Hillbilly's Rented Mule

Discussion in 'Project Progress' started by hillbilly75, Dec 29, 2013.

  1. 76_TypeLT

    76_TypeLT Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    that's a lot of great work, nice job!
     
  2. FatnLow

    FatnLow Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Nice work!! I wish I had welding skills. I guess the first step would be to buy a welder!
     
  3. hillbilly75

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    Thanks guys.

    Yeah man go get one..... I love having one, it is honestly one of the most used tools I own.
     
  4. perkalator

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    Hey, hillbilly. Your car is coming together nicely. Makes me want to get back to work on mine.
     
  5. hillbilly75

    hillbilly75 Veteran Member

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    DO IT!! Hahaha
     
  6. hillbilly75

    hillbilly75 Veteran Member

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    I started taking the tail panel apart, I knew that the outer panel was not reproduced so I was extra careful in removing it.
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    Unfortunately I found the dreaded mud worms had taken up residence on the panel at some point.
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    This is what I found lurking underneath, the old drill bit and screw technique.
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  7. hillbilly75

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    I cut out the offending piece, I always keep scrap pieces of stuff laying around so I found a lower gender patch has roughly the same contour as this piece so on it went.

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    Here it is fully tacked into place.
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    And here it is after some hammer and dolly work and some grinding. The rest of the panel was stripped and other than some minor dings it's now a solid piece except for the mounting flanges.

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  8. hillbilly75

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    Here are the mounting flanges I was talking about. These are the lower mounting flanges, they were paper thin so I made new ones up.
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  9. hillbilly75

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    I found the jack foot stuck in between the trunk drop off and the quarter on the passenger side. I never noticed it being there before.

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    I got the tailpanel off and the area cleaned up, I have some welding to do before I can install the inner tailpanel.

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    Here is the inner panel mocked up, its going to take some persuasion but I think the fit in the end will be nice.
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  10. CaliCamaro75

    CaliCamaro75 Veteran Member

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    Looking good. Its coming along well. I have a few places to get patched on my 75. Need to update my progress thread also. Been a long while.
     

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