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  • I want to thank 55s for his help on removing the rear fenders in my inquiry on the Tech forum. I spread the end of the V moulding strip and popped it off. I used two large putty knives to help pop off the clips holding down the strip.

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    Lot's of fastening bits to remove, but it's off.

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    Digging out the pile of dirt inside the quarter panel below the right rear window.

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    Now I can get to fabbing up the replacement panels for the trunk walls.

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    Last edited by Topper2011; 04-23-2020, 02:43 PM.

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    • I looked into the overdrive solenoid to see if I can get it to work.

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      I cleaned the contacts, but without a little help, the coil doesn't seem strong enough to pull the plunger down enough to overcome the spring. This was my spare solenoid and I will remove the current one when I get a chance.

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      • "Every man I meet on the street is superior to me in some respect, and from that I can learn."
        R.W. Emerson

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        • Tried and couldn't find a way to add it to the picture posted above, but that was posted 07/08/'18

          My how the world has changed since then.
          "Every man I meet on the street is superior to me in some respect, and from that I can learn."
          R.W. Emerson

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          • Originally posted by dleroux View Post
            Tried and couldn't find a way to add it to the picture posted above, but that was posted 07/08/'18

            My how the world has changed since then.


            In my own diabolical way, I increased my toilet paper supply by taking the old oil filter system off.

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            • Originally posted by Topper2011 View Post



              In my own diabolical way, I increased my toilet paper supply by taking the old oil filter system off.
              Paul
              Winston-Salem, NC
              Visit The Studebaker Skytop Registry website at: www.studebakerskytop.com

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              • Got some work done today.

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                Pulled the left rear fender off. I expected it to be in worse condition, given the rust hole in it.

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                Did a lot of trial fitting and cutting of the new trunk floor.

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                Took several hours, but it can't be fitted further until I replace the rusty side panels. I'm done for today though.

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                • I failed on clearing up the weeds today. The old Ryobi weedwhacker hasn't been used in a long time. Seems sitting around for 7+ years has caused the fuel lines and primer bulb to crumble. It did run enough to clear some weeds before it starting leaking fuel all over the place. Time to find something else to keep busy.


                  Found this at a job site.

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                  I think it's some sort of stake. I have a plan for it.

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                  I need this part of the old trailer hitch. It's not going back on the car anyway.

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                  My welds look like crap.

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                  We'll see how it holds up later.
                  Last edited by Topper2011; 05-04-2020, 03:53 PM.

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                  • The stake is called a nail stake, used to set concrete forms. The small holes are for nailing the form board to the stake. Looks like you found a new purpose for it. The trunk floor is looking good!

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                    • Thanks. Any guesses as to what I made?

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                      • Topper, is it an anvil to use for straightening stainless steel trim?
                        Paul
                        Winston-Salem, NC
                        Visit The Studebaker Skytop Registry website at: www.studebakerskytop.com

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                        • Originally posted by r1lark View Post
                          Topper, is it an anvil to use for straightening stainless steel trim?
                          You're on the right track, but not quite.

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                          • Originally posted by Topper2011 View Post
                            Thanks. Any guesses as to what I made?
                            It could be used as an anvil for various metal work or you could flip it over and use it with a die to put a rounded crease in sheet metal.
                            "In the heart of Arkansas."
                            Searcy, Arkansas
                            1952 Commander 2 door. Really fine 259.
                            1952 2R pickup

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                            • Originally posted by 52-fan View Post

                              It could be used as an anvil for various metal work or you could flip it over and use it with a die to put a rounded crease in sheet metal.
                              Yep, that's it. Called a "T" dolly. Eastwood sells a set of them for $89, about the price of a replacement parcel shelf. I want to fix the horrible beads I hammered into the new floor board I made. Hopefully my imagination of them becoming perfect come true.

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                              • Cool, I'll be watching to see how this works out Topper. I have floor pans to make for a Champ pickup and have been trying to figure out the best way to add stiffening beads in the metal without popping for a bead roller.
                                Paul
                                Winston-Salem, NC
                                Visit The Studebaker Skytop Registry website at: www.studebakerskytop.com

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