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Just my opinion but I think it look WRONG to have the rearend back!!! It is your car,do it how you like it!! ROY.
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Thanks Jim ! I'm kinda leaning towards stretching the opening . I have quarter work to do, might as well get it over with. but may do the spring holes in an old set of springs so I can put it off a little longer :wink:
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Roy your probably right. With my new leafs my car is about six inches higher than it should be and it may have been an illusion. While I had the rims and tires off for the rim swap and a little time on my hands I drilled new holes. With the rims and tires back on I am going to put a bout 10 bags of cement on the rear end. If it doesn't look right I'll switch back. Jim
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This pic of Lous comet is why I'm leaning towards the stretch. although it was fine for stock tires it , to me it looks like the opening should have been more forward to match the wells. I guess they were trying for the illusion of lenth.
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Hey Man, All I can say about your picture gallery and your car is: DYNAMITE!! You really did a beautiful job all around and sh :D ould be very proud of your ride and your fine work!!
CONGRADULATIONS AND KIND REGARDS,TOM :D

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Thanks Tom! I appreciate you saying that although it looks better in pics than up close.
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I hope I'm getting close to ready to weld all this in. I opened up the front torque boxes to drill for some plug welds. Picked up some 1 1/2''x 3 tubing , gonna use for braces in line with the crossmember
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more drilling
same tubing in front of rear t boxes. I plan to reskin the tops of t boxes after all this frame work.
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I drilled 1/8'' holes up thru the new frame rails then enlarged the holes in the floor to 3/8''
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I left the part of the donor cars floor skin on the rails for strength, so I used a 3/8'' spot weld cutter to drill thru the skin only. I'll weld from inside the car & wanted good penetration thru to the frame flange
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The new rails will be 4 7/8 inches inward from the old ones.
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still need to get some rust off & treat the areas that will get covered up before welding.
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Keep 'em coming. Looking good. I wish I had filled my front frame rails like that. Don't know why it didn't occur to me.
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John;WOW,your Comet is really going to be solid when you finish!! It is a lot of work but you will be glad you did it when you get it on the road!! ROY.
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Man thats looking awesome!
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Too Cool!

Looks like you made some real progress! Some nice work.

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Thanks guys, time to get away from it a while & head for the mountains!
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poboyjo65 wrote:Thanks guys, time to get away from it a while & head for the mountains!
Have a few cold ones for me amigo!!! :x

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I got the car level by making some adjustable add ons for jack stands. my floor isnt level ,car is on ramps but since it didnt sit level beforehand, I tried to get it better. we shot it with a transit & checked it at the rockers & corners of the frame . side to side was all we could check but its good. put doors back on & they shut & open good.
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also have stands under the rockers, sooner or later I'll take the rearend & old framerails out & I wanted it to stay level.
I bolted on the rails with screws & checked measurments, got it right then tightened it down & checked measurments again.

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opened up the t boxes

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made some tops with extra on the back to patch the rusty lapped seam. I put angles on both sides to keep that part flat while I curled the back patch.

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I cut the inner flange off & screwed the tops down. also made some floor patches for next to the hump & screwed them on

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Made some little round patches with a holesaw for the drainholes & welded them in to practice welding a little. I figured if I need a hole to drain I can drill one!

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I think I'll get plenty of practice

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I'll put another bead around the perimeter of these lapped patches when I get under there

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A buddy said he could weld good & needed some beer money. said he could weld overhead too! :D

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I thought I might start him out INSIDE the torque box , out of sight. It was a good idea ! I bought him some beer anyway. :roll:

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I think he was used to thick metal, like 1/2''. :roll: I'll do the rest of the welding, be it good bad or ugly! :lol:
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Wow, John. That's a lot of work you've put in since the last time I checked, but it continues to look great. It sure will be solid. Your engineering continues to impress me. Can't wait to see it.... next summer ;)
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