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Re: 1963 Ford Falcon

Post by retired plumber on July 7th 2011, 10:57 pm

? about the fuel tank fill. Do you still have all the anti rollover/collision/vent stuff or is it straight into the tank? Just curious. Hate to see you go up in flames from a fender bender because I know this car will be driven and not a trailer queen.
How are you planning to do your metalflake scallops?
Anyway, I have really enjoyed your buildup my man. Keep up the good work. cheers
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Post by rmdhokie on July 8th 2011, 5:29 am

I know exactly what you mean with filling up gas - not full throttle or your wasting/wearing it. Are you putting a dummy gas cap through the panel for appearance purposes?
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Post by 63Falconconvert on July 8th 2011, 8:22 am

retired plumber wrote:? about the fuel tank fill. Do you still have all the anti rollover/collision/vent stuff or is it straight into the tank? Just curious. Hate to see you go up in flames from a fender bender because I know this car will be driven and not a trailer queen.
How are you planning to do your metalflake scallops?
Anyway, I have really enjoyed your buildup my man. Keep up the good work. cheers
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Hey Mike....glad to see our safety guy is still on his toes...lol...
yes the vent tube is still in place. I take it out at the beginning of the season and blow it out. It's crazy how much crud gets in there. The Mustang gas cap I'm using did have a vent hole but it's plugged now. I have been checking the trunk for fumes (my wife says I should use a match to check for fumes affraid) and so far the system is fume free. When I first read about this mod I asked the same questions, plus the convertible has the electric motor for the top located in the trunk and any static or spark would be a disaster!
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Post by 63Falconconvert on July 8th 2011, 8:25 am

rmdhokie wrote:I know exactly what you mean with filling up gas - not full throttle or your wasting/wearing it. Are you putting a dummy gas cap through the panel for appearance purposes?

I'm still using the factory cap. The lock ring on the convertible is a seperate peice from the filler neck. So once the stock filler neck was removed the lock ring stays bolted to the body. Worked out slick.
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Post by rmdhokie on July 8th 2011, 1:13 pm

Cool. Nice work around. Open the trunk and filler up. When I first got my mustang, I had that problem and was wondering why I (my car) always left a puddle of gas. Found out this was a very commom problem with today's modern gas pump equipment and old cars. I finally figured out the right angle (handle sideways at 3 o'clock position) to get gas in the car at a decent rate and not spill any.
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Post by Tommy Hillbilly on July 9th 2011, 12:55 pm

rmdhokie wrote:I finally figured out the right angle (handle sideways at 3 o'clock position) to get gas in the car at a decent rate and not spill any.
Don't get a Cougar, you will have to do all of that, while also holding the danged license plate out of the way...
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Post by retired plumber on July 10th 2011, 2:01 pm

63Falcon
Looking back at all the dumb things people have done and somehow survived (of course I never did ANY of those things) I realize a lot of it was because they/I did not know any better. Most people just put gas in the back of their car and think it just it goes right to the tank and have no idea what else is there so they wouldn't know about those things. It was more of a learning thing (store for future project/etc) for other people than a question for you. I figured you would know about it or at least i hoped you did.
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Post by dean_af on July 10th 2011, 3:49 pm

lol. pumping gas is always a joy.
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Post by retired plumber on July 11th 2011, 10:53 pm

@ 63falcon. I though I would honor you with my 800th post and compliment you on how well your Falcon is comming along. Just waiting for the vid on your first tire smoking drive. Twisted Evil .
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Post by 63Falconconvert on July 12th 2011, 4:09 pm

retired plumber wrote:@ 63falcon. I though I would honor you with my 800th post and compliment you on how well your Falcon is comming along. Just waiting for the vid on your first tire smoking drive. Twisted Evil .
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LOL...Thanks Mike and congrats on number 800....I'm only 240 behind you Wink
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Post by 63Falconconvert on July 15th 2011, 10:09 pm

Finally started sanding the body tonight. Lower rear quarters with 80 grit on a long board. I'll post some pics tomorrow.
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Re: 1963 Ford Falcon

Post by T.Hadley on July 17th 2011, 1:17 am

Sweet
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Post by 63Falconconvert on July 17th 2011, 7:02 am

Made some good progress this weekend. Started out by giving the rear quarters a bath using Ajax cleanser and a Scotchbright pad.




Blocked sanded with 80 grit on a long board.



Laying on some glass. I did this on Saturday morning at 6 AM when the temp outside was still on the cool side. The tape line will help keep a nice straight edge/body line.





First blocking with 80 grit. Still have some high/low spots. The passenger side is close but the driver side still needs a lot of work.




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Post by 63Falconconvert on July 17th 2011, 7:14 am

I picked up 2 new 16" long boards and Harbor Freight on Friday. They are a decent board for the price, $11.99 each. They have a metal backing but are still very flexible. I took one and cut it at 7". So I now have a 7", 9" and a 16". These sizes will work well on the Falcon. Dura-block makes a great product but they aren't cheap. A 16" Dura-block is around $30 bux. So for $24 I was able to get 3 different size blocks. It's all about saving a few cents right.



http://www.harborfreight.com/sanding-block-98167.html
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Post by Limey on July 17th 2011, 9:13 am

looking good boss but while your sanding prob would wanna take them beautiful caps off its is a PITA to get the lil particles off from them
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Post by 63Falconconvert on July 17th 2011, 2:27 pm

Limey wrote:looking good boss but while your sanding prob would wanna take them beautiful caps off its is a PITA to get the lil particles off from them

So true, sanding dust gets everywhere..... Those caps are actually off of early 80's Pontiac. I paid $10 for all 4. The spinners I got at a swap for $5 for all 4. Not a bad investment for $15.00. They are really heavy and have a good "bite" on the rim. Original Falcon spokes aren't even real spokes. They are a stamped spoke and bring stupid money, more then I would ever pay for a stock cap. My choices are few with 13" rims. Once the car is painted then I'll be putting on the aluminum 5 slot rims I picked up 2 years ago.
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Post by Tommy Hillbilly on July 17th 2011, 2:27 pm

Those spokes do look very nice on that car. Keep up the good work, and the photography.
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Post by 63Falconconvert on July 18th 2011, 7:29 am

Tommy Hillbilly wrote:Those spokes do look very nice on that car. Keep up the good work, and the photography.
Thanks Tommy. I probably go over board on the picture taking but hopefully the pics will be a help to someone out there that may be a little nervous to attempt a DYI paint job. Hows the Stang coming along?
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Post by 63Falconconvert on July 21st 2011, 7:15 am

3 days of spreading fiberglass, block sanding, more glass, block sanding...aughhhh I should have the rear quarters and the trunk panel ready for primer tonight. I'm struggling with the lower body line on the driver side rear quarter, just can't get it as straight as I would like it. I think tonight we will call it "done".
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Post by retired plumber on July 21st 2011, 3:25 pm

Maybe you need to buy a 4ft board. Laughing A smart man knows when to say when.
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Post by Wannabebodyman on July 21st 2011, 9:07 pm

If you go to the hobby store you can buy and aluminum t-bar to sand the quarter panel flat. I am not sure of a t-bar is the right name but they are used to sand model air plane wings. They are cheap and come in different lengths.
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Post by cac1967 on July 21st 2011, 9:56 pm

Quarters are looking good!!!keep us posted on your progress!!!! rock
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Post by 63Falconconvert on July 21st 2011, 10:38 pm

98 in the garage tonight.....what a night to sand body filler. I got both rear quarters straight. The 16" board worked great. I guess walking away from it for a night did the trick. The plan is to roll the entire rear sheet metal, minus the trunk lid with Rusto filler primer on Saturday morning. I'm hoping to get 2 coats on, let it sit 24 hours, dust with black primer and then block with 220 dry. We will see how straight I got my body work.... Laughing
More pics coming over the weekend.
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Post by Tommy Hillbilly on July 21st 2011, 10:58 pm

63Falconconvert wrote:...dust with black primer and then block with 220 dry.
FWIW I read that regular primer will clog your sandpaper, and that there's a special kind of primer for guidecoating. But you can still get the job done with what you have.
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Post by cac1967 on July 22nd 2011, 7:21 pm

I've alway's just used cheap dollar store spray paint for year 's and it work's great as a guide coat and it's cheap to boot!!
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