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CAMPBELLFORD, ONT

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So we went last fall to pick up a donor car from my sister in law so my daughter could start to build her version of a rat rod

pickup. We bought a 1951 Ford truck cab that is fixable, two really nice western doors and a good first gen S-10 truck for 

the chassis. Kelsey was going to use the diesel out of it,that was okay with me. When we arrived to pick up the car,little to 

my knowledge, sister in law had got rid of the rotten old turd I was sure we were picking up, instead we ended up with a

really cherry car that at some point obviously had an aftermarket RH fender installed. It had a blister that once I started picking could 

install my entire right foot in,lol.. Started looking for a fender to no luck so moved on to pulling springs etc, we did a 5" 

suspension swap, straight piped and rerouted the exhaust for her and came back to a fender staring at us with it being one of

the last things to fix. I said,well, I've seen Pugsy make stuff out of sheet steel, lets do it this week.. So here we are after two 

part evenings so far,Kelsey is enrolled in Fleming in Peterborough working toward a welding ticket,so this is a little extra

curricular activity I suppose for her as she learns to run the mig here since school hadn't got that far before they sent everyone home..

( Made her also oxy/acetylene the exhaust for good measure and she's probably better at steel fusion welding than me right now!)

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The lower panel was a pretty interesting piece to make in one panel, lots of compound curving
and a far bit of shrinking to get it to fit as nice as it does but all we used was my trusty wooden
stump, a plastic mallet, my cheapy Eastwoods planishing hammer and to get a little more shrink
to transition from wheel well to lower splash apron we used a Princess Auto shrinker to bring it around a
little more after tucking the metal and planishing it a bunch first..I love playing with steel..
The big patch up where the body side moulding rotted it out, I have a cheap Eastwoods bead roller
that I've powered with a 1/2" variable speed drill driving a Chevy LS flexplate with ring gear and
a matching starter drive gear welded to a piece of 1/2' round stock that chucks in the drill.
We used a 1/4" step die in it to perfectly match the step in the factory fender..
Heres a quicky video of my bead roller when I first used it a few years ago..

https://youtu.be/mCzWHpeeRiI



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Your daughter is a fortunate young woman .....on the other hand, as a Dad with kids who are interested - like she is - in what we do I think we're actually the fortunate ones Chris.

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I think you're right Randy , we are the fortunate ones...



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She is also constantly messing with her daily driver too, she’s lowered it with a bit if my help, painted out her wheels, made her own side skirts ( body kit) and built the roof rack from a repurposed liquid tote box cage!
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Wishing the best for your brother Steve to get well. A great guy who has helped me out whenever he could.

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Thank you Joe, 
I will pass that along, Steve has had a rough go this past couple weeks. He was in Kingston  to have another mass removed
from his brain two weeks ago,discharged the next day ( way too soon in my opinion) Ended up in Campbellford Hospital with 
extremely low blood pressure and released after three days, back home and Friday had a seizure ( they figure this also happened
the last time) Hes stabilized and home yet again, they don't want to keep him in with the constant threat of someone entering with 
fears of Covid. He is being treated with higher doses of his swelling medication thinking that his brain is swelling and causing the 
seizures. His two oldest boys Scott and Bryce are running his business with my younger brother Jeff assisting too. Its a rocky road ahead
but all we can do it hope it gets a bit better for him at this point.
Cheers.
Chris..
Smokin Joe wrote:

Wishing the best for your brother Steve to get well. A great guy who has helped me out whenever he could.


 



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So we have had a summer where Kelsey was able to get a bunch more done to her old Mercedes and has probably clocked 7-8000 miles on it at this point now and loves it..

 

Here's the first piece she made for the fender we could not find ( at least an affordable one..) 

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The lower heel was bad too, great time to learn how to form and fabricate sheet metal anyway...

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Lowered and test fitted my Maverick Grabber wheels to get that retro feel and to disturb the hard core Benz owners,lol..  

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Shaedown run after a new transmission, a safety and some legit insurance, this is in Colborne..

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Kelsey being Kelsey,lol..

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