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Old 06-02-2015, 04:40 PM
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Today I took the tail panel outside and went over it again with the sand blaster....for the LAST Friggin' time. I then painted it with Eastwood 2K epoxy primer in a can. It turned out quite nice until a bug decided to land in the wet paint...banghead



While that was drying, I did the last clean up and weld thru primer prep on the car.



Then I put it in place with drill screws and started the final fit.





I had noticed the trunk gap was wider at the back while doing other fitting and wasn't happy with it.





I used a ratchet strap to pull the sides in.



I tack welded it with the strap on and then test fit the extensions again.

I gained enough to make the gap better but spent another hour getting the sides of the quarters pushed out to match the housings again. No pics of that frustration...rolleyes





Once I was reasonably happy with all the alignments, I welded that sucker in.


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Good stuff Mitch. I am really glad you started this thread. I just love watching this stuff come together.

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It's looking better than from the factory that's for sure! I have build many of these A bodies and you have to do a bunch of work to just make them decent, you are going above and beyond, good stuff!

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Good stuff Mitch. I am really glad you started this thread. I just love watching this stuff come together.

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Kind of like a thread on a '53 convertible...except I don't hand form repair panels...
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Old 06-17-2015, 05:31 PM
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After a bunch of weld grinding and general clean up, I got up the determination to do some seam sealing today. I knew it wasn't going to be fun and it didn't let me down...rolleyes

I got a gallon of W&G remover yesterday and went over everything one last time.





The new gun is actually too large and bulky to maneuver much in the wheel house. I had to use a bondo spreader to smooth the sealer out some. I had to load the sealer on the spreader to get it in the tight areas. Looks like a kindergartener did it...doh







Once it's dried well, I'm going to spray undercoating in there, so I'm hoping that hides the sealer.

I still had half the tube left after doing both wells, so I moved into the trunk. I used an acid brush to knock down the heavy areas and to get into the tight spots. Looks better than the wells.







I finally ran out of sealer and could quit...whew

There is still more to do around the quarter to tail panel and under the floor at the trunk drops but it's a lot closer to going back together now.
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I'm sure that will be just fine Mitch since you are going to undercoat it but I do know a lot of guys run a tape line along the seam and then pull the tape after they run the seam sealer thus leaving a crisp straight edge.

I am excited to see you making such good progress.

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Last Friday, I threw it together and drove it to a local cruise night. No quarter glass or back seat, bare steel and all... I opened the trunk so people could see the extent of the work and there was a crowd around it most of the evening.





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I drove the '36 the whole time I was building it. To me, it is cool letting people see what you have done to save a neat piece of history.

Good job. I know you enjoyed pulling into tha parking lot.

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How is the 66 coming along ,no new post lately ,
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How is the 66 coming along ,no new post lately ,
I painted the seams with primer to prevent rust, put the quarter glass in and am enjoying driving it as is. No time for further work on this one. I've had a friends '72 Chevelle in the shop for several weeks now and when his goes away, I will be working on one of my other vehicles for a while.

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I didn't get the rear window repaired last winter, so that is happening now.

Most of the trim was held on with sealer.





Old rust holes had been patched with thin aluminum and pop rivets, then "sealed" with aluminum foil and masking tape to prevent the bondo from falling out until it dried.



After I got most of the sealer and "patch" material off.



I cut off most of the extension panel. I have a repop but the lines at the trunk and gasket area aren't very accurate, so I kept the original material in that area.



I removed the leading edge of the rusted off panel.



THERE, I fixed it !!! Don't I wish...



Started cutting the rust out of the cove skins.



I was a bit shocked to discover the inner structure was badly misplaced on the right side. The flange should have been under the skin and spot welded to it. It was 3/4" away to the outside.

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There was also a rust hole in the upper radius that I cut out and patched.







I removed most of the right side extension, as it had rust holes and was badly rusted below the deck.



Cut out the repop panel, flanged the edges and fit it in.





Then I cut out the misplaced support to move it to the proper location.





It will support the new patch nicely.

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Cut the patch off a panel and fitted it.








Window was on hold today to start stripping the car to the bare frame. I had help today, so we worked on the front for 5 hours and made some progress...







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A funny story. When I was a young man in my early twenties, I owned a Toyota Celica that I worked on my car with an older gentleman (a retired bodyman) who painted 3-stage flames on it. I stripped out the entire interior only to find the rear wheel wells rusting from the outside in. I purchased numerous tubes of liquid nails and used tons of screen door netting and sealed the entire interior with that combo. At times, my fingers were stuck together and I had to stop the whole process to unbind them and then continue working. I didn't know any better but I was having the time of my life!

Keep up the great work, Mitch!
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Between working at Centerline and Christmas, I didn't touch the car until today. I resumed working on the right inner structure that I cut out. The package tray sat too high on that side too and needed a tab to weld the structure back to, so I resigned myself to the drudgery of moving the tray.

The strap I have laying on the window well should be level. It sits much too high where the body wasn't aligned when slapped together.





There was only a partial spot weld holding it on, so I knocked it off and pushed it down. The strap sat flush.





Next was to reinforce the tray and provide metal where the hole is on the right. That's where the brace welds on.





Once that was in, I positioned the brace and welded that in too. This looks like it went quick from the pics, but I spent 3 HOURS fitting these pieces to get them in the right location.

I set the cove panel in place to check alignment. It looks good, but I set the glass in to, as that is the real test of fit.





It is sitting on the head of the drill screws, so it didn't sit flush but the gap is very even. It should seal with buytl tape.

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