The same gentleman that I built the auto slide gate, pergola, and installation of the Rotary two post lift has kept me busy. The last phase will be a manual 12’ slide gate that will access the lift.
Material used for the frames and posts were 14ga x 1-1/2” x 1-1/2” square tube. The inner frames used to secure the raw corrugated sheets are 16ga 3/4” x 3/4” square tube.
A single lock box was welded in to take a keyed lever handle.
All frame joints were mitered.
The second gate was also cut and single box welded.
Clamping the lock box post to what will be the the opposite vertical frame ensures a straight frame section when welding in the box.
Tip: Allow the weld joint to cool to touch before unclamping.
The frames done and ready for skins. These gates are 50”W x 64-1/2” tall and 51”W x 60-1/2” tall.
Wider than the 5K Hyster. 😎
So my Milwaukee M18 collection has been growing as needed.
This saw made short work of stacked sheets. The hard blade cover collects the chips. A small window shows when to dump the swarf.
Using #8x1/2” self drill/tap Tek screws wire well with the skins and 3/4” framing. A M18 1/4” Surge impact ran those screws in.
The Surge has three presets to prevent braking off the screw heads.
To rip the skins I used an M18 low profile 5” grinder with cutoff wheel. This grinder works very well. Both the circular saw and grinder have motor braking so the blades come to full stop in 1.5 seconds.
This gate opens outward. The 3/8” redhead anchors were driven in using a M12 3/8” drive impact. This too has three presets. Milwaukee has really made some decent battery tools.
This gate opens inwards so a small piece of flat strap was welded on the striker post to prevent tampering.
This project was started as a father son endever when my son was 13. Life got in the way of completing this for HS.
I ended up finding him a 98 Trans Am WS-6 six speed to drive during HS. He left for the military at 17 and the GTO project took to the back burner. The A body frame was sandblasted and new motor mount welded in to accept a LT-1. Self etching primer followed up with Three coats of Epoxy gloss paint.
Eibach 2” lowering springs were added as well as 4 wheel disc brakes. The rear end was rebuilt and painted. The trailing arms were boxed in and engine set in. We then built a rotisserie and repaired the two rusted areas behind the rear wheels typically found on a body. The body was then soda ash blasted and sealed. Then the project sat for the next 21years.
The chassis lived in the two car garage however the body sat outside on the rotisserie.
The file of receipts show a investment of $12K from 21years ago.
All interior had been purchased as well as a painless harness and a Z-28 computer. The wheels are from an IROC Z.
The build sheet was found in between the fuel tank and body.
Rear end shot.
The business end of the chassis.
I’ve recommitted to completing this project and presenting it to my son when finished. I will only work two full days per week as I have too many other things on my plate but it will get done. My son doesn’t know about the resurrection of this project but will when she’s done. The doors were also shaved as was all molding. I’m adding flush mount Kindig- it door handles and flush modern glass. New front GTO fenders, GTO Hood with hood tac and rear spoiler with frenched in LED 3rd light. The bumpers will be modified to tuck in like Foose does with custom fetched in LED.
The gentleman I’ve been building gates and such has built sixteen muscle cars for Barrett-Jackson and has agreed to allow me to build this car out at his location.
My friend doesn’t do any body work or paint but is a damn good mechanic and restoration specialist.
The following shots are is a 1970 El Camino he’s recently finished and will be sold at the upcoming Barrett-Jackson.
He’s been after me to complete the GTO clone so it’s time.
Stay tuned for some custom sheet metal work.
Turn and Burn!
This past week has been busy with multiple projects. I've been prepping the exterior of the house for paint. All exterior fixtures removed, all rock pulled away 16" from all walls and house, porch ceiling fans removed, and all stucco (few small) cracks filled. Windows will be caulked tomorrow. Pressure wash on Wednesday for next weekend spray with back rolling. I had scraped and sanded all exterior wood a few months ago but they will be sprayed over along with the casa.
We decided to go with the green for all pop-outs and doors (except the main entrance).
The body of the house will be the lower darker bronze while all wood in a lighter shade of brown (close to the same color). The garage doors will be rusted. I'll make sure to post up details of that process.
Last Friday we grubbed the entire front of the property. Took 12 hours and four dump truck loads. Tomorrow a front loader will redistribute the dirt.
What it looked like at 7am.
The mini excavator cut in at the center and carved away from the center out. The thumb really made it nice when plucking out the thick cholla cacti. I found one gopher snake and relocated it while stomping rats.
Six hours later and making headway.
I was able to save two old Palo Verde trees. A extendable pole chain saw made short work of those higher rogue limbs.
Time is of the essence when renting these machines.
The native Mesquite tree you see here was rotten and full of missile-toe so we plucked it.
The mini size was a good choice for this size job.
Looking to the north/east.
The after shot really shows the drastic change from the first photo.
With a sore back from the previous week I decided to take it easy and tinker a bit.
The approach to the auto bay is a little tight so I would find myself jockeying a vehicle a few times to get centered for lifting. I researched line lasers and learned the green laser carries further and the eye sees it better in lighted conditions vs red. I also found the power output would also influence the b rightness.
I found one on ebay for $40 shipped.
It has a wavelength of 532nm and power output of 50mW and it didn't disappoint.
An aluminum bracket was made with a 90º break with two 1/8" holes for #8 x 1/2" Tek screws.
The thee laser adjustment mounting holes were tapped for three #8-32 button head screws.
Laser bracket to mounting bracket. The double balljoints provide ample adjustments.
A top view.
3M zip-tie bracket shine for this application.
The business end. Ignore the messy bench. I'm into six projects at the moment.
The line is clearly visible in daylight. The yellow/black vinyl safety tape get you close when approaching. The laser line gets you perfectly centered.
The 40's hood allows for centering. The line also carries into the dash. The distance from front fender to post came to 27-3/4" both left and right. A win for a first try!
A view from the front.
$40 well spent and hopefully someone can use this info.
Enjoy your sabbath.
Yesterday we completed the front clearing. A large loader pulled seven dump truck loads of dirt followed up by final grading with a tracked skid steer.
Excess dirt removed.
The finesse of this machine dialed in the final grade.
The young man that owns that Kubota really impressed me.
He’s a former farrier who hustles during the day and still works at Costco’s evening shift operating a forklift. Hard working young man chasing the American dream.
The next phase will be after the house paint is done. I have too many ideas flooding my imagination for the steel work. I think I’ll dig up some old blue prints of the front elevation view and hit the drafting table to help scale the steel work. Seems the older I’ve gotten, I’ve lost a little of my minds eye.
Enjoy the week!
The last couple of weeks have been long days. After raking the cleared front four times, the rocks filled the 14' dump trailer. I used a wheel barrow and ramp to load the pile. IIRC, it came to 65 wheelbarrow loads.
Unloading the rock was much easier than loading.
The front was raked four times followed by sprinkler to form a crust. I didn't want wind blowing dust while paining the house.
The front is now on hold until I repaint the house and finish up three jobs in the cue.
Repainting the house took a ton of work. Pulling all the rock away from walls and house, pulling ceiling fans, light fixtures and repairing stucco.
I found a large portion of loose stucco on the rear yard wall.
After further chipping the area grew a bit.
With the house and walls pressure washed it was time to caulk and mask all window and doors.
The tile accents should really stand out with the new color scheme.
The south end man door. The swamp cooler will be relocated slightly to the east.
All the parapet wall on the roof got rolled for extra protection.
The rear outside wall.
The front completed with exception of rusted garage doors.
South west view.
The back yard took some time with masking.
The back of the house. The T-straps I built will be sand blasted re-rusted and clear coated using automotive clear for longevity. The grass will be over seeded this weekend.
Last nights sunset.
New fixtures, four new ceiling fans a couple of security cameras and rust front doors will finish up the makeover.
I used Dunn-Edwards velvet paint on everything except the under side of the porch. I was treated with a gloss finish to make it easier to pressure wash any Bbq smoke film buildup.
Intotal 13 five gallon pails were required. The metal finish rusting process take three processes and run about $1,400 in materials. I'll document the process for those interested.
Thanks for looking.
I had a fella wanting to replace his rotting wood vigas with something more "maintenance free".
He pulled out the rotting Vegas to expose 7" deep pockets with 2x4 backing. He was in a rush so I knocked them out after pressure washing the house. I needed a couple of days to allow everything to dry anyway.
8" sch.10 pipe was sourced. What cost $13/ft two years ago now runs $20/ft.
The Ellis made short work of cutting 13 pieces at 16"
The iron worker sheared and punched the brackets.
All the components ready for welding. Those triangle pieces with the countersunk holes will secure to the 2x4 pocket with the 1/2"-13 all thread protruding 4" past the wall. This will allow for threading in the vita.
My idea is for the home owner to be able to pick a hole to allow the pivot right or left to find center. The 8-5/16" circles were cut on the plasma table and will be the caps for the vigas. The flat trap will get the receiving nut welded to serve as a capture nut for the viga.
13 ready for welding.
A jig was tacked for proper perpendicular alignment of the all thread bracket. The all thread was plug welded on the backside of the triangular bracket. The same jig was designed to align the flat strap to the pipe.
After the cross straps welded in the caps were welded, ground and blended.
Tip: when grinding/ blending welds, its always a good idea to have ample weld. The caps were plasma cut to 8-5/16" while the OD of the pipe was 8-5/8". This provided a nice shoulder or corner joint allowing to grind and blend without removing all the weld.
The first six ready for primer and paint. The securing brackets threaded in.
I'll see if I can't get the home owner to shoot some installation shots to share with you all.
Next job in the cue arrived via UPS. The rig is a 2019 Ford F-150 that required a under body goose neck hitch,
airbags and bluetooth wireless compressor that is controlled via smart phone. I recently installed a similar system on a F-350. etrailer.com is so professional and they price match. I was able to save the owner $240 on the compressor with their price match program. I'm not sure why they also included a 10% discount on top of price matching but he will appreciated the money saved. Prolly start this next week because I need to rust the garage doors to complete the house. Stay tuned...
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