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CrashDown's 65 Coupe Resto Mod.....

Hey guys,

So Over the last few weeks Ive been tearing my Coupe apart, buying all the parts to do the Mechanical restoration. But Ive wanted to get the body and paint done for a while, and work is allowing me to use space to block and paint the car.

This is gonna be a "all the way to metal" to a point job. Not gonna be replacing panels but there are gonna be some patch jobs, using new age Sturctural adhesives and the like. But should be a pretty cool project, and I'd like to document the process here...


This is what I started out with.

She has been my daily driver for the last 2 years. About 4 months ago I sold a custom cafe racer I built and my Porsche 914 to finance buying all the mechanical parts I was going to need to mechanically overhaul the car. Those parts Include:

-5 speed swap from Modern Driveline
-American Autowire harness
-Dakota Diital Dash
- 3:55 8" Posi rear end
-Stainless Magnaflow exhaust
-Hooker Comp Headers
-Roller Rockers
-FITech Fuel injection
-Thumpr Cam
-Flo-tec aluminum heads
And other misc. stuff.

All of that has been purchased and is in storage.

But the body pand paint comes first So about a month ago my dad and I took a weekend and blew the body apart. For now I'm stripping the body at the house, and doing the bolt on panels at work.

I'll start posting daily progress pics as I go through the motions, but here's what's happened so far:





Top side and bottom side of the decklid was hand stripped down to metal. Both sides were then primed with a Acid Etch primer. The top side was then sanded with 180grit and then 4 coats of Evercoat Featherfill was applied to create a ground coat for the filler to adhere too, as well as keeping any flashrust from forming.

Then the same process was done on the Passenger door:




After this stage, I had some dents and reshaping to do on the inner half of the door. I am getting rid of the stock texture on the interior side of the doors, and they will be bodymatched colorwise to the exterior of the vehicle, along with the dash and quarter panel interior panels.

Over the last few weeks Ive been stripping the drivers bodyside of the chassis. Again, everything was taken down to metal. Including the side cowl bulkhead and the bodyside doorjamp. After that was done, and a GT rear Valance was welding onto the car, everything was given a liberal sanding with 80grit on the DA sander and then given 2 healthy coats of Acid Etch primer to protect against flash rusting while stripping the rest of the body.



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The Black areas are POR15. After stripping, any areas with surface rust were cleaned, and treated with POR15, cured and then sanded and etch primed. I can confirm, the etch primer does adhere very well to a well sanded por15 coated surface.

The holes for the stock 65 quarter moldings were welded closed, and the standard crack at the end of the drip rail at the quasrter panel was re-welded. Subframe braces from Mike Maier will be installed to help with keeping any cracks from returning.

Passenger side waiting to be stripped.


The window pinchwelds were stripped and then cleaned and treated with POR15 as well. These will not get coated with anything other than the singlestage when painted.

And then today, working on the driver side fender.

Hemmed over the fender lip:

And started workong on Hand stripping the inside of the fender.

More updates to come. Will be priming the outside of the Passenger door today as well.

-Matt
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coming along nicely! I gotta ask- what's the black area in front of the tire at the fender/apron joint??

Buckle up- I wanna try something!!
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coming along nicely! I gotta ask- what's the black area in front of the tire at the fender/apron joint??
The shop that painted the apron after my accident did a **** job of colormatching. I needed something there to hide the horribly bad color difference. So I made a little numberplate there. Wont have to worry about that anymore.
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Looks awesome! I want to do pain and body so bad right now but I'm saving up yet. And you threw a wrench in my decision to go with or without bumper on my red coupe.

'66 Coupe - Pro-touring in the making

289 4bbl
T-5Z
9" TrueTrac 3.70 gears
TCP suspension front and rear
18x8 Wheels and Baer 6P all four corners

And no more money left in my wallet...
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Also, any pics or info of your cafe that you sold?

'66 Coupe - Pro-touring in the making

289 4bbl
T-5Z
9" TrueTrac 3.70 gears
TCP suspension front and rear
18x8 Wheels and Baer 6P all four corners

And no more money left in my wallet...
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awesome work! looks great!
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Also, any pics or info of your cafe that you sold?
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got some stuff done after work today...


Primed the inside half of the passenger door... will do filler work and shaping tomorrow.

Again, it was etchprimed, sanded and then appropriate areas were masked off and 3 coats of FeatherFill G2 were applied.

Same story on the outer half of the door...


ready for featherfill




All primed up. going to install the new latch, door remote and hinges tomorrow morning before work and then keep plugging away on the drivers fender.

-Matt
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looked pretty good to start with

keeping the same color?
Who's hood is that?and how much clearance does it give?

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Nice job so far . Gotta say though, first time I've ever seen a shoe less bodyman.
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That's a beautiful café.

'66 Coupe - Pro-touring in the making

289 4bbl
T-5Z
9" TrueTrac 3.70 gears
TCP suspension front and rear
18x8 Wheels and Baer 6P all four corners

And no more money left in my wallet...
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Nice job so far . Gotta say though, first time I've ever seen a shoe less bodyman.
It's been hot in the bay area....
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looked pretty good to start with

keeping the same color?
Who's hood is that?and how much clearance does it give?
Nope. Changing the color. It's gonna be 1966 Porsche 911 Light Ivory or in German, " Hellelfenbein ", with deep Bronze accents.



The hood is from Maier Racing. It's their BIG SCOOP 67 style hood. Give like 2.5 to 3" of extra clearance.
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More progress this AM.


Got the filler work on the Inside half of the door done. She's sanded and ready for spot primer.



Then it was back to stripping the under and backside of the Drivers fender.





Will spot prime the Inside of the door today, and should have the backside of the fender in Acid Etch Primer by end of day tomorrow.

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That's a beautiful café.
thanks man, it was about a 1 year and a bit build. The build was documented here...

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