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Old 04-16-2015, 07:18 PM   #211
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So, I got the roof positioned and spent a laughable amount of time adjusting and clamping and tweaking and tapping it perfect with a hammer. I learned that I was actually better off getting everything aligned and tack weld, then reclamp farther along, so it takes the shape from one end to the other. Anyway, I got the sides and most of the back welded up. I left the front for last so it could take up any slack as I worked my way forwards. Everything seems to be good so far.
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Old 04-16-2015, 07:38 PM   #212
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I've gotten seam sealer at autozone.... Or if you have an autobody supply store near you they should have some
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Nice to see your car (literally) taking shape.
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Old 04-27-2015, 12:21 AM   #214
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Thanks guys. BTW, I just ordered some seam sealer from Amazon - I didn't feel like explaining what it was to another parts shop

Got the roof fully welded in place (hurrah!), and ground down the front and back. Now I need to grind the welds in the driprails themselves, which should prove interesting. Progress is slow but steady.

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Old 04-27-2015, 01:26 AM   #215
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Looking good!! Those drip rails look like they're going to fun! Haha
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Old 04-27-2015, 08:02 AM   #216
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Yeah I'm not really looking forward to it. The wheel fits in there fine, but I'll have to be very careful not to stray too far to either side. I'm thinking about something - heavy tape maybe - the put on the roof and drip rail so it isn't game over if (when) I do slip up.
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Old 05-01-2015, 11:59 PM   #217
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As we drive by a 2014 grabber blue mustang in our neighborhood...

My wife: Is that the grabber blue?
Me: yeah
Wife: when I get my Mustang, I think that's the color I want.
Me: you want a Mustang?
Wife: yes, but I want a new one that runs, not a classic.

It's news to me that she's into Mustangs...it must be rubbing off . But then there's the jab about having a not-currently-functional one of my own. Oh well, give it like...ten more years, then she'll be jealous

Oh, and an update: I hate grinding welds.
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Old 05-02-2015, 12:24 AM   #218
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As we drive by a 2014 grabber blue mustang in our neighborhood...

My wife: Is that the grabber blue?
Me: yeah
Wife: when I get my Mustang, I think that's the color I want.
Me: you want a Mustang?
Wife: yes, but I want a new one that runs, not a classic.

It's news to me that she's into Mustangs...it must be rubbing off . But then there's the jab about having a not-currently-functional one of my own. Oh well, give it like...ten more years, then she'll be jealous

Oh, and an update: I hate grinding welds.

Haha that's funny!!
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My wife married me because I have the Mustang! Makes it easy to get projects approved to! She said she had wanted one since high school.

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Old 05-10-2015, 07:50 PM   #220
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Okay, made some progress, mostly grinding welds. I'll tell you, nothing makes you weld more cleanly like having to grind all your sloppy ones. The roof is fully welded, and everything is ground down. I did what I could in the drip rails, looks really good unless you get all up in there, then you can see behind the rail where the grinder couldn't reach. It's going to be covered with sealer, so think I'm calling it good. I've got the leadless body solder on order - thanks for the tip! I'll update when I get that on.

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Old 05-17-2015, 09:34 PM   #221
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Looking GooD! ! No more skylight, LOL ! Looking forward to a video of the leadless body solder, maybe in process, if possible. Seeing the videos motivates me to get to work on mine. .Keep up the good work!

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Old 05-18-2015, 08:04 AM   #222
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Looking GooD! ! No more skylight, LOL ! Looking forward to a video of the leadless body solder, maybe in process, if possible. Seeing the videos motivates me to get to work on mine. .Keep up the good work!

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Thanks! It's exciting to look in the garage and see a car again rather than the skeleton of one.

The solder should be arriving tonight, and I'll try to find some weekday time to get on it. I'll for sure make a vid, even though I've never done it before. But sometimes watching a newb struggle through it is more useful than watching an expert who can do it with their eyes closed.
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Man, what a pain this week has been. Every day, I've started off thinking "nothing will stop me from working on the Mustang today." Crap, I was wrong. Finally got in there yesterday, and got through tinning and applying the body solder at one of the joints. My first attempt at tinning was completely awful - I used the jumbo acid brush that came with the kit and it was so streaky I wound up putting on way too much, and residue wound up everywhere. Here was my take 2:

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I'll put together another one about applying the lead, and probably do a "how-not-to" once I'm done. The biggest trick in applying the lead is controlling the heat and keeping it workable without making it run everywhere. Definitely takes some practice!
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Old 05-25-2015, 01:40 AM   #224
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Got the lead applied on both rear gaps. Tries another time lapse, but the glare was bad - I'll try another on the front. I might need to apply more solder, I'll have a better idea once I start shaving it down.

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^ Nice! The driver's side came out great! Thinking of my experience with electronics soldering, I wonder if there's any value to preheating the work area with a heat gun before picking up the torch and solder rod?

A bit OT, but I had some fun with the '69 Camaro resto project. I was replacing the front stabilizer bar bushings and naturally, one of the threaded mounting holes in the frame rail was stripped. Had to consult with my dad and the two of us had to devise a lockwasher-and-nut solution to hold the bolt--that could be fished into the inside of the frame rail! One of the less enjoyable 5 hours of my life...LOL.
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Old 05-28-2015, 11:20 PM   #226
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Thanks! Actually preheating does help, and if you don't wait too long in between tinning an the solder, things go much easier. The challenge is that you're supposed to use lacquer thinner to clean off any residual and then use a baking soda solution to neutralize the acid. I've seen a bunch of times on YouTube where guys went right into lead after tinning, but I figure better safe than sorry.
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Well, lacquer thinner + too much heat = flash fire...and fire bad.
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Especially if you keep it in a spray bottle like I do...So you gotta do it all careful-like

But in all seriousness pre-heating the surface was very helpful. And getting the lead to stay close to the melt point without running as you move across the work took some practice. I learned pretty quickly on my first one that heat in the surrounding are was more important than the heat just at the point of contact for easier application.
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Old 05-29-2015, 11:46 PM   #229
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Started filing her down - learned I still had some places where it needed a little more solder, but I got it mostly shaped down now. Next I'm going to use a sanding disk so I don't risk the file eating into the steel - it's pretty aggressive - And I don't have to worry about lead dust everywhere. More updates to come. Click image for larger version

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Great job. This is definitely an odd ball job since this is the only place this stuff is on the car.

I remember when I was stripping my car, found these spots, and had a 'wtf' moment.

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Old 05-31-2015, 01:42 AM   #232
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Thanks! For me learning to do these odd ball jobs is part of the fun. I'll probably never apply body solder again in my life once I'm done, and since I'm learning as I go, I'm super inefficient. But how many people can say they've done it?
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Old 06-17-2015, 11:03 PM   #233
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Well, it turns out there is a very high likelihood that I'm going to be moving overseas for a couple years. That means that the Mustang is going into storage, half torn apart. If I had know this was going to happen, I wouldn't have started in on her in the first place.

Oh well, looks like I get the opportunity to squirrel away my allowance for a while so I can blow it on bodywork and paint two years from now

I'll keep you posted!
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Save travels!

I'm sure there are many ME users who would be happy to "look after it" for you.
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Good luck with your travels.
Will look forward to an update on the project restart..with any luck maybe mine will be done by then..LOL

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Hopefully it is an opportunity. If you go, be safe.

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Thanks everyone, it should actually be a very good opportunity, the wife and dogs get to come too, but not a ton else. It will be an interesting adventure...and I won't be sad about not paying income taxes for a while...

Started putting her back together. Oddly rather satisfying to see it take shape, albeit in about 4 different colors.
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Its a shame that it has to be put away! But at least you can collect parts for it! Or send it to me and I'll fix it up 😉
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People keep offering to store it for me . I've got tons of parts in boxes right now. And I keep looking at everything I took out and wondering how I'm going to get it all back in - it doesn't look like it should all fit.

Thankfully, it's going to live with relatives in a garage. It should remain safe and sound, and ready for me to continue metalwork when I get back.
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I have so many mixed emotions about my 67 right now. It's exciting to see her come back together, but weird because there is still so much that should happen before this step. And sad at the same time knowing she will be put away incomplete, and frustrating that I won't get to work on her for so long. Click image for larger version

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Yea, that's gotta be tough. Look at it this way tho. Atleast you know you've got all the pieces while putting it back together. When I got mine there were so many pieces already taken off and all stuffed in boxes, bolts, screws...now everything I've taken off has been bagged n labeled...well, she looks good whole again, even if not perfect. Best wishes on yall's new adventures

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Who says you can't fit a lot in a classic Mustang? At least everything that came out went back in. Click image for larger version

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Who says you can't fit a lot in a classic Mustang? At least everything that came out went back in. Attachment 187381Attachment 187382

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Ha! Too bad the front seats are in the back seat though.

Well, she's parked for the next two years. All fluids drained, and there's a tarp underneath to both prevent condensation and to keep any drips off their garage floor. I'm gonna miss working on her. Click image for larger version

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Sad day. At least you will have something to look forward coming home! Offer still stands to send it to me lol
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