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    Posted: 02-May-2012 at 1:18PM
Well for those who haven't been following my blog elsewhere, the Torino is off to the body shop. Here are a few pics...
 
Waiting on the guys to arrive so I was playing with my stripe templates... 
 
 
My "swoop" compared to the TV Hero #1... almost got it nailed!
 
Let's see if those post correctly....


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They posted correctly. Great work!Thumbs Up
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SUPER! OK, so here are more pics of the move...
 
Edging towards the ramp down....
 
Into the daylight for the first time in YEARS....
 
Off to the body shop....
 
Arriving at Far From Factory. Driver said there was a LOT of rubber necking going on during the trip!
 
In the shop and among good company. We beat the rain by about half an hour!!
 
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looking good,I feel your pain laying out the stripe! but at least it'll be the way you want it.keep the pix flowing.
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That stripe is smokin. Keep pics coming..looking really good.
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Thanks guys!
To see all I have been up to on my build, check out my project blog (see link in signature).
 
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Originally posted by 72 GTS 429 72 GTS 429 wrote:

I see you have a donor roof strapped to the car,was your car a vinyl car before?
 
Jeff,
 
At one time she was, but the vinyl was long gone! There was damage to the roof that they had simply pulled out and puttied over (dig thru my blog to see more about the damage) and I thought it would be soooo much easier to just reskin rather than work the metal back into shape so I found a donor.
 
Yeah the shop doing the work turns out some really NICE work and they are stricklers for the details like I am, so that made the decision to let them handle things that much easier. Really looking forward to November... that's our target completion date.
 
STAY TUNED......
 
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Reconstruction has begun....

The guys at Far From Factory have begun the daunting task of repairing the Torino inner structure. They have pulled the driver's side rear quarter panel to expose the underlying structure and have found the hidden repairs were performed with the same blacksmithing skills as the roof! (click on pics to enlarge)



The replacement rear quarter skin had been brazed into place with a minimum of attachment points which made the skin removal pretty straight forward, but the work to come will be a bit more difficult. Here are a few shots of some of the problem areas......













The guys do great work and have agreed to allow me to assist with the more mundane tasks that don't require a lot of skill but do need lots of patience. I see a lot of spot weld drilling, edge straightening and rust removal in my future! I hope to also pick up a few bodyworking skills along the way and perhaps some painting basics as well.

More to come......

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looks like our going to need a donor for some rust free structure parts

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Looks like a lot of work is gonna be needed on that quarter/ c-pillar area! I wouldn't even know where to start...
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Donor parts already in hand...........

 
 
 
 
And got a GREAT crew working on it, so it will be BETTER than new when finished!
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Wow,thats alot of work to be done!it's great that you can help out with some of the progress.keep the pix comin'
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I think it looks far worse than it actually is. With all the necessary replacment parts in hand, I think it should be a very straight forward swap out of parts....
 
But time will tell!


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The boys at Far From Factory (F3) found another part that was damaged that they also wanted to replace... the section of the roof header right above the c-pillar. I got in touch with the guy who supplied me the inner structure and he still had his donor Torino and was able to cut out a large section of the header so we would have more than enough of the roof header to make the repair.

 
Last piece of the puzzle (hopefully!!) is in the mail!
 
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Last piece of the puzzle?

The replacement piece arrived at Far From Factory (F3) so now with all the (known) repair parts in hand, let the sparks begin to fly!!!
 
 

I also purchased a gallon of Evapo-Rust to treat the new section priot to install so I'll let everyone know how well it worked on the heavy surface rust on the donor piece... however I'm sure it won't be as clean as Redi-Strip got the other parts, but we'll see!

As a side note I had to also get a replacement rear tire.... evidently Team F3 were doing burnouts with the 2M8O and had a blow out....

 
LOL, the tire looked like Wilson from CASTAWAY!!
 
 
 
More to come....


Edited by TV 2M8O - 13-July-2012 at 10:06AM
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Joe,I guess if you're ok with them doing burnouts with your car than its all good?usually nothin good happens from that.Most people wouldn't understand how an outputshaft coulda busted during a routine maintance check,musta been soft steel compound....yeah, thats what it was soft steel.Wink
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John,
 
I was just making a joke.... have a closer look at my lead in photos (or check out my project blog) and you'll see the engine and tranny are OUT of my car! So unless they are decendants of Fred Flintstone, it was just a case of old, dried out rubber and perhaps a busted belt that let go when they were airing up the tire. I've had the car since '04 and I work on it and keep it stored on the second floor of a local car dealership where temps climb well above 110 degrees in the summer and the Lord only knows how old the tire actually is, so I'm pretty sure it was simply a tire failure!
 
Yeah, I have complete faith in the integrity of the guys at F3!


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Joe.guess I shoulda checked out your blog sooner.I was wondering where you had the car stored,ford dealer I hope!
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John,

No actually they used to be a Dodge dealer, but the dealer principal owns several old Fords... among other makes.
 
They were one of the dealerships that Chrysler robbed of their franchise during the car maker bailout..... funny because they were selling between 50 & 75 NEW cars on average a month prior to being cut off. We never could rationalize Chrysler's method of reasoning for which dealerships to keep and which to pull.


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