Even if he used whips and chairs on us (he didn't) he had a positive impact on the work of everyone here. His compliments were more rare than his great insights. But everybody learned something good from Harry.
Thank you Scott - I have hoped he would have even just liked it - not necessarily LOVED it. We always conferred but had our differences too. But for sure, mutual respect was high. I'm sure that even maybe with a wink, he would have groused about no outside rear view mirror. I did the inside but...the spotlight won.
If feels like when you've been banging your head on a wall for three years and then suddenly stop...! I am adjusting by cleaning-up and organizing tools slowly and getting a display case and backdrop finished. Thanks to you and all for the kind compliments... C
Thank you guys. I can't help but wish that Harry were here to see it as it nears completion. He accomplished many great Pochers - it's a task to complete just one. His insights were always challenging, insightful and fearless. I miss him greatly.
Thanks Bob. Getting close but still to come are final mounting of the finished doors, driver's spot light, all hood panels and Flying Lady last. Of course the hood painting will take me a few weeks to get right but the weather is ok now for that. No rush after 3 years...
Thank you guys. I've completed this side's panel and here it is in white primer. Currently at work on the other side and it's just ready for first gray primer.
Seen from an end looking across the surface, there are no seams or waves. Lot of fill / sand / prime cycles to get here.
One major key to good, flat joined seams is to bevel the edges of the mating surfaces. Gives the filler more surface area to feather into the parts. Because the louvers are 3 dimensional and are a different thickness than the outer edges, shimming, here with index cards, was needed to get the outer surfaces flush. Then glue outer to louver panel.
Getting the important stuff right; the louvers align with cowl, the cut lines are tight and the mate to the top panel (here without hinge) is tight. Photos of primed panel maybe later today:
After a long illness, work has slowly resumed on the hood panels. All of the putty and seam filling has been perfected on the passenger side panel. It is shown here with a stock kit panel to show the differences. The new panel is lower to match the body channel and the louvers placed to align with the cowl louvers. The red line shows the height and angle difference from stock as well as being further back. The yellow scrap shows how the side panel will be painted.
With the door mounted, the overall lines and ride height are evident as being lower which makes the side view visually longer. Next is to build the opposite side to match and hinge the 4 panels together.