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« on: March 09, 2018, 11:34:06 AM »
Hello,
Moving over from CC. Haven't posted there for a while and now I was convinced to move over here by some members. Thanks for informing me!
The car is a base 70, F8 green, 383 4-speed car. Not driven for almost 30 years but before that it was rusted, crashed and rusted again. Lot of repairs would today be considered "non professional" but they helped the car stay alive and that is why it's still here. No bad feelings about bad repairs :D. Rear quarters, wheelhouse, trunk extensions, rear panel, dutchman panel, trunk gutters, all had to go. Roof was all dinged up had to be repaired and rocker panel was rusted, so also other parts of the car. All that is fixed now and I'm working with the front fenders. The whole tail of the car was off-center by an half inch to the left. Some of you that are into metal working might perhaps find som parts of the tread interesting. also made some movies and uploaded them. A whole bunch of pics are coming.
Picture of the car when i brought it home.


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« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2018, 12:02:58 PM »
Starting of with some pics of left an right wheelhouse repair. they were rusted and crash. Had to use the new quarter panel fixing the wheelhouse lip/edge or what you call it to the quarter panel with screws. Fix the quarter panel to the car and build supports for the edge and then remove screws. removing quarter panel and starting patching the wheelhouse together. There was no other way to insure that the repaired wheelhouse otherwise would fit perfectly to the quarter panel when time came to install quarters later. Or at least I couldn't come up with any better solutions at the time. First pics of right wheelhouse is an old repair.
The video: https://youtu.be/qkCojL0y6Xo
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« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2018, 12:04:21 PM »
Welcome to this site. That will be a great car when done!

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« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2018, 12:11:14 PM »
same procedure on the left side. Bare metal was treated with antirust converter and then with zinc primer. And then some seam sealer . The white stuff is seam sealer and not bondo  :smile: I know, third picture look kinda weird, but there was some chemical rust eating business, transformation going on. And it was apparently supposed to look like that.
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« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2018, 12:19:18 PM »
Nice metal work. Hope mine is as good when I do my trunk floor! :bravo:
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« Reply #5 on: March 09, 2018, 12:35:42 PM »
Trunk extensions in bad shape with previous rust repairs and so on. Made my own extensions from a piece of sheet metal. Some work but great fun :)
The video: https://youtu.be/GytoyYc1UlQ
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« Reply #6 on: March 09, 2018, 01:10:40 PM »
Rocker Panel needed a patch, on the inside aswell.
The movie about fabrikating the rocker panel part: https://youtu.be/DG1mPDd-t_w
The movie about getting it on the car: https://youtu.be/dh5goe5-Qtk

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« Reply #7 on: March 09, 2018, 01:15:59 PM »
Nice work! Thats how we had to do it back in the 80's & early 90's... These days there are very nice reproduction inner wheel houses & trunk drop offs so most guys don't have to learn how to make their own.... Good to see someone still knows how it can be done.... I still have a couple of the contour gauges like your using  in my tool box.....

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« Reply #8 on: March 09, 2018, 01:39:35 PM »
Nice work! Thats how we had to do it back in the 80's & early 90's... These days there are very nice reproduction inner wheel houses & trunk drop offs so most guys don't have to learn how to make their own.... Good to see someone still knows how it can be done.... I still have a couple of the contour gauges like your using  in my tool box.....
Thanks for kind words. I know there is a lot of nice repro parts and I also use them. But It's great fun and I enjoy shaping metal the old fashion way when it can be done. could be nice to have all the fancy tools they got today in body shop places... What I would need more is a new pair of shoulders, mine are worn out.

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« Reply #9 on: March 09, 2018, 01:47:39 PM »
Also replaced trunk gutter.
some pics are gone and some are left.
made a small video about that to: https://youtu.be/iBJP1QsDA7A

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« Reply #10 on: March 09, 2018, 02:29:32 PM »
 :welcome: from Central Illinois! You should be proud of your ability to fabricate body panels and not have to rely solely on replacement parts. Nice work!  :cheers:

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« Reply #11 on: March 09, 2018, 07:15:42 PM »
Nice work! Yes I remember when all we had were bad quarter skins and I had to hand make the outer wheelhouses on my 69 GTX. Good on you for doing a bang up job on it rather than waiting a few months for the taiwan parts.
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Some photos i took while working on the roof. It had some 10 dents, a part that was "oil canning" and damages in right rear pillar. took me many hours to get everything ok.

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« Reply #13 on: March 10, 2018, 02:24:46 PM »
some pics of the engine bay after paint.

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awesome work.  I like F8 green myself.  It looks great with the right amount of clear/shine. 

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