Progress Thread The "grátis" 1966 Coupe

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I've been lazy lately. It's been difficult to get motivated to work on the car. I managed to get out there today and get a lot done.

I started by addressing a problem I've had for a while. I realized after moving the car that the welds from the torque box to the front of the rocker didn't take. I decided to cut that part off and clean it up since I knew it didn't take because the metal wasn't clean enough. I did this on both sides.
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Getting the metal very clean resulted in nice welds with good penetration.
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02 281 GT

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After that, I decided to keep going. I welded in the radiator support since it doesn't really have much adjustment at all. I got it centered and went to town.

I've noticed that I have to have the welder one to two notches above the recommended setting for the thickness of the base metal whenever I'm welding to original metal. I'm also getting much better welds now. I'm probably just getting better at welding. However, I also think that nozzle gel really works. The nozzle and tip are nice and clean.
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After welding in the support, I started fitting the aprons again. Everything was much easier to fit with the radiator support solidly in. I should have done this long ago.
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The used fenders need some attention up front. Hopefully it's within my abilities. Looks good otherwise. I'll probably start welding in the aprons next time I work on it.
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This fender has some old bodywork and bondo on it. I'm planning to swap the headlight bucket with another fender along with some sheetmetal repairs.
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I'm also going to be using the '67 battery apron like I planned. I'll take some modification, but I think I can make it work.
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02 281 GT

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We're heading out of town for Peter's second lip closure surgery on Tuesday. In the meantime, I'm getting a little more work done. I'm ready to weld in all the engine bay metal. I may get that done tomorrow.

Plug weld holes. A lot of drilling.
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Excised the portions of the radiator support I don't need.
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And I got my hybrid battery tray done today as well.
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I got everything fitted and test fit the fenders and hood one last time. 44¼" from the cowl to the firewall on both sides.

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Got the radiator support trimmed on both sides. I'm very happy with how this is turning out.
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I'll try to get it all welded in tomorrow. Otherwise, I'll have to wait until we get back after Thanksgiving. Either way, I'm pleased with the direction things are going. After this is done I'll finish removing the shock towers and it will be ready for the rotisserie.
 

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Nice...I was going to go with the 67 radiator and apron myself, but allowed myself to be talked out of it...wish I had now though, since I am just going to cut up the 66 radiator support to fit a 67 radiator anyway.
 

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Nice...I was going to go with the 67 radiator and apron myself, but allowed myself to be talked out of it...wish I had now though, since I am just going to cut up the 66 radiator support to fit a 67 radiator anyway.
It takes some work, but I'm sure it'll be worth it. The narrow radiators on the early Mustangs look funny to me.
 

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Didn't get anything welded in today. Something got into my eye sometime before I went to bed last night. I couldn't find anything, so I just tried to sleep hoping it would work its way out like it usually does. Morning came and I was still in very much discomfort. Turns out there were a couple small metal shavings that actually got stuck in my cornea and then my eyelid. Fortunately, no permanent damage was done. I got the pieces removed at a local optometrist. My eye is sore, but the metal is gone.

Not sure how it got in my eye. It didn't happen while I was working.
 
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Didn't get anything welded in today. Something got into my eye sometime before I went to bed last night. I couldn't find anything, so I just tried to sleep hoping it would work its way out like it usually does. Morning came and I was still in very much discomfort. Turns out there were a couple small metal shavings that actually got stuck in my cornea and then my eyelid. Fortunately, no permanent damage was done. I got the pieces removed at a local optometrist. My eye is sore, but the metal is gone.

Not sure how it got in my eye. It didn't happen while I was working.
Just FYI...the eye is the quickest healing organ in the body...if you get metal in your eye and go to sleep, your eye will often grow OVER the metal by the next morning, fooling you into thinking it worked itself out, when in reality it just absorbed it, I am sure I have a lot of metal in my eyes at this point...I know for a fact it has affected my vision. The good news is that evidently its never to late to have an eye doctor remove it.
 
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Just FYI...the eye is the quickest healing organ in the body...if you get metal in your eye and go to sleep, your eye will often grow OVER the metal by the next morning, fooling you into thinking it worked itself out, when in reality it just absorbed it, I am sure I have a lot of metal in my eyes at this point...I know for a fact it has affected my vision. The good news is that evidently its never to late to have an eye doctor remove it.
That’s good to know. I still felt sore most of yesterday, but it feels almost completely normal today. That makes sense.
 
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Got everything welded in tonight. I'm happy with the result.

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I saved the original aprons just for the VIN stamps. Glad I could incorporate them into the new aprons.
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I'll probably repair the rusted wheel arch on the passenger quarter next.
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