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Username Post: 1961 Impala mild custom build        (Topic#332208)
gofastwclass 
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10-31-18 05:30 PM - Post#2750126    
    In response to 4EyedTurd

Yes, I dress the back sides of all my sheet metal work. Depending on the technique I used to weld the metal changes the amount of work necessary on the back side.

TIG is the most time consuming process but also the easiest to make look good on both sides. The welds are smaller so a few hits with the hammer and dolly or a buff with some sandpaper make me happy.

MIG is the fastest process but more time is spent on the finishing side of the equation. The welds are also harder to finish because the metal seems harder than TIG welds are.

I am getting to the point where I'm almost exclusively using the TIG for everything unless it needs to be tacked together, the job is a quick repair or the metal is dirty.

Twenty plus years ago I met a man who gas welded everything, hammering the welds as he went. The results were fantastic. I'm not sure I'm that patient. Haha.

1961 Impala mild custom build

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gofastwclass 
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11-23-18 09:34 PM - Post#2752235    
    In response to gofastwclass

It’s obviously been a long time since I updated this thread… I’ve done a lot of driving but I’ve also made a few updates to the car with more to come.

One thing that I’ve done was replace the factory rear with a 9” I cut down that was built for a 2002 F-Body. I broke the spider gears in the factory axle and wasted no time switching to a rear that was strong enough to take so abuse. Plus I already had it on hand from a prior project.

I made a three part video of the process, check it out here:

Part 1 Making a low budget axle jig –
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1961 Impala mild custom build

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Edited by gofastwclass on 11-25-18 11:02 AM. Reason for edit: Updated video links...

 
junky 
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11-25-18 08:12 AM - Post#2752298    
    In response to gofastwclass

Parts 1,2, & 3 are all the same video.

Never argue with an idiot. He'll drag you down to his level, then beat you with experience.


 
gofastwclass 
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11-25-18 11:04 AM - Post#2752308    
    In response to junky

  • junky Said:
Parts 1,2, & 3 are all the same video.



Thanks Junky. For some reason this board won't let me add three different videos to the same post. I should know this, I've had the same problem before. The code is right when I look at it but the display and links all go to the first video. Odd. I'll fix the video links in my next post.



1961 Impala mild custom build

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Why buy when you can build it better?


 
gofastwclass 
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11-25-18 11:05 AM - Post#2752309    
    In response to gofastwclass

Part 2 Preparing the axle –

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1961 Impala mild custom build

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gofastwclass 
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11-25-18 11:06 AM - Post#2752310    
    In response to gofastwclass

Part 3 Narrowing the axle –

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1961 Impala mild custom build

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gofastwclass 
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01-10-19 09:08 PM - Post#2757089    
    In response to gofastwclass

Only had about an hour and a half to work on the car... simply amazing what you can hammer out if you are determined.




Rusted bit.




Patch.




Old and new.




The hole.




Fitted.





Finished.



Hope to get some more time in this weekend.

1961 Impala mild custom build

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Why buy when you can build it better?


 
kingkreeton 
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01-11-19 04:39 AM - Post#2757094    
    In response to gofastwclass

Very nice work!! I was wondering when you were going to post some updates.

Shane
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4 Speed Muncie

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Stittville Ed 
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01-11-19 04:42 AM - Post#2757095    
    In response to gofastwclass

Time is always the problem or missing/waiting for one small part for a big assembly..........

But as long as we keep going forward and making progress were happy.



 
gofastwclass 
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01-12-19 01:12 PM - Post#2757207    
    In response to kingkreeton

Thanks guys!

I've done a lot of work but not much that was visual. Over the summer I broke the factory differential and made a 9" fit the car with 1998 - 2002 F-Body disc brakes (in the videos above). Prior to that I lost second the 4L60E automatic and replaced it with a T-56 6 speed manual.

Both situations weren't really a surprise as the engine makes more power than those components were designed to handle in factory trim.


You're right Ed. Time seems to ebb and flow. I had a fair amount of free time when I started this thread. Then I spent the last two years running my tail off traveling most weekends. Now I'm back home again and able to work a bit on the cars.

Now if I only had a larger workshop...

1961 Impala mild custom build

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Why buy when you can build it better?


 
Stittville Ed 
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01-15-19 05:46 AM - Post#2757427    
    In response to gofastwclass

Glad to hear that you are back on the car.
Your Write Ups are always Great to see and learn from.

I'm very Lucky to have a place to work.
We have a low Barn 21' peak with 2 sections each 20x40.

So I have my 64 in the back to work on when I can.
Life/Work/Kids always seem to slow progress down.



 
56_Kruiser 
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01-15-19 06:25 AM - Post#2757433    
    In response to gofastwclass

It's always interesting and educational to see your posts.



1956 Chevy
Vid of 61
61 Chevy


 
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