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Out with the old.....

The team at Far From Factory (F3) have removed the damaged sections of the driver’s side rear quarter structure....(click on pics to enlarge)
 
 

 
Closer inspection of the damaged and donor sheet metal sections reveal that many of the panels will have to be grafted together from bits of each group to arrive at solid replacements. As an example, the donor wheelhouse outer lip wasn’t nearly as solid as the outer lip of the removed tub. When the Torino was originally repaired years ago, the outer wheelhouse was replaced with a new OEM unit along with the new outer quarter panel skin. Evidently the car saw limited weather after the repair because the outer wheelhouse was extremely solid. Had it not been blacksmithed to accommodate use of the original (damaged) inner quarter structure, it could have been reused. Adam plans to cut out the good section of the outer lip and graft it into the donor wheelhouse. A similar situation is being experienced at the replacement section of the roof header.

After talking with Adam about his plans to create solid replacement panels from the bits and pieces available, I feel I made the right decision to turn the body and paint over to the craftsmen at F3!!

Stay tuned for more….



Edited by TV 2M8O - 02-August-2012 at 9:20AM
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote legend onirot Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02-August-2012 at 9:34AM
wow...  its wierd looking at one of our cars like that. 
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LOL, yeah and you should see it with the driver's door opened!
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but i know when it is finished... it will be a new car...  thats what is cool about it.
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It's a shame the car was damaged at some point in it's past and not repaired correctly when everything was still available NEW over the counter! The ONLY rust on this thing was a spot, a bit smaller than a business card, behind the passenger side front wheel where leaves had collected and rotted the fender out from behind. Everything else was very solid.... even had the factory dual exhaust still in place, but it was due for replacement from the mufflers back.
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Panel fitment has begun.... Part 1

Well the guys at Far From Factory (F3) kept to their plan and Sept 4 thru 8 is definitely OLDIES WEEK. Panel fitment has begun on the Tomato and things are really starting to take shape. They have the inner structure grafted together and now the repaired assembly is welded to the wheelhouse. The boys are now in the process of fitting the wheelhouse/inner structure to the body.

















With things secured in place, they even hung the outer skin and roof skin to check fit and spot the sail panel to roof patch panel to the outer quarter panel.


Looking forward to seeing how much is done on Friday!

Stay tuned……….

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are those 17" dodge rims on the rear?
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Originally posted by 75GranMan 75GranMan wrote:

are those 17" dodge rims on the rear?
 
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No, I think they said it was off of a Toyota truck they had out on the lot. Was the only spare they had available at the time when they created "Wilson".... LOL
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Went over to the dealership and cleaned up my frame brackets and reinforcements today... seemed like a strange place with the Tomato gone!!
 
Here are a few shots of my efforts.....
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The reinforcement bars will be satin black powder coated and the frame brackets will be painted chassis satin black along with the frame once they are welded on. Can't wait for the boys at F3 to get her back to me in prime so I can get busy again on blasting the rest of the chassis and engine bay and getting the undercarriage and doghouse area all finished up!
 
Until next time....
 
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Going thru my project pictures and did this side by side comparison.....


































Funny how while the repairs are not fully completed, the area looks 100% BETTER!!


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Was this car some kind of limited production car or was it sentimental to you or something? If not I am just curious why go thru so much work if not.I have seen a lot of them with possibly a lot less repair which in the end would probably saved you $.

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We tend to jump through hoops for our cars, LOL. Sometimes it is something in the heart that causes us to care less about the wallet.
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Scott,
 
I had one of the S&H LE's back in the day and had it for many years until one day I had a brain fart and sold her. The car hadn't move 3 feet and I knew I had made a MAJOR mistake because everyone knew me by that car. I always said one day I would get her back...
 
When the S&H movie came out in '04, the fire was rekindled! I exhausted ever lead I could trying to locate my old ride without success so the hunt began for a replacement. I found this one on eBay out of Washington state (from Mr. S&H Torino himself, Steve Casteel) and determined to rebuild it as a clone of the TV Hero cars..... except mine will be a bucket seat/console car (the way I'm sure Starsky would really have ordered it! LOL)... and being the anal type, I WANTED IT AS NEAR PERFECT AS POSSIBLE!
 
Joe is right, when the heart is involved, the wallet doesn't matter!
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Joe,I'm with you you on the bucket seat/console......Now go the extra mile,4SPD!!! nice work on the car,Is that an NOS quarter?
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Thanks for explaination,I was just curious.You will enjoy it when done I'm sure.
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John,
 
It was NOS back in the day when the car was originally fixed.... that's why I said if they had just gone the extra mile back when it was first repaired, I would be ahead of the game now! But they cut corners to reduce cost's I'm sure... never expecting it to live this long???
 
I thought about converting to a 4 speed but decided to stick with the C6 to reduce drivetrain abuse! LOL
 


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Picked up the powdercoated frame reinforcements on Friday and for $20, they came out pretty nice......
 
 
Definately be dropping off more pieces for them to coat!!
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Tail light seals arrived...
 
 
 
need a bit of clean up but otherwise in pretty good shape.
 
Thanks Javier!!

Edited by TV 2M8O - 09-October-2012 at 10:09AM
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Wow, those are nice. Really difficult to find in that condition. More often than not, those never were replaced when an accident occured. My '76 was never hit and has them, but most of the parts cars I've bought... less than 1/2 were present.
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Joe,nice little extra you have there.my car didn't come with them.I scored a set,but opted not to use them as they aren't in the shape your are in.Thumbs Up.
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