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PostPosted: Wed, Nov 05 2014, 7:56 am    Post subject: 68 Torino Reply with quote

I figured I would post up some pictures of the Vickie's car to keep track of and keep me and her motivated to get it done.

The starting point.







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PostPosted: Thu, Nov 06 2014, 8:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fastback Torinos are cool. That body might actually be in better shape than it looks. Enjoy the project.
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PostPosted: Tue, Nov 11 2014, 8:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Body is really solid compared to a Michigan car. I have seen people do quick patches on the stuff I am cutting out and replacing but I am not one of them.

Here is Vickie helping out on her car. She stripped most of the paint off the sheet metal. I am blasting the front end and the rest will get cleaned up as needed.

And having way to much fun with the paint stripper.







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PostPosted: Sun, Jan 25 2015, 7:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Installed the left rear floor today.
I never worked in a body shop only a restoration shop so the way I do them may be different then others.
Once I had the new floor I could see how much it would cover. I have seen people cut out part then order the new one and find that it does not cover the hole they have.

I only want to replace what needs to be replace and easily welded up.

I cut out the old floor then trimmed the new floor to sit down in as close to the original as possible.
I marked the frame rail locations, and the floor that are still there.
I cut the old floor out in the center of the frame rails or at least tried to. This way I can weld them in without welding on the bottom side.
Trimmed some more and set them in. Pan are either butt welded together on the frame rails or overlapped about 1/2 to 1" .
Drilled hole over the frame rails to plug weld, ground all the burs off.
I also sprayed some paint inside the rails to help them last longer.
Put the floor back in, clamped it down as best possible and welded from the center out. In the areas I could not clamp I use my long pry bar to put between my shoulder and the pan and push it tight. Tacking these spots and then hammering the seams works well.
After the top is all welded in I go under the car and weld up the bottom side. When I had a plasma cutter I would trim the lower floor to within a 1/4" of the inner weld (make a nice finish that way).
After everything is welded up I grind down my welds and weld up any pin holes that I missed.
If this was a show car I would skim the bottom with a coat of duraglass and hide the weld completely.
I will cover all the inside welds with seam sealer when the car is ready for paint.











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PostPosted: Sun, Jan 25 2015, 9:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That looks pretty good from here.
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PostPosted: Mon, Jan 26 2015, 9:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice work. It's going to be a great car.
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PostPosted: Wed, Jul 01 2015, 6:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have been picking away at the car a little bit at time. Finished up the battery apron last night.
They discontinued the reproduction aprons for the 68-69 Torinos so this is a 69 Mustang apron. Not a good match to start with but it worked out after some pounding and welding.




Left over parts and the Bus tray that was in there before.


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PostPosted: Wed, Jul 01 2015, 9:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Not a good match to start with but it worked out after some pounding and welding.


So about the same way as they fit on Mustangs.

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PostPosted: Wed, Jul 01 2015, 11:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

With the Mustang, you only have to trim an inch off the shock tower side. I had to trim six to eight inches off all sides. Live and learn.
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PostPosted: Wed, Jul 01 2015, 5:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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With the Mustang, you only have to trim an inch off the shock tower side.
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I had to trim six to eight inches off all sides.
Live and learn.


You trimmed it twice & it was STILL too small Question Question Rolling Eyes Laughing

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PostPosted: Tue, Oct 06 2015, 7:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep, it's a 60's Ford. Fixing the cowl rust so I can move on to replacing the upper floor on the drivers side. Thanks Don.


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PostPosted: Tue, Oct 06 2015, 10:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I went through the same thing on a '66 Fairlane ..( My son's first car ) .. Neat place to store water & leaves & junk on those cars ,huh Question

AND an easy, convenient place to properly repair too... Shocked

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PostPosted: Sun, Oct 11 2015, 12:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Give them this...Ford duplicated both strengths and weaknesses throughout their compact and midsize models.
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PostPosted: Mon, Oct 12 2015, 9:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Give them this...Ford duplicated both strengths and weaknesses throughout their compact and midsize models.


And they ALWAYS learned from their mistakes ... Remember the recall on the Taurus to install the water "dam" in the same area so water in the cowl would not drain down through the heater air inlet Question Idea


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I have been working on Vance's Chevy II and my interior so the Torino was just sitting.
Back at it yesterday and I spent 8 hours fabricating up a new cowl patch. I cut most of the rust out and started with a plate to hold the air vent. Need to cut the center of that out now and install the inside ring. Then I weld the patch back into the dash.

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Hope to get Vance's car off to the alignment shop and exhaust shop next week so we can start wet sanding an buffing the paint out on this one. That's a LOT sanding for a guy who hates sanding anything.



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Nice! It's came a long way.

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Looking good. I worked with a guy who still has his 69 fastback that he bought new. It's the lime gold with the side stripe and 390 4 speed. Before he retired before me, he'd said that the whole car had been repainted once, the front fenders replaced and the engine rebuilt. I don't remember how many miles he has on it, but it still looked new that last time I saw it. Next time I'm up his way, I'll have to stop by to see if he still has it.
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PostPosted: Thu, Jun 09 2016, 6:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

39deluxe wrote:
Nice! It's came a long way.

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Trick of hand Tom.
The black car is a parts car or a 20 foot car.
The previous owner spent way to much time hiding the problems instead of fixing them.


58 Yeoman, these are pretty cars and not a lot of them out there. We purchase our first 68 Fastback in the late 90's and I told Vickie it needed to much work for me to fix it....Wish I had fixed it. 390 GT with white interior and power brakes and steering.


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