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Old 04-30-2012, 04:19 PM
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Congrats, I'm sure everyone is looking forward to seeing this progress,
thanks for sharing.
Before you write off the engine, have you checked it yourself? pull the plugs and squirt some oil in the cylinders and later on try to turn it.
Hey.... you never know.
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Old 05-07-2012, 08:04 AM
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Hi guys, next install.
So cleared out the back garage and parked up the new girl. Started removing the remaining interior, outer stainless trim and bumpers. We were able to remove the entire loom, labeling each section or plug, and taking plenty of detail pics.
All bolts and small brackets are going into zip-loc sandwich bags and being labeled. Although time consuming at first, this process saves a lot of time when bolting parts back together. Every thing will either go through our small media blast unit, wire wheel or handed to a mate for power coating. Its great to have mates in different industries that can really help, and save some coin in the process.
All the bumpers pieces will be sent to a guy who straightens, and welds any damage that needs attention. These bars are pretty good, but I recon there's a lot of work for the plating. Also sending the inner side roof rails and front windscreen trims. I'm not looking forward to the chrome plating bill, but great chrome is so important on an old classic.
I'm thinking we'll replace all the side glass and windscreen. The rear glass looks pretty good with only a few minor scratches. Couple of pics of dis-assembly before heading to the beaters
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Old 05-07-2012, 11:12 AM
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WOW!!!

You guys ARE getting busy!!

Thanks for sharing these pics. Smart on bagging, labeling, & taking lots of pics too.

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Old 05-07-2012, 12:16 PM
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Lots of great progress!

I always wondered why you had to go to the grocer to get the nice zip-loc parts bags - you mean those things are actually made to put sandwiches in ??

We did the same thing with the baggies and parts on the '57 MGA we restored recently and the other 2 MG's we are restoring now. Works out great. Funny how folks from different parts of the world use the same process.

I have a non-A/C heater plenum (no heater core) left over from when I was putting A/C on my car - bought an extra one thinking I might need to modify it for the A/C install but never used it. If you need it just let me know - but I think you said the car was mostly complete.

x2 on sharing the pics - that's great.
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Old 05-08-2012, 09:32 PM
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You might want to check the glass before you replace them to see if it's got the original Ford logo and proper date code. Kinda neat to have if they are the originals.
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Well your right Dgs, but the original glass has moisture damage between the layers of glass, and one piece is cracked. The guy doing the side glass says he is now able to print the old logos onto the new glass. Not sure about the date code. I would love to use the original stuff, but its just not up to the standard I need.
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Old 05-14-2012, 02:43 AM
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Love Tbird (and old car) saves. You guys are doing great. Looking forward to more postings.
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Old 05-16-2012, 06:43 AM
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Back again. This is what a square bird looks like in boxes. Seems there are parts everywhere. Bumpers in wraps, boxes of brackets and stainless trim, door and window mechanisms. A whole box full of sandwich bags containing screws and bolts. You have to be methodical when pulling parts. Its so easy to loose a small bracket or a couple of screws. Each section of parts is labeled and boxed before the next is removed. Everything is being stored in a small garage at the side of the house.
With the bird near totally stripped, I trailered her down to Sydney town to the panel shop. And the old girl got plenty of attention along the way from passing motorists.
Dave is the panel guy and he wasted no time in tearing into that caved in quarter. Now this car came with two rear quarter panel repair sections. Dave is only using the lower, choosing to straighten the upper section himself. I really take my hat off to these metal workers. To have the ability to cut and stretch and bring back the original shape is a true skill. It took little time for Dave to bring back the beautiful lines of this old bird. There is a bus load of smaller repairs to take care of, but the shell will get soda blasted next. This will reveal any little surprises we have not found yet. And its not a cheap process. About 2k for a car this size. Couple of pics of the parts storage and the quarter repair.
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Old 05-16-2012, 06:51 AM
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Pics of the repair.
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Old 05-16-2012, 08:30 AM
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Wow - nice panel repair and I agree that the metal folks can sure work some magic - my attempt to fabricate a metal A/C duct worked but I sure am glad it is hidden.

You're moving along nicely on the resto - very quick in fact.

Thanks for the update - really like the pics - keep them coming!

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