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post #16 of 326 (permalink) Old 12-17-2010, 05:33 PM
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How do you check to see if there is rust without removing the cowl?

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post #17 of 326 (permalink) Old 12-17-2010, 05:48 PM
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How do you check to see if there is rust without removing the cowl?

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You can hose down the vent area between the hood and windshield watch inside and see if you have a leak. Lay on the floor with a flashlight and feel around up behind the dash the best you can. You can actually see up around the vents a little if you get in the right position. Sometime the leak will actually be between the flanges.

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Today I started sanding the back side of parts and epoxy primed. The parts are e coated but I want epoxy on the back side so there is no chance of rust.




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God bless you. That is a good example of why I wouldn't want to do this stuff for a living. I wouldn't ever get myself into something that bad for myself, but it could walk in your door any day.

You have my respect for trudging through the rough stuff and saving one more for the future. I hope her daddy, or sugar daddy, has the pockets to see it through.
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My son and I are restoring a '65 that spent its entire life in Dallas, TX. As we removed the front carpet, I started smiling as I took a number of whacks with an awl. "Well, that's good news!" I said, to which my son replied "What do you mean? It looks horrible!" (A little surface rust and some flaking panel sealant did make the floor look "dirty"). "This car just saved us a ton of money and time!" was my response...

Showed him these pictures, and he has a whole new appreciation for just how lucky we were with our project (the cowls don't even leak :^).

Happiness is solid floor panels!
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Wow. That sucks. Glad you're fixing her right
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That sound you heard was my jaw hitting the desk...wow!

The floors and toe pans really illustrate how a leaky cowl can escalate rust to a whole new level.
Ah yes! And it can also spread to the hinge pillars, particularly at the bend Had to replace both-66 cvt.
Fl. is NOT the best place to look for cars but are way better than the salt belt, except for KeyWest cars, beach cars, etc. Same thing applies to Texas and YES! even Ca. can spawn some rusty critters!
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Yesterday we removed the engine and transmission and set it up on jack stands.





Today the suspension was removed along with a lot of other parts. We need to start out fresh to get the bolt out of the front of the leaf springs.




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That is quite a project. It makes me feel lucky that I did not have to replace the floors or the cowl. Kudos on saving a Mustang.

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Brian finished stripping the wiring, steering column, gas tank, and other parts today







Brian cut off the drip rail on the right side today.

The first thing he did was cut it off with a cutoff wheel.





Next step is to grind the spot welds and remove that piece from the windshield post.





That's all for today

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I am just starting mine and the floors were real bad. I can only imagine what the cowls will look like.
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We modified a cart we had and welded it to the frame rails, sub frame and rockers




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The next step was to remove the roof by melting the lead and than drilling out the spot welds








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