67 barracuda notchback restoration

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    moparmat2000 FABO Gold Member FABO Gold Member

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    Also turbo props are a lot more fuel efficient than jets. Which are essentially a ducted prop lol

    So i have a SAAB funny for you. One week at work am removing a seat track beam for replacement because after removal of corrosion it was out of limits. It looked to be OEM installed at the factory. The tracks are all pinned in place with JoBolts and solid rivets. The JoBolts are normally a machinest #8 drill size .199"

    As i'm drilling out the JoBolts on the side web of the track, i come across one 1/4" or .250" JoBolt where #8 ones should be, along with an arrow pointing to it and the words

    "AOOUUUUUU VARG NISSE".

    i laughed because it was obviously a factory mess up when the hole was drilled, so it was oversized to the next largest fastner. Before i scrapped the seat track i pulled out, i cut out that section with those words on it and put it in my tool box.

    Years later a SAAB engineer and assembly line mechanic were at our facility to help with a complete vertical stabilizer replacement due to severe hail damage. I go up to these 2 guys with that seat track piece i kept in my tool box about 7 years by this time and ask them what the words meant. They both started to laugh. I said ok let me in on the joke. They told me that if somebody messed up a hole while drilling on the assembly line in Linkoping everybody else would howl like a wolf. That was obviously the AOOUUUUU. VARG was wolf in Swedish, and NISSE was the guys name.

    The mystery was finally solved, to me at least. They had a sense of humor on the assembly line.
     
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      That was a long time coming!

      I suppose the Swedes also explained how the wolf came into the picture? If you're operating a machine and the part you produce is out of dimension and needs to be scrapped, you've "run wolf" or perhaps "made wolf". Run in the sense of a production run.
       
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      • moparmat2000

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        No they didnt explain that to me. I just figured it was an inside joke among the factory workers.
         
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        It's a very old term and as far as I know, used in all metal production industry.
         
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        • moparmat2000

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          Cool thing to know.
           
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            Company pitched in the dumpster the last of the binders for SAAB 340 paper manuals. Leftover in a huge box strapped to a pallet when everything went online. Now the 340s are going away. I grabbed 2 of these and will put all my mopar stuff i have printed out and in plastic sleeves in one of these. I may buy 67 and 69 plymouth manuals on CD rom, and print out relevant chapters, sleeve em and put them in the other SAAB binder. Its just some souveniers from back in the day when i used the manuals inside these binders to work on these aircraft. I'm glad i was able to get 2 of them before they threw em all away.

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              Ok time for the latest update. Its been a long time. I am modding my 67 to use the 68 up style gas tank straps. Up to 67 it was 1 sideways strap holding the gas tank in place. I was never comfortable with that when i took the car apart. When i welded in my new spare tire well, and made my new spare tire bracket, i made it with the 68 up rear brackets that drop thru the well to catch the J hooks for the back of the 68 up gas tank straps. Now i have to mod the shock tower crossmember for the straps to hook in at the front.

              Thanks Cosgig for coming to the rescue. Geof was cutting up a pretty rusted out 68 cuda parts car, and cut out that crossmember so i can section in the pieces needed to hook up the front tank straps. I did some initial sand blasting, then spotweld removal to pull it all apart took me about an hour with a rotabroach spotweld cutter and careful drilling to not go all the way through, just deep enough to seperate the pieces to keep the piece i need intact. I will drill holes in it later where i want to rosette weld it in at its flanges. I'd drill till i saw a little brown puff of rust, then wedge the screwdriver in between and carefully pry to pop the weld, then on to the next weld etc..

              Lastly I drilled out the strap reinforcement plates, and will sand blast all the rest of the rust off, then reassemble the reinforcements with a bit of weld thru primer between everything, and epoxy primer over the top of it all.

              The last 2 pix show the existing crossmember, and how it needs to be modified for the fwd tank straps. I will cut out the middle section of the original lower crossmember sheetmetal and flush weld this section in its place. When done you wont even be able to tell it was sectioned in.

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              • MrJLR

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                Awesome build!
                Notch-Back Cudas are the coolest A-bodies ever!
                Note my avatar!

                Jeff
                 
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                • DesertRat

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                  Nice work Matt! Wish I would have thought of that on my 67 build, would have made it incalculably easier for the dual exhaust.
                   
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                  • moparmat2000

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                    My molasses solution wasnt working fast enough to rid the rust out of the pitted metal. I used a bit of muriatic acid to remove all traces of rust, and rinsed thoroughly with TSP and water solution to prevent flash rust, and thoroughly dried. Then i sprayed the inside with rustoleum cold galvanizing compound. Areas where i plan on welding i will grind to bare steel and spray with 3M weld thru ll primer. I am very happy with the results so far. I think the cold galvanizing spray will work pretty good. Its used on welds to galvanized pipe. Seems to hold up well there in the weather.

                    Theres a little rust left on the ends, but i plan on cutting it down a bit and those parts will get cut off in the process.

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                    Well the cold galvanizing paint just rubs off, so i stripped that all off in the sand blaster, and coated it all with epoxy primer. You live and you learn. I been working on rebuilding a set of grilles for my sons 69 notch, plus working like a fiend at my job, so i havent had time for any more progress reports.
                     
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                    Worked on shoulder belt anchors, but went and bought a nice forged stroker crank, and KB forged stroker pistons. The block will be headed to the hot tank vat next week. And so it begins. Pix to follow.
                     
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                    I don't know how I missed your thread but I'm going to be following your build. I'm going to be working on my brother's 67 notch once my car is completed.
                     
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                    • moparmat2000

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                      Well I started making a drivetrain Dolly today. I had these 2&1/2" square tube beams with wheels on them that I got from work. They were headed to the scrap bin. I asked I received. These have been sitting behind the shop over 3 years now. Its tme i do something with them. I have been wanting to make this out of these for awhile. I plan on having a sliding piece on the spine to support the drivetrain as i assemble everything onto it.

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                      Here are my high tech drivetrain dollies in action. Low profile, readily available, and multipurpose. My then 12 year old son positioned the drivetrain while I managed the floor jack to lower the body.
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                      • moparmat2000

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                        I am all about purpose built metal fixtures. The dolleys look like they work too though.
                         
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                        Damn i need to update this thread.
                         
                      • SNKEBIT

                        SNKEBIT Spending $$ on Mopars

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                        Damn..…………………..:poke:
                         
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                        Went and had my 94 chevy truck bed done w a spray in bedliner called Armorthane on tuesday. Its a harder durometer material than rhinoliner. I asked if they could spray a set of mopar battery trays for me. Owner said sure and included it with the price of shooting the truck bed. I'd say thats the permanent solution to battery tray rust issues.

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                          I need to update this more often
                           
                        • ariffle

                          ariffle Fish Shouldn't Rust

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                          Some awesome work moparmat!
                          I sure would like to see some recent pictures of that beauty....
                           
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                          Thats about it. Empty body shell has become a parts and box planter as other crap has taken up space in my life.
                           
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                          Hang in there Mat.Life has a way of throwing you curve balls from time to time. It's easy to get discouraged but stay the course!
                           
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                          Just been working a lot, and collecting up parts for my sons 69 notch. Also got everything rounded up to send out my block for machining. Gonna be a 408. Home life is kinda nuts around here too. I got 1 kid 12 year old girl with mental health issues. (Doesnt almost every female have mental health issues though). Anyhoo, every day is a real treat with that one. If i go out to the shop my wife has to deal with it all by herself, then i get the old (well you get to go in the shop all the time, and get away from this shit, and i have to deal with it all by myself) talk all the time. So i dont go out there as much anymore.

                          Then she tries to set me up when she tells me to go out there to work on my stuff, i tell her, "why so you can tell me i get to go do that while your dealing with this horseshit, no thank you i know how it works" Now the flip side to that is my son is now 6 and just the other day he helped me take the wheels off my truck so i could do brakes on it. He wants to go out there with me and help, and i want to teach him. We are also starting to build model kits together. So as he gets older i will take him out there and teach him while working on this stuff. This changes the dynamic, and "hey honey, i am taking one kid out of your hair"

                          I have a lot of vacation days this year, i may start taking fridays off and doing a 3 day weekend. To give y'all an idea how busy i have been, i just signed a paper at my work giving me almost a weeks pay for the vacation hours i didnt take last year. That money will go right back into the car in one way or another.
                           
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                          Damm Matt, that is a Lot to deal with.
                          I can't imagine how difficult it is for you and your wife, raising two kids with completely different life altering issues. It is a blessing to have your son showing interest in the happenings of the shop. I sure hope theirs something that can help with your daughter.
                          Hang in there! You have a ton of knowledge that seems your son is hungry to learn. Hell, you for sure could teach me a thing or two. In fact you have. My wiring issue is now solved! Thanks again buddy, I am very appreciative.
                           
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