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Old 04-19-2012, 09:09 AM
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Latest project a 48 dodge coupe.Has surface rust on rear inner wheelhoushings thinking maybe sand blast then epoxy prime. Did a small spot at rear and it cleaned up fair. Roof had mud I didnt know about untill owner stripped paint.
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Looks like another cool project. My friend has 2 Dodge/Plymouth Coupes. I think he says they are P51.

I'm not a Mopar guy so I wouldn't know one from another.

Your pictures made me realize that if you take off the nose and rear fenders then they pretty much all look the same.

Keep the pictures coming !


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Old 04-19-2012, 11:03 AM
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Where in Minnesota are you finding these cars, I am amazed at how clean they are, they must be S. Mn. or originally from some other state, I lived there for 25 years and hate rust with a passion. Nice find! I like seeing the so-called "orphan" cars, some of the old Mopar type of cars were gorgeous and you just don't see many of them anymore. Deadbodyman has a cool build going, what are your plans? Dan
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Old 04-19-2012, 02:00 PM
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I'am doing this for a customer. A street rod guy that I have coffee with sometimes on Monday mornings where my wife works as a waitress. I think he said it came from northern MN. Has very little rust and looked nice when I first looked at it but I wanted it stripped because it looked like a macco repaint and didn't want to put anything over that.Car has a 360 mopar and he's building it for his wife to drive. I will be posting more pictures as it is in progress. Have strated work on it and put a couple panels in spi epoxy.
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Old 04-20-2012, 01:48 PM
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Got the doors done today. I welded up the door lock holes and fixed a couple small dents. Put down a good coat of spi epoxy. Almost think I could just do this in epoxy and not use any 2-k if I felt like it. Found a couple small rust spots , One on rt rear and drivers rocker at 1/4 panel that I will have to weld up. Took a shot of the dash it's just way cool .Rockers on top at floor is solid and inners are solid.
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Wow. That is a solid old girl. I live in the south and we don't find that kind of body very often anymore. You will enjoy working on that.

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Got the doors done today. I welded up the door lock holes and fixed a couple small dents. Put down a good coat of spi epoxy. Almost think I could just do this in epoxy and not use any 2-k if I felt like it. Found a couple small rust spots , One on rt rear and drivers rocker at 1/4 panel that I will have to weld up. Took a shot of the dash it's just way cool .Rockers on top at floor is solid and inners are solid.
Your right on the money there.One of the things about SPI is its buildable ,after your first couple coats cure just sand it and give it a couple more ...I've put on as many as 8 coats.Love this stuff...
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Old 04-21-2012, 10:54 AM
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Got some shots of the roof and lt 1/4 panel. Mud was 3/8-1/2" thick in spots I'am sure the last guy to do it wasn't going to remove trim panels so he just mudded it up.Roof looked like big hail dents and maybe someone walked on it or put someting heavy on it. Now with the car gutted I can finish the metal out a lot closer.
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Theres a lot a similarities between the dodge and plymouths. Mainly the roof line where it meets the body and the hood & grill.The fenders and doors look like they'd bolt right on.
I'm curious how did the fender lips look where they bolt on ? this is bad rust spot along with the rockers where they meet the floor...As rotted out as mine was I couldn't believe I didnt break any bolts at all, even the ones that barely had a head came out in one piece.
That coupe shouldn't take you long at all.But that roof will be a back killer if its at the stock hight.Standing on a a 5 gallon bucket only got me at eye level,I had to take the wheels off. if you take them off and its got a stock suspension ,remember that on one side the lugs have reverse threads...
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Wow, even the dash looks the same
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Old 04-24-2012, 09:28 AM
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Deadbodyman How's this for clean and the other fender is just as nice. Steve
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NICE !!!
On the one hand it kinda makes me sick to see parts that nice, it looks like getting the old paint off will be the hardest part......But on the other hand if mine wasnt so rusted and pitted I wouldnt have had the guts to do all the changes I wanted to do (when they're this bad you cant screw them up) My GOOD set of fenders were rusted top to bottom and even pitted on the back side but solid.On my rear fenders alone I reshaped the wheel opening ,widend them 2" with a taper toward the back then reshaped the bottom rear section to a more rounded shape,instead of squared off...
I gotta tell ya though Its been a challenge at every step but I never enjoyed metal working so much and man did I learn a ton of stuff that I never would have learnd otherwise...Sure beats the run of the mill stuff any day. wait till you see all the worh I did on the front fenders and hood,someone like you that has actually worked on one can really aprecieate the amount of work it takes....BTW... my roof looked like a birdbath so I know how tuff it is working on them...I have two biz coupes heres a pic showing how tall the roof is ,I'm only 5'6" ,working on mine after lowering it was bad enough at normal hight standing on a 5 gal bucket wont even come close.
Hows YOUR roof coming,
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Old 04-24-2012, 05:34 PM
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Man that is a rough one. If this one had looked like that I would of said no way. After the Buick I need a little bit of a break. To may rough ones in a row and you burn yourself out and start to get a little of and attitude.Should maybe be back on the roof later in the week after the buick is painted and a small spot job in the shop is done.
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Old 04-25-2012, 06:49 AM
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WHAT???? Thats the good one....lol
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Old 04-25-2012, 08:46 AM
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The dodge is a peice of cake after doing the buick. The roof and little bit of rust is just any old mn. car. If I had to do two buicks in a row I may rethink this semi retirement thing and go back to work for a shop somewhere.
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