1966 Mustang Convertible Restoration

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  1. rusty428cj

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    We started this project last year but I have not had the time to share the build. At first this looks like an easy project until you start looking a little closer. It has been sitting a long time and at one time outside.

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    The rear of both frame rails need to be replaced

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    A little rust in the quarter panels

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    The convertible has an inner torque box and it was rusted under that

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    The fender had been patched a long time ago and needed to be fixed

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    Brian removed the inner brace on both fenders

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    Sanded to bare metal and I sprayed a couple coats of SPI epoxy primer

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  2. horse sence

    horse sence Please don't call me Mom
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    i know how hard it is to do patch work that comes out like that on the front fenders. nice work, i prefer butt welding over lapped panels any time.
     
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    Everything stripped off of the body and mounted on a cart.

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    Quarter panels and trunk floor removed

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    Normal problem with the cowl

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    New cowl sanded and epoxy primed

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    Engine compartment stripped to bare metal

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    I ordered a new battery apron from CJ's and it did not fit. We had installed one from NPD on Modified Mustangs & Fords project car that fit so I ordered one from them and got the same thing as CJ's. I sent an email with photos to Rick at NPD and he got right back to me and said he would look into it. Rick got with the manufacturer and it is being redesigned so it will fit and we are waiting for the new design.

    We are using this convertible so we can make a jig for another wrecked 1966 convertible we are fixing in the future.

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    The floor had been repaired with fiberglass mat so it was cut out.

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    The torque boxes needed to be replaced

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    The rear section of both frame rails were replaced

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    Roughly what does it cost to get a restoration on a car like this? Just the body work and paint.
     
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    $50.00 per hour plus parts and materials
     
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    The inner rocker has rust

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    Brian wanted to finish the trunk floor before he fixed the rockers

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    This is what it looked like after Brian took the top of the torque box off

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    This is how it looked once the inner rocker was cut off

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    I epoxy primed the back side

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    Sanded and ready for epoxy

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    Brian had to make this it did not come with the Dynacorn convertible inner rocker

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    More epoxy and holes drilled on the inner rocker

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    Inner rocker installed

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    Brian had the floor in then marked where he wanted to drill all the holes for the plug welds

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    Test fitting one more time and getting it to fit around the trans tunnel in the front than he marked where the subframe was.

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    Welded in place

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    Seat riser installed

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    Brackets for the rear seat welded in place

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    Test fitting the rear seat

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    Time to come off the jig

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    Sanded the floor pan

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    Epoxy primed

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    Brian wasn't finished welding the undercarriage but we wanted epoxy under the convertible brace before it was welded in place

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    Fitting the quarter and taillight panel

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    I have not been able to find a convertible trunk corner brace only fastbacks and the shape is wrong

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    After Brian modified it

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    Ready for epoxy

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    Two coats of SPI red oxide

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    Just curious why did you replace rear frame rail section looked solid in pictures. Also is there any easier way to remove inner rockers other than drilling out all spot welds?
     
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    There was a lot of rust.

    Not that I know of without making a big mess and creating more work.
     
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  13. horse sence

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    The best way of removing pieces is to drill the spot welds .An air chisel or a cutting torch can distort the metal,not to mention cutting through pieces you don't want to cut. It's hard work drilling them but it can be even harder to clean up from a torch or a chisel ,just look how clean Brians work is.
     
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    Thinking about getting a rotisseries for next project. Did it help with any of the floor welds or do you need to have full floor welded in before putting it on. Getting to old to be laying on my back doing plug welds.
     
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    The floor was welded in on a cart then it was mounted on the rotisserie to finish welding the bottom side and prime.
     
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    So you welded the topside first and then flipped to do spot welds on the inner rockers?

    Great build BTW - Amazed how you can remove whole back end and get everything to line back up.
     
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    image.jpg image.jpg A word about spot welds. I am a novice mustang, and I hesitate to use the word restorer, but I am plodding along. Thanks to solid contributors such as Rusty and Horse. I very rarely give advice but in this case I will. If you are removing a panel for replacement and want to save whats beneth it drill the spot welds. Yes it is time consuming but not nearly as much as replacing the panel you damage with an air chisel. My first attempts a drilling were unsuccessful primarily because of the cutter I was using. It was nothing more than a small hole saw. It was good for about three welds if that. All it took was a google search for spot weld cutters. And It returned a set by Blair that I purchased. It is a true cutter and comes as a complete set . Check it out.
     
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    thoes are very good... I have used spot weld cutters from harbor freight and they work pretty good as well.
     
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  19. horse sence

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    My cutter is also a Blair. Cadillac of cutters . I have the spring loaded center pin ,it is a little harder to use until you get used to it ,you have to center punch the spot weld . It cuts from one side . My kit goes to 3/4 inch .I bought 3 extra mandrels so i don't have to change the cutters ,unless i break one. but you can buy the cutters separately so no problem .I couldn't do without it.
     
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  20. palerider94

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    yup same one. Blair nice cutters
     
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