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Post by T.Hadley on October 6th 2009, 10:05 pm

This is a project that my son and I are doing, It will be his drag car

The paint needs some work, we will be redoing it in black. My question is what do you do about all the small rock chips/ door dings, is there a way to fill them or do I need to sand all of them out?





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Post by RoboGeek on October 7th 2009, 11:16 am

judging by the clear coat failure, your gonna need to sand most of it off anyway. Then just featheredge the chips

I had one of those cars - doggy stock 302, but sure looked fast.. lol
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Post by T.Hadley on October 8th 2009, 9:26 pm

Yes the clear coat will be sanded off, so every 1/8" rock chip needs to be sanded to a 6" x 6" aera to feather it in, Wow that sucks.

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Post by RoboGeek on October 9th 2009, 9:29 am

you could use spot putty....
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Post by jimim73 on October 9th 2009, 10:42 am

spot putty would b the best if it doesnt sand down enough.....
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Post by T.Hadley on October 12th 2009, 12:00 am

Getting some work done...



Have some rust repair to do.



Floor all cleaned up panted and seam sealed




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Post by retired plumber on October 12th 2009, 12:19 am

Don't worry about the rust, It just makes the car lighter LOL. Just kidding of course. Those things make a neat race car. Looking good so far. If that is the only rust spot, I would get that area from the wrecker and use the epoxy glue to put it on with after the rust is removed. Since that is not a structual area that would be the easiest.
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Post by T.Hadley on February 7th 2010, 6:25 pm

More body work, I really don't like body work...







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Post by T.Hadley on February 7th 2010, 6:30 pm

The body work is going really slow, and I hate this part of the rebuild[Sad]
I think it came out good for a body work rookie...






Heres the next big mess,




It's worst than I first thought.



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Post by tbirdsps on February 8th 2010, 4:32 pm

Gee you were going along real well then all of a sudden you started using photobucket. What's up with that.

Just complaining as I can't look at photobucket. It's blocked.

Anyway nice work on the floor pans. Don't ya know that nobody fixes those Mustang IIs. Ha Ha. Really I'm glad you are as hardly anybody gives them any respect. I had a 74 Ghia fastback years ago with the little 2.8 six. Quite reliable but the rust worm got it.
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Post by 63Falconconvert on February 9th 2010, 9:05 am

Great looking Stang. Looks like it's really coming along. Looking at the pics it looks like there are a few different layers of paint. I'm sure you found some surprises under all of that paint. Your patches and floor pans look really good. Keep posting the pics.
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Post by T.Hadley on February 9th 2010, 1:15 pm

Update:

Took the Engine Trans & heads over to my buddys racecar shop and did the tear down, and then took it to the machine shop to be cleaned.





more rust repair on the rear hatch.
INNER PATCH




Outer patch and had to form a new lip that folded under











The compliance center..
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Post by 63Falconconvert on February 10th 2010, 9:20 am

Great job on the trunk. That is a very difficult repair and it looks like you nailed it. thumbs up
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Post by retired plumber on February 10th 2010, 9:58 pm

That shop looks like a been there, done that kind of place. Nice job on the patching applaude
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Post by T.Hadley on February 11th 2010, 2:53 am

Sanding this part really sucks...



more sanding




Its getting there





Almost done with the metal work on the rear hatch.

spot one.


cut and remove top peice and the inner is bad also.


Remove inner rust.




Make new inner piece and fit it.





weld and in new top piece



spot 2


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Post by retired plumber on February 11th 2010, 12:55 pm

With all the body work being done I guess the rock chips that started this thread are a moot point now. That sure is a lot of work for someone that doesn't like body work. I don't think I would have taken that job on since there are still a lot of those cars around. Now if it had sentamental value I could see it tho. Nice work.
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Post by T.Hadley on February 11th 2010, 1:50 pm

LOL... yeah you are correct the rock chips are now a moot point, if we could pay someone to do it to my standards then we would, but that would cost way to much.
These cars are not that easy to come by, if you locate a good rust free rear hatch in your aera let me know, I would buy it.

Yes there is some sentimental value with this car it used to be my car, here's the deal.

Its a cool story with this car, I bought it back in 1984 from the 2nd owner and he never drove the car, he bought it with a blown up 4 speed, then he went in the service, when he got out 4 years later he had lost instrest in fixing the car so he sold it to me, it only had 24,000 miles on it when I bought it, so I put a C-4 in it and built a new motor for it, 650 holley, headers, line loc, centerlines, etc. then I drag raced the hell out of it, intill about 1996 then the trans went bad and it just sat on the side of my house, a buddy of mine bugged me to sell it to him so I did, It had 45,000 miles on it when I sold it.

Jump ahead 13 years, and my son is now driving age and wants to drag race like dad, so we call up my old buddy to see if he still might have the car and he did, and he wanted to sell it, he never fixed the trans, he put new brakes on it and then it sat, for the last 13 years some of that inside some outside, the weather did a number on it but its still only has 45,000 miles on it and is still in better shape than most.

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Post by 63Falconconvert on February 11th 2010, 2:27 pm

Thats really cool that your son is into it and that you where able to buy the car back for him to learn on/enjoy.
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Post by 63Falconconvert on February 11th 2010, 4:26 pm

Question, I have a set of aluminum slots, 4 lug rims from a mid 70's Mustang II. You wouldn't happen to have any caps like the one pictured. Sorry to hijack your thread Smile


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Post by retired plumber on February 11th 2010, 5:26 pm

Cool story. I understand why you want THAT car. I would do the same thing if I could find my hotrod I had in '64. It was a '63 Pontiac LaMons with a big v8 and got rubber in all 4 gears. Sadly I "grew up" and sold it.lol Tried to find it about 10 years ago but no luck.
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Post by tbirdsps on February 11th 2010, 6:13 pm

You gotta love a good story like that.
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Great story!

Post by Mercurymarc on February 12th 2010, 4:10 am

Great story and great pics.
Keep the updates coming!
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Post by Squire Cobra Jet on February 13th 2010, 12:10 am

Great story as well as great job on the repairs. Cool
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Post by T.Hadley on February 13th 2010, 1:55 am

More rust repair, O-BOY...LOL







The Boy doing work!





This outer piece was very hard to make because it had to curve 3 different ways




Oh whats this wheel wells coated in rubber from burnout's gone by...





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Post by T.Hadley on February 18th 2010, 2:14 pm

Sorry I do not have any of them.

T.

63Falconconvert wrote:Question, I have a set of aluminum slots, 4 lug rims from a mid 70's Mustang II. You wouldn't happen to have any caps like the one pictured. Sorry to hijack your thread Smile


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