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    Very cool. Like the hammer curving video. You've been busy. Artist quite talented.
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    Thanks guys!! Thought I was going to get a pinup girl painted on the Lennox, the only request I had was to keep it tasteful. Perhaps she felt her artistic expression was being incumbered and went this direction instead...
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    Quote Originally Posted by MP&C View Post
    Thanks guys!! Thought I was going to get a pinup girl painted on the Lennox, the only request I had was to keep it tasteful. Perhaps she felt her artistic expression was being incumbered and went this direction instead...
    Or perhaps she felt "Pinup Girl" and "Tasteful" were mutually exclusive!
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    Love your build. Have a friend doing a 55 Wagon as well.
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    More blocking, then more epoxy...














    Another hurdle in the way of running our wiring under the dash, we need to address the defrost vents for the Vintage Air unit. What they send is cheesy at best, and given they only send two vents where Chevy installed 4, we're going to go another route..





    The factory piece does take up quite a bit of real estate, and now interferes with the raingear wiper system and the VA heater box.





    So all things considered, we plan on using the original vent top portion and adapt tubing in the equation to make use of a more flexible hose arrangement. The VA has two 2" outlets at the top for defrost, so we will use a 2" tube to feed the center two vents, and 1-1/4" tubes to feed to the outer vents.








    Missed some of the details with that one, a bit more for the center vent..











    Forming our transition from 2" to 1-1/4".....

















    As the ports from the VA point almost straight up, the 2" tubes were welded at a slight incline to remove any sharp bends in the supply hose.








    .....as a follow-up, our local artist has been working on the other side of the Lennox..





    and we have been working with some local hippies to explore other shop shirt options.. This was done on the yellow shop shirt so naturally that base color limits what results you will get...


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    Both the artwork and shirt tie-dye are super cool!
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    Looks like an old Earl Schieb art clip. Fun shirt...
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    Thanks for the comments!!!


    In adapting our defroster vents for the wagon, we needed to add a bead in the tubing to better retain the hose attached. The beading die we made for this purpose on the bead roller was too large to fit the 1-1/4" tube, so another tool is in order.. Our worn out Southbend was used to make the round profiles, with a step in the bottom die to act as a backstop for better consistency in bead placement.





    I don't have much in the form of hardened tool steel for making specialized cutters for the lathe, so I used a 3/4" square cutter from the Lennox to form the following for making the concave shape.. the male counterpart was done on the fly...





    The 4140 square stock was squared on both ends, then a relief added for our round profile to rest in.








    Our c-clamps had a VEE notch that would assist in keeping the round bits from moving, so that was used in lieu of a vise..








    The infinitely adjustable clamps worked well, the TIG was used to add a fusion weld around the perimeter (no filler rod)








    After welding, the assembly is heated to a straw color (pre-blue) and dipped in our official Mickey Thompson fluid container (transmission fluid) to harden things up a bit.





    Here are the dies in use, take note of what happens when you don't keep pressure against the backstop.... No harm no foul, a couple more passes cleans it right up...











    That should help to keep the hose in place...
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    pretty cool how that works.

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    very cool. didn't realize the top die was oscillating up and down until you turned it off!
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    Finally back from the latest round of hanging TV's for the day job, We’ve installed three video walls since the end of December, along with other AV equipment. Some we can’t take pictures of, but we’ve included two that we could. So here's some highlights of what we installed and some of the fabrications made in the shop to help out in getting the job done....


    Before, a couple of 80" displays





    After, a seamless video wall just shy of 24' long... much better suited to this classroom setting..






    Our next room gave us a multitude of challenges, the walls here are free standing and we felt they were insufficient for supporting the video wall without deflection. So we opted for an 8020 structure in front of the existing, attached to the floor and the deck above. Next challenge is to anchor the columns to the concrete above with no access due to the 60" Drywall surround encircling the ceiling tiles.. before:





    So I came up with a diagonal bracing that would make use of hinges for allowing assembly of the column and brace within the hole we would cut into the ceiling for minimal disturbance (less drywall repairs)





    ....which in reality was not as easy as it appeared in print....




















    This video wall is just shy of 16' long and uses 0.9mm pixels.


    Some of the fabrications made in the shop, a water fall to help support the abundance of cabling going into the equipment rack....











    This was our first time using Cyviz touch panels, which were only available as a table top version. The old touch panel was recess mounted in the wall, so we either leave the old one in place to fill a hole in the wall, fill the hole in the wall with a blank panel, or come up with a wall mount design that Cyviz sorely needs.. One guess as to the option I chose....











    Powder coating done locally by The Shop at Shorty’s.
    Here's the video of installing the mount to the touch panel... Funny story, one of the tech reps that showed up from Cyviz swore this wall mount was their product...


    He was told, "no, one of my guys made it in his garage".. He didn't believe it...


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNDN_mF-o8k


    ....and installed...


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    So...where we had left off on the wagon, more blocking of primer, fabrication/modification of defroster vents, and wiring.. So a test fit of our fuse panel mounting plate (American Autowire) found that along with our parking brake pedal assembly location and the close proximity of the Raingear wiper motor, things were much too snug. So in looking at the room available under the dash, just to the right of the brake pedal looked promising but one of our newly formed defroster tubes interferred... This one hung down too low....






    And, in typical domino fashion, the fuse panel mounting plate would not work where it was not intended.





    We made a new bracket of 1/8" aluminum, and bent some mounting ears to be able to place it well above the accelerator linkage. We also designed it to use existing hardware to minimize any additional holes through the nicely painted firewall.








    Next, the interfering defrost duct was shortened to provide the needed clearance. Side note: Check out the HAZ difference between a TIG tack on tight fitting panels vs. having to add filler on a slight gap...





    Fitted before we do the final welding, this shows to leave us sufficient room...








    And now for the fun part....
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    While we're getting prepared for wiring installation, the instrument cluster was dug out of its box to help us see where all the wiring was going. And there it was in all it's billet glory. This will kinda clash with the ribbed stainless trim we're using for the dash insert, so let's look at adding it to our gauge cluster as well...





    Where this gauge cluster was designed with a flush fit in mind, we need to be able to hide the cut edge of the ribbed stainless. So the holes were opened up slightly where the gauge could be installed from the front, and the bezel will now hide our cut edges..








    The stainless is in a rather raw form, and to give it more pizazz, perhaps some polishing is in order... So we used some Trizact products on the DA, and ended things on the buffer...








    Here's how it turned out...








    We also have some new indicator lights coming for the high beam and turn signals to get away from the tiny LED's that also scream billet.. The new lights should hopefully be here Saturday where we can get this modification wrapped up this weekend..


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    Today we had a back up and punt moment. The nice chrome bezel on the gauges is far too large to fit in those corners of the instrument panel bezel from the outside. So we'll have to keep it on the backside, but that doesn't help us cover up the cut edge of the hole in the ribbed stainless..








    ......so let's make some stainless "eyelets" to both hold the ribbed stainless securely to the billet panel, as well as give us a finished edge around the cut hole.. First a punch and die will be needed to press one side of our eyelet.








    and we added a 1/2 x 1/2 tang to hold the punch in the press brake...














    Back to the south bend to cut out our flange lip.. The punch was snug after the press operation, so it was used as a holding fixture for the trimming operation.








    A holesaw in the drill press started the holes for the gauges and then we used our Jigsaw with cruise control to fine tune the openings.





    A sheet of phenolic gives us a non-marring surface to pound on, the Snap-on linear stretch hammer swages the flange over and a 1/2" diameter round makes a good punch to flatten out the rest.











    Finished "eyelets"








    Still have to install the indicator lights, but since I need to pack up for the local car show tomorrow in Leonardtown, we'll finish that up this coming week.






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    We did a test fit of the instrument panel in the car to see what it looked like with the green backdrop...





    This stainless will be the same material used in the dash insert "band" that goes from side to side, as well as the insert for the console. Should add some pizazz to the interior... Here's the view with our Alpinetech indicator lights added....





    Our OEM retainers for the bottom of the curved side glass had one piece with a bracket broken off. These brackets serve as a place to screw/attach the garnish moldings.








    The broken piece was removed and the spot welds ground smooth...





    A new piece was cut out of some 19 ga steel and the Diacro press brake made short work of repeating 45* bends.





    The new part was media blasted, TIG welder used to plug weld things back together, more media blasting and some epoxy mixed up and brushed on using an acid brush.














    On to our glass installation, we had picked up some 3M strip-calk to seal the rubber to the glass.








    We found that the full width strip provided a bit too much and some oozage ensued... First is always the messy one, right?











    So we laid the following ones on the glass and cut down the middle for a more narrow strip.. More better....





    So then a person gets cocky and needs a reality check on the driver's side....





    Eh, good a stopping point as any..
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