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Projects The Wagon Ford shoulda' built, so we did!

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Rocket's Hot Rod Garage, Jan 29, 2020.

  1. Jimmy's a freak. That is a HIGH bar to set.
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  2. troybert
    Joined: Oct 11, 2012
    Posts: 66

    from muncie in.

    Watching threads like this is shared knowledge, it amazing of the skills out there and the ones that are willing to share I truly appreciate, thanks Troy
  3. theman440
    Joined: Jun 28, 2012
    Posts: 235

    from Las Vegas

    Dig those exhaust cut outs!
  4. nor6304
    Joined: Aug 23, 2009
    Posts: 223

    from Indiana

    really enjoy the build Thank you
  5. David Gersic
    Joined: Feb 15, 2015
    Posts: 2,256

    David Gersic
    from DeKalb, IL

    “...lack of skills.”

    Right. Pull the other one, it’s got bells on it.

    Sent from my iPad using The H.A.M.B. mobile app
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  6. anthony myrick
    Joined: Sep 4, 2009
    Posts: 6,147

    anthony myrick

    I tell students the difference between good and great is knowing how to fix or work yourself out of a mistake or difficult situation.
    A poor technician doesn’t care about mistakes unless it affects a pay check.

    Knowing your limitations doesn’t imply “lack of skill” It means you understand how to get the desired result with what you have.
    Lots of 6 and 7 figure high end cars were built by guys wrestling sheets of aluminum over various stumps using multiple pieces to form a panel.

    We do appreciate the humility or politeness extended to us guys on the sidelines watching this amazing build. .
  7. Peanut 1959
    Joined: Oct 11, 2008
    Posts: 1,936

    Peanut 1959

    Just stumbled on this build summary today, and I can't wait to see how it turns out! I haven't seen the final product yet, and I'm thoroughly enjoying the tease.
  8. Early on we knew we needed to re-make the tops of the quarters to work with the Crown Vic style trim & accept the new quarter windows. IMG_3568.JPG IMG_3545.JPG
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  9. We didn't like the stock tail lights. @Jeem suggested using modified Galaxie lenses & backup housings. IMG_3299.JPG
    BigO, brEad, drdave and 15 others like this.
  10. The absolute hardest thing that needed done for this build is the custom trim that extends from the B-pillar all the way back to the tail fins that needed fabricated. Mike spent allot of time building the dies & welding all the pieces together to make it happen.

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    Test run to make the final product.

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  11. We found out early on working with the stainless the best way to tackle welding it & blending 2 different part together is to use original Ford trim & cut strips to use as fill rod.


    We went to the wrecking yard again & found some nice flat rocker trim pieces from a Lincoln to re-purpose.

    After working out any small flaws on the Lincoln trim we formed it on the brake before running it through the Pullmax to give it the final profile.

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  12. Johnboy34
    Joined: Jul 12, 2011
    Posts: 1,282

    from Seattle,Wa

  13. Welding the trim together is a delicate deal.


    We re-used the stock Vic trim to finish out the ends above the tail lights. It involved adding along the bottom to match the new trim.

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    Then comes the extremely tedious task of metal finishing the welds.
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  14. Tim
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 11,551

    from Raytown Mo

  15. Wow that trim must have taken forever to fabricate.
  16. Mart
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 4,191


    Excellent stuff. Custom made stainless trim is just taking it to a new level. You left me behind with the regular custom fabrication, but working with stainless.. well, wow.
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  17. A few years ago I took a TIG refresher class and had a chance to do some stainless welding. It was a pleasure to work with. Unfortunately I never had further occasion to do any stainless and have since sold the machine...but I’m thinking about buying a smaller unit. I don’t think I’m up to what your guys did though.
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  18. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 27,516


    Whoo Hoo, I was hoping you would do a build thread. Thanks for sharing.
  19. wvenfield
    Joined: Nov 23, 2006
    Posts: 5,119


    I love wagons and this one is killer. Congrats.
  20. chevy57dude
    Joined: Dec 10, 2007
    Posts: 5,772


    What an amazing build!
  21. Excellent craftsmanship!
  22. 69supercj
    Joined: Apr 5, 2010
    Posts: 356


    Geeze Loueeze, absolutely amazing talent and craftsmanship!!
  23. jimmy six
    Joined: Mar 21, 2006
    Posts: 7,115

    jimmy six

    Appears to be 1956 Fairlane rear bumper ends. Not used on wagons in 1956. Hoping he will tell us if he modified the rear bumper like he did the front. Removing the flat license plate flat section was awesome.
    Last edited: Feb 7, 2020
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  24. fordflambe
    Joined: Apr 9, 2007
    Posts: 516


    Very nice work. Thanks for sharing.
  25. X-cpe
    Joined: Mar 9, 2018
    Posts: 998


    Also being able to anticipate and prevent them.
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  26. Crayons
    Joined: May 31, 2019
    Posts: 111


    Kudos to your welder. ..nice small welds (low bead height ), makes finishing so much easier. Good work.
  27. The 39 guy
    Joined: Nov 5, 2010
    Posts: 2,875

    The 39 guy

    I was impressed with your teams talents in metal fab and then you did the stainless....... I have refurbished enough stainless trim to realize how much skill and patience it must take to weld it then metal finish and get the results you did. I tip my dust old hat to you guys.
  28. Yes, Mike is the man!
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  29. vilanar
    Joined: Feb 9, 2009
    Posts: 58

    from Finland

    Wow,just wow! Thank you again for sharing this build thread. Doing/modifying the trim is amazing.
    Mike is one hell of a welder/finisher. You have a great team !
    Keep the pics coming , there is never too many build pics.


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