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Username Post: 1961 Impala mild custom build        (Topic#332208)
gofastwclass 
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04-09-17 10:17 PM - Post#2685808    
    In response to paintman

  • Brian64SS Said:
Kind of amazing, what you're doing there, especially for a guy with an unrelated day job. You must not sleep much. Great sheet metal work, a lot of talent and patience there. I'd have to look at it for a while but you seem to know just what to do.




Thanks a lot. I'm told there is time to sleep when you're dead. Hahaha!

I work a lot, but I have no kids and at the moment I don't have a woman. I've never been a TV guy and I don't do sports. While some friends are watching their favourite show or team I'm working on my car.

Paintman is right, working on the car and fabricating stuff is somewhat therapeutic. Solving mechanical puzzles comes naturally to me and I've never had something I wasn't able to disassemble or reassemble without instructions. After spending all day peering into and tinkering with the virtual world it's nice to get my hands dirty for a bit and see physical progress on something.

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gofastwclass 
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04-09-17 10:19 PM - Post#2685809    
    In response to gofastwclass

Speaking of physical progress...


Another mockup of the last trunk panel, this time with the 1961 fillers temporarily held in place. It’s settled, this is the look I’m after. Now I get to pull the trunk pan out yet again, trim the excess metal and weld in the 1961 quarter extensions.

Quick fit:








Overall view:





All parts mocked up:






1961 Impala mild custom build

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paintman 
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04-10-17 06:19 AM - Post#2685837    
    In response to gofastwclass

That's exactly what I'm talking about!

I keep thinking if just maybe....what if we all lived closer to each other and could pool all our individual strengths/skill sets and assist each other with his/her individual restoration projects.

Just imagine how quickly and easily we could complete our restoration projects!!!

Not to mention all the fun we would have!

Rich



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1964 Impala SS Coupe 327 250 Auto
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56_Kruiser 
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04-10-17 12:30 PM - Post#2685877    
    In response to gofastwclass

  • gofastwclass Said:
...I work a lot, but I have no kids and at the moment I don't have a woman. I've never been a TV guy and I don't do sports. While some friends are watching their favourite show or team I'm working on my car.

Paintman is right, working on the car and fabricating stuff is somewhat therapeutic. Solving mechanical puzzles comes naturally to me and I've never had something I wasn't able to disassemble or reassemble without instructions. After spending all day peering into and tinkering with the virtual world it's nice to get my hands dirty for a bit and see physical progress on something.



Sounds just like me. We could be twins...albeit you are more experienced and talented.

I think I am considered an introvert...because when getting together with acquantances I often don't participate in the mens discussions very well, as I don't fish, don't play or watch sports, and don't know much about what they are talking about.

I have run into several folks here in my sub-division that work on cars. We help each other out now and then...but everyone is busy working on their own projects for the most part.



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gofastwclass 
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04-19-17 04:22 PM - Post#2687354    
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  • 56_Kruiser Said:
Sounds just like me. We could be twins...albeit you are more experienced and talented.

I think I am considered an introvert...because when getting together with acquantances I often don't participate in the mens discussions very well, as I don't fish, don't play or watch sports, and don't know much about what they are talking about.

I have run into several folks here in my sub-division that work on cars. We help each other out now and then...but everyone is busy working on their own projects for the most part.




Thanks for the compliment Roger.

Yep, I know nothing of fishing, hunting, sports or other non-car guy stuff.

I'm an introvert outside the car circle for sure. The irony is most people I know from work don't believe me when I tell them I'm shy because I'm actually very good at public speaking and teaching.

1961 Impala mild custom build

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gofastwclass 
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04-19-17 04:25 PM - Post#2687355    
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I have a lot of progress pictures to sort through but the weather is fantastic and I’m trying to take advantage of the excellent weather and get things accomplished which takes time from posting.

This session’s task wasn’t metalwork.

Over the winter I purchased a new wideband oxygen sensor to replace my failing previous sensor / controller. This is part of a series of engine calibration tools I use when I do an engine swap or update. This tool allows me to monitor and data log the air fuel ratio of the engine in real time. Since I prefer a cleaner looking dash and I own several LSx powered vehicles, I don’t want the wideband permanently installed in any of them. As such, I needed a housing to mount the gauge / controller when I move it from vehicle to vehicle for tuning and logging sessions. My old portable setup was a fragile bundle of wires that got really annoying to deal with – especially if I had a passenger. It also used the 0 to 5v output until HP Tuners supported the serial connection in version 3.x.

Now I use a USB to serial converter and avoid the annoying voltage offset malarkey required with the 0 to 5v connection. Going directly serial and avoiding the voltage offset means what displays on the gauge is exactly what inputs to HP tuners scanner at all times – no additional calibration needed. If you aren’t familiar, the voltage offset is often due to ground path which can skew the sensors readings, making your calibration of the car less accurate. In short, this means each vehicle and each power location can have a different ground path which requires a mathematical offset in my log software. This takes time to calculate and plot which is a hassle when you just want to see if something you thought of made an improvement or not. Without the worry of voltage offset I was able to integrate the ability to run the wideband from the cars power port making things super portable and still keeping all the accuracy designed at the factory.

I used a Radio Shack enclosure, one XT60 connector, a dash power adapter I already owned, a bit of wire loom and the star of the show, my new AEM X series 30-0300 set to read in lambda (vs. AFR).

Anyway enough of my babble, I’ll let the camera speak. If you want to know more details about why I use lambda or other things, just ask.





Admittedly the enclosure is a bit large, but it was the smallest one in stock where I could place a 2” hole in the front without looking silly.




Showing the serial port connection.





Inside wiring connections.





Completed unit. Amazing how a bit of wire loom makes things look professional.




XT-60 quick disconnect connector close-up.


Until next time.


1961 Impala mild custom build

I build my own stuff...


 
62sedan 
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04-19-17 05:00 PM - Post#2687365    
    In response to gofastwclass

It's always interesting and very informative to see and read of your continuing advancements in your build. Thanks so much for your continuing postings and camaraderie to this forum. I really appreciate everything you include for us to see and learn.

Chuck






 
gofastwclass 
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04-20-17 04:58 AM - Post#2687435    
    In response to paintman

  • paintman Said:
That's exactly what I'm talking about!

I keep thinking if just maybe....what if we all lived closer to each other and could pool all our individual strengths/skill sets and assist each other with his/her individual restoration projects.

Just imagine how quickly and easily we could complete our restoration projects!!!

Not to mention all the fun we would have!




When I was younger we used to do that and it was fantastic! We literally were knocking out frame-off cars as fast as you had money to buy parts and paint. We would also travel to out of town shows with a different vehicle or set of vehicles each year.

Now everyone in that original group except myself and one other guy is married with kids. As such my other friends have family activities to fuel along with their car hobby. For me, I only have myself, vehicles and property to manage so I can still devote a lot of energy to cars.

Sadly this means I work alone 95% of the time and only get help for things like hoods, deck lids and pulling a car body from the frame.

If I could go back to having car friends with a bit of time it would be excellent. We also need to live somewhere warm, I don't do cold well. Hahaha.




You are welcome 62sedan. I'm glad it helps others, that is why I share this stuff.

This winter was a bit rocky with unexpectedly losing a close friend. I didn't get near the anticipated amount of stuff accomplished while a group of us were trying to help the family through a rough patch.

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56_Kruiser 
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04-20-17 08:48 PM - Post#2687545    
    In response to gofastwclass

Your thread is an inspiration. Great information.

  • gofastwclass Said:
  • 56_Kruiser Said:
Sounds just like me. We could be twins...albeit you are more experienced and talented.

I think I am considered an introvert...because when getting together with acquantances I often don't participate in the mens discussions very well, as I don't fish, don't play or watch sports, and don't know much about what they are talking about.

I have run into several folks here in my sub-division that work on cars. We help each other out now and then...but everyone is busy working on their own projects for the most part.




Thanks for the compliment Roger.

Yep, I know nothing of fishing, hunting, sports or other non-car guy stuff.

I'm an introvert outside the car circle for sure. The irony is most people I know from work don't believe me when I tell them I'm shy because I'm actually very good at public speaking and teaching.



I can't believe the similar paths we have been on. I was a Certified Netware Instructor (remember that product) back in 1990 for a few years until I moved out of training on computers.

Also trained on other networks of the era. Pretty much just MS around now.

Training folks on computers was rewarding. It was really interesting in 1986. You could show folks how to add 4+4 in a spreadsheet with one little formula...and see the light bulbs and awe going on Funny...there are still a few folks around that would be awed by that, I guess.

1956 Belair Convertible

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gofastwclass 
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04-20-17 10:32 PM - Post#2687558    
    In response to 56_Kruiser

  • 56_Kruiser Said:
I can't believe the similar paths we have been on. I was a Certified Netware Instructor (remember that product) back in 1990 for a few years until I moved out of training on computers.

Also trained on other networks of the era. Pretty much just MS around now.

Training folks on computers was rewarding. It was really interesting in 1986. You could show folks how to add 4+4 in a spreadsheet with one little formula...and see the light bulbs and awe going on Funny...there are still a few folks around that would be awed by that, I guess.




Wow, Novell Netware.... that is a product I haven't heard of in a while. Brings up lots of memories.

Teaching is an odd thing for me. I got officially pulled into it on this latest project but I've unofficially done it for years. Those "a-ha" moments are very rewarding when you connect with a student and they understand what you've been teaching. For me the problem with teaching is I'm still doing IT stuff and they expect me to teach for this project. I can't move servers, plan network changes, answer questions for applications I support AND teach class at the same time.

For example: Wednesday and Thursday's tasks. Support a class of students (someone else was leading the class), organize, plan and execute a short notice re-IP for a group of 10 workstations, one physical server and two virtual servers, change the previously mentioned remote users' office from a stand alone network to one that connects to our WAN, plan migrating the devices and users to the corporate domain from their local domain, create shares on one of the corporate servers, create print queues on the print server... I'm sure there is more I'm not remembering.

Oh yeah, and I had two guys assigned to me for the task looking to me for direction and answers.

I'm literally a man of many hats.

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