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Old 08-18-2019, 08:22 PM   #151
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Body looks in really good condition!

I've been following along so maybe I already saw and forgot, but what's your overall plan for the car? You're well on your way to a full up resto!
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Old 08-18-2019, 08:49 PM   #152
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Body looks in really good condition!

I've been following along so maybe I already saw and forgot, but what's your overall plan for the car? You're well on your way to a full up resto!
Overall, the body isn't bad, especially for a 140. It has some rust around the front and rear of the driver side rear wheel opening, the rear of the passenger side wheel opening, the windshield corners, and the area in the last photo.
The drip rail and roof above the driver's door is dented, and the passenger door is rusted out. I have a replacement door.
It's just going to be stock, the only "non-stock" items will be the VP lowering springs and sport exhaust, the VTO Minilite wheels, and the 74 striped interior. Oh, and the stereo, but it will be hidden and an old Volvo stereo will be in the lower radio location.
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Old 08-19-2019, 07:37 PM   #153
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Cool, thanks for the rundown. How bad is the rear wheel area rust? Hopefully confined to the outer arch where the patch panels are easy to tack in!
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Old 08-19-2019, 08:52 PM   #154
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Cool, thanks for the rundown. How bad is the rear wheel area rust? Hopefully confined to the outer arch where the patch panels are easy to tack in!
It's just the arches. The inner fenders are nice and solid.
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Old 09-01-2019, 08:49 PM   #155
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With the lights out, this is dangerous.
Floor pan on the driver side is worse than hoped. New section is ordered.
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Old 09-02-2019, 01:15 PM   #156
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Passenger side is nowhere as bad, thankfully. One small rust hole, the rest is pitted and can be saved with phosphoric acid.
Got the patch cut out for it but won't mess with it until the remainder of the underside is fully cleaned. That should be done today or tomorrow at the latest (finally!).
Ordered a front floor patch panel for the driver side. Once it arrives, I'll see how well it fits. It's pitted so bad that I don't think I can get to clean metal to just patch it. I may need to replace the whole thing.
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Old 09-02-2019, 05:04 PM   #157
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Disappointing but it looks like you caught it fairly soon. Where are you ordering your panels ?

We've had to make some panels fit with some "convincing" here, but VP has good panels.
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Old 09-02-2019, 08:07 PM   #158
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I got the rear wheel opening pieces from VP, but the driver's floor pan is coming from Ray Buck Auto Parts.
Pretty common to need to "convince" aftermarket patch panels.
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Old 09-02-2019, 08:49 PM   #159
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If that's the worst of the rust then you're in really good shape! I'm sure you're relieved to be nearly done with all of the scraping and on to real repair work too.
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Old 09-03-2019, 02:41 PM   #160
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Whoa-hoo!!
Undercoating is finally removed. Now begins the lacquer thinner & Scotchbrite pads after I take the old dog to the vet.
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Old 09-03-2019, 07:48 PM   #161
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Great news! What a tedious chore...
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Old 09-03-2019, 08:16 PM   #162
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Great news! What a tedious chore...
And my twice surgically repaired shoulders are thankful!
Started around the trunk with some lacquer thinner & gray Scotchbrite pad. That is going much easier that I expected.
Haven't received ship or delivery date for my driver's floor pan.
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Old 09-03-2019, 08:30 PM   #163
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I was going to suggest celebrating with a cigar but I recommend that you not have any ignition sources in your garage at this point.
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Old 09-04-2019, 05:55 PM   #164
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Mostly cleaned the garage today. The undercoating was everywhere. Put down some new cardboard underlayment since what was there had undercoating caked on it.
The fun stuff, started hitting under the trunk with lacquer thinner & a Scotchbrite pad. Still need to get a little around the exhaust hanger, but shiny metal!! We're getting there.
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Old 09-05-2019, 05:29 PM   #165
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So pretty.....

Great progress, nice work. I bitch about having to do that to a car that has a combination of sand blasted panels and fresh sheetmetal, I can't imagine doing the entire thing like you did.
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Old 09-05-2019, 05:39 PM   #166
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looks like that blasting tool really makes quick work of stripping paint, is it worth a buy?
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Old 09-05-2019, 06:07 PM   #167
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looks like that blasting tool really makes quick work of stripping paint, is it worth a buy?
This hasn't done with the spot blaster. That only does a spot about the size of a dime. It's worth it to find the spot welds on my driver's floorpan, but not for large areas.
The undercoating was removed with a Sunex "surface blaster", which is like an air-powered angle grinder that take special wire wheels, a needle scaler, a cheapo multi-tools with scraper bits, & an air scraper.
Getting it to clean metal so far has been by hand, with lacquer thinner & Scotchbrite pads. That is to get the undercoating residue off, and getting into tight corners that no tool will reach well. I'm about 75% finished with this.
Then I'll wipe the whole thing down with lacquer thinner & hit the remaining primer with a DA sander. After that, I'll spray any surface rust that can't be sanded out with Ospho (phosphoric acid).
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Old 09-06-2019, 07:04 PM   #168
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Finishing up hand sanding. The new floorpan will be here on Monday so I can start rust removal. Some progress pics.





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Old 09-06-2019, 08:45 PM   #169
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looking great Steve!
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Old 09-06-2019, 08:47 PM   #170
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Yes seriously. Seeing the metal this clean is amazing.
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Old 09-08-2019, 02:23 PM   #171
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Thanks guys!
Finished cleaning with Eastwood Afterwash. Kind of a pain, you can only do small areas because it runs to low spots and drips off. Here's where it pays to find out what a product actually is before buying it. It turns out that the active ingredient in this is phosphoric acid which makes it basically high priced concrete cleaner / etcher.
It's a good thing that I have Ramboard (construction cardboard) on the floor. Where this dripped and ran down my jackstands, it definitely etch my garage floor. It also neutralized any surface rust or pitting on my floorpan, as well as cleaned the metal. Can't complain too much, it worked as advertised.
But, I could've gone to Lowe's or Home Depot and bought a similar product for quite a bit less.
I popped the plugs out of the inner rocker panels and vacuumed out 44 years worth of leaves and twigs. Going to spray these with Eastwood internal frame coating shortly. Then I'm going to start rust repair. Yay!!!
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Old 09-08-2019, 06:58 PM   #172
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The driver side inner rocker panel with the Eastwood internal frame coating. Now this stuff is worth its weight!
Exciting, I know.



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Old 09-08-2019, 10:57 PM   #173
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The inner rocker seems rock solid, that IS exciting! Good thing you're treating it while it's still healthy.
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Old 09-09-2019, 07:08 PM   #174
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Those don't look like any rockers that I've ever seen. Ridiculous.
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