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So long between updates I've forgotten where I'm at, ignoring the background stuff and attempting to keep my eyes open mostly...
Both guards are now fully welded and cleaned back up apart from the nose corners. I need the headlight trims to make sure it's all correct.
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Welded
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Has a little too much round in the edge of the panel where the side meets the headlight area, will shrink disc it down a bit and should be good.
Top edge welded, ground and done
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Back edge also done
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Did some tweaking on the gaps and I'm satisfied for now. Whole bonnet needs a little nudge to the left side but it needs the hinges sorted first for all the fine movement.

Cleaned up all the stray under body welds and killed my shoulder in the process. No pics yet, but you've all seen that before.

On to sorting the back bar brackets. Wanted the swage line like the original, not exact but close enough.
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Left the holes for the bolts to be drilled later just in case they need repositioning. The lines were mostly hammered by hand although I did try the hydraulic press, couldn't do what I wanted it to without real dies to support the steel.

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Back edge also done
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Did some tweaking on the gaps and I'm satisfied for now. Whole bonnet needs a little nudge to the left side but it needs the hinges sorted first for all the fine movement.

Cleaned up all the stray under body welds and killed my shoulder in the process. No pics yet, but you've all seen that before.

On to sorting the back bar brackets. Wanted the swage line like the original, not exact but close enough.
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Left the holes for the bolts to be drilled later just in case they need repositioning. The lines were mostly hammered by hand although I did try the hydraulic press, couldn't do what I wanted it to without real dies to support the steel.
Very nice. The swage line on the bar brackets is a nice touch

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that took some reading! looking amazing, you know we need pics of these cars when painted also.

 

i remember seeing the XP falcon with A pillar rusted off the floor, and later in the flat blue paint. 

 

did that 4x4 ever get finished? the pootrol ute conversion from wagon. 
how's the Capri going? 


this torana has come a long way, but you'd never know it without seeing the build, just how much has been touched(pretty much everything)

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On this torana, the shorter list would be what I haven't had to touch, but for posterity..

Replaced boot floor

Spare wheel tub

Made & replaced left inner boot/quarter

Fab full inner beaver (hehe)

Fabbed new rear qtr corners

Replaced both lower qtrs

Rep outer beaver

Fabbed new rear bumper mount brackets

Fab new lower rear windscreen frame

Repair left inner wheel arch

Replace both sills

Repair both inner sills

Re-do front floor sections

Repair both A pillars lower

Remove and repair scuttle

Repair lower windscreen frame

Remove front guards

Mod inner guards

Hammer form gtr flutes in both guards

Repair previous section in rh guard

Reinstall guards

Delete battery tray

Remove doors (broken door pins)

Adjust and regap all panel gaps and joins including tail lights and nose cone

Bare metal and epoxy exterior and repairs

General dent removal and panel finishing.

 

..think that's all.. I haven't done anything bar paint strip the roof, forward half of qtrs, and nothing to the backseat areas.. Oh and I haven't even seen the boot lid.

 

 

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Because I don't have anything to do with the paint side of builds, I don't always get to see the finished vehicle either. I haven't heard or seen if the torana hatch has been finished yet, I'll ask Matt when I get the chance. Last photos I have of it just after he painted the shell.
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The white XP, as you said, got rust removed, then Matt jammed the body with filler and slapped a stop-gap paint job on it. I'm guessing it still looks like this though it was supposed to get a shiny job at some point.
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The Capri, Vk and pootrol race truck are all status unknown. The Capri/Vk are probably both as last seen, unfinished. I'm not keen to find out either way as the young fella was just a headache to work with. Not to mention a tight ass.

Troy might be waiting for me to weld some finishing stuff up on the race truck still but I haven't had spare time nor has he asked about it. Hopefully he's taken care of it as it really could have been done by anybody that can weld.

The last reports I had about the kombi it was in or about to be in primer stage for final blocking. I still have to dress up the sliding door for it and get them to collect a bunch of parts but they're kind of ignoring me.. I don't really mind that too much.

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for new people like @Seamus the Torana hatch, Rod made front guard openings sectioned similar to what you'd do for tubbed rear end, so it can have bigger tyres. 

the XP has lower wheel arches some where between spats level and stock.. all hand made. 

hence the metalcraft magician title.

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for new people like [mention=30250]Seamus[/mention] the Torana hatch, Rod made front guard openings sectioned similar to what you'd do for tubbed rear end, so it can have bigger tyres. 
the XP has lower wheel arches some where between spats level and stock.. all hand made. 
hence the metalcraft magician title.


Nice

I do love to see good metal work, it really is art.

To see the finished product it's sometimes easy to miss the amount of work that has gone into it.


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Started on the dents today. Lots of almost the same photos, firstly the small dent near the door handle on the drivers door.

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Tried to show it with a straight edge

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Part way through, dent pulled the area up, used hammer and dolley, file and long sanding block.

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Always pay attention to both sides of a line when you have a dent right against one side, there's usually damage on the other side too.

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Happy with that. I got it to within a half mm which is less than a coat of primer. The rest of the door is pretty close apart from forward edge. Coming next..

 

 

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Same process as the other one..
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Pulled up the center^^^
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Quite a bit of dent puller action followed by shrink disc to knock the pimples down and bring the low area up.
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That bit of green is the area that's still low behind the damaged edge. So I kept going with the puller to lift the whole area up a bit further....
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Until I did a real magic trick.

Watch me make this bit of metal DISAPPEAR
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That's what happens when you're tired and the tip of the slide hammer is a fraction of a millimeter away from the surface when the trigger is bumped.... That's it, I'm going home and tommorow Rod can deal with that.

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It's brilliant... just have to make sure you're making proper contact with the panel or you'll vapourise a small portion of it.

The function I use is like an electrified slide hammer. All you do is touch the contact tip to the bare steel and press the trigger. It welds lightly to the spot and you pull with the slide hammer to bring out the dent, then a gentle twist takes breaks the weld and you can move on to the next spot. A lot faster than the stinger type. I can use the machine to weld those tags on to a panel and use the tails, washers and wiggle wire to pull dents that way as well if desired.

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These don't really show you much... if anything they're probably misleading as I'm satisfied that any ripples left are below a millimeter. Only spots that would be fraction deeper are two small pushes at the top corners of the handle. Three coats of primer and a proper blocking, won't see anything any more.

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