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I bought this car a couple weeks back. Upon buying it, I saw that it needed a full floor pan, trunk, mini-tub, tail pan, and possibly inner rockers. The quarters have been replaced with half skins. I'm not going to lie, I was hoping I could do that, throw on some matte black paint and go cruising.

I should have known I was going to tear it down. I got touch of OCD, it's just hard for me to turn a blind eye to stuff that needs to be fixed...



Had a pretty clean interior...


The Coyote's new home for the next year or so.


Let the stripping begin


This is a first, two layers of carpet?


Sheet metal screws to hold the carpet down? Ah hell, is this a sign?


The original carpet


Yep, that's not dirt, its rust. Anyone want to guess how many hand fulls?


This is what I saw when I was under the car...


Yeah, nice... Wouldn't you want that seat belt holding you down?


And to think this car had drag radial mounted. As if this floor could hold it up much longer.
 

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Hmmm, Well I, see where the rust is bubbling is from.


Probably from the same from this side also.


Well, I guess they attempted to replace the outer rocker.


The welds on the trunk consist of pigeon **** and twigs... It'll all be coming out.


No different...


Same person probably welded the exhaust. It'll make good scrap.


Made a quick cut so I could inspect the inner rockers...


The rear is out...


Wow, 3 piece frame just on one rail.


We'll just tuck this into the corner for now... I think I got plenty on my plate for now.


Stripped the dash


Go figure, I guess I can plan to replace this panel also.


Yee haw


Outer fire wall is stripped


And this is how she sits as of now...
 

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Chances are the same person did the quarters that did the rest of the "repairs". So I'll probably strip it down to the skeleton and reskin it.

I'm guessing my next best step to ensure the shell is square is to put it on a jig. I ordered the plans for a jig from firstgenjigs.com. That should save me from doing the leg work and designing one. Maybe I can finish stripping the car and build the jig this week.
 

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Hope you got it for cheap....
 

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if you were closer i'd volunteer to help. it's too bad the previous 'restorer' was so bad. it looked like a nice car in that first pic...
 

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Hope you got it for cheap....
Yeah, I didn't buy it totally blind. During the negotiating, I factored in putting full floor, full trunk, tail panel, with the possibility of needing to place quarters. As with most my projects, the list gets larger.
 

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if you were closer i'd volunteer to help. it's too bad the previous 'restorer' was so bad. it looked like a nice car in that first pic...
Thx, but some guidance and pointing me in the right direction will help a lot. I'll try to research what I can to keep from asking too many questions.
 

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My door hinges have a bit of slop. I'd like to fix them and make sure they still align with the current quarter panels.

I had it in the back of mind that I was just going to do pins and bushings. As I was scanning the books, I see rebuilt hinges for sale for these cars... Any reason I can't just replace the bushings and pins?
 

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The skill isn't there, just the ambition. I'm learning as I go... Floor pans, trunk, minitub and a tail panel don't bug me. And I feel comfortable doing patch work where I can. I foresee some anxiety when it comes time to line up the quarters... I'll be posting tons of pics so people can point out what I'm doing wrong.

The black one you have is killer. I've never thought of coupling a GV with a 4 speed. How do you like that set up?
 

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My door hinges have a bit of slop. I'd like to fix them and make sure they still align with the current quarter panels.

I had it in the back of mind that I was just going to do pins and bushings. As I was scanning the books, I see rebuilt hinges for sale for these cars... Any reason I can't just replace the bushings and pins?
I bought some good hinges I think from HBC.

Good job so far. A long journey ahead. Have fun. :beers::beers:
 

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Wow! That looks all too familiar...including the jig work. You will like that Jig, and it's easy to customize as you need. If I may give some input, don't use any stationary casters on the jig. Make sure they all swivel. I didn't and that is the one thing that gives me a headache when I try to move it. 2 more swivel casters are in my future. Good luck and have fun!!
 

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I'll be checking in on this one. It will be a great project.
As for the help, you've come to the right place and the pics will definitely help. I couldn't have done it without the help from all here.
Great start so far. Oh yeah... have a plan! PLAN! That alone will save you soooo much money. Ask anyone here how "we" know this. :D
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The base of the jig is completed... I'm not "planning" on removing the bottom of the firewall, so I didn't build the front cowl support.

bracket fab


base of the jig



I'll have to take the pins out of the rear supports, the back frame rails were piece milled and the support holes aren't in the rights spot. The hard part is figuring out how to get the jig under the car. I read were one guy did it his self and said he wouldn't expunge on how he did it and wouldn't do it that way again. I'm open for suggestions.
 
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