Don't you just hate it when you click on a thread and there are no updates??!!
Well the car took a long vacation in the corner of the shop. I was burned out on having to re-fix stuff that I paid to have fixed the first time. So here a few months ago I contacted a local body shop that had done some work for my buddy (as well as several other car guys). He had a 3 week opening where he could squeeze my car in and get some work done to it. Of course not everything went as planned. The new quarters I had paid the previous guy to install needed cut back off and yet another set of quarters installed. But they were able to get the interior of the car nearly finished as well as the back of the car up to the firewall and the engine compartment body worked. They ran out of time, I ran out of money and it is back home now.
Here are some pictures....
They filled in some holes in the trunk floor and mounted the trunk hinges to the mini tubs.
They hung the new passenger quarter. Much nicer panel and much cleaner install.
They finished patching in and welding up the raised tunnel for the T-56 and the new front pans.
The smoothed out the engine bay and put in some custom braces behind the panels for extra strength.
Starting on the engine bay body work.
I had the dash cut for a modern stereo. They cut the opening and then did some detail metal work to blend it into the curve of the dash. They also removed the dash pad mounts. I am going to have a smooth steel dash like in the early Falcons.
I stopped by a couple weeks later and they had the car in primer.
The engine bay looks great with the new panels in.
They epoxy primed and then undercoated the floors. I am still planning on doing additional sound deadening though.
This is where the car sits now. I bought it back home. Time to save up some cash for round 2 at the body shop. Next up they are going to fit the front sheet metal and get the rest of the car smoothed up and ready for paint. In the mean time I am going to fit the motor and trans in the car and start working on building up exhaust and working on fuel and brake plumbing. Inside the car I can start mounting up the Vintage Air A/C and running the new wiring harness.
Items still up in the air that I need to research and decide on are:
Front bumper/valance style
Body Color (I was thinking stock color like in the rendering but am thinking something late model in a blue or red maybe)
Sorry for the delay. I sure hope its not another 2-3 years for the next update.