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post #196 of 463 (permalink) Old 11-14-2016, 05:16 PM
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Hubert,

This is truly inspirational work. It just shows what can be done if one is prepared to put in the work and what wonderful skillful work too!!!

It is just a masterpiece of metalwork - just sensational, its hard to put into words.

I wish I had the skill to do it!

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The new set of anvils is ready for use and my long profile tool is in operation again. It was too difficult to handle the whole front end in one piece, therefore it was cut along the original welding seams, some of the components have to be replaced anyway.

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Hubert, are you using that profile gauge for vertical profiling as well or a different type?
It is probably easier and faster to divide that piece up into sections than attempt a single piece fabrication. As I`ve said before many a time - fabulous work you`re doing. it must give you great satisfaction as it looks as though that car would not have been economically feasible to get done by a professional restorer so a very gifted amateur , like yourself, has saved another from the big scrapyard in the sky.

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Hubert, are you using that profile gauge for vertical profiling as well or a different type?
It is probably easier and faster to divide that piece up into sections than attempt a single piece fabrication.
Richard,

that exactly is what I did today. It was cut into sections of different lengths so they can be combined just as needed. Some clamps and other stuff to modify the rack towards more versatility have been ordered as well.

For the vertical profiles the smaller gauges are used. There are five of them which can be stuck together(?).

There were some "mirror bulges" (literal translation of how we call them), very slight bulges caused by welding. It was beyond my capabilites to remove these free hand with the hammer only. Planishing the panel on the table with the pneumatic hammer worked well.

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I'm really enjoying this thread. Thanks again for sharing.

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What a great thread. I have really enjoyed the time reading and learning on this one.

I have a customer with a Flaminia PF Coupe and besides being a gorgeous elegant car it is an absolute joy to drive. I wish Alfa had studied the shifting mechanism on these for their 116 transaxle cars because the lancia shift so much better.

The level of bodywork shown on this thread is incredible and I can only aspire to do this level of work. Thank you for showing it.

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Respekt Hubert,
allerfeinste Arbeit !
Sorry, dass sind Werke und keine Arbeit mehr ;-)
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Today´s goal was to get the side panels of the left wing in place (welded, rectified, planished etc). But a friend showed up, declaring "happy hour at "The Farm"". Interrupted work, swapped the torch by the fridge and had a good time.

Not bad at all!

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In post 151 you could see a round table with a steel tableplate. There are various pyramidal holes in it to take up small anvils. This table turned out to be too low for my purposes, at least it is not ergonomic, as my back tells me. Fixing the anvils in the vise has some disadvantages as well. The pyramidal shafts do not like to be gripped in the vise and the workbench itself is in the way.

It was time to do some reverse engineering again, this time based on a photo of the Touring Superleggera workshop of the 1930s. I spotted a stand to take up shaping tools next to some Touring "Flying Star" bodyshell.

Milled a pyramidal seat into a small steel block, which then was fixed on a stand. Using the anvils is much more convenient now.

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Does anyone have an idea about the purpose of the panel shown in pic1?

Small issues can keep you busy. The left wing was still missing the foglight support and the holes for the indicator. The old panel around the foglight is extremely thin, think it has been treated too many times (in the factory, when repairing the crash, and finally my work), you can feel that it has to be left as is, but work is finished in this place.

A pattern made out of paper served to mark the position of the three holes for the left indicator. When drilling the small holes and cutting the big one, I missed one position, so the indicator won´t fit. Had to file the small holes oval in order to get it fit. Should have been more cautious and more concentrated!!! The correct way would have been to make a pattern out of metal and use that, or . . .
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. . . use the old part as a template. That worked much better. The big bore was made by means of a standard bore puncher. These are quite expensive as you need one for every diameter you want to make. The one I used here is about 60 Euro, but the more holes you cut, the cheaper they get.

What makes me want to cry is that the right wing has rust holes around the main light. Will this ever come to an end?

The plan originally was to save the wheel house and only make a new connection panel to the wing but the overlapping area was to corroded. All the same as on the left side.

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When you find more rust, just think back and pat yourself on the back at all the good work you have already done and how must rust you have removed

The quality of your work is as good as I have ever seen.
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Thanks for your support, Pete. The plan is to complete the panel work this winter.

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Hubert I`m surprised to hear you say you weren`t expecting rust around that headlight area. From what I`ve seen that car would have been abandoned as a cause too great and ended up in the crusher. It appeared to be one extremely rusty car and only one with great patience and craftsmanship, such as yourself, would even contemplate it. There is rust everywhere on that car - everywhere you haven`t been that is. Do what I do if the enthusiasm wanes - walk away from it for a while. I like you have several other cars I can drive or work on if I still feel like a classic car fix, otherwise I just go for a walk or watch television. Remember you are moving forward.

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Richard, i dealt with other tasks (that´s the reason why it so quiet here) now it´s panel beating time again and I am well motivated. These small rust holes do not scare me. The idea of this diary is not only to describe the technical and manual side of this restoration, showing the emotional ups and downs and talking about other things, like the JBL speakers or shop renovation make the passion that drives me doing all these things more vivid.

Subsequent project steps are under consideration; I could do the upholstery(see the Flavia pic) while the body is at the paint shop, or the engine . . .

Hubert

BTW: There is a refreshed gearbox waiting for the GT, a new set of pistons and liners waiting for the Flavia and new suspension components waiting for the Fulvia, a new radiator has just been fitted to the A112.
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