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Yeah, you can go overboard on frames, cleaning and grinding old welds, smoothing out and puttying gouges, etc. Then you put the body back on, and you never see most of it again. As long as it's primed and painted, it's 100% better than it came from the factory. Looks good!!
  Did you take a pic of your body dolly? I'm thinking of doing the same thing eventually but don't have a good idea of what to build.
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What are you using to clean the frame?
 
What are you using to get inside the frame?
And then paint inside the frame?
 
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Luckily, this frame is in pretty good shape with little rust.

I am stripping the frame of grease and dirt using brake cleaner, engine degreaser, and wire brush. Once dry I clean it with a 3M rotating stripper pad. Then with a wire wheel. After that I apply a paint prep product, prime it, and then paint it. That small rear section took about 3.5 hours, so I figure I'll have 8 to 12hr in the entire frame before being done.

The inside of the frame I do the best I can with some wire bottle brushes. Then blow out with compressed air and apply the Eastwood/Dupont rust converter through every hole and oriface I can locate. Not perfect, but this frame is in pretty good shape.
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nice progress,some day i'll be pulling the body off to do the frame and chassis components.Glad you went with Grabber blue for your color choice.I think it will look better blue with your vinyl top.is the bodyshop doing the bottom of the body?
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The vinyl roof is hitting the road. Shame too, it was in great shape, but I don't like the look.

Here are a couple of body dolly pictures. The dolly started life as some sort of heavy duty wagon for farm/tractor use and came from Northern Tool.  It has moved a few cars over the years but this is by far the largest body. Worked fine. The car arrived at the painters on Sat AM, should have it back in 3-4 weeks.






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are you using a hydraulic clutch .
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Planning to use a manual clutch.

A bit more progress. The frame is "done", that is it has been stripped where needed, primed all over, and has two coats of black paint on it. And, the body man has been doing work on the car and the floor pans are done, front and rear (forgot front photo), vinyl top is stripped off, and body repairs are being made to the car. One minor problem - they broke the front windshield getting it out of the car. Anyone know of a good source for a front windshield? Is 72-76 all the same?







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frame is looking really sweet, glad to see you move pretty quick
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I hope to get the rear axle disassembled and blasted today. We shall see. Time to quit typing and start working!
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Ron, I actually got a new windshield from glassmasters in Raleigh earlier this year. Think it was a couple hundred and they came out to the house to install it.
 

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I'll check the glass situation out, thanks!

Getting the upper ball joints off was a bitch. The bushings are turning out a bit better by using our old friend fire.


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Originally posted by Ron Earp Ron Earp wrote:

I'll check the glass situation out, thanks!

Getting the upper ball joints off was a bitch. The bushings are turning out a bit better by using our old friend fire.


LOOK... Bolt in Ball Joints!
 
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Using the lift to pick the rear of the engine up so I can check bellhousing alignment with the crank. Thus far runout seems to be around 0.050" which is going to require the use of offset dowel pins to correct. Never seen one of these line up out of the box.

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Gotta run power to the gargae for my new heater so I can hot and working like you are!

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Blasting the Torino in preparation for bodywork and paint.







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it's gonna be a pita to clean up the sand after, except if you cover the ground
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Not sure I follow you. It is being blasted in a derelict industrial lot where they blast a lot, so no clean up needed. Just roll out. 
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my bad, i thought you were gonna blast it where you took the pic
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We did. Sand hits the ground and pretty much stays where it falls. Swept it off the pavement into the grass / rocks though.
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Your way definitely easier. I wound up having to enclose my car in the garage. Of coarse that lead to gutting the shop afterwards anyway.
  
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