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Re: 1965 Plymouth Barracuda Commando

Post by 63Falconconvert on February 17th 2013, 2:59 pm

Remember that all too well when I stripped the quarters on my Falcon. All I can say is that most people have no buisiness using body filler smash
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Post by Hell_Fish on March 4th 2013, 1:37 pm

Found even more filler. The lower section of the passenger side door and the drivers side 1/4 panel had a bunch. The 1/4 what not way off and I got a lot of the old bents out with a hammer and dolly and reapplied a skim coat to finish it off. I think I will just replace the door. Its not worth the hassle of trying to fix.

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Post by Tommy Hillbilly on March 4th 2013, 4:25 pm

Might be cheaper, quicker and easier to just carry your door in to a local body shop and have them complete the necessary metal work to a roughed-in stage, and then bring it home and finish it out yourself?
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Post by Hell_Fish on March 5th 2013, 10:48 am

Maybe, but a new(used) door is $150 complete or $75 for the shell. If you look at the second pic, you can see that the top of the door does not match the top of the sheet metal next to it, but the lower body line is spot on. Im also thinking about adding some custom door handles and I can use the old door as a test piece. I will need the extra sheet metal if it works out.
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Post by Hell_Fish on March 11th 2013, 1:37 pm

Did some body work this weekend. Couldn't get behind the fender to reshape it, so I cut it off and fixed it and the inner panel. Just need to weld the panel back on.



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Post by Hell_Fish on March 18th 2013, 12:24 pm

Got the reworked 1/4 welded in and starting playing with ideas for custom door handles.


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Post by Tommy Hillbilly on March 19th 2013, 4:21 pm


That looks pretty cool. Is that door handle off of an old Charger? ('66-'67?)
I'd definitely try to stay within the Mopar parts bin, for the handles.
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Post by 63Falconconvert on March 19th 2013, 8:23 pm

Those handles are sweet! I would run with those
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Post by Hell_Fish on March 21st 2013, 11:57 am

Its a 69 Grand Prix handle. I think it is too low. Since this door is a mule, I will cut it up some more and see if I like it a little higher on the door.
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Post by 63Falconconvert on March 22nd 2013, 9:02 pm

Just an idea, how would it look on the top of the door above the body line?
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Post by Tommy Hillbilly on March 24th 2013, 7:46 pm

63Falconconvert wrote:Just an idea, how would it look on the top of the door above the body line?
Hmmm. I also thought that the handle could stand to be raised to the level of the holes for the original hardware, but the vertical portion of the panel sounds like a good location, too.
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Re: 1965 Plymouth Barracuda Commando

Post by Hell_Fish on March 25th 2013, 11:31 am

It could look cool there, but making it work will be a major undertaking. I didn't get a chance to play with the handle this weekend, but hopefully this 3 day weekend will work. I did get a few extra holes in the rear sheet metal fixed though.
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Post by Hell_Fish on April 22nd 2013, 11:19 am

I changed out the right side door and thought I would try out my cheapy HF gun. I used Rustoleum bright white primer and MS. 2 parts primer to 1 part MS with a 1.5 tip. I think the mix was too thin. I still have to get use to the gun and figure out the setting, but needless to say, I have a few runs to sand down. At least its primer and easy to sand. I aslo found a can of Rustoleum dark bronze that looks like a good match for the factory darker upper dash color on the 65.



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Post by Tommy Hillbilly on April 24th 2013, 12:52 pm

Nice progress!

Looks like a cool old truck, too.

I scored at U-PULL-N-PRAY today, and got sun-visors (mine were torn off, leaving just the arm), two out of four of the little plugs which cover the armrest bolts (those are always missing), and a working ashtray lid (those are always broken). All the right color too!
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Re: 1965 Plymouth Barracuda Commando

Post by Hell_Fish on April 29th 2013, 4:54 pm

Cool deal. A few weeks ago i found that the front of the hood was swiss cheese. Just a rust mess. I have had a spare hood that I have begun to prep it. I wanted to sand blast the underside, but that didn't work out so well. The blaster kept clogging up. Instead, I drilled new holes for a Fairlane hood seal that is a new match for original and started to sand the topside for primer. Also prepped and painted one of my door panels. Went from red and stained to clean and gold. Still have one panel and the drivers seat to finish.
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Post by Hell_Fish on June 25th 2014, 4:05 pm

In the past few months I have gotten very little done. I tore down the back seat. The old padding was more than a little worn. I had a back seat from a 76 Valiant and the cover was torn, so I took it apart and reused the foam from it on the 65 seat. Recovered the Cuda seat and then started to dye it gold. It was light blue. Still need to do a little more to finish it, but it is looking good. Two coats of gold dye added and custom 67 fish insert added. I have to finish adding the carpet back and stainless trip. The steel panel has been painted black and more padding was added to fill the space between the emblem and the seat.

I planned on using a spare set of 65 seat trim to make the flat piece to go across the fish insert. The bracket I made was too wide for that to work. Instead, I used the 67 trim piece I had, which is much wider, and reshaped the ends to transition to the size of the original trim. It took a lot of time with a hammer to get it where I wanted it, but its done. The one item I messed up was that the trim had recessed holes and made the trim bow across the bracket. I tried to recess the holes in the bracket, but ended up enlarging the holes, so the screws don't work now. I will have to buy a pair of screws. Not a big deal.

I recovered the lower rear seat. I still need to dye it. I have been waiting for the vinyl to relax before spraying it. I did a little bondo work and realigned the passenger side door. When I installed the door it was way off. I closed it and it wouldn't reopen. It took hitting it with a deadblow hammer several times to get it to open.



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Re: 1965 Plymouth Barracuda Commando

Post by wantajav on June 26th 2014, 8:21 pm

Hell fish - DID YOU DYE THAT SEAT GOLD?

looks great!

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Post by Hell_Fish on June 27th 2014, 11:21 am

Thanks. Yes, its dyed. Found a killer deal on a blue seat cover and since I'm dying every other vinyl part in the car, why not. The door panels were red, dash pad was bronze, front seats tan and rear blue. The headliner is tan too, but I have not decided if I will dye the headliner yet. The color is 69 LeMans gold. Closest color match I could find.
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Re: 1965 Plymouth Barracuda Commando

Post by Hell_Fish on September 26th 2016, 9:44 am

Its been a long time since I updated. I got laid off a few months ago and figured it was time to get something done. I decided against the standard white and got the Topside Oyster White. I like the color better abd will look great with the gold interior.
It came out pretty good. I still have to get the trunk jamb and paint the hood. Everything behind the doors needs another coat too. I need to fix a couple runs, wetsand and buff, but Im happy with it.





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Re: 1965 Plymouth Barracuda Commando

Post by Mercurymarc on October 24th 2016, 3:54 am

WOW! That is nice. Keep those pics coming!
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