:28 AM
I'll put my hand up for a set of those LED taillight set-ups. Are you going to make anymore?
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh July 28, 2008, 12:13:07 PM
not too likely, they were very very labour intensive!!

i'd be happy to share some how to tho 8)
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh July 28, 2008, 12:55:55 PM
couple more shots of the hearts ;D

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_1151.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_1161.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_1158-1.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_1171-1.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_1175.jpg)
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh August 07, 2008, 09:06:48 PM
Took this week off to build a shed and clean the garage ::) should be a little easier to work now ;D

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_1265.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_1266.jpg)


here's the pass side quarter from todd, all ready to go. still might graft in the wheel arch from mine to make it right.

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_1269.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_1271.jpg)


new shiny bitz.........Jamar 4 pot rear disks (thanks wayne ;)) should slow it down better than the old drums. just gotta figure out something for an e-brake.

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_1268.jpg)

picked up an old pan the other day to use as the base for a stand/welding jig/rotisery instead of saw horses. just need to fab up some brackets and I can weld that together.
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: vanBoven August 08, 2008, 08:30:45 PM
am i just dreaming or is the shop that clean ;D
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: Mike Scott September 15, 2008, 11:09:36 AM
Josh,

Thought be interested, stealth motor on the frid for sale on the samba...... dont care much for the car but the motor looks pretty good

(http://bouncebus.smugmug.com/gallery/5944774_NcAG7#370445652_Hs8Jj)
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh September 16, 2008, 12:40:00 PM
hey mike, can't see the pic, just a little box with a red X, might be my work firewall
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: silas September 16, 2008, 08:33:07 PM
hey mike, can't see the pic, just a little box with a red X, might be my work firewall

ditto...all i see is the box with the red x.

but if you right click that box, click properties, highlight the adress that shows up in the pop up and right click it, copy it, hit ok and paste it in your search engine you come up with this... ;D

http://bouncebus.smugmug.com/gallery/5944774_NcAG7#370445652_Hs8Jj

sweet lookin motor with some badass black idas!

: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh September 16, 2008, 08:45:05 PM
oh that does look killer O0 (what ever happened to the rock-on smiley?)
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh October 09, 2008, 09:08:11 PM
been a while, but still pluggin away....... the latest on this saga.......

Finished my speedo tonight

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_0311.jpg)
 
Idea was obviously to match the other gauges I already had including a tach that was MIA for the photo

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_0312.jpg)

all in all i'm happy with the outcome although the silver paint I used doesn't exactly match they'll be 2' apart and not as obvious as side by side.

Other than that I cut up a semi-farked 59 to rape some parts from. cut the front drivers quarter and crusty heater channels out of it in my quest to have a 98% german metal (2% swedish (wolfe) close enough right?) frankenstien ;D

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_0319.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_0320.jpg)

Will be removing what's left of the bottom plates, removing the 56up inner heat duct, grafting in a few sections of metal and por15 coat the insides before installing these.....

http://www.thesamba.com/vw/classifieds/detail.php?id=542271

Wolfe makes some killer replacement metal (check out his bumper brackets a couple pages back) and is very cool to deal with.



Headlight buckets powdercoated and rings rechromed.........

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_0321.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_0322.jpg)

and a few other odds and ends powdercoated

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_0326.jpg)

Idea is to have all the little shit ready to go and stashed away......once and if I ever get the body finished, assembly should go really quick ::)


: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: OldnShitty October 31, 2008, 12:35:58 PM
I sold Steve this car a while back.  Looks like your doing an amazing job fixing it up.  Sounds like you have some unanswered questions about it, so maybe I can help you out a bit.
you can call me if you like at 250-764-7763 in the evening or on weekends.

Johnny
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh October 31, 2008, 12:50:11 PM
why yes I do Johnny :o i'll give ya a shout sometime soon.......thanks
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: vanBoven November 04, 2008, 10:43:37 PM
Josh ya got only ten months left till gcvw 09 :) better get on this thing. we need some updates ;D
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: surgerypending March 08, 2009, 09:25:08 PM
Update please!
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh March 09, 2009, 08:26:33 PM
hmmmmmmmmm yeah, I've been lame on the progress the past few months. Cut up a 59 a while back thinking I could save the heater channels out of it ( just replace the bottom plates with wolf parts) but they turned out to be toast. So since then i've been hoping i'd be able to source some dry OG ones.
Posted a wanted add on thesamba and found some minty ones from a 54, guy wants an arm and a leg for them but I may just bite the bullet.
Other than that I have started to fix the door hinges, they were too worn for second oversize pins so I really reamed them out and am machining up some bronze bushings to press in. I'll post some pics of that soon.

Got these fog lights from a dude in the netherlands, I think they're pretty cool, made by Notek from France. gonna modify some bumper gaurds and mount these ontop.

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2032.jpg)

I just sold my house so I have to get crackin' on this to be able to move the car at the end of April. We are looking at acreage to build a new home and have room to build a big ass shop......... WITH HEAT!!
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh March 14, 2009, 04:25:34 PM
So I got over my procrastination and hopped back on the POS this week.

Got a bunch of welds all ground down and smoothed out on the panel splices. For those who are interested here's a bit of a how to on the process I have been using.

Obviously cut out the offending hunk of panel to be replaced (I use a cut off wheel in an electric angle grinder) nice and straight.

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/metalwork002.jpg)

 Trim your replacement panel to fit while taking precise measurements and trial fittings (the blue transparent paint is called dykem (sp) machinists use it a lot for scribing precise lines). And end up something like this......

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/metalwork006.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/metalwork005.jpg)

Then start tacking it in jumping around so you don't put too muck heat into the thin sheet metal and burn though. The trick that i've found is to have a max gap of say .020" if not closer. If you can use a copper heatsink to back your weld, i've made up an assortment of shapes and sizes some brazed to the end of a bar for leverage. It's not fun to blaze a hole through where you can't get to the backside.
Here's what it looks like connecting the dots......

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/metalwork002-1.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/metalwork006-1.jpg)

Then using a mini 3" X 1/8" cutoff wheel in the air grinder take the tops off the welds very slowly making sure not to hit the panel surface then using these puppies........

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2070.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2069.jpg)

They come in a bunch of different grits and blending pads, twist off of the arbor and work SHIT HOT!!! they don't last long tho.
End product is something like this....

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2058.jpg)

And with a quick squirt of black spray bomb to protect the bare metal......

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2065.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2071.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2068.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2067.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2066.jpg)

You can barely feel the seams when you run your hand over, they are all just a bit indented (maybey .010") so I will only need a super thin feather of filler once I get that far. A far cry from what I started with!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/54022.jpg)

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One more thing these bone heads forgot was to fix the super sloppy door hinges before they put it in primer.
The lower passenger and upper drivers were so worn not even a 3rd oversize hinge pin would work plus they don't make an oversized mirror mount pin for the 101 style Hagus mirror that I have. Since ribbed doors don't grow on trees I machined up some bushings out of phosphorus bronze, reamed the middle of the hinge out to 10mm (stock pin is 8mm) and pressed the bushings in.

 (http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2045.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2046.jpg)

Nice and snug now ;D
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: silas March 14, 2009, 11:16:46 PM
good times josh!!! keep up the good work & the pics!
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh April 04, 2009, 01:04:12 AM
been picking away at stuff. made some good progress on the pan.... I ended up scrapping the idea of welding a new panhead on the 57 pan (didn't want to risk ending up with shitty alignment on a built pan) and drilled the mint pans out and installed on a 59 spine I had.

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2088.jpg)

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New early flat seat tracks welded in

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Mocking up with cage making sure seats fit

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mid mount done.....no more solid mounts!!!!! :lol: 57 was LOUD!!

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more mock up with kafer brace, will be tying this into the package tray mounts of the cage to stiffen things up even more.

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Broke down and coughed up too much money for a pair of original dry heater channels form down south......came today :D

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This was the last piece to this mega puzzle and I figured I was going this far and deep, I may as well do it right!!
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: Jeremy April 04, 2009, 10:14:19 PM
From the looks of that pic with roll cage mounted you are running a pretty narrow front end. What is it about a 12" narrowed beam. :laugh:
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh April 05, 2009, 10:05:53 AM
12?..........try 20" :o gonna have shock towers with no body mods :laugh:
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: Jeremy April 05, 2009, 02:10:10 PM
HAHAHA. Your doing some good looking work there.
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: Geoff April 05, 2009, 04:05:15 PM
This is a great thread! Keep up the great work!
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh April 12, 2009, 11:41:56 AM
Thanks Geoff, may be a good thread to read but it sure sucks ass doing all the work :-\ just kidding, i'm having fun......at times

Heater channels had a couple issues of course, nothings as it appears. Shitpiles of work grinding, drilling and welding fixing some areas and had them dipped. acid etched the outsides and then thinned some por 15 and completely coated the insides before welding into the car......no chance these things will be a problem again.
I read somewhere of someone bolting the channels, rear crossmembers and front bulkhead to the pan to get the alignment right and welding them together then droping the body on and mating the 2.....so that's what i'm doing.

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: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh April 15, 2009, 12:43:15 AM
so today I gave up and descided to baja this thing...........

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well not really, but that's the last of the scabbynes to come off. I've got 2 good quarters that aren't clipped crooked to go on and clean up the spare tire/shelf and front apron.

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also picked up an NOS ::) Airspeed dragbar from Russ for it


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Also couple shots of the 1"x1" square bracing I put in to keep it all aligned


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: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: Jeremy April 15, 2009, 09:20:31 AM
Man, you are doing a ton of quality work to this thing. I would like to post some pics of the '59 but would be embarrased compared to your work. One thing. When I did the heater channels i put a couple of braces across two corners of my bracing just to make sure it didn't tweak out of square when I was fitting and welding them in. Might be an idea. Keep up the pics.

Jeremy

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: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh April 15, 2009, 03:07:35 PM
thanks man, I had thought about diagonal braces but this thing was so squiwiffed to start with it wasn't square.....surprise surprise  ::)
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh July 09, 2009, 01:00:43 AM
I'm not dead.....haven't updated in a while but have been picking away slowly. we recently sold our house and are renting until we build, car is crammed in a buddies single bay but at least I can still work on it here and there.

I picked up a new MIG ...Miller 180, its a 230v machine that is way more forgiving (than the monster Lincoln 255) on the tinfoil body metal but can still crank it up and do some decent thicknesses, so far really  happy with it! I've have been building a cart for it since the store bought ones are pretty hokey 

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made it out of 1" sq steel tubing and some sweet ($2) sealed bearing wheels I picked up at the swap at Tradex a couple months ago.

Car is starting to resemble a beetle again ::) body is on heater channel assembly, bolted to the pan as a jig.


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plug welding all the drilled out spot welds........ shat loads of fun :P
working on the A pillar bottoms now so I can cut the braces out and pull the pan and put body on the rotisserie


Should be done and on the road by the GCVWS :laugh:

: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: vanBoven July 09, 2009, 11:18:10 PM
Should be done and on the road by the GCVWS :laugh:[/quote]

GCVWS....2015
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh September 14, 2009, 08:47:38 PM
bit of an update.....ordered a pair of Jamar front disks to match the rears, already gave them some "treatment" ;D

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 front apron is done...started with a decent quality aftermarket skin, overrider holes got filled and 4finger section grafted in...

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also have my front quarters, rear apron,front tire tray etc all finished and ready for blasting and epoxy but no pics yet

some goodies powdercoated.... check out the speed holes in my intermediate mount 8) lost 8 oz :P

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adj springplates....gave the adjusters a little lovin' so slicks wouldn't scrub them this time

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bought some new drop spindles and some stuff for the aluminum 4" beam i'm working on too.....pics of that soon


: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh September 17, 2009, 12:53:48 AM
FRESH PAINT! :D

apron and tire shelf....

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had to make a new reinforcement plate, tricky little chunk being heavier gauge and some strange contours.

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lots of work went into these pricks, one is a 59 and other a 60. '60 had the  wheel arch grafted from a 54 to make right and the antenna holes welded
59 had some cancer in the bottom corner by door hinge and the front 10" was munched and rusty so it got a section up there.

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This is me being overly anal and changing all the fender nuts from the long snout ones to the square ones.....what a pain in the ass. I saw a pic somewhere where they grafted a clip on mid tank and the nuts didn't match....looked super cheezemuff. my car came with the sq. ones so....

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has to be the cleanest big spring W lid i've seen.....

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Non cutout H apron removeable.....only way to go!


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and together....

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: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: Geoff September 24, 2009, 03:17:17 PM
Dude your crazy! Great work, keep up the posts.
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: Bruce September 24, 2009, 09:22:25 PM
Do you have pics of the problem with the 1960 quarter panel?
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh September 25, 2009, 12:52:37 AM
Dude your crazy! Great work, keep up the posts.

Crazy, stupid, insane......i'm in deep!

Bruce I didn't have the cam with me this afternoon but next time I go to the shop i'll snap a few of the problem area.
Finding it wouldn't work on my car was like a kick in the seeds.....I was really stoked to get the front clip done and finally be done with the metalwork, now I can't do jack until I find a new quarter :'(
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh March 21, 2010, 01:12:26 PM
I'M BACK!!!!!!!!  :P

We broke ground on our house last July and have finally moved in the begining of February. 3500 sq ft with all the fixins' to keep the wife happy and then a 700 sq ft shop for me to play in. Ended up with 11' ceilings,35' deep on one side, shit loads of HO flourescent fixtures and to top it off a urinal  ;D
I did all the HVAC (obviously), gas work, wired the whole house, laid the hardwood floor, painted the interior (that sucked big hairy nutz :huh:) and all that's left is landscaping.  So to say I've been a little busy is a huge understatement!!!!!!
Anywho now that the fam is settled I am dialing in my shop with work benches and organizing the mess. Car came home last weekend. It fit in my buddies 4x8 trailer (barely) because the front clip is still off.
1am lastnight I had enough organizing and couldn't resist hanging some panels. Everything is lining up mint and the car is as complete as it has been for a long long time.

Goddammit can't figure out how to upload pics from the phone, I'll chuck some pics up later......
 
edit: pics

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: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh March 22, 2010, 12:21:05 AM
I'm hooked again.....kickin ass on this POS

my little gearhead was out with me today, we fixed the boogered driver door skin mess I made over a year ago.

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she was telling me how much she wants to ride back there PDT_Armataz_01_37

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missing wire tube welded back on

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nasty hood gaps were one of the deciding factors into ripping so deep into this car and now they are 1/4" all around  :D

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I NEED ONE OF THESE BEFORE I'M ABLE TO WELD ANY OF THIS CLIP ON!!!!!!!!! (actually only ned half or around a foot) heater pipe from a pre 59?? between dash vent and heater channel. Anyone got one for me??

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: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh May 02, 2010, 05:43:33 PM
got a couple hrs. on this pig today, metal worked the shit out of this quarter panel area where it wasn't lining up.....

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whole bunch-o bumping and hammer/dolly work to stretch the pressing inwards. I may bug my buddy into running it through an english wheel to make it perfect but at least the flanges meet up now :cool:
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: Bruce May 02, 2010, 06:14:23 PM
So that's the difference with a 1960 quarter you talked about earlier?
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: HotSauce September 15, 2010, 09:56:30 PM
We need some updates on this bad boy  PDT_Armataz_01_37
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh September 16, 2010, 04:56:11 PM
soon, just came up with a '56 quarter rather than use the '60 - it just wasn't right. been doing some minor rust repair on it and will be on the car very soon :cool:
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: stefan September 16, 2010, 06:45:40 PM
hey josh do you still need those metal heater tubes , i still have a set kicking around ;D
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh September 16, 2010, 07:04:47 PM
hey josh do you still need those metal heater tubes , i still have a set kicking around ;D

why yes I do!!!!!! can I mail you some cash and you ship one over to me by chance? can't weld the quarter on before.......
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh September 25, 2010, 01:06:56 AM
GAME ON!!!!!

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Shit accumulating down inside this corner over the years developed some swiss cheese action......had the lower corner pc. that I kept off the donor heater channels, welded that in then cut out the second fender nut area and fabed up a new chunk. Some strange contours going on to bash a flat piece into that shape but it turned out good

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Just need that flex pipe from Stefan (you tha man) and I can melt this thing on ;D
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: stefan September 25, 2010, 10:01:18 AM
hey josh i,ll get a hold of you next week  and send them over i just have company over from germany right now,and i,m just a little buzy talk to ya later.
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh September 25, 2010, 06:44:06 PM
hey josh i,ll get a hold of you next week  and send them over i just have company over from germany right now,and i,m just a little buzy talk to ya later.

Sounds good You_Rock_Emoticon
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh January 02, 2011, 03:00:54 PM
Shop time have been pretty sparse but have got a couple sessions in on the car over the holidays :cool:

Got a pair of nicer doors off John Main a while back and just got 'em cleaned up and hung. Both upper and lower hinges on drivers were worn past 3rd oversize so I reamed to 10.5mm and made up and pressed in some bronze bushings to bring back to 8mm. These things are solid but had a couple creases from years of storage, been experimenting with a shrinking disk to work them back into shape.....lots of noise and near finger losing work but getting there....
Spent a pile of time setting up gaps and been plug welding 100's of drilled out spot welds :-\ also hung the front bumper and tweaked a bit

Not the most exciting update but hey it's progress...........here's some pics


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These doors happen to be from a Jan. '55 (going off the window reg stamp) just like my car. and under the blue brushed on house paint lives the original L275 Light Beige.....must have been my cars twin. Gonna have a spray bomb color matched and spray out some samples to see if I like it.

Good sample.....

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Thinkin' L275, chocolate br. rag, tan striped int. on erco star cuts :wub:


Some inspiration....

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: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: stefan January 02, 2011, 09:20:17 PM
looks good i likey! ;D
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh January 02, 2011, 09:54:49 PM
thanks man

It's quiet time in my house after 8pm despite my best attempts at sound proofing the garage (double drywall and rez-bar on the ceiling wtf) So after grinding welds down I messed around with some BLING!!!!


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: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: Bruce January 02, 2011, 11:36:03 PM
Those hood gaps are impressive!

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2574.jpg)

You're not done yet.  Load up the door with about 10-15 lbs.  Then it won't line up.  You have to make sure you can line it up when it's fully assembled, not just a bare shell.
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh January 03, 2011, 09:26:45 AM
Way ahead of you, I've got dumb bell plates in both doors to simulate guts and up front to simulate a gas tank

Had that discussion with both Lanny and Stefan years ago ;)
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: surgerypending January 03, 2011, 12:52:47 PM
Looking good Josh!
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: Jeremy January 03, 2011, 05:35:40 PM
Looking great.  PDT_Armataz_01_37
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: Russ January 04, 2011, 10:11:36 AM
love the colour choices you are thinking of
tan with the chocolate will look killer man
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: red snapper January 04, 2011, 12:10:52 PM
Progress! Lookin good.  PDT_Armataz_01_37
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: Mike Scott January 05, 2011, 08:29:49 AM
Looking great Josh!!! Awesome progress, I'm still in the sound proofing garage phase!
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh January 05, 2011, 08:45:38 AM
Thanks all, I'm determined to kill this project!!
Making it take shape has been motivating ;D

Mike don't skimp on the insulation!! I'd go with some donnacona board too if I were you, wish I had!!
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh January 20, 2011, 11:00:49 PM
Trevor came through on an original 4 finger apron for me..... thanks dude

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[/quote]

gonna need a little Mclovin'

wasting no time.......bead blasted

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quickie hammer/dolly work and it's looking way better already! filling over-rider holes

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fixing tears

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couple pin holes filled

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mucho better fit!

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still have some shrinking to do as it was pretty mangled around left bumper bracket slot but it's a start

i'll try and get some action shots of the shrinking disk, it's a pretty neat tool
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: DarrenE January 21, 2011, 12:29:45 AM
Nice work!  Great thread!   ;D
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: Trevor P January 21, 2011, 11:56:52 AM
Glad you could make use of it Josh.
I really like the color combo you are planning. :rockon:
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: silas January 21, 2011, 10:36:57 PM
nice work josh!!

: josh
Some inspiration....

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(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/z2-12.jpg)

i'm diggin it!! :cool:
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh January 22, 2011, 06:22:07 PM
every time I see the colour I like it more and more iagree

so here's the shrinking disk..........

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idea behind it goes a like this, you bump the metal as smooth as you can with a hammer or slapper and dolly first so the metal is stretched but hopefully all in the right direction. then you fire up this death defying disk that the grinder guard wont fit on :-s and run it over the metal in an X pattern. it hits the high spots only, heating them up then quench metal with a wet rag. each pass takes about 20-30 seconds. you don't have to get it too hot, just enough to make it steam when quenched. between passes you bump the lows up again with hammer/dolly and go again. this process takes no metal off it just makes shit piles of noise, is really sketchy and I would highly recommend no beers be consumed
started with it bumped up about 1/4"

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This is after 2X passes

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gettin there with some more

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(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2656.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2655.jpg)

I chose to get the metal backwhere it should be before filling the over-rider hole on this side so it has the room to move. still gotta work on area around bumper slot some more

It's a really cool tool that isn't all that hard to get use to, if you shrink it too far you can just stretch it back.
I'm digging the art of metal shaping, it's cool to see what happens with each step

I got the disk from a guy by the name of John Kelly on the scamba. think it was around $40 inl. a dvd on how to use it.
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: HotSauce January 22, 2011, 07:35:53 PM
Hands down my fav thread on any forum. Watching your car transform makes me want to rip my 58 apart.  You_Rock_Emoticon
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: mizovalgrl January 22, 2011, 08:33:22 PM
Hands down my fav thread on any forum. Watching your car transform makes me want to rip my 58 apart.  You_Rock_Emoticon
iagree
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh January 25, 2011, 08:09:22 PM
Hands down my fav thread on any forum. Watching your car transform makes me want to rip my 58 apart.  You_Rock_Emoticon
iagree

WOW thanks!!  hoping this gun ho stint lasts for a while, havin fun ;D

Ordered some mechanical spot calipers for e-brakes and they just arrived.....got em for about half price on evilbay

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2662.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2660.jpg)

also some more on the apron. over-rider holes filled and ground down.....just about ready to go on fo good!!!!!

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2663.jpg)





: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: HotSauce January 25, 2011, 09:03:46 PM
Once again nice work. What are you using to bust down your welds with, angle die grider? It's looking flat with no filler.
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh January 25, 2011, 09:40:40 PM
Welds are being smoothed with first an angle air grinder with an 1/8"x2" mini zip wheel then a second mini grinder set up with a 3M rotolok sanding disk. Very time consuming to make look nice  :o
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: Bruce January 26, 2011, 12:25:40 AM
...also some more on the apron. over-rider holes filled and ground down.....just about ready to go on fo good!!!!!

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2663.jpg)
Can we see some close-ups of your handiwork on those over rider holes?
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh January 26, 2011, 08:10:15 PM
hard to get a good shot (try and get a pic of shiny metal) but here ya go Bruce .....

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2669.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2666.jpg)

might give them a bit more of a tickle but I hate over grinding welds.....this sheet metal is thin enough as it is :'( i'd rather have them strong than try and get it perfect and be paper thin. high build should take care of what small imperfections are left



: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: Bruce January 26, 2011, 10:31:19 PM
Use a file.  You've got full control and you'll never go too thin by hand.
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: Jeremy January 27, 2011, 11:01:25 AM
I used a body file on my car quite a bit. Worked good.
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh January 27, 2011, 06:54:58 PM
Is a body file anything special? Or just a regular metal file?
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: Trevor P January 28, 2011, 04:08:46 PM
They are specially designed to cut high spots from sheet metal.
 http://www.eastwood.com/file-holder-flexible-with-mill-cut-body-file.html
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh January 28, 2011, 07:49:47 PM
huh, i thought those were for roughing in filler work?
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: Trevor P January 28, 2011, 09:00:33 PM
Your thinking of this:
http://www.eastwood.com/body-file-rasp-kit.html
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh January 28, 2011, 09:15:38 PM
Right the old cheese grater
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: Bruce January 28, 2011, 10:45:02 PM
You can use a regular old Mill Bastard.
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh January 30, 2011, 09:00:47 AM
You can use a regular old Mill Bastard.

Who you callin an old bastard? lol_hitting
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh February 23, 2011, 08:45:58 AM
updates....been kickin ass on this thing last couple weeks

apron was welded on once and for all, welds dressed and hood release conduit installed (when I got car there was no tube in it and was in high build primer wtf)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2671.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2670-1.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2677.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2679-1.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2672.jpg)

Got body and pan seperated with the help of my 4 yr old :wub: then had to modify brackets on the rotissery to fit body mounts instead of pan.

Started messin' with my chromoly RLR rollbar....turns out the door bars don't clear early ribbed doors!! Quick ratchet strap pulled them in enough to re-drill floor.

On to new fuel lines

'57 ran a holley blue pump/reg dead headed....was loud as fuck!!! It had a -6 (3/8") aluminum line run along outside of pan.
This time around will be a by-pass style with return line. Now I know this is a huge debate on fuel line size but I had some 1/2" SS hardline lying around so that's what will go in -8AN fittings tigged on ran through tunnel wayyyyy overkill but just incase I want to stuff an 800hp force fed suicide machine into the car, the fuel system will be ready lol_hitting

turned down some -8 couplings

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2689.jpg)

Starting to bend lines

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2684.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2685.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2686.jpg)

all ready for ends to be tig welded on.....gotta go over to the father-in-laws to use his machine

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2688.jpg)

This is the pump I bought....Areomotive A1000 series, good for 600hp flows like a fire hose :D

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2690.jpg)

Picked it up along with a matching regulator for $200 for both new in boxes!!! Shit is worth over $500 retail

Lots of other stuff done on pan that I didn't take pics of like clutch tube re-enforcing, moved the heater control knob to give the apperance of a 55 pan (instead of the 57 it is) and started to strip the powdercoating off the pan halves.......what a whore that is!! got some gasket remover that seems to be lifting it pretty good, just gonna take a while!!

: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: DarrenE February 23, 2011, 09:27:29 AM
 PDT_Armataz_01_37  I wish I was that handy!  It's coming along nicely!   :D
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh February 27, 2011, 02:06:46 PM
STRIPPING POWDER COATING SUCKS ASS!!!!!

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2691.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2692.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2695.jpg)

Clutch cable access door

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2703.jpg)

A hidden battery repair wtf .....

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2702.jpg)

starting to layout stuff to hide under the back seat...

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2701.jpg)



: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: owdlvr February 27, 2011, 03:44:40 PM
Hey Josh,

What's the brand of cage you've got in this?

-Dave
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh February 27, 2011, 08:11:00 PM
Hey Josh,

What's the brand of cage you've got in this?

-Dave

Roll bar is a Ron Lummus Racing chromoly bolt in

I'm gonna try to tie the rear downbars to the airspeed drag bar.
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh March 01, 2011, 11:45:12 PM
good session on the pan tonight!

all the oversized fuct up holes for the cage welded up and added some plates to anchor the 5 pt. harnesses to instead of big ass washers sandwiching pan

old car used this.....

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2715.jpg)

made up some 2"x2" plates outta 1/4" thick, will and tap 7/16" NF for the eye bolts. then I can cut the bolts off flush underneath instead of having 2"+ sticking down to the pavement.......was just gonna tack them in on each corner and seam seal but I got carried away with the beads ;D

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2713.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2709.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2704.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2705.jpg)

My hillbilly pan rotissery works mint ;)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2710.jpg)


(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2711.jpg)

: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: kombikruiser March 02, 2011, 01:41:44 AM
That IS a sick rottisserie!
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh March 06, 2011, 12:33:52 AM
working on the pan still, decided to try my hand at metal shaping :-[ battery section turned out ugly after powdercoating was removed.....

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2721.jpg)

made up a template....

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2725.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2718.jpg)

smacked on a fresh chunk of 18 gauge and i'm almost there.....

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2719.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2720.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2722.jpg)

gotta trim edges and shrink a couple areas but it should match up pretty good iagree

been thinking of cutting my Ercos into "starcuts" for a while now (gotta be able to see the disks ;)) so I made up a template to get started...

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2726.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2729.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2723.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2724.jpg)

wait till you see my milling machine ;D





: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: Bruce March 06, 2011, 01:57:19 AM
Don't forget to precisely weigh them before and after.
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh March 06, 2011, 08:09:45 AM
Don't forget to precisely weigh them before and after.

Like they need to get any lighter :huh:
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh March 10, 2011, 04:10:33 PM
pan is getting closer, battery tray section I made is in....

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2731.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2732.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2733.jpg)

: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: Randy March 10, 2011, 05:43:19 PM
Great job on that battery tray!

Randy
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh March 11, 2011, 06:57:53 PM
had some leave to burn up at work..... wife at work, kid in daycare  ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D  logged 12 hours on the car yesterday and about 5 today

lots of spot welds in the package tray had been drilled and plug welded the first time when the previous jokers replaced the rear body mount wheel well area ,lots of fun working with that flange!!

For some reason I had been putting off splicing these chunks in.......

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2735.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2734.jpg)

All welds are dressed down now, shit is really time consuming to do properly!!!!!!

Got thinking about brakes.... I have to make up a new caliper mount for the rear disks to mount the spot calipers so at the same time i'm gonna switch the calipers around. The Jamar kits I have came with 4 pot calipers on the rear (meant for a drag car with spindle mounts up front) and 2 pots on the front. I'm going to put the biggies on the front and 2 pots on rear with the spot calipers for e-brake.
Wow my head hurt after figuring all the math and measuring out for these :-\ Used some old paper gasket material for templates, it cuts nice and keeps it shape much better than what I usually use for templates (cereal box)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2737.jpg)

: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: HotSauce March 11, 2011, 07:21:41 PM
 PDT_Armataz_01_37 Again amazing work thanks for the updates
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: silas March 11, 2011, 10:28:16 PM
really great work josh!! your fab work is superb and it's nice to see you kickin' ass all over this car!!

keep it up! :cool:
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh March 11, 2011, 11:16:14 PM
thanks for the comments!! ;D ;D there were times in this whole build that I would hit a wall and lose interest for a bit but i'm 100000000% motivated to get 'er done now :cool:
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: Stephan Schmidt March 13, 2011, 09:26:25 AM
Great work Josh!  I'm excited to see the finished product!

Stephan
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh March 17, 2011, 08:35:21 PM
Great work Josh!  I'm excited to see the finished product!

Stephan

Thanks man, me too

got ends of fuel lines Tiged-up and squeezed them to 150psi.......no leaky so just have to stuff back through tunnel and weld in now....

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2748.jpg)

shock towers notched for the last time...

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2746.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2745.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2741.jpg)

the engine bay side trays are the last bit of metal to go back in this car but first descided to narrow by about 3/4" each side for a bit more breathing room around valve covers but will look factory (still gotta grind the welds).....

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2739.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2740.jpg)
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh March 22, 2011, 12:38:01 PM
Got the engine bay shelves done and ready to weld in...

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2753.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2754.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2755.jpg)

De-greased the inside of the pan tunnel and pressure washed the ship out of it, POR15'ed it and rotated it around to fully coat it. Turned out good... That's some stinky shit tho!!

Now that's done I could install the SS fuel lines, here's what I came up for clamping them down....

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2752.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2751.jpg)

I will just drill 2 1/4" holes through the bottom plate of the tunnel and trim the bracket flush, then plug weld, should work out nice.

Had a bit of a setback.... Just for the hell of it I descided to feed the clutch cable through the re-inforced tube.
Got 2/3 way though and stopped!! One of the supports behind the e-brake I did got a little heavy on the weld and partially blocked the tube >:( just glad I found it now not on final assembly!! Still had a couple choice words!


: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: Trevor P March 22, 2011, 10:06:05 PM
Good call on widening the engine bay. I took a 1/2" out of each of mine and it was barely enough! I call BS to those that say they can jam a large stroker into one of these 36hp engine bays without mods! lol_hitting
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh March 23, 2011, 05:45:40 AM
Good call on widening the engine bay. I took a 1/2" out of each of mine and it was barely enough! I call BS to those that say they can jam a large stroker into one of these 36hp engine bays without mods! lol_hitting

motor JUST fit the 57 we're talking 1/8" can't remember the rod length might be a 5.400"
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: bwaz March 23, 2011, 08:28:45 AM
how are the sema 4's on your car Josh, saw an earlier photo with you holding one up... are they all good or do they need work? I had heard about Matt's Parts in Edmonton, but mine are a little different style and am getting them out of Seattle, as Jeff Slater had some shells he could rebuild for me. The build's looking good!
b. waz
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh March 23, 2011, 12:36:01 PM
how are the sema 4's on your car Josh, saw an earlier photo with you holding one up... are they all good or do they need work? I had heard about Matt's Parts in Edmonton, but mine are a little different style and am getting them out of Seattle, as Jeff Slater had some shells he could rebuild for me. The build's looking good!
b. waz

I haven't tested them yet but they look to be overhauled.  However I recently discovered they were later model, not that big a deal as I have a set of SWF orange lenses on the way. 
Matt is a super nice guy, talked to him on the phone the other day and he gave me a bit of a crash course.    I'll snap a couple pics when I swap the lenses out.
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh March 26, 2011, 11:54:40 PM
still pluggin away on the pan...

splicing in part of the clutch tube to fix my fuck up, had to make this coupling on the lathe cause I didn't have a full length

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2764.jpg)

welded in the fuel lines, got a little carried away and built up a shoulder then blended it in to the framehorn


(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2757.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2758.jpg)


got the brackets welded in, these things are solid


(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2759.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2760.jpg)

will be running all "non stock" wiring for extra goodies though tunnel to keep it clean, mocking up line lock button on berg shifter here

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2763.jpg)

dumb shits before me descided to grind off all headliner teeth on B pillars so having to replace strips

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2771.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2772.jpg)

Here's the Aeromotive fuel reg I will be using, got lots of stuff to strip anodizing off and change up colors, -6 to the carbs -8 in and out :o

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2765-1.jpg)

: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: Mike Scott March 28, 2011, 08:52:13 AM
Love this project Josh! Keep up the progress!

Mike
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh March 29, 2011, 08:49:13 PM
full 8 hr shift on her today....... cough cough no work  ;) ;)

started out with a trip up to a local VW repair guy who has a couple parts cars. I was after a bit more of the B pillar headliner teeth.... it turns out on later bugs the crimp strip is part of the stamping and not a spot welded part, luckily bay windows have something similar!

got them home and me being anal had to modify to match what I had already.... cutting the serrated teeth is fun with tin snips

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2791.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2792.jpg)

mocked up the shit out back...

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2773.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2775.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2785.jpg)

Was done with the access hole in pan by e-brake...

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2777.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2783.jpg)

Drilled and tapped for some 5x.8mm counter sink screws for the other

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2778.jpg)

this is what the fuel line brackets looked like on the underside..

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2779.jpg)

and ground down...

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2784.jpg)

Started looking around at all the welds I had done and not ground down yet...... early seat tracks done....

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2782.jpg)

On to more plug welds.....damn I don't know whats worse, drilling them all out initially or welding up and grinding down

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2786.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2787.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2788.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2789.jpg)

Got them all knocked down with the zip wheel just need a little more with the mini sander
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: HotSauce March 30, 2011, 08:58:00 AM
Nice to see the udates still coming on this one.  PDT_Armataz_01_37
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: Jeremy March 30, 2011, 09:21:33 AM
Looking good Josh. Keep the updates coming.
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh March 30, 2011, 09:37:05 AM
Hell ya!! With any luck will be blasting shell and pan soon, 6 weeks is the goal I have in mind....get this POS into epoxy and first prime. Been a while since she was all one colour :cool:
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: Stephan Schmidt March 31, 2011, 08:36:16 AM
Build done right!  I wish I could weld :P
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh March 31, 2011, 07:43:34 PM
Build done right!  I wish I could weld :P

Neither could I when I started this project! Get a machine and start practicing ;D
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: Bruce April 01, 2011, 01:28:37 PM
Build done right!  I wish I could weld :P

Neither could I when I started this project! Get a machine and start practicing ;D
Ditto for me too.
First job you should try is floor pan halves.  The metal is thicker so it's easier to weld without burn through, and if your welds look like crap, nobody cares.
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh April 01, 2011, 02:48:40 PM
Build done right!  I wish I could weld :P

Neither could I when I started this project! Get a machine and start practicing ;D
Ditto for me too.
First job you should try is floor pan halves.  The metal is thicker so it's easier to weld without burn through, and if your welds look like crap, nobody cares.

Yeah pan halfs are around .050" or 18g (whatever that is in metric) and a breeze to weld compared to body metal which is closer to 22g.
Best thing I can suggest is practice on scrap to dial in your machine before attacking what you want to weld. I will sometimes shear some scrap and dial in the settings first.
Also have your metal as clean as you can and fit properly before tacking... If you have to push on it in order to get it to line up you won't be happy with the end product!!!
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh April 01, 2011, 11:00:45 PM
got a pulley off of Rob last a couple swaps ago that had some damage to the blue anodizing so I striped it with easy-off oven cleaner.....


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Hacked the studs off torsion arms and drilled out remainder....bit of a prick!

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fuel lines finally done...

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2804.jpg)

started on my gas tank with a -6 AN vent fitting....

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2808.jpg)

Just wait till ya see what I have in the bag for the reserve valve set-up
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh April 05, 2011, 07:09:51 PM
My little one helped out with the tank vent today, she learned how to use a tubing bender, and flare blocks and here she is cutting the 3/8" SS for me =D>

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2815.jpg)

She does nice work.....

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(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2819.jpg)

Also got the front shock  mounts sorted....

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2812.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2814.jpg)

You can see why I notched the towers like I did.....to give the shock clearance when coming down from a wheelstand Smile

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2813.jpg)

I used some "keen-serts" (way better than a helicoil) in a 12mm course.....

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2810.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2809.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2811.jpg)

Think I may put some in the upper mount of the aluminum for some extra strength (don't really trust alum threads)

oh and the little helper insisted I pose while she took some pics too...

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2817.jpg)
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: HotSauce April 05, 2011, 08:44:23 PM
Instead of a pose you should take a bow for the amazing work and motivative thread you have done for all of us readers. PDT_Armataz_01_37
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: buddy boy April 05, 2011, 08:53:39 PM
 PDT_Armataz_01_37
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: Bruce April 05, 2011, 09:08:06 PM
Thinking optimistically, what is going to be your bump stop when you come down from those big wheelies?
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: johnny main April 05, 2011, 09:38:43 PM
hopefully asphalt and not dirt
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh April 05, 2011, 09:41:33 PM
Instead of a pose you should take a bow for the amazing work and motivative thread you have done for all of us readers. PDT_Armataz_01_37
Much thanks, havin' fun :cool:

And Bruce come on man, why ya gotta be like that? :P
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh April 07, 2011, 10:04:57 PM
Wicked couple days on little shit that has been put off. For some reason my SD card for my camera crapped out! it's just a small one that I will take 15-20 pics on at a time then upload and erase/ start over.....says it's full with nothing on it!! So sorry for the shitty iPhone quality  on some of these

Was welding upside down getting sparks down every piece of clothing and a light bulb came on.....I built a rotisery and haven't flipped the car over yet

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(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/e78acf9f.jpg)

Made finishing the bottom side of the apron waaaaaaay easier!!

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/a0fade90.jpg)

when I started this I didn't know how the bottom of the spare tire well was  shaped

Before...

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2556.jpg)

after....

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2822.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2821.jpg)

one side of the narrowed engine bay shelves in

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2823.jpg)

Tons and tons of other little finicky welds and ass loads of grinding done all over not worth taking 100 pics of but........I can see the light at the end of the metalwork tunnel
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh April 08, 2011, 11:22:10 PM
rear vent/louver panel that I removed to blast/paint behind spot weld holes filled (will get glued back on after everything is painted)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2830.jpg)

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(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2833.jpg)

tabs made up and welded into fire wall and front tire well for wiring harness

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2836.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2834.jpg)

engine bay shelves done

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(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2827.jpg)

SSSSoooooo freekin' close to giving the welder and grinders a much needed break  :-\ Not much left to do metalwork wise!!!!!!
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: stefan April 09, 2011, 01:28:25 PM
awsome and well done i wish i had your energy, looking forward in seeing the finished product! PDT_Armataz_01_37 :P
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh April 09, 2011, 07:34:29 PM
awsome and well done i wish i had your energy, looking forward in seeing the finished product! PDT_Armataz_01_37 :P

Dude no wonder you don't have the energy to do your own projects!! you kick this shit all day for a job.......my hat is off to you sir! This ain't easy stuff
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: red snapper April 09, 2011, 07:55:57 PM
awsome and well done i wish i had your energy, looking forward in seeing the finished product! PDT_Armataz_01_37 :P

Stefan, I wish you had his energy as well.  :-*

Kick-ass work so far Josh!
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh April 11, 2011, 12:41:10 AM
Super mock up time :D

Had a buddy over so used the extra hand and mated the body and pan again. the last notch I did on shock towers did the trick....

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while he was still here, we stuffed the motor in (first time this thing has had one in it since I got it ;D)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2840.jpg)

Started laying out heart tail lights and wile I was at it mounted the OE Canadian dealer badge

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2839.jpg)

Was gonna mount up the rear bumper but between the NOS bumper brackets and the Wolfsburg west bumper the holes didn't line up  wtf will have to dive in to see what is going on there........but at least my mounts ended up level ;)

Now that the motor is in I can start designing my breather box and mount the fuel reg
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: Jeremy April 11, 2011, 09:45:10 AM
How did those engine bay shelves work out with the motor in? What is the crank/rod combo on that bad boy?
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh April 11, 2011, 10:47:03 AM
How did those engine bay shelves work out with the motor in? What is the crank/rod combo on that bad boy?

They worked out awesome  ;D I'll try and snap a pic of the clearance it got me tonight. Motor slid in with valve covers on no probs. This motor isn't all that wide for a stroker.... I think the H beam rods are a 5.4 if my memory serves me correctly.
Combo is a 2332 cc so 84mm DMS welded/wedgemated crank, 94mm wisecos (notched for valves) in Jaycee long barrels. Compression is set around 10.8:1. Heads are CB's Comp Eliminators (hense the DTM shroud to try and cool this beasty on the street) :P
I think I'll probably go though the motor again before this is done just for shits and giggles. Have to tear into the trans and remove the pro rings and add some syncros so I can actually downshift....kinda usefull for the street. Never been into a transmission before so that will be cool.
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: Trevor P April 11, 2011, 09:09:12 PM
Love the front beam.
Car is coming along great! PDT_Armataz_01_37
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh April 15, 2011, 06:22:57 AM
working on gas tank now

the stock reserve lever doesn't support squat for horsepower with its 5mm pipe so here's what I have come up with for a super flow one...

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2851.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2846.jpg)

It started as a 3/8" NPT 3 way SS ball valve but to make it more compact and to be able to remove it from tank I drilled out pipe threads and then took some swivel 90 1/2" AN fittings and turned threads off male fittings. took it over to the father in laws last night and practiced my TIG welding skillz. plastic handle was removed and brass insert retained but turned down. Silver soldered a 1/4" universal/swivel socket adapter on (to correct angle) then shortened and swedged stock lever to poke though firewall. will be building a "swirl pot" sort of thing to weld to the bottom of the tank so it has a good solid supply of fuel rather than fuel sloshing around and the pump losing suction.

Will hang out somewhere around here.....

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2845.jpg)

This mock-up stage is a nice change from grinding  :D
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh April 24, 2011, 01:09:41 AM
more mock up lately, here's the room I gained on the engine bay shelves...

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2854.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2853.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2852.jpg)

had the deck lid on and lined up but forgot to take pic

working on the bottom of my doors....vent window upper pivot screws snapped off on one side. used the old blob-o-weld trick and they spun out like butter with some needle nose

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2863.jpg)

bottom flange was a little rusty between the inner and outer skin and I couldn't just leave it alone, so drilled out all the spot welds and buffed them up, used some picklex and welded back up will probably slop some POR15 inside and let bleed into the flange.

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2857.jpg)

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: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh April 24, 2011, 09:37:27 AM
forgot I had these little allen head barrel nuts for the intake and exhaust... rather than the standard 11mm hex ones 8-[

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2855.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2856-1.jpg)

when I was fitting the deck lid I forgot my 57 had stand-offs to clear the velocity stacks....may have to snag some of these shorties...

(http://images.thesamba.com/vw/classifieds/pix/3633525.jpg)

Designed my new breather box last night too, gonna be slick ;D
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: Russ April 24, 2011, 10:37:43 AM
wow man it is looking freakin amazing
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: silas April 24, 2011, 12:40:46 PM
(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2851.jpg)

...Silver soldered a 1/4" universal/swivel socket adapter on...

love it!! ;D :cool:
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh April 26, 2011, 12:37:53 PM
Thanks Yo! ;)

Mounting cage lastnight, got seat frames in and a couple other goodies for test fit too

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2873.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2871.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2869.jpg)

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(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2867.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2872.jpg)

She's a tight fit with the stock seats! My 57 ( which the cage came from) had aftermarket buckets in it.
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh May 01, 2011, 09:20:30 PM
had to work some god damn overtime at work this weekend (worked 18 hrs but will get 36 off to work on the 55 :D) still managed to get a bit of time in on the shop

back bumper brackets got some love and blade made it on...

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2874.jpg)

been trying to find a happy home for the oil cooler, wasn't happy with how I had it rigged in the 57.....

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_1374.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_1372.jpg)

welded a piece of 1" flat bar between my intermediate mount and bottom of outer torsion housing
top mounts are welded onto the bottom of the cage down bar plates

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2875.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2876.jpg)

also been fiddling with the reserve lever....plan was to build a box/pan to weld to bottom of tank so the pick-up always has a solid gulp of fuel. Was digging through my drawers of fittings and came across this little stainless tray that fit the build....

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2877.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2878.jpg)

took a little profiling the flange to contour to the curve of the tank but I think it will work out great ( stamped shape matches the look of the bottom of tank  ;D)
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: stefan May 01, 2011, 09:30:33 PM
looks killer josh, but will it clear the tierods when turning back and forth?  it looks awsome though!
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh May 02, 2011, 05:38:23 AM
looks killer josh, but will it clear the tierods when turning back and forth?  it looks awsome though!

Thanks Stefan, that was my major concern with this whole set-up. I have the steering box in and just reamed my spindles to "flip" them but can't find my pass side tie rod >:(
Holding up a pc. of pipe in place it is real close to the outlet fitting (blue cap). Like 1/4" clearance :-X
Do you think I could offset the arm by bending 2 45* jogs in it without compromising strength? The way I'm thinking is the alignment doesn't care if the rod is straight oe has a 3" offset S bend in it..... Should still track the same, No?
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh May 05, 2011, 12:52:54 AM
mock-up of wheels and running boards...

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2887.jpg)

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(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2889.jpg)

also been making up fuel and oil lines

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2890.jpg)
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh May 12, 2011, 12:21:06 AM
slowed down a bit last couple weeks but still picking away at the list of things to do....

fit front fenders and had to re-do the lower corners where they meet the apron (were welded up to match up with old scabbed shitty apron before)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2891.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2893.jpg)

with any luck I will be modifying the door bars on my cage over the weekend, they don't clear the "ribbed doors" wtf
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh May 12, 2011, 08:54:48 PM
got a welder buddy from work lined up to tig my door bars up this weekend (don't trust my TIG skillz for a safety part) so I had to get crackin'

this is the RLR chromoly bolt in kit from my old 57, I remember the door bars in that car rubbing the door panels. Now on the early "ribbed doors" they actually hit the metal skin behind the panel......gotta modify

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2895.jpg)

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took a while with a carbide bit (wish I had a notcher) but got them fitting the hoop perfect. TIG machine is at the father-in-laws so instead of hauling the welder here or the car there I tacked them where I want with my MIG and will just bring the hoop over.

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2898.jpg)

You can see where the green tape is on the door as a reference of the door panel....clears by 1/4" now :P

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2899.jpg)

while im at it i'm going to ditch the eyelets on the cross bar for the shoulder straps and add some hoops to keep the straps from moving around. I guess the eye bolt is for a 4 point belt and I have 5 point simpsons

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(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2900.jpg)

Chromo is apparently a little tricky to weld as you have to bring it up to around 400 deg to pre heat ensuring good penetration....something to do with the high carbon content
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: owdlvr May 12, 2011, 11:05:04 PM
Hey Josh,

I've run belts on roll bars for years without the hoops, if you tie them up correctly they will barely move 1/8" left or right.

-Dave
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: BUSDADDY May 13, 2011, 08:15:03 AM
Chromo is apparently a little tricky to weld as you have to bring it up to around 400 deg to pre heat ensuring good penetration....something to do with the high carbon content
You'll also want to get the correct filler rod, I can't recall the number right now but a little Google action will reveal the recommended rod for 4130.

Looking good Josh!
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh May 13, 2011, 08:44:56 AM
I know dave but what the hell, I'm already this far.

Bus daddy, I thought I'd try and stick it together with some aluminum rod..... You think it will hold? lol_hitting

JK. I have sourced the correct rods.... For the chromoly it's a certanium 72 (can't remember the 4 digit #) and for the belt retainers which are mild steel it was recommended to use a 309 SS rod. 
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: Alisdair May 14, 2011, 07:49:03 AM

I've run belts on roll bars for years without the hoops, if you tie them up correctly they will barely move 1/8" left or right.
-Dave
ok safety first .
The reason for the hoops is to stop the belts moving during a collision . They may not move when your driving around town but they WILL move if you get T boned  or roll your car . i think its important to fit the hoops !!
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh May 14, 2011, 10:57:32 PM
 iagree not that I plan on testing that theory >:(

got cage all welded up today...

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2903.jpg)

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: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: Bubba May 15, 2011, 04:22:26 AM
If your cage material is 4130 and less than, say 0.120" wall thickness, then preheat is not necessary.  Controlled cooling is more important.  Using 4130 rod is not recommended due to the high hardness and propensity for cracking.  An 80k carbon steel electrode in the ER80S-D6 category will give you good strength welds, matching the parent metal strength, without all the preheat and possible cracking problems using more exotic metals.

What made you decide to use 309SS on mild steel?  Was it recommended by a boilermaker?  ER70S gives you a good strength weld with all of the correct properties and is relatively easy to weld.   The common use for 309SS on mild steel is for corrosion resistant overlay. 

If you did weld your cage with CrMo electrode, I would strongly suggest getting your welds tested for cracks before you stick too much stuff in the way.
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh May 15, 2011, 08:33:23 AM
after all the research and questions I ask, figures as soon as it's done now I'm second guessing everything I listened to  :-\ this is why im not a welder

the rod used wasn't straight 4130 (I was told) but ? as for the SS, it was suggested by a very experienced welding shop forman....I didn't ask why ::)

Sounds like you know your shit.....you work in some sort of NDT field?
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: Bubba May 17, 2011, 03:53:45 PM
Yup
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh May 19, 2011, 09:11:43 PM
Been working on fuel lines, regulator, breather box

Trying a new way (for me) to vent crankcase with an aluminum box i'm building. Other cars i've had ran the el cheap-o empi box on fire wall running one -8 vent off each valve cover, off fuel pump block off and oil fill on alt stand. always had lots of oil in box and at extended rpm some misting overflow. new one measures 3x3 1/2x20" hangs off sheet metal lip under deck hinges. Venting through 2 K&N style breathers, box will have only 2x -10 AN's on fuel pump and oil fill, leaving valve covers alone. Done lots of research on subject and theory that's making sense to me is that venting #3 side is not ideal due to oil sling of crank and that valve cover being filled with oil. plus with a vent to atmosphere there makes oil draining back through those pushrod tubes near impossible simply due to the 2 different pressures
Anyway, no pics of box until it is tiged up but I descided to mount areomotive return reg on the side of box, will sit about here....

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got bulkhead fittings mounted, -8AN on SS hardline will be bent up soon

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The monster fuel pump doesn't have much room where I stuck it and a -8 90 deg hose end wouldn't fit soI made up a little ORB oring reducer 90 to sneak out of the pump, combination of fittings turned downed, silver soldered etc....

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2914.jpg)

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little one had to try running it through the gears

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_2906.jpg)  :wub:
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: owdlvr May 20, 2011, 07:23:13 AM

I've run belts on roll bars for years without the hoops, if you tie them up correctly they will barely move 1/8" left or right.
-Dave
ok safety first .
The reason for the hoops is to stop the belts moving during a collision . They may not move when your driving around town but they WILL move if you get T boned  or roll your car . i think its important to fit the hoops !!

Lots of t-boning trees and rolling of cars in stage rally, and the hoops are not required or used. Also got to test the t-bone theory in a justy which was t-boned by a tow truck at 80kph plus...Warwick survived, car did not. Belts didn't move. I'll stop hijacking Josh's thread now.

Car is coming along awesome. Where's the fuel pump mounted?

-Dave

: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: owdlvr May 20, 2011, 07:26:55 AM
Hmmmm. Can't edit a post on the iPad. I just realized all my examples use a proper race seat, not a low back. The seat alone would keepnbelts from shifting.

-Dave
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: OUTKAST May 23, 2011, 11:28:38 AM
At this level like a few other car this like art .Flow, lines, symmetry ,color Lookingb awsome great job  You_Rock_Emoticon
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: Jeremy June 13, 2011, 09:39:52 AM
Any updates Josh?
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh June 13, 2011, 06:11:36 PM
No not really, yardwork/landscaping/irrigation has been consuming all my time and $$$$$ wtf

Progress in the next couple weeks
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: buggy1 June 14, 2011, 08:22:01 AM
Gotta hate when real life gets in the way of the hobbies!
Andy
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh June 28, 2011, 09:13:14 PM
small update....

bought some tires and stuffed them on quick to see how they fit, rears are 215 M&H DOT street slicks fronts are nantang (sp?) 135's not staying on the centerlines ::) backspacing on the ercos are a bit better. These came from James's old copper bug......Slicks still have the titties on them!! Have rims for sale in classified if anyone is interested, $400....they're mint


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: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: James Buchan June 29, 2011, 12:15:17 PM
400!!!!!!! Shit mang I think I paid 1500 and they dont make em anymore!!!

I may still have receipts... will have a look...
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh July 01, 2011, 11:26:02 PM
400!!!!!!! Shit mang I think I paid 1500 and they dont make em anymore!!!

I may still have receipts... will have a look...

good deal then iagree you should buy 'em back lol_hitting

man I wish I could weld aluminum like this.......

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have a couple K&N breathers to go on the 3/4" stubs, -10AN vents go to fuel pump block off and alt stand. Bracket for fuel reg. will be welded to side and SS hard lines finished
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh July 09, 2011, 09:44:37 AM
baby steps......

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got my hardlines all bent up and flared, just need to weld bracket for reg and bottom tabs for right carb feed. unsure if i'll stick a pressure gauge at opposite side of box than the fuel reg  ::)  or just a schraeder (sp?) fitting to set up and check with an accurate meter rather than the crappy std. 1 1/2" gauges???? what would you guys do?
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: Bruce July 09, 2011, 10:59:41 AM
I would go with the fitting to install a temp gauge rather than permanently mounting one of the cheap gauges.

A few years ago I had what I thought was fuel pressure problems.  One of those cheap gauges said the pressure was good.  But the problem persisted.  Tried another cheap gauge.  Confirmed the first gauge.  The third gauge said the first 2 were junk.
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh July 09, 2011, 11:17:36 AM
That's what I'm leaning towards and actually already have a fitting all silver soldered up for it. I use some pretty accurate test equip in my trade that will have that 3 psi on the money! ;D
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: Jeremy July 20, 2011, 10:35:24 PM
That regulator is trick. Is that 3/8" line from the tank/pump, 3/8" return line with a carb line from the front and another off the bottom?
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh July 21, 2011, 06:13:46 AM
Nope, went with 1/2" or -8 for both supply and return from front to rear....really only needed 3/8" but I didn't want to choke down the monster pump.
Plus this way if I get stupid enough and want to go turbo or add some giggle gas then I'm set-up on fuel :P
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: Jeremy July 21, 2011, 10:06:33 AM
1/2" lines for 3psi!!! You could fuel a V8 back there if you wanted to. Good idea doing it now just in case....

Looks like you've mached up almost everything what's next, body work?

I see three return lines to your sump. Two from the heads, where's other one coming from?
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh July 21, 2011, 12:28:49 PM
1/2" lines for 3psi!!! You could fuel a V8 back there if you wanted to. Good idea doing it now just in case....

Looks like you've mached up almost everything what's next, body work?

I see three return lines to your sump. Two from the heads, where's other one coming from?

Oh yeah, this pump supports 700 hp :o

The other returnto the sump is from a Jaycee bypass remote filter mount replacing the internal one in the case.

I'm just getting into fitting cooling tin and shortening tie rods and torsion leaves etc. After that body will be pulled again and blasted then body work ???
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: Bruce July 21, 2011, 08:59:03 PM
1/2" lines for 3psi!!! You could fuel a V8 back there if you wanted to.
More than that!  When Chevy built a small block car, they used 5/16" lines.  BB cars got a 3/8" line. 
Maybe Josh has future plans for a V12.......
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh July 21, 2011, 10:34:05 PM
What pressure does a BB chebby run? 10psi?

Isn't the relationship of pressure vs. flow as psi goes down so does flow?.......so 10 psi will support more hp than 3 psi going through the same size line?.......can't remember right now :-\
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: Bruce July 22, 2011, 12:19:45 PM
What pressure does a BB chebby run? 10psi?
No, not that much.

One thing going against the Chevy is that the acceleration of the car hinders the forward flow of fuel in the line.  For us, it helps.
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: driverfound July 28, 2011, 09:14:48 PM
Hey Josh I still have that carbon fiber hood I bought from you years ago. Still just a dust collector in my shop. You need it back? Lol.
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh July 28, 2011, 09:38:18 PM
no im good on that but i do know who wants it.....pm me if you want to get rid of it
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh August 07, 2011, 10:23:04 AM
setting up my suspension....not sure if these shocks will work for the ride height i'm after.......

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polished my box  ::) ::) ::) ::) ::)

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right side hard line terminated with schraeder fitting to check pressure

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made up some soft lines for the carbs

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cool pulley nuts from CE.....nice product!

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: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh October 09, 2011, 03:26:54 PM
I'm BACK!!!!  :P

Knocking little stuff off the list.......finally happy with my door gaps now, 4mm all around. found a busted vent window screw that had to come out.

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that trick is soooo awesome!

Onto the finishing the gas tank, first get rid of stock reserve bung....

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Then make swiss cheese...

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return line fitting

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and the mini sump/reserve getting ready to weld up

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lastly got my cage tied into the truss bar, had to open up the holes in panels a c-hair to get good clearance .....

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: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: Bruce October 10, 2011, 11:50:37 AM
Does your fuel valve on the bottom of the tank mimic the stock valve?
Are you sure it doesn't hit the tunnel?
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh October 10, 2011, 12:38:14 PM
Does your fuel valve on the bottom of the tank mimic the stock valve?
Are you sure it doesn't hit the tunnel?

Yup, same as stock and it's pretty close, bout 1/2" from panhead
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: steveo_32 October 15, 2011, 09:39:09 PM
The nut weld trick is def one of the coolest tricks you can do!!
Looks awsome josh.
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh October 17, 2011, 06:51:31 PM
making "faux" billet clamps for fuel pump and filters out of some 1/2" aluminum plate

laid out....

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/photo.jpg)

a little hole saw action followed with a little red neck milling on the drill press (carbide bit and flapper wheel)

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after some band saw/belt sander love this was the result....

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guess I didn't take a pic of the other side but it has a 5mm allen cap screw running through the slot between 2 holes to pinch down......worked out good.  gonna start on the second one tonight then a 3rd for the 10 micron filter that will mount to the truss bar out back
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: Bruce October 18, 2011, 12:18:43 AM
Nice bit of engineering!
How about a few speed holes?
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh November 18, 2011, 06:39:08 PM
been super busy lateley put sill picking away

spent 4 hours today metalworking a doorskin  wee_hee
was chasing oil can dents, super fun!

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cool stamp found inside one of the doors..... was under the beige but over primer

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also finished the fuel pump clamps....

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plumbing soft lines is going to be fun   :banghead:
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: buggal November 18, 2011, 08:26:12 PM
Just finished checking out your posts. I really like what you're doing. Especially your imagination and execution. The clamps are really trick. Thanks for posting, I've really enjoyed looking.

cheers
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh November 22, 2011, 02:49:37 PM
Thanks for the comments, I have been having fun (sometimes more than others)

This stage has dragged on for long enough!! I want this car in color by spring dammit :band1: But am I glad im mocking EVERYTHING up first! Have found many a issue that would have been a deal breaker arfter paint.

Been stalled on the car for a couple months now.....trying to wrap my head around this one. Problem I was having was the motor seemed to be sitting a bit cock-eyed in the compartment. After much nut scratching determined the frame horns were a bit tweaked.....drivers side up a bit only like 1/4" but by the time ity transmits on out to the rear pulley tin it was over 1/2" (canlalever effect sort of) After much thought thought I devised a plan to make this right

welded the shit out of an old frame horn bolt to a hunk of pipe (yes it had been outide for a while )

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_4090.jpg)

took a while to square the car up 100% level, got my #'s and had at it....

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big ass rosebud on my turbo torch and sit my 215 lbs on the end of the pipe.......

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worked out nice...

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gonna make up a custom panel out of aluminum rater than try and stitch the german one up but at least the engine seal will seal \:D/

That was a big mind fuck for me for some reason, just happy to deal with now rather than at final assembly!!!!

Next set of pics are of the final product on the dual caliper brackets......much thought went into getting the math to line up between mounting tab height to centerline for rotor between the 2 piston and mechanical spot caliper!!!!!

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aluminum standoffs to get it in the sweet spot (trial and error first with washers stacked to figure out)

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E-brake cable will need a sleeve welded to the back....

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finally one more box ticked off!!!

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Lastly dialing in adjustable spring plates and bronze retainers.....

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they travel nicely thought the full range with no tight spots.

I didn't take any pics of the eurothane inner bushings I turned down to work with these....most guys will tell you you don't need them with the solid caps but what the hell. washers will be removed and alum slugs made up instead
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh November 24, 2011, 09:46:30 AM

Head cold kicked my ass all god damb week!! That meant no work but not the type that can rest been pulling some hours in the shop  Woot_Emoticon

first off was splice the cars original body # back in.....probably my best invisible weld yet!!!

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finally seaperated the body and pan (for the 15th time) to finnish up some welding etc


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tabs for oil cooler

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rear will hang off some 1/4" himes joints off of cage plate and over to frame horn (steel and electrical tape to get rod length...will make up some 3/8" alum threaded bars soon)

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clutch tube was a bit too long exiting pan, all better now....

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with body out of way got pump/filter attached to frame head and soft lines all sorted.....tight ass fit in there!! still need one more 180 for filter inlet but everything is nice and snugg away from tie rod interferance

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: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: Bruce November 24, 2011, 08:15:54 PM
tabs for oil cooler

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See that weld that goes all around the torsion tube about 4" to the left of your tab?  The OCD in me couldn't leave that alone when I did my Mexican Beetle's pan swap.  I ground it all the way flush before painting.
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh November 24, 2011, 08:38:35 PM
Yeah pass side is already done .....
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh November 25, 2011, 06:08:12 PM

Pre carb 10 micron filter will mount here...

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got front torsion leafs all trimmed off and dimpled, beam turned out to be a 5" narrowed.

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also got lower shock mounts done....my first attempt of just removing stud, drilling and putting in a thread cert failed  .... shock hit upper torsion arm. stood off a little box section and welded up (still needs a little smoothing out....

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also went over every inch of seal channel with hammer and special little dolly I made up......that was fun

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: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: Shane January 31, 2012, 10:45:59 AM
Mad Skills Bud...Hopefully this car lasts longer than the last one :sorry:
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh January 31, 2012, 08:05:38 PM
Thanks dude! Haven't touched this thing for a couple months...... Kinda back burnered it sign0023

Have been building a Manx clone for this summer...... I will actually have a driving ACVW for this years GCVWS  :1rij: :1rij:
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: 70's Looker March 04, 2012, 10:50:33 AM
 :1rij: :1rij: :1rij: :1rij:
 :1rij: :1rij:

i like these guys, but also cool youll be drivin something this year!!
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: rekka March 04, 2012, 02:40:35 PM
making "faux" billet clamps for fuel pump and filters out of some 1/2" aluminum plate

laid out....

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Nothing faux about those. Thats real billet right there. Ie a chunk of aluminium (excuse my English English) and not a casting.

This car is looking sweet.
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh March 04, 2012, 05:12:48 PM
Thanks! Those have way too much hand carving to call them real billet...no CNC or fancy cad time :victory:
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh November 06, 2012, 05:03:30 PM
IIIIIMMMMM BAAAACK!!!!!
Manx is going into Storage to free up other bay and work has resumed on the poor old 55.....got a little catch up to do from last bit.....first gas tank mods

Original plan was to weld an external pick-up hanging off the bottom for the super flow reserve valve to weld to, after much nut scratching I scrapped that idea mainly due to the fear of all the weight bouncing off tank bottom cracking a weld and well bursting into a fiery inferno  =;
Plan B internal baffle type "top hat" thingamobobber cut into tank and mount 3 way valve with a tang welded to pan tunnel connected with soft lines.
Tank all TIG'ed up (forgot to snap a pic o baffle before welded) basically one port has a 3" stub up of 1/2" SS to act as regular running port then other is flush with bottom of tank for reserve. There are a dozen 1/8" holes around perimeter of hat to let fuel in but it won't be able to slosh out and lose suction under hard launches and such..... Well that's my theory anyway

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And what it looks like dangling iPhone in though 100mm filler neck.

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SS hard line bent in 180 seen is the return line from bypass reg. (aimed it back at bottom of tank so it wasn't firing up top like a fire hose!!!)

Where valve will be mounted....

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: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh November 06, 2012, 09:14:27 PM
All this for 11 little half inch holes in pan from the first time I mounted the rollbar in too far back and back seat wouldn't fit.....

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Made up a bracket and welded to pan head to mount the reserve lever and also a new handle for it out of stainless 3/8" tube and silver soldered it to the brass clamp, losing the 1/4" universal socket I had on there before (didn't need it anymore as I got a straight shot on it now)

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Originally I was going to leave the heat muffler things under the rear seat out...I even had filled the holes in the rear crossmembers. Very carefully measured and marked....ready to try and make an oval hole with a hole saw

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Shit pile of little stuff all over finished up,  all of the most pain in the ass spots to grind welds imaginable I put off doing now all done 

 inside the spare tire well was great fun!

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Under luggage area

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Heat mufflers went in nicely!

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All welded in, can't remember how this seam was welded from factory..... Have a feeling they were just stitched in a couple spots but I went all way around and will blend them in

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Little tabs had to come off to slide through hole, back on now

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Test fitting rear seat and figuring out some sort of seat belt mounting points back there

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Almost forgot about this one little random rust spot on heater channel carpet tack strip.....was too late to fire up grinder but will be replacing 4-5" of strip

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Been going over entire body with a flashlight behind panels welding up any pinholes.....

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Old heavy gauge repro rear fenders had a couple extra bolt holes that needed fillin....backed up with copper heat sink

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Plus a bunch more little shit, all piddly small jobs that suck but shit is getting done!!
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: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: Geoff November 07, 2012, 03:03:41 PM
Very nice work as always Josh
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh November 07, 2012, 06:05:42 PM
Thanks G!!! I go in waves of enthusiasm on this project....this round is gonna see some good progress!!
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Made up some 2x2" plates for rear seatbelts for the kiddies, contoured to parcel tray curvature. Welded some 7/16" NF lock nuts on and then drilled 4 1/4" holes for some plug welds. Will run a bead of seam sealer around edge to finish up.

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Some last minute tweaking on rear fenders and apron.

 
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Also did some more work on the rear apron with the "death blade" aka shrinking disk

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Soooooooo fucking stoked to get this thing blasted and into one single color!!!!
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: Mike Scott November 08, 2012, 01:22:50 PM
Coming along awesome Josh! Pumped to see it blasted!
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: 70's Looker November 08, 2012, 05:49:06 PM
damn where did you send the family and the people next door and down the street when you were playing with the super wheel???
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh November 09, 2012, 11:39:26 AM
Coming along awesome Josh! Pumped to see it blasted!

You and me both mike!! That is going to be the most rewarding part I think after all this time and effort seeing it all in bare fresh metal!! Hey weren't you there at steveo's the day I picked this pile up? Damn that was a little over 5 years ago now!!! Time flies!!

damn where did you send the family and the people next door and down the street when you were playing with the super wheel???

Yeah can't get too much louder than running that death machine!! I think I may be divorced if wife was home while shrinking any metal!! Only complaint I've had so far (apart from the better half) was a neighbour above me on the hill while I was tuning Manx on a Sunday......I told her she was late for church stfu stfu stfu stfu stfu stfu stfu stfu just wait till she hears the 2332 on 51 IDA's come to life again :85: :85: :85:
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: silas November 09, 2012, 11:31:29 PM
great work as always josh!!
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: Jeremy November 09, 2012, 11:31:50 PM
just wait till she hears the 2332 on 51 IDA's come to life again

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: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: Mike Scott November 13, 2012, 09:12:16 AM
You and me both mike!! That is going to be the most rewarding part I think after all this time and effort seeing it all in bare fresh metal!! Hey weren't you there at steveo's the day I picked this pile up? Damn that was a little over 5 years ago now!!! Time flies!!

Yeah, looked to be an easy project at that point!!!!!! You've done an amazing job thus far, and I'm sure the end product will be even better.

How's your father inlaws head?
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh November 25, 2012, 03:44:45 PM
Boooooooooofuckingyaaaaaaaaaa!! Shell pan and removables all back from being blasted......shit looks great! Maybe half dozen little pinholes to weld up and a section of carpet tack strip on other side heater channel reared its ugly little head...other than that no surprises yaaaay!

Pics from the other day when it got picked up....was about 8" too tall to fit in trailer on rotisserie....

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At his shop....cool shit there, old model A and some Austin sprite convert thing in background

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So fresh and so clean!


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Gonna blow this bitch out as soon as I put the kids to bed and start some mud work tonight!

Oh ya treated myself to a new paint slinger yesterday too....ended up with a devilbiss finishline HVLP that came with 3 fluid tips plus I bought a 2.2 for spray poly all for $220. I think it will do me fine for what I need...I couldn't bring myself to investing in a high end gun like a Sata for hobby shit!

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: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: steveo_32 November 25, 2012, 11:36:36 PM
Amazing dude!!
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh November 28, 2012, 09:34:02 AM
Amazing dude!!

Been a long road dude! Can finally see it coming together :band1:

Been givin'er shit on this every night from kids bedtime till at least 1 am.....seam sealer, fun stuff! I hate doing calking of any kind, not my thing! A guy could really make a mess with this stuff! Got all sealed up, most of the flanges got masked off so it went where I wanted and smoothed out.

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Went freehand on the pan seams....turned out titties!


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Bit more prep to do and primer will fly with any luck tomorrow night   :08:
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh December 07, 2012, 12:23:51 AM

Sooooo still no primer flying but i have been out there almost every single night for 3-4 hours fucking around......my compressor head descided to shit one of its reed valves out and upon tear down found out it was because one of the wrist pin clips popped out and proceeded to leave its mark up the cyl wall....fuck!
  Unit was an old scabbed together jobbie using a speedaire 2 cyl cast pump....great little compressors until you overdrive the little prick up to about 1100 rpm to keep up to demand.  so shit what do I do with a big bare metal investment sitting in the heated shop threatening to start rusting.....no air, no $1000 to spend on a new one, searching local used classifieds and crazy old painter shutting down shop. He has an offshore 18 cfm @120psi 5hp upright.....trying to get him to put a price to it when he says he has he exact little speedaire that he will give me!!! Drag the thing home and fucking around with belts and pulley combos for days I finally have air again!!
Body and pan are finally 100% ready for primer....been beating doorskins and front hood chasing oil can dents....lots of shrinking and hammer dolly work.... Got one door mint other halfway there. Hung doors and tweaked gaps again gots both really nice with a 12 lb weight in bottom of door to simulate guts

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Some random shots

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Starting to fuck with the little removable shit... Finger sanding sucks!

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Took apart semaphores and glass beaded the arms.....the edges curled in and they needed some love (didn't get a before unfortunately) but they good now.

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Early big spring w had a little crease under t handle.....wasn't about to drill the inner panel out at this point so started a bit of mud work...gotta get in the groove soon!

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Welding the contraption into the tank distorted the bottom and getting in to hammer it out was next to impossible so it got a skim of fibreglass evercoat and starting to rough it out

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Still have the fenders and rear apron to grind some pin hole weld ups down ad smack the metal around a bit and then it's on I promise!
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: Jeremy December 07, 2012, 11:42:13 PM
Nice work Josh. Keep the updates coming.
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: Bruce December 14, 2012, 08:48:24 PM
Why do the 3 cover plates behind the spare tire look like they're made from copper sheet?
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh December 14, 2012, 09:48:02 PM
Because I hand formed them using only a wooden spoon  sign0151


They were from the 57 and Jeff had them chromed....I stripped them but copper plate remained
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh December 15, 2012, 12:27:28 AM
Shell is in epoxy finally!!!!! \:D/  \:D/  \:D/ !!!!!!

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DuPont DTM grey epoxy looks rather close to anthracite
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: Mike Scott December 17, 2012, 08:30:16 AM
Looks great Josh!!! You gonna paint this thing yourself?
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh December 17, 2012, 09:46:01 AM
Thanks mike, ya that's the plan......might rent a proper booth for the final top coat?
Started mud work last night, got drivers rear quarter all skimmed and feathered out using a long board I made out of a strip of 1/4" lexan about 3' long....keep things nice and flat!
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh January 20, 2013, 11:34:50 AM
I've been a busy boy...... (sorry for the  format, copy n pasted from my other thread)


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I wanted the wheel wells to look like spotwelds havent been fucked with..... you can see how thin a skim i ended up with after trying a little faux spot treatment, plan on messing with these more using the poly surfacer.
the body line seams where I spliced the rear quarters in were fun to sand...... used a wide flexible putty knife with sand paper on it verrrry gingerly.

I know im slow assed at this shit but 100% has been hand sanding ....DA is too loud after kids are in bed

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I've learned a valuable lesson about body filler........dont get the shit anywhere you dont want to sand your fingertips off !!!

Been consistently 4-5 hour shifts at this shit and am finally seeing some good progress!!!

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Most of these areas sucked balls to bodywork for me..... Maybe it's just im a rookie and take forever but this is painful!!
 I am getting better at mixing smaller batches of mud and taking more time on individual areas rather than try and rush before shit kicks off making a sloppy mess on a bunch of really shitty areas to sand filler out of!!!!!!

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I am soooo done with sanding, have been rubbing the entire shell in every nook/cranny and asshole because I long missed the recoat window of the epoxy I had to spray to stop the body from flash rusting.
Finally finished (I think) the mud work on body in/out/under/over with just a small handful of spots that excess mud got pushed in really hard to sand spots left to fuck with \:D/
Booth was spotless before starting the filler and I've been lazy on the cleanup front, gave er a good douche tonight and it looks like I sanded off 90% of the can "rage gold" I went through......im sure I wasted a lot #-o

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Cut myself off late lastnight bout 12...no more filler work on shell, enough is enough! Quick cleanup and a super blowdown and wipe down to prep for next night to paint, said fuck it not time for bed yet and mixed up some epoxy and sealed the bitch up! She's all one color again \:D/  I knew I had some 40 grit scratches and some pinholes in the mud which really came to light but sure those will be handled by the poly and 2K. I meant to take some close ups of se of the couple hundred faux spot welds I did anywhere they were missing.....got a good system going just with a drill bit (was some serious breath holding not to grab and blaze right through ](*,) ) if u look close can see some in the fender wells

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couldn't wait, hit it with a good couple coats of 2K

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what spliced on quarters? real happy with the body line crease! Smile  Smile

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(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/8EB8D580-3A96-4906-B877-851786A849F4-18279-00001BEE03C1B791.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/1F0EC7E9-1BD6-4D07-82E2-EABB3E9504F9-18279-00001BEE1C03A167.jpg)

here's a few of the fake spot welds

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/EDD08603-F2CE-4107-8926-D5999C36C8C6-18279-00001BEE1414BFE2.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/1480FCB7-5BA9-4A60-B28A-FFF71B3D6E81-18279-00001BEE22C83863.jpg)

they will be filled in quite a bit with poly and if all goes right look kinda factory

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Last night was filled with poly surfacer fun :^o  had the shop nice and toasty with the construction heater, loaded up the new 2.2 tip into my gun and figured I'd be a hot rod and mix up a quart in one batch...... Big mistake! Being the rookie I am I'm sure I don't lay the shit down as fast as a pro and by the time I made it to the second pot my flow rate really started slowing down.....half way through pot shit was slinging out looking like splatter paint! I'm like WTF? Is my gun fucking up? Keep going, gets worse, Take lid off and oh fuck!!!! Shit is setting up in the gun ](*,)  ](*,) panic station!!! 45 mins later and a full gun rebuild I was mixing a 16 oz batch this time....much more my speed!
Loaded the stuff on a little heavy in a couple areas with minor pitting....hope I didn't get too thick :-k couldn't resist dusting with a guide coat before calling it a 2 am night......I love the look of these pics.....screams ALMOST THERE!!!

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/37475E4D-21E6-486E-9099-A792CC56A587-19138-00001D1779F2E41D.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/AF7EBB09-566D-4A87-9CD6-7AA7867FE22F-19138-00001D1771FC315B.jpg)

May have gone a little deep on a couple of my fakey spot welds, a handful may need a little fiddling but we'll see after much blocking.....
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: DarrenE January 20, 2013, 01:18:24 PM
Nice work!
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: silas January 21, 2013, 10:16:42 PM
you're killing it! nice work josh, keep it up!! :cool:
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh January 31, 2013, 03:51:10 PM
This has to be the best stretch of consistent progress in the past 5 years! I'm in a serious groove :whoo: :rockon: :rockon: :rockon: seems I go in spurts, get burned out, pissed off or sick of the thing but Been pulling the 4-5 night shift on er every night for months now!!

Shell is almost ready for the last coat of 2K finally got it all blocked out with 400......MAN this is a pile of work!
Thinking I'm gonna get the shell sprayed again, move it out of the booth to paint some inner fenders, rad support and some other little bits and pcs. for my buddies 66 Pontiac Parisian that I'm helping him turn into a big block 4 spd. car. Then onto bodyworking the doors fenders and hoods
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh March 17, 2013, 08:34:04 AM
Catch up time.....

body 2K'd last time and most of it rubbed out to 400 so far....yanked it outta the booth and in went pan, straight to a good scrub and some filling  of some pitting and tool marks....

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/C8CBF239-6643-436A-B5CC-4F8B32D8BE09-949-000000C9C8171B93_zps838fed7b.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/F654A148-5996-43C1-AC3D-598C1AF2072A-949-000000C9D7A1FBC3_zps8647ca65.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/43AD0942-D906-4E4B-BB31-EE38F7674649-949-000000C9D17FA208_zpsa1b8633e.jpg)

lookin' fresh in black epoxy!

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/F98DB5CA-F095-4646-80E5-216C9916B099-949-000000C9BEA5F5C0_zpsa886c545.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/191C2E2F-2875-43B2-AC63-280C4282DC95-949-000000C9B8E69C63_zps2ba26098.jpg)

then straight into some slicksand the next night....layed it in pretty heavy into the pitting I didnt feel like skimming with mud. got lots of product to sand sand sand

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/A91C02D0-5FDA-412E-9912-C964A3A45AB6-949-000000C9ADFDEDCD_zps9aaefed4.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/CF86F16B-4A53-4034-A2DE-C5ED1CB615D1-949-000000C9A7606E8B_zpsc7b61559.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/F4F12D46-D963-4967-A440-E88761708363-949-000000C997A5EDFE_zps6248c074.jpg)

My fingers hurt already looking at all those ribs!!!!

: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh March 19, 2013, 11:03:32 AM

I love this poly surfacer shit!!! Sands like butta!! Hope to get the rough spots all cut down tonight and fill a couple spots I missed with mud
I end up blocking the majority of this off just leaving it in the lows... Just getting started but in the hour and a half of nap time I got in today 75% is taken down with 180

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/FF72006A-D052-4CC3-814A-0013B49E81FD-1299-00000184164DE8DF_zpsc5991359.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/46E4E879-2397-43D6-B745-5CD344F19613-1299-000001841D516B44_zps80040502.jpg)


I couldn't leave the pitting.......lurking deep under the carpet/mats, it would have killed me #-o

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/15A85198-30EE-4326-9CE2-A2F8C0234128-2075-000002CB5A481B1F_zps04cee20a.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/B92E3FB5-1342-4503-8FC4-1E2127C58A64-2075-000002CB51FE0D0B_zpsed6eaa8d.jpg)


Think ill clear the pan like this and call it patina......

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/FFD8C790-39CB-4B94-AC22-606C84FB8732-665-0000010EE05C2296_zps7c661e1f.jpg)

: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh March 19, 2013, 11:16:28 AM
In my vast search to settle on a colour for this pig I got hooked up big time by Franz at KCW in colorado with a pile of spray outs scanned from original paint cars......quite the goldmine as none of the old Glassirt codes from the factory jive with new voc regulated paint systems! so if anybody is painting a car and is interested in any of these shades.....you know where to come!


: Franz
Spent some time labeling and boxing these this morning. I need to see if I can find that weirdo 55 vert color in the paint cabinet.

All I ask in exchange for doing these is that they get passed around the VW community for free. So, send them to the next guy who needs them, or send them back to us so that we can.

I call this the earth tones collection Smile
(http://www.kustomcoachwerks.com/gallery3/var/albums/Other-Stuff/jbcolorchip%20%281%29.JPG)

(http://www.kustomcoachwerks.com/gallery3/var/albums/Other-Stuff/jbcolorchip%20%288%29.JPG)


more mud action.....I dont care how good you are at metalwork, shit always needs a skim to be perfect! Not really sure why 99% of build threads hide the fact that any filler was used?

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/604DCA40-CABF-450C-A8F6-C3FF73228272-2690-0000030B4DA6D5A8_zps03b0fa83.jpg)

Screwed the doors to the post at a nice height to smack on
(This is after much smacking!)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/0E4E8716-E46E-427B-8BB9-8359ED83CFF1-2690-0000030B29E7276D_zps7aff054c.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/B25B9991-F315-4DD2-A6C8-0BCDFD0A6ADD-2690-0000030B3D2AE0DF_zps411018ae.jpg)

Getting better at spreading the shmoooo...

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/D2F698F0-4364-42BB-8D38-758263FB5C49-2690-0000030B557464A6_zps1a2d3dbb.jpg)

Little fluff left on, getting nice n smooth

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/E97EB176-DE28-434B-AC45-6BA62766CED1-2690-0000030B5CAD2788_zps04111c8e.jpg)

Worked the shit outta the original pre 55 rear apron...More tool mark remover....

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/4E90186A-61A8-41B9-836A-3B64BF62E5FA-3286-0000045396C566B2_zpsbf7e42e7.jpg)

Inside too of course

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/B03F61D3-99E6-44DD-B32E-5FD51E2C5C7B-3286-00000453D521AD6A_zpsc3158b84.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/3D2EC6B4-E4AF-4B69-9174-D0B583D8CC71-3286-00000453DB27854A_zps470ce7e2.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/D8A74572-A3C2-4D60-A8CA-E67F06D66A26-3286-00000453C1B25CED_zps7fe06bc4.jpg)

I really have a hatred for door skins! I can never get a perfect skim of mud the first time, oh well, One door done and one to go

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/AB7F668B-A605-4432-89FE-929E8F15560C-3286-00000453A1A2EB7B_zpsd733204a.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/325EABE4-1C9A-49A1-9FB8-30778352DCA2-3286-00000453AC51AF9B_zps8ef006d0.jpg)

Good times!!!!

: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh March 19, 2013, 11:20:33 AM
......finally got those doors blocked straight so they got a good couple coats of the DTM epoxy and the pan received its last coats of 2K

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/6A4C252B-9C05-4E6A-8DA1-C91E6E4938B9-6042-000008BF7B97402E_zps14413673.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/D5B11AC3-62DD-43FE-AD4F-E68985BEC136-6042-000008BF8EC1BB99_zpsb236c4c0.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/04573F77-E8C8-462D-930A-BA412CE5966A-6042-000008BF80F56B4C_zpsdfaa5fcd.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/4F9A4798-AA2C-42BF-A358-1483EE5424A3-6042-000008BF73466FD5_zps10d3eb88.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/E6A89032-8C6A-487A-B42A-09B392D52050-6042-000008BF5D70D69D_zps0f726b40.jpg)

oh and apron...

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/11DFE967-797D-4346-B914-0A3F092DB002-6042-000008BF655992FD_zpscdb9a927.jpg)

poof doors and apron into a good couple coats of poly (slicksand) they gonna block out real nice  \:D/

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/640B5CF0-28D5-455E-9B3D-20D9C3ED4395-6787-000009620CC4354A_zps76dbada0.jpg)

worst pic ever......think i was gettin a little high

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/AA3FA6A5-44FB-4F72-BA3A-79CAAD0C1325-6787-0000096213B0CADD_zpsd07138ec.jpg)

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Went balls out last night......8pm-4am, 8 hr shift!!! I had promised my buddy I'd paint a bunch of Pontiac parts for him a long time ago....well last night was the night 

He parted a car and kept the entire front end, had all sheet metal and bunch of under hood crap bead blasted and put away. Night started by welding up a couple pinholes and a skim of mud over ground patches on the inner wheel wells. Then a couple hours of scrubbing everything down with wax and grease remover, create some crazy wind chime action hanging all shit. By this time it was after 1...couple more beers and say fuck it, lets spray! Black epoxy first then some off brand "hot rod" satin black (turned out between satin and semigloss, looks good!) by the time cleaned up I was climbing into bed at 4:15 

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/A34DD1ED-1866-489F-B0FA-68B5F657FDE3-516-000001054863126C_zps9ebcf6b4.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/73DA1388-FD8E-444F-A13B-84CDC0EE5C8C-516-000001053D759A0E_zps984c4a3b.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/63382F47-A86B-47F1-9C21-1ED220263BFD-516-000001054306B8D3_zps32f38162.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/47E790EA-CECB-4C13-83CE-8CFEDC096210-516-00000105369A54AB_zps2738834f.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/3B51DAE0-DFBF-4EEA-B56F-BC248307D8C5-516-0000010530C11593_zpsb18dc47d.jpg)

 Sure was nice havin a buddy there mixing paint as I kept spraying!!

2 hrs sleep....was feelin like a peach this morning for the kid routine !!!!!!

the ride these parts are for....

Here's the boat all those nice clean black bits are for.....

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/09D60DF3-5999-4F66-915F-324CE1816CE5-516-0000015406B5F338_zpsb4de61f5.jpg)


1966 Pontiac Parisian, it was my business partners first car at 15...drove all through high school beating the living piss out of the poor ol' 327....poor girl saw more than one ditch! anyway he sold at 19 and bought it back a few years ago....pretty cool!! Been collecting parts for a while, turning it into a big block (427) 4 spd. Car!! Nothin better than banging gears in a big old boat!!

Should be pretty nice to swap all the tin we painted when the new motor goes in
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh March 19, 2013, 11:23:19 AM
my rear fender saga continues......managed to find an original pair of ribbed pre 59 german fenders. one is coming from West Virginia... a drivers side, should see it next week I hope.....Passenger arrived on the bus from Blair (baked beetle) in Medicine Hat Alberta. She's a little rough but its from an Original Canadian car (tell from the dealer script holes) Rips and mashed lower lips but pretty rust free

Always fun trying to pack up large items.....as received

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/18951280-7789-45F8-BED4-B8582D63B98C-516-00000104FA7BE3E8_zps229cea14.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/630DB48D-5AC5-46EB-814D-44A47D05A835-516-000001050FAEBE23_zps3bd95d8d.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/C268EC41-ABEE-4E34-B228-E6DFB9D75EF4-516-0000010507870479_zpsc35920cc.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/D2B1FF08-8DCA-477D-803C-862CBC863C49-516-0000010518A743EB_zpsfc031347.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/1F09DB6B-3373-4FB0-B44A-0196BB6259B6-516-000001051F07D11C_zps4d197686.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/8E89B4DD-88E0-4707-88C4-4A94ACA774B3-516-00000105259490B4_zpsd82ad90d.jpg)

spent about an hour on it so far, started by blasting the areas I need to weld with my mini blaster and started smacking shit back into shape...

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/BEEC3020-E076-4992-93B1-153516763E3F-516-000001066671363C_zps3e4fce77.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/E4EC893B-4B0D-47FE-9FBF-EE2ACA927B02-516-000001069B8082CD_zps48a627ff.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/555A224C-FA0A-4627-BCCD-D8913FE4B380-516-00000106C450F8AD_zpsc8c2fa1e.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/BFFEEBD9-264C-4E9B-B006-C0241EF0E5F5-516-00000106F7E5B17B_zps643dae42.jpg)

gonna be lots of work but hey i'll have some original german steel back there

: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh March 19, 2013, 11:26:17 AM
fender love

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/0364DE8C-1A55-4CF7-8CDE-9FDE874B37D8-1620-000001FCFA829C4A_zps0a7c2a4f.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/1D21C78D-E89A-4A7B-8BA6-7CDDD4941C7D-1620-000001FD094F5E4D_zps5af57587.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/7A796613-3F5C-4C6C-AD3A-335D04B91760-1620-000001FD1009E7F4_zps854c14fc.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/A81F3312-EA6B-495B-B975-D596F3850DB6-1620-000001FD1AD5CD11_zps4c642413.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/6F598EBE-9A04-4E2E-B71B-298C6C8BE627-1620-000001FD25502720_zps5d0e64b4.jpg)

don't mind the weld boogers.....rumour has it the girls are going out tomorrow giving me a couple noisy hours to grind, smash and run the death wheel
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh March 19, 2013, 11:28:02 AM
Got some fabric samples from Marcus in Germany, it's pretty sweet stuff!

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/33F4CCBE-F7AC-447A-B2A2-8284735F3312-1672-000001CF21DB779A_zpsb7534791.jpg)

Tried for like 10 mins to take a good pic but they all sucked...really nice in person, leaning towards the grey ones?

 Been fucking with fenders lots... Really wish I had these done before being in final prime on body.....oh well. That rear pass side took some Todd pulling and smacking to find its happy spot but she's close....100% better than the aftermarkets I had!!

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/855A2885-19B5-4893-AB03-E9931D5476C5-250-0000005E661E1AED_zps3e72cc57.jpg)

Thought I better do one last check of the fronts too and glad I did cause I the bottom of the drivers side needs a little slice and push in an 1/8" to be bang on with apron ...

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/359CBD23-B518-4A9B-9F7E-247816111C89-1672-000001CF34F3E3E3_zpsd9a0b27a.jpg)

Doesn't the car look like an early 356 from this angle??

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/57AD7145-809A-4E12-90B6-23FB8E1144C4-1672-000001CF2D98D070_zpsc8b11c3d.jpg)

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Got some hours in on this fucked up 4 tab...poor thing was pretty hammered!!!
The centre inserts were really wavy and top flatter sections had my favourite oil canning action going on ](*,) got about 3/4 of it looking pretty nice....

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/9859238E-7911-403D-86C3-EEB3FF0ECDC8-3738-000004AEDE51A7CA_zpsee9357ee.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/3EB696EE-060B-4538-AEBD-F9C143751568-3738-000004AED486DDF0_zpsfc83f12e.jpg)

Thought I had better bolt it up and good thing I did because it needed some serious stretching to get a good seal gap....nice now!!

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/C8767C94-66D1-40B1-954E-8F10A7F1FC03-3738-000004AEE8E14436_zps6d144ae0.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/134EA81A-6460-45F5-901A-2D217657AC28-3738-000004AEF162DD1E_zps5cab5ac1.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/84C9084F-C47D-43CA-882C-57B8EEDEBB75-3738-000004AF3DAD9F2B_zps4cc9cfa4.jpg)

Been fiddling with all the little removable shit.....all strung up ready for some epoxy

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(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/4E42866F-4F49-4CC0-987C-751C4942AAD6-3738-000004AF087BDEF6_zps006b5f1f.jpg)
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh March 19, 2013, 11:29:00 AM
epoxied

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/EE69240F-9135-407B-9186-88B549E65C2F-4518-0000056360547242_zps01cdcc2c.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/760FFB08-C854-4310-AAAC-6D43DB41655F-4518-000005636D0FF511_zps63bb7324.jpg)

into poly

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/FA84423F-1E53-4697-9318-A6FBA9BD75C1-4518-0000056379F2B2C9_zps938d2234.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/155106DD-2E5F-49BD-A531-E082C50228F1-4518-000005638192A7BA_zps00a09e70.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/4981BBAB-8E36-4BCC-9126-2C31E97B3AEB-4518-000005638803E029_zpse68cf3e8.jpg)


can someone enlighten me on how to keep little bits like this from swinging madly when blowing paint at?

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/1AAB6906-BDDE-4464-BE69-FA42F45ACF7D-4518-00000565E58A9841_zps9f09cacb.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/3D828979-ADC0-47CC-8F7E-DB413FC0F339-4518-000005638E317E89_zps65f30b67.jpg)

 the pass door hinges loosened up from working the rust out and were a bit sloppy fro me to leave alone but since I was into primer I wasnt too stoked about drenching in oil, heating and smashing on a door that has mint gaps now.... borrowed this pimpin tool and they slid out with one finger on a 1/2" drive ratchet!!!

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/69B2E1D7-BC8C-47B1-8003-DB7F0A3138BA-4518-00000563BF596646_zps41d58914.jpg)

Who else do you know that has block sanded the inside of the deck lid hinge panel louvers??? hahaha

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/821E8AF0-11C9-4F5D-BE94-BB6F56D077D3-4518-00000563D55A25D5_zps13b7ae18.jpg)

Big mouth early tank blocked out nice and straight now..... cant decide if I want to do it gloss or semi gloss black?

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/C13395C3-4B98-45B0-831C-7031C7C921E6-4518-00000563DC70D737_zps0f509fd1.jpg)


tonights efforts, one down 3 to go!

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little tool mark remover on the inside too  ](*,)

 (http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/206EF43C-5067-49DD-AA5C-E5B98BC264B9-4518-00000563CF661D0C_zps46db3910.jpg)

and a pic of my girls... little shorty is almost 6 months and #1 now 6.... hard to think ive been on this build since she was about 9 months old!

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/EC61C88D-A808-4DB6-BB43-3B6EA86E3630-4518-00000563B713497F_zpse8b9c818.jpg)
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: josh March 19, 2013, 11:31:43 AM
Spent some time with the few upholstery samples I got from Marcus in Germany and the spray outs. Of course we were having a typical westcoast monsoon rainstorm so natural light was out of the question...so I jacked the wife's expensive full spectrum lamp to see if I could find something that jives.

I know jack shit about photography and couldn't find my memory card for the digi camera so out came the ol standby iPhone......I tried it in HDR mode whatever the hell that is?

First off top of my list in choices so far is JJ's old 55 (now russels) silver granite on grey early vert cloth, black rag and black rollbar and use standard black knobs on dash knobs etc....

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/76E37F87-FFAD-49C6-AB8F-A274C2315EC1-5211-00000666E865E287_zps76ecfd27.jpg)

#2 is same paint but diff tan/browns and a tan rag

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Mango is sweet too!

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/4FEEBC3A-5B4D-4FBE-8C7B-4337D40794A4-5211-00000666DCE342F7_zps73e4dd4d.jpg)

I do like the mouse grey too but guess I didn't take a pic?

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Thursday picked up the drivers ribbed fender from West Virginia ......the last piece of german steel this pig needed, now I can honestly say the only aftermarket sheetmetal part on the car is a pair of wolf's rear bumper mount sections (that are as close to factory as anybody needs to be)
 

Shes in original paint and while unlike the pass side I got, this one hasnt been welded or "worked" in its past life........she aint no creampuff tho


How she it started out...

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(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/ACC4D409-505D-448B-AE3F-08D61786BF93-7213-000008FAB16FA76E_zpsc0c9f513.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/51C15F83-C6A1-4B88-9155-EEB24D3A1B66-7213-000008FAC771D9E7_zps5649b904.jpg)

starting to beat/twist and tweak back into shape....

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(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/AA6303E4-80B6-436A-9E9E-6E321D75A88E-7213-000008FAD3563C59_zpsa3742b17.jpg)

crazy how floppy the thing was with a couple bolt holes torn....mucho better

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I usually try and get the metal back close to where it lives before welding

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(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/7FA12C13-00BA-454B-BCB5-ADEFF8033796-7213-000008FAEF77D889_zpsd45a843e.jpg)

start sticking it back together...

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(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/C64D1BFB-BB9A-495D-841E-3711D808340A-7213-000008FB049ABFA9_zps64e3d068.jpg)

little thin down low in the flange....

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after grinding down the boogers and more hammer/dolly/shrinking disk action I drug em both out to the blasters....

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before-

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after-

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poor old things have come a ways but still need some more lovin'......just for fun I kept track of hours on this one and im up to 4.5 hrs on just the green one (not incl. blasting) so far!!!!!!!!
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: BUSDADDY March 19, 2013, 12:09:57 PM
Looking good!

can someone enlighten me on how to keep little bits like this from swinging madly when blowing paint at?
I've had good results for the most part by hanging another wire below to hold onto when painting, some just won't sit still no matter what you do so I do them in 2 operations on a peice of expanded metal.
: Re: the '55 Ragtop, 5 years and counting.....
: Baked Beetle March 19, 2013, 01:42:04 PM
Holy Crap you did that fender justice. I'm excited that it's going on a car of this caliber. Amazing Build!
: Re: the '55 Ragtop, 5 years and counting.....
: rekka March 19, 2013, 02:11:39 PM
Super thorough. It will be worth it in the end, I'm sure. Nice work.
: Re: Project '54 Ragtop
: Jerome March 19, 2013, 09:23:48 PM
Looking good!

can someone enlighten me on how to keep little bits like this from swinging madly when blowing paint at?
I've had good results for the most part by hanging another wire below to hold onto when painting, some just won't sit still no matter what you do so I do them in 2 operations on a peice of expanded metal.

Same as busdaddy, but i have an old pry bar from the rail yard that weighs about 50 lbs. I hang it on the wire that hangs down from the parts as a ballast. you can run it under several parts if you have them all lined up. It keeps your hands and arms away from the overspray too.
: Re: the '55 Ragtop, 5 years and counting.....
: josh March 19, 2013, 09:46:03 PM
Nice! I like that idea! I was thinking of building a couple frames out of 2x4 and string stuff nice and tight....would make it quick and easy to pull out the lot as one unit! My little "spray booth" gets pretty crowded!!
: Re: the '55 Ragtop, 5 years and counting.....
: 70's Looker May 29, 2013, 12:06:35 AM
hey josh hows the face doing these days? anyways anything new?? going to see some island sun this year?
: Re: the '55 Ragtop, 5 years and counting.....
: josh May 30, 2013, 07:50:41 PM
hey josh hows the face doing these days? anyways anything new?? going to see some island sun this year?

Face is great....how's yours?  :dink:

Been picking away at the ol honey do list o shit around the house......no fun!

New on the oval front.....got all my interior stuff ordered from Marcus in Germany.....super stoked to get that stuff! Got red snapper onboard to sew up the seat covers and door panels.
Received a big box of goodies recently everything from full rebuild kit for the sunroof mech. to floormats and window winders and such.

Finally done with bodywork on the fenders and hood...epoxied, poly primed, blocked and just hit em with 2K lastnight!  :party1: :party1:

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(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/29B967C9-5AC8-4CCF-A0E4-6897C207A080-2908-000002C5A5155726_zpsb2f2d71c.jpg)
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: Re: the '55 Ragtop, 5 years and counting.....
: josh August 11, 2013, 07:48:26 AM
Still moving forward...

Snaps on floor pan done.....after fucking up trying to weld them on(turned out to be plated brass ) didn't want to risk warping pans and scorching a bunch of work by silver soldering I opted to epoxy them on. Spot primed and final scuff done, hope to spray some black tonight

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/5E1194D3-CD67-445A-8120-12F253B0FFD0-5917-00000969EEB952F6_zps360f183d.jpg)

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Rounding up all the shit that needs to go black....gas tank still had a little pitting on bottom so it got some more 2K so did backside of deck lid

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/A23CF928-0FE8-479C-90F5-6D04CE492C17-5917-00000969FEB2C760_zps396da1ec.jpg)

One front fender was bugging me.... Like everything else they aren't  original to the car, one side was a bullet fender that got shaved, other side was a late 50's euro which didn't have as much of a flare where it meets the running board. When metalworking them I stretched this bulge out a bit but it wasn't quite there so it got a bit more love....both are same now


(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/BFEFF573-F7DB-4608-B9D4-0B4615318F48-5917-0000096A06697818_zps5e9db5cb.jpg)

Original Empi GT wheel has been gettin a bunch of attention lately.....I wasn't having much luck getting stain to penetrate this hard as fuck cherry or mahogany or whatever this thing is made of? Took it into a very talented painter/ airbrush buddy and he worked some magic on it, looks titties now!!

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/FADC55FB-BE5B-4D9F-8DB4-5F330A64A651-5917-0000096A2DEE833A_zps9b49c4b5.jpg)

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finally something in top coat!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/3B04139F-DEB4-4E23-9572-5FD9E1238B53-6686-000009E0B84D05B7_zps336b654f.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/C83BB1C9-BC12-49AC-A91B-8D0146A1D727-6686-000009E0BE8BE496_zps8ac6f28b.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/22DB967F-DDC9-4A1D-9D08-76F54838F5FD-6686-000009E0C4ED698C_zps23325267.jpg)

sprayed 2 med heavy coats of Duponts Imron Elite SS with some flattener to cut er down to a semi gloss. these were original pans from my 57 spliced into a 58's spine made to look like a 55 with the heat adj. relocated and modified throttle cable exit to make it look early.

Next up to the plate will be some more black bits like gas tank, RLR moly roll bar, steering column, e-brake, inspection covers yadayada

a guy might be tempted to bolt on some shiny bits before wrapping pan up till body's done....dont think i'll be able to resist the urges


PARTY ON!!!!
: Re: the '55 Ragtop, 5 years and counting.....
: Stephan Schmidt August 30, 2013, 03:18:03 PM
Looking GREAT Josh!  Loving the steering wheel!
: Re: the '55 Ragtop, 5 years and counting.....
: josh August 30, 2013, 08:38:01 PM
Thx man! Bit if catch up....

Gloss black session

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(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/DEB29971-00FF-48E4-9EEC-B75660BAEC2A-7516-00000AF15AA6BE86_zpse5f115ae.jpg)


Got all my interior from Marcus in Germany arrived today!
Looks even better than I had hoped =D>  had him sew up the carpet, headliner, sunroof cover and just supply the raw material for seats and panels (I'm having a Mr. Redsnapper to stitch those) Marcus's lead time wasn't bad (as I hear other un-named shops can be) his prices were very reasonable (much less than the other guys) and the product is un believable!!!! Highly recommend his stuff!!!

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/5E769385-F2D6-42DA-B90C-61CA5CC09380-8620-00000C42261EE3E6_zpsb019cfb3.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/6737A187-5364-4555-B023-AF32F3E26247-8620-00000C41DB4B8334_zpsd653e9a5.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/F9252E02-B79D-4F1E-8375-2B37C38FA6B2-8620-00000C41E654A2B7_zps7468fd49.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/964FDFEE-B154-4111-80E8-B8C56C0A0A1A-8620-00000C41F3A68006_zpsf305aa53.jpg)

Outside in the sun with my paint sample...

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(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/1D6267F3-1997-45DA-B329-5A105B7EC527-8620-00000C420F13ED93_zpsd847412d.jpg)

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Couldn't resist bolting some shiney bits on!!


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(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/81DFA8CD-57C0-46A3-B63D-8054A04C1CD9-11888-00000FE880297CFE_zpse0f9f7d2.jpg)

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RLR bolt in bar needs some paint now, all sanded now probably make it shiney this weekend.

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: Re: the '55 Ragtop, 5 years and counting.....
: josh September 21, 2013, 10:37:37 AM
: Cuba
Bolting shiny shit on is the fun part  \:D/

Some mock up....


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(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/81DFA8CD-57C0-46A3-B63D-8054A04C1CD9-11888-00000FE880297CFE_zpse0f9f7d2.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/1E513150-4D66-400E-B54E-A19B81A0FB4D-11888-00000FE8783CDB3A_zps23deea10.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/FABFE7FE-2BB5-49B2-897E-49D929226193-11888-00000FE88F0D1EFB_zps10a0381a.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/EFF94635-9B85-4508-8E9A-AE46D5F535BF-11888-00000FE8B10D9C4B_zps06a08024.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/3339086C-7B5A-41A4-99E4-7152F93B6B54-11888-00000FE8AAFA5AB3_zpsf5772329.jpg)





Painted RLR the roll bar .....

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(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/A50E23B6-3225-4C5B-A911-0C8DE5C8D1E6-6867-000009175585D3AA_zps654f0ebe.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/BEED1202-8E56-4497-9D3F-393AAD1D4BD4-6867-000009172376EEEB_zps0e316b82.jpg)

was barely dry and of course I had to bolt it up to pan


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trimmed floormats for the bars

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chucked em up in an allen bolt in a drill, wet sand and then autosol came out mint!

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tonight was workin on a bosch 6V horn I picked up at the last swap.

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one of the screw terminals had a screw snapped off in it and brass was really eaten away? rather than fuck with that I made a new one with a hunk of brass and a 4mm stainless screw silvered in

Original (good one) on right, one I made on left

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Just need to order a repro badge...

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/8CEE43DB-BC95-4F3E-9141-ECF4D2C31AB5-9754-00000CEBFC01BF5A_zps6375ad13.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/BCF8B3C6-75F8-46BF-B71F-26EBD2600B51-9754-00000CEBF33D75A4_zpscdabd3cb.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/50E125CA-BAA9-4CDF-AB00-E0442FFE0C44-9754-00000CEBE638AEC5_zpscd85cdcc.jpg)

I tried to resist but the beam found its home

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(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/C9B23D0B-2BE9-432D-AF3E-A4BF695FBA30-9754-00000CEBD305DE32_zpsb41f9295.jpg)

Thinking about getting some stainless and start my brake lines soon?

: Re: the '55 Ragtop, 5 years and counting.....
: josh September 21, 2013, 10:40:45 AM
Big ol waste of time but I can't stop bolting up shiny bits...got a batch of shit back from powdercoat so of course had to go on....

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/CC349312-8768-4631-A2E1-761289416013-11198-00000EA074C4CF56_zps3e1fa7e2.jpg)

Old school solid springplate retainers with bronze bushing. SAW HD adj plates and 28mm bars.....


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(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/DA20272C-BEFB-43DB-AB95-1C8C965DC834-11198-00000EA05B3F296C_zps47bddaab.jpg)

Rear truss bar, limit strap and QA1 adj. shock all tied into downbar on luggage floor.

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/4C0589EF-D4F4-44B4-BA4D-07988902085E-11198-00000EA04B007890_zps97cf0bb3.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/DF0B0AB6-021D-4C55-8E46-681063276B79-11198-00000EA043EEDA06_zpsc9f98ca5.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/A3DCA1FD-6116-4BC3-8B0C-3254CDBE6497-11198-00000EA05153E8D9_zpsd4447d75.jpg)


More funk fakin' on the quest to make the pan look like a 55, instead of a 58 Modified the ebrake handle so the cables don't poke up.....

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/D18039C3-E71F-4EEC-9F2B-02F8E6C6CDD4-2004-000002E16F5B72E8_zps0028255d.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/4D969B6F-49D7-4297-AFAA-28ED147990FA-2004-000002E1675E95E3_zps5363037a.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/5BE68DF2-E0F4-4098-8853-B7D63AB00494-2004-000002E17F6616CA_zpsb96100b7.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/3569E2EC-DCEC-47D0-8835-D7F6A9CB393F-2004-000002E18958DD00_zps12e0e06d.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/51E9AA20-0108-4727-BAFA-1173739735FA-2004-000002E17739FDB5_zps28499885.jpg)

Last session of black (I hope!)

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(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/A6C12933-FD79-4EE1-B518-DFE7DC2F8C84-2004-000002E1989C2881_zps66a73212.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/7F5B2C49-595A-4852-A364-8B118249B961-2004-000002E1A279E33A_zps2a87bcc5.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/A6B73987-6212-4248-875D-92690B3F0390-2004-000002E1A9D7DA0E_zpsaab76765.jpg)

Now that all that crap is done I can rip down all the poly in my "booth" and start fresh for some SILVER GRANITE BABY!!!! it's all contaminated with overspray and sanding dust ...I stapled up some thin shit before starting black but I want a clean slate for body color!!


Poof, up to date :party1: :party1:
: Re: the '55 Ragtop, 5 years and counting.....
: steveo_32 October 02, 2013, 07:47:48 PM
silver granite.........whadda whay to kill a build by some ass color.
: Re: the '55 Ragtop, 5 years and counting.....
: josh October 02, 2013, 08:31:28 PM
Hey homo get back in your purple bus and STFU sign0151 sign0151
: Re: the '55 Ragtop, 5 years and counting.....
: Geoff October 03, 2013, 07:36:23 AM
Your insane! Outstanding work Josh.
: Re: the '55 Ragtop, 5 years and counting.....
: josh October 03, 2013, 07:30:21 PM
Your insane! Outstanding work Josh.

Thx G and yes I think after this build I may check myself into the loony bin for a break!

Got the door panel backing cards done the other  night.... Brian they should be on the way soon!

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/6E6F2677-F890-43E6-BCBA-CAAD9E494CE2-8889-000002871E7384A9_zps135826da.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/F90B718A-EE66-40BA-8104-C0C6E4D091DD-627-0000013E2A41EA0A_zpsecbfd249.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/F88A7BD4-14B0-4CB8-A448-7196CFAC9A2F-192-0000000B0B130B10_zpsb86a41a0.jpg)

Also completely tore down the plastic in my booth redesigned a couple things that bugged me and re-taped everything along with a new filter rack for exhaust. Cleaned all the over spray of florecent bulbs and moved them to outside poly.......waaaaay better and so much brighter! If I feel energetic tonight I may just spray a couple odd parts body colour?

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/CC9E7199-0A45-4B7F-9714-2D26E5A71C99-627-0000013EF4E81B30_zpse23416ae.jpg)

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(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/24F9377D-39F0-4A99-AC4C-E20A0D14E618-192-0000000DBF556FA1_zpsc02aca06.jpg)

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: Re: the '55 Ragtop, 5 years and counting.....
: red snapper October 03, 2013, 09:50:00 PM
Holy crap, lookin good. I sure do like that pretty beam too!
: Re: the '55 Ragtop, 5 years and counting.....
: 70's Looker October 20, 2013, 08:40:41 AM
Am I wrong or do I smell some color in the air?
: Re: the '55 Ragtop, 5 years and counting.....
: josh October 20, 2013, 10:23:42 AM
Am I wrong or do I smell some color in the air?

You can smell that shit all the way across the water ?  :band1:

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/BD8B1433-6EE8-430E-9889-88F1D93C8E2D-765-000001A8079CC17E_zpsb6dabbad.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/F595B797-09D8-4118-AEBE-F0A531FC6A94-765-000001A80F1CF2A3_zps84cb0cff.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/0A0E0B5F-4EC8-4D02-9C5C-385047BC7208-765-000001A8160BF33F_zps99ee30ae.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/1A2E5DBB-5ED6-457A-A1F1-E318A9A470DF-765-000001A81D943275_zpsec348309.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/D3C3EFE8-D3BA-4543-A07E-034C3AE714FB-765-000001A8293081C1_zps193f2103.jpg)

Those shots are of base coat, haven't uploaded the clear ones yet.....
: Re: the '55 Ragtop, 5 years and counting.....
: Jerome October 20, 2013, 09:04:00 PM
I really really hate how high you're setting the bar. i mean really. sign0098
: Re: the '55 Ragtop, 5 years and counting.....
: josh October 23, 2013, 10:18:53 AM
Haha! Thx!!



More chit done.....


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(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/7B442BD8-C14D-4231-A2B7-CC4560C7B0A1-1803-000003B440C81893_zps5e4ee6fc.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/6C9F9994-989F-40A2-916B-E962C4EF7723-1803-000003B429685EF2_zps5057399f.jpg)

Try and blend the stupid monster tach with a little body colour

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/A424FA75-F1D5-4462-9432-5CFD69B019A3-2144-000004A74BBA29CF_zps869a2d52.jpg)


Bunch of little shit that I have had strung up and been tripping over for long time

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(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/8C58B0AB-B827-4CBB-B24D-6B39610C9222-2144-000004A75534392B_zpsad59f1f8.jpg)


Got a couple things to nib out of hood but it's done


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And this is what you"ll see looking in the rear louvers  \:D/

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: Re: the '55 Ragtop, 5 years and counting.....
: 70's Looker October 27, 2013, 09:42:55 PM
Go josh go! The panel inside of the vents have always been a pet peeve of mine! I like your plan!
: Re: the '55 Ragtop, 5 years and counting.....
: josh November 07, 2013, 12:13:29 AM
Here ya go Kev see it here first..... :party1:



all inners of removables 100% done and cleared

In base..

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(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/9348FFEF-6C2D-4216-81BD-019D17B18CDB-329-0000005104C56B7E_zpsd664cb89.jpg)

And cleared....sorry shitty ass phone pics!

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Missed one side of this last session....hit again

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been working on the set of semaphores that came with the car....they are late 50's SWF's that I have rewound (lost pics of that...) for 12 Volt so I don't need to run resistors. All clear zinc plated and then made a set of pins on lathe that had to be drilled out to disassemble. have repro orange lenses for them.

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/2904577A-F9B1-4211-8712-56E34959B88A-329-00000050B62C4266_zpsd81efe81.jpg)

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(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/4F10C8C0-42A1-4CC6-A0B9-069BF20FB225-329-00000050DFE3ABB2_zpse7b0604b.jpg)

got latches plated too and thought this stamp was kinda funny.....


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: Re: the '55 Ragtop, 5 years and counting.....
: Jeremy November 07, 2013, 01:19:22 PM
I think you've got the Nick's Burger Award in the bag. Lookin good Josh.
: Re: the '55 Ragtop, 5 years and counting.....
: josh November 07, 2013, 01:41:46 PM
Yeah, I don't know about that?? I heard Nicks was closing...they looking for a new spot for event??
: Re: the '55 Ragtop, 5 years and counting.....
: 70's Looker November 09, 2013, 01:58:02 PM
Kaput for sure but I'm sure they will come up big and find a new hang!

Looks great josh it's great to see someone building their car all in house I know I'll never have the balls for that!
: Re: the '55 Ragtop, 5 years and counting.....
: Geoff November 09, 2013, 02:33:35 PM
New dkp location has been set and has a good size lot! Get we done!!!
: Re: the '55 Ragtop, 5 years and counting.....
: josh November 11, 2013, 08:13:44 AM
Didn't get as far as I wanted but I might be able to sneak out tomorrow and blow some clear on it :-k

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/D1E9C6D9-93C0-4E33-ADEC-08825D1A556E-8813-00000190F29B9B61_zpsc53750bf.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/818C5DD6-F4EE-4E15-9C4E-E89852227B5D-8813-00000190E8A33E8F_zps3e631f1f.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/D545A983-30A6-41A0-B31C-D19C69F982CA-8813-000001911B3B1D70_zps2bbf28de.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/2A4D35E7-2136-4FBC-AE3C-E8578B3E2AB1-8813-0000019113E1260E_zps7e993c4e.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/FDDB6230-E1E8-4850-B113-D49E3B7297ED-8813-00000190DD5A789D_zps4ec43a21.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/85149786-2574-4175-93D7-518EF895169D-8813-0000019605ED9662_zps274f299f.jpg)


Thought it would be a good idea to get some paint into the semaphore pockets and defrost vents this round so I could really get it in there...

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/95ECF43E-2981-4C63-9A38-5A92D2B990E1-8813-0000019109F45FFF_zps61ffc382.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/B0F5E7B3-265B-4DAD-B746-9E00557DE29F-8813-0000019101AEC96C_zpsf07bf4cd.jpg)

Base is flowing great and covering the tinted sealer very nicely!

The outsides are gonna be a dream to paint after doing the inners first!! There are some whore spots to get paint into without getting big droolers!!
: Re: the '55 Ragtop, 5 years and counting.....
: Jerome November 11, 2013, 09:31:44 PM
I don't know what base you are using, but unless you've been told and read in a tech sheet otherwise, I'd have clear on it within 24 hrs.  All the base coats I've used wanted clear within 24.
Looks good!
: Re: the '55 Ragtop, 5 years and counting.....
: josh November 11, 2013, 10:48:49 PM
I don't know what base you are using, but unless you've been told and read in a tech sheet otherwise, I'd have clear on it within 24 hrs.  All the base coats I've used wanted clear within 24.
Looks good!

All good.... Hit it with clear in the am. The super turbine fan is a little obnoxious alway shut er down by 1am 8) 8) 8) 8)

Shit is coming out super nice so far, paint I'm using is a valspar solvent base clear. Bit of trial and error but I think I've got my gun settings and technique dialed in......pretty shiny!!

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/87D72C0C-53A7-41BB-BFED-373821AF7EB6-159-000000045A2DEC70_zps6d9ad0f2.jpg)

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(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/8AC48F68-7390-4A25-813C-5C5BB65208D5-159-00000004832FD0F5_zpsa7b2fd55.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/A4950706-02FB-4B9C-BCE3-05AF32A9B24C-159-000000047AA6B2A7_zpsc49cc572.jpg)

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: Re: the '55 Ragtop, 5 years and counting.....
: josh November 12, 2013, 03:43:03 PM
Jerome, looked again and this product gives a 48 hr window to clear....kinda nice for a guy in my shoes (slower pace) I'm not a production shop!

Unwrapping a big ass present.....

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(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/2F11F7D8-94DC-43DA-8675-E4E92B651CF4-356-000000D498DBBC07_zps8c2516a0.jpg)

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: Re: the '55 Ragtop, 5 years and counting.....
: Jerome November 12, 2013, 08:14:11 PM
Its nice when you can come back and clear it a day later, Ive done it many times. It really helps everything harden up nice if you're able to spray clear the next day. And then the glamour panels…. you think you're ready? ...You know how embraced you'll be if you get stalactites right down to the floor :o

Lookin good!
: Re: the '55 Ragtop, 5 years and counting.....
: josh November 12, 2013, 08:34:47 PM
Fook ya I'm ready for the money shot panels! :band1:

The only runs I've got so far are 2 little ones hiding up under the gas tank support....trying to hammer it up in there with the spray pattern skinned right up :16:

Outers are gonna be gravy! Really wanna mask it all off right now and get crackin but gonna let it harden up another day or so.....
: Re: the '55 Ragtop, 5 years and counting.....
: josh November 15, 2013, 01:00:42 PM
Body is done!!!
Of course Had to un mask it before the last cloud of clear settled!!

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/D0D824B0-C47C-43EF-8666-5FEC940066C9-3826-0000043A5F79632F_zps7696807e.jpg)

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Foam tape worked nice on the blend....probably give em a quick buff

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(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/45564774-86D9-4452-8C29-663925F18EBB-3826-0000043A97E5D442_zpsc98e8455.jpg)

Really stoked on how little dirt I managed to get in it....counted less than 10 and all but one of those are in the clear  I nibbed out a few in the sealer after about 45 mins spot sanding with 800 wet and that really helped! Product played real nice for me..... Def. got a system down now! Shit just flowed killer and coats melted together for me, ended up with barely any peel!

This bitch has a crapload of material in it! Loaded on 4 nice wet coats of clear to have some thickness to wets and and buff the piss out of er!

Doors hood and decklid tomorrow night and fenders Sunday.   :whoo:
: Re: the '55 Ragtop, 5 years and counting.....
: bwaz November 15, 2013, 02:03:41 PM
Looks fantastic Josh... by the way, Steveo wants his car back! ;)
: Re: the '55 Ragtop, 5 years and counting.....
: vwshawn November 15, 2013, 07:23:11 PM
looking great Josh!
: Re: the '55 Ragtop, 5 years and counting.....
: silas November 17, 2013, 06:03:30 PM
damn…josh, you're killing it buddy!! i'm digging that colour!

...it's great to see someone building their car all in house...

roger that. not that there is anything wrong with farming stuff out and getting help…but major kudos to josh for the time, patience, quality and dedication involved in this project!!
: Re: the '55 Ragtop, 5 years and counting.....
: josh November 17, 2013, 06:49:13 PM
Thx boys! There ain't much left of Steveos old car left here...roof, dash, trunk/front inner structure, luggage tray and 2 front fenders! And he ain't gettin it back!!

The whole doing the entire build myself thing....not sure I will ever take a car this far again!

Painting doors, hood, w lid and removable apron tonight.
: Re: the '55 Ragtop, 5 years and counting.....
: Hansk November 17, 2013, 10:58:05 PM
damn…josh, you're killing it buddy!! i'm digging that colour!

...it's great to see someone building their car all in house...

roger that. not that there is anything wrong with farming stuff out and getting help…but major kudos to josh for the time, patience, quality and dedication involved in this project!!


Thats for sure. You have amazing talent Sir! Really enjoying this thread.
: Re: the '55 Ragtop, 5 years and counting.....
: josh November 18, 2013, 01:44:48 PM
Glad you guys are enjoying it! Been an assload of work but a cool process! A can really see my vision coming together at last!!

Sick baby this morning meant daddy got to stay home.... Managed to get a session of clear in at nap time Thanks little one!

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/5BAAA1A0-EE36-4029-8A52-1D110980E5D2-619-0000017B3D29655D_zps8a296161.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/B69385B0-EE70-4DE1-AD3F-D4E6ACCB7DE1-619-0000017B4568FDC4_zpsdd9b064a.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/B7BE90AB-739A-4883-B5FE-3685B583441F-619-0000017B4D4FA644_zps43dd653d.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/325E8F9A-D69E-4EBF-94FA-87FE26EBAB2E-619-0000017B54AE2638_zpsa9e8a010.jpg)

Now just top sides of fenders  :party1: :party1: :party1:
: Re: the '55 Ragtop, 5 years and counting.....
: Geoff November 19, 2013, 08:57:06 PM
So Killer!!!
: Re: the '55 Ragtop, 5 years and counting.....
: steveo_32 November 21, 2013, 12:58:21 PM
Yawwwwwn.......oh sorry, another grey car.......................:)



Lots awesome dude.!!!!!!!!!!
: Re: the '55 Ragtop, 5 years and counting.....
: josh January 14, 2014, 09:44:16 AM
 Been a busy mofo! 



(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/20140112_021326_zpsjindtheo.jpg)

 (http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/20140112_152043_zpsc1oqb1m2.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/20140111_223658_zpsuaodqqzd.jpg)

Last weekend was huge! Body met pan at last!!!

Thanks Johnny,  Andrew, Jay and my bro Casey!! Shit is becoming a reality!
:singing: :band1: :1rij: :party1::singing: :band1: :1rij: :party1:



(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/20140113_145956_zpsslgnonvl.jpg)
: Re: the '55 Ragtop, 5 years and counting.....
: Geoff January 14, 2014, 10:21:36 AM
A huge Fuckin A!!!!
: Re: the '55 Ragtop, 5 years and counting.....
: 70's Looker January 14, 2014, 11:09:52 AM
Wow great work man! The garage looks way different with the "booth" gone!
: Re: the '55 Ragtop, 5 years and counting.....
: bwaz January 14, 2014, 11:23:35 AM
Man those rear rims sure look lightweight! ;) Looks fantastic Josh!
: Re: the '55 Ragtop, 5 years and counting.....
: Geoff January 14, 2014, 05:45:55 PM
He's the first to use hub less wheels on a vw
: Re: the '55 Ragtop, 5 years and counting.....
: vwshawn January 14, 2014, 09:13:38 PM
Looks great Josh!
: Re: the '55 Ragtop, 5 years and counting.....
: kombikruiser January 14, 2014, 09:37:15 PM
Perfection!
: Re: the '55 Ragtop, 5 years and counting.....
: josh January 14, 2014, 09:56:34 PM
Hell ya! Thx boys!
Brian you won't believe how light those bad boys are....and expensive lol_hitting
Kevin,  it's been down for a couple weeks and it still throws me off every time I walk in the shop....that bloody thing was hogging room for way too long (served it's purpose very well tho!)

I got all the carpet cut out for the rollbar and belt anchors to pass though.......that was stressful! Shit ain't cheap and there's no going back with a knife in hand!!
Got the killer NOS  :great: Airspeed parts "drag bar" back in....such a cool piece thx to Russ years ago
Just had the wife out for her first time helpin. ..I had to try and stretch the sunroof cover evenly back while she marked for the rear tension strip holes...turns out it isn't a straight line across fabric? Don't think she wanted any part in punching the holes through and retreated inside pretty quick; thanks babe....
Tonight might be semaphore night?
: Re: the '55 Ragtop, 5 years and counting.....
: owdlvr January 14, 2014, 10:19:02 PM
UN....REAL!

Looks incredible. Speechless.

-Dave
: Re: the '55 Ragtop, 5 years and counting.....
: silas January 14, 2014, 10:38:27 PM
outstanding work josh!! keep it up buddy, it's looking great!!  :band1: :singing:

ps…i hope you didn't let johnny & andrew get into that cabrito and play lets see what we can stuff in these open exhaust ports!  :o :angel: ;D
: Re: the '55 Ragtop, 5 years and counting.....
: josh January 20, 2014, 08:34:09 PM

So today my wheels arrived ....

What do you think?

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/IMG_20140120_123300_zpshjufrg0h.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/20140120_123110_zpstfanutr2.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/20140120_123122_zpsm1togh5r.jpg)



Those were the best shots I could get.....

 
: Re: the '55 Ragtop, 5 years and counting.....
: buggy1 January 21, 2014, 05:39:26 AM
Just teasing us! Looks freakin awesome
: Re: the '55 Ragtop, 5 years and counting.....
: 57rubindub January 21, 2014, 06:10:41 AM
WOW!! That looks fantastic, and the fact that you did it all yourself in your garage (with small children..) is absolutley mind blowing. Great Job! wee_hee
I gotta ask.. where did you get that front beam from?
: Re: the '55 Ragtop, 5 years and counting.....
: josh January 21, 2014, 08:31:57 AM
Haha Cheers. ...gotta have some element of surprise right?
: Re: the '55 Ragtop, 5 years and counting.....
: kirin January 21, 2014, 07:38:08 PM
Man you have outdone yourself. You are farther than I am after 7 years. Frick man I should just send my 62 over and you can wrap it up in a weekend right?
: Re: the '55 Ragtop, 5 years and counting.....
: josh January 21, 2014, 08:24:17 PM
No problem! Don't think you'd like my rates tho :rockon: :rockon:
: Re: the '55 Ragtop, 5 years and counting.....
: owdlvr January 31, 2014, 11:12:10 AM
Saw the car in person last weekend, and the photos don't do it justice. You think the paint looks good in photos, holy CRAP does it look good in person!

-Dave
: Re: the '55 Ragtop, 5 years and counting.....
: josh January 31, 2014, 12:41:45 PM
Thanks Dave!  its looking ok I guess :67: :67: not done yet....you should Se the seats now (right brian????)  I still haven't seen the car out in the sun paint is gonna be way different colour i have a feeling!!!

motor and trans stuffed in yesterday and lots of stuff going on! think I may have a case of VWADD jumping all over the map.
 setting up some final clearances and trimming engine tin etc. planning out and getting ready to be bent over one more time for a good couple hundy in AN fittings/hose for all my extravagant oil and fuel system... Dave I actually meant to pic your brain about the accusump setup I'm doing kinda like yours....What's your email? wanna send u some pics.
got a little digital angle finder with magnets for getting my suspension all Dialed and 4 wheels aligned. and a bunch of other random crap not worth mentioning....
: Re: the '55 Ragtop, 5 years and counting.....
: 70's Looker March 22, 2014, 11:33:57 AM
Sorry dude, looks like you'll have to take a new direction...

http://www.thesamba.com/vw/classifieds/detail.php?id=1616119 (http://www.thesamba.com/vw/classifieds/detail.php?id=1616119)
: Re: the '55 Ragtop, 5 years and counting.....
: josh March 22, 2014, 01:04:57 PM
Gross!
: Re: the '55 Ragtop, 5 years and counting.....
: Stephan Schmidt June 17, 2014, 12:50:23 PM
Bump - any more teaser pics? what wheels?

Looking great Josh!
: Re: the '55 Ragtop, 5 years and counting.....
: josh June 17, 2014, 09:39:04 PM
Ya sorry I suck at updates anymore....hows this for one....my 20 month old daughter pee'd all over one of my freshly covered german wool front seats tonight! Dont ask why she was in there buck naked.....

Im still alive and kickin, had back surgury a little over a month ago and am recovering well. I havent touched the car in almost 2 weeks (longest stretch of not working on it for ever!) Whats new.......
Got my stainless header done, it turned out kickass! No off the shelf mufflers fit the spot so im making one from scratch now. Im working on brake hardlines and plumming my ridiculous oil and fuel systems.....only have to spend another $600 or so on AN fittings  :o bought wheels a while ago....erco starcuts with zero offset buble fronts, they suit the car to a tee wrapped in M&H dot radials front and rear.
Transmission is in a million pieces...trying to convert a drag only box into something halfass streetable but still strong. Wiring is almost done for all my electronics under the rear seat, still have to find a home for my accusump if im gonna use it?
Finished fitting tins recently, just have one more paint session for that stuff and a couple other random bits to turn black.
Unfortunately I wont have ready for the GCVWS dammit, something about not working since November kinda throws a wrench into the whole play money thing! Im close but still need a couple G to finish the bitch!

Ill chuck up a few pics soon promise!
: Re: the '55 Ragtop, 5 years and counting.....
: red snapper June 17, 2014, 10:29:50 PM
Take care of your back dude. Hope you recover fast. Familly first .
: Re: the '55 Ragtop, 5 years and counting.....
: bwaz June 18, 2014, 09:15:53 AM
Ya sorry I suck at updates anymore....hows this for one....my 20 month old daughter pee'd all over one of my freshly covered german wool front seats tonight! Dont ask why she was in there buck naked.....

Why was she in there buck naked? ;) Sorry Josh, what did you use to clean the seats? Hope the back's on the mend....
: Re: the '55 Ragtop, 5 years and counting.....
: josh June 18, 2014, 09:38:03 AM
Potty training and wife went out handing me a naked kid out in the shop.....car doubles as as real fancy playpen, seemed like a good idea at the time :sign0135: not anymore!

Resulted in a panic call to monsuir snapper and he clamed me down...thx bud.  Mild soap and water (couple drops of sunlight) lots of blotting with rag and this morning no stains thank fuck!!
: Re: the '55 Ragtop, 5 years and counting.....
: bwaz June 18, 2014, 09:47:45 AM
 :freak1: :freak1: :freak1:

Better than being handed the dog I guess! ;)
: Re: the '55 Ragtop, 5 years and counting.....
: Thomas June 18, 2014, 10:17:26 AM
These things make great stories. A little mark, stain, dent or scratch will happen no matter how careful we are and just add to the story of the build. The day I went to cut the hole to put my sunroof in my dog died as I was getting ready. I took care of the dog and was really bummed out. I thought cutting the hole would take my mind off of the dog. I put the start hole in with the step drill and put it on the roof. I started the jig saw and the vibration from it made the step drill slide off the roof. It hit the rear fender bit first and put a dent in it. I stopped - looked at it and thought not much I can do. It's now called Charli's dent and not sure if I will ever fix it as it reminds me of my dog and makes a good story. Can't wait to see your car when it is done. Thomas
: Re: the '55 Ragtop, 5 years and counting.....
: Jeremy June 18, 2014, 11:55:30 PM
Ya. I closed the garage door on my freshly painted rear fenders. Scratch and dent now covered by a convenient rear fender vw emblem.
: Re: the '55 Ragtop, 5 years and counting.....
: Stephan Schmidt June 24, 2014, 08:14:01 AM
Take care of your back dude. Hope you recover fast. Family first .

Agreed! You only have one back and you can't redo the years as your children age!  Cars will come and go and are nothing but pieces of metal at the end of the day which can't replace the smile on your kids faces when they spend time with you! 

: Re: the '55 Ragtop, 5 years and counting.....
: josh January 09, 2015, 04:56:05 PM
95% there :rockon: :rockon: :rockon: :rockon: :rockon: :rockon: :rockon:

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/001BE75D-E81C-443D-958F-E6221809F124_zpsw6owhuay.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/20140426_111033_zpsbncs51zt.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/D8B46E16-8129-49B2-9E82-FBFC7458F03A_zps6xzllzaq.jpg)


(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/7329F106-4988-4301-B511-8906CFD184A7_zpssupnejc4.jpg)

Bit more wiring, Trans build and some brake bracket fab left......
: Re: the '55 Ragtop, 5 years and counting.....
: mitchy965 January 09, 2015, 05:40:24 PM
look absolutely awesome Josh.... you'll soon be vulcanizing the streets!!!! :driving1:
: Re: the '55 Ragtop, 5 years and counting.....
: rustybug61 January 09, 2015, 06:21:32 PM
These things make great stories. A little mark, stain, dent or scratch will happen no matter how careful we are and just add to the story of the build. The day I went to cut the hole to put my sunroof in my dog died as I was getting ready. I took care of the dog and was really bummed out. I thought cutting the hole would take my mind off of the dog. I put the start hole in with the step drill and put it on the roof. I started the jig saw and the vibration from it made the step drill slide off the roof. It hit the rear fender bit first and put a dent in it. I stopped - looked at it and thought not much I can do. It's now called Charli's dent and not sure if I will ever fix it as it reminds me of my dog and makes a good story. Can't wait to see your car when it is done. Thomas
I like that story
: Re: the '55 Ragtop, 5 years and counting.....
: silas January 11, 2015, 09:54:58 PM
looks absolutely incredible josh. you're so close...do it up buddy!!  :cool:
: Re: the '55 Ragtop, 5 years and counting.....
: Project Decade January 11, 2015, 10:55:05 PM
Wow you've done an amazing job josh. If you ever decide to sell those rims & tires let me know ;)
: Re: the '55 Ragtop, 5 years and counting.....
: Geoff January 17, 2015, 11:09:33 AM
Over the top buddy!! Wow!
: Re: the '55 Ragtop, 5 years and counting.....
: red snapper January 17, 2015, 07:46:49 PM
Great job dude! Cant wait to have a beer with ya and see it in person.
: Re: the '55 Ragtop, 5 years and counting.....
: josh January 17, 2015, 08:27:11 PM
Great job dude! Cant wait to have a beer with ya and see it in person.

Still working on this pig 5-6 nights a week....soo much time invested it's not even funny! Finally got all my Transmission parts Magnaflux tested for cracks....all good! Finished tacking my stainless muffler, motor is about to come back out for the final time....the finish line is so close I can taste it!
: Re: the '55 Ragtop, 5 years and counting.....
: silas April 20, 2015, 11:58:05 PM
didnt want to mess up the oil cooler thread in the lounge with my drooling over this car & the work that's being done...but, i need a fix! how's it going bro...?  :cool:
: Re: the '55 Ragtop, 5 years and counting.....
: josh April 21, 2015, 09:17:53 AM
She's goin....I'll put together a little update to cure your urges  later :rockon: :rockon:
: Re: the '55 Ragtop, 5 years and counting.....
: bwaz April 21, 2015, 09:21:18 AM
we don't want an update, we want a ride! ;)
: Re: the '55 Ragtop, 5 years and counting.....
: josh April 21, 2015, 10:11:37 AM
 :driving1: :driving1: :driving1:
: Re: the '55 Ragtop, 5 years and counting.....
: josh April 21, 2015, 11:32:49 PM
Ton of hours past since last update....don't know where to start?

Fuel system check!
Oil system check!
Brake caliper mounts with floating ebrake check!
-3AN stainless brake hardlines check!
Shatpile of fingerprint burning hand sanding and polishing of aluminum goodies check!

What's left? Sort out some transmission issues, finish the last little bit of wiring, some paint touch ups, paint engine tins, final assembly of suspension.......not much really!

Here are a few random pics.....


(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/3E05AB85-CB1C-4B50-AD0E-BA4E0CE36634_zpsj7bpornu.jpg)


(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/F04315FF-7016-42CB-B0D0-97A9999FD360_zpsylilohpn.jpg)

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(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/B19FF350-82EB-4451-8549-9A7274507806_zps29osoi8y.jpg)


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(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/74394628-34EE-4701-9A70-9AC86D4B50CD_zpstmwntjrx.jpg)


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(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/D3516ABF-290E-4F81-8785-C6A42915CE4E_zpsoh57p87h.jpg)


(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/BE3AD55E-4634-42B2-AB55-7A16B3A4143C_zpsy7g677r5.jpg)

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(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/430D343A-D8BA-4A90-B216-EFD28EB4D7FC_zpsfvfilfvp.jpg)

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(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/05BE5417-72DF-4D15-B724-56304D731685_zpsjrvc6adp.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/0F1319DA-1D00-472A-9952-014D09A4DA94_zpsuv7tpvyw.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/2CC42681-1FDF-4005-86CD-A5A2278AFB75_zpstyqznkwl.jpg)


So ya haven't really stopped to breathe.....that was just a little taste.....lets just say I've been having a blast learning how to machine custom one off parts!!!
: Re: the '55 Ragtop, 5 years and counting.....
: 52 split April 22, 2015, 03:43:07 AM
good stuff, whats up with the gearbox that it has to go back.?
: Re: the '55 Ragtop, 5 years and counting.....
: s3racing April 22, 2015, 06:47:16 AM
Looking Great Josh!! I like the custom machined parts Sweet set up.
: Re: the '55 Ragtop, 5 years and counting.....
: 70's Looker April 22, 2015, 07:23:32 AM
That's sweet looking man! Over the top comes to mind!

I like the gtv boss you made to fit! Well done kinda makes me like them now!
: Re: the '55 Ragtop, 5 years and counting.....
: josh April 22, 2015, 08:58:23 AM
There lots more where that came from! Yeah the empi hub didn't jive with the early column and red tip semi switch......much mo betta now!!

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/65B4633D-C241-4D64-934F-EF2E2299FA30_zps4oghx8cy.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/5919FB9F-C51C-476A-924B-1B5B76079D1E_zps1n6pjulq.jpg)

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/C437D1D6-AA67-4FB0-A9CA-A98D18AC1AE2_zpszeghi70o.jpg)

The factory semaphore switch clamp was a cheezy band thing....looked like ass. Hacked this one out of a hunk of T6061.....was a stupid amount of time but happy with it now. That lead to having to remove the factory horn contact bracket on column....more chip flew of the mill and lathe......

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/A7CA677B-29E2-4190-BB65-67613008E984_zpsztlybcb0.jpg)

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I'm no machinist and I'm sure someone who knows WTF theyre doing is shaking their head at some of my ways but I'm having a blast learning!! Keeps things interesting.
: Re: the '55 Ragtop, 5 years and counting.....
: josh May 12, 2015, 06:59:16 AM
Epic night lastnight.....wonder how many decades it's been since this old girl has been on the ground on her own 4 feet?

(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/16968924-B136-45EA-8E93-FB8103E6D7C5_zpsehhfsjsw.jpg)

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So close I can taste it!
: Re: the '55 Ragtop, 5 years and counting.....
: 70's Looker May 12, 2015, 08:13:39 AM
Lookin awsome man! Hope it sounds and runs as mean as it looks!
: Re: the '55 Ragtop, 5 years and counting.....
: Jeremy May 12, 2015, 10:24:56 PM
What he said. Looks great Josh!!
: Re: the '55 Ragtop, 5 years and counting.....
: josh May 12, 2015, 11:49:48 PM
Don't worry boys I don't think we will have any problem making mean angry sounds!!!!

: Re: the '55 Ragtop, 5 years and counting.....
: silas May 13, 2015, 10:32:03 PM
(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/16968924-B136-45EA-8E93-FB8103E6D7C5_zpsehhfsjsw.jpg)

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so badass we gotta bring these pics to page 14!!

BAM! on all 4's...a wicked accomplishment (among many during this build)!

so, i've probably said this before but i'll say it again...i haven't seen this car in person, i've only been following closely as josh builds the s#!t out it and have seen pics...and i gotta say...this ride ticks all the boxes and hits all the marks in my books. motor, suspension, wheels/tires, colour combos, interior, custom tricks & add-ons! so rad!

again...good job josh, keep it up, your car is going to blow minds!
: Re: the '55 Ragtop, 5 years and counting.....
: s3racing June 07, 2015, 08:50:37 AM
Hay Josh, after reading half a dozend pages of posts I give up searching. What size, specs of power plant are you running? Looks sweet. Bet it will be a blast to drive

Cheers Rene
: Re: the '55 Ragtop, 5 years and counting.....
: josh June 07, 2015, 11:05:15 AM
Motor is out of old car I wrecked...it's stupid scary fast, not really what most would consider "streetable" haha

Specs go a lil' sumpthin like this.....

2332cc based on a late AS21 FI case
84mm chev journal welded stroker crank from DPR wedgemated to flywheel
94mm wiseco pistons with valve reliefs in century long barrels cut to length
Compression set at 12:1
Scat H beam rods
Comp eliminator heads, ported running 48x40 valves (100mm longer)
FK46 lifter bore eater cam with 1.5 pauter roller rockers
52mm webber IDAs with all the tricks....enlarged bowls, 3rd progression, 3.0 needle/seats yadda yadda
1 3/4" custom sidewinder style stainless header


: Re: the '55 Ragtop, 5 years and counting.....
: s3racing June 07, 2015, 12:15:41 PM
Thanks Josh,

Sounds like you have one wild Engine. Ever have it Dyno'd I bet it will be silly fast in your Oval.
: Re: the '55 Ragtop, 5 years and counting.....
: Geoff June 07, 2015, 05:34:58 PM
Motor is out of old car I wrecked...it's stupid scary fast, not really what most would consider "streetable" haha

Specs go a lil' sumpthin like this.....

2332cc based on a late AS21 FI case
82mm chev journal welded stroker crank from DPR wedgemated to flywheel
94mm wiseco pistons with valve reliefs in century long barrels cut to length
Compression set at 12:1
Scat H beam rods
Comp eliminator heads, ported running 48x40 valves (100mm longer)
FK46 lifter bore eater cam with 1.5 pauter roller rockers



52mm webber IDAs with all the tricks....enlarged bowls, 3rd progression, 3.0 needle/seats yadda yadda
1 3/4" custom sidewinder style stainless header


Josh, i'm sure it's a typo above but a 82x94 is 2275

84x94= 2332.
: Re: the '55 Ragtop, 5 years and counting.....
: josh June 07, 2015, 06:22:59 PM
Haha yup fat thumbs on an iPhone strike again. Indeed an 84mm crank.
: Re: the '55 Ragtop, 5 years and counting.....
: kombikruiser June 07, 2015, 10:01:35 PM
Your car is insane Josh. Can't wait to see it in person. Great job!
: Re: the '55 Ragtop, 5 years and counting.....
: red snapper June 08, 2015, 05:29:34 PM
looking sweet Josh. Cant wait to lay a beating on that car at Mission!
: Re: the '55 Ragtop, 5 years and counting.....
: josh July 16, 2015, 08:54:21 AM
Some key components slid into their homes lastnight!

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(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/joshbuchan/ED5D73FD-FC4B-46A2-8883-2A010ED5F4D2_zpswm0vwjpi.jpg)

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Hope to make some noise by the weekend?
: Re: the '55 Ragtop.....are we done yet?
: s3racing July 16, 2015, 10:21:25 AM
Looking Great Josh!! Is that a Raby DTM cooling setup.
If it's to much hp for you I'm sure it would fit nicely in my Car:-) lol
: Re: the '55 Ragtop.....are we done yet?
: josh July 16, 2015, 11:59:09 AM
Yup DTM type1. I'll let you know when I'm ready to turn car back into a numbers matching 36hp car :32: :32: :32: :32:
: Re: the '55 Ragtop.....are we done yet?
: Russ July 16, 2015, 12:06:54 PM
what tire set up are you running?
: Re: the '55 Ragtop.....are we done yet?
: josh July 16, 2015, 12:16:57 PM
M&H dot rated 215/65 and 3.5" front runners. Sticky icky but street legal
: Re: the '55 Ragtop.....are we done yet?
: red snapper July 16, 2015, 12:41:16 PM
What did ya have for breakfast?
: Re: the '55 Ragtop.....are we done yet?
: josh July 16, 2015, 12:55:48 PM
What did ya have for breakfast?

  wheaties...why?
: Re: the '55 Ragtop.....are we done yet?
: 70's Looker July 16, 2015, 05:28:00 PM
Can't be plowin snow with slicks, common man
: Re: the '55 Ragtop.....are we done yet?
: silas July 22, 2015, 10:48:05 PM
What did ya have for breakfast?

  wheaties...why?

lol at you guys!

Hope to make some noise by the weekend?

did it get noisy or what...?!  :cool:
: Re: the '55 Ragtop.....are we done yet?
: s3racing July 30, 2015, 08:32:34 AM
Hay Josh what exhaust system is that it looks like a sweet setup
: Re: the '55 Ragtop.....are we done yet?
: josh July 30, 2015, 11:36:05 AM
did it get noisy or what...?!  :cool:

Car has been fighting me tooth and nail! Taking tomorrow off to show it who is boss.....fire in the hole!!!!!!

Hay Josh what exhaust system is that it looks like a sweet setup

Everything but the collector is custom made....incl muffler. All primaries between 41-42", true equal length (actually worked it out by volume. Calculated the CC's of each bend (180,90,45,22.5 and straight pipe by inch) was way too much work but after looking at the welds on the CSP Python or whatever they call it I had to make my own! Who wire feeds a 1200$ stainless header? Beads looked like those crunchy cheezies laying ontop of pipes! :32: :32: :32: I have about $600 worth of mandrel bends into it.

: Re: the '55 Ragtop.....are we done yet?
: josh July 30, 2015, 11:39:55 AM
Many many hours on the band saw and belt sander got it all tacked up and had my very talented buddy come over and work his TIG Magic on it....dude is an artist!!!!
: Re: the '55 Ragtop.....are we done yet?
: s3racing July 30, 2015, 11:41:34 AM
Looks great Josh
: Re: the '55 Ragtop.....are we done yet?
: silas August 09, 2015, 03:36:32 PM
sorry josh, had to post this vid. i love it!

out of the garage under its own power, the s#!t eating grin, the look in your eyes...this is the look of an extremely happy guy!! 1 gigantic step closer...super hearty congrats to you my friend...you rock!!!  :cool:

https://instagram.com/p/6LLGTOoNop/?taken-by=buchanvw
: Re: the '55 Ragtop.....are we done yet?
: josh August 09, 2015, 03:44:10 PM
Don't be sorry buds! I'm ecstatic!!! Soooooo happy this day has finally come!!!
: Re: the '55 Ragtop.....are we done yet?
: Jonathan August 10, 2015, 09:48:16 AM
Wow this is an impressive undertaking, years in the making!! You are a true perfectionist!
I can't wait to see this car in person at the GCVW show :)
: Re: the '55 Ragtop.....are we done yet?
: Geoff August 10, 2015, 05:44:26 PM
Be sure to get your "Josh" shirt at the GCVWS on the 23rd. We couldn't resist having this beauty on the shirts and posters.


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: Re: the '55 Ragtop.....are we done yet?
: josh August 10, 2015, 06:18:08 PM
So rad! Such an honour :rockon: :rockon: :rockon: :rockon:


She's legal now!
: Re: the '55 Ragtop.....are we done yet?
: Jeremy August 10, 2015, 09:20:57 PM
You got to be pumped. Nice work Josh.  :band1:

 Feel like it's got lots of power?
: Re: the '55 Ragtop.....are we done yet?
: silas August 10, 2015, 09:45:11 PM
those shirts are rad and will sell out quick!! get 'em while their hot!!  :cool: