Progress Thread “Rising from Ashes 7” 85 GT T-Top build thread

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Willybill32

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Yep. The Original owner had the car ziebart coated on 11/5/84 and under the coating is brand new perfect metal. But none of these components were coated so they are rusted out. I have to say it was the smartest move he could have made.
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I had my ‘86 Ziebarted when I bought it new, but can’t say it helped all that much. Of course, mine was a daily driver for 13 years in all kinds of weather, so maybe it was a good choice.
 

95steedamustang

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I had my ‘86 Ziebarted when I bought it new, but can’t say it helped all that much. Of course, mine was a daily driver for 13 years in all kinds of weather, so maybe it was a good choice.
Yea, I’ve never known it to do much good either but the floors look great and every other component under there had significant rust. Luckily they are easily replaced. This car was driven quiet a bit in the Columbus area mainly summer tho until 99 when it was garaged for good
 
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95steedamustang

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Actually working on rear ends for both my 86 t-top and this 85 T-top but got the 8.8 for this car built with 3.73 gears and powdercoated.
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Chuckman

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Yea, I’ve never known it to do much good either but the floors look great and every other component under there had significant rust. Luckily they are easily replaced. This car was driven quiet a bit in the Columbus area mainly summer tho until 99 when it was garaged for good
Do you have a good way to remove that stuff? Mine was done by the PO back in the early 90s and now its all just a greasy oilly waxy mess. Wire wheels don't really seem to get it all for me, but about the only thing I've seen be even partially effective.
 

95steedamustang

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Awesome find,I miss the heck outta' my 85 GT. Subframes,true duals ,maybe some 17" ponies and I'd daily drive it the way it sits.
Do you have a good way to remove that stuff? Mine was done by the PO back in the early 90s and now its all just a greasy oilly waxy mess. Wire wheels don't really seem to get it all for me, but about the only thing I've seen be even partially effective.
Yep. Soda blast, acid dip or the hard way...heat gun and a scraper, then lots of thinner and rags.
 

95steedamustang

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Finally getting some pieces on the 85 GT. 8.8 rear end…welded up and Powdercoated with a 31 spline locker and MM lower control arms..
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next some racecraft springs. Gotta get this project on track and on the road.
 
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Rdub6

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Finally getting some pieces on the 85 GT. 8.8 rear end…welded up and Powdercoated with a 31 spline locker and MM lower control arms..
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next some racecraft springs. Gotta get this project on track and on the road.
You’re bolting that beautiful rear end to that surface rusted undercarriage! Shame on you!
 

95steedamustang

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Temp wheels on so its a roller once again. Next get it into the shop and get it going
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And into the shop. Now its time to get this car going. Looking over the car. The long term plan is to do the full build like my other cars. But for next year, its to get it on the road, paint the bumpers and maybe a hood.
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95steedamustang

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The gross teardown stuff. My poor floor. Not clean now. Let the junk pile begin.
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Honestly I'm more surprised at the way that jack stand looks... I expect it for the stuff coming off the car but I didn't know the jack stands came with it.
 
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