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    Posted: 07-August-2022 at 9:56AM
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I'm also hopeful they can blow off the cobwebs and power wash the engine to blast away all the crud that has accumulated on the engine to save me a little bit of rework!Unhappy



i wouldn't risk contaminating the body surface at this point
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OK, can someone tell me why the posting rotated my pictures and how I can correctly orient them??

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Great job Joe!  I saw the video - great to hear the engine running smoothly!

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Well Saturday I worked at the bodyshop reinstalling the wiring harnesses, electrical components, a mini fuel tank and a new battery and after being neglected and left for dead for the last two and a half years at the former "shop" (I really hesitate to use that term due to the care they took with protecting what I had done prior to delivery and their assurances that they would keep it safe and looking like it had when delivered. Angry) I filled the fuel bowls of the carb and hit the key....



and POW, she roared back to life! When she lit off, it sent a little field mouse scurrying away to a safer place! LOL LOL don't know where he was hiding but I'm sure he'll think twice about taking up residence around the engine! Noticed the fuel return line from the fuel pump was leaking so I'll need to pick up a fresh piece of rubber fuel line to replace the old one. I'm also hopeful they can blow off the cobwebs and power wash the engine to blast away all the crud that has accumulated on the engine to save me a little bit of rework!Unhappy

I also discovered that Eric (their master bodyman) had reworked the leading edge of the driver side quarter panel to better align with the trailing edge of the door for a more uniform door gap.








She slowly coming together and eager to see the next batch of sheetmetal hung!!

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Great progress and cool to see the photos.

Keep us posted!

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Looking great! 
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Great progress there, I'm sure you are very happy with that new shop now. Keep enjoying that progress.
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Looks like you found the right place to get it done. Excellent.
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Well as the month of July closes out, more progress has been made on the ole girl.

I finished creating the sleeves for the power lock actuators and got them wrapped up....











and dropped off all the door interior parts and glass to the guys at the body shop.

When I was there dropping off the door bits, they had finished blocking and priming the exterior surface of the doors.....










shot a first coat of red on the hinge posts....



and had started blocking and priming the driver front fender.




I stopped in again mid-week were they had primed the interior face of the passenger door.....


and had stripped the paint from the driver door in preparation for primer.


The weekend of the 16th I popped in again and they had both doors primed and ready to hang....










and had started working the passenger side fender.





Stopped in on Monday the 25th and they had both fenders worked and primed both side and ready to hang once the doors are hung, assembled and adjusted....







Will need to add the trim and emblem holes to the driver side fender before the color gets applied.

This past weekend, July 30th run by and they had hung both doors!!





Bill said they will shoot the inside of the doors with Lizardskin and once it's dry, they'll install the inside pieces of the doors and get them adjusted. Once that's completed, they'll work the top of the cowl, lower portions of the A pillars and then mask off the areas of the firewall and cowl sides that stay black and shoot it with a coat of 2B red before hanging the front fenders.

They are kicking ass on this project and I'd bet she'll be wearing her colors by the end of August... FINGERS CROSSED!!


Edited by TV 2M8O - 31-July-2022 at 3:28AM

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 oh ok i thought you had me out there in the dark trying to remove that stuff for nothing Confused
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CJ,, the new lock cylinders came with new levers but you have to scrap the new ones and reuse the originals...

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 i thought you lost those levers on the door locks???
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Well done Joe, that's great progress.

Question, the window bump stops, is that black coating firm, could it be similar to Plasti Dip? If it's the same, that could be an easy and great repair for those.
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Great updates Joe! It's coming along slowly but surely
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Been a couple weeks since my last update, so I thought I'd post a few new developments....

First, I now have all the door latch assemblies, window lift guides and lift arms cleaned, refreshed and ready to install. Need to repair the rubber tips of the window stops and then they will be ready for install as well. Talked with the shop and they asked me to NOT grease up everything so it would be cleaner for them installing all of it in the doors. Bill said he would grease up everything after final assembly.









While I was there last week, they had the passenger side door primed and ready to rehang and had started on the driver side door...









On Thursday, I got a message asking me to drop off the 2B Red so they could shoot the hinges and hinge post prior to rehanging the doors, so the driver door must be done as well. I got to their shop before they did on Saturday morning, so I left the paint under their vehicle shed and asked them to send me a couple pics of the driver's door for my progress blog.



Also while I was out on Saturday, I stopped in our local bike shop to see if they had a bike inner tube the correct size to use to make the sleeve to cover the power door lock actuator motors. Luckily they had just replaced a tube for a customer so there was one in their trash can that they gave to me... GOTTA LOVE FREE!! So my task for Sunday afternoon is to finish creating the sleeves to waterproof the actuator motors.







While I was at the dealership, I also located my Torino keys so I can get the new door lock cylinders rekeyed to work with the original Torino door key....



So while there wasn't a LOT done, there was still some progress!!

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Spoke with the body shop last week and they were starting on the doors this weekend which means I need to get my ass in gear and get the all door innards cleaned, lubed and any bad bits replaced. My last NOS door latch arrived on Friday, so I set about working the latch assemblies.

I pulled out the original passenger side latch assembly and set it up on the bench so I could figure out how the power lock sensor and actuator fit into the scheme of things and then started removing the rods one by one and cleaning them on the wire wheel and then installing them on the new door latch.









Need to run out today and pick up a few cans of brake clean so I can finish degreasing the power window mechanisms as well as getting the driver side latch assembly cleaned and rebuilt so I can drop off all the door innards to the bodyshop next week so they can reassemble the doors so they are weighted correctly when they rehang them onto the body to align the body lines and set the gaps correctly. I'll post a few pics of all the finished pieces once they've been completed.

I have a few questions about the window stops and related pieces that I will post under the '72-'76 Ford and Mercury banner so as not to sidetrack this post and have it available should someone else find themselves in the same boat.....

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Looking good!!
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Great job, it looks great!

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Excellent, that looks like it's close enough to plan for installing all the trim and the rest of the car.

You might just weigh the door inner parts, and tell the body shop that number. They could just place something inside each door that weighs 5lbs or whatever that figure is, like balancing an engine they don't need the actual parts in place.
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So cool to see how much is getting done on our cars lately. 
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Fantastic updates Joe, keep them coming Wink

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Forgot to update back on May 28th....

Got a text message and pics from the bodyshop that they have applied the first coat of primer to the body! Still a couple areas to finesse before they move onto the doors.









Bill also asked that I bring him all the door innards so they can put everything in so the doors are weighted properly so they can get hung and the bodyline and gaps set correctly. Now the fun begins diving into a 15+ year old parts cache to try and find everything and then get them cleaned, repaired, replaced and ready for install.

Wish me luck!

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 if you want the seams filled... weld the joint solid with weld, grind smooth, then skim some duraglas filler to level it out! it is water proof unlike regular bondoWink thats what i do for custom jobs!
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Great progress Joe! 
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Don, I'm going to see if I can get the shop to seam seal over the seam between the rear quarter and the jamb latch post for a nice smooth transition between quarter and the post.

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Thanks, I've kind of heard the same thing once before. The body sheet metal shouldn't be flexing enough to break any metal filled seam, but most types of bondo could crack there in some conditions.

The one that made me think of it was the rear door jamb of my 93 Explorer, when we replaced the quarter panel. The slight overlap of the metal panels left a line where they filled it with bondo. The guy cut the seam, the groove there, to make it look factory. I saw it after it was primered, and it made me mad to think they didn't smooth it. That seam may not have had seam sealer in it, so the line was a natural difference of the panels, just painted over. That's the kind of line I'd like smooth if possible, that one is a known rust spot to begin on many vehicles.
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Don, I originally wanted the shop to smooth over the seams to make the trunk gutter surround "seamless" but they advised me that was NOT a good idea for the very reasons you mentioned... it cracks and allows moisture to collect, so once the panels were leveled and spot welded into position, the seams were treated with seam sealer and then the sealer was smoothed back away from the actual seam to appear factory correct. I really wanted that smooth seamless appearance.... but I didn't want the future worries!

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Excellent, it's good to see you have a body shop that is delivering on the promise.

BTW, has the subject of body seams been discussed yet, with that shop, or Johnny here? I've always wondered which seams can be filled completely, and which have to have body filler in them.

I hate filler, as it hardens and cracks over time. The seam of the panel below the back window is one of the worst. When that filler lets go, the rust begins there, after a water leak makes an issue in the trunk.
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Stopped in the bodyshop early last week to drop of a few additional pieces of trim they wanted and found they were working the trunk gutter and back window frame into shape as well as a bit more finessing of the driver side quarter. 















Looks like it won't be too much longer that they'll be shooting a bit of primer onto the body and then start massaging the doors and getting them rehung and aligned and setting the gaps.... Getting a little more excited!

This week I also got a few interior clips and the hood patch panel from CJ to replace a section of the underside hood frame that had been "clearanced" for something once upon a time?? I soaked it all overnight in EvapoRust, then sandblasted (I love sandblasting when it goes smoothly... very therapeutic!) and treated them all with Ospho. A few little rust holes to address, but the majority of them look like they are outside the area we will need to use so they shouldn't be too big an issue.





























I'll post a couple more pics next weekend of what the Ospho looks like once it has dried.

Baby steps, but she's slowly progressing!!

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Looking good Joe! 
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