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Old 10-28-2017, 04:35 PM
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MP&C over on has a thread on the Garage Journal on a 55 Chevy wagon.


https://www.garagejournal.com/forum/...82565&page=128.

I think he had a post in there on fabricating drip rails. It may be worth pm'ing him about it.

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I would want your car farther apart before deciding anything.
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If you do drive somewhere like that to get parts, make a fun trip of it, see other things, get good meals, the car parts are just a small part of the trip.


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got another picture after pulling the fender off. the rust looks much worse than it is. the only real spot of rust is outlined. most of what you see is surface rust. However, does anyone know of any good a pillar rebuilds? I cant find a replacement anywhere so i assume i will have to hand fabricate.
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Nobody makes any of those pieces? If not, yep fab everything. Lots of good examples are already here, about similar challenges. Scope out some build threads.

I have pics of an el Camino windshield bed / dash repair but it wouldn't help you here.

The areas indicated in the pic just shows where chunks are gone. Before you call the rest of it just surface rust, you might want to sand some and see if it comes off.
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Old 11-11-2017, 09:32 AM
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Nobody makes any of those pieces? If not, yep fab everything. Lots of good examples are already here, about similar challenges. Scope out some build threads.

I have pics of an el Camino windshield bed / dash repair but it wouldn't help you here.

The areas indicated in the pic just shows where chunks are gone. Before you call the rest of it just surface rust, you might want to sand some and see if it comes off.
Exactly, small rust holes turn into big, if not huge, holes with blasting, grinding, etc. to prep the area for panel repair.

I was thinking you lived near a coast. The rust is typical salt air damage. The floors look really good but every top surface is toast.

How is the trunk floor and rear frame rails ? No pics of that and the rear window channel usually rusts out, same as the front, and then the damage proceeds to the trunk floor. The rear frame rails are integral with that floor, so if the floor is very bad, plan on a complete back half rebuild. Inner wheel houses go right along with the trunk floor, and the lip of the outers are already toast, along with the corresponding quarter panels.

Bottom line in my world, is, it's all repairable, but to hand fabricate these parts, is going to take a lot of time, skill and some basic equipment, such as John's thread shows. I, and others, have repaired rust buckets like this, but I buy repro panels and wrestle with them to fit, as I don't have the equipment, or patience, to spend years making panels. It takes long enough to rebuild a car with parts.

Go to this Projects/Builds/My Ride - Hot Rod Forum : Hotrodders Bulletin Board forum and browse around a while to get an idea what this task will take to see it thru to completion.
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ill grab some more pictures for posterity. but the rear half of the car i know is gonna need about every new panel i can buy. quarters, supports, trunk pan, rails, etc... I refuse to back down from this project. so hopefully i can come out of this with some new hard earned skills! I have put a LOT of time and effort into my career welding. so that should be the least of my issues. ive been known to weld in thin air with a tig welder
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Blind stubbornness has cost many of us thousands of dollars and hours that we REALLY didn't need to spend.....think hard and long about WHY you insist on rebuilding this particular car.
The cost of panels alone, would justify the cost of a better car to start with...
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mostly due to the fact that i can do this slowly. buy a panel when i get the money here and there. quarter panel this month. fender next etc.. rather than coming up with 5000 upfront. and unfortunately unless i can manage to drive for a few days. most in my area are rusty as well. in my area people seem to think they have gold rust.
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Eckler's offers a cowl assembly-

https://www.ecklers.com/nova/1970-19...-291898-1.html
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I hear ya on the cost of these cars. I'm in MN, at the headwaters of the rust belt. I stopped buying cars around here several years ago for the same reason's...overpriced and buckets of rust. But, I'm retired OTR and have a trailer. I just went to Denton TX a few weeks ago for a very decent C10.
1 more question, do you have a clean title that you can transfer into your name before you spend any money on it ?
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yessir i do. clean title and heaps of original paperwork. one of the reasons ide like to keep it as well.
and as i keep saying. the pictures look far worse than it is. i check to see how bad rust is by smacking it with a hammer and punch ;P. i would just feel better to have fresh good metal.
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