I didn't have enough of the spark plug wire material to do this project. Only had enough left for three wires. Not good. Called around town to get more. No one carried it any longer. Even worse. Hobbylinc would take a week. Worse still.
Went to Hobby Lobby and found some 26 gauge jewelry wire in black. Mics out at .016"". 30 yards, that's yards, not feet for $4.29. Score!! Compare that to 2 feet for $5. Back in the game!
Come home, the wire won't fit. Yikes! Evidently .004" is the difference between working or not working. I feel like a machinist on a project for NASA. Switch to the #76 drill bit (.020"), and I'm home free.
Now, last night while drilling I used my index finger on my left hand while drilling with the right. Got the job done, but I was thinking "How am I going to glue these wires without three hands?" Solution: my super duper Panavise.
I forgot I had this thing. When I moved over here I put it in the bottom drawer of one of the steel cabinets and apparently forgot about it. Well, it popped into my head sometime in the middle of the night last night, so when I got home tonight I got it out and
a couple of dabs of glue later, the distributor is done. Yay!
If you'll forgive me for hijacking my own thread, I'd like to tell you guys about this vise.
A mechanic at work was about to move and sell his little Ford Ranger pickup. It had one of those toolboxes in the bed with the flip up doors. He had been driving this truck for two years.
He decides to clean out the toolbox, for the first time, and finds this Panavise in there. He had no idea he had been driving around with it all this time. He knows that I like projects so he gives it to me. I refurbed it and painted it blue like its big brother.
I'm sharing this with you guys because I think that you would appreciate the project. As you can see the sticker on the vise is destroyed. I called Panavise, told them about my project and asked for a sticker. The lady on the phone said "Sure, and I want to see it
when it's done." When it was finished I sent pics and I actually got a short blurb and some pics in the Panavise monthly newsletter! I was blown away. She said she would send me a copy and asked if I needed anything. I mentioned that the only thing really on my
list was the Model 350 for larger projects. "Done." she said, "I'll send you one." Again, blown away. Very grateful.
Here is the before. This is as he gave it to me that day.
And here is the before and after of its big brother. 1969 model Wilton 645.
Last Edit: Jan 16, 2020 23:41:33 GMT -7 by mmthrax
I'll second this. Great back story on the vise Mark! Nicely done man.
3rd vote from me.This is a great yarn and the vises look fabulous. I'd have that Panavise permanently on the bench, too good to be in a drawer mate! The car is going to need to be sharp to top the vises Very nice work on the dizzy.
Last Edit: Jan 18, 2020 16:17:49 GMT -7 by Deano: Spello
Thanks guys. I really appreciate all the positive comments.
I do have history with all my tools now that I think about it Les. Very few of them I have bought new. I usually have to get an old clapped out specimen and then I completely go through it to get it up to snuff. But by that time I have an
intimate knowledge of how it works etc, etc. This also gives me the chance to make it "mine". I doubt there is another blue Panavise out there. I am grateful that I have been able to get things done that way.
I was able to get the Revell 72 Old Indy pace car kit which not only has the correct grille for the 442, but also has a convertible "up-top". Very cool. The kit is a later production and everything about it seems better thought out.
The parts in the box, the instruction sheet is different, and even the way the parts bags were put in the box was just done better. Interesting.
Anyway, I managed to get everything off the sprues, hit with the sanding stick, and put in piles ready to paint. I got the interior pan masked off for the first round of painting, which will be the red fenderwells. I then set to removing the
rocker moldings from the body. These were not on the 442.
Here you can see the before of the body with the interior in the background.
And here is the after. It's almost there. Rescribed the bottom of the door. A little cleanup is needed before I go to the other side.
Got the bottom of the door cleaned up with a 600, then 1000 Tamiya sponge. Took too long because of some errant whacks with the file. Ugh.
So this time on the other side I put some tape across the bottom to try to protect the door skin. It worked pretty well. Need to rescribe the bottom of the door again. Needs to be a bit wider.
I did this the labor op the hard way though. Too time intensive. I can't wait to get another flex shaft machine. I could have buzzed this off with a small sanding drum in no time, with a lot more control too.
Oh well. Maybe next month.
Thanks for looking.
Last Edit: Jan 20, 2020 22:18:59 GMT -7 by mmthrax
I had a mammoth painting session tonight. I am feeling better about my technique with the air brush, and my routine at the paint booth is getting more streamlined. Feel good about that.
Still need to paint the body and interior, but the heavy lifting has been done. I shot the engine instead of brush painting it. I find that for me the airbrush goes on much more evenly, and looks much better.
I am pleased with what I got done tonight. Thanks for looking.
mustang1989: I've been trying to add photos to my thread and can't access a single one. Just contacted imageshack about the problem. Will see what they say.
Mar 23, 2020 14:56:06 GMT -7
stitchdup: I'm in isolation for 12 weeks due to this nasty virus going around. I took 4 kits with me, paint glue pretty much everything except tools. hopeing to pop in to my flat to collect them later
Mar 26, 2020 7:04:58 GMT -7
Deano: I hope everyone is staying safe from this virus. My model building side says I could do with some time in isolation but my bank account says no I don't! Take care people!!
Mar 27, 2020 11:52:12 GMT -7
stitchdup: You too mate, this is some nasty stuff going about. I'm actually missing work already and sick of being inside
Mar 27, 2020 11:58:19 GMT -7
RetroSpectKustoms: I'm close to Iso. (what we're calling it in OZ) I'm in the Barossa Valley, you know where the big outbreak is!(thank you shithead tourists). I'm making a list of isolation jobs, got a heap of things I can do.
Mar 29, 2020 15:29:46 GMT -7
sharp: Yeah guys,I'm pretty much stuck in the house too.Thank god for this cool hobby we all have,at least we won't go crazy.Stay safe guys.
Mar 29, 2020 20:42:18 GMT -7
DeeCee: Can only go to work and back as of today, well, as long that still exists anyway, then having trouble logging in due to everybody working from home, DUD INTERNET
Mar 30, 2020 3:53:52 GMT -7
mustang1989: I'm still able to go to and from work and to the grocery store here in Corpus Christi. I've been hitting the bench a little harder than usual and taking care of things around the house that have been bugging the crap out of me.
Mar 31, 2020 10:56:57 GMT -7
mustang1989: Got some work done to my truck. I've been driving around for the last two years with no fuel gauge but finally had the time to lift the bed with my engine hoist and drop a fuel level sender in it.
Mar 31, 2020 10:57:59 GMT -7
mustang1989: My wife is currently out of work as a nurse in an elective surgery clinic. She wants to go to work in a hospital and that scares the crap out of me because we've almost lost her twice. Once to a miscarraige and the second time due to a brain aneurysm.
Mar 31, 2020 10:59:50 GMT -7
mustang1989: Just don't want her to push her luck for a third time.....
Mar 31, 2020 11:00:26 GMT -7
stitchdup: I can see why your woried mate,
Mar 31, 2020 12:15:21 GMT -7
leon: Still working here as our company has an exempt status.
Mar 31, 2020 13:20:15 GMT -7
DeeCee: VOTING POLLS are up everybody
Apr 1, 2020 1:27:21 GMT -7
coyotecrunch: What a world we live in, a lot of you all seem to be locked down. Unfortunately I am "essential", so nothing has changed for me, working every day, sure hope I don't catch this shit. Would hate to not be able to bug you guys every other month! BE SAFE!!
Apr 1, 2020 14:15:05 GMT -7
stitchdup: well the lockdown doesn't seem too bad now, its been hail and wind all morning
Apr 2, 2020 6:38:11 GMT -7
RetroSpectKustoms: I'm quite excited lads! I have about an hour left on model #2 & 3 for 2020. Hopefully post them on the other side of the weekend.
Apr 2, 2020 15:12:38 GMT -7
stitchdup: looking forward to it mate
Apr 3, 2020 0:17:32 GMT -7