On the way to the sandblaster
(New panels from Ecklers) Parts #’s 63-15616 & 63-15617
underside of the body still looks pretty rough
all the loose stuff scraped off
seam sealed & coated now
body is on the lift
brought the frame over & rolling it in place
bringing it home to test fit the fenders, doors, trunk & hood
roller her off the trailer
finally home (for a short while at least)
driver front fender installed
Tear drop hood from Crites…took about 6 months to get. Made to order. Good quality
factory hood weighs over 60lbs
fiberglass bumpers from crites – need to drill holes for your bolts (they mark the spots for you)
fiberglass bumper weighs 5 lbs
steel bumper weighs 34lbs
decided to load the core support & bring to get power coated — Along with hood hinges, hood latch assy, grill brackets, etc
Everything is its final coat of primer and sealed
Finally painted – Body color is Ford’s Red Magma – Roof is matte black (to look like the original vinyl top)
Hood, trunk, door jams and bumpers painted
Got a few friends in the neighborhood to help lift and set the body back on the frame. Welded some metal bars to old door hinges then bolted to the body to serve as lift areas.
Finally got it on the trailer and home – Mattresses are to protect from my kids
I will keep the fenders, doors and truck off until interior, wiring, brake lines, fuel line, etc is complete
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Beautiful work – thank you for sharing this! Did you need to go with the teardrop hood because the Crites mounts put the engine too high for the stock hood?
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Thank you! Yes, I am using the teardrop hood
Teardrop because of the engine height? Or just for extra airflow/cool factor? Asking because I’m doing the same conversion but am not going to modify hood. Thanks!
Mainly because of the engine height. But airflow and the look of it as well
Did you just use your old core support and just blast and powdercoat? I have done the same but I was looking for any companies that sell core supports and of course none for this car.
Nogal, that is correct. I used the factory core support. Had it sandblasted and powder coated. Nobody makes one in after market as of yet
Just wondering the length of time it took for each process. Body work how long did this part take?
its hard to figure out the time length on this because of the inconstantly of working on it. They major metal replacement & welding took about 6 months. They body filler & sanding & primer has been going on for over 4 years
Geez – that a LOT of metal replacement. Looks like someone who knows what they’re doing tho!
yea, it was a lot of work….. hopefully it pays off good in the end