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So this weekend I took out the remaining interior; carpet, ceiling and all the trim:

 

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Good news is no holes underneath my vinyl roof! The floor however is a defferent story.

 

The rear floorpans have been patched. Is it me or do these patches look bad? Thoughts?

 

RH rear side:

 

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LH rear side:

 

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In the front everything is still original but a little too crispy so I think I need to at least patch those pans:

 

RH passanger pan:

 

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The LH side is only slightly better...

 

But all that is for later, I now need to get the quarter window and mechanism out. Anybody have any pointers for that job?

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Bit more progress this weekend.

 

Managed to get the LH quarter window and mechanism out:

 

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Also figured out how te remove the weatherstrip:

 

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Then cut around the wheel well to assess amount of rot:

 

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Took a look at the end of the rocker. Seems surprisingly solid:

 

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And finally cut out the patch to replace the rotted edge:

 

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Can’t wait to have that welded in!

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New wheelhouse edge is in. It is in the exact same spot as the old edge but when test fitting quarter patches the edge of the outer skin sits half an inch under this one. Gonna be doing lots of measuring this weekend...

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Well, lotsa measuring turned into lotsa cutting and bending. But the edge is now pretty close to that of my quarter so next weekend I can hopefully really finish the wheelhouse and start on the quarter panel.

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So while most people seem to have lots of time due to the pandemic, my progress has been painstakingly slow, mainly due to setbacks with the wheel house and the quarter. Third party reproductions that suck.

The wheel house is now done. First I thought about just replacing the lower quarter only to find out it was welded crooked like this:

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Then I found out I needed a whole quarter and the one I bought again had the bottom welded on like shit again. So I've been recreating that and now finally have something that looks OK (to me anyway):

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Finally I'm able to go forwards again and hopefully will be able to put the quarter in sometime this month.

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A couple notes.

1)  The rockers on our cars were galvanized.  So they rarely look bad.

2)  I would try to find a 1/4 panel that has the one piece lower.  They form the bottom edge like the factory had it instead of spot welding a second piece on.  Just a suggestion.

kcmash

 

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The rockers were galvanized but boy do they rust. They were pretty thick compared to skins. I have a car that had Ziebart in the rockers and could not believe how the rust was inside when I cut it open. 

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

David

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Great job, at this point, I would put the rear valance on and check for proper fitment. When I did mine, I did not do that and I ended up grinding out the welds at the tail panel, removing the section that goes from the quarter panel to the trunk drop off and making that piece more narrow so that my quarter panel and rear extension would line up properly and my valance would fit and have less of a gap between it and the quarter panel before welding that piece back in. 

You are doing a great job on your car and I have been following it, keep up the good work.

Tom 

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On 12/31/2020 at 5:37 PM, Vinnie said:

Finally, the bloody quarter panel is in... This was not an easy job (for me) but I got it done and although it looks rough and will require a bit of filler I think it turned out OK.

See for yourself:

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That is looking really good! Great job!

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Tim

 

Never drive faster than your guardian angel can fly :runninpony:

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That's coming along nicely! 

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[align=left]Jeff T.

 

When I die I want to die like grandpa, peacefully in my sleep... not screaming, like his passengers. [/align]

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Took the drivers' side door out and took it completely apart, everything bagged and tagged. After removing the drip rail and weatherstrip I was finally able to look into a possible issue. I was scared I was going to need to replace a piece of my window's edge but no, it was just filler gone crappy!

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Amongst other things I managed to get the Grande emblem off of one side and in one piece, very pleased! :-)

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Currently working my way through the dash, after removing the LH door and fender. Found a small hole in the cowl above the heater. Awesome.

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Meanwhile...

AC/heaterbox is gone and not coming back. Thinking of getting the classic auto air setup but I'm wondering if it's cool that outside air then only comes in through the side windows since it blocks off the entry through the cowl... Anybody with experience in this matter feel free to tell me about how you dealt with this.

Last night I also removed the windshield. It already had a crack so no need to be very careful as it's going to the trash (eventually) together with the heater I think.

Now my car looks burned... Can't wait to have the engine bay sprayed anything BUT black.... Possibly saddle bronze as well.

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This weekend I started working on my cowl as I'm waiting on floor and RH quarter sheetmetal...

First this PITA needed to be removed. Too many spot welds in hard to reach places:

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Done:

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Plenty of holes in the upper cowl corner. Some due to spotweld removal and some due to rust:

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After cutting the top cowl I thought I'd find 1 hole that was visible from inside but instead there were a lot more:

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I used a trick I saw on Kindig Customs the other day. I used duct tape to get the shape of the bulge to transfer onto metal. And I used a part of my old LH quarter to make the patch :-)

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Transfered onto metal:

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Made the patch:

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Made the hole, slightly too large on the sides as you can see in the pic after this one:

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And we're ready to start welding, just dunno when yet, as this is after all... the slowest resto ever:

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Hey I'm glad you had the time to make the pancakes. You got to eat and maintain your strength and focus, if not, while you're welding a patch on your ride, you might feel a little light headed from low blood sugar and keel over over and go !BOOM! when you hit the floor. Great job by the way. Keep the pics coming.

Just remember John Wick didn’t kill all those people for a random car. It was a Mustang

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