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Old 10-02-2012, 12:57 PM
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'65 Coupe Body Restoration begins!

Hey everyone, I am doing a restomod with my 12 yo son on a '65 Coupe! The body is in decent condition but definitely will require some work. This car will be driven by my son when he turns 16 so I want it to be done right! This picture shows the worst damage that I see so far, I haven't stripped the paint off yet to see how much bondo is underneath.

What should I do hear? Grind it out and fill with? What's the best course of action here?


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grind it out and weld or bond a patch. No other way to ' do it right'.. If any of the rest is 1/2 as ugly, it's probably best to get a new roof skin, or a better car to start off with.
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Thanks Matt, the only other areas that look bad are the hood and the trunk lid but I will replace those. The floor pan is questionable so I am planning on getting either a media or soda blaster to strip it down to check for extensiveness.

Any recommendations on using a media or soda blaster?
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Soda doesent belong near a car. Use a media blaster with something like walnut shells.
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I agree. Soda does not remove rust and paint will not stick to soda blasted sheet metal. Be sure to COMPLETELY remove all rust. Mustang shells are cheap and plentiful. Blast the body completely then buy a shell for the panels you need.
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My curiousity is kiiling me! Maybe I missed it, but...

What exactly is a "65 coupe"? Is it a Mustang... or maybe something else???
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Ya, sorry Jay, it's a '65 Mustang Coupe.
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Thanks guys I appreciate your help!
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Thats not such a big deal at all... I would start by cutting out the skin about twice the size of the damaged area so you can get in there and clean and prep the inner surfaces that are rusted (with Ospho and a wire wheel) epoxy up the inside and then make a piece for the outter skin and weld it in ,Its actually a lot of fun..making patches and welding them is about the most enjoyable part of any resto job. You'll need a few basic tools and a good air supply to get started but you can do it without to much trouble or spending a ton of money.
It looks like the drip rail molding is already off the next step will be to remove the molding from the windshield and rear glass theres an inexpensive tool made for that you'll need dont try anything else you'll ruin the chrome. You can start there .dont take any chances with the chrome if its giving you trouble just ask and well explain how to get it off properly.

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Thats not such a big deal at all... I would start by cutting out the skin about twice the size of the damaged area so you can get in there and clean and prep the inner surfaces that are rusted (with Ospho and a wire wheel) epoxy up the inside and then make a piece for the outter skin and weld it in ,Its actually a lot of fun..making patches and welding them is about the most enjoyable part of any resto job. You'll need a few basic tools and a good air supply to get started but you can do it without to much trouble or spending a ton of money.
It looks like the drip rail molding is already off the next step will be to remove the molding from the windshield and rear glass theres an inexpensive tool made for that you'll need dont try anything else you'll ruin the chrome. You can start there .dont take any chances with the chrome if its giving you trouble just ask and well explain how to get it off properly.
tsk tsk. The trim is stainless steel.
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Main thing when getting that molding off is don't put any pressure on the glass with the special tool!! Dont ask me how I know!!!
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believe it or not a simple old fashond bottle opener works best for removing those drip rail moldings.
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believe it or not a simple old fashond bottle opener works best for removing those drip rail moldings.
Great tip, thank you!
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