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Probably complete overkill but here's how I'm getting rid of my 'Frankenstein Bolts''.

I bent up a couple plates out of sheet steel and formed them to wrap under the frame and fit the inside of the body. The plate gets bonded to the body and then riveted to the frame underneath.



Here's one bonded to the body. Tomorrow I'll 'glass them too.



And how it looks from the side. After the body's painted I'll paint the plate with undercoating and with the BRG body it should disappear pretty well.


 

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Nice idea Mike. I've got a couple questions. Did you bond the plates with the body already in place? If so, can you remove the body now that the plates are installed? What did you use to bond the plates to the body?
 

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Thanks guys. Yes I had the body in place and the side bolts in before bonding. I'll fill the holes in later after it's taken off.
I used some wood to hold the metal tight to the underside of the frame and then small wood wedges to make sure it made good contact with the body while the HSRF (the 3-M stuff) set-up.
As far as removing it, the sides will come out far enough for the plate to clear the frame (at least I hope so ;) ) and there is plenty of back and forth travel to make sure the doors get aligned properly with the sides before the holes are drilled and rivets installed.
 

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Good idea but are you using one large plate per side? Wouldn't it be easier for body alignment if you made two smaller ones per side. Just a thought.
 

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Possibly but there is still plenty of ability to pull it in and out and line up the doors.
 

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What about finding another way of attaching them to the frame? I imagine you can only drill out rivets so many times for removal before it becomes a problem.

Other than that it looks like a good solution. I'm sure the sidepipes will cover up any reminants that could be visible., plus they can be painted black.

-SB
 

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I thought about slotted holes in the plates and then using Nutserts in the frame so machine bolts could be used but I shouldn't have to rivet them more than once. Maybe if the body ever comes back off but in that case if they won't line back up just fill the old holes with silicone and re-drill in a different spot.

No sidepipes on mine, that was the main reason for doing it like this, makes it cleaner without that big gap between the body and frame. Once it's all the same color it should all blend together pretty well.
 

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I'm going to start tagging useful threads like this one for future reference. mtdr/t
 

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Michael, how far along is 4427? (great number BTW!)
I should be getting my body back this weekend and mounting it.
 

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Michael,
I was looking at the photos you posted. Very nice work, seems you're into resonators beyond exhaust work ;) . Nice gear!
Matt
 

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Hey Matt. As far as the resos I've been playing with them for a decade and building them for about 6 years now. You a player too?
 

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Mike,

I've racked up 1400 miles on 4427, and so far everything has been working great. I have no problem with heat from the exhaust in the footboxes; I insulated very well.

I'm making plans now for spring updates (no heat in the garage). Side louvers, hood hoop, hood and trunk gas struts, hidden body mounts, hood handles elimination, etc.

She's still in gelcoat, and probably will be for another year. I'm having too much fun driving her to worry about paint. I saw your paint post; the green looks awesome.
 

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Bac to the original subject, how have you side mounts worked out? Any issues yet?

Thanks
 

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Not yet Hoz, probably this weekend. I'll post the results.

Michael, that's great. Don't imagine you're getting out much in it right now! Brrr!
 

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Michael,
Yeah, like you, been playing for years (guess I should be a lot better than I am!). Worked part time to learn how to fix instruments with a violin builder. Mostly play electric(Strat and LP), but always loved the sound of a reso. Looking for a deal on a Taylor, there pretty nice too.
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Yeah Taylor make a nice box. For the most part I like the newer ones better than the older. They seem to be a little fuller sounding.
But hey if you like resos so much I have one for sale at a local shop. Help me pay for that new green paint. ;)
 

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We put the body on today and the side mounts worked very well. I took about 3/4" off of the mounting suface (compared to the the pics above). It wasn't really needed and it made it easier to get the sides on.
I'm really happy with the entire set-up.
 
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