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    Quote Originally Posted by marquisman View Post
    noice work. if i was in a country where unibody cars, id wanna show off my frame too! lol what kinda wheels are gonna go on the car?
    Good question.
    Don't know yet.
    But they must be at least 20" and tuck up under the bodywork. May even go for bigger at the back but keep the stance low. The DUB look if you know what i mean.

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    i cant wait to see the finnished product. you have a expected finnish date?

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    Quote Originally Posted by andyfanshawe View Post
    Although it looks orange in the photo.

    Andy.
    lol, when I first saw the picture, i immediately asked myself, "why the hell would he paint a ford frame chevy orange?" Then I read the caption. It looks good. I also want to know what wheels are going on it, as well as what color you plan on painting it (to go with the red frame)
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    Welcome! You're extremely ambitious, lol. I can't wait to see the finished product, judging by the quality and thoroughness of the work thus far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marquisman View Post
    i cant wait to see the finnished product. you have a expected finnish date?
    A good question. I have a weeks holiday from the 12th feb. The plans are to get the frame back then and start to assemble the car. This is assuming the body mounts arrive, the required spacers arrive and the weather permits.

    By the end of feb I want the car running again and roadworthy. Then I will shake down any faults and then start to prep the car for a paint job. ie door handles and locks removed, fuel filler door relocated, top of A post repaired (rotten and cracked), heater core changed, wood removed, rear bumper tucked in closer and profile changed , bottom of rear quarter reprofiled, rear inner wheelarch removed fully and redesigned....etc. Then the paint scheme (not quite sure what yet) then air suspension install, custom exhaust, wheels and tyres, and we are done.
    All by end of May please...............:smirk:

    BUT, we all know cars are never finished, and I think of things as I am going along. The original intention was for the car to tow our caravan to car shows and mini breaks but I have bought a Chrysler Voyager to do that task now. So I can do what I like to this car! This is my little toy plaything
    Who knows what it will turn into?
    The front needs changing as well, the rear lights need modernising (LED conversion), possible gfx designed built and fitted, digital dash built and fitted, major in car entertainment fitted..............etc.
    This car is so big anything is possible.

    What can YOU do with a blank canvas?

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    welcome to gmn mang glad your over here I enjoyed reading your progress so far on the car on cvn hope you get the info you need. I'm looking foward to seeing your progress

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    Quote Originally Posted by hemihotrod402 View Post
    lol, when I first saw the picture, i immediately asked myself, "why the hell would he paint a ford frame chevy orange?" Then I read the caption. It looks good. I also want to know what wheels are going on it, as well as what color you plan on painting it (to go with the red frame)
    Hi.
    Don't know what wheels are going to be on it yet. It will be in the DUBS style though with big wheels tucked up underneath. Thats the interesting part though.....drooling over wheels and then choosing! That can be the reward for all the hard work.
    But then again, the inner wheelarches at the back have to be cut out and reprofiled so I need a rough idea of the size.

    The paint scheme is also an unknown at the mo, Designs are being drawn up. In true overhaulin' style! i want the top bit all black to go with the limo tint windows. Under that..who knows?

    Heres a couple of views of the top bit as may want it. Futuristic looking.





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    My dream wagon top is to redo the tailgate as a liftgate, possibly a little like what's on an Explorer or Expedition. And of course, ditch the stock roof rack and build a removable rack that's actually useful. Not that that's all that relavent for a lowrider, but still.

    A guy we haven't seen around in a while who called himself "portdizzal" just welded his tailgate shut and added sheetmetal around the rear window to eliminate the trim. Then he welded panels over where the Squire taillights were and added pointy old Cadillac taillamps. Weird, but nifty at the same time.

    I do like your notion of major visual updates. It'll be interesting to see what you finally hit on!
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    Quote Originally Posted by andyfanshawe View Post
    Hi.
    Thats the interesting part though.....drooling over wheels and then choosing! That can be the reward for all the hard work.
    i can account for that, I was going through wheel choices long before I joined up here, it took me like a year to figure out which ones I want. Between size and what would look good with the paint and what-not. The only bad thing is deciding during winter time, then having the 1200 bucks (cost of wheels and tires I want) staring at you in the face that you cant do anything with til it warms up.
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    After 3 days of snow and rain, I got my chance to start the rust repairs on the passenger side.
    Wonderful!!

    Now I can't get any body panels for this, so whatever I cut out I have to weld back. Or make a new panel from flat steel. What I plan to do is a combination of the two. Remove panels as clean as I can, replace the rusty bits on those panels, then weld them all back in. Simple eh?

    But first lets find the true extent of the damage

    Heres an explanatory screwdriver jab!

    Gone through here



    and here



    Heres the back of the panel in the last photograph. You can see why it corrodes-a double skinned panel that collects moisture behind



    This is interesting. There is a black foam material that is inside the panel. When this was squeezed (by my chisel!) water came squirting out. No wonder it is rotting from the inside down



    Hers a peek inside at the extent of the rust. Doesn't look too bad now! yeah right!



    Andy.

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    Heres what I plan to do

    Cut out this panel cleanly with air saw and drilling out the spot welds



    This will leave the way clear to remove this bit nice and clean



    That will leave the rocker/sill completely clear for me to remove the last section of it



    I can then repair the inner rocker panel and then weld the new repaired panels back!

    This is a view of the rust remains that have come out of the rockers and cut out already! These used to be good clean steel!



    Andy.

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    kind of off topic, but looking at the camaro in your sig, if this turns out half as good, its gonna be awesome.
    Andrew, 21 year old mechanical engineering student.

    Parts Car (Wrecked ) - Vicky - 1987 LTD Crown Victoria: 17x8 Gunmetal Gray Coys C-5 wheels, 235/55-17 Falken Ziex ZE-502 tires. 79 LTD Grille, Taillights, and Turn Signals, Blue LED Dash Lights, PI Rear Sway Bar, 140 MPH Speedometer, Dual Exhaust w/ Mustang Headers.
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    Very nice work so far. Like so many others, I can't wait to see the finished product!



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    Here we go then with a systematic removal of panels one by one to see where the rust ends!

    First bit off in the corner nice and clean



    Rounded corner bit next. Here it is with the spot welds drilled and ready to cut along the black line


    Wonder how bad it is under here?





    Not bad for a change.

    Rocker marked for cutting



    And out we come



    I can see whats happened here. Water has got onto the foam that was inside the panel and run down into the rocker panels gradually rotting it out.

    The inner panel is rotten where it is welded to the box section under the floor. So that needs to come out as well



    At last, good metal! Here it is cleaned up and media blasted, ready for reconstruction



    Andy.

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    I'm impressed so far!!! Looks like you've done this a time or two before, and maybe even have the right Blue Point (or similar) spotweld cutter bit.
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    You make me never want to go deep into my car. I could only imagine the horrors that await

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    one non-stock item to look at would be a 3G alternator, as the originals are a little on the fire hazard side of things. the upgraded alternator would still be OEM.



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    So since your frame is already painted I take it your not planning on notching it or anything to make it lay frame. Because I know with a 27'' tall tire combo with no springs in the car the frame is around 3'' from the ground.


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    Quote Originally Posted by 1980c10 View Post
    So since your frame is already painted I take it your not planning on notching it or anything to make it lay frame. Because I know with a 27'' tall tire combo with no springs in the car the frame is around 3'' from the ground.
    Quite correct.
    Done that before with an Astro Van and don't want to go down that far.
    But then again with a gfx kit designed and built, it will be close!

    Have you actually tried it then?!!

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    The sheer amount of patience you must have amazes me, I thought the body work I did was a lot to save a car, you my friend are truly devoted.
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