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Old 02-10-2011, 11:30 PM   #21
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very impressive work you have going on there!
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Old 02-10-2011, 11:37 PM   #22
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nice project!! question: what were those gold rims off of???
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Old 02-11-2011, 07:12 AM   #23
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I need Quarter Panels and they currently don't have any. For now we'll be busy on the engine bay and then the roof and doors, quarters will be last. I hope they don't become an achilles heel.
I remember seeing quarter panels in a magazine but I think they were for 60s Mustangs. I don't remember but I will look through them later today for you to double check.
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Old 02-11-2011, 06:50 PM   #24
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nice project!! question: what were those gold rims off of???
Those rims draw all sorts of attention, and I hate them.

They came with the car... they look like 80's BMW rims... no idea their origin.
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Old 02-11-2011, 06:53 PM   #25
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Radiator support is on, blasted, primed and smoothed.

The engine bay will see paint on Tuesday morning.

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I am looking forward to having this part of the car done. A lot of hours in there.
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Old 02-12-2011, 01:28 PM   #26
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Wow! I so wish I had the time, money, and skills/knowledge to do work like that! Very impressive!
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Old 02-15-2011, 07:34 PM   #27
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Joy to the world we have paint.

I expect the engine back next week from the rebuild. It'll go in and then we'll clean up all the details like bolts.

For now, the painted engine bay. The red is San Marino Red.

Onto the roof and doors.

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Old 02-15-2011, 09:00 PM   #28
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not to be a buzzkill, but its either the angle or your rad support is bent on the bottom...

driver side looks kicked in
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Old 02-15-2011, 09:25 PM   #29
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not to be a buzzkill, but its either the angle or your rad support is bent on the bottom...

driver side looks kicked in
Just the angle... and 24mm. It's definitely straight. I had no space to square up on the car.

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Old 02-15-2011, 11:19 PM   #30
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Good work, love it man... Dont lose focus, love to read build threads. I am going to start stripping my engine bay after I get mine running right. The previous owner of my car tore the engine out and totally disregarded the "Being Careful" method... Scratched and dented everything in the engine bay. Freakin drives me nuts everytime I look at my engine bay. Keep up the good work!!
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Nice job....thanks for sharing....your reminding me that I don't know how to weld!! Look forward to seeing your updates.
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Old 02-18-2011, 09:36 PM   #32
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Engine time.

I foolishly have no "before" image of the engine. The car went to the garage, and I went to Africa. I came back and the engine was out and gone. I tracked it down today to take a peek. It's about a week away from being dropped back into that beautiful red engine bay.

What was done to the ol' 302? Not much over stock. Why? because I really don't know what I want to do to it yet. I'd like to drive the car for a summer and get a feel for it. I also have a 2 1/2 year old that I'd like to come with me. Keeping him and myself alive is of the utmost importance.

That being said, I am looking at forced induction options for next winter. For now, my blooo three oh two.

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Old 02-19-2011, 05:54 AM   #33
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Hehe this thread has me checking it more often to watch for the results. That will be a nice looking car saved from a salvage yard like so many others. Keep it up!
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Old 03-16-2011, 03:22 PM   #34
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It's been a while since I posted, things slowed down a bit. However, we're moving along now.

What's happened?
The engine has been rebuilt and delivered. I have it wrapped and sitting on the shop floor waiting to go into the car. That should happen in the next few weeks.

I have to get new headers for it, as well as new engine & tranny mounts and the bearing in the tranny... the name escapes me. I will probably get a new radiator as well.

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New Roof!
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You'll see various stages of the progress. It's almost smoothed and ready for primer.

After the roof, we're going to move onto the doors and floor pans.

Then quarter panels and we'll be ready to blast the car clean and do the smoothing and catch any of that hidden bad stuff.

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coming out nice. my cars getting there, but still needs a lot of work in my restoration project. origional date to be completed was september 1st, 2011 but i had to push it back to june 1, 2012 because i found more rot that needs to be taken care of....

heres my restoration thread, check it out when you get a chance...
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Cars and Concepts was a facctory that Ford had do the convertable tops and T Tops. It is located near Detroit Michigan. The only reason I know this is my brother worked there some twenty plus years ago. They specialized in putting the rag tops together and they specialized in making the T Tops if I remember correctly!!
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Old 03-20-2011, 12:22 PM   #37
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coming out nice. my cars getting there, but still needs a lot of work in my restoration project. origional date to be completed was september 1st, 2011 but i had to push it back to june 1, 2012 because i found more rot that needs to be taken care of....

heres my restoration thread, check it out when you get a chance...
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I'm behind schedule and way over budget. It's just the nature of this stuff though.

I'll keep an eye on your progress.

My roof is primed now.

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Old 07-27-2011, 08:19 PM   #39
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Default .... and we're back at it.

A long hiatus over the winter & spring, the body shop got super busy with cars hitting deer. No one wins that, except the body shop I guess.

Rebuilding the wheel well on the drivers side, there was nothing there.
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New used quarter panel put in
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Just had to rebuild around the wheel on the passenger quarter.
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This was complete rotted, check the first pics
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and so was this.
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holes holes holes
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and gone
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primed
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Rebuilding the rocker panel, and replacing the floor pans.
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Lots of areas to patch!
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That's it for now. We hope to have the floor done by the end of next week. Then we just have to do the doors (easy, we think) and the bumper.

I'll also be filling in the "mustang" branding on the bumpers. Already deleted the "ford" logo in the trunk lid. I'll also be doing away with the blue oval on the front.

We'll be getting to the drum to disc swap in the next few weeks. New driveshaft, h pipe, headers, rebuilt engine put back in.

That's the plan anyway.
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Old 08-07-2011, 10:10 AM   #40
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The floors are done, those took a while. There was a lot of patch work to do. I've seen a lot of newer cars look far worse under the carpet.

We also completed the bumper and areas around the door hinges.

We're onto the front fenders, they're just being prepped for primer and then we have some door work to do. I have 6 doors, we'll just pick the best 2 and go with it.

I can see the end of the metal work in the near future, very happy about that.

Roughed in floor
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Passenger side floor. It's sealed on the top and bottom.
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Drivers side floor.
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Bumper done
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Prepping the fenders. 5.0 logos will be deleted.
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