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Summer deadline - 72 Mach 1 Build thread
#51
trial fitting it to make some markers, will clean surround metal on original floorpan and mark up some measurements. Cutting comes much later, might get some clico pins to help. Looks like a good fit, some overhanging will need to be trimmed back.


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#52
This brings me back memories. It took me a lot of long work but it was all worth it. I learned a lot and don't regret any of it. Some people here says it is easy. I say it is hard but doable if this is your first sheetmetal work. Keep the good work and take a look at my floor thread that has a diary of all i went through. I hope it serves as a guide and saves you time. Good luck!

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1971 M-Code Mach 1 w/Ram Air, 408 stroker, 285/291 0.558" roller cam, Blue Thunder intake, TKO600, Hooker headers with electric cut-offs, FiTech EFI w/ RobBMC PowerSurge pump
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(04-11-2019, 07:20 PM)tony-muscle Wrote: This brings me back memories. It took me a lot of long work but it was all worth it. I learned a lot and don't regret any of it. Some people here says it is easy. I say it is hard but doable if this is your first sheetmetal work. Keep the good work and take a look at my floor thread that has a diary of all i went through. I hope it serves as a guide and saves you time. Good luck!

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Will do thanks, i plan to have both in by end of easter weekend so will be checking over lots of threads to learn from them. the most scariest bit is going to be cutting out old floor and making sure new one aligns - welding is easy.
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(04-12-2019, 12:57 PM)baz70 Wrote:
(04-11-2019, 07:20 PM)tony-muscle Wrote: This brings me back memories. It took me a lot of long work but it was all worth it. I learned a lot and don't regret any of it. Some people here says it is easy. I say it is hard but doable if this is your first sheetmetal work. Keep the good work and take a look at my floor thread that has a diary of all i went through. I hope it serves as a guide and saves you time. Good luck!

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Will do thanks, i plan to have both in by end of easter weekend so will be checking over lots of threads to learn from them. the most scariest bit is going to be cutting out old floor and making sure new one aligns - welding is easy.

This time next week will be 20 degrees so better working conditions for you. You wouldnt have purchased the floor pans if you didnt have the confidence. I am sure you will do a excellent job with due diligence. Spring finally coming so it should step up the work rate for most of us all. Hope you hit your target for your summer deadline. There will be plenty of winters to work on improving what you dont get around to doing this spring

Steve
1971 Grandé
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(04-12-2019, 02:13 PM)Pegleg Wrote:
(04-12-2019, 12:57 PM)baz70 Wrote:
(04-11-2019, 07:20 PM)tony-muscle Wrote: This brings me back memories. It took me a lot of long work but it was all worth it. I learned a lot and don't regret any of it. Some people here says it is easy. I say it is hard but doable if this is your first sheetmetal work. Keep the good work and take a look at my floor thread that has a diary of all i went through. I hope it serves as a guide and saves you time. Good luck!

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Will do thanks, i plan to have both in by end of easter weekend so will be checking over lots of threads to learn from them. the most scariest bit is going to be cutting out old floor and making sure new one aligns - welding is easy.

This time next week will be 20 degrees so better working conditions for you. You wouldnt have purchased the floor pans if you didnt have the confidence. I am sure you will do a excellent job with due diligence. Spring finally coming so it should step up the work rate for most of us all. Hope you hit your target for your summer deadline. There will be plenty of winters to work on improving what you dont get around to doing this spring
thanks Steve, I hope so, I've been checking the weather frequently so looking forward to some warmer days....I really want to get the car to paint this summer. talking of which, if you know a good place you would recommend let me know. Maybe a little premature, let me get this finished first !
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(04-12-2019, 05:07 PM)baz70 Wrote:
(04-12-2019, 02:13 PM)Pegleg Wrote:
(04-12-2019, 12:57 PM)baz70 Wrote: Will do thanks, i plan to have both in by end of easter weekend so will be checking over lots of threads to learn from them. the most scariest bit is going to be cutting out old floor and making sure new one aligns - welding is easy.

This time next week will be 20 degrees so better working conditions for you. You wouldnt have purchased the floor pans if you didnt have the confidence. I am sure you will do a excellent job with due diligence. Spring finally coming so it should step up the work rate for most of us all. Hope you hit your target for your summer deadline. There will be plenty of winters to work on improving what you dont get around to doing this spring
thanks Steve, I hope so, I've been checking the weather frequently so looking forward to some warmer days....I really want to get the car to paint this summer. talking of which, if you know a good place you would recommend let me know. Maybe a little premature, let me get this finished first !

I had 4 differant companies quote me £10k for bare metal respray. Then i chanced across a sprayer in his 60's that asked all the right questions about lines  and finishes. He has quoted me £3,5000, I asked around and he is supposed to be one of the best locally. Always good to plan ahead in the UK as specialist are few and far between when it comes to classic American cars. I will keep you updated on how my spray job goes

Steve
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#57
I cut out most of the drivers side floor pan and took measurements to determine floor height and location of key points, given there is supporting frame rail this makes it easier to sit the new pan. Tomorrow I hope to have the spot welds all out. I did try and take off steering wheel to make the welding easier but naively thought i wouldnt need the puller, so another job for me to do. My cut alignment to where i butt weld is going to be a bit up and down as i want to avoid cutting seat belt mounting point etc.... slow but steady progress.


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(04-13-2019, 06:11 AM)Pegleg Wrote:
(04-12-2019, 05:07 PM)baz70 Wrote:
(04-12-2019, 02:13 PM)Pegleg Wrote: This time next week will be 20 degrees so better working conditions for you. You wouldnt have purchased the floor pans if you didnt have the confidence. I am sure you will do a excellent job with due diligence. Spring finally coming so it should step up the work rate for most of us all. Hope you hit your target for your summer deadline. There will be plenty of winters to work on improving what you dont get around to doing this spring
thanks Steve, I hope so, I've been checking the weather frequently so looking forward to some warmer days....I really want to get the car to paint this summer. talking of which, if you know a good place you would recommend let me know. Maybe a little premature, let me get this finished first !

I had 4 differant companies quote me £10k for bare metal respray. Then i chanced across a sprayer in his 60's that asked all the right questions about lines  and finishes. He has quoted me £3,5000, I asked around and he is supposed to be one of the best locally. Always good to plan ahead in the UK as specialist are few and far between when it comes to classic American cars. I will keep you updated on how my spray job goes
cool, will follow your progress and hopefully if you go ahead he will do a sterling job.
When i get to mine, i will have done all the prep work and stripped back to bare metal and epoxy primer the body and leave as shell with everything removed, and then let painter do all finishing and final prep before painting.
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#59
not as much progress as I'd liked by this stage of the weekend, sister called in a favour to do the kitchen flooring.....

headliner and surrounding fitments came off revealing tons of surface rust (screwdriver didnt poke through) to deal with. This needs to come before i fit the replacement floorpans.

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Meantime, as the weather has been great i painted some panels on the fold down seat (no pics)

Cleaned surrounding welds on the driver side floor pan by the footwell, sills and frame rails, ready for new panel installation. Next steps, weld through primer, spot weld drill holes and cutting the tunnel section so alignment is perfect.



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Managed to end the day with my first panel fabrication using a metal bending tool. Some fettling still to do to get it 100% but I was impressed with initial fit given that was 20 minutes effort.

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Still tons to do but I'm moving forward, once i get roof rust-remedied can then work on interior proper. One other thing, i came to the realisation that as 80% of the car is out of the car, I'll remove all the rest till I'm just left with the bodyshell and then refit everything. Will take longer but will avoid me thinking what I missed off and having to disassemble again....
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#60
Sounds like you got your work cut out there and a sensible plan to make it right

Steve
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