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Aircraft paint remover and a hand scraper, it took 2-3 layers of it some areas, lots of work and time but I thought it would be much easier than sandblasting as I really had a good solid body other than 3 floor sections, trunk floor section, quarter panels and the rear in between tail light section.

The underside I went at it with a wire wheel and sanding discs (80-120 grit). Cleaned it all off with reducer and POR15'd with a few brushes by hand.

The inside floor sections which were welded, around the front/rear windshield frames, and roofrails - used 80-100grit on the new sheet metal panels, and 100 grit on the rest of the good painted areas. POR15 painted only on the exposed metal/new sheet metal areas. Then I had sprayed POR15 self-etching primer onto those POR15'd sections so that when its all ready for paint/topcoat - it will adhere to that.

As for the underside, I bought the POR15 rubberized undercoating which will be sprayed on over the cured POR15 paint once I have the body all painted (will adhere to cured POR15 without sanding it,. and will cover any overspray that occurs in the meantime!) Don't see a necessity of UV resistant paint on the underside, unless you flip the car - it won't see the sun anyway, and either way if you didnt want to have rubber undercoating, you could always just spray a thin coat of their primer, then topcoat it whenever with any topcoat you'd like.

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Hi, euro_tomek,

Great job, you are really doing a smashing job on your car. And yes the '68 body style does grow on you doesn't it.

Especially as you noticed after tearing it apart, it still shares most of the same underpinnings as the '65 model.

May I ask a few questions based on what I've seen from your pics?

1.) How did you strip all the paint off?

2.) What paint/coating did you use for the underside of the body? If it was POR15, did you use a UV resistant topcoat?

Cheers mate,

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Got my chassis pretty much complete, all prepped, POR painted, all new bushings, ball joints, brake hoses, brake lines, tie rod ends, sleeves, shocks, sway bar links, etc. Next is more body work (doors, hood, trunk) - then paint. Cannot wait.. so much work, but its insane how addicting this work/project has me.









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here's a few more (sorry for not being all in order!):




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Wow. Nice work on the old gal. I look forward to seeing your progress. That black paint on the frame and control arms looks great!
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Hey Euro_Tomek, do you have any pictures of where/how you picked the body off of the frame? Ironically I've got a '68 w/ 302 and I can't figure out how to pick this thing up. Thanks, and yes, your project is looking awesome man!
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Hey Euro_Tomek, do you have any pictures of where/how you picked the body off of the frame? Ironically I've got a '68 w/ 302 and I can't figure out how to pick this thing up. Thanks, and yes, your project is looking awesome man!
Hey, thanks man! And I can't wait to see some pics of yours!

When we first took it off the frame, we used one of the frame mount bolt holes (rear 2nd last one) and bolted a chain to each one, this was too close to the trunk moulding lip area, so now believe it or not.. we lift the rear up by putting a long bar under the two holes you see beside the speaker holes, then just thread a tough strap through the bar and use it to lift. I know it seems weak, but it surprisingly is a very strong point, but I wouldn't leave it up on this for long. Here is the only pic for reference of the holes:


As for the front, I used a long strap to go through on each frame rail mounting holes as you can see here, then attached it to the chain for lift:

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Right on man! Thanks for the info and pix! That answered my questions
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Wow. Nice work on the old gal. I look forward to seeing your progress. That black paint on the frame and control arms looks great!
Thanks! POR-15 paint. I wire wheel and sandblast everything before I do their 3-step procedure. It does leave a nice finish for being just brushed on.
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Awesome work so far. I'll send you my dad's 68 XL when you're done!
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Some updated pics.. got the body painted inside/out, engine and transmission completely rebuilt and running nicely, gas tank, fuel lines all in, interior dash is in, front engine bay mostly back together. Next, we are working on the doors/hood/trunk!







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Nice work.!
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Can you post some pics or info on the Rotisserie ?

Looks awesome !

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Sorry, don't have any more pics of it really. I will take some eventually when the car is done and I am needing to get rid/sell the rotisserie.
It was basically 2 long pipes my dad got from a metal junk yard, and we bent them using a pipe bender (90deg bends)., then he fabbed up some more piping to be bolted to the body-to-frame mounts as you see in the photos. and they were welded in some points, the bars you see that go across lengthwise of the car, are bolted to the bent L-shape bars. This allows for removing the entire setup and storing the kit.
My dad did all the work on the rotisserie build,. he just cut/welded as he thought of it in his head,. turned out to be perfect for the roll. It rolls back down by hand, but to lift it up to roll on its side, you need to use some other source of muscle.. we have a chain hoist from the ceiling that we used on each end. You could possibly use an engine hoist to jack it up a bit higher until it reaches a point that you can just lift it over by hand the rest of the way.
Now, with the wheels welded by brackets/wheels bolted to brackets on the bottom of the L-shape bars, you'd need a hoist as we used, to bring it up on the wheels.

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WOW!!!! I'm subscribing to this now and looking at it on my phone, can't wait to get home so I can see it on a big screen. Even though we all know the 64 fastback is the best Galaxie design of all times I would have to say this is the second best. I had one with a 390, it was lowered with a little rake and I found an LTD and scored the hide away headlights. Always liked that car. Amazing job, thank you for sharing and motivating.
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