pickin' and a'grinnin'

jaded iconoclast

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Re: pickin' and a'grinnin'
« Reply #32 on: October 05, 2017, 10:22:37 PM »
I had been going back and forth for a while about reversing the Corvair steering box or not, I finally decided I will reverse it, so I tore it down. It is CHERRY inside, all the bearings and races, even the balls in the block all look great. So I don't need the $85 US rebuild kit, I will just cut some new gaskets, drill the hole in the other end, put a plug in the hole where the steering shaft originally went in, and bobs yer uncle.
The original plan was to run it in polished aluminum, but some of the pits are too deep, I can see already it would have a wavy finish, and I HATE that. Instead, I will clean the pits out with a drill, fill them with two part epoxy, prime it, block it out, and paint it gloss Naples orange, same as the engine. The frame is going to be gloss black, and the pitman arm chromed, it will look sharp, probably even better than the polished aluminum would have looked.
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« Reply #33 on: October 09, 2017, 03:51:47 PM »
I have already posted these elsewhere on here, but for the sake of continuity, if this is going to be the build thread, I should get everything in one place. This is the frame I am starting with, but its getting re-worked front and rear spring mounts and some other stuff



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« Reply #34 on: October 09, 2017, 04:48:46 PM »
prepping the steering box for paint. I plan to fill the pits with Splashzone epoxy, but it wont stick to dirt and corrosion, so I gotta drill out EVERY pit with a drill bit or dremel bit on the big ones, until all the black shit is gone and I have shiny aluminum. And there are LOTS of pits.




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DavyJ

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« Reply #35 on: October 09, 2017, 05:20:08 PM »
Whats with all those huge dustpan like shovels in the corner of the garage?  I did not think it snowed in BC! ;D ;D

Project is starting to gather some speed.....
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« Reply #36 on: October 09, 2017, 05:24:39 PM »
Whats with all those huge dustpan like shovels in the corner of the garage?  I did not think it snowed in BC! ;D ;D

Project is starting to gather some speed.....
It doesn't, my wife uses those to shovel up the big steaming piles when I am talking too much! ;D
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DavyJ

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« Reply #37 on: October 09, 2017, 05:31:57 PM »
Have you tried polishing it with a mounted flapwheel on a die grinder?  if you start with a 36 or 60 grit, it should cut right through the pits in areas where you can spare some material.......
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Thirty2ragtop

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« Reply #38 on: October 09, 2017, 05:36:06 PM »
What about walnut shell media blast?

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« Reply #39 on: October 09, 2017, 05:46:19 PM »
Have you tried polishing it with a mounted flapwheel on a die grinder?  if you start with a 36 or 60 grit, it should cut right through the pits in areas where you can spare some material.......
I don't want to make low spots, I HATE a wavy finish. In fact, I started to do that here, made a low, and mangled the line,

 and didn't even get rid of the pitted area, so I will sand the area in the red oval with 220 and do a shallow fill with epoxy and bring the contour back. Then I will sand it with a piece of wood and some 320, prime and paint it.  This is a bit tedious, but it goes fairly fast once you get going.
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« Reply #40 on: October 10, 2017, 07:40:53 PM »
I was thinking more about the bolt boss where you could take out the whole area evenly.............I see your point on the low spots on the body.
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« Reply #41 on: October 10, 2017, 08:01:36 PM »
I was thinking more about the bolt boss where you could take out the whole area evenly.............I see your point on the low spots on the body.
ah, I see. The pits there are pretty deep, that's the worst area I don't know if I would want to remove that much materlal. Speaking of "removing material" I didn't notice it till I washed up, but when I was doing this, the other end of the pin vise was doing a fine job of "removing material" from the palm of my hand. :o ;D.

So I took a breather from more pit drilling today, and cleaned up the $5 Q-jet I picked up at Monroe instead. I do kind of tend to get focused on what I'm doing sometimes. ;D
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« Reply #42 on: October 13, 2017, 06:35:16 PM »
Woo-Hoo! Axles are here! The top one is for the T-bucket, and dropped 3 3/4", the bottom one is for my full-fendered T Tudor, and dropped a full 4". Both were dropped by Jeremy Mang at Victory Hot Rods in Nanoose Bay BC, he did a nice job. :) I have a couple divots that I have to tig up, then I will peak and drill the top one, and prep it for plating.
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Thirty2ragtop

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« Reply #43 on: October 13, 2017, 07:06:06 PM »
Very nice

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« Reply #44 on: June 05, 2018, 10:39:32 AM »
Ok, its pretty rare that I look to others for this sort of feedback, I usually have a pretty clear idea what I want, and am not inclined to be swayed by the opinions of others, but this has me second and third guessing myself.
A theme has spontaneously developed as I have worked on this, Theres a lot of brass parts on the Hilborns, and it looks REALLY good polished. The car will be Naples orange, which is a really intense reddish orange, and I figured early on that polished brass, bright orange and black crackle will really look sharp together. I was looking on Speedway this morning for the standard polished aluminum headlight mounts, and I spotted these.

The frame will be gloss black, and the headlight buckets are Naples orange. These are tempting, as they mesh so nicely with the theme that is already established, but I am hesitant. Is this is too much, I am tipping over the line into garish? They also don't really fit that well with the "race car" vibe that the hilborns, wheels and pie-crusts have set up. Any thoughts, opinions? Too much?

The other possibility that I am considering is a fabricated bracket with lightening holes that is welded to the chassis and painted gloss black, and doubles as a shock mount for tube shocks. Much more in keeping with the race car theme.
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Thirty2ragtop

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« Reply #45 on: June 05, 2018, 11:14:52 AM »
I've been buying up these for different applications.  They're clean.

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« Reply #46 on: June 05, 2018, 11:17:10 AM »
I've been buying up these for different applications.  They're clean.
Thanks for the feedback thirty2
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DavyJ

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« Reply #47 on: June 05, 2018, 06:37:40 PM »
I tend to agree with your thought that the polished brass will not fit in with the race car side of your build.  Very nice, but I think the drilled and painted brackets would suit it better......
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