Tool Review: Tillman ONYX TIG Welder gloves

I found these amazing gloves at my local welding shop. They are just fantastic! I would wear them anywhere.

Despite the fact that they look as Darth Vader as possible, they are comfortable, soft and provide a great sense of touch and control with a welder in hand. They must be made from the skin of young children, they are that soft.

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Rocker panel welderin’

I realize I’m going a bit out of order here but,

Before I set to doing the fender flare modification, I had to fix a bit bunch of rocker panel rust and Bond-O. I don’t have any before pictures at this time, but don’t worry. The driver side remains to be fixed and I’ll take more detailed pictures for a post at a later date. This is the tale of the passenger side.

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Turkis quarter panel

The poor Turkis car must have been mistreated in a previous life. What I thought were rusty rear wheel arches turned out to be dented and wrinkled quarter panels loaded with…yes, Bond-O, as you may have guessed. Both the passenger and driver sides are affected but luckily very little rust is in the area. There must have been some sort of side impact(s) or maybe even a rear-end collision, although the tail section looks original.

I’ll have more detailed pictures of the driver side patch, but here are the few shots of the work I’ve done thus far on the passenger side.

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Rear seat delete

Originally my ’74 Verona, Uber, came with a set of modified 6-series (E24) rear seats. While these seats looked the business, they rarely got used, were the wrong color and were begging to be yanked. Since we do a lot of fairly long distance traveling to rallies and shows, I decided to remove the rear seat entirely and convert the space to a more usable storage area.

What you will need for this project:

-a 4×2 feet sheet of plywood
-a couple cans of spray adhesive
-a jig saw
-about 6 feet of carpet (6 feet wide)
-sandpaper or a hand sander
-carpet tape

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Tool Review: Harbor Freight Threaded Insert Tool

To install my turbo-style fender flares I used a threaded insert tool (also referred to as a riv-nut, rivet-nut or threaded rivet) as opposed to pop-rivets or nuts and bolts. The threaded inserts are fed onto the rivet tool, pushed through a pre-drilled hole and then pressed into place. Squeezing the rivet gun bends and flanges the insert into the bodywork so that it is pinched in place and doesn’t move. Then you just simply screw in your bolt/screw and you are set.

The Harbor Freight Threaded Insert Riveter I purchased was a measly $13.99. However, it came with 40 threaded inserts and a couple interchangeable nose pieces allowing you to install multiple sized inserts. I also picked up an extra couple bags of inserts just in case I fudged it up a bit.

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Turbo flare installation or Welcome to Bondo-ville

As Uber’s rear arches were finally turning to oxide Wheaties, I opted to take the easy way out. Cut out the rot, weld up the holes and install fiberglass turbo-style flares. In theory it sounded easier than welding in new stock quarter panels. Turned out the easy way was only slightly less difficult.

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