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    What was your MOST nerve wracking: & tedious: part of doin' your car?
    Bill Curious

  • #2
    Right now it is the rear body panel for the delivery. Bottom 5 inches were almost non-existant. Add to it the fact the panel and stiffeners are bent right at the beltline on each side. I have made a jig for straightening the stiffeners and am saving pennies to get the tanks for the torch so I can heat them in the places needed and shrink them in a few places. I salvaged and pieced out a tudor body last year and kept the rear seat support to correctly set the height as I weld in a full width patch. Nerve racking as finding a replacement rear panel for it would be near impossible to find. The stiffeners are the same shape as the tudor, but made differently. Rod
    Last edited by Rowdy; 07-12-2017, 01:55 PM.
    "Much of the social history of the Western world, over the past three decades, has been a history of replacing what worked with what sounded good." Thomas Sowell


    • #3
      Removing 9 broken head studs... that was nerve wracking! The biggest relief was at the end checking the last stud for fit and not having to thread insert a single one.
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      • #4
        When I purchased my car ;-(
        I was 1 1/2 hours from the man I purchased it from and 1 1/2 hours from home. The car quit running what the heck do I do? Step back, cooled off it was very hot weather, it started up and continued home :-) Many years later replaced the ignition
        switch !


        • #5
          Body work, painting. I hate it but if you do not want to pay big bucks, you got to do it.


          • #6
            Brother Purdy,
            My Friend, Ron, was a GENIUS at blowing broken studs from CAST IRON! He used a small "special" cutting torch & when done, he could "almost" screw in a stud, without running the threads!!!
            Bro Bill


            • #7
              The most nerve racking thing for me is assembling a freshly painted restoration, you have to be so careful not to scratch the new paint. I basically sweat bullets throughout the build.
              3~ Tudor's & 1~ Coupe
              Henry Ford said,
              "It's all nuts and bolts"
              "Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible."

              Mitch's Auto Service ctr


              • #8
                Tinkering with the rear brakes. I just hate tearing the rear brake assemblies apart.


                • Mitch
                  Mitch commented
                  Editing a comment
                  Hey Joe that brings to mind a shop saying we have.
                  It's called the "Pep Boys Shuffle"
                  That's when someone is unsure of how the brakes go back together so ya shuffle over to the other side and take a peek . lol

              • #9
                YEP, Son,
                If working on STRANGE brakes, take apart ONE side at a time!!---Then I "wonder"---DID THE LAST JACKASS PUT THEM TOGETHER CORRECTLY???----I'm my own WORST enemy, I "think" TOO MUCH???
                Mitchs' KDad


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