Thanks guys. I got to do a few more things last night. My wife works in a pediatric ER, so her hours are a bit crazy...2pm-2am...So on the days she works I pic up my son from day care at 5, try to get him to bed by 8...then maybe if all goes well I can work for a couple of hours out in the garage.
somehow my phone got switched to hipster for this pic, but 346x is written on the frame rail in white....I guess thats original...not sure who else would do that
Got most of the front taken apart...but i want to take the car for one last spin around the block tomorrow before disabling it for who knows how long
This was interesting...this is the pan that sits above the front valence and below the fog lights. My father must have bought a new one when he had the car painted blue. It was shipped to teterboro ford and has a date of Jan. 1975.
This, the front bumper, lower valence, driver fender are not original, so im thinking the car was dented up when my father bought it. Not sure how bad
Just to get an idea of how hard it would be, I tried scraping off some of the old undercoating...this is behind the front wheel. Wasnt too bad actually....did it in a few spots, thankfully I only found clean metal behind it and no rust...yet.
I still have not decided whether or not im going to have this car entirely media blasted, partially, etc. There are several well known restoration shops in my area and I have bought the car to each of them, met the owners and discussed my car a bit. All of them agreed that to do this correctly the car needs to be brought down to bare metal, which I also agree with. How to go about doing that is a matter of opinion im finding. Many of the guys I spoke to recommended that I not media blast the entire car since it has so little rust. Or media blast some of it, like the front clip/engine compartment, but hand strip the big panels. I could live with this too as I can handle using chemical stripper on the panels.
I visited one blasting shop, he was highly recommended by a couple restoration shops I visited. I saw some of the cars he was working on and everything looked really good. He gave me a quote for blasting the entire car and priming it with DP90 epoxy, $1500. Sounds pretty reasonable to me. However, there was one major issue that I just could not get past. He uses sand, more specifically black beauty mixed with extra fine sand as i recall him saying. Now my next question to him and the people who recommended him to me was about warping panels. All swear tht this guy is a pro and never warps anything. He probably is and im probably being paranoid, but its just pushing me back to wanting to hand strip the panels myself. There is another restoration shop who uses glass, walnut shells etc...He looked over my car and said he would not do the large panels, but rather areas under that car/engine compartment...moreso doing the spots that needed it. The general advice im getting is that the car isnt rusted enough to warrant the hastle of blasting it. But we'll see as the stripping continues...Its not like I cant change my mind at any point I suppose. Man, why cant this be simple, like rebuilding the engine? Piece of cake.
I should also add that in the 40 years this car has been in my family, never has it been worked on by anyone other than myself or my father. So something just feels wrong about taking it anywhere for anything. Anyone who I drop this car off to will have to undergo a "vetting"
The irony is that when I was 8 years old my father saw my writing in the dust on the front fender of this car and scolded me about doing that. He then pulled the car out of the garage and made me wash it with him...I thought it was fun, so I cant say it was a good punishment. But ironic how im now going to remove all of the paint entirely...ha!