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Yesterday 08:12 PM
idrivejunk For clarity, this is what actually transpired-

Thats why the engine side looks fugly more than it did. The top panel was like welding kindling. But I reckon its all fairly stout again, or it will be when complete.

Neglected to get a pic of the other side. Took a closer look today and somebody already went there. Capping off the ugly with a square, overlaid patch on the low outside. Since theres more rust showing on the engine side over there, it needs this even more. Boss is so sick and behind though, I hate to throw that at him. I have the other rocker to go, and the rear body brace ends. Ain't that wierd looking below the right door? I couldn't figure out what was what there but for the most part, liberal usage of seam sealer and gravel guard could probably blend it in so I stopped before I got to the live bait stand. Where you get worms by the can with a crappy lid.
Yesterday 06:32 PM

Yesterday 12:44 PM
idrivejunk I did the sensible thing and got rid of the bullcrap at the top of the rail. Found enough 16 gauge hot roll to do it, too. Perfect for this.

I intend to put some beads at the top edge of the patch. Then also put a new bead on the engine side where theres a slot now. Should turn out just right as far as stiffness goes.

These are the patterns from the rocker end fix-

Yesterday 06:17 AM
idrivejunk I didn't notice any in this area.

Also, I'm thinking of adding an angled strip inside the rail at top, but its not on my rough sketch.

However, road conditions this morning may stand in the way. Speaking of sketchy.
Yesterday 05:11 AM
123pugsy Did the factory include any drain holes there?
11-11-2019 10:10 PM
Too Many Projects It was strong when new, but everything I've read the past few years about those Pantera's is that they all rust to dust because of the assembly of the structure, just like what you are seeing.

Actually saw one new in 1974. Customer of the place I worked at had one. Very exotic and cool, even if it did have a Ford engine...

I wasn't all that down on Fords at that time, yet. I bought an F150 new in '78 and that started the downward spiral of my dislike for Ford's. That tub of crap cost me a LOT of money.
11-11-2019 09:59 PM

Something like that there. They had two bare flat pieces layered against each other.
11-11-2019 09:08 PM
idrivejunk Only the outside piece will be a thing, and not much of one due the level of obscurity the area has when the control arm is on. Hopefully I can keep the snowball pitchable size. As in sales pitch.

The jeez factor can be softened by comparison to Mustang shock towers of like vintage. All of them! They need the same type of repairs. If a guy had to skip all the other repairs, this is the the one he does want... if he plans to drive it in an appropriately spirited manner. Why does it happen so late in the game? Because the rust hotspots weren't the big ticket part of the job, it was all that other stuff. Biggest unknowns first works. The owner came to us to buy good work, and has opted for it all along, but as you all know... there are bottoms to the deepest pockets. Pebble Beach type work doesn't interest many buyers so I do what I do. Fix and go on, asap. Without flinching at rust.

The major malfunction with the corrosion would explain easier with a sketch. Its not readily apparent when you are looking right at it.
11-11-2019 08:07 PM
123pugsy jeez.............
11-11-2019 06:56 PM
Too Many Projects Just another snowball, rolling down a mountain...
11-11-2019 05:59 PM
idrivejunk Had Mike come snatch the suspension-

I started digging out another spot, behind the LF wheel, while he did that and anesthetized the Italian cat. Ha.




Bonesaw, now!

Criminy. Ice her down, induce coma and get the donor bank on the horn. Its tee time.

(steps into waiting room)

Are you friends or family? We'll have to keep her under awhile longer. Let's discuss options for doing both sides while we are in.
11-11-2019 12:47 PM
idrivejunk First and second patches done-

Third patch, made-

That went fine. The next spot though, it kinda blew up. There are two layers stacked there, I can't figure why or just how its made just yet. Gonna see who I can con into removing the suspension side.

11-08-2019 05:08 PM
idrivejunk Forgot my phone today, no pix. But I made decent progress.

Allow me to kick out some kinda description.

This spot cleaned up good enough by just grinding to probably swipe it with seam sealer and be done-

As did this, believe it or not. The shaggy stuff peeled back to a weld that I was able to smooth out. Wierd, but I'll take it. No welding is essential under the passenger compartment if painter can pull a few tricks with 2K seam sealer. As I said, it has new floors over old floors or something unusual going on so the less we can do in this case, the better.

This just cleaned up with a speedy wire wheel and needs a hole straightening but thats it-

On this, I just trimmed back the shag on both layers. Rocker was full of sand. Slid a flat patch behind the innermost layer and welded what I could then zapped the bottom of the patch to the top of the trimmed pinchweld flange. Next patch makes the bottom and all the corners leaving only one flat piece to cut and weld on. Second patch is half welded and no damage to the urethane primer job thus far. I was grinding untill 11 or so and have the undercoat splattered face we all know and love. A shower is gonna feel good.

Thats possibly like half done on the Pantera so yay! Something less difficult than expected.
11-07-2019 06:51 PM
idrivejunk Zapped one skin pinhole, shot black in there, welded it shut plus the nearby crack, holed the slots at the right spot and made the piece (scrap) laying on the glove, then used a cutout piece of the skin to go over that shaggy un-needed rectangle hole-

Here it is buttoned up. I welded the scrap after tightening all screws. That old nasty bracket is at top of pic-

Finally, the hole that started it all-

Gonna take some work to figure out the gaps. Bottom looks good, top corners would be OK even, maybe. But the everything in between seems to have issues. By the way, six MIG shrinks on Whopper Mound and painter says mud it. Spent fifteen minutes total on that.

Last half hour, I dashed across the Pantera spots on the right side. This is ahead of the RR wheel and I am always lookin to whup the big one first-

11-07-2019 12:39 PM
idrivejunk See door check assembly hanging out. Also see bottom end of tall L shaped bracket, through hole to left-

When ya gotta cut, just cut-

Thats a pretty meaty weld, can't see much of it here. Bent hell out of the catch trying to just break the weld-

Yeah, a bird got inside there and pooped all over the skin.

Got it cut and liberated the catch then straightened it. Couldn't find where a bracket would attach until I got out the teardown hardware bag. Then, aha!

Yeah thats brokeded. Man I hope this isn't what the gate got hacked for. Mike thinks an attempt at moveable glass was made. Anyway we tore down the catch and I welded it-

Screwdriver on left indicates poor fit with reattached bracket in existing holes-

All together with slotted holes-

Now for the recovery from surgery.. And a new nail in the pin that holds the check together. Then I'll be back where I started, with just a hole to fill now though.

I feel a strong urge to make some visual progress on the Pantera Might be easier to explain than this door eating my lunch.
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