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1948 Meteor Restoration 04 Jan 2022 19:17 #116732

Mark,
I will start out working it cold but I'm sure I will end up annealing it before I'm done, and I will have to use heat to shrink it an a few places, it's going to be stretched too much in some places.
On the first one of these I rebuilt I had an area that I couldn't get to cooperate, and I was leaning on Mark Logan (Eagle127) for guidance as I had a ton of steel fab experience but very little with Aluminum. Mark told me I wasn't going to ever get it if I didn't put the heat to it and he was right. 
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1948 Meteor Restoration 04 Jan 2022 19:06 #116731

Ray I'm on day shift for the next 3 months I could pull some 2nd shift work on it if need be it will keep me out of trouble working day shift gives me to much time on my hands
Charlie 
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1948 Meteor Restoration 04 Jan 2022 18:22 #116730

Ray -

Will you work this area cold or will you apply light heat?

Thanks,
Mark

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1948 Meteor Restoration 04 Jan 2022 17:34 #116729

James and I agree that tackling the worst repairs first give us both a little gratification of progress, so the crashed front cutwater comes first. These first photos of what's under the damaged parts reveal the mouse house corrosion damage is not too significant in this area. We do have a lot of blunt force damage but nothing that a lot of hammer and dolly work won't take care of. This will seem to be agonizingly slow because it will take both me and Charlie working together to hammer this out and I only get Charlie when the Aluminum mill doesn't.



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1948 Meteor Restoration 20 Dec 2021 19:38 #116522

Phew Ray, That’s unfortunate. Are you going to replace the sheeting or weld it up?






Most of the holes will be flush patched as I have seen more than one weld repair on these boats fail in service (and corrosion in the area makes a weld failure more likely) and I have never seen a riveted flush patch fail. There is one place high on the side that may get welded, maybe you can help me there?
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1948 Meteor Restoration 20 Dec 2021 16:07 #116517

After Ray's crash course in metal fabrication I should have just enough skills to get me in trouble you could put my work next to Ray's work and everyone of you at the same time would scratch your head and say what the he77 did Charlie do to that boat some one take his rivet gun before he hurts himself with it
Charlie 
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1948 Meteor Restoration 20 Dec 2021 14:45 #116513

Phew Ray, That’s unfortunate. Are you going to replace the sheeting or weld it up?

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Scoot, we can fix that, either here (...when it's a bit warmer) or there if you want.   Maybe we can get Ray on the phone if we get scared. 

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1948 Meteor Restoration 20 Dec 2021 02:43 #116507

I'm just happy Charlie is learning a new skill set.  I sure as hell can't afford Ray......
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1948 Meteor Restoration 20 Dec 2021 02:26 #116505

I gotta say. This excites me. Watching something like this come back to life, especially in the hands of Ray. I can't wait to see it finished, and hopefully beg a ride in it. But I also can't wait until the next update. Keep going and keep taking pictures!

Trey

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