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  • Weather was beautiful today and off work for the weekend. Time for floor pan work.

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    Hammering my "press" isn't really making that much progress. Time for at least a thousand pounds of pressure!

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    It didn't work either. I ended up using the ball peen of hammer and yes, I used another hammer on it.

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    Again, I'm glad this is going to be under a carpet.

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    • My wife helped me move the heavy drill press onto the work bench. Works beautifully!

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      Time to sell the "little" one.

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      • Well, I sold the little drill press to a very happy Craigslist person. No work lately due to long work hours. Plus we had a wedding to attend.

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        I did order some trunk repair pieces from CE.

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        • I've got to do some tweaking to make them fit a little better.

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          Contours aren't quite right and I may have to look for a shrinker/stretcher.

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          • Originally posted by Topper2011 View Post
            Weather was beautiful today and off work for the weekend. Time for floor pan work.

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            Hammering my "press" isn't really making that much progress. Time for at least a thousand pounds of pressure!

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            It didn't work either. I ended up using the ball peen of hammer and yes, I used another hammer on it.

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            Again, I'm glad this is going to be under a carpet.
            Many years ago I was shown the technique to knock floor panel contours into shape on a sand bag using a ballpeen hammer. I thought ,"jeez this is bloody ugly !" I swear that once you have at it with a suitable DOLLY and planishing hammer / Flipper, you will shape these up just like factory pressed panels. Your use of a wooden 'Die' is sound practice- just try getting outside of you comfort zone and use that ballpeen to rough shape. Just in case you think it's too difficult, take a look at what I made- mind you I had instruction, but boy, I made it- all of it, bar the inner frame...

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            • Steve, thank you. That boot lid looks fantastic! There's hope for me after all!

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              • Dreary weather, but no going out as we are shelter in place. So, time to take the angle grinder out with a cutting wheel.

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                Started with removing the bumper which fouled up on the trailer hitch. I couldn't cut it out as it's welded in all over the place.

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                For not being painted, the inner trunk back panel is surprisingly clear of serious rust.

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                I won! The hitch is finally off.

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                • Anxious to get little more done before dinner.

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                  Valance is off and not in bad shape.

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                  This is one of worse parts, the right trunk anchor.

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                  The new reinforcement is deeper than the old one. It looks like it would raise the trunk floor higher than it was.

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                  That's enough for today.

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                  • They are having an upholstery sale at SMS, so I pulled the interior panels off to send them off.

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                    Pulled the covers off the back seats.

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                    Trying to figure out how to remove the head rest clips from the Transit seats.

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                    When I get these off, I can send them off to get the covers made.

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                    • Worked on the trunk today and I am certainly not a body guy, but still willing to give it a go. Can't fail if I don't try.

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                      Exposing the tack welds. There were a lot of them!

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                      Still cutting back on the tin worm attack.

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                      I'm done! Not!

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                      Different vendors for the trunk parts and a reason why one should get them from the same shop.

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                      • Crap! Go to 1:50.

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                        I can't make one of these myself, so it just completes the whole half assedness of the project.

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                        • A productive day for the short hours I worked.

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                          Finally removed the headrests clips. That allowed me to remove the covers.

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                          Took the center armrest apart also.

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                          Under the houndstooth , someone has been to Arizona.

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                          • Driver's seat went a lot faster and I didn't even remove it.

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                            Did an oil change on the commuter and replaced engine mount #2, still have the third and last one on the transmission to do.

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                            Repurposing a worn wheel barrow handle and one of the bed wheels for the tool.

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                            Any guesses?

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                            • Rolling out sound proofing material? It's good to see progress on your car. One of these days she'll be ready for a test drive!

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                              • Originally posted by tsenecal View Post
                                Rolling out sound proofing material? It's good to see progress on your car. One of these days she'll be ready for a test drive!
                                Yep, that's it. I'm too cheap to pay for the tool, especially since I have 4 of those bed wheels and had to replace the handles on the wheelbarrow anyway. From what I've read, you are suppose to flatten all the "quilting" on the peel and stick sound deadener, hence the need for the roller.

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