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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by BIG REDD, Dec 10, 2011.

  1. BIG REDD
    Joined: Dec 4, 2011
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    BIG REDD
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    from upstate NY

  2. Saved another one...............
     
  3. BIG REDD
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    BIG REDD
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  4. BIG REDD
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    BIG REDD
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    from upstate NY

    now that the car is in one of my bays at the shop I started digging into it, and boy is it a can of worms.

    First thing to do is the rust repair, over all the car isnt too bad, its not great but that is to be expected for a car that is almost 60 years old.

    today I pulled off the door to fix it, this fucker weighs a TON, almost fucked my back trying to get this thing in the stand.

    yea that's not good, the inner door had completely rotted out.
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    So I cut out the old nastyness
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    New inner door fitted
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    and welded
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    then I flipped the door over to replace the outer skin

    trimmed off the old.
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    fitted and tacked the new
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    flipped the door over again the hem the outer door skin over the edge of the inner.
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    before I weld up the seam I decided to strip the old paint off, the smell of 60 year old paint burning is horrible.
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  5. BIG REDD
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    BIG REDD
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    from upstate NY

    I welded the rest of the door skin, welded up the trim holes along the top and middle of the door, and finished stripping the old paint with a DA.

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    did a skim coat and blocked it.

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    and laid down some DP90 epoxy primer.

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  6. BIG REDD
    Joined: Dec 4, 2011
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    BIG REDD
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    from upstate NY

    went and bought a parts car today for $250, its a 54 bel air, which was the top trim line that year. its a 4 door that was rolled in 1970 and has been sitting in a barn ever since.The car is great shape minus a fucked roof and some rust on the rockers. The car is a 4 door so not all of it will get used. It does have just about everything that i need to make my car complete. I will be using the front grille, headlights, hood, trunk, and most importantly the floor braces are all still there. Plus I can sell some misc parts off it before scrapping whats left. So It will save me a ton of money on buying little parts. If you see apart that you want/ need feel free to PM me.

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  7. BIG REDD
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    BIG REDD
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    from upstate NY

    started ripping the parts car apart today, I have new floor pans, however the floorbraces/body mounts are completely rotted on the 2 door. So I had to cut them out of the parts car. Air chisel did WORK today.

    the floors are almost perfect, shame its all getting cut up.
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    last oil change date 10/4/69 LOL a bit over due.
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    couple hours later
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    this is what I was after

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    after all of the old crusty undercoating was scraped off., not perfect, but repairable. Ill sandblast the rust off tomorrow and patch up the holes.

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    I also started pulling the front clip, pulled the fenders and the grille off.

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    took some steel wool to the grille and i was amazed at how clean it was, ill have to find a couple used teeth to replaced the cracked/damaged ones.

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    some comparisons
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  8. Tin Can
    Joined: Nov 18, 2005
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    Tin Can
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    Good lookin project. I can only imagine how this will look based on what your Mustang transformation looked like.

    I have some extra grill teeth, Ill have to take a look at them and see how nice they are.
     
  9. BIG REDD
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    BIG REDD
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    from upstate NY

    got quite a bit done in the past couple days, I pulled the seats out of the 2 door, cut out the old floor braces and part of the floor. I repaired the rot on the good floor braces and fitted it to 2 door.

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    then sand blasted it and removed the broken body mount bolts with a torch.
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    and epoxy primer.
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  10. Adrian Rollini
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    Thats going to be a sick ride when its done.
     
  11. mrconcdid
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    from Florida

    Looks real good, Keep at it!!

    MrC.
     
  12. g-lover51
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    g-lover51
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    from Dallas Ga

    Looks like a good start. Gotta love a 54 Chevy
     
  13. jasonknezo
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    jasonknezo
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    great build so far
     
  14. Jalopy Joker
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    nice shop to get to work in - yep, when you get to the chop making the roof flow properly is very important. had a chopped '54 that used the stock front and rear glass by lowering glass down into body. Thanks for post.
     
  15. Make her solid, make her safe...lots of time for lipstick and makeup later
     
  16. BIG REDD
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    BIG REDD
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    from upstate NY

    exactly.

    thanks for the support guys
     
  17. BIG REDD
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    BIG REDD
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    from upstate NY


    Im gonna cut the front windscreen, I know the stock rear glass can NOT be cut due to being tempered. However I've heard if you buy new glass from parts places( eckers..ext) it isn't tempered and CAN be cut. Anyone confirm this yet?

    I know I can make it look like this with just sinking the corners of rear window. ( I'm also goign to be doing something like that with my taillights)

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  18. BIG REDD
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    BIG REDD
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    from upstate NY

    started fitting the new floor pans in tonight after work, I still have to remove the rest of the old floor under it and do a lot of trimming but its a start.Im gonna try to get the rest of the new body mounts in and try to get at least the back floor welded tomorrow.

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  19. Johnnymurt69
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    Man looks great so far!
     
  20. BIG REDD
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    BIG REDD
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    from upstate NY

    rear floor is all welded

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    next is this uglyness

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    also stripped the hood im going to use.

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    and the underside

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  21. looks good man, nice progress, what part of upstate are you from? i have bought one of those dual laminate aftermarket rear windows and plan to cut it, hopefully it can be done successfully the first time cause they are close to $500.

    keep up the good work!
     
  22. BIG REDD
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    BIG REDD
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    im from Albany/Saratoga. let me know how that works!
     
  23. koolkemp
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    This is looking pretty cool, hey if its rusty I'm hooked lol !
     
  24. BIG REDD
    Joined: Dec 4, 2011
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    BIG REDD
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    from upstate NY

    finished stripping the hood and removed the center trim piece revealing the hood which is made in 2 halves

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    started welding it and the emblem holes, I built up the weld in front to leave a peak in the front of the hood

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    all welded

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    close up of the peak, I Still have to weld the hood latch bolts in it was getting late so ill do that tomorrow

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  25. yetiskustoms
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    super cool, never get tired of 54 builds! keep up the good work!
     
  26. loco 52 ragtop
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    loco 52 ragtop
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    if you want to sell the door panels off the four door let me know.
     
  27. Chevy54
    Joined: Sep 27, 2009
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    Chevy54
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    from Orange, CA


    A good model to use for sure! Its my buddy Vinces 54 from up on the Hill (SoCalChevy54). Its has great lines...good luck with yours, its looking good so far man!
     
  28. Looks like your off to a good start!
     
  29. BIG REDD
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    BIG REDD
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    from upstate NY

    already sold. sorry


    thanks for the support.
     

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