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11-29-2004 10:14 AM Time for the firewall
after laboring over the need for a new firewall, I decided it was cheaper to replace than fix the old one. There were a ton of holes to fix, plus parts that the 4 letter R word has taken its toll on.
This shows the existing firewall with the spot welds drilled out.

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10-18-2004 09:29 AM Push/pull
The door pillar wanted to come back toward the door opening when the roof was jacked. It will move about 3"! Believe it or not! The cowl support, and a bit of the floor is removed here, as well as the (2) body mounts. The cowl support is vital in this car. With it being rusted as bad as it is, it HAD to be replaced. You can see The square tubing w/ allthread that I used to adjust the door opening. Its similar to the 1/2" pipe/allthread I used for the roof support. It was placed about 2" above the rocker panel . I pulled it out and set it on the runningboard supports for the picture.

This pic shows the Outer rocker panel placed, but not welded. A little rust work has to be done before this can go in.

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10-18-2004 09:24 AM Ready to inner rocker
The inner rocker was toast, so a new one had to be installed. You can see that the door post was ground pretty much flush. Still needs a bit of work. The outer rocker will weld to the door pillar. The inner pretty much just holds up the floor.

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10-18-2004 09:20 AM Supporting Cast
This pic shows how I supported the roof, to keep things in shape. I used (2) 1/2" black iron pipes cut to 40". I used (2) pieces of allthread, (with 2 washers and 2 nuts) slid inside the pipe. The nuts adjusted the height. I was able to jack against the frame and where the visors bolt into the roof rail. By jacking the roof, I was able to pull the deformation out of the door opening. It WAS pinched a bit above the wing window, as the rotted cowl support and door pillar allowed it to sink.

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10-18-2004 09:12 AM Back to work....
Its been a while since I have had a chance to work on the 39. The old girl has cancer. Bad deal. So as her Doctor, I felt that she needed a new floor and some rockers.

First pic shows the cancer in the lower door post. Just about rotted away. The drivers side was worse. I didn't take a pic of the drivers side, because I wanted to "Git er done..."

Pic 2 shows the frame with the floor suspended above.

Pic 3 shows the rockers cut out, ready for the inner rocker. Notice the door post "hanging in the breeze"? Watch, it'll be corrected.

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