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    Leading a welded seam

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    wmjoe1953

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    Leading a welded seam

    Post  wmjoe1953 on Tue Sep 01, 2009 2:15 am

    I got a '54 Ford truck grille from a friend, and it needed new ends. I robbed a pair off a '55 grille I had, and welded them onto the '54 center section. I didn't want to gob it all with bondo, so I thought about how to do it for a while. I then remembered being shown how to lead in a seam when I was younger, and also remember seeing it done on T.V. So, I gave it a shot. I ground out the welds to a slight concave surface. I then got out my rose bud torch tip, and set a medium low flame. I slowly warmed the back side of the grille, just until the leading melted. I used 1/8" acid core solder, and it worked great. I pooled the solder into the work area, until it was well over the needed height. I then was able to take a coarse scotch brite disk on my angle grinder, and use it to smooth out the solder. I worked it with light pressure until it macthed the headlight housing, and the grille center section. I then finish it off with 80 grit sand paper until it took on a prepped metal appearance. I was able to finish the work piece off with a very light coating of EverCoat glaze and sanded it out with more 80 grit. There are several pictures in my photobucket album.


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    wmjoe1953

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    Re: Leading a welded seam

    Post  wmjoe1953 on Tue Sep 01, 2009 2:20 am

    So, to finish my thread topic. After priming it, I sanded that out with wet 220 grit. I dried it all off, washed it down, and shot it with a coat of Dupli-Color Acrylic Enamel gloss white. I let that dry and sanded that out with 400 grit wet. I then finished it off in the Dupli-Color white. The finished grille isn't museum perfect, but it could pass in a car show, and is way better than driver quality. It will be going on my '53 Big Job this weekend, and it will be getting titled as a '54. I wanted to get it pinked 3 weeks ago, but haven't gotten the chance since. Hopefully soon though. Take a look at the newest pictures in my photo bucket album. There are now over 250 pictures of my truck build in there.


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    1953 Ford F-750 semi: 6-71 Detroit with 9 speed Road Ranger on air leaf suspension

    Check it out @ photobucket:

    http://s248.photobucket.com/albums/gg164/wmjoe1953/1953%20F-750/

    1963 Ford Falcon Futura 2dr Sedan: Finished, and SOLD

    Check it out @ photobucket:

    http://s248.photobucket.com/albums/gg164/wmjoe1953/1963%20Futura/

    1954 F-100: Ground up Restoration

    Check it out @ photobucket:

    http://s248.photobucket.com/albums/gg164/wmjoe1953/1954%20F-100%20project/
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    Boilermaker

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    Futura with big plans

    Post  Boilermaker on Tue Nov 16, 2010 9:13 pm

    What a project. That looks like quite a job and the results speak for themselves. What front suspension components did you use? A T-5 transmission should get the job done. Too bad you didn't paint the underside while it was apart but it looks very nice as is. Great job.

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