It's been a bit since I've posted so I wanted to provide an update (sadly no pic's yet).
I have smoothed out the crap quarter panel welding as best I can. I think it's smooth enough to not warrant a crap ton of body putty...at least not as much as what was on there. I've also cut out and patched the rip job on the drivers side. I still need to smooth out the welds there and probably do some touch up welding. Same with the wind sail rusting and a few other spots I've discovered. I've decided to keep the drip rails so I'm working on patching them up and splicing them back in. After I'm done with that stuff I'll be going over the repairs with dynaglass.
I started repairing the wheel wells...and think I did a pretty bang up job with cutting the bad crap out and welding in the good stuff. Then I got it in my head that I want to clearance the front and rear a little more to accommodate larger tires in the future. So i have cut a slit of each corner and am reshaping the wheel houses. I also took a stab at rolling one of the rear fenders and did a pretty terrible job of it that I'm going to have to fix now. It's kind of embarrassing how horrible a job it was so I'm going to keep that to myself :-D
On a lighter note...I had a great conversation with Shaun from SoT this morning about the front suspension, spindles, brakes, wheels, and lots of other things. Dudes pretty cool and I look forward to speaking with him again in the future. It'd be tough to find someone more passionate about these old cars and making them better than that guy.
I put in an order for their Stage 5 suspension kit. That's tubular uca / lca, performance springs, roller perches, and adjustable strut rods. Upgrading to the big bearing spindles for peace of mind. I also put in for the 13" 1.25 rotor disc brakes system. That's all very exciting!!
....and after that order I put in with Summit for 2 torque thrust ii wheels, 4.75 backspacing, 8" wide and a set of Sport Comp 2 wheels in 245/40-r17. I'm going to see if I can get them under the front fenders. If not, i'll run them in the rear and order a 235 set for the front. The plan is to eventually get another 4 rims and outfit them with dedicated racing wheels.
I've also contacted my Ford racing machine shop to begin work on the 408 block. It'll be a full roller w/ Scat cast crank, H-beam rods, and flat top pistons. I'm going to top it with AFR205 72cc heads, an edelbrock air-gap, quickfuel 750 carb and a set of 1 3/4 accufab headers in February when it's done...and I have money again :-D They are also going to setup a custom ground cam to work with a TKO600 w/ race gear (.82 overdrive) and 3.70 gears on 25.5" tires.
Last edited by chaser012001; 12-08-2016 at 02:36 PM.