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  1. Question for the group: I've never seen the fit up of these body panels in-person and close up. Lots of pictures online, but none that are giving me a good view about what I should expect to see between the hood edge and the triangle piece on top of the fender. My assumption was that the hood would close down over the lip of that triangular panel, but that doesn't seem to be the case. Is it normal to have a gap or "loose" fitment there? If you have a B60, can you send me a picture of how your's fits? Thanks!
  2. Well team - it's been a long night and a productive one! My husband assured me (warned me?) that this part would be a real challenge. When we brought the truck home her body panels were in a trailer. We've never seen her assembled. Our guess is that this truck may have been pushed around the yard (where we bought her) by her nose - with a bucket cushioned by a tire or something. The front was really racked in a weird way. Fortunately my husband and the gang have years of experience building race cars and fabricating. Hours and hours later we finally had a good fit up on the hood! Callin
  3. Just looked up Dame Edna! Love it! The Chrysler is my favorite vehicle. Rides like a boat. Always exciting to bring her out in the spring and sad to tuck her away for the winter.
  4. Too many projects, too little time 🙄😄 There are worse problems to have! Good news: Mack paint is DONE! Body assembly is happening THIS WEDNESDAY! I can't wait to finally see this old girl put together. It's a big step forward. Popped one side of the hood up there just for a visual and got really excited. Finally got my '62 Newport out, now that the weather is starting to come around. And the Freightliner transformation is (mostly) done. Hope I'm not doing too much "contamination" by including that before and after shot. 🤣
  5. We have a professional vinyl cutter (US Cutter brand). Basically a CNC for vinyl film, yes. It doesn't print, only cuts, but it has saved us thousands in the years that we've had it. We can do a lot of our own detailing on bikes, cars, trucks, karts, etc... It's what I used to cut the detail on the doors, too.
  6. Hey there friends! Well, we got buried in SNOW this week in northern Vermont. My vacation week and it snowed! We had six inches on Thursday, but if finally cleared and we had a beautiful day yesterday. We spent the day working on our race track. The Freightliner is almost done - thank goodness!! So, progress on the Mack?? I'm prepping the hood panels for paint today. Thankfully they don't require repair like all of the other panels did. I also added a detail I designed and cut in vinyl under the back window. It came out exactly the way I envisioned. This coming week we'll start
  7. I'm not that kind of girl! HA! No insecurities, here - at least about my age! 😆 Growing older is a privilege denied to many - and every year brings more and more opportunities to learn and grow and I'm all about that! Here's to it!!!
  8. In the event I don't have a chance tomorrow... Wishing a fantastic day to my birthday twins: Mark T and Bob! (Brought painted body panels home today)
  9. Yes! We share a birthday! I'm 43 on Sunday. I'm just hoping not to cook that day!! Ribs sound great. 🤩
  10. Thank you! I took a swatch from my seat upholstery and this was the closest match in a single stage acrylic enamel. We love it, too!
  11. Paul, We masked it off three times for paint with some pretty complex designs and I detailed it out with vinyl. I will share pictures when it's done! 🤩
  12. Panels are in topcoat! After a long night of finishing the complex detailing and pin striping on my husband's Frieghtliner, I got reciprocity! (We're a kick-ass team, so please don't think there are any demands or hard feelings on these projects between the two of us - it all comes out in the wash). 😉 He called me this afternoon and said, "I left super early this morning so I could spray your panels before work." Well, they look AMAZING! Here's a little progress collage on the nose. Newest pictures load first: https://sjcreativevt.pixieset.com/skippymack/
  13. I did reach out to Dave Zsido last month! He connected me with someone in Brattleboro.
  14. Gallery is updated! Most recent (50 pictures) load first! Off to shoot primer on these body panels... 🤩 https://sjcreativevt.pixieset.com/skippymack/
  15. Friends! Here I am! Wow, three weeks cruised by since my last post. I'm here chuckling at your remarks! The truth is several fold: 1. Spring finally arrived in Northern Vermont - which means lots and lots of projects! 2. We finally closed on some land we've been trying to purchase since October from my parents. Real estate market is booming and were literally on a six month waiting list with the lawyer for a closing! Weather is beautiful so we've been on said land - were we have a go-kart track. 3. We've been working to get our dump truck tuned up for working on our lan
  16. Picture updates coming later tonight. Today, I'm solo on bodywork again. I prepped the nose piece last night. Old filler was cracked and broken off on the corners. I took it down and revealed old brass repairs. Laid fiber filler and am getting ready to go down and level that work and move on to Bondo. The nose will be in primer tonight and paint tomorrow! Yahoo!
  17. Thank you! I'm planning a cool white detail on the hood that I think will really pull it all together!
  18. Getting closer and closer! The white paint has a few places that need some attention. I think we got an incorrect P sheet and the mix ended up a little thin, so I have a couple of runs, but nothing that can't be leveled out and buffed back. I'm attacking the nose piece next! On another note: do you have a bed liner or undercoat type paint that you love? Matte black, textured. I'm going to paint the rocker under the door around the back - stepping up just to the bottom of the three "panels". The rockers had to be completely reconstructed and there are visible weldments. The lower porti
  19. The cab is painted! 🤩 I will be removing tape and plastic tomorrow...stay tuned.
  20. My husband had a delivery to do today and my kiddo was able to play outside with his cousin, so I was solo all day on bodywork - and friends, I gotta say, the final detailing of the cab came out better than I planned! A quiet day with no other obligations proved to be super productive! I shot rattle can primer/builder over my work and tonight we got another layer of high build primer sprayed before calling it a night. Even my husband was impressed. 🤩 So, the cab will be in her top coat tomorrow morning! Feelin' like a million bucks! Most recent pictures load first (except t
  21. Brocky, Thank you for following along and for the support! Our son has grown up surrounded by cool projects since he was an infant. His first visit to the shop was at seven days old. Shortly after, we put a swing in the shop and he would swing for hours and hours observing projects come to life: boats, planes, jet cars, motorcycles, all kinds of things - as soon as he was old enough to help out, he's been on it! He's got a lot of creativity and natural talent in mechanical and engineering ability, so we foster it as much as we can! Although my Mack has made it to #3 on his list of fav
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