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Old 09-23-2011, 08:29 PM
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Thank you for the information on the fender skirts. However, it will not be a problem on this car as I do not intend to use them. I want the Magnum 500 wheels that are on it to show.

I know this car will never be considered show quality. However, what it will be is a good looking, safe, daily driver that will give me years of pleasure.

The way I am having it repaired is not to make it totally stock, but to make it safe and reliable.
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Old 09-24-2011, 02:09 PM
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Wow, that's some work. I have mixed feelings about what you're doing here. On one hand, a convertible is being saved, on the other hand, what looks like a straight, solid coupe is being sacrificed to save the convertible that was very far gone. I guess the convertible is the more desirable car, just a shame to cut up what seems like a solid car.

I'd love to see more pics of how that tubing fits up in there. My convertible is a CA car, and is mostly quite solid underneath. The outer rockers have some bondo, however, and your pics have me worried about what I might find once I dig in there someday.
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Old 09-24-2011, 07:08 PM
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I too thought long and hard before deciding to let them cut up the parts car. However, when it came right down to it, there was no other place to get the wheelhouses, they do not sell those. To make them would have been tremendously expensive. In addition, there were other parts I needed also.

To have put that coupe back in a roadworthy condition would have cost as much to do as the convertible and it would not have been worth it in the end. As it is that old parts car has provided needed parts to two of our members and may provide others with more parts in the future.

The inner rockers on that car are still good and could be cut out and used on another car in the future. I elected to go with the rectangular tubing repair because I was not concerned whether my car was in original condition. However someone that is restoring may need those inner rockers someday.

So the Coupe is not being wasted, it is being used, it was going to the crusher when Jax saved it.

As far as your convertible dgs, hopefully you will not find that since yours is a California car. My convertible came from Michigan, snow, salt on the roads, etc. I knew I would have to do rust repair, I was just surprised at how much, cause it looked so good on the outside.

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Old 09-25-2011, 08:31 PM
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I just got in my valve covers and air filter for the 390 I am intending to install in my convertible. Here is a picture of the engine. The carb is not the right one and the headers will not fit the T-Bird, but the engine is almost ready.
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Old 09-26-2011, 09:10 AM
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Very nice!
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Old 10-04-2011, 04:48 PM
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Here is an update on my 59 Convertible which I have decided to name "Betty Mae" after my late wife who I
took on our first date in a light blue 59 Thunderbird.

The inner rocker panels are all repaired as well as the wheelhousings and floors. The new rockers and quarter panels have been installed and they are starting the body work before paint.
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Old 10-04-2011, 09:45 PM
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Lawyercalif,

That is some top notch work you are having done there! Love the motor!

I look forward to seeing more on your build.
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Old 10-04-2011, 10:11 PM
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I just did the rockers and quarters on my '59 conv't and I was disappointed in the quality (or lack of) of the replacement panels. The creases are no where near as sharp as the factory panels and the beveled lip around the wheel well was not formed like the original. It took a ton of work to get them to look half decent. As Carl mentioned getting the skirts to fit right was a real headache. And these were made in the US.
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Old 10-05-2011, 08:19 PM
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Since my previous quarter panels were reproductions also and they were riveted in place with the rivets showing through the paint, I find no fault with the new quarter panels that were just welded onto my car. However, I have owned a total of five squarebirds in my life and I guess I just never noticed how clean those lines should look.

When I compare these reproductions to the quarters on the 59 Coupe I just traded to the body shop, I still cannot see a real difference. However my body work is still in progress so I guess I will hold judgment until after I see what they look like with paint.

Since my car will be more of a resto-rod, I am not using fender skirts so that is not a problem for me.
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Old 10-08-2011, 05:28 PM
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Getting closer. Paint coming soon.
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