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Old 08-27-2011, 10:38 PM   #1
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Default 65 Mustang project Update 9-23-11

I took a little inspiration from GOOD12HAV, and thought I might log some of the progress on my 65 project. I bought the car about two years ago and it looked pretty good from the curb. It was raining and I had my little boy with me so I didn't look at the car as well as I should have. Well, later I figured out the car had been hit in the drivers side door and messed up the A and B piller post, the rocker panel, and hit so hard it wrinkled the dash in the middle.
I don't have many picks of the car before I tore it down so you will have to work with me and I'll try to catch you up to date. I tore the car down and built a body dolly for it and had it blasted and then shot it with some cheap primer to protect it. I started with the front replacing the rad support and the two front aprons. After that I have moved to the drivers rocker and the two posts. The body guy that fixed the car before me was a master of Bondo. Some places were close to a inch thick.

Here is the only pick I have before we tore it down


These are my two helpers

Back from the blaster with the front parts installed


I know this side looks great? The blaster does not take off the Bondo because of heat. There is half a inch of Bondo on the rocker and half to three quarters on the rear panel. Both A and B piller are crunched up bad.

Might be able to see how the rocker is rolled in.



Cut out the old rocker abd B pillar
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Old 08-27-2011, 10:40 PM   #2
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Dash and A pillar removed.


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Old 08-27-2011, 11:19 PM   #3
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i like what i see so far, keep the pictures coming
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Old 08-28-2011, 01:22 PM   #4
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I welded in the new rocker panel today and added the new/used, A and B posts I took off a doner car. The new "complete rocker" was kinda crummy! It was a inch and a half shorter than the factory piece, so I had to cut the lip that goes to the rear wheel house and I will section a patch later when I fix the inner fender. The rocker was also 5/8" wider than factory. In the photos you can see the A abd B posts dont come across the rocker like they should. I will get some scrap metal and trim them later. I am waiting for my lower cowls to come in and I will start there next. Brent



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Old 08-28-2011, 01:26 PM   #5
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This is the rear of the rocker as it goes into the wheel house. Its over a inch short.

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Old 08-28-2011, 01:28 PM   #6
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This is the replacment rocker compared to the factory rocker.

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Old 08-28-2011, 03:00 PM   #7
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Looks like a nice project, what brand was that rocker?
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Old 08-28-2011, 07:10 PM   #8
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It came from NPD. Not sure of the brand. Brent
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Got a little extra time today and cut out and welded in the lower cowl patch panels. They are products from Spectra Premium and they fit great.





Ready to primer and weld back together.


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Old 09-23-2011, 07:33 PM   #10
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If you are looking for a spot weld cutter...this is the coolest thing around. HTP Spot Weld Cutter. Cuts great and has a depth gauage so you don't go through both panels. Also has a ton of tourqe.


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