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Old 08-27-2020, 08:16 PM   #226
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More design changes to the roof rack. The factory aluminum bars were starting to be more trouble than they're worth. So I went with one inch square tubing. There's a slight radius to the roof from front to back, so I've got to shorten the center 2 support beams about 1/2 inch. But it's starting to come together.

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Old 08-29-2020, 07:19 PM   #227
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I found a set of fog lights with bright amber halos that'll work as turn signals like i had originally intended. There's no white halo for the daytime running lights, but I'll figure something out later.

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Old 09-02-2020, 07:03 PM   #228
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I made a lot of progress on the roof rack. I pie cut the ends and cut about 1/2 inch off the center mounts. The driver's side is welded already. I bought enough square tubing to put a cross brace between the picture cross braces, but I'm thinking 4 bars should be plenty. They're about 2 feet apart. I imagine anything smaller would probably just be put inside instead of on top.

I mounted the new fog lights and was tinkering with the idea of dressing up the grille. Watching iron resurrection on tv, they had a black Nova and the grille had 2 shiny bars in the grille and i believe a little trim ring around the headlight. I thought I'd steal that idea for the turn signal detail instead of just being a plain black egg crate grille. The picture is just a quick attempt to see what it would look like before committing to sanding and repainting everything. I like it because it's different. I'll see if i can find some silver pinstripe tape instead of masking and painting everything.

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Old 09-02-2020, 08:19 PM   #229
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More great progress and job well done! the grill idea looks good too and it's unique because you created it with inspiration from another build, that is a big part of what makes this hobby we all love so great. I'm really enjoying this build and your updates, keep up the great work.
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Old 09-02-2020, 10:27 PM   #230
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That roof rack is turning out pretty cool!
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Old 09-03-2020, 07:05 AM   #231
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More great looking progress
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Old 09-09-2020, 03:09 PM   #232
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I finished welding up the roof rack, except the front cross bar. That'll be determined when i figure out the wiper motor configuration.

I ordered 2 rolls of 1/4 pinstripe tape. One silver, one chrome. I striped the left side (passenger side in the pictures) in chrome and the right side in silver. I even taped the third grille bar to see what it looks like. I didn't like the third bar.

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Old 09-10-2020, 02:24 PM   #233
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I got up early and hit the junkyard Looking for opposed wiper arms to try something different when I came across a 1993 Mercedes 400e with a mono wiper setup. $46.00 later, here we are. It's got a cam on the arm that pushes out to reach the corners of the windshield. I bench tested it and it works great. Now to get it mounted and wired up.

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Old 09-12-2020, 07:57 PM   #234
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I made done brackets to mount the wiper regulator to the front cross brace of the roof rack. Found out i can only fit a 13 inch wiper blade, but it works. In super stoked about it. Now to make it permanent.

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Old 09-14-2020, 02:26 PM   #235
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While I'm waiting for more metal for the wiper regulator, I decided to figure out my third brake light design. I originality wanted to make a spoiler to deflect air down to keep the back window clean. I couldn't come up with a design that didn't look ridiculous,so i figured less is more. Keep it simple.

I notched a section of 1 1/2 inch angle (bed frame railing) to fit under the last roof rack cross brace. I drilled 10 holes to mount red eagle eye LED lights, each with 3 chips, so they're really bright.

I entertained the idea of putting amber LEDs on the ends to make the turn signals more visible, but I think it'll be too much.

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That is stealthy, I love all the creativity and fab work you are doing on this project. Each update brings you a little closer to being on the road with a unique vehicle!
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It's coming together and looking good.
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Old 09-19-2020, 08:56 PM   #238
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Well i finished the roof rack and the air shield to cover the wiper regulator. Now i have to remove it to weld the bottoms off the crossbars and paint it with epoxy paint. Now i can start the bodywork for the roof.

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Old 09-20-2020, 07:38 PM   #239
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I removed the roof rack to finish welding the underside and the corners i couldn't reach. I sanded it and painted it with epoxy gloss black paint.

I used lens tint to camouflage the third brake light LEDs. They're really really bright, so I'm also helping people behind me not go blind when i hit the brakes.

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A+ on fab and creativity for the wiper and 3rd brake light... Oh yea, the roof rack is sweet too!
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Old 10-13-2020, 01:37 PM   #241
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Sanding, sanding and even more sanding. I finally got the bodywork on the roof finished. I was hoping to primer everything over the weekend, but the rain and humidity prevented that. So i got up early today and taped everything off, masked and primered the hood and the roof. I would like to paint the roof so i can install the roof rack permanently.

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Sanding, sanding and even more sanding. I finally got the bodywork on the roof finished. I was hoping to primer everything over the weekend, but the rain and humidity prevented that. So i got up early today and taped everything off, masked and primered the hood and the roof. I would like to paint the roof so i can install the roof rack permanently.

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Humidity is an understatement donít ya think. Assuming the tornadoes didnít mess up anything there? Oh and yea the wagoner SS is comin along
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I can't wait to see it all one color! You're making some great progress.
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