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Home > Technical > Projects > The restoration of 45LE1856, a barn-fresh bucket-o-rust

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Rebuilt & painted, mounted on original chassis 1945 LE844 viewsThe original top sections with new side panels and floor bolted to original chassis. Most of the hardware and accessory stuff is restored original; spare tire rack, windshield supports, foot rest, etc. Seat, cover, stainless trim, and windshield from L&W Body.FlatHeadSixMar 17, 2011
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Rebuilt & painted, mounted on original chassis 1945 LE705 viewsThe original top sections with new side panels and floor bolted to original chassis. Most of the hardware and accessory stuff is restored original; spare tire rack, windshield supports, foot rest, etc. Seat, cover, stainless trim, and windshield from L&W Body.FlatHeadSixMar 17, 2011
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Rebuilt & painted, mounted on original chassis 1945 LE660 viewsThe original top sections with new side panels and floor bolted to original chassis. Most of the hardware and accessory stuff is restored original; spare tire rack, windshield supports, foot rest, etc. Seat, cover, stainless trim, and windshield from L&W Body.FlatHeadSixMar 17, 2011
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Rebuilt & painted, mounted on original chassis 1945 LE634 viewsThe original top sections with new side panels and floor bolted to original chassis. Most of the hardware and accessory stuff is restored original; spare tire rack, windshield supports, foot rest, etc. Seat, cover, stainless trim, and windshield from L&W Body.FlatHeadSixMar 17, 2011
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Welding the new tub together698 viewsThe patterns turned out well, the old top sections fit perfectly and the bottom is on. The original tub had leaded seams and the old lead which melted and ran out has been used again to seal the new seams. Not exactly the same construction methods used for the original in 1945 but it will look identical when finished, and you could also use the tub as a canoe!FlatHeadSixFeb 12, 2011
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Welding the new tub together664 viewsThe patterns turned out well, the old top sections fit perfectly and the bottom is on. The original tub had leaded seams and the old lead which melted and ran out has been used again to seal the new seams. Not exactly the same construction methods used for the original in 1945 but it will look identical when finished, and you could also use the tub as a canoe!FlatHeadSixFeb 12, 2011
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Welding the new tub together599 viewsThe patterns turned out well, the old top sections fit perfectly and the bottom is on. The original tub had leaded seams and the old lead which melted and ran out has been used again to seal the new seams. Not exactly the same construction methods used for the original in 1945 but it will look identical when finished, and you could also use the tub as a canoe!FlatHeadSixFeb 12, 2011
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Welding the new tub together605 viewsThe patterns turned out well, the old top sections fit perfectly and the bottom is on. The original tub had leaded seams and the old lead which melted and ran out has been used again to seal the new seams. Not exactly the same construction methods used for the original in 1945 but it will look identical when finished, and you could also use the tub as a canoe!FlatHeadSixFeb 12, 2011
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Old Top Sections on the New Side Panels560 viewsMore progress; both the old top sections have been sand blasted and welded to the new side panels. The lead from the old seams flowed out like water when the wire-feed heated up the old seams, but the spot welds held and the tops are on. The old trim strips down the center of the tops held enough water over the years to cause a few rust holes, but it should all be fine with a little more work. Maybe the bottom will go on tomorrow.FlatHeadSixJan 07, 2011
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Old Top Sections on the New Side Panels537 viewsMore progress; both the old top sections have been sand blasted and welded to the new side panels. The lead from the old seams flowed out like water when the wire-feed heated up the old seams, but the spot welds held and the tops are on. The old trim strips down the center of the tops held enough water over the years to cause a few rust holes, but it should all be fine with a little more work. Maybe the bottom will go on tomorrow.FlatHeadSixJan 07, 2011
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Old Top Sections on the New Side Panels536 viewsMore progress; both the old top sections have been sand blasted and welded to the new side panels. The lead from the old seams flowed out like water when the wire-feed heated up the old seams, but the spot welds held and the tops are on. The old trim strips down the center of the tops held enough water over the years to cause a few rust holes, but it should all be fine with a little more work. Maybe the bottom will go on tomorrow.FlatHeadSixJan 07, 2011
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Old Top Sections on the New Side Panels477 viewsMore progress; both the old top sections have been sand blasted and welded to the new side panels. The lead from the old seams flowed out like water when the wire-feed heated up the old seams, but the spot welds held and the tops are on. The old trim strips down the center of the tops held enough water over the years to cause a few rust holes, but it should all be fine with a little more work. Maybe the bottom will go on tomorrow.FlatHeadSixJan 07, 2011
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