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  1. when I got my 72 351 it had been sitting for several years. the guy would start it, he said every month. well when I pulled apart I found the rod and main bearings very pitted and pealing.... did not look right to me. I took them to my mechanist and he told me it was from sitting so long to oil turns acidic. so with telling you my story, I would pull your bearing it may be worth you time. good luck!!
  2. Whats gone is part of the inner rocker you can order them herehttp://shop.autocraftinvestments.com/index.php?p=product&id=103642&parent=2918 I would not jack or lift that car any further till you weld in some supports..You could be causing more damage..If you want to get it up:P Build a set of these(see picture) so it's supported at the wheels...But Before you do that you should get some angle iron( I use old bed frames) tack weld from the rear of the front frame extension to the back of the rear torque box area...I would do the same on the inside of the door jamb from the rear (remove the rear side panels) to the front hinge pillar like this http://www.accessiblesystems.com/mdb.phphttp://www.accessiblesystems.com/udb.php Your gonna need to measure the unibody on this car before you weld anything in place..with the fender gaps opening like they do when it jacked, it's a sure bet that the unibody is sagged when resting on the wheels. Scott Check out some of my videos here www.saturdaymorninggarage.com THANK YOU!! yes I have already made stands to keep it up 3' so I can work top and bottom, and planed on making some type of support under it before I cut anything. I really think I would like to talk to you more about this before I make any moves. I never considered sagging when on it's wheels, it is the top of the doors to back fenders. looks like the back side is dropping when lifted. on the ground every thing lines up and the doors close perfectly. Hope to talk to you again soon!!
  3. yes, with the mods to the engine I will need them, but I need to fix this first. after I find out what support should be inside the rockers and make them/install them I should be able to lift the car with no movement. then comes the extra subframe connectors. If I can not find out what they are from the factory I will just have to install something I know will work. I am trying to restore stock with only bolt on mods!!!
  4. It is until I lift it up on the lift. The top of the doors open 3/16" The pic here is it up off the ground, you can see the opening. on the ground the markers I put on are touching. the engine is out of the car but the rear is still in.
  5. Thanks, looks like you did a nice job!! But I need to know what is inside the rocker and floor
  6. I found a lot of rust on it so I am cutting out the rust and welding in new metal. I can figure out what most of the pieces should look like but one area I do not. I found the support beam inside the outer and inner rocker panels is gone on the left side, also some of the floor. Does anyone know where I can get information on what it should look like and what gauge metal it is? any info would be great!! I have before and after photos of every thing I have done so far.
  7. That looks just like my old 1973 Grande I had, but mine was white. I wish I still had it but my wife had it taken to a junk yard when i was is basic training for USAF. I had just rebuilt the engine and was restoring the inside of the car so it was all apart. I guess I should have told her the car was still good!!! And yes we are still married, that was 25 years ago.
  8. I found my final inspection sheet for my 72 convertible under the passenger side carpet also, but the weirdest thing was I also found a fork under the padding... must have been lunch time???
  9. Will this help? this is out of my Haynes manual. I think your question is the alternator regulator, on mine it should be the one to the left marked.. mine is... STA.
  10. Thanks, I did do the intro post. I will take some pics and add them to this post
  11. docweld

    Hello

    Hello every one. My name is Bill, I live in PA. I picked up a 1972 convertible w/ 351 2V FMX auto. I got it from a good friend of mine. When I first got the car April 2010 I drove it 2 hour home and around for the next 5 days (about 150 miles). Then inspection time, I new there was some body work needed but I would do that in the winter. Well it did not pass inspection, rust holes in the shock towers. The only way to fix it the right way was to pull the engine and start the restore then and I am still working on it. Engine is rebuilt with 4V heads with roller tip rockers. just need to finish the body. I have before and after pics of every thing I have done. I do not know how much more I should tell you all with out writing a book. I look forward to talking to you in here!
  12. Hello everyone. I am fixing my 72 convertible. I found a lot of rust on it so I am cutting out the rust and welding in new metal. I can figure out what most of the pieces should look like but one area I do not. I found the support beam inside the outer and inner rocker panels is gone on the left side, also some of the floor. Does anyone know where I can get information on what it should look like and what gauge metal it is? any info would be great!! I have before and after photos of every thing I have done so far.
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