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Re: 1976 Mustang Cobra

Post by RoboGeek on February 18th 2010, 2:56 pm

amazing how that rust magically appears when you start sanding...
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Post by T.Hadley on February 19th 2010, 4:33 am

That is very true!
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Post by T.Hadley on February 21st 2010, 12:50 am

Nothing to exciting just some finish work on the rear hatch, I had one more repair to do after I took it off and could turn it over.



Then a little filler and more sanding...





I had "window guy" (Thanks Craig) come and take out the rear window so I could clean up that area, that sealer is messy chit!




After the window was out, of course I found another rust hole... and it was right in a corner so I made this repair.


Welded it in


This is how I made the repair piece, then cut to fit





The top almost ready for primer.


Did a small repair on the hood.


Filled in the drivers side rear marker light.

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Post by retired plumber on February 21st 2010, 12:04 pm

Heck of a way to make the patch for the little repair in the corner,.I love it. bow
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Post by RoboGeek on February 21st 2010, 6:55 pm

you sure your gonna want to race that thing?? It might be better in a show!!

Still planning on rolling the paint after all this work?
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Post by T.Hadley on February 21st 2010, 10:00 pm

Thanks, RP. and yes we are going to race it, we don't have any use for a car you can't drive.
Yep going to roll the paint...


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Post by retired plumber on February 21st 2010, 10:18 pm

I've seen a lot of race cars that pulled double duty as show cars but not too many the other war around. Race in the summer, show in the winter. A lot of shows have a race car only class and they don't have to be perfect either.
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Post by T.Hadley on February 25th 2010, 4:16 am

Took the distributor apart to clean it up in the blast cabinet



Repair on the drivers side rear wheel well



cut out the bad inner



new inner



outer




Started sanding around the gas filler, and Whiskey Tango Foxtrot did I find, yep that's right more rust...... will it ever end....



Did a quick run in the blast cabinet to see what was left ... not much.



what's left of where it bolts to the car.


Started making new parts.


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Post by 63Falconconvert on February 25th 2010, 9:11 am

that inner & outer fender repair looks awesome! Did you use and kind of sealer between them after you welded?
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Post by T.Hadley on February 25th 2010, 2:58 pm

I have not put any sealer on yet, I have access to that area from inside the car so later I will put a pourable sealer on
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Post by retired plumber on February 25th 2010, 5:20 pm

You know what they say "rust never sleeps".
You sure have put a lot of work in the car but then when its "a labor of love" whose counting. I am definately enjoying the pictures. Thanks
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Post by RoboGeek on February 25th 2010, 7:18 pm

you need to come do my car next.. lol

Now I wish I wouldn't have sold my MIG welder - but the race shop has several
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Post by T.Hadley on March 4th 2010, 4:40 am

Put the repair piece in to weld.



All welding done.



All ground down and ready for some body filler.




Not much else going on just still lots of sanding and body filler and primer.

Thought this was a cool pic.

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Post by T.Hadley on March 4th 2010, 4:48 am

Rollin some primer











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Post by 63Falconconvert on March 4th 2010, 1:24 pm

Looks Awesome!
Where did you find Rusto primer/surfacer & did you reduce it at all?
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Post by T.Hadley on March 4th 2010, 1:44 pm

I had to order it at home depot, and you want it to go on thick to fill any small imperfections, most of it gets sanded back off, so no I did not reduce it.

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Post by 63Falconconvert on March 4th 2010, 2:14 pm

cool...thanks....
are you happy with the results so far?
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Post by T.Hadley on March 4th 2010, 2:31 pm

Yes, so far I'm happy with the results, the paint will be better then it ever was, I was shocked at how not flat the car was when we started sanding it, it has been block sanded at all times, so its really flat now, even before the primer go's on.
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Post by T.Hadley on March 4th 2010, 2:35 pm

Nice falcon BTW, I have owned many including a 63 convert, wish I still had that one, I still own my 2nd car a 1963 falcon sport coupe.

It must be hard to keep your car nice in that part of the country

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Post by 63Falconconvert on March 4th 2010, 2:47 pm

Thanks. The Falcon has been a good little car. The last owner really let the up-keep go. The head was cracked, half the wiring wasn't working etc etc. The 200 CI and C4 really woke the car up. I use the car as a daily driver in the summer and have had no mechanical problems once I got the bugs worked out. The body needs some attantion. A lot of BAD body work under the paint. I'm starting to get paint blisters so I can only imagine whats hiding under the paint. I have always done my own painting but don't want to spend the cash for PPG paint so when I stumbled onto this forum this was a perfect match for what I wanted to do.
Here are a couple of links to some more pix of the Falcon and other cars I have done.
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http://good-times.webshots.com/album/567771825HfJWRk
http://rides.webshots.com/album/573086007BImjJO
Thanks for taking the time to posting pix of your Stang. Thats going to be a great car when finished. It's good to see more people on this forum, it was almost dead.
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Post by T.Hadley on March 4th 2010, 3:12 pm

Nice cars and some great work you have done there.

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Post by stang_krazy on March 4th 2010, 4:15 pm

A fantastic thread/step by step, really great that your taking all the extra time to document and then up-load the pics and do a nice write-up!

Glad your doing this and can't wait until it's finished to see how good it looks. By the way you are doing some great body work and giving me idea's of how some of it's done. THANKS thumbs up
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Post by stang_krazy on March 4th 2010, 4:25 pm

63Falconconvert wrote:
Here are a couple of links to some more pix of the Falcon and other cars I have done.
http://rides.webshots.com/album/576636939ZcueMh
http://good-times.webshots.com/album/567771825HfJWRk
http://rides.webshots.com/album/573086007BImjJO
Nice work!!
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Post by 63Falconconvert on March 4th 2010, 4:39 pm

I agree with Stang, this is a great thread and thanks again for all the time and effort in posting pics and a step by step description.

I was just on the Auto Zone site and I can get the primer/surfacer through them for $44 a gallon.
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Post by T.Hadley on March 5th 2010, 11:55 pm

Thought I would post up a step by step on how I do a patch panel.

Going to fill in the front side marker lights, and plug weld the hole where the front spoiler used to bolt on.



Then on a patch this size I used some 2" wide tape to cover the hole, (now just paint and your done) just kidding....lol



Cut the tape out with an X-acto knife then stick it on the steel to cut out.



On these bigger pieces I use my band saw, instead of my air cut off saw.



Fine tune to fit with the air grinder then hold in place with the magnets to weld.



Wash rinse and repete on the other side.



Apply body filler sand and primer.



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