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Yesterday 02:56 PM
37ford4dr cant get dirty today so it was a cleanup day and picked some really low hanging fruit,

10-17-2014 03:26 PM
37ford4dr lets wrap these puppies up!!!

plug welded the little rust holes

do a little magic on the other side also

yikes this looks like work

its hard to see the plug welds

10-16-2014 03:27 PM
37ford4dr open up the caged nut to replace the frozen nuts on both of the rear splash guards and chase all the caged nuts

tap a new square nut to the UNF (luckily I have good old American stock on these and they are nice and tight even when retreaded)

new install

this will get welded back on the fender

cut out the rust and make new repair panels

10-14-2014 02:45 PM
37ford4dr lets tackle the worst splash guards first

make a pattern and trim

on 18 ga

I suspect tool benches are like pretty girls and money, the more the better

lets try a tipping die on a flat bottom die and you pick up on the out side edge as you work it through the machine....4 times each panel

trim to fit

weld up and repeat

last thing to do is to dimple the metal so we don't lose the hole marks
10-13-2014 02:25 PM
37ford4dr this was just dirty work but other then the instrument gauge panel this is the last of touching parts for the first time.

use a gasket scaper on the undercoating

10-13-2014 11:30 AM
37ford4dr it was somebody's birthday and he got just what he wanted from the family I don't need ties, shirts, belts, socks etc, etc etc

A Product review....portable work stands from Harbor Freight on sale $16 each not on sale but 20% off $20, regular 30

stows pretty thin

product material says 200# that may be a little optimistic but I am impressed with these, you definitely need to spray wd40 into the rubber tubing to slip it over the metal tubing frames. I am keeping these boxes so I can pack these back up when I am done
10-12-2014 05:03 PM
37ford4dr heres todays effort

ALWAYS WEAR A FULL FACE SHIELD when using a cupped wire brush, this flew apart at several thousand RPM and scared the bejsus out of me

and this was a good one

the part has lots of curves in it

this is a treatment after the sanding and wire brushing I will sand this off before it gets primed

10-12-2014 05:03 PM
37ford4dr heres todays effort

ALWAYS WEAR A FULL FACE SHIELD when using a cupped wire brush, this flew apart at several thousand RPM and scared the bejsus out of me

and this was a good one

the shut face part has lots of curves in it

this is a treatment after the sanding and wire brushing I will sand this off before it gets primed

10-11-2014 04:12 PM
37ford4dr heres whats left to massage back to life

I normally don't use paint stripper on steel parts but the shut face panels are kind of small with lots of curves for a sander

10-09-2014 05:57 PM
37ford4dr time to keep on pushing.

I am formulating my painting plan as I go through the process, looks like it will be to take every part to the " black paint phase" basically that means all the welding and grinding is done and the first coat of body filler is done. and the part is trial fitted with all sub components and all the nuts and bolts. in place once that is done then I will move to the next level of body finish. I have figured out how I am going to build a spray booth in the garage so I will not be dependent on out side weather

10-08-2014 10:51 AM
37ford4dr lets wrap this fender up for the first stage

grind everything down look for additional pin holes and weld them up.....every thing gets wiped down with wax and grease remover before any thing get primed

10-07-2014 08:59 PM
37ford4dr house quieted down early that means when the Boss goes to sleep its play time...about 1.5 hrs

the fender still needs some more love

just make up a new piece to slip into place

of course I had two holes top side, so I made the repair piece to cover this area also

of course theres always one more rusty spot

too late to do any grinding

10-07-2014 01:35 PM
37ford4dr my birthday is coming up and rumor has it i will be getting two portable body working stands....its from a very reliable source (me)....just have to wait until after my birthday dinner to set them up

same routine......sand off red primer out side only, fill the open joint with metal and weld, prime bare metal with self etching primer after first being wiped down with wax and degreaser. i will not paint anything after using a machine to sand unless its been hit with a wax and degreaser first. the machines can exhaust small droplets of oil that you never see and cause paint problems. this body work is really only the very first step in the process and its suppose to look rough

do some filler on some small divets

10-06-2014 06:14 PM
37ford4dr thks for the vote of confidence

lets move to the boot.....take care of some dents, quick self etching primer then a quick coat of black primer and then to move on to the next panel. the plan is to do the the other rear fender then the rear body around the boot and then the coupe top then move on to the front. when its all black I will get out the real surface primer and start the real finish body work

I guess its too dark for a good photo on my phone

09-30-2014 08:45 PM
37ford4dr as I have been walking around the car coming up with the next plan of attack I can see where I need to go into a production environment, that's a little different then my normal pace. so heres my plan....bring all the body panels up to the level of the black primered fender ....then get out the real paint equipment for the rest of the painting process. so I dug out my portable work tray that I used when restoring my first MGA when I didn't have a garage and I stored the tools I was using on this under the "kitchen addition" of our first this lets me put all my body working tools at easy reach and no longer on the garage floor. I am busy for the next 5 or 6 days but after that it should be "game on " time

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