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What order did you do your restore
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I am stuck in a rut and trying to figure my way out.  I don't know where to start so I am just procrastinating at doing anything to it!!!  Here are the major areas that need attention but in what order???? Shootself Shootself  

  1. Engine runs but needs carb rebuilt and new headers.  PO dropped the car or bottomed out on something and crushed it.
  2. Interior is all out but the drivers seat.  I have to replace most of it as it was missing 
  3. The floor pan needs some welding to finish the PO's R&R.  
  4. Needs tires
  5. Needs some dent repair
  6. needs painting
  7. Parts of the AC are missing.
  8. Heater controls not working.
  9. Suspension is in decent shape so I was going to save that till later and do an upgrade instead of OEM rebuild.
  10. Brakes are done.
   

So where do I start? rofl rofl rofl

Thanks!
Wade
1972 Mach 1 351 cj 4speed
"We confide in our strength, without boasting of it; we respect that of others, without fearing it."--Thomas Jefferson

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#2
I would start with carburetor and headers. Header damage likely parking lot speed bumps.
Finish welding the floor pan while you look for seats or have them on order.
Tires, so you can drive it while working on the rest.
Winter is coming, heater controls.
Dents
Paint
A/C last, summer is almost over.



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What Don said. Get it running & driving, then worry about making it pretty or comfortable. Chrome won't get you home.

Bob

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Wade

I would follow Don's order.

I don't know the interior colour code of your ride and I also do not know the shipping costs to the US but I do have a complete fold down rear seat with quarter panels and sailpanels in avocado in stock. If you're interested I can provide you some pictures and we can negotiate on the price.

Cheers Frank
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Just being honest here. Don’s advice is very good. But I really think you need to decide what you want the car to end up as before doing anything. I’ve seen mention from you of a 460, keeping the 351, etc. decide what you want and go from there. If you’re going to paint then do the interior last and build the engine while it is at bodywork and paint unless you plan on doing that yourself.

'73 Grandé H Code. Headman long tube headers, T-5 Transmission, 3.70 Traclok, Lowered 1" all around, Aussie 2v heads w/ 2.19 intake, 1.71 exhaust, screw in studs, full roller cam 608/612 lift 280/281 duration LSA 112, Quick Fuel 750 CFM double pumper, AirGap intake.

'73 F code convertible. Bright red. Needs total restore. (IE HOT MESS)

- Jason
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  • Tore it all apart
  • Repaired/replaced the rust
  • Suspension/Steering
  • Brakes
  • Fuel System
  • Engine/Transmission/Rear Axle/Exhaust
  • HVAC
  • Electrical (part 1 - get the basics to get it running)
  • Body & Paint
  • Electrical (part 2 - lights, horns, HVAC controls, radio, restomod accessories)
  • Interior/Glass
  • Final body details (Mach 1 stickers last)
Took me right at 4 years to get it driveable - still not 100% 4 years after that (little nit-noid things).

Eric

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(09-01-2018, 10:21 AM)scgamecock Wrote: I am stuck in a rut and trying to figure my way out.  I don't know where to start so I am just procrastinating at doing anything to it!!!  Here are the major areas that need attention but in what order???? Shootself Shootself  

  1. Engine runs but needs carb rebuilt and new headers.  PO dropped the car or bottomed out on something and crushed it.
  2. Interior is all out but the drivers seat.  I have to replace most of it as it was missing 
  3. The floor pan needs some welding to finish the PO's R&R.  
  4. Needs tires
  5. Needs some dent repair
  6. needs painting
  7. Parts of the AC are missing.
  8. Heater controls not working.
  9. Suspension is in decent shape so I was going to save that till later and do an upgrade instead of OEM rebuild.
  10. Brakes are done.


So where do I start? rofl rofl rofl

How bad is the header damage? I've watched a friend take out dents by sealing the header with two plates with a valve stem in one of the plate. I think he pressurized it to about 20 PSI. He then heated the middle of the dent first and worked his way outward in an expanding circular motion. It worked amazingly well. Keep the heat moving or you can budge/blowout the tube. I've never done it myself so, reader beware. Chuck
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(09-01-2018, 12:23 PM)Vicus Wrote: Wade

I would follow Don's order.

I don't know the interior colour code of your ride and I also do not know the shipping costs to the US but I do have a complete fold down rear seat with quarter panels and sailpanels in avocado in stock. If you're interested I can provide you some pictures and we can negotiate on the price.

Cheers Frank
Thanks Frank but I dont have a fold down rear seat.  I really wish I did!  The original color of the interior was white.  I need pretty much everything including 1 seat bottom.
(09-01-2018, 12:44 PM)73pony Wrote: Just being honest here. Don’s advice is very good. But I really think you need to decide what you want the car to end up as before doing anything. I’ve seen mention from you of a 460, keeping the 351, etc. decide what you want and go from there. If you’re going to paint then do the interior last and build the engine while it is at bodywork and paint unless you plan on doing that yourself.
I appreciate your honesty and you are right I have been all over the place but I do have a goal in mind now.  After a lot of research I am going to keep the Cleveland even though I do have a 460 block and heads.  From a cost stand point I think rebuilding the 351 will allow me to do a little more motor work including aluminium heads.  As for the rest of the car it will be stock with the exception of upgraded suspension.  Im going to do everything myself with the exception of the R&R front and rear glass and the headliner.
(09-01-2018, 01:04 PM)c9zx Wrote: How bad is the header damage?
Chuck.  the headers are rusted and crushed bad at the weld where the tubes come into the collector. 1 of the tubes is almost completely crushed and has rust holes in it.  There is no saving them.

Thanks all for the advice!  Once this God awful heat goes away and we get some nice fall weather I will start working on it again.  Since it is running I am going to try and get it driving by finishing the welding of the seat perch, getting a seat so I have 2 seats in the car, then rebuilding the carb and replacing the headers.  Then I will start  on the body work.  Luckily the car is structurally sound with no rot in the sub frame or shock towers so I can focus on the external body itself.  once the body is finished and primed I will move on to these in this order.  

Suspension
rebuild engine
paint
interior
headliner 
replace front and rear glass.
aftermarket wheels and tires 17x8 fronts 17x9.5\5.5 bs rears.  Not sure tire size yet but biggest I can put on the rear without having them stick out. Any suggestions?


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Wade
1972 Mach 1 351 cj 4speed
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#9
Using Eric's format.

Tore it all apart (took pictures of every little detail)
Repaired/replaced the rusted/damaged panels
Paint undercarriage and engine bay
Applied sound deadener to wheel wells and firewall
Suspension/Steering
Rear Axle
Wanted a rolling chassis at this point..

Final Body & Paint
An old driver's seat
Pedals
Brakes
Fuel System
Electrical (lights, horns, power windows, HVAC controls, radio, accessories) used a battery to test everything
Detailed trunk ( sound deadener, spatter paint with over spray)
Engine/Transmission/Drive Shaft
Exhaust
Heating/A/C airbox and hoses
Glass
Electrical - Gauges, ignition to get it running)
Convertible Roof
A/C compressor and hoses
Complete Interior
Final body details tape/ trim

Still have not charged the A/C system

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Disassembly
Unibody rust repairs/strip to bare metal if going that route/remove surface rust
seam seal etc
Prime entire car


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-- at this point, you essentially have a "body in white" as Ford did wen they started assembly

Paint engine compartment & undercarriage
suspension/brakes/fuel lines/electrical
dash & wiring


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-- now you have a roller

At this point, I installed engine & trans so it could move under it's own power.

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mask off finished areas and do finish body work on shell
body work on bolt on items (fenders/hood/doors etc)


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final paint & body assembly
exterior trim/lights etc
interior


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frt & rear glass & trim last



If you plan on doing a rolling restoration while driving the car, then I'd leave the engine and suspension in place while doing the rust repairs and body work. At some point they need to come out, preferably before final pint.

As others have noted, you need to come up with a firm plan, or you'll chase your tail for years.


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