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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 06-02-2019, 08:09 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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Finally getting started. . .

Finally cut off one of the horrid repairs on the quarter panel, three layers of wrong! It is going to be right when I get done.
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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 06-06-2019, 08:59 PM
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Hurts to cut in, doesn't it?

I assume you are going to replace the wheel well housing as well? I'll be watching, as I have a small spot developing on the rear bottom quarter but I suspect there may be more behind the scenes...
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66 My dad had three of them back in the day. One was white, another aqua and a metallic brown/bronze. I did my first bit of wrenching on one of them, replacing the water pump on one of them (supervised, of course) ;D

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post #4 of 16 (permalink) Old 06-07-2019, 11:28 PM
 
 
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Wow, have at it. Looks like a great start.
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post #5 of 16 (permalink) Old 06-08-2019, 09:43 AM Thread Starter
 
 
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yeah marsmann, new outer wheel house is on the way. Once I cut the armor plating out of the trunk, I knew nothing would match up right if I didn't replace everything. You can't believe the truly terrible job done on the quarter - there was a giant section cut out around the wheel opening, and another piece fitted over the wheel, then more pieces scabbed in at the front and rear of the wheel. Then a bucket of putty. I don't even know if the scrap guy will take it!
After that, I have to do the same to the other side. Then repair the floors. It'll be fun, we've done this before!

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post #6 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-11-2019, 05:34 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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One side done, starting on the other.

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post #7 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-11-2019, 10:27 PM
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I'm probably too late with this, but since you've got the other side still - Don't let the 'hips' of those quarters sink in on you when you cut the bottoms of them out. (ask me how I'm aware <eye-roll>)

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I'm probably too late with this, but since you've got the other side still - Don't let the 'hips' of those quarters sink in on you when you cut the bottoms of them out. (ask me how I'm aware <eye-roll>)
Not sure I understand what you mean.

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There is a natural curve outward of the quarter panel around the wheel well area.
It's the widest part of the car.
When you cut off the lower part of the quarterpanel you lose structural integrity of the panel and that wide part 'falls in' . It makes the car narrower there above the wheel well.
If you look down the length of the car, the quarter panels flare out like a woman's hips.
I have pics but they are at home.......



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Nope, still there. They go right up against the outer wheel house. I cut it off 2" below the crease, not at it, where the patch panel extends to.
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Side two, same deal. . . .

Notice how badly 'repaired' the wheel opening is, I'm assuming the chunk missing is from the 'lost rear end' episode the previous owner had.

Cutting out the bad, getting ready to fit in the new.

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post #12 of 16 (permalink) Old 09-27-2019, 07:05 AM Thread Starter
 
 
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I've been busy, would have been more so, but the Father in law's welder took a dump, so I bought a new one - you won't be seeing the Hobart in any more pics!

Side two done. . . .


Rear seat platform in. . . .


Floor pan ready to go in. . . . .


Took off the fender and found a hunk of 1" square tubing welded to the inside of the radiator support and on top of the washer where it mounts to the frame. <rolls eyes> I cut that off and am making a new mount that the battery acid ruined at some point.
Couple steps forward, a couple steps back - the usual when doing something like this. We'll get there!
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post #13 of 16 (permalink) Old 09-27-2019, 11:45 AM
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Floor pan? How are you going to start or stop the car if you can not stick your feet down to the ground? Yabadaba Doo!

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Floor pan? How are you going to start or stop the car if you can not stick your feet down to the ground? Yabadaba Doo!

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He he, that would only work for 'back seat drivers'!!

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Finishing the floors, it looks like it was a standard at some point.

Then I found this - who does this?! I guess I should be happy they didn't use a torch.

Anyway, finally in.

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post #16 of 16 (permalink) Old Yesterday, 12:27 PM
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My tunnel was similar from a kid that moved the manual column 3-speed down to the floor and brutally hacked up the tunnel.

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