Post by Swellwillys on Jul 14, 2010 9:13:46 GMT 10
From the 10th August,2009 till 9th July,2010 there has been 256.5 hours of body work allocated to the car.
The week commencing the 5th July,2010 Brad spent 4 days straight on the car. His dad,Gary,spent a day fabricating the rolled edges of the front guards. The following photos represent a small part of the work carried out during that week.
Fabrication of the front, inner guard mounts.
Front guards, rolled edges. The dimples are the result of removing lead fill from previous accident damage to the guard.
In addition to the above work, the rear guards have been mocked up into place and the rain drip panel commenced above both doors.
Jooles and I are off to Kingaroy Friday week to see "SWELL" in the flesh.
Tell you what Swell, it`s going to take something really spectacular to surpass this build. Spent a while going over the pics again from start to now,picking up little things i`d actually missed seeing before. Think you`ve rewritten the "can`t put a square peg in a round hole" thing. And it`s taken some doing as we`ve all noticed. Many kudos all around. cheers gordon
Queenstown Tasmania. 1948/52 Mercury Teardrop. 1959 Phase III Vanguard Vignale.
Post by Swellwillys on Oct 20, 2010 11:29:56 GMT 10
It's been a while since I updated Swell's progress but she is steadily moving along in a positive direction.
The steering column and associated hardware has been installed. Ordered a new,smaller,15 inch Chevy steering wheel than the one in this photo today.
New a/c unit installed under the dash.
Windscreen wiper assembly installed under the dash and the wiper arms fitted utilizing the original Willy's bases.
Template made for new more free flowing Transmission tunnel.
On the hoist over the weekend and removed the engine so as easier access can be made to the engine bay.
Donk and 4L60E removed.
From here the inner edges of the guards will be rounded, and a lip installed, identical to the original. The bonnet will be fitted more exactly and the guards affixed to the chassis rails. (Short sentence, not a lot of words but a lot of work remaining on this area alone).
Post by cruisindoug on Jan 25, 2012 16:17:30 GMT 10
Good to see the build progressing again Gavan, I have been wondering what was happening with it. Still lots to go obviously but the workmanship that has gone into this car is terrific, hope all goes well for the rest of the project.
Post by Swellwillys on Jan 26, 2012 13:30:04 GMT 10
Thanks for the comments cruisindoug.
And thanks for the kool link on the wood grain bikes seeshell. (I have many many ideas floating around in the head at the moment as to colours and textures etc,but I believe once the exterior is finished it will be dictated by the lines of the car) Suffice to say that it will definitely have an Art Deco theme to it.
I bought some seats from a Japanese wrecker up here in Brisbane some time ago. Electric slide up/down tilt forward/backwards to fit to Swell. Very comfy too. These photos show the modifications to the floor to allow the fitting of the seats.
The recess now allows the seat cradle to fit. Also keeps the seat nice and low.
Work has commenced on the exterior. I'll post some more photos later.
Post by noblesgarage on Jan 28, 2012 16:12:25 GMT 10
;D ;D ;D Good to see the old SWELL is progressing along And yes a lot of things do seem to get in the way Took 4 years on and of for the HR but it was all worth it Keep up the good work ;D your doing a great job just keeping us folks entertained with the build progress and yes your right about not worrying about colours, get the body finished in primer then you can decide. Brian.