|Yesterday 10:54 PM|
You wouldn't need to say no thank you to Rusty. When he does a Mustang, he completely removes the skin. roof, cowl, all of it. He then puts the skeleton in a jig and builds the car back. He is undoubtedly one of the best in the area of Mustang restorations. Only Mustangs and an occasional Fairlane.
I suspect getting Rusty to build a car for you is not cheap.
|Yesterday 08:57 PM|
|idrivejunk||Oh yeah, those torque boxes and rails are like a funk retention science experiment. After seeing the last fastback, a converted coupe, the one where I shaved firewall... I would have to say no thank you to any place claiming to specialize in doing that.|
|Yesterday 08:27 PM|
Rusty has a shop in Florida, I believe, where he fixes a lot of rusty Mustangs.
Strips the rusty panels off completely and puts them back together. He posts on the SPI forum.
After checking a few of his builds, every time I see a Mustang project, it gets me wondering how deep the rust really is. They hide it well.
|Yesterday 07:04 PM|
Who is Rusty Gillis? The car at the shop has significant collision repair on the right side and extensive rust repair throughout, with both previously done improperly by an unknown hobbyist. Bryan is fixing it. Splitting the wheelhouse required to start.
I got one side finished-
|Yesterday 01:36 PM|
|123pugsy||Actually, looks worse, as the pic I posted has nice rockers....|
|Yesterday 01:35 PM|
Looks like a Rusty Gillis candidate ready to get peeled.....
|Yesterday 12:54 PM|
Reckon I can take that door off now and finish. See slapper tracks in qtr epoxy, I was finally able to slap it with it fully connected so I spent 40 min or so confirming workability of the whole mess. Make that ex-mess.
On that driver's side, I was able to just turn the angled strip above the door and have it reach. Then I just started permanently tacking edge since thats fine for here. Passenger side also is on. A little grind, then reconfirm and slap as needed on panel faces for body flow, and both jambs can be finished with doors off and I'll know they will stay that way.
those rear fender bolt hole reinf strips gotta get plugged on. I ought to approach running board brackets. Theres that other tail light, too
Pugsy, I believe stew meat is all thats left on this pachyderm carcass. What say you? I didn't gain a pound. Thats three in a row, at least. Elephant meat is not the key to weight gain.
Better go hunt up another. Haven't seen the truck. Boss approved of the yesterday results. Footloose is finally in deep with the stuff for the fastback. I say that 1/8" plate gotta go. It ain't in line with the rest of the inner rocker. Quite the fresh live bait container, this is-
|Yesterday 07:19 AM|
If coffee is on our man cards, that space isn't punched on mine. Stuff tastes like brown crayon melted in hot water.
Smells great though. Sound of a percolator brings back memories, too.
|Yesterday 04:39 AM|
Ya everyone....so there.....
I drinks my coffee black...the manly way...hey, where's the he-man smilie?
|02-25-2020 10:00 PM|
Order, order. Be seated. OK, for the record...
Be it known this day that I, IDJ, recind allegations made concerning Pugsy's card status due to suspicion on anti-clutch remarks. Undue bullying with previous knowledge of bum foot nullifies said accusations. Subject is free to resume projects regularly to exceed the level of manly seen here.
Just feeling my vocabulary today. Keep at it, Hoss.
|02-25-2020 06:48 PM|
The row of plug welds shown at the outside here is also done now-
This shows the minimized upper hinge arm clearance. Did not mess with lowers-
This one is to show the vertical thing going there, which was intended as a row of plug welds to the tubing. This side did not end up laying flat against it once gaps were established. So I added a sliver and changed to corner weld which will be much more like it anyway. Boss just wanted that upholstery hump over the rounded hinge tube rather than going farther up and lapping under the qtr.
But this shot also, inadvertently, best shows the primary objective accomplished by today's impromptu maneuver-
Ditto, other side. Sans sliver-
That will take care of those pointy, intrusive hazards and give the interior a smoother boundary, but I didn't get a thing done to the above-the-door section. Aside from deciding to remove the tacked pieces and either rearrange them so they reach the quarter flanges fully or slap a couple new, plain angled plug weld strips up there and go.
51 hits the floor as roller and old truck in the AM, I'm told. Who will take whats left together on it apart, I don't know. But I will look it over at the very least. You have seen everything except maybe the huffed mill. Which is going into the A as a mockup with blower.
I had Sweepy bust out the seat that was in the A-
|02-25-2020 06:20 PM|
Bibliography part two: In Kansas in 1980, just before Independence Day, I turnt 15 and that was enough for a learner's permit. But I didn't get one and that absolutely killed me as did parting with friends. Dad had already rodded an A by that age. I had been no-permit dirtroading the hand me down '75 or 6 CB125S since I was big enough (13) so clutch was a natural by this time.
Mom had a car, friend's sister had a car. Both cable shifted sticks. In August we moved to central Louisiana. oldest settlement in the Louisiana Purchase, est 1714. You just got a fullblowed license at 15, no learner. So I was of age before taking the test by like a month. That was hard to swallow!
Dad got a new car in late 79, first since the string of new Tempests every two years in the 60s. With nearly a quarter million miles and three rebuilds on it then, plus...
a B-W "retro" T-50 and 11" Zoom clutch. 3.23 10 bolt posi.... it was a weary beloved warrior.
Mom got another used car at the same time. Again, stick. She probably tested in her Dad's '39 Tudor or her Borgward. Her 53 Plymouth, 3 on tree, toted us all over tarnation as preschoolers.
Anyway, being how Tony got the Tempest first and I "had no" experience driving, that last new Tempest went to me and he got a '73 Laguna. Dark blue plain, no vinyl or stripes.
Our HS "carpool" (bunch of heads) and schoolmates (rednecks and jocks) gave us heck for using the promo tag off Dad's new car on the Pontiac. We had a fairly weak reason for it but Dad didn't want the tag. Its in the pic I most frequently post of the car.
But... being "patient" even as a kid and arguably brighter, hesitantly I took the safe bet for my test and it was not memorable in the least. Didn't even ask me to park fancy. But sure I felt neutered without the "Race Car", as we called the OHC6 Sprint (only Mom's cars got pet-like names). It was special ordered with newly available hazard flashers (underdash switch) which were for getting Mom into Wichita when I was done "baking", just before that happened.
All true lies and if that jogs a memory I'll be suprised. But again we put a couple cold, winter-trapped minutes by with a bonus, real, historical if not hysterical car story. With only one Festus word! Make a game of scavenging the answer if you'd like to pass the time.
Stand by for the early edition-
|02-25-2020 05:05 PM|
|Too Many Projects||
I drove our 2 year old Chevelle. The test center was a closed course, built in the early 60's just for driver testing. There were 2 straight stretches where the testers would say "STOP" and you had to slam on the brakes as fast and hard as you could. Now being in the later 60's, radial tires and disc brakes were cutting edge technology we didn't have and anti-lock brakes were things from a Buck Rogers comic book, so there were plenty of black marks to know where to expect this to happen. When my tester said that word, I was ready and slammed both the brake and clutch down. After we came to a skidding halt, he said I could start the engine and move off again. I pulled the shifter out of second into first, eased the clutch out and away we went. All he did was give me a sideways glance like, "how the hell did he do that ?"....
|02-25-2020 12:44 PM|
The lower hidden hinge tubes have a hole for a door stop bolt, through the tube. I dropped bolts in the top but the bottom hole is gone and blocked.
No biggie, but I wanted to show boss where they stop. This is where. By our reckoning its fine for getting out but in seems a little crowded by the door.
Since that looks close to being able to maybe open a little more if desired, while having no interruption in the weatherstrip bed. Cool. Thats where I will leave room for the hinge arms to swing out to.
While he was handy, sold him this occupant shoulder saving, interior man helping, contour smoothing, space around hinge minimizing, corner rounding upper tube alteration for a couple hours a side. Its an improvement. One side rough ground, other close to welded currently-
|02-25-2020 11:56 AM|
While I grind metal for five minuteses until lunch, IDJ trivia for four thumbups:
What did I take the test in?
Not what I learned to drive in, nor my first car, but the first car I officially drove that my folks knew about. Tick, tock.
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