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Excellent work!

May I ask what you use to cut the two panels in one go?

 

Also, as I need do same on my 71 at some point, how is the lower part (underneath) between wheel and door welded? There is ton of crap on mine so its hard to see, or is it ment to be welded from the inside?

73 modified Grande 351C. (Finally back on the road woohoo!) 

71 429CJ. ( In progress )

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Good to see you are back on your project. I know how life pushes them back. My Mach 1 sat for 37 years until this year and I got it out and going again.

I know it is late now but the reason the passenger side floor rusted is usually due to a cowl vent leak. Be sure and check that from the inside. If you are not doing concourse you can repair with some epoxy and fiberglass mat and not cut the cowl out. Once the car is back together I always say to never wash these cars with running water, car wash or pressure washer. You just feed the rust inside the doors, quarters, cowl. No need to use running water unless you been playing in the mud. 

Another note to help others. You should have had the door on when doing the quarter. The body lines usually do not match up on the repo panels. When you get your door back on might not align with the top of the quarter and the body line. 

If it is your driver it will be good for that I am sure. 

One thing I find is that if you do the worst job first and get that out of the way it will pick up speed toward the end. 

Great to see you doing your own work only way you learn is to do it.

When a man is in the woods and talks and no women are there is he still wrong??:P

David

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Excellent work!

May I ask what you use to cut the two panels in one go?

 

Also, as I need do same on my 71 at some point, how is the lower part (underneath) between wheel and door welded? There is ton of crap on mine so its hard to see, or is it ment to be welded from the inside?

I just used a body saw, like a jigsaw almost. By overlapping and cutting, I wasn't worried about cutting straight since it was all being welded. 

 

 

I believe where you are talking about the lower piece, I used an air punch to make holes in the skin, to plug weld thru to the old metal. Everything was actually pretty solid, just with those dents I thought this was easier to replace than fix.

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Good to see you are back on your project. I know how life pushes them back. My Mach 1 sat for 37 years until this year and I got it out and going again.

I know it is late now but the reason the passenger side floor rusted is usually due to a cowl vent leak. Be sure and check that from the inside. If you are not doing concourse you can repair with some epoxy and fiberglass mat and not cut the cowl out. Once the car is back together I always say to never wash these cars with running water, car wash or pressure washer. You just feed the rust inside the doors, quarters, cowl. No need to use running water unless you been playing in the mud. 

Another note to help others. You should have had the door on when doing the quarter. The body lines usually do not match up on the repo panels. When you get your door back on might not align with the top of the quarter and the body line. 

If it is your driver it will be good for that I am sure. 

One thing I find is that if you do the worst job first and get that out of the way it will pick up speed toward the end. 

Great to see you doing your own work only way you learn is to do it.

I didn't see any cowl rust, but will look again closer when I get back on it. That is a good idea on having the door on. I thought about putting it back on, but with the fenders off too I wasn't sure how to get the door in the right position without putting the whole front back together.  This is just a daily, so I figure I should be able to get everything close enough to make myself happy. And if all goes well, I won't ever be looking to sell, just want to enjoy it.

 

 

What I did , was before I cut the old quarter off, I marked where the bodyline was on the door jamb, and used that to put the new quarter bodyline on where it should be. At least that's the idea, lol. We'll see how it works at re-assembly.  Next time, if there ever is, I would have the door on though like suggested. 

 

 

 

Thanks everyone for the positive comments! It helps the motivation for sure. Still waiting on a timeline for the engine, so I am pushing ahead on the race projects right now. Figure they need to be done also before summer, so might as well knock those out while I'm waiting on bringing the car back. Gonna have my hands full, but seems like every winter I do, lol.  At least I have some solid goals to work toward, and they all seem doable, barring anything unexpected....

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I am finally going to build my dream car! I have always wanted a 71-73 Mustang, always put it off, now I am 51 years old and decided it's now or never! 

 

A familiar theme. I see that I'm in good company here. :cool:

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