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Motivate me to do some bodywork!

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by young'n'poor, Mar 25, 2013.

  1. young'n'poor
    Joined: Jan 26, 2006
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    young'n'poor
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    So my '62 galaxie isn't as clean as I'd hoped, in addition to the visible driver side quarter and dogleg repairs needed, when I pulled my carpet I found the driver side floor pan needs to be replaced and the trunk floor has a few holes as well. I'm a welder by trade but I've never even attempted bodywork so I'm pretty nervous to start cutting into it. I have a friend who can shape the patch panels it needs, and he is quite the metal shaper so I'm confident on fit, and ill just buy a trunk pan from macs or ecklers. Is this a project I could finish in time to cruise by June? Ill be able to work on it on weekends only due to having my kids all week and working second shift(3pm-11pm). I don't know why this seems like such a daunting task to me...


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  2. young'n'poor
    Joined: Jan 26, 2006
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    I would post pictures but it keeps telling me try aren't valid picture files(iPhone). I can email pics to somebody...


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  3. If you took it to a shop , they should have the metal work done in a few days ( less than 5 for sure) and hand you a bill for 1000-3000 dollars.
    How's that for motivation ?
     
  4. young'n'poor
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    Haha that's enough motivation to do it myself.


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  5. rc57
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    DO SOME BODYWORK!!!!!!!! Did that help?
     
  6. hillbilly4008
    Joined: Feb 13, 2009
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    from Rome NY

    I went from this
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    To this
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    in 3 days.

    Once you get to work it won't take you long at all. Just keep tellin yourself "it could be worse"
     
  7. 226 flattie
    Joined: Jan 6, 2009
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    226 flattie
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  8. Bring it to any reputable shop for an estimate that should make you want to do it yourself..Shop time is expensive compared to you home shop....Now damn it get dirty!!!
     
  9. You are a welder,you have a pal that can help with the sheet metal,,I can't imagine any reason why you can't be back on the road by June.

    When we were working on the wagon I only had a half day on Saturdays & Sundays,,the major floor pans,rocker panels,spare tire and quarter panels were done in 3 weeks.

    I wont lie,when we were on a roll we worked some long hours a few nights and we lost power one day so nothing was accomplished.HRP

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    Many more photos on my wagon build site if you care to peruse them. HRP
     
  10. Daunting - ?
    Probably because you've never done it before.
    At one time in our lives the potty was very daunting too.


    You have 9 weekends or 18days barring any of life's normal crazy shit.
    That's 3 weeks there's no room for dilly dallieing
     
  11. you can do it! just go for it and don't look back.... it's only metal, don't like it cut it out and redo it... weld, grind, cut, redo... ha ha.. we all feel your pain... but the feeling of accomplishment at the end will make it all good... we'll that's a lie too, you will just be damn glad it's over... just f@#$@ with ya... go for it, you can do it... if I can do it anybody can do it...

    o... one piece of advice, focus on one small area at a time or looking at the overall will overwhelm you...
     
  12. theHIGHLANDER
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    GET OFF YER FUCKIN ASS AND GET IT DONE!!

    Sorry, couldn't resist. Then again, maybe HRLC will dog you like she does me about finishing my own vs my client's. Maybe I'ma PM her about it...
     
  13. afaulk
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    Off yer ass and on yer feet! Outta the shade and into the heat....:D
     
  14. Mike51Merc
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    Experience builds confidence.
     
  15. indyjps
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    It will look like this soon if you dont start on it immediately. That enough motivation.
     

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  16. Fords-R-Us
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    Floors and trunk areas are a great place to practice your metal forming and welding skills--just take you time--good luck.
     
  17. young'n'poor
    Joined: Jan 26, 2006
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    Thanks for the encouragement. It sounds like my plan of rust repair and primer isn't unreasonable. Ill stop whimpering and get to stripping the interior. I do have one question though. I'm assuming I should start with the trunk floor and move forward right?


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  18. pitman
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    1. Remove gas tank
    2. Open fresh can of Bondo.
    3. Inhale
    4. Write when your fingers can hit the keys!
     
  19. You whining about a few patches?? Get to work. If it was easy everyone would do it.
     

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  20. thunderbirdesq
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    Hey that's my line!;)

    Maybe this will help you out...

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    April 2012
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    Now get to work and quit screwing around on the hamb!
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  21. wheels1950
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    wheels1950
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    from PA. USA

    Either this guy has pics of two different cars or he's a magician
    Nice work. And fast also
    There's a house for sale next to me!
    FRANK




     
  22. Rickybop
    Joined: May 23, 2008
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    from Michigan

    No desert or tv for you, mister. Not until you've finished all of your bodywork.

    You'll have the hang of it in no time, and you'll wonder why you were worried.

    Once you get started, you won't be able to stop. Frenched headlights, nosed, shaved and decked, handmade bubble skirts, giant fins...........wait.........no giant fins.
     
  23. hillbilly4008
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  24. mixedupamx
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    floors and trunk = good place to start as things don't have to be "perfect" to look good. Now quit that sniveling and get out there and get to work private!!!!!!!! and while your at it "DROP AND GIVE ME 20 MISTER!!!!!":D
     
  25. pitman
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    Right on Ricky! No Dry Lakes, no Bonneville,... all Lo-Cal from now on! :p
     
  26. HELLBILLY
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    Tinbender....... all I can say is YOU DA BOSS! :D
     
  27. Found the passenger side repair. HRP

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  28. Hotik
    Joined: Jan 7, 2011
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    from Usa

    I was started with floor and trunk floor ..now I'm finishing my top-chop :D

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  29. Petejoe
    Joined: Nov 27, 2002
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    from Zoar, Ohio

    Consider buying a cheap mustang floor pan and adapting it to your car. Seen it done many times. Mustang body parts are cheapest sheetmetal you can find. And it will look good. A good fitter will be able to do this easily. That means you!
     

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