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post #31 of 55 (permalink) Old 08-28-2014, 03:17 AM Thread Starter
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Last left off with adding the Edlbrock Performer intake and Carter AFB 600 cfm 4 barrel carb. I redid my old Ford Motorsport valve cover with fresh wrinkle paint and gave them a custom touch this time by adding blue to the center around the logo

Installed the valve covers added a chrome coil bracket ,added 8mm wire and my Ford Motorsport wire looms I had. bought new Hooker headers for 351C 2V and installed them.also bought a black Ford Racing wing nut for the air cleaner that i painted with black wrinkle paint



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Next I put new 2.5 inch exhaust which I custom made myself using a Summit Racing x-pipe kit and bought stainless Magnaflow performance mufflers

I layed out the pipes on the ground with the mufflers so I could figure out the best configuration for my car


I then fit the sections on the car and bolted it to the collectors and held it in place and positioned the pipes and then tack welded the joints


After it was all fit i removed the x pipe section and mig welded it then painted it with VHT High Heat exhaust paint
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After completing the exhaust it was time for some body work so I started working on the passenger side quarter rust on the bottom rear where the spare tire well is



I cut off the rusted metal and prepped it for a new panel which I fabricated a patch panel for it


I decided I didn't like the hump the factory put in the bottom for the spare tire and wanted it flat and even with the bottom of the quarter like the driver side and redesigned the bottom section
First I made the patch panel and welded it in place




Next I had to stiffen up the bottom spare tire well so I added a piece of angle iron to the back panel then welded in some flat stock bars for my new floor panel to weld to so the metal would have the strength to hold the spare tire

After the framing was welded I cut a piece of 18 gauge sheet metal and welded it in place to cover the hole


Here is the finished redesigned spare tire well from the bottom
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Next I started stripping the paint off the quarter and found some previous repair with body filler and they just filled the dent so I reshaped the metal so it would have less filler
before


after



After that I removed the rear side glass and got ready to make the skin to cover the window are transforming it into a panel wagon
I had to put some structure in the opening to give the 18 gauge sheet metal some rigidity so the metal wouldn't flex


I welded in C channel vertical supports to the center and flate stock in between horizontally



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Next I held the skin in place and trimmed the edge so it fit just inside the edge of the opening so once it was welded on I it was recessed slightly to give room for the body filler to make the seam flush and the side of the panel smooth


I marked the inside where the framing was so I could drill holes where the frame was to plug weld the skin to the frame and welded the perimeter with the MIG welder




After it was finished welding the panel, I ground down the welds smooth and put a coat of body filler to make the panel smooth and flush



Next was to give it a coat of primer and i used some Marhyde High build primer

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I had a photoshop rendering done of my wagon Sport panel concept to see what it would look like
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The photo shop is of a two door Torino, I think, What are you gonna do with the back doors. I like it.


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The photo shop pic is my wagon with the center B pillar post removed the longer 2 door doors added and the fastback quarter section welded where the rear door would be. here is the photo that was used to make the rendering
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ok more progress photos.
The tailgate bottom was completely rusted away


I cut off all the rusty metal and got ready to rebuild it


Corner brace I drilled the spot welds and removed it




looks like it needs alot of work


I welded a piece of angle iron to the back edge to give it some strength


Then I welded some heavy metal to the center brace that the window regulator bolts to and connected it to the angle iron

Coated it with POR15 so it won't rot out later


Added some new metal to the corner brace that holds the latch


made a new piece of skin for around the latch and welded it in the bottom corner
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The photo shop pic is my wagon with the center B pillar post removed the longer 2 door doors added and the fastback quarter section welded where the rear door would be. here is the photo that was used to make the rendering
ARe you gonna do all that, looks sweet with the longer door and two door quarter grafted in. Lots of work, but would be so worth it.


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yes eventually it will be made like the photo. I have a 72 fastback parts car to get what I need for the build but first I need to complete the tailgate repairs and do the other quarter panel as it still has the window. car has been on hold for a year.Hoping to get back on the build this winter. I'm getting a lower tailgate section from a Ranchero to help with the repair so I don't have to try and make the lower skin with the body line. have to get it shipped from out west so i'm waiting for that before I start up again and also the transmission lost forward gears and needs rebuilt so i'm going to be getting another C4 in about a month so it will move under it's own power again as pushing this beast is not an option.

I have a small shop where I build custom cars for a living so it will be nice to have my own and great advertisement for my shop.
currently building a custom 68 Mustang fastback for a customer but can't post photos of the build as the guy doesn't want it seen on the internet, hopefully when it's finished I will be able to share with the world, but right now i have to respect his wishes.
I believe when done it will be magazine worthy and so will the wagon for that fact as it's never been done to a Gran Torino wagon like i'm building.
Hoping to make my mark again. I already have one of my builds in several magazines but that was built at my old shop in Florida but that was over 10 yrs ago and you have to keep building stuff to keep yourself in the spotlight or be forgotten about

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ok moving forward with updating the progress photos.

next step was to detail out the suspension and chassis
before cleaning and paint


after cleaning and sanding



after paint both sides




next I cut the rear crossmeber out and added a 2 inch heavy wall box tube and welded a Reese receiver on it for towing




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next thing I did was add a black out treatment to the hood and below the wide body side moldings






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I then took the wagon to Carlisle Ford Nationals 2013
which found out after that Bangshift.com took photos of my wagon and featured it on the event coverage page




here is the link to the event coverage by bangshift.com and my wagon as the cover car http://bangshift.com/general-news/ev...ge-click-here/

To my surprise I was picked for 1st place in 68-76 Torino Modified and my buddy Alex got 3rd for his 72 GTS fastback which I thought was nicer as his was a finished car but the participants of the show vote on the cars and alot of people commented to me during the show that they liked what i was doing making it into a panel wagon and as in progress with one window on one side and the panel on other they could see the before and after effect. here is my award

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ok now we are pretty much up to date as of 2013.
after I got back from Carlisle the C4 transmission lost forward gears ansd the car was parked in the garage till this year when i moved my shop. i still haven't fixed the trans and looking to get another one to pit in it's place in a few weks till I can totally rebuild my original and take my time detailing it and making it better then new.


Fast forward to April 2014 when I towed the wagon to my local Ford dealer for a Fairlane Club Of America Mini Meet show




Thought I was going to be the only 72-76 Gran Torino there when after the show started this sweet 72 GTS fasback Q code 4 spd rolled in







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