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Great story and pics. Keep me coming!

 

My Q code same thing. Painted red and added Mach stripes to a standard Fastback. Nobody who matters cares. The only ones to complain or point it out will be some poor wannabe Mach 1 owner at a car show.

Link to my 72 Q code: pics added 2/16/19

https://www.supermotors.net/registry/28719/88030-2

 

Link to my now sold 72 H.O

https://www.supermotors.net/registry/5858

 

My 70 Boss racecar

https://www.supermotors.net/registry/6520

 

 

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Great story and pics.  Keep me coming!

 

My Q code same thing.  Painted red and added Mach stripes to a standard Fastback.  Nobody who matters cares.  The only ones to complain or point it out will be some poor wannabe Mach 1 owner at a car show.

 

Thanks.  Followed your link.  Looks like yours is coming along nice.  A little more extensive rebuild then mine.  Wish I had a nice shop where I could really have the room to spread things out and be able to work on it year round.   Limited in what you can do in a standard 2 car garage.  Got parts in my shed, downstairs workshop, playroom, enclosed patio and my small office.  Didn't realize there were so many pieces until I stared taking it apart.   ;)

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Kilgon,

Sounds like you are really digging into your car. One thing I added to my car was a fan cooled transmission cooler which works great. Took that heat out of the radiator and the return line to trans is barely warm. 

Great idea on getting the dents out of the headers. We use to make pipe bending dies for the nuclear industry. The special alloy pipe they made could not be bent so they stamped two 1/2 elbows and welded and did Xray to verify. We built a die that closed up and the pipe was slid into the end and then pushed by hydraulics into the elbow die and made a perfect solid elbow. Same way they do copper plumbing elbows. We also made big tool steel ball bearings that were pressed into the ends of tube to size them perfect sort of like your pipe fitting solution.

Great to see you finding solutions to your issues. Great job.

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

David

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Kilgon,

Sounds like you are really digging into your car. One thing I added to my car was a fan cooled transmission cooler which works great. Took that heat out of the radiator and the return line to trans is barely warm. 

Great idea on getting the dents out of the headers. We use to make pipe bending dies for the nuclear industry. The special alloy pipe they made could not be bent so they stamped two 1/2 elbows and welded and did Xray to verify. We built a die that closed up and the pipe was slid into the end and then pushed by hydraulics into the elbow die and made a perfect solid elbow. Same way they do copper plumbing elbows. We also made big tool steel ball bearings that were pressed into the ends of tube to size them perfect sort of like your pipe fitting solution.

Great to see you finding solutions to your issues. Great job.

 

Thanks.  Funny you mentioned ball bearings.  The bends over the rear axle were not done with a mandrel and were kinked.  Got the idea of heating up the pipe and pulling a steel ball through using a 1/8" cable.  Got a steel ball off of ebay but ended up being to tight.  Have 3" exhaust and was looking for something around 2 3/4 but couldn't find anything in the size area.  Ended up drilling littles holes and screwing in a screw then heated the area and pulled it out.  Tack welded the holes.  Plan on getting need pipes from the muffler back in the next month or so.  One of the few things left on the list to purchase.

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Looks great!

Is it 2B Bright Red and did you clear coat it or just single stage top coat?

 

Color code is 3 which is bright red for the 71's.  It is 2 stage base coat and clear over it.  

 

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Base coat

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Nice job, Are you going to paint the rocker panels and lower quarters black ? If so is it going to be satin black or flat black. I'm leaning toward satin..not sure what factory used.

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Nice job,  Are you going to paint the rocker panels and lower quarters black ? If so is it going to be satin black or flat black. I'm leaning toward satin..not sure what factory used.

 

 

Thanks, getting there. Hood and bottom will be Sems Hot Rod Black which is a matte.  I checked out a lot of pictures and for me the matte is to my liking.  Unless your building for concours correct I would go with whatever makes you smile when you look at your car.  :)

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Jan – March 2018 – Too cold to work in the garage much so I cleaned parts and painted what I could in my basement workshop. I have to be careful about the paint fumes. I don’t really have any way of venting them so I can only do a little at a time.  

 

April – May  Weather starting to break and warm up enough to be able to work in the garage again. Started on the front end of the car and stripped everything off that I could.  Took the headlight boxes to get sand blasted. Wired brushed and cleaned the aprons, springs, shock towers and control arms. Decided to use Coroseal on this area as a further rust preventer.  

 

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Good and solid

 

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Cleaned, sealed and painted.

 

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Yahoo!, I retired at the end of April.  Now every day is a Saturday!!!   I will be able to work on the car during the week and should make better progress.

 

 

June – July  Cleaned the inside of the fenders and sanded and primed.  

 

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Over all in great shape. Just a little surface rust.

 

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Sanded and primed.

 

Decided to pull the radiator and get it boiled and flushed. Cleaned and painted the front crossmembers and radiator supports. Took this opportunity to replace the timing cover crankshaft seal.  Also cleaned up and painted the front end of the engine. 

 

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Replaced the timing chain cover seal while I had the radiator out.

 

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Amazing what a little fresh paint will do.

 

Got the radiator back and put back in. Was cleaning up and as luck would have it, I was moving my shop vac and dropped the hose with the nozzle on it.  It smacked the radiator right on one of the tubes and sprung a leak. $%#&* - off to the radiator shop again.

 

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As they say a picture is worth a thousand curse words!  :whistling:

 

More to come.

Kilgon

 

 

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What treatment did you use on the inner fenders to get rid of the rust and end up with the black finish?

 

 

I used Corroseal - it's a rust converter and works well if used properly.  Info at http://corroseal.com/  Have to make sure you remove any loose rust and apply heavy coat as directed.  Can leave as is on interior parts if you want.  I recommend painting anything that will be exposed to the weather.   Also acts as a primer.  Top coated with Eastwood Chassis Black.   

 

The top picture is after corroseal treatment and bottom picture is after being painted.

 

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Aug – Oct 2018

 

The car had been undercoated and due to the previous transmission overflow issue the leaking fluid had soften it and in some areas it had peeled away.  Instead of trying to patch up what was left I decided to strip the rest of it. Not a fun job, especially when laying on your back. Once I got it all removed, I primed the entire underneath and then coated it with 3M Undercoating spray.  Turned out well.  Will see how good it holds after the car been driven for a while.

 

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Nasty mess.

 

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Underside after scraped off.

 

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Finish coating. Looks better in person than in the picture.  It's solid black color. 

 

 

I had pulled the gas tank to do the underside.  After checking it over and finding nothing really wrong with it other than a little surface rust in a couple of areas I decided to keep it and paint it.  Purchased Eastwood’s Tank Tone Metallic coating paint. Was impressed at the finish. Hard to tell that is was paint and not the original from a short distance.

 

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Pre coating gas tank.

 

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Finish tank

 

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Hard to tell it's painted.

 

Up to this point I had been putting off the one job I was not looking forward to – repairing the rusted-out cowl. Had worked on the car all day and decided I would pull the windshield and call it quits. Got the trim off and about 80 percent of the windshield loose when I nick the side of the glass. Got a real small hairline crack right at the edge. I finished getting it out and set it aside for the night.

 

Went out to the garage the next morning and was greeted by a crack clear across the windshield. %@#$@@!! Another couple hundred down the drain.

 

Started removing the top of the cowl. Taking longer than I expected drilling all those spot welds.  Finally got it off and surveyed the rust damage to the bottom side. Overall, the bottom of the cowl is in good shape other than the collar area. Will make a patch and repair it.

 

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Rusted out collar.

 

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Top of cowl.  Will clean up and paint.

 

 

 

 

More to come.

Kilgon

 

 

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Oct – Nov 2018

 

Got the cowl area cleaned up and prepped for the patch.  

 

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Now time to weld the patch in and the top back on and button it up. Since I retired I have had limited access to some of the bigger tools I could get ahold while I was working such as welders.  Seems like a new welder would be a nice early Christmas present.  With Mrs. Claus permission I broke out some hard earn cash and  got an Eastwood Mig 135.  

 

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Got the patch welded in then laid on a heavy coat of sealant around the outer edges. Welded the top of the cowl back on and primed and painted.  Looks good.  Forgot to take picture of the patch before I put it back together.

 

 

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The weather is holding out so I figured I would go ahead and pull the rear end and go through it. It also has a leak at the housing so that will get taken care of.  Replaced the clutches and gears in the Trac Lok. 

 

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Went ahead and cleaned up the springs and got new anti-squeak pads along with new shackles and bushings. Finished up by replacing the rear brakes and brake cylinders.

 

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More to come.

Kilgon

 

 

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Update - This is more of a journal of my build then an actual real time as in the past since the car has been done for some months now.  I figure I would go ahead and continue it so I will have a written record and also for any of you that like to follow the builds.

Dec 2018 

I got the instrument cluster pulled and the dash out of the car. The weather is starting to get really cold so I will push to get the dash striped and painted while I can.  Will take the steering column, heater box and the instrument cluster to my basement workshop where it is warm and go through them there. 

I also notice that the wiring has been hacked in several areas so I will need to figure out what it went to.

  

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Dash soaking in stripper.  Paint came off fairly easy.

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I was able to get a couple coats of primer on it.  Getting to cold to do anymore out in the garage.  Will drag it back down stairs for the rest of the winter.

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I don't have a picture but the lens is scratch and has a gouge in it.  I have order the Novus 7100 plastic polish kit.  I also plan on replacing the dash lights with led's.

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I will be replacing the alt gauge with a voltmeter.  Seen a thread on it on the site and will go that route.

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This is where Midlife services comes in handy.  I should have sent to him but I ended up going through it myself.

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Cleaning and checking everything out.  Have a new seal kit for the heater box and components. 

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I couldn't believe the amount of dirt in the fan.  I pulled it apart and gave it a  good cleaning and lube. 

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This is the defroster duct. Casualty of welding when I was doing the cowl.  Actually had a small fire.  Talk about a  chicken running around with it's head off!  I heated it up and was able to get it pulled back out.  I then  took some fiberglass cloth and resin and made a patch.  It worked out well.

More to come.

 

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Thank you - I like your updates! 

Resto-Threads are inspiring for me and my own restauration! 

That makes me confident I will take it, too, and gives some really good input for some projects on the resto! 

I am looking forward :thumb:

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

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Great work. I always weld with a water spray bottle next to me just in case. I once was welding the floors in my car and weld dripped over the cardboard I had underneath which resulted in flames. I used the water to quickly extinguish these flames. Very handy "trick" that was passed to me by a friend that had never welded. However, water may not the best to use if the flames are coming from a liquid since it could extend the liquid and thus extending the flames.

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1971 M-Code Mach 1 w/Ram Air, 408 stroker, 285/291 0.558" roller cam, Blue Thunder intake, TKO600, Hooker headers with electric cut-offs, FiTech EFI w/ RobBMC PowerSurge pump

Strange center section with Truetrac, 3.5 gear and 31 spline axles, 4-wheel disc brakes

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Welding and also grinding or cutting with a zip wheel can set a fire easily. I have a separate work room that i weld in. It has 1/2" drywall all around and tile on the floor. I keep a 5 gallon bucket of water marked WATER / FIRE with a lid on but not snapped on each side. I also have several fire extinguishers. A dry chemical extinguisher makes such a mess. I also take used water bottles fill them with water and take a razor blade and cut a slit in the screwed on lid. Makes a good squirt bottle for sanding or fire. It is too late to go looking for something once a fire is going. I do not keep any paint or flammable liquids in the room and I toss all used towels out each day as part of my shut down. There is also a hose long enough to reach anywhere in the shop hooked to a frost proof faucet.
One of our members lost his first car to fire and he had a garden hose and could not control it. He was cutting with plasma and went across the steel fuel line under the car and boom.
A local guy here needed to cut a chain so he ran home and went into his garage attached to his home. He used an air grinder and zip wheel cut the chain and he took off to the job site. A tiny spark from the grinder had hit some cardboard and did catch fire. Pretty much destroyed the home and his $90,000 camaro and a chevy II he had spent a fortune on.
I keep a welding blanket that I hang when grinding that produces sparks or i take it out side. I also turn off my compressor at the end of the day and I turn off at the breaker box. I had a switch fail once and the compressor kicked on and the points stuck. The compressor ran until it blew the safety pressure valve. It was before the new shop and the compressor was 10' from my bedroom when it happened. I ran out and had to turn off at the breaker since the switch had welded. It was a made in USA compressor and switch not China.
When you go back with your heater box put a piece of the box wire between the cowl and the box to keep critters out. Snakes and mice love the cowl and heater box. My foam kit came with a two piece seal for cowl so I put between the pieces of foam.

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

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13 hours ago, tony-muscle said:

Great work. I always weld with a water spray bottle next to me just in case. I once was welding the floors in my car and weld dripped over the cardboard I had underneath which resulted in flames. I used the water to quickly extinguish these flames. Very handy "trick" that was passed to me by a friend that had never welded. However, water may not the best to use if the flames are coming from a liquid since it could extend the liquid and thus extending the flames.

That reminds me of my friend Oli and me as we welded the rear quarters with the rest of the car together. There was some cardboard/paint mask paper around the car to protect it from sanding dust. I was on the other side of the car as him and worked on the metal with some machine, it was very loud, he was welding. Suddenly I regognized him dancing, fidgeting and struggeling. I looked over and he was fighting flames with his feet until the fire died. That looked so funny we immediately laughed so hard, I have still a big smile now, too, thinking of it. But, we also knew that we battled some serious danger and it could have been much worse ended... A big fire could begin small but extending very fast. After that I am a bit more concerned of safety and have a look on a lot more things before welding, grinding and heating :salute: 

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