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Old 03-01-2010, 10:52 PM
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Default 1959 T-Bird Build

I thought I would post some pictures of a 1959 T-Bird that I am building. My hope is that I can share some of my experience to others that are building a car.
The first pictures are what it looked like before I started on it. I was skeptical of it from the beginning, but I like a challenge and couldn’t wait to tear into it. I think the paint and body repair were about 15- 20 yrs old.



This is what was hiding under the paint. The right rear ¼ is a fiberglass skin pop riveted on and covered in thick bondo. Both sides of the frame behind the wheel were covered in fiberglass and undercoated to hide the repair. Pretty shoddy work even in the time frame it was done in.








I got to get to work. I'll post so more later in the week.

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Old 03-01-2010, 11:21 PM
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Jeez..... it looks like a pretty nice car you are starting with.

Just needs a re-paint and some new sheet metal?
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Old 03-01-2010, 11:29 PM
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Jeez..... it looks like a pretty nice car you are starting with.

Just needs a re-paint and some new sheet metal?
No kidding.... I'll trade you 59s.
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Old 03-02-2010, 06:45 AM
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Hey Keith,
She still is a good looking old Bird. Take your time and fix her back right! Keep us posted.
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Old 03-02-2010, 11:17 AM
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it's time to get out the the cut off wheels and the welder. I'm sure we will all follow with interest. Just keep your eye on the prize, and have at it. Mike

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Old 03-02-2010, 12:13 PM
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Here are a couple more shots of it before.



Looks can be decieving.

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Old 03-02-2010, 12:31 PM
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Got some pictures of what has been done.






Lots of work.

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So you are doing the bodywork yourself?

If I had the ability to deal with bodywork, I would sure be ahead of the game on my cars.
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Yes sir, that is correct. This is my full time hobby on nights and weekends.

Work in a factory by day. Got off night shift a few years ago.

Keith

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If I had the ability to deal with bodywork, I would sure be ahead of the game on my cars.
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Old 03-02-2010, 02:05 PM
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That is a sweet looking 'bird.

Keith

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it's time to get out the the cut off wheels and the welder. I'm sure we will all follow with interest. Just keep your eye on the prize, and have at it. Mike

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