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Today 07:37 PM
MARTINSR Be glad you are working on your cool old cars.

Brian
Today 07:22 PM
idrivejunk Yeah I don't imagine repops for that are ultra-precise lol. Boy it sure needed a floor like a hog needs slop! On stuff like that, people are usually happy if nothing rubs. Hope the expectations stay reasonable for your fixes on it. Should make good metalwork pic fodder for the gang anyway!
Today 07:15 PM
Too Many Projects I put repro extensions on a '65 I rebuilt a couple years ago and they sucked too. I had to hog out the mounting holes in the fenders and pull them into the core support to match the undersized extensions...

I've been much more pleased with Dynacorn parts than Goodmark. Last winter I used AMD quarter skins on my Chevelle and was amazed how accurate they are !! NOBODY makes a trunk drop worth a damn yet tho...

Willys cab...just a couple pics to get started. I'll probably start a new thread in the projects forum. This is going to be a hair puller. The repro parts are merely a close simulation to the originals...





Today 06:54 PM
idrivejunk
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Originally Posted by deadbodyman View Post
Oh boy, lacquer primer and nitro stain topped with enamel paint. I hope that poly primer don't give you any grief when you cover up that mess.
They slapped the whole paint store on that thing, didn't they? Man. Theres probably a gallon of stranded filler on the car, half of it on the right door. And yeah they went ape with lacquer spot putty and had no reservations about filler over paint. Even found blue paint on one quarter, its a potluck body but has 51K miles and the wear and tear on interior and such bears witness to the odometer. Anyhow yeah, in my experience, minimal grief is just what poly offers. I'm thankful it exists and plan to apply it with caution. For the danger is not in standing near the edge of the cliff, its in not watching your step, ha ha!

Deadline started jumping around on the Mustang so as soon as one was mentioned I dropped the bodywork and launched sprinting towards primer prep. Just put up the blocks wherever I was at right then and started DA-ing the rest, after a quick and nasty mock up and issue fixes, on the new parts. Good thing I was almost done blocking. I was allowed to stuff Fibral in the left quarter bottom rear, but not to apply any filler other than for existing cracks. What filler you see is Rage Gold with a shot of Metal Glaze to help me feel better about following suit.

The Dynacorn hood was nice, at least 90% as nice as a new part should be. Blew me away. Glad we got new HL extensions too. Fit sucks though, because the car has been knocked around so much.
Today 06:27 PM
idrivejunk
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Originally Posted by Too Many Projects View Post
I have the shop owner trained now that if he takes in a rotten Mustang and wants me to repair frame rails, I only start at the firewall.


Today, I start on a Willy's pick up cab that they took the rotten floor out of last summer with NO bracing. It flops around like a half deflated balloon. Should be interesting getting it squared up again and braced now...
Thats a good plan for Mustang fronts. Some are in better shape than the rest, I reckon. Mine is trained to tell them find a better car... the weeds out back are loaded with stuff people thought they wanted to fix until they had some sensible coaching. Thats probably not an option up north.

Your Willys cab project sounds as though it looks more like an end table. Show us!

So have you seen one of these? I hadn't. I think they call it a '51 Aero?
Today 09:15 AM
boothboy Love them Culver's! Like a lot of you guys I traveled the good old USA for many years accumulating all 50 States and in my estimation Culver's was right up on top for a chain drive in for burgers. For the most part the people on the western part of the U.S. don't know what Frozen Custard is. We have Ice Cream. It ain't the same! I'd love for Culver's to invade Calif! Give me a Culver's over a In and Out any day (and I've been eating In and Outs for fifty years)!

BB
Today 07:55 AM
Too Many Projects
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IDJ, just not to brag but we have both Sonic and In and Out! What we don't have are Culver's, What-a-Burger or Steak and Shake. Give us a month and we'll have those also.

BB
We have a few Sonic's and MANY Culver's. Steak & Shake was here some years ago but never caught on and they moved out long ago. I see by their location map, there aren't any in WI, MN or west of us. Closest S&S is in Iowa City.

We still have 2 old school drive ins. Porkies in Mpls was the most famous for muscle cars and hot rods. It was very similar to the one in American Graffiti but smaller. It was removed a few years ago as the owners wanted to retire and the younger family members didn't want to keep it running...
They're building a retirement home on the site...guess that's fitting for the old owners.

The last weekend it was open, the police shut down University Avenue in front and let people do burn-outs as a farewell...
Today 07:51 AM
deadbodyman
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Originally Posted by idrivejunk View Post
Been working my way around the Mustang job with 80 grit on a stick of PVC pipe and various Durablocks. Not unlike topographical mapping in the Himalayas. I'll just let these pics speak, if you can read bodywork... that last one is where I stopped today. I'm supposed to just block this and poly prime it all away! Budget. Already fixed the crashy part up front, and the new hood and bumper arrived today.
Oh boy, lacquer primer and nitro stain topped with enamel paint. I hope that poly primer don't give you any grief when you cover up that mess.
Today 07:35 AM
Too Many Projects
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Originally Posted by idrivejunk View Post

Mitch whut a yuck-mess on that toe board. Typical old school bodyshop Mustang repair, the pics don't lie. That Mach1 I did had many similar woes and I waded through them all. Fixed the same rail spot so you gotta see these- which I probably posted before lol
The forward frame rails had some patches welded over the rust holes already too. I have the shop owner trained now that if he takes in a rotten Mustang and wants me to repair frame rails, I only start at the firewall. The new rail/apron assemblies are SOOO much easier and quicker to throw on and get straight/square than jacking up sagging, rusted junk and welding plates over them. It actually saves the customer money as it doesn't take long to remove the entire front unibody and fit three new pieces than to patch up junk.

We have a '68 been sitting here for over a year now waiting for front assemblies. They took in the '65 F100 I just finished and put it ahead of the Mustang over the summer, thinking it would be a "quick" fix...

Today, I start on a Willy's pick up cab that they took the rotten floor out of last summer with NO bracing. It flops around like a half deflated balloon. Should be interesting getting it squared up again and braced now...
Yesterday 10:07 PM
idrivejunk Whataburger finally made it here, and we've had Steak n Shake for awhile. I figged there are Sonics out there too but yeah... at least the "Sonic side" has to look good, right? They make a good burger. I'll probably never eat at an in-n out unless it comes here as well!
Yesterday 09:59 PM
boothboy IDJ, just not to brag but we have both Sonic and In and Out! What we don't have are Culver's, What-a-Burger or Steak and Shake. Give us a month and we'll have those also.

BB
Yesterday 09:53 PM
idrivejunk Brian if I can sneak stranded filler in that one spot, surely I can nail down a fourth coat if need be! But I only get one application, and thats gonna mean some filler on low spots and holes before I prime if I'm gonna make it count. Or else look like a goof at the Sonic or wherever later. Sonic is In-n-out in Cali-speak, I think. Ha. BTW the car in the pics was my first Ford rearend to ever mess with. Wasn't too bad!

Mitch whut a yuck-mess on that toe board. Typical old school bodyshop Mustang repair, the pics don't lie. That Mach1 I did had many similar woes and I waded through them all. Fixed the same rail spot so you gotta see these- which I probably posted before lol
Yesterday 09:13 PM
MARTINSR I have a feeling once blocked and a number of coats of polyester primer you are going to block it out looking damn good!

You know that three coats of polyester primer can give you about 20 mils!

Tonight I had a little project, Nick called me a few days ago telling me the rear end was leaking oil on his Falcon. So yesterday he calls me to tell me he pulled the axle! Honestly, this kid isn't doing things like this, but damn he can, I wish he would get more of a drive but am happy to see anything.

Anyway, we got the axle over to have the new bearing pressed on.

Brian
Yesterday 09:10 PM
Too Many Projects It's always a biotch running up against previous shoddy repair work. A couple years ago, the shop owner took in a '70 Mustang for front frame rails While I was on summer vacation. He forgot the engine needed to be removed for that job...

Decent looking car when I started.









Someone else had already put floor pan and firewall patches on it. Notice the lack of welding of the panels or to the original metal.



I cut both frame rails out and started from there.



This is what I was supposed to weld the new aprons back to. I had to add filler panels and actually WELD it all together first.







Doesn't look any different on the outside !!!

Yesterday 08:41 PM
idrivejunk I think they tacked a patch panel on over the rusty spot. I will stuff Fibral in there while nobody is looking. I'm trying to flatten it out as much as I can while not uncorking them worm cans. Like you, I'm only selling what they're buying on any given day! This car had good work over bad. We all know that crap is gonna squirm around forever under new paint, but it will be an improvement. I don't know the story but I bet its a long one.
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