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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-24-2019, 01:51 PM Thread Starter
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Replacing front aprons vs

Hello everyone

Finally getting started on my 68 fastback restoration and have a few questions.

A lot of the sheet metal had been changed out by the previous owner for better or for worse. Going to need to go through it all and make sure it hasn’t been tweaked in the wrong directions too much.

Anyhow, currently I need in the front to either patch the front frame rails, aprons and shock towers or buy the apron and frame assembly pre assembled. Kind of leaning towards replacing the entire apron.

How difficult would this be replacing one side at a time?
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Build your self a good jig and make sure all alignment points are square according to shop manual before tackling. If you do that right not too bad. Issue you will have is dealing with previous repairs and not knowing stock measure points versus repairs.

BTW should post pics to get a better opinion.
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And don't throw the VINs in the scrap pile!
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And don't throw the VINs in the scrap pile!
LOL Good One!

In 68 I believe they moved to driver side dash..
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Kind of leaning towards replacing the entire apron.

How difficult would this be replacing one side at a time?
One side at a time, starting with the worst side, is by far the best way to do it. Use that side still attached to verify the new one is true and square when installed.

Use the engine crossmember and a high-quality export brace to stabilize.
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Thanks for the replies! Is it really necessary to have a jig made if I’m only doing a side at a time?
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And one more question, is there a book or other resource that has all the body measurements?
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And one more question, is there a book or other resource that has all the body measurements?
Indeed there is.

https://www.amazon.com/1968-Ford-Mus.../dp/B003XKIH54

I'm not an expert, but I play one on the internet.
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My 68 has one on the passenger side dash, and both aprons, towards the front on each side.

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In 68 I believe they moved to driver side dash..

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In 68 I believe they moved to driver side dash..
He was talking about the VIN stamps on the inner fenders. Which should be on both sides, possibly 3 or 4 stamps.

And in 68, the dash VIN tag was on the passenger side. The dash tag moved to the driver side from 69 until today.

Move along. Nothing to see here.
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