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Partly because i'm a little responsible for its condition, and I like near impossible projects I guess. It has been in a friends shop since the early 80s. The car's floor was gone but it had good inner quarter pieces and rear torsion bar chassis/ deck filler. I was building another 67 camaro convert at that time that was solid everywhere else, so I cut the needed pieces off of this one. This would have been about 1985 or so. About two years ago I remembered the poor thing, and called my friend and asked if he still had it, and made a deal on the remains. Then it took two years to actually get with my friend to actually get the car out. It was buried in junk, had a wall built behind it, and other cars blocking it in. The car is bad, really bad, (worse than I remembered !) but at least is an RS,V8 convert, has its vin intact, and is pretty complete. It would not be worth paying a pro restoration shop to fix it, but i've built a few coupe and convert 67s, so we'll see what happens!


I already have a pair of convert full quarters and inner pieces, good doors, decklid, subframe with discs, convertible top frame, and RS front end parts. So here I go...first step will be to get whats left on the jig so I can get the rotten floor out. The rockers are solid, as is most of the cowl area, so the plan is a new floor, trunk pan, frame rails, inner and outer wheel tubs, etc. I'm not expecting a walk in the park, there is very little to go off of other that the rockers for measurements. I'll probably be begging for dimensions off of other converts. As you can see the right side inner quarter is off the car, but I do have it at least. stay tuned as they say.....
 

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Good for you, Mike - not for the faint-hearted, but great to see another phoenix about to rise from the ashes (so to speak). I'll stay tuned for updates! At least it has a steering wheel :thumbsup:
 

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Kudos for rescuing another rust victim. :beers: Can't wait to witness the transformation on this one!
 

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Have fun! Looks like a neat project. I like the comment about the steering wheel.
 

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I will be tuned in for this one:thumbsup:
 

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After seeing Todd's 69 coupe on here I believe nothing is impossible. I will say I wouldn't have enough ambition to get this done. Good Luck to you.
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Now that's a project allright! at least the radio and shifter holes still look good!
 

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Always love an underdog project. Look forward to seeing it completed.
 

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Mike, wish you luck with this one.... never say never :beers:
 

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:eek:! Suddenly, I feel a lot better about my wreck!!:D Good luck. Let me know if you need any inner quarter dimensions/measurements. My car is a 68 convertible and is completely apart, just about. I take pics too if needed. Let me know and have fun. It will be some accomplishment.
Tim, I took a look at your thread today and it looks like our cars need or needed almost the same repairs. You're making some good progress though! I'll have to try to step it up and catch up with you, then we can compare notes:thumbsup:
 

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Not so sure about moving fast now Tim! Wow, I raised mine up off the trailer its sitting on today in preparation to move it to the cart and got a bit of a sinking sensation when I saw the front of the rockers forward of the doors. They look great until just below the kick panel area forward of the doors. I'm wondering if I could blast and repair that area of the rockers with new steel welded in, or if I really need to axe the whole rocker assembly. I was hoping i'd not have to replace those, as they are holding most of the car together. The floor from about the center of the shift tunnel back is weak or missing, and the frame rails are crumbling. It's going to be a challenge for sure! There's really nothing to build off of if I take the rockers out now. My plan all along has been to get the full floor in place against the rockers and then build from there with the missing RH inner quarter going back on next, but I may have to revise that now..Half of the fun is the head scratching and figuring though!
 

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It seems to me you might want to check the distances between the ds inner quarter support and the windshield/hinge pillar. I would think you need to get bracing on that car as soon as possible. (11 gauge!!;)). Let me know if you need some measurements from the inner quarter supports to the hinge pillar. I would imagine if you got one side right, you could get the other side. Definitely build a body cart!
 

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Got the cart waiting.:thumbsup:..I could use that inner quarter to hinge pillar measurement...I'm curious to see if the remaining LH side is still where it should be. I could also use the measurement from inner quarter across to the other inner quarter, I'd like to get that RH inner quarter back on the car, and then start the bracing process, At this point it looks like I won't have much more than the cowl and two rockers on the cart!
 
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