Post by island65cruiser on Mar 18, 2019 11:50:08 GMT -5
Wow, frame looks great, 4 wheel disks! Is that powder or paint on the rails? Just finished a pro-Street build, I don't think I have the energy left to do the 442 like that. My car is a pretty nice survivor, just a little rust starting under front and back glass. That will be addressed this summer. It's a driver, with 100,000 miles on it, and I use it more than my new car. The 54 years of door dings and rock chips don't really bother me. I don't have to be afraid to park it at the super market.
Post by familyrides1965 on Mar 18, 2019 20:20:07 GMT -5
Actually sprayed with POR15. I plan on making this a seasonal daily driver. I wouldn't have done as much with frame,but since the body was already off for welding in the floor/trunk pans, it seemed like a good time. End goal is to have a respectable and somewhat modern club coupe I can drive and enjoy. A friend of mine has the 400 all rebuilt and ready to go. Interior will be the biggest challenge...bench seat stock or go in different direction...not sure yet? Realistically, probably last car I'll do, so will probably go overboard in a couple of areas.
Post by island65cruiser on Mar 18, 2019 22:42:49 GMT -5
Yup, I will hit 70 this year, pretty sure the two cars I have now will be my last toys. I tell my wife they are "toe Tag" cars. They go to my son when I'm gone or too old to drive them. The Pro-Street Rambler is an updated version of the Rambler Gasser I had in the 60's, at the same time I had my first 65 442. Life was good as a teenager who worked full time and didn't have to pay rent. A 442 for my street car and tow car, a 426 Ramcharger powered Rambler Gasser for street racing and the track. I am back to the same two cars (this Rambler has an aluminum 4 cam ford in it, and lots of modern stuff). The olds is going to stay as it is, except for the 4 speed swap so that it replicates my original car. My wife thinks I've lost my mind, and just can't understand why people go nuts over the 442, which she thinks is just a smelly old car! I think I will rebuild the 442 engine this summer, and swap in disk brakes to make it a more enjoyable driver with a completely new drive line that will outlive me. I would rather drive that car than my EcoBoost Ford, any day.
Post by familyrides1965 on May 27, 2019 9:36:42 GMT -5
Car is slowly coming along. Folks doing the body spend about a week a month on each car they have in their rotation (average guy). They also work full time on others if you have the cash readily available and need a quick turn. Overall the car was pretty solid except for the floors and trunk like most Club Coupes. Had some minor rust starting on the back quarters so told them if there is even the possibility of rust lurking anywhere cut it out. So far front fender lip drivers side about a 50-cent piece of rust cut and patch welded in. Drivers rear quarter had a couple spots on on the rear lip about 4" X 1" long, and then along the very bottom of the quarter is had the signs of rust starting a few random pin holes. One the pass side, it had rust in the same areas starting, but not as big of areas. All have been cut out and panels welded in. Rear and front windshield areas overall were in good shape after media blasting there were a couple small areas about 1" in length that needed patching. So, overall not too bad. Drivers door was in rough shape from impact damage of some sort, so required a lot of work to get it smoothed out. Car has had skim coat complete, sanded, and ready for three courses of primer. Will try to attach some pictures of car.
Post by familyrides1965 on May 28, 2019 1:55:41 GMT -5
Raptor lining...simuliar to most other applications for creating a hard shell over exposed metal. Not stock for sure but much more durable.. also added bonus of heat shield and noise suppression. On the bottom side makes it a little easier to clean up as well.