This now explains the queries from my thousands of followers, (3 to be truthful) asking "when are you going to add to your blog?" - well better late that never - so here it is! Now onto Post #5.
|There was a 4" strip between sections|
|Lifted top with old camper jacks|
Cut out the 4 inch joiner strip between body sections.
|Shortened bodies put on 2 dr. frame.|
|Body sections tack welded|
Positioned the two body sections on the rebuilt 2 dr. frame.
Bolted them to the frame and tack welded them together.
|Cut off top and quarters and lifted off|
Got remains of the 2 dr. body onto my boat trailer and rolled it out of the garage.
|Rolling chassis under top|
|Top in position for closer cutting|
Took it on and off a few times to get it how I wanted it.
Put fender on for check of fit and saw that my body is 1/4" too long!
Not a problem - only tacked together.
Taking it apart one final time for cleaning in prep for welding and will shorten it at that time.
|Separating for final time|
|Should be no gap!|
Took sections apart for what I hope is the final time. I need to clean joints for welding.
Will cut off 1/4" from mid-section also at the same time.
|Maneuvering to get splines inserted.|
These splines were needed but made the final install of top quite difficult.
Managed to spread the quarters very wide and force them over the wheel wells to get all the right angles so splines would go into windshield pillars.
Now in final position and awaiting welding in place.
Taking a break for a nice Hawaiian vacation and for the busy Christmas Holiday Season.
If you visit my photo album link at the top of the page there are more pictures that will help you make sense of all this.
Hope everyone has a Happy Holiday Season
Drop over for a beer anytime and see what is really happening!
As many of you know already the joy of retirement is that every day is a holiday!!
Have a good one..... Ron Cann Sr.