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heres a few pictures of the stamping die for the aluminum panel. the brass pins are for alignment of the 2 halfs.  being clear lexan they are hard to see.also a few new pictures. i need someone with tiny fingers to put the 1 mm nuts on these carb studs. also  the beginning of my 65 mustang steering wheel. i want a stock looking wheel.heres a picture of one from the kit.

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WOW Charlie,  your stamping die is very interesting and i never thought about using clear lexan for this and it is just smart, I'm going to have to make an inventory of all these types of fancy plastics...   I  really love the plumbing on your rear end and your steering wheel is stunning!   If I lived closer to you I would be happy to help you with the 1mm nuts as I probably have smaller fingers than you and I would be happy to take a look at your fantastic work in person my friend!!! 👌

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finished machining my steering wheel.the previous picture is the plastic from the kit.the wheel is one piece except the little center hud horn button.the outside of the ring is grooved and i will fit a thin rubber oring on to it.this is an aftermarket type of column and the car has doors so i skip the quick release. in two pictures you can see how not to finish a part. 20210201_164201.thumb.jpg.cf80b663b859a7c8156d60eac967faa7.jpg

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got started on my carb linkage and air cleaner. had to come up with a way to do the radius on both ends of the air cleaner. waiting for parts from rb motion for the linkage. i m almost finished with the transmission linkage. i drilled and reamed 2 holes on carburetor centerline and pressed a .500 pin in the hole to locate the part for milling. milled one end then changed the pin to the other end. this worked great for the bottom. the top will be another issue. 

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Hey Charlie, enjoying your posts and learning along the way too.  Thanks for posting as you progress and sharing the pics on the bench/mill.

cheers, tim

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been in and out of the hospital lately,havent got much done.back at it again. old age is not for the weak. pretty happy with my driveshaft. took incentive from francis and gave it a try and i think its ok. starting to finish some parts and preparing for paint. thank goodness for rb motion.his small parts are awesome. they are hard to see but the studs and nuts on the oilpan are great. making the drain for the radiator. will have some finished pictures of the headers next week. hope you are all well.thanks for looking and please comment good or bad its all a help in the end.

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I am so envious  of you guys with this level of equipment  and more importantly the skills to produce these kind of results.  It's great to be able to see what can be accomplished in this hobby.  I really like your in progress shots of the machining process for different types of parts, very educational.   Thank you.

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On 3/6/2021 at 1:01 PM, Ian McLaren said:

I am so envious  of you guys with this level of equipment  and more importantly the skills to produce these kind of results.  It's great to be able to see what can be accomplished in this hobby.  I really like your in progress shots of the machining process for different types of parts, very educational.   Thank you.

Ditto this. And the finishes are super impressive also. 

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Charlie, this thread quite frankly deserves more views & posts.  The parts and fabrication you're doing are top drawer.  Hopefully more members/guests will stop by and enjoy your creation as much as I have/am.   I particularly appreciate the time you've taken to post pics & methods to make certain parts.  Love learning new things and there is plenty to learn from here.  cheers, tim

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thank you all for your comments and encouragement. it means alot coming from such a talented group .i dont get on here as often as i should and i have to constantly remind myself to take pictures.here are a few of my master cylinder and the start of the pedal assy. wilwood as you can see. and the colors i have chosen.i hope it will look good in these 2 colors . i pinted the doors and trunk for practice and to see if the colors went together well the door is just set in the opening to show the colors. what do you think,are they going to look good together ? 

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