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well all right, thanks, lets continue with a little more of the back story since ive been a couch potato the last three days and theres nothing new to post...

by day 10, all the easily removed parts were off the car, the motor started right away, and after getting the plastic hose to stay in the gas can, the fuel pump sucked gas like it was supposed to, and we let the engine run for mebbe 30-40 seconds & called it good...
i didnt have an engine hoist at that time, so decided to save the engine for later and see if the body could be made paintable (no rust holes anywhere, but a lot of surface rust pitting, especially on the roof)...
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it was at this point i went to the auto paint store for primer & supplies...
yeah sticker price shock big time ;-)

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brought this stuff home, read the directions, factored in learning curve cost, and decided i was a dinosaur...
last time i painted a vehicle 40+ years ago, paint was cheap, thinner cheaper... this was going to cost a lot more than i thought it would... so, i carried most of it back, and picked up some over the counter primer & paint, just to see if i had any spray paint skills left after all these years...
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and i'm getting too wordy, so will stop here for today... next up bondo & more bondo...
 

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good to see you moving right along with your build. I have to do the same thing to my roof but I think it's probably too cold around here to spray any primer. Glad to hear you found your trim, you aren't kidding about it being expensive. I'm going to have close to 3g in trim work by the time I purchase that trim, the strip across the trunk and getting my dash bezel rechromed. Who said this was a cheap hobby? Lol. When do you think you'll begin your floorboard work? I have the same issue with my driver toe board but I'm baffled by how it seems like the floorboard is not one continuous piece in that area.
 

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spent a little time yesterday scrolling thru touring919's restoration project in the galaxie pages, really impressive...
heh, guess i'm a little envious of his energy, skills, knowledge on such an extensive build...

could probably use some of all that on my little project... it's been 119 days since i pulled the old car into the barn, probably should be a lot further along, but i've only fiddled with the car 65 of those days, and when you consider my oldman work days are 2-4 hours long, guess its no too bad after all... (at least thats what i'm telling myself :)

here are a few pics of what i did trying to decide if i could paint the car myself... this is a small car so i picked the roof & trunk lid to experiment with... whenever i get to the final step it wont be much of anything to redo... bottom line > yep i will try it... confident i will get at least an "OK" finish that will hold up for as long as i'm around...

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and with that my painting experiment came to a close, time to do someting else...
 

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I've recently been through some of the same mechanicals as you- replacing the Z-bar bracket, adding a Z-bar repair kit, and a shift lever repair kit. All these parts are available (and MANY more) from falconparts.com.

I also rebuilt the transmission mount, as the previous owner cross-threaded a coarse thread bolt into the fine thread nut inside the mount:
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If you happen to need it, the kit can be found here:
 

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I've recently been through some of the same mechanicals as you- replacing the Z-bar bracket, adding a Z-bar repair kit, and a shift lever repair kit. All these parts are available (and MANY more) from falconparts.com.

I also rebuilt the transmission mount, as the previous owner cross-threaded a coarse thread bolt into the fine thread nut inside the mount:
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If you happen to need it, the kit can be found here:
huh, so thats what a clean undercarriage looks like :) that is nice... yeah i'd already bookmarked those parts sites but havent done much exploring... pretty sure i will need at least this part of the zbar loinkage...
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no work on the falcon wednesday, it was too cold for me & turned into a couch potato day... hate it when that happens, but it does every so often...

the first couple of weeks (august '22) into this car consisted of just dismantling and seeing what all i thought had to be done or replaced, and what it might cost... i took many pics as reference in case i ever actually got it back together... here are a few more >

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this pic makes me wonder if it's possible to reuse an original '65 fuel tank?
anyone ever try that?
My 67 f100 tank was in “good shape” view externally but it continually filled the inline filter with rust crumbs so I abandoned it for a new unit to eliminate the headaches.
 

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My 67 f100 tank was in “good shape” view externally but it continually filled the inline filter with rust crumbs so I abandoned it for a new unit to eliminate the headaches.
thanks, with a shoestring budget i was looking for any place i could save some momey... but after thinking about it, quickly decided that the fuel tank was not the place to skimp ;-)
 

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as i'm posting these pics i'm thinking it would be better labeled "how not to DIY an old car back on the road"...
so i'm going to bring this thread up to current status...
will update the build as i progress (which will probably be really slow)...

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and this is where it stands this morning > engine bay wiring removed, shock tower top brackets removed, next thing step for me will likely be pressure wash, but since it's going to be freezing in a few days, pretty sure that can wait...
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