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Have had somewhat of a necessary break in progress the past few weeks as I've had to stay home and keep an eye on my Mom who is slowly slipping away from us. But there has been some progress and I was able to go over today and do a bit of work on the Tomato....

Last weekend at home, I was able to get all the necessary pieces to assemble my temporary heater bypass hose...
 
 
 
 
 
and this weekend I was able to finally heat shrink the hose clamp and get the hose loosely fitted to the engine...
 
 


dry fit the driver side wheelhouse to the fender to get an idea of what hardware I need...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


painted the wheelhouse to fender washers...
 


blasted, wire wheeled and got the first coat of bluing on the headlight adjustment springs...
 
 
 
and cruise control mounting bracket nuts...
 

and got a coat of chassis black on the backside of the headlight buckets and grill header panel.
 


This week I'll order the necessary hardware I'll need to get the fenders, headlight buckets and header panel remounted to the car and I'll be one step closer to turning her back over to the body shop for final bodywork and paint!


Edited by TV 2M8O - 08-April-2018 at 1:06AM

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Looks great man keep up the good work. I have done a couple of frame off resto's and it can get very overwhelming with all the parts getting cleaned and hardware to locate/clean. Can't wait to see it done! 
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Well after a short hiatus to deal with the loss of my Mom, I was able to get over to the dealership this weekend and do a little bit. I got the passenger door reinstalled and rehung both front wheelhouses and fenders....
 
 

Several loose ends to tie up before she'll be ready to head back for final bodywork and paint!


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  looking good joe!!!
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Looks awesome Joe!  Very sorry to hear about your mother.  I have been there and it's not easy.
 
What's the best way to remove the front and mount the front fenders?  Remove the fenders and wheelhouse as one unit, or separately?  I see you attached the wheelhouses before you put the fenders back on.
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Looking really good. I like Your attention to details.Thumbs Up
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Originally posted by 72FordGTS 72FordGTS wrote:

Looks awesome Joe!  Very sorry to hear about your mother.  I have been there and it's not easy.
What's the best way to remove the front and mount the front fenders?  Remove the fenders and wheelhouse as one unit, or separately?  I see you attached the wheelhouses before you put the fenders back on.

Vince, first thanks for your condolences. Mom lived with us so we're faced with the new norm everyday and it's still odd for her not to be around. Cry

During disassembly, I removed the fenders and left the wheelhouses in place. For the reassembly of the front sheet metal for delivery back to the body shop, on the driver side I hung the wheelhouse to the fender (loosely) and fit the assembly to the car (heavy!). On the passenger side, I fit the wheelhouse then maneuvered the fender into position (lighter but had to fight to align fender hardware).

Both ways were a chore hanging solo, but I think for final assembly, it would be preferred to hang the wheelhouse onto the fender loosely so all the fasteners into the fender can be started to alleviate alignment issues and scratching/damaging the final paint. PLUS, it's definitely a two man job!!

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 what?! i did mine by myself CryLOLWink
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Couple of NO PIC weekends recently, but there was some progress made....

Last weekend,  I got the lower front fender to core support brackets mounted as well as the lower fender to rocker panel hardware installed. I then started gathering up all my exterior trim... found it all but the two pieces on either side of the gas door before calling it a day.

This weekend, I changed out the hood latch support brace with a nicer one, checked under the car for leaks and noticed a couple small puddles at each end of the oil pan (will re-torque the pan bolts to see if that stops the drips) and reinstalled the battery and reconnected all the wiring and lit off the engine after it's long winter nap.

Took a few tries, but once she got fuel, she roared to life. It still amazes me how quickly this thing lights off... I think you hit the key and the very next cylinder brings it to life!  I checked the high output alternator belt as it was running and it appears I got the pulleys in perfect alignment! Thumbs Up


I then pulled out the AC dryer canister and looked at getting it installed along with the fuse block for the high output alternator. Looks like I'll be doing a bit of custom work next weekend getting everything located and looking OEM as well as searching for my missing trim pieces!!



Edited by TV 2M8O - 22-April-2018 at 6:08AM

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progress is good! (i guess we can live without pics...for now CryLOL)
let me know if you can't find the trim... i have a couple good sets available Wink

BTW glad you got the penguin fixed Wink
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This weekend, got the AC dryer mounted so I could determine where to mount the high output alternator fuse block. Got the block mounted as well as cutting and terminating the #4 alternator feed wire and covered it's clear jacket with black heat shrink along with the jumper wire up to the starter solenoid. Also shot a few pics of the process just so you guys know I'm really doing something.....
 
 
 
 
 

Next weekend, I'll blast and detail the AC dryer and get a few more little things checked off the TO DO list. I also have a body guy coming by to have a look and give me some numbers for the final body and paint. Fingers crossed it doesn't cut too deeply into the savings account!!!!


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oh good, that canister sticks out like a sore thumb LOL
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Come on John..... you know I'll make it look good as new before I'm done!! Wink

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Thumbs Up if you didn't i'd never let you live that down! not after all the work you've put into this car Wink
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Been another couple weeks since I last updated so here's what's happened....

Weekend before last, I talked with the former painter at Far From Factory about final paint and bodywork and got the numbers to get her straight and shot, got the high output alternator charging cables....
 


the cruise control servo bracket reinstalled...
 
 


and blasted and painted the AC dryer.
 
 
 
 


Then home for date night with my lovely wife!

Last weekend, I trimmed and fit the battery mat to the tray and got a list together for the hardware I needed to order from AMK Products.

The hardware arrived from AML last week,
 


so this weekend, so I started pulling everything back apart to get the correct hardware installed and take care of any unresolved issues. First on the agenda was to get the fender to door opening filler panels taken care of, I created the templates to cut the rubber seals to close up the gap between the Torino fender profile and the Cougar panel profile and designed a retainer clip to secure the top of the fillers to the fender retention slotted opening....
 
 
 
 


Next week I hope to get the seals and clips cut so I can get the fenders rehung and the headlight buckets and header panel installed.


Edited by TV 2M8O - 20-May-2018 at 9:29AM

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looks good joe! so is he still onboard to paint it for you???
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YEP... eager to do so!

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