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Re: CMD Body Panels

Postby lpcoating » April 12th, 2018, 3:20 pm

These are pictures of my project before the dash was installed:

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Re: CMD Body Panels

Postby lpcoating » April 12th, 2018, 3:48 pm

m3a1 wrote:Guy,

First, thanks for sharing this process with all of us.

I think many people would look at stand-alone photos of these panels, think nothing of the labor involved in getting it right even before making the first part and then be bull-headed when they see the price. Unfortunately, such is the way of the world.

Second, might you take a step or two back and give us a larger view of your truck as it is coming together? I know you want to show off the details of each section but seeing it as a whole would be inspiring.

Were the original panels stamped out and formed on a large press and is your method of adding snouts and elbows because you don't have something that large?

Cheers,
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The original panels were stamped. We do not have a press large enough and even if we did, the cost for machining stamping dies would be crazy expensive compared to how we manufacture our parts. There is no way the low volume would ever justify making stamp dies. The initial cost for making these parts is the reverse engineering time. This is eliminated (for the most part) by the simple fact that I do it on my time, not the company time. Once parts are proved out, they are simple to make as we have modern equipment.

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Re: CMD Body Panels

Postby lpcoating » April 14th, 2018, 8:13 am

Dash panels are almost done. Weld the windshield hinge pads in and this is complete. This is an A1 dash. As I was posting the pictures I noticed an error. Can anyone tell me what is not correct? Easy enough to fix...

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Re: CMD Body Panels

Postby m3a1 » April 14th, 2018, 10:21 am

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The original panels were stamped. We do not have a press large enough and even if we did, the cost for machining stamping dies would be crazy expensive compared to how we manufacture our parts. There is no way the low volume would ever justify making stamp dies. The initial cost for making these parts is the reverse engineering time. This is eliminated (for the most part) by the simple fact that I do it on my time, not the company time. Once parts are proved out, they are simple to make as we have modern equipment.

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Well, I'm just spitballing here but, you might consider making those heels and snouts available as well. I know for a fact that the heels are sometimes subject to damage and while I doubt they'd be a really hot item, someone might want just that bit. Just a thought. Keep up the good work!

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Re: CMD Body Panels

Postby m3a1 » April 14th, 2018, 10:28 am

I'm guessing you didn't include any provision for the windshield hinges....yet.
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Re: CMD Body Panels

Postby Fil Bonica » April 14th, 2018, 10:59 am

Is that the “sports” version
No windshield ?!

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Re: CMD Body Panels

Postby lpcoating » April 14th, 2018, 2:56 pm

m3a1 wrote:I'm guessing you didn't include any provision for the windshield hinges....yet.


Guess is wrong. As I posted, almost done, hinge plates need to be welded on
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Re: CMD Body Panels

Postby lpcoating » April 14th, 2018, 5:23 pm

First hinge plate welded on. Also test fit the side cowl. Side cowl needs the lower portion welded on.

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Re: CMD Body Panels

Postby lpcoating » April 15th, 2018, 9:16 am

Here is the first 99.9% completed A1 dash. I have to countersink the holes for the defrost slots.

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Re: CMD Body Panels

Postby Hambone » April 15th, 2018, 9:30 am

That looks great, probably the most difficult up to this point? keep up the good work, now that your through with the dash, I will be placing an order soon, still have those complete floors, you ready?? :lol:
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Re: CMD Body Panels

Postby m3a1 » April 15th, 2018, 11:17 am

OK, I'm still guessing at what was "wrong" with the panel. What is wrong?
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Re: CMD Body Panels

Postby lpcoating » April 15th, 2018, 6:48 pm

m3a1 wrote:OK, I'm still guessing at what was "wrong" with the panel. What is wrong?


The flasher bracket is different on the A2. I didn't tell the spotweld operator and he put the A2 bracket on the A1 dash. My bad.

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Re: CMD Body Panels

Postby lpcoating » April 26th, 2018, 11:35 am

First time fit up of side panels. Still need to make tooling for lower radius.

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Re: CMD Body Panels

Postby rickf » April 26th, 2018, 12:00 pm

What about the extensions at the upper ends?
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Re: CMD Body Panels

Postby m3a1 » April 26th, 2018, 12:02 pm

You know, at some point you're going to be done and there will be a great big hole in your life that will need to be filled.

Pssst... What's next?
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