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Rusty Cowl
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I'm tearing into my '73 convertible cowl to repair pine needle rust. Bought it a couple of years ago and been working on drivetrain. I have finished rebuilding the 351 Cleveland powerplant, powdercoating most parts and improving things along the way. Now I'm cleaning the engine compartment getting it ready for paint and I knew the outer panel had rusted thru to the inner panel. I drilled thru the spotwelds today and found more rust. On a hunch, I stuck my camera in the cowl and took some pics and found worse damage. I can see the interior insulation in the one picture.

I have to replace the windshield anyway, so now the cowl has to come out and I'll pull the dash and AC/heat assy. also to get them out of the way.

More work...oh well. I know it'll be done right.
   
   
   
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Yep looks normalAngry
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Just wrapped up the exact same project cycle--engine rebuild, cowl, windshield. Looks like either a repaint or fixing transmission leaks will be next... Good luck with your project!

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Dave

1931 Ford Model A Station Wagon
1969 Mach 1 - 351C, TKO-600, 4WDB, R&P, A/C, Shaker, Fold Down, etc.
1972 Mach 1 - 351C, FMX, PDB, PS, A/C, Fold Down, Console
1996 Mustang Cobra Convertible - 10psi Procharger
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Keep up the good work, RacerX. Looking good!

Doc

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Project started 8-7-10
Completed: All new suspension, rebuilt 351C H Code bored .030 over with mild cam and intake, new 3.50 TracLok, custom exhaust system
Current "mini-project": interior upgrade Undecided
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73vertproject;64034 Wrote:Keep up the good work, RacerX. Looking good!
Thanks for the encouragement. I've already got the AOD built with 4R70W internals and fresh torque converter with furnace brazed vanes by a local shop. Waiting on the stainless lines to arrive from CJ Pony. I had the steering box and pump completely rebuilt at another local shop. All new braking system with braided stainless flex lines. I'm not cutting corners on this build. I've built many cars for others, this is the first one to complete that is ours.

Here's the engine on the run in stand at my buddy's shop.

   
   

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I just tore all mine apart as well and I found alot of pits and brittle pieces, it looks like you are on the right path for fidning it and fixing as you go. Keep us updated and keep the picture flowing

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rentascout;64052 Wrote:I just tore all mine apart as well and I found alot of pits and brittle pieces, it looks like you are on the right path for fidning it and fixing as you go. Keep us updated and keep the picture flowing

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Russ, in that second pic it looks like someone added a small patch while the fender was still on.
You might want to peel that off and see whats under it
Don

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RacerX;63928 Wrote:I'm tearing into my '73 convertible cowl to repair pine needle rust. Bought it a couple of years ago and been working on drivetrain. I have finished rebuilding the 351 Cleveland powerplant, powdercoating most parts and improving things along the way. Now I'm cleaning the engine compartment getting it ready for paint and I knew the outer panel had rusted thru to the inner panel. I drilled thru the spotwelds today and found more rust. On a hunch, I stuck my camera in the cowl and took some pics and found worse damage. I can see the interior insulation in the one picture.

I have to replace the windshield anyway, so now the cowl has to come out and I'll pull the dash and AC/heat assy. also to get them out of the way.

More work...oh well. I know it'll be done right.

Did mine last year,. posted some pix of the carnage..


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RacerX;63928 Wrote:I'm tearing into my '73 convertible cowl to repair pine needle rust. Bought it a couple of years ago and been working on drivetrain. I have finished rebuilding the 351 Cleveland powerplant, powdercoating most parts and improving things along the way. Now I'm cleaning the engine compartment getting it ready for paint and I knew the outer panel had rusted thru to the inner panel. I drilled thru the spotwelds today and found more rust. On a hunch, I stuck my camera in the cowl and took some pics and found worse damage. I can see the interior insulation in the one picture.

I have to replace the windshield anyway, so now the cowl has to come out and I'll pull the dash and AC/heat assy. also to get them out of the way.

More work...oh well. I know it'll be done right.

Your right, more work, but you will know you fixed it right the first time.
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guys72Mach1;64147 Wrote:
RacerX;63928 Wrote:I'm tearing into my '73 convertible cowl to repair pine needle rust. Bought it a couple of years ago and been working on drivetrain. I have finished rebuilding the 351 Cleveland powerplant, powdercoating most parts and improving things along the way. Now I'm cleaning the engine compartment getting it ready for paint and I knew the outer panel had rusted thru to the inner panel. I drilled thru the spotwelds today and found more rust. On a hunch, I stuck my camera in the cowl and took some pics and found worse damage. I can see the interior insulation in the one picture.

I have to replace the windshield anyway, so now the cowl has to come out and I'll pull the dash and AC/heat assy. also to get them out of the way.

More work...oh well. I know it'll be done right.

Did mine last year,. posted some pix of the carnage..
How is the water going to drain out off the cowl?

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