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Flintstones, meet the Flintstones!!!

It's going good! Drivers side will be better than new in a short time...

Juls, At least your rust hasn't required measures THIS drastic!!

Safety Bar?!! We don't need no Stinkin' Safety Bar!!!

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Wow. Your're an idiot. I luv you, man.
 

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My 67 looks similar except the pans are in better shape but the firewall panels on both side are gone. Behind the rear seat where it slopes up to the trunk and wheel wells is munched and I haven't seen where you can get a repro piece to fix it. Anyone know of any? Surprisingly the fenders are all solid.I guess someone washed them out regularly.
 

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DANNY CLEMENS said:
Hey, a little Bondo and POR-15 and you're ready to go.
A LOT of welding, then the other side, a LOT MORE welding, a full-floor transplant from a Cali HT car, a LOT MORE WELDING, a cowl transplant from a Cali HT car, EVEN MORE WELDING, not to mention drilling out a GAZILLION (that's a lot!) spot welds along the way.

THEN the POR-15 and I am ready to go!!

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Update: Donor metal "harvesting"

Now, here is the REAL "Flintstones, meet the Flintstones" car!! Harvest of donor hardtop floorpan in excellent (for an ECI) condition. Few easy repairs in flat areas and slap this sucker in wholesale to the 'vert.

Got the floorpan loose (drilling a bunch of spot welds and popping the metal loose, cutting of side seams, not needed for 'vert), exhaust from Y-pipe back off, E brake cable disconnected, rear brake line disconnected, driveshaft out, push the rear of the pan up and back close to the rear windshield, front clears the front frame horns, wrestle it around the Y pipe end, BAM!! It's out in one, nice piece!

Not for everyone (or more likely most), but sure beats a bunch of seamed in and incorrect patch panels. Not to mention that I can clean and prep an estimated full 1/2 of the undercarriage off of the car.

I love it when a plan comes together.

Stay tuned...

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Gee, I forgot the 1st Inner Rocker "after"

Here's a few more shots after the drivers inner rocker and torques boxes were installed.





 

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Sunroof69 said:
Wow. Brave or idiotic. Not sure which:D
Neither when you have spent as much time as I have studying, planning and plotting my strategy. This is the hardtop, not the vert. Actually, it would not matter for either as the roof, inner/outer rocker and torque boxes are the real supporting structure (on a HT) and everything but the roof (on a 'vert).
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I would be afraid it would just fold in half when put on a lift.
As you can see, the whole job was done on my lift (and what a civilized way to go about doing this!). Floor? You don't need no stinkin' floor! Either way "brave" and "idiotic" are complementary to an ECI, so thanks man!!
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Bob, you are on your way to a real nice convert! Keep up the good work!

...The little things I could get in my big lunchbox
Like nuts, an' bolts, and all four shocks
But the big stuff we snuck out in my buddy's mobile home.
Now, up to now my plan went all right
'Til we tried to put it all together one night
And that's when we noticed that something was definitely wrong....

I got it one piece at a time
And it didn't cost me a dime
You'll know it's me when I come through your town
I'm gonna ride around in style
I'm gonna drive everybody wild
'Cause I'll have the only one there is around.
 

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1969XR7Vert said:
Either way "brave" and "idiotic" are complementary to an ECI, so thanks man!!
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Your Velcome. I too am a proud E.C.I. I had my right rear floor plan replaced, and now, I'm waiting to hear from the body man when he can get started on the driverside front torquebox.

Hey man, I think you should keep the body as a shell, and then drop it on the desired chassis/interior combination as your mood suits you.:bong:
 

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Sunroof69 said:
Hey man, I think you should keep the body as a shell, and then drop it on the desired chassis/interior combination as your mood suits you.:bong:
Inspiration has struck!! I will sell the remains as an East Coast No-Floor, No-Cowl, Rusty Roof Shell (ECNFNCRRS)!!! Take that you WCRFS fans!!:chain:
 

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C Gauch said:
Bob, you are on your way to a real nice convert! Keep up the good work!

...The little things I could get in my big lunchbox
Like nuts, an' bolts, and all four shocks
But the big stuff we snuck out in my buddy's mobile home.
Now, up to now my plan went all right
'Til we tried to put it all together one night
And that's when we noticed that something was definitely wrong....

I got it one piece at a time
And it didn't cost me a dime
You'll know it's me when I come through your town
I'm gonna ride around in style
I'm gonna drive everybody wild
'Cause I'll have the only one there is around.

Ha ha Chris I like your lil poem! :icon16:
Bob I should show your Pictures to My Hubby maybe then he won't think I'M A IDIOT:cwm27:
Keep up the good work!!
Juli :wave:
 

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It's not a poem

my69xr7rocks said:
Ha ha Chris I like your lil poem! :icon16:

Juli :wave:
It's not a poem. Those are the lyrics to a Johnny Cash song called One Piece at a Time. It's about a guy who steals car parts from his employer with the intent to build a car. Didn't know guys from New Jersey were familiar with country music. Good stuff!
 

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ntgregory said:
Whew! I thought replacing a trunk filler panel was an accomplishment.

How many spot weld drill bits have you burned through?
Todd,

It will sound hard to believe, but I am still on the second side of the very first spot weld bit! I started out using a little WD-40 when I did the first inner rocker and torque boxes (you have to go through about 1/8" of metal for a lot of those welds), towards the end of that job I flipped over the first bit (and kinda stopped using the WD-40 although it enhances cutting and prolongs bit life, I should go back to using it) and am still using that one now. The floorpan was a breeze by comparison and a welcome relief after doing the many "brute" inner rocker and torque box spot welds.

Now the 1/8" pilot bit I have gone through a number of mostly because of breaking them. I find it much easier to rock the drill in a small circular motion to aid the cutting process. Sometimes a bit will break while doing this.

Most important thing I've learned to make this process of spot weld removal easier (and others live by this as well) is to pre-drill the pilot holes so you are not having to do that with each spot weld drilling operation in addition to drilling the actual weld. In fact, some spot weld tools do not have the pilot drill at all, they have a "stub" rod instead to go in a hole drilled by other means. I have gone to this method as well, leaving a broken pilot bit in the tool as a stub instead of a good bit, since I predrill this works out and saves me bits in the process. Less likely to break bits when drilling with a regular bit putting in the pilot holes.

Hi, my name is Bob and I'm an ECI.

{audience:} Hi Bob...

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jcbingcougar said:
Didn't know guys from New Jersey were familiar with country music...
There's a lot about "Guys from New Jersey" people don't know. Sure, we fart, burp, scratch our genitals (but only at formal events), but we have been known very eclectic in our tastes too. Heck, some of us even have more than two teeth and two brain cells to send synaptic impulses between!!:lolani:
 
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