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  • Originally posted by Daan View Post


    Are the grilles the same year-to-year, or are they all different like the tail fins? Mine appear to be cracked and screwed together and I don’t relish looking for 56-only pieces...
    I'm afraid I don't know the answer to that. I'm sure someone will chime in that can help.

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    • Dreary day today, so going to work in my cramped garage instead. Really wasn't feeling it, but would have felt guilty if I didn't do something since there are millions of things to do.

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      Ground down what was left of the "pegs" that held the pan on. Drilled for screws to secure the pan.

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      Tried to mark out what I need to modify for the relief to accommodate the mounting protrusion on the grille.

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      Good as place to start as any, time for more hacking!

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      No turning back.

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      • Well, what do you know?

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        There is a difference between the 62 fender and 63.

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        I'm going to have to do something about that crease on the 63 fender.

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        • Since I'm just puttering today, I'm just going to do a couple more small jobs.

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          One of the small springs in my stash found a home. Thanks to the thread on the vent someone started, now I know it needed this spring. The door does work smoother now.

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          All my crawling in and out through the passenger side worried me that I would stomp on my brake lines through the access. placed some speed nuts on the opening and now I can climb around without worrying.

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          • Hi Topper, throughly enjoying your posts, I also have a 62 GT , so I know ever nook and cranny you're working on, keep up the good work. BTW I live half way round the world from you and we too have the noise police here and they live right next door! Cheers Harryhawk
            Last edited by Harryhawk; 12-12-2020, 10:27 PM.

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            • Originally posted by Harryhawk View Post
              Hi Topper, throughly enjoying your posts, I have a 62 GT also, so I know ever nook and cranny you're working on, keep up the good work. BTW I live half way round the world from you and we too have the noise police here and they live right next door! Cheers Harryhawk
              Thanks Harry. Hopefully yours was in better shape than mine and I'm sure you are having flashbacks. I know when I see other people starting out, I reflect that "I had to do that too".

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              • Well, you know when something you do turns into a "sh#t-show"? Ok, besides everything I'm touching on this car, it gets worse.

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                Under the center floor support, rot lurks, of course.

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                Very tempting to "pretend I didn't see it".

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                Oh, the humanity! I tried to save as much as possible and went over to my donor car for parts.

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                I know this part fits the opening as it was the part I foolishly thought I didn't need.

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                • I was so anxious to get this piece in and it was a late day.....

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                  I spent most of a day welding up the holes I should have done when it was off the car.

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                  I need this part.

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                  It's close. I still have to finish the floor on this side and make up the cross piece it attaches to.

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                  • I did finish boxing in the inner rocker on this side, but couldn't paint it with the clogged nozzles on three cans of paint I have laying around.

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                    I was using this stripper solution on my little eBay lower front fender trim.

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                    I bought this in the early 80's to refinish a desk. It worked then. The paint on the part laughed at it. Time for some new stuff.

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                    New stuff.

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                    • 6 hours later....

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                      Chemical warfare on this trim! Time for a second round on this. If it works here, I'll do the right grille and pan. I'd better see if there is anymore rust lurking under the center brace.

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                      Ok, hopefully I can just spray in the frame encapsulator from Eastwood and call it. Time to quit for the day.

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                      • Wow! Where did this car come from Roland? I'm guessing right on the waters edge of the bay. Or was it actually in it? That's a lot-o-rust, and its in everything, places you don't usually see that much rust.

                        In high school I had a '65 Mustang convertable like that. It spent it's life before me on the coast in Pacifica. It was 9 years old when I got it. (newest car I've got now just turned 20, got it new) By time I sold the Mustang, I too had replaced almost all of the body due to rust from it's time in Pacifica.
                        I made the lower half of the left rear fender out of a '55 Chevy hood! They were just scrap metal then. Now that I think about it, by time I sold it I had replaced everything but the dashboard, roof mechanism and rear interior upholstery panels. Still have its original engine though. This is the second car I had it in, don't have that car any more either, but still have the engine and trans.
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                        • Originally posted by bensherb View Post
                          Wow! Where did this car come from Roland? I'm guessing right on the waters edge of the bay. Or was it actually in it? That's a lot-o-rust, and its in everything, places you don't usually see that much rust.

                          In high school I had a '65 Mustang convertable like that. It spent it's life before me on the coast in Pacifica. It was 9 years old when I got it. (newest car I've got now just turned 20, got it new) By time I sold the Mustang, I too had replaced almost all of the body due to rust from it's time in Pacifica.
                          I made the lower half of the left rear fender out of a '55 Chevy hood! They were just scrap metal then. Now that I think about it, by time I sold it I had replaced everything but the dashboard, roof mechanism and rear interior upholstery panels. Still have its original engine though. This is the second car I had it in, don't have that car any more either, but still have the engine and trans.
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                          Rick, it's the proverbial "Grand pa's hammer". Pacifica, where even wood rust. Not sure where it's spent it's life, somewhere wet no doubt, or maybe the windows were always down? Maybe it was built on a Friday and the primer painter was on break when it went down the line.
                          Last edited by Topper2011; 12-18-2020, 05:57 AM.

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                            Well, it's official, I'm terrible at welding, especially plug welding.

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                            On the plus side, the paint stripper worked pretty well.

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                            I'm thinking of fixing the pits with the lead, but not sure it will stick in this case.

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                            • Actually your welding has improved by leaps and bounds. You just need to practice your plug welds at a slower wire speed and higher amps. What you have are clean, just not penetrated enough to my eye. I just don't see any heat spread into the surrounding metal.

                              Bob

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                              • Originally posted by sweetolbob View Post
                                Actually your welding has improved by leaps and bounds. You just need to practice your plug welds at a slower wire speed and higher amps. What you have are clean, just not penetrated enough to my eye. I just don't see any heat spread into the surrounding metal.

                                Bob
                                Thanks Bob, I was doing the exact opposite, lower amps and more speed. I will do that on Monday.

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