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Have not all of us that did our own body work, just part of the progress!  Only once??  :D

I had to order some new shop vac filters for mine half way though-the filter  was old to start with! before someone says I used too much filler!  :lol:

DJ

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14 hours ago, DJ194950 said:

Have not all of us that did our own body work, just part of the progress!  Only once??  :D

I had to order some new shop vac filters for mine half way though-the filter  was old to start with! before someone says I used too much filler!  :lol:

DJ

The shop vac will be my next weapon of choice. So far I've only used a broom and shovel because of the volume of dust I knew I'd be sweeping. I just need to get it pretty darn clean before paint

 

20 hours ago, casper50 said:

My shop floor looked like a 1920's Oklahoma dust storm hit it when I sanded mine.  Took me 2 days with the door open and a leaf blower to get most of it out.

That's not an exaggeration! 

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I've got a '47 which is basically like yours.  Every time I see somebody like yourself go deeper into some aspect of their restoration than I do, I wonder how difficult it might be and if I'll be able to get the thing back together if I do.

How difficult was it to remove the front fenders as a unit?  I've got the inner panels off and painted for the battery tray and such, but it looks so inviting to have the entire front off like you do.

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45 minutes ago, Bingster said:

I've got a '47 which is basically like yours.  Every time I see somebody like yourself go deeper into some aspect of their restoration than I do, I wonder how difficult it might be and if I'll be able to get the thing back together if I do.

How difficult was it to remove the front fenders as a unit?  I've got the inner panels off and painted for the battery tray and such, but it looks so inviting to have the entire front off like you do.

It's really fairly easy. When we did it, we took the grill out (just to remove the weight and because of everything else we are doing), removed the wiring on the inner fenders (you already have that done), took off the trim down the rockers (there is one bolt behind the trim on the front fenders), and unbolted the 9/16" headed bolts down the side of the core support and the bolts holding it the firewall/rocker area. You will also need to remove the small belt line stainless trim that goes between the hood and door. It's not hard, but we broke a few bolts off on the firewall which I was able to drill out and re tap. It's also fairly light weight to handle. My dad and I can easily handle the entire front clip this way, and he removed it by himself the first time with our engine hoist if you don't have help. Removing the front clip made rebuilding the front end VERY easy, and I was also able to detail the front half of the frame easily without it on. 

As far as the floor board bolts. That panel was already off the car when we bought it, and I can't locate the original bolts anywhere. I'm going to end up at the hardware store to buy new. 

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Thanks. That looks like a plan. I very stupidly removed a lot of bolts seven years ago when I got the car, thinking that as I was working on it, I'd remember where they went. Some I did label but others not. I've been pouring through the parts book trying to identify them. It seems that as I am putting things back onto the car, I am finding the right fasteners. It sure would make working on the engine a lot easier!

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40 minutes ago, Bingster said:

Thanks. That looks like a plan. I very stupidly removed a lot of bolts seven years ago when I got the car, thinking that as I was working on it, I'd remember where they went. Some I did label but others not. I've been pouring through the parts book trying to identify them. It seems that as I am putting things back onto the car, I am finding the right fasteners. It sure would make working on the engine a lot easier!

I think we've all been there! When I restored my truck, my dad warned me to label everything as I took it off. I thought I'd remember it all. I did label some things, and others I thought would be to easy to forget. I was dead wrong! I also thought pictures would be the answer to everything. I THOUGHT I took a picture of everything, but I clearly didn't take enough. Well, once again, my dad was right lol. I hate when that happens! (I later learned he did the same thing on his 41 Desoto when he was in his early 20s) 

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one thing that you can do is count the holes and then see what style of bolt you have that many of or close to that many of. 

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7 hours ago, pflaming said:

Once you get it all sanded, give it three or four coats of clear satin and you will have a cool patina finish! 

Lol, Nice try Paul! I'm going for the anti-patina on this one!! 

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Paul, you talking rattle cans??

DJ

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