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A woman's project: 68 Fastback

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Old 11-30-2010, 06:12 PM   #201
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I find a little funny that you are concerned about the original radio after all the mods you've done. It does look good though.
I know what she means. I really don't think you can improve on the deluxe interior. It's classy and classic.
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Old 12-01-2010, 05:46 AM   #202
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Looking good! What's next?
Well, our fenders need a LOT of work. As tempting as it has been to buy repops, we have been told by numerous people how horrible the fitment is... even original Ford tooling supposedly aren't much better. So while Aaron patches and welds and grinds on the fenders, I'll be starting the body work in the engine bay. Lots of work ahead of us.

Mr.Velocity, looking forward to seeing Pics! Please keep us updated.

As far as the radio, I guess maybe it sounds hypacritical, but keeping the interior as close to original 67 deluxe as possible has been my goal. The only modification that will be made to the interior are those which are specific to Eleanor, such as the steering wheel, go-baby-go shifter, nitrous switch plate and tach. I want it to look like a "hotrodded" 67 GT500 from the era, which is what Eleanor was afterall. With the exception of this radio, this is what the interior will look like.

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Thanks again for the encouragement. This is a lot of work.
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Old 12-01-2010, 06:59 AM   #203
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Watching you build your Eleanor makes me want to build one. You two are doing some awesome work and it will be awesome just from the attention to detail you are putting into it. I wish my rebuild of my 69 was going as fast but since I do not have the tools or knowledge yet to do it myself I'm in line behind a few other cars.

I've said it before but I love the Lecarra Wheel that you chose. Friend of mine did the same thing when he built his 67 convertible Shelby clone. I went with the leather wrapped one for the 69.

Do you plan on just using a dash speaker up front to keep it closer to original or do you plan on adding the kickpanels that have the speakers hidden behind it? I'm just curious since you said you'll go with a hidden aftermarket radio in the dash if you plan to add some updated speakers for music or just use the engine for your tunes.

Great job so far and I love all the updates. Someday I hope to post as quickly as you two are doing on this one. By the way have you decided what you'll do with the other 67 you bought? Sorry for all the questions but been busy the past few weeks with work and getting ready to go back to school again for a different degree.
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Old 12-01-2010, 12:15 PM   #204
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quick question how do those full quarters fit do they line up nice.
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Old 12-03-2010, 07:02 AM   #205
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Watching you build your Eleanor makes me want to build one. You two are doing some awesome work and it will be awesome just from the attention to detail you are putting into it. I wish my rebuild of my 69 was going as fast but since I do not have the tools or knowledge yet to do it myself I'm in line behind a few other cars.

I've said it before but I love the Lecarra Wheel that you chose. Friend of mine did the same thing when he built his 67 convertible Shelby clone. I went with the leather wrapped one for the 69.

Do you plan on just using a dash speaker up front to keep it closer to original or do you plan on adding the kickpanels that have the speakers hidden behind it? I'm just curious since you said you'll go with a hidden aftermarket radio in the dash if you plan to add some updated speakers for music or just use the engine for your tunes.

Great job so far and I love all the updates. Someday I hope to post as quickly as you two are doing on this one. By the way have you decided what you'll do with the other 67 you bought? Sorry for all the questions but been busy the past few weeks with work and getting ready to go back to school again for a different degree.
Thank you so much for all of the kind words. You are doing a nice job on your project, it is quite the learning experience and a lot of work. In the end it will be nice to look back and know that you did it yourself. Keep up the great work. As for our progress, I have to owe it to my husband, he is very talented and a hard worker. I am fortunate that we have the tools and lots of connections to get the job done.

We will either keep the dash speaker or consider kick panels with speakers. Not sure if I like the fact of seeing the speakers in the kick panels or if there is a better way to hide them. I would like the stereo to be as concealed as possible.

We don't know what we're going to do with the other car yet. We can let it sit while hopefully appreciating in value, we could try and flip it, we could hold on to it and restore it over time.. we don't know yet. I'm up for trades if anything ever came up.

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quick question how do those full quarters fit do they line up nice.
Yeah, they are okay - but with everything, they needed some work and adjusting.


So last night we stopped at our local powder coat shop. We picked out a color for the front and rear suspension, inculding the rear end housing. I don't want to be boring and just do it in black, so I thought maybe this color would give a little contrast. With everything, I'm always scared of making the wrong decision and than regretting later. What do you all think of this color? It is called Silver Vein.

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Again, here is the underside of the car:

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Here is what will be powdercoated. Everything that is blue in this pic will be coated:

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I couldn't find a good pic of the front suspension, so here everything that is black will get coated, plus the spindles. The cradle and entire engine bay will be coated the same as the underneath of the car, black U-Pol Raptor:

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Old 12-03-2010, 07:36 AM   #206
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I think that will look VERY cool! Especially with the color theme of the Eleanor!
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Old 12-03-2010, 10:19 AM   #207
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IMHO, No matter what color you choose, you'll see something or another color that will make you second guess what you chose. I'm happy with what I chose, but I'll see another cool car and be like, that is really neat looking. I guess I need more cars to paint!

I would go with something that is a little different, but not to far off course. That silver vein stuff looks cool, but the overall look is still black. Nothing wrong with black!
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Old 12-03-2010, 10:32 AM   #208
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Oh and by the way, I caught Gone in 60 Seconds last night on USA. Every time I see that movie, when they go to steal the '67, I get chills down my spine. I don't care what anyone says, that is a bad-*** car.
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Old 12-07-2010, 05:53 AM   #209
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Oh and by the way, I caught Gone in 60 Seconds last night on USA. Every time I see that movie, when they go to steal the '67, I get chills down my spine. I don't care what anyone says, that is a bad-*** car.
Yes, yes she is.

Have I mentioned how much I hate sanding? We are almost ready to shoot the second coat of epoxy primer, but there are still low spots. Ughh. I have a new appreciation for body work, it is not for me, let me tell ya.

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Last night we worked on fitting the suspension. My new rear end (haha) will be ready to pick up around the 20th, then we'll take all of the suspension parts to have powdercoated. It is necessary to fit these pieces before powdercoating or painting because they do take some "gentle persuasion."

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Old 12-07-2010, 07:35 AM   #210
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Yes, yes she is.

Have I mentioned how much I hate sanding? We are almost ready to shoot the second coat of epoxy primer, but there are still low spots. Ughh. I have a new appreciation for body work, it is not for me, let me tell ya.
You're not kidding, working on the car became a chore when we were doing body work. Every time we thought we had it just a spray of guide coat told us how wrong we were. I feel your pain

Look at the bright side, once it's done then you can start assembly. We're actually having fun on our build now, spending too much money but we're having fun.

Keep up the great work!!! She sure is turning out beautiful.
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Old 12-07-2010, 10:42 AM   #211
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I also saw Nicholas Cage and Gone in 60 Seconds the other day. That car is something else. It's amazing how many of the purists diss on Eleanor.. I give you guys all the credit in the world. Not only are you improving on a Famous AMERICAN Muscle car, you are turning it into a WORLD Famous Muscle car.

Keep up the great work.
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Yes, yes she is.

Have I mentioned how much I hate sanding? We are almost ready to shoot the second coat of epoxy primer, but there are still low spots. Ughh. I have a new appreciation for body work, it is not for me, let me tell ya.

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I remember working on the body, mixing the compound, spreading it on the car, then sanding. It seemed like I sanded off all the stuff I just put on, over and over again. It is a slow, painful process to get it right. Keep it up, it's coming along great.

Oh, and drink something with caffeine in it, it'll spaz you out and you'll sand faster.

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That's a tip I'll keep with me for the rest of my life.
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Old 12-07-2010, 08:30 PM   #214
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So my everyday after work glass of wine probably doesn't help me sand lol? Haha at least it helps keep me sane. For real though, this is the first time during this entire project that I legitimately had to walk away for a couple minutes to blow some steam off and take a breather. It does feel like a chore, and I don't enjoy it at all. BUT, after tonight I thought I would share how it panned out. All of the frustration, 4 letter words, and temper tantrums paid off. Here are some shots of the second coat of primer:

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Thank ALL of you for your encouraging and positive words! They help. Now on to the other side of the engine bay
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Man I usually get a bottle of jack and before I know it, its 3 am in the morning and id been working for 8 hours.
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Kind of a stupid question here but I have only worked with bondo once in my life. How well does it withstand heat? For instance in the engine bay like you have it. I know its not going to be say 1000 degrees in there and there is air flow to circulate but if you are on a 2-3 cruise, its going to be hot (warm). I am completely over thinking this and the primer and paint block most of the heat.
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Is it just me, or does it seem like this build is going really fast and smooth? Everything fits nice and everything is sunshine and roses. Really pisses me off that mine isn't going this good.

Ok, sorry about that. I feel better now.
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Are you using epoxy primer over your bodywork? Just curious because that's what I plan on doing with mine.
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Kind of a stupid question here but I have only worked with bondo once in my life. How well does it withstand heat? For instance in the engine bay like you have it. I know its not going to be say 1000 degrees in there and there is air flow to circulate but if you are on a 2-3 cruise, its going to be hot (warm). I am completely over thinking this and the primer and paint block most of the heat.
We are using Everglass, which is the green/blue filler you see, and then we used Quantum, which is the yellow. Both are very high quality products. The heat that the filler will see will not be an issue. They both hold up very well to heat. I understand your concern, but it is amazing how far these products have come in recent years.


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Is it just me, or does it seem like this build is going really fast and smooth? Everything fits nice and everything is sunshine and roses. Really pisses me off that mine isn't going this good.

Ok, sorry about that. I feel better now.
If I am fooling you by only showing you the "nice looking" pictures, making it look like this is a breeze; I should start putting up some not-so-good-looking pics. - But then I might bore you! If it helps, just realize we took this car home thinking that all it needed was two quarters and a paint job. The realization of what actually needed to be done was a nightmare in itself. Over a year later, we are finally done with just the metal work. It hasn't been without some blood (seriously), lots of sweat, and recently some tears (me and my body filling experience) that it has come this far.

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Yes we are. Although not entirely necessary after filler, we broke through to the bare metal and thought it best for some added insurance.
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Looks great so far...keep it up! Can't wait to see it done! One of these days I'll get back to my '71 project, haven't been able to touch it in 2 years! Getting back on it soon though, I'll post some pics one of these days too.
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