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Agreed compeletely with the idea of just "hammer 'em out" and drive, but you never know:Agreed 1000%! It sure wasn't a beauty when they finished it, so I'm not sure what they were going for.
The sheetmetal patch has just the slightest radius on it (at the outboaqrd edge):
I spent a good five years building commercial mufflers, I know a few tricks. What I ended up doing was after welding up the three inner sides (almost, but not quite to the outer corners) took a hammer and slowly beat the edge down to match the radius. I really didn't cut too far into it, so there wasn't much bend to match.The sheetmetal patch has just the slightest radius on it (at the outboaqrd edge):
- How did you finesse that bending without putting a crease in the metal?
Didn't realize the grille was on a pivot, does that mean it'll drop and allow access to the radiator fins. like is that the reason for the pivot pins?I bounced around a lot today.
Gave the cubby a coat of primer, I plan to try and get the floor pans done next. I'd like to get the trans cover and pedals back in.
The grille unbolts from the radiator and the inner fender wells and can be swung face down. This allows the entire powertrain (radiator, engine, trans and transfer case) to be taken out as one unit. That's pretty much the reasoning, but yes, you could get to the fins that way too.Didn't realize the grille was on a pivot, does that mean it'll drop and allow access to the radiator fins. like is that the reason for the pivot pins?
Absolutely correct, I have an early. Delivered May '53. I surprisingly still have the correct fenders, but somewhere along the line, my battery box cover was altered. Still has all the thumbscrews, but all eight tabs were cut off the sides and a stud was added to each end.ONly on the early batch. Latter years, the grill had to be unbolted completely to remove.
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