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post #1 of 239 (permalink) Old 11-15-2012, 09:07 PM Thread Starter
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1970 Grabber Green Progress

1970 Grabber Specal (poor man's Boss 302). 302 2v, Auto, Manual Drum, Black Interior, nothing too "special" other than the color, and the '69ish C stripe. I bought this from a guy who was in just a little over his head. It must have sat in a field for a while, the rats had quite the home in this thing. The green paint on the car is factory, it is actually quite straight, no previous wrecks (major wrecks that is). The damage caused by the rodents is extensive to say the least. The entire cowl is gone, the driver side door is toast, or at least I thought, quarters, trunk floor, on and on... This is where I pick up, just enough left of it to have some fun! At least the floor is fairly "rust free", since there isn't one.
I am building a G-Machine out of it, using Dynacorn sheet metal (as much as possible), Goodmark 2" wider inner wheel houses, complete Street or Track Sport flavor suspension (3-link and 9" floater housing on the way), 335-30-18's out back, and a bunch of other mods, ought to be fun!
I have been posting on '69stang forums, and thought I'd would post here as well. I will post some pics (as this is the 3rd time I have tried to post) once I get it to come up.
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post #2 of 239 (permalink) Old 11-16-2012, 09:31 AM
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Nice man, keep posting pics.
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Nice work and look forward to the updates........ BTW can't believe the size of the nest in the 3rd picture
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Nice work and look forward to the updates........ BTW can't believe the size of the nest in the 3rd picture
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Thanx Cris. If you think that nest was big, the nest in the cowl almost filled up a small trash can. Once the dash was removed, and everything was cleaned up, you can see the concrete floor from the top. Gotta love the little creatures, NOT!
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Thanx Cris. If you think that nest was big, the nest in the cowl almost filled up a small trash can. Once the dash was removed, and everything was cleaned up, you can see the concrete floor from the top. Gotta love the little creatures, NOT!
Gotta admire your gusto in getting on with clearing the critters out !

I have a '70 Mach 1 which I've nearly stripped down, will be interested to see what you do as I'm toying with what to do, straight resto or custom, decisions, decisions......
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Photo 1 is just my Mach 1 in 1st day in garage in England and photo 2 is mouse that I found on 2nd day in the garage - not as bad as your rats!


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Grabber! I have a 'Grabber Sportsroof also. I bought it in '92. MII suspension and 5.0/AOD in 2000. Got sideswiped in '03... Then being a responsible father got in the way, but it is at the body shop now. I am hoping to bring it home, fit up the powertrain then get the body work done by spring.

Cool to see another Grabber project.
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Nice car, great work. Keep us posted.
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Grabber! I have a 'Grabber Sportsroof also. I bought it in '92. MII suspension and 5.0/AOD in 2000. Got sideswiped in '03... Then being a responsible father got in the way, but it is at the body shop now. I am hoping to bring it home, fit up the powertrain then get the body work done by spring.

Cool to see another Grabber project.
Did you keep the stripe on the side, and the original color? There is a regestery dedicated to these cars, I have given my info on this one, haven't seen anything posted. There are a few of these around, glad I'm not alone. Hope you get back to work on your's soon
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Did you keep the stripe on the side, and the original color? There is a regestery dedicated to these cars, I have given my info on this one, haven't seen anything posted. There are a few of these around, glad I'm not alone. Hope you get back to work on your's soon
I am keeping the stripe and stock color. Mine is the C-strip with a gap between the upper and lower.
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Wow! That is a serious project, I really admire you guys that have the sheet metal skills. I hope you keep the color, Grabber Green cars really pop.

Nice work so far.

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I have been working on the driver's side door for a while. I thought it would be fun to re-build the lower part of it, instead of buying a new shell. A little sheet metal, and a bunch of time, I got the inner shell back in one piece. The weather strip channel and a small patch was all that was left to finish, after a 3-week delay for other welding projects, it is ready for some primer and some sealer. I included a before and after pic, to see what I started with. Outter skin install is next, then it is back on the car for the left quarter skin, which I have started drilling spot welds. More to come...
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Awesome project. There aren't many better-looking cars than a '69 fastback in Grabber Green. Thanks for sharing and keep up the good work!

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Went to my friend's body shop yesterday and sprayed the inside and the mating surfaces with some DP to seal up the bare metal. Got to work on the door skin install today. The Dynacorn skin went on with out to much drama. Just a little trimming and the skin fit right on. A bunch of 6R vicegrips, a couple of hammers, some dollys, and a couple of hours, it was hanging back on the car in no time. The skin came out nice except for a 5" place in the middle of the lower door where I didn't hold the dolly square to the surface, I can't complain. Line up the door and it is time to get back to the quarter pannel stuff.
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Lined up the door today, and got out the cut off wheel. The big stuff gets gone quickly. Slowing down to remove all the spot welds, scrape under coating, and sweep up the dirt takes a while. Removing some more parts, like the bump stop, and a few other brackets, I'll be ready to start the wheel well mods.
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Lookin GOOD Man !


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