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Old 05-09-2019, 12:43 AM #16
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Using a stud welder and slide hammer to pull out the dented cowl:

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Using a stud welder and slide hammer to pull out the dented cowl:

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Finally got an update. Got the dented cowl and roof pulled, filled, blocked and into primer. It was dented up pretty bad from the hood flying up on the previous owner. Turned out ok for a first timer with no clue lol.

Next step is to get the rest of the car addressed as far as body work and get the whole thing into primer.











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Making some progress. After pulling the engine we removed the wiring and dash, pressure washed the engine bay, then removed everything else on the front end. 27 years of oil and grease had to be cleaned up. Welded up some steel plate for the clutch cable entrance that was cracked and partly missing. It's very solid now. Also removed the rear end and fuel tank to get that all cleaned up. Scraped and pressure washed the underside of the car as well. A prior failed pinion seal had made quite a mess back there.

At this point the engine bay is in primer. Need to finish up the rest of the body work (bumpers, block the hood, address some dings) and get the whole car in primer and blocked. Hoping to have it in paint in the next few weeks before the weather cools down too much.

Once it is painted, the rest is just cleaning up/purchasing parts and re-assembly.





Missing bits of the firewall from PO using the wrong bell housing and clutch fork. Way too much pressure here.


Bought the world's smallest welder and got some work done




Not pretty but solid. The rough areas that you can see are seam sealer.


K-member out


Cleaned, primed and slid back under the car


Engine bay primed



Fuel tank and rear end pressure washed




This was nasty before! Hasn't been this clean since 1992.


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Won't be long 'til paint. More to come.
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I bought all of the paint for the car and got a few more parts in primer (front and rear bumper covers and the spoiler.) The rear bumper cover didn't need much work but the front took some time. It is original to the car, still has the VIN sticker, and as far as I can gather has about 348,000 miles on it. It had several chips, scrapes and gouges, and had been rattle canned black and white at some point. I spent the better part of Saturday cleaning, filling, sanding, trying to repair it as best I could. Still not perfect but looking much better now in primer. Inching closer to paint...

This is from a few months ago before tear down began. Lots of rattle can on the front of the car.


After several hours...


Looking better. Need to address a few things and block it before paint.
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We got paint!

I tried my best with what I had. The base went down perfect which I was really happy about. The clear...not so much. Hopefully I will be able to cut and buff out the imperfections. If I really need to I can take it to a real paint booth and have a pro lay down a few coats of clear for me. So I still have some options to get the clear looking better. Anyway, nice to be done with bodywork and to be close on the paint. Will be ordering brakes and suspension soon.








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Thank goodness for cut and buff! As stated previously, much of the clear didn't go down so well due mostly to lack of skill, insufficient CFM, spraying in a garage, phase of the moon, etc....

Luckily wetsanding and polishing works and it looks like I will be able to salvage the paint job.

I loosely mounted up the hood and bumpers so they were out of the way and didn't get knocked over in the garage. Nice to have the area cleaned up a bit after being in full body shop mode. I'll deal with panel gaps when I'm ready to bolt things on for good.



So yeah...some of the clear not looking too hot. See list of excuses above...


After wetsanding and polishing. Now this I can live with, even if it is a bit wavy in places.


50/50 shot, fender to hood


For those wondering, I am doing 1500 grit wet, 2000 grit wet, 3000 grit wet, then polishing compound on a foam pad with a rotary polisher, followed by swirl remover on a lighter foam pad. At this point the plan is to go panel by panel and try to get the whole car looking good in clear.

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Great job! Love the 50/50 shot


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Still at it. I had a mobile painter come out and do a bit of a re-spray focusing mostly on the top of the car where I had a bunch of fisheyes that I had to sand down. He got that part of it looking better. I then spent about 20 hours over two days wet sanding and polishing to cut down some of the orange peel, etc. Darn near sanded my fingerprints off! Still need to do a final polish but I will likely wait for warmer weather to do that. Painted and attached the side moldings and front spats. Cleaned and painted the rear end, front control arms and spindles.

Starting some re-assembly now. I went with Power Stop 13 inch brakes for a 2003 Cobra since I already had SN95 spindles. I also ordered some Cobra decals from ebay. They're a little cheesy but whatever, the powder coating on the calipers looks great and it's a nice functional upgrade over stock. Using KYB shocks and struts, Eibach springs, and UPR rear control arms. Got a bunch of stuff from Prothane for the front as well. I painted one wheel a gunmetal color as a test. I think we'll run that for a while.

The rear end will get new axle bearings and seals and I installed new Ford bushings as well.

Starting to come together a bit. I am hoping to have the car back on 4 wheels by the end of the week.






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