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Beginnings 72 Coupe Resto
#61
Oh man OzCoupe72, that’s a real bummer. I kinda know how you feel. I got into an accident with my car, but I didn’t do all the really nice work like you did myself. Either way, it really does hurt. Hopefully you will be able to pull most of it out with minimal replacement. Good luck with your repairs.

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#62
(01-21-2019, 07:29 AM)Fabrice Wrote: aw man... I know the energy you put into this baby. The excellent repair you did on the rear window filler, so sorry to see this.
When I got my 73 back from paint the first time like 25 years ago, spend the day after to put most of the accessories back and went for a ride. The cleveland freshly rebuild, I could not resist to burn bits of rubber and did some smoky circle... only I forgot the batt that I got relocated into the trunk wasn't secured yet.  They was a loud bang. I let you guess what the batt attached to a long cable did from the inside to the bling bling quarter...

So yeah, don't be too mad at yourself, we all do mistakes and we usually do them when a fresh paint is applied, not before! Tho looking at the damage, you are one unlucky B.. Sad

The paint job you did looks awesome.

Thanks Fabrice, don't know if I can forgive myself for this one, I should have known but in hindsight all the excitement at getting my freshly painted baby back home was not thinking clearly, perhaps the paint fumes?
The 4WD it hit was on axle stands and it actually pushed it off the stands, unluckily it hit the 4WD bumper reinforcement which is why so much damage to the Mustang
Anyway already planning to utilize the big palm tree out the front as an anchor to pull it out
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#63
(01-21-2019, 08:25 AM)jpaz Wrote: Oh man OzCoupe72, that’s a real bummer. I kinda know how you feel. I got into an accident with my car, but I didn’t do all the really nice work like you did myself. Either way, it really does hurt. Hopefully you will be able to pull most of it out with minimal replacement. Good luck with your repairs.

Thanks John and hope your vehicle is coming along well, it is in good hands and look forward to seeing you get it back
We all learn from our mistakes and this one will teach me a few lessons
Unfortunately the trunk lid is toast but hopefully can get one from the other side of the country, don't want to wait 3-4 months again!
Fell off the horse(pony) just need to get back on it!
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#64
Yeah, the trunk lid might be the hardest, due to the double panels. I knew a really good bodyman many years ago. When everyone else was using screws and slide hammers he would drill 1/8" holes and use a homemade puller that had a wooden handle on the one end and a stiff rod with an "L" on the business end with about a 3/8" long leg on the "L". He would hook the puller in and pull on it with one hand and tap around the dent with the other. He could get dents and creases pulled out within an 1/8" of original, weld the holes shut, just need a skim of filler.



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(01-21-2019, 06:57 PM)Don C Wrote: Yeah, the trunk lid might be the hardest, due to the double panels. I knew a really good bodyman many years ago. When everyone else was using screws and slide hammers he would drill 1/8" holes and use a homemade puller that had a wooden handle on the one end and a stiff rod with an "L" on the business end with about a 3/8" long leg on the "L". He would hook the puller in and pull on it with one hand and tap around the dent with the other. He could get dents and creases pulled out within an 1/8" of original, weld the holes shut, just need a skim of filler.

After having a better look yesterday I saw the skin had separated from the frame rib and was buckled
I found a good way for pulling some dents especially long ones is to weld some large washers along the dent and depending which angle either a bar or bolt through the washers or a set of hooks then use a slide hammer or puller. Works well for those who don't have a stud welder and will use this method for pulling below the tail light panel, which is worse than it looks in the photo
As they say six ways to skin a cat and no matter what way the cat is still skun!
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#66
Decided to leave the panel damage I had inflicted and not being sure I could repair it myself had lined up a panel beater to have a look at it.

While waiting for a new trunk lid and the panel beater I decided to keep going with the project so installed the headliner which wasn't as hard as I thought just a bit tedious at 5 hours to do it. Came out pretty good and although a couple of minor creases at the rear I'm happy with it.

Also removed the rear axle assembly as I wanted to modify the brackets for the emergency brake so I fabricated some new brackets then welded them on.

Anyway the trunk lid turned up surprisingly early but no reply from the panel beater so after a lot of thought I decided I should at least have a try at it seeing as I had a Porta-Power hydraulic puller and plenty of chains.

I took my time pulling a section at a time to gradually pull it out also using the hammer and dolly while it was under tension
I really didn't expect to have much success but by the end of the day was very happy with the progress
Had to shrink a few areas using both the MAP torch and the shrinking disc
Tomorrow will be more hammer and dolly work, filler and primer but first will have to check panel alignment and make adjustments
My next issue is dealing with the bent trunk hinges which could be a bit tricky
   
   
   
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#67
Looks great OzCoupe72! Sure glad you had success pulling the damage back out. Looks like your the only panel beater you need, lol. 
Anyway, great job and hopefully your mistake will just be a memory to learn from.

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#68
Great work, that's the spirit!
Your luck might even be back, as you painted it unicolor red, it wil be more easy than patching a metallic paint.
Nightmare's almost over m8!

73 modified Grandé 351C. Almost done. 
71 429CJ. In progress
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#69
Still working on the rear end damage but making some progress. Took a bit of work to bend the trunk hinge back into shape and made a clamping tool to help pull it back.
Tack welded the new trunk skin and seam sealed the edge so while I had the rest of the day I decided to get the front of the car back together.

I had removed the grille moldings and of course the tabs broke so I glued most of them back on. Painted the grille to black it out and went to put the moldings back on but some of the tabs broke again so will probably have to glue part of the molding on but if anyone has a suggestion for this and perhaps can adapt the later molding clips to work?

Anyway after lots of adjusting, bending and grunting I managed to get the front end together. Not perfect but as good as I'm going to get for a 47 year old vehicle with a mix of OEM and after market parts on it. Hopefully next weekend I get the rear end at least ready for color.
   
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#70
Looking sharp up front!
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