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Old 01-07-2011, 07:08 PM   #1
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Default Super Street/ Super Gas Fairlane Build

Although this car is now together, and I did take a grunch of photos, I realized the other day I never had done a complete build thread on it... I had been working on bowties at the time, so by default it just didn't fit in the forums I was on. There were a few excerpts here and there to show some of the process that could help out with other makes, but not a start to finish build thread. So let's do one. Hopefully someone can pick up some tricks or tips for working on their own project.


The owner first had plans for a resto-mod, but after a weekend as a spectator at the MIR drag strip, he had flashbacks of an earlier time, and the direction of the build drastically changed. A full chrome moly tube chassis was built and the body installed at Cheeks Performance in VA. And this is what I had to work with.....





As an homage to the Thunderbolts from a year earlier, the owner had decided on a Crites teardrop hood. Only it didn't quite fit......








....as the engine was raised up a bit for the harmonic balancer to clear the rack and pinion. He was ready to throw in the towel and send the hood back, and concede to using a snorkel. I told him to order another teardrop, and we'd make it work. He was hesitant (I don't think he trusted me), but he did order it.





Height mocked up. The aluminum will be used to support the f/g mat while the resin cures. Then it will get flipped over, remove the aluminum, and more mat goes in from the back side. I never could get the hang of welding on fiberglass, so I had a local Corvette guy come over and join in the fun.








Strips of f/g mat laid in to tighten things up, and keep the hood scoop from moving.








The owner did stop by and loved the look. When I gave him a hard time, he did say it wasn't that he didn't trust me, just that he couldn't see my vision.


Starting to take shape. All the aluminum is removed, mat installed inside and out. A couple low spots and thin spots, as well as one really thin spot that looks like a hole!





I think this might work yet!

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Old 01-07-2011, 08:42 PM   #2
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Great write up!! And that car is awesome. I love seeing cars that are out of the norm, even though I have a Camaro.
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Old 01-07-2011, 08:56 PM   #3
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Holy crap that's a tall hood. I've always hated those teardrop hoods but this just took it to the next level. Car is nice though.
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Old 01-07-2011, 09:41 PM   #4
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Haha....yeah, it's been compared to Tip Oneal's nose before..

more progress on the hood.....





A final smoothing with some evercoat 416, and ready for another test fit..








Next, as I was busy working on something else, the owner decided to try his hand at sanding the paint off the body. This was about June-July time frame, the sun was mercilous on his thinning topside, and after about a week using a DA outside in the heat, he found someone to media blast it.





This showed some areas in need of repair....








...a factory misfit (identical on two different 65's I've seen)








As he was anxious to go racing, he thought we should leave the door to cowl issue alone, but I assured him that a smoother, more streamlined fit would shave at least a second off his e.t.


So with a little cut here, and a slight bump downward, it was fixed to where the factory should have made it....














Much better.


Another area that needed attention was the lower front fender where the stainless trim had served as a nice moisture trap...











Looking at the backside, notice the full penetration on the "dot" welds. If it's just sitting on top, there won't be anything left to hold once you grind things down smooth, so always check the back side to make sure the welder is set hot enough for a full penetration weld. Then they are planished, ground down, and repeat.....










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Old 01-07-2011, 09:51 PM   #5
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Moving back to the trunk area, the more you look the more you don't want to.
The channel for the weatherstrip seems to have sealed water in as well as out....





It took a few weeks and a few phone calls, but there are still some good junkyard pieces available. We got the corner pieces out of a yard in CO. The rear channel across the trunk opening also has scattered pin holes, so I though I'd give a shot to bending some new ones. First, need a template:








That looks close enough. My press brake dies are only about 18" long, so I'll need to do this in three pieces. The middle one got put in first.








Be sure to check the back side for weld penetration:





The replacement corner was cleaned up, the spot welds were ground off of the adjacent pieces to release the corner with no damage. Looks quite a bit better than the old one.


























Well, on to the next corner. The driver's side was in sad shape:





But in looking at the replacement, although in better condition, it did have issues of it's own.





Time to break out the trusty Lancasters and make some replacement parts.





The replacement corner was left attached to the quarter panel section it came with while remaking the channel in an attempt to maintain the shape.





Note the sharpie "reference lines" in the next picture, to keep the bend in the correct location.




















....And a comparison of the "new" part to the old one. That should do the trick!



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Old 01-07-2011, 09:58 PM   #6
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Excellent work, thanks for the write-up and the photos.
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Old 01-07-2011, 09:58 PM   #7
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Got the repaired piece all cleaned up in the sandblaster, and the car prepped for it to go in.











Here's the plug weld holes drilled, ready for the welder to be fired up:

















There we go.....that should hold paint for awhile
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Old 01-07-2011, 10:08 PM   #8
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Robert as always fantastic work. I dont know if I can stay up late enough for the whole build though course not sure you will be up late enough to post it either .

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Old 01-07-2011, 10:14 PM   #9
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Thanks for the comments guys. One more for this evening, then we'll post some more tomorrow...


This area had a bit of bondo in it, always worth further investigation. Once removed, it showed the damage. This is a 1965 vintage, so probably lucky there isn't more to deal with than this. Someone's version of a previous repair involves banging in the rust holes and covering up the mess with body filler. We'll try to do one step better than that, install new metal.




Here's the point of no return, hope I can bend up a replacement!





Started off with a piece of steel, laid out the rough size and bend lines, then trimmed up a bit.....









Made a new radius die to match the bottom bend on the original piece....





Made some bends along both sides, not too much at first. Need to get in there with the Lancaster shrinker, which won't tolerate too much of a crease in the corner.









Keep progressing along, bend a bit more, shrink some more, etc...







Once you have the basic shape, then use the shrinker along the wheel opening flange on front to get the same contour as the original. Then I used the large radius die again to add this same contour across the whole patch panel by giving a slight bend (real slight), moving about a quarter inch, repeat, etc.... The radius in the corner was trimmed slightly different from stock to provide a bit more room for the rear tires. The other side will be trimmed to match.







Installing the patch panel













Much better!
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Old 01-07-2011, 10:30 PM   #10
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You got skills, I will give you that. Nice metal work. Not feeling the hood. What was the second scoop for? Maybe painted it look right. Dont get me wrong I love a tear drop.
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Old 01-07-2011, 10:33 PM   #11
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The hood had a 4" teardrop, the "scoop", bought separately, was 5". As the lower circumference is the same, this made the flat area up top considerably smaller, so it actually is less "bulbous" than had we kept the original scoop. Nice 64!

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Old 01-08-2011, 08:44 AM   #12
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For some reason, drip rails don't tend to like me. This is the second car in a row needing drip rail repairs.











Using the cut-off wheel to grind/remove the spot welds.




Dominoes, anyone?











Looking at the rust just above the drip rail, it looks like it is up into the roof panel as well.





The first order of business will be to remove the leaded seam to expose the lapped joint between the two panels. A soft flame on the acetylene torch and a wire brush makes short work of it.





The closer I stay to the crease of the leading edge of the sail panel, the less the metal should move. A quick check of the back side shows that, although it will be tight, I can get a dolly in there. The top piece is marked a bit larger, to give room for welding and grinding the seam for the repair panel below it.





An ice pick and a bit of grinding will show the extent of the damage, and let us know how far up we need to go for good metal. I did have to trim the top opening a bit more.





....and before we get too carried away with the cut off wheel, let's mark some reference lines so the new piece will go back in the same spot.





Opening up the tin can....also will need to grind away the spot welds holding it to the inner sail panel.











In bending up the new piece, there needs to be a joggle just above the drip rail.





The machine you see in the background here is actually what I should be using, but I think it would take longer to make the dies than what I have in shop time this evening.





So we'll cheat, especially since I found a flat bar in the scrap pile just the right width.....











Some hammer work on the welding table will reform the end, and then we can trim and test fit this piece. Still need to trim a bit more to match my reference marks, but it's real close. And as it's late, we'll have to put off welding until tomorrow.








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It took a bit more trimming to get the measurements right to the reference line, and then the patch could be tacked in place.

















And then to fabricate the roof repair....








A hammer and large diameter punch will do wonders on a 2 x 4 block.





Test fit:





Well today was a good time for practicing bends for drip rails.

The last one I did for a 55 Chevy. A quick glance at the profile shows a slight kick up on the bottom just inside the face of the drip rail......





Where my replacement came straight across the bottom...........





Now I'll be the first to admit there's always room for improvement, and the gutter fabrication was one of them. I remembered the Pullmax Lockformer tooling I had bought off Ebay a couple years back. In looking at the tooling, I thought it may just work.





I made a pass with a piece of scrap 18 ga................





Marked and trimmed the top edge for the hem............











The hem gets flattened out..........





..........and is inserted headfirst into the apron brake. The apron clamps down just inside the tooling mark you see





A finished sample, and comparison to the old original:








Yeah, I like that much better....
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Here's the final drip rail, complete with 3 clearance holes for the window weatherstrip screws and various plug welds.








Oops, still need to finish the roof patch!











Test fit and installation of the drip rail:

















And there you have it.
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Great work. I really envy you guys who are that good at bodywork and able to form your own patch panels. It really is an art.
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Great metal work can't get enough of that here. I like the car get tired of looking at all the regular picks for hot rods keep up the awesome post.
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Thanks for the comments.

After fixing the drip rail on the drivers side, the other side is already suspect for similar damage. The owner was hoping we could get by with leaving the passenger side alone. There was some deep pitting in the drip rail, and some visible where the seam sealer was removed. Found two small holes in the outer part of the drip rail, which I thought could be welded up if I had to........but where the inner part of the drip rail spot welds to the underside of the sail panel, I could feel the telltale signs. The metal had swelled up, giving the indication of some rust scale lurking between.





Note pin holes:





The owner really didn't want to cut this side open, so what's an anal-retentive guy with a bunch of raw sheet metal to do? So I waited for him to go on travel for work, called him up and then told him the bad news.







Replacement fitted and welded:





















There, all put back together, before he could protest too loudly
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Working on getting the hood pins installed...... The goal was to finish up the body fitments and get the fenders, doors, hood and trunk lid all removed so their insides could be painted. The frame guy, Chris in Fredericksburg, had cut out the corners of the dash when installing the roll cage, and I trimmed the holes around the tubing a bit better, and finished welding where he couldn't get to when the windshield was still installed. The dash holes for the cage tubing will get some trim-lok edging to finish off the hole.







The owner had shown up about the time I finished the dash, and we got to work on the hood pins. I didn't want to just have an angle bracket screwed to the firewall, so I came up with these brackets out of 12 ga, they turned out nice and rigid! The front hood pins used the original holes in the core support that were for the hood pads.











Hood drilled. Took some 7/16 bolts, ground a point and bolted in the hood pin holes to use as "spotters" for locating the holes in the hood.











Now to concentrate on fixing 6 remaining pin holes :fingerscrossed:


Three above the wheel opening were easily filled with the mig, but the next three were about midway back on the rear quarter and about two inches up. Don't know where these came from, unless some bright individual had a rag stuffed down there to collect all the leaking rain water. All attempts to weld these holes just opened the holes much bigger, so i decided to cut a circle around the three and replace with some new metal.





Now I'm not sure about what happened next, whether it was the domino effect, or just plain my luck. But when finishing off the welds of my patch, I noticed some of the telltale dark brown spots on the bottom side of the quarter. These are a tell tale sign of pitting working it's way through from the back side. Ice pick easily went thru, so I took the crud thug to the entire lower quarter on the inside to reveal the rest of them. Quite a bit of pin holes and deep pitting, so another hole was cut. The crud thug was used on the passenger side also, but it did not need any repairs. Whew!














In this repair I clamped everything up, started the weld from the back end, and just removed clamps as I went. This allowed the gap to close up for a nice tight fit for butt welding.








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Noticed this was lurking while cleaning up the rear window channel, hoping to get a step closer to primer.












The first step I normally take is to use the pick to check the surrounding area for any hidden damage, and decide how far to take the opening. Once you find solid metal, the next consideration is the ease of dressing out the repair. It's easier to grind and sand on an outside radius than an inside one, so that is factored into the cut size. Sometimes you don't have a choice, but best to make it easier on yourself when you can!








The channel is actually made in two pieces. The spot welds in the pinch weld area are removed from the top layer to remove the damaged pieces. The vertical piece actually travels down beyond the bottom of the window in this case, so that will be installed first. A new piece is cut out and bent to fit, and final sanding/grinding to get a tight weld joint.














The bottom piece has a radius in two directions, slopes up and in.








The outer (rear) radius was hammer formed after the shrinking and stretching was done. Then trimmed to fit and welded in place.








The inside corner joint was welded and cleaned up with a ball nose burr grinder, to keep water traps to a minimum.






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Very nice attention to detail!!! great metal work...is it possible to see pics of the equipment you used to form this steel? I love this kind of tooling but from what i know these machines are huge and heavy and you need a huge amount of extra space... am i wrong? also is that 16 guage steel?
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