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Old 07-16-2020, 11:31 AM
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I thought I would update my build thread for those following along. Repairs to the driver's quarter are continuing - to deal with that wicked low that was just about on the body line at the rear of the wheel opening, a portion of the wheel house was cut away.

Now with access to the back Cam has the metal moving where he likes it. You can see that this poor car had a tough life. This driver's quarter has been hit probably twice and maybe three times.

Getting it straight and metal finished is a lot of work - but it is worth it to save the original metal and end up with minimal filler. Anyway -- Here are the pictures...I know that is what y'all want to see.



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A bit more progress on the driver's quarter - need a little attention to a few spots, especially below the body line at the back and the area of the quarter window - but getting pretty close to moving on to the next panel.

Edit -- I just realized how similar these photos look to the last set. You will have to trust me when I tell you that the improvement in the evenness and profile is substantial.



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Just came across this thread and have enjoyed reading through the pages. Things are coming along nicely! Looking forward to more updates along the way.

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Looking good....pick and file....pick and file....pick and file ..shrink and slap....And Iam also in the camp for keeping original sheet metal and spot welds .


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great progress photos and info !!!! i love it....thanks interesting !

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Old 07-26-2020, 05:14 PM
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Thanks everyone - I am glad people are enjoying the thread and are following along. It weird how much posting progress and interacting with you folks keeps me inspired.

Musclcah -- The one I tried to buy for years sat in front of a house, sinking into the ground. I stopped a couple of times a year for a long time...Getting that "I'm gonna fix it up" and "You are my first call if I decide to sell it" rigmarole - one day it was gone. Anyway -- I hope you land that 64 and she turns out beautiful.

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Has your 64 lived in the rust free state of Idaho it’s whole life ?

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No - according to PHS it delivered new to Madison, WI. I bought it out of Las Vegas and the Previous Owner bought in Southern California (1987-ish). I'm pretty sure it spent some time in western Colorado based on an old license plate with the car.

Whatever its path to me - it is very rust free. Too bad people couldn't keep from stacking her up repeatedly.

BTW -- tomorrow will mark 56 years since she rolled out of the Pontiac, MI plant. On the road 23 years...off it 33 and counting.

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No - according to PHS it delivered new to Madison, WI. I bought it out of Las Vegas and the Previous Owner bought in Southern California (1987-ish). I'm pretty sure it spent some time in western Colorado based on an old license plate with the car.

Whatever its path to me - it is very rust free. Too bad people couldn't keep from stacking her up repeatedly.

BTW -- tomorrow will mark 56 years since she rolled out of the Pontiac, MI plant. On the road 23 years...off it 33 and counting.
That is the kind of car you start with....not these rust buckets everyone is trying to save...

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The lack of rust was probably the biggest plus for this car when I was looking at it.

I have done the rust repair thing - when I frame-offed my father's '61 Willys Jeep. I had my hand in those repairs since it is basically flat panels - and it seemed never ending. It was sentimental attachment that drove that project - but I learned to have a real critical eye for rust in any car I would buy to restore.

I am glad that I am not in the Northeast or Midwest - those folks often don't have a lot of choices and the Western cars are getting pretty picked over at this point.

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Can you tell that I am excited to be making some progress again?

Here are a couple of shots showing the latest work. The driver's quarter near the door pillar had a spot that liked to oilcan pretty easy - so that area has been addressed and some straightening of damage in that section has also been done. Getting pretty close to finishing up the metal finishing on this quarter - then on to the doors and front fenders. We are keeping our fingers-crossed that they are in better shape. (Hey it never hurts to hope!)

Thanks for following along. I hope everyone is enjoying the thread.



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Nothing wrong with getting excited. It's like being a kid at Christmas. It's coming along nicely! Keep 'em coming.

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Looking good Wild Cat. Your cars progress looks to be about 1 year behind mine. Hopefully your'e getting close to beginning blocking.

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Thanks Tempest1964 and Cardo.

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I hope so too. As far as sequencing goes, the next steps are to make sure the doors and fenders are up-to-snuff. And address some damage to the core support which I think is where some gap issues with the driver door to fender are coming from. Then a quick frame check and setting the gaps. After that epoxy, filler and blocking.

Here is a look at the core support - you can see the repairs to the drivers side. The driver's fender is clearly a replacement for the one that was smacked.

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Wild Cat....just a little FYI....( if you already had it done ...that’s great ).... But before you get into fitting everything.....make sure that car gets on a frame machine and get it all measured up and squared up,with the gauges.. Most people that start a restoration project ,have no clue what Iam cooking here. You’ll thank me later.

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Hey Muslcah -- It is definitely headed to the frame shop (Boise has a good one thankfully).

When I had the body lifted everything dropped in the right place - so I figured it was good enough to get the basic bodywork done, but final fit is going to be after the frame jig. I'll be dropping a drivetrain in it too - so the weight will be on the suspension when the gaps are done.

Thanks for the heads-up.

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Hey Muslcah -- It is definitely headed to the frame shop (Boise has a good one thankfully).

When I had the body lifted everything dropped in the right place - so I figured it was good enough to get the basic bodywork done, but final fit is going to be after the frame jig. I'll be dropping a drivetrain in it too - so the weight will be on the suspension when the gaps are done.

Thanks for the heads-up.
Yah done good ! Yah nevah know....the front and rear rails could be over too...and that would mess up the bumper alignment and Rad support. And yes..make sure itís sitting on the tires for panel alignment.

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Thanks Muslcah -- In for a penny in for a pound on this one.

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