After about 6 months of looking I picked up a numbers matching 69 SS 350 4speed 12 bolt car for my father as a bday present and a car for us to build together. The car was a roller, no front clip. Got the original drivetrain with it, not in the car. We have made a body cart for it per the dimensions online and in the fisher body book, torn it down, and we are kind of at a loss on the order of operations on replacing some sheet metal.
Where we started:
How we got it. Looked fairly straight. No major issues.
Started tearing it apart. Originally a daytona yellow car with a black vinyl top.
1st rear quarter removed.
Set it on the body cart and all of the alignment points lined right up.
-The car needs without a doubt:
-Both rear quarters (previously replaced before, not the best work)
- Filler panel between the rear glass and trunk
-Trunk pan (rotted out from the wheel tubs back)
-Tail light panel and the piece that goes behind it
-Toe board (I think its referred to) is ate up pretty good.
-Bottom of the windshield upper cowl/dash area is completely gone (2 inches of bondo, haha).
- and obviosuly a whole front clip but that isnt much sheetmetal work, I think we can handle that its pretty straight forward.
-Roof, overall in good shape, minor issues near the windshield and back window.
- Floor pan. As a whole it is solid. Rotted out in all 4 places peoples feet would sit. Other than that it is in decent shape.
-Firewall- seam between it and the upper cowl is swollen and rusty, has some minor issues
-Rear inner wheel tubs (some issues, also rotten where they meet the rear of the rockers)
-front tulips, rotted in the botom corners, overall decent though.
-rockers, seem solid from the outside with minor rust bubbling, however im afraid of what the inside looks like.
Basically overall a decent start, I have seen much much worse in my research. What we are lost on is where to go from here. We have a full trunk pan that needs to go in, we are planning on just patching the floor. Needs both rear quarters and tail light panel. Also on the questionable items what to replace and what to repair.
We want to send it off to get blasted and primered, so we began removing stuff we know is going to get replaced. Didn't want the guy blasting stuff for no reason, and to gain access to places that would normally not be accessable.
Any tips? Pointers? Advice? If there is any local members, it would be greatly appreciated if you wanted to stop by and check out the car and give some advice. We are in Va beach VA. Will gladly throw someone some gas money/lunch money for their troubles if you are a bit away.
Unsure of where to go with it. Brace the car up inside with some 3/4 x 3/4 tubing? Keep removing junk rusty panels? Tear it apart down to the rear frame rails and do the entire rear (trunk pan, then wheel tubs, then taillight panel, then filler panel behind the window, then rear quarters?)
I have read and read and read but I have not come across a proper order of operations so to speak on sheet metal replacement.
Thanks in advance for any help. I will keep progress pics posted as things move on.