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  • Nice! Ours never got that close. Don't forget about British Victoria. I enjoyed going down to Buellton, CA when MOSS Motors hosted their annual show at "Flags Is Up Farm" The movie "The Horse Whisperer" was patterned after the owner.

    Indeed - Victoria British (which was part of the LMC Motor empire in Lenexa, KS) was purchased by Moss recently. That made sense, quite frankly, as LMC makes much more profit staying focused on truck restoration parts.

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    • It's a beautiful day today and I wanted to be productive. Time to work on the right grille.

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      Scrap metal for the inset piece.

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      Welded in place.

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      Just waiting for things to dry before installing the grille.

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      • Time to plug the "spotlight" hole in the door.

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        Time for some leading of the low spots.

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        Will be stripping the paint from the door, it's really thick. Then skim coat it. Already sprayed the door with the orange stripper and hopefully it will remove the thick paint.

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        • Looks like it's going to need a couple of treatments.

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          Time to start on the passenger side floor.

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          Had to cut and weld the braces I used on the driver's side to now fit it's mirror image.

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          More proof of the mouse house.

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            Well, the vacuum cleaner wasn't very happy.

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            I did nick the hose for the heater, but some sealer should fix it. I think it would be a good idea to remove it when it's time to start welding.

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            I'll continue with the floor next Monday, but did want to put together the right grille. Three different cars contributed to this one piece. Yes, I am using the amber lenses as I do not have the correct clear lens for the right side, but for some reason I have two left sides. Time for a late lunch.
            Last edited by Topper2011; 02-05-2021, 02:45 PM.

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            • Originally posted by Topper2011 View Post
              I'll continue with the floor next Monday, but did want to put together the right grille. Three different cars contributed to this one piece. Yes, I am using the amber lenses as I do not have the correct clear lens for the right side, but for some reason I have two left sides. Time for a late lunch.
              Very nice Roland ! I Actually swapped the park lamp lenses from my GT with a Lark we had to get the amber ones. I didn't like the look of the white/clear ones. Changed to amber on my Chevy too.

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                Last edited by mbstude; 02-27-2021, 12:15 PM.

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                • Originally posted by mbstude View Post
                  Roland, I’ve parted out cars that were in better shape than what you’re working on. And I’m sure I’m not the only one.

                  Your tenacity and determination on this project is impressive.
                  Thanks, I've heard that a lot Matt. The red parts car I picked up was in better shape too.

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                  • After the work done on the drivers side, you will be a seasoned pro on the passenger repairs. The side grill looks great!

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                    • Originally posted by tsenecal View Post
                      After the work done on the drivers side, you will be a seasoned pro on the passenger repairs. The side grill looks great!
                      Don't look to closely, there's a pretty good run in the paint.

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                      • Does it matter HOW you brace the door opening? I will hopefully be working on my floor this coming summer. I’m really jealous of all your progress on your Hawk.
                        Proud new owner of a 56 Power Hawk!

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                        • Originally posted by Daan View Post
                          Does it matter HOW you brace the door opening? I will hopefully be working on my floor this coming summer. I’m really jealous of all your progress on your Hawk.
                          I really don't know and am sure someone with more experience can answer that. I just wanted to keep the distance the same before and after. Triangulating it seem to be the stiffest option with the minimal bracing. Still, it's pretty restrictive to get in there and work.

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                          • I wasn't anxious to work on the passenger side floor, but a little at a time will eventually get it done.

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                            Started cutting down the replacement floor.

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                            It's going to have to fit this giant hole I have.

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                            I have to patch the patch still. While the weather was drizzly, I worked on the driver's door stripping the paint off

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                            The paint had a lot of goosebumps, so I'm thinking it was poor paint prep. Hopefully I do a marginally better job.

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                            • The new floor needed some work as it also had some rot.

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                              The red circle is for the mounting bolt hole, which is oval. I used the old piece to get close. Since I'm not 100% sure where it will end up, I'll wait until it's closer to fitting in place.

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                              • I cleaned up the old bits of sill plate.

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                                Ok, this is one of those times my wife is wondering what I'm doing staring at this for half an hour. The part of the floor that goes under the hinge pocket is rotted out to non existent. I'll probably cut off the new piece I already welded on and add a longer piece underneath the pocket and then re-weld to the new floor.

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                                While I was there, I wanted to remove this old power antenna. it took two days.

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