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  • Only a limited amount of working time today.

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    Finally, the trough is off.

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    Monday, I have to do this again on the old floor. Should go a lot faster though.

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    • Well Monday came and went.

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      I have to do some floor repair of my ham-fisted work. It was a little thin in those areas anyway. I also removed the seat belt mount from the hump. I'm going to use it for a reinforcement for the new seats.

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      Getting it closer to where I going to start fitting it. A lot lighter anyway.

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      • Today, I cut some more from the car.

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        As you can see, I removed the passenger door as well with my newly broken #4 Posi-drive, 4 screws short of removing the hinges.

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        Less and less floor. Waiting for more rust treatment to show up so I can do the trough before the floor goes in.

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        • I don't know how others have the patience to chase all the little rotted metal. The more coating I removed, the more holes I found. This floor was undercoated pretty well, but maybe that just held the moisture in.

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          This small project took me all day to get to this point. Still need to finish tack welding, seam sealer and punch the holes in it for the mounting bolts.

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          • Surprise! More floor work.

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            I try not to waste scrap metal and used this disc, I cut out of the new trunk sheet metal, just fits the old master cylinder access.


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            In the middle of this, I ran out of Mig wire. Good thing I had some laying around.

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            This stuff seemed ok and I'm not good enough to tell the difference between the Forney or Lincoln I've used in the past. It did seem easier to grind down though.
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            Almost there.

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            • Of course I mis-measured the opening I needed for the Turner master cylinder

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              Viola! New location! This should allow me better access to the dual master's rear reservoir now. I also primed the underside so I can seam seal the bottom and throw some paint on.

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              • You know when you wish you had something the day before you needed it?

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                So, hobbling around, I didn't get much done.

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                Cleaned up and filled the rust pits on the passenger side vent door.

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                Well that turned out terrible. The paint ended up getting little blisters that have to be sanded and repainted.

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                • Roland, what are your plans for the car once it is finished?
                  RadioRoy, specializing in AM/FM conversions with auxiliary inputs for iPod/satellite/CD player. In the old car radio business since 1985.

                  17A-S2 - 50 Commander convertible
                  10G-C1 - 51 Champion starlight coupe
                  10G-Q4 - 51 Champion business coupe
                  4H-K5 - 53 Commander starliner hardtop
                  5H-D5 - 54 Commander Conestoga wagon
                  56B-D4 - 56 Commander station wagon
                  60V-L6 - 60 Lark convertible

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                  • Originally posted by RadioRoy View Post
                    Roland, what are your plans for the car once it is finished?
                    Simple, drive the heck out of it. Although, it may never be finished.

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                    • Yesterday it rained and my plants were happy. Today started cloudy, but the sun did make an appearance.

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                      Of course, more floor work.

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                      The rust looks worse than it is, you should see what I cut out. Mostly surface rust.

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                      It's going to need a bit of trimming before it fits well enough to start welding.

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                      • Where the heck is my rust penetrant?


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                        oops

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                        • Originally posted by Topper2011 View Post
                          Time to drag everything out into the light.

                          I emptied the slurry from the tank getting it ready to send out to have cleaned and coated.

                          Between all that junk in the trunk and the cut out trailer support, I've lightened this car by over 150lbs. Now that the tank is out. I'll be looking into replacing the trunk floor. I'm done for today, time to catch up on my Tour De France watching. Work tomorrow.
                          Wow! I can't believe the hitch bar was solid, no wonder took so long to cut out. And the fuel sending unit, double wow.

                          Mike
                          Mike and Dawn

                          '61 Champ

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                          • Hi Mike! You made it over here.

                            Well, guess what? More floor work. Doing a little grinding, cutting and massaging of the floor.

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                            Looks like it meets up with the trough.

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                            It looks weldable now.

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                            • It drizzled in the morning and didn't clear until around 1pm. I did make it out to the car as I wanted to POR-15 the rust spots and coat the inner rocker.

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                              I used Eastwood's Frame spray with the long tube. It sure beats cutting this open to treat the rust or taping a bunch of aerosol straws together to get in here. Really messy process though. I should have taken more pictures, but it was getting late.

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                              • More trimming, more welding and more fitting. It was pretty close and time to POR-15 the rusty bits hidden once things were welded together.

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                                I am planning on putting in retracting three point set belts so I added a reinforced mounting hole.

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                                This is a reinforcement bracket at the end of the door opening. Hope I "dead reckoned" it well enough.

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