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Posted 07 July 2014 - 04:43 AM

Here is how its looking after some sanding, i am trying to get the contour for the seam looking right.

I have also started shaping the rocker panel. Next big task will be the door lines and completing the rocker panel.P7080029_zpse90a5189.jpg



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Posted 07 July 2014 - 04:51 AM

That is quite an undertaking. I will be watching.



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Posted 07 July 2014 - 05:09 AM

Fascinating process!  Thanks for taking us along.



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Posted 07 July 2014 - 05:09 AM

The Opel was called a Kadett that GM imported to USA. I am sure there were a lot common parts.



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Posted 07 July 2014 - 11:35 PM

Hey Guys.

 

I did a little bit more today. I scribed out the basic door line and after doing that moved onto the roof. It looked a little high and rounded so I rough sanded it down and when I was happy with the contour, I smooth sanded it. While shaping the roof I made sure the the A pillars lined up with the one in the image. With the angle spot on I now had the perfect template to trace the other side.P7080009_zpsf2d95422.jpg



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Posted 07 July 2014 - 11:45 PM

This is how it looks, I will not begin this side until I have finished the wheel arches on the first side, but I thought it would be good to see how it shaped up. P7080008_zps125f398d.jpg



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Posted 08 July 2014 - 12:09 AM

P7080006_zps8c62de81.jpgThe other task was to add the rocker panel, to do this a 2mm thick  a strip of  styrene was added at the bottom. The window area has been marked for removal. This will be a tricky task but its necessary because I will need to have the window area exactly the same for the other side. Once i have removed this area, I can use this side as a template for the other side to trace in the window area.


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Posted 08 July 2014 - 12:20 AM

Although not very clear the final image shows the contour of the sides, each end tapers in slightly. Next task will be removing the window area.P7080007_zps3675eae7.jpg



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Posted 08 July 2014 - 11:49 PM

Hey Guys.

 

I did some more today. The first thing was to mark the holes where the window area was removed.P7090012_zps73453ffa.jpg



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Posted 09 July 2014 - 12:28 AM

The hardest part with removing the window area was not cutting into the A and C pillar. I wanted to retain the windscreen pillar to keep the strength in the roof. Wood working tools are perfect solution.P7090014_zpsbf580ea1.jpg



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Posted 09 July 2014 - 12:41 AM

After using the angle grinder along top and bottom edges, a few hard taps with the with the mallet at either end knocked out the

piece.

P7090015_zpsf589fffe.jpg few hard taps with a mallet finished the job on the front and rear pillars. 


Edited by fractalign, 09 July 2014 - 12:43 AM.


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Posted 09 July 2014 - 01:05 AM

Next task is the channels. I took a template from the leading edge of the of the 1:1 door to check the contour. Anyway on the right of side which is actually the top of the door there is a quarter round channel the runs from the cowl all the way up to there rear drip rail. 

 

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Posted 09 July 2014 - 01:40 AM

You've got my attention.

 

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Posted 09 July 2014 - 01:53 AM

To recreate the channel, a piece of 4.5 millimetre round tubing was cut in half. The pencil marking is for the next cut so that the tubing is quartered. P7090019_zps3ec8a64f.jpg



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Posted 09 July 2014 - 02:06 AM

The last shot shows how the channel will look when attached. The image in the background shows a full size door skin, this is how the channel should look in mine, once its finished. Next task will be getting the channel attached.

 

 

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Posted 09 July 2014 - 03:09 AM

Looking great so far that is an awesome car,  I recently seen one at a car show.

 

And its amazing to see how you can a build a body from scratch, I've never tried it nor do I think I would be successful. 



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Posted 09 July 2014 - 03:12 AM

You might surprise yourself, if you look at enough On the Workbench posts you pickup things very quickly.  



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Posted 09 July 2014 - 07:06 AM

This is one interesting build. I try to take time to keep up with what your doing. I love the fact that your scratch building every peice of this project. And it really is starting to take shape.



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Posted 09 July 2014 - 02:35 PM

Well I am trying to, what I can't scratch build I will modify to suit.

Anyway I would like to thank all you guys for your encouragement, every bit helps !



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Posted 10 July 2014 - 02:28 AM

Hey Guys.

 

I got a little bit more done tonight. The main thing was installing the channel, I realised this would have to be in two stages because the taper along the side where the door meets the quarter panel is the same as the taper on the edge.

 

 

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