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Well, after 5 years and alot of "its almost time" comments walking past my gal in the garage, it's time to start the restoration.
Intend to post some pics along the way.
Adding some pics of my initial teardown to start but have already made some progress and will update as I go.
Will need some help along the way. Any help will be appreciated.
 

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Here are some pics of the car shortly after my purchase.
I told my wife before I was going to buy it that if the body was in decent shape and it ran that I wanted to buy it.
I actually drove 4 hours to pick up the car with a car hauler. The body was not too bad and it actually ran and ran well.
Somehow, I talked myself out of the purchase and drove back home. I seem to be fairly good at doing that.
When I got home my wife had several questions why the car wasn't on the hauler.
She asked me if the body was decent and if it ran. I simply told her yes and she told me to go back and get it.
I called the owner and rescheduled for a pick up the following weekend and send him a deposit.
Drove another 4 hours the next weekend to pick it up. When I got there I paid him the other half on the car and went to start it up to put it on the hauler. Once I fired it up it made a hell of a knocking noise. The owner told me his grandson had went out and cold started it with very little oil. Now I simply couldn't leave without it again. Wasn't going to hear it again from my wife so I put it on the hauler anyway and brought it home.
Two owner car with 72,000 original miles. Was able to verify that later speaking to the original owner.
Hate to admit what I paid for it. Got a pretty good deal.
 

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The first year I owned it I actually simply wanted to drive it around so I worked on getting the motor running good again. Found out the knocking was a pushrod that had been bent pretty bad. To describe the bend is like holding the push rod straight up and down at 12 and 6 p.m. direction but the top of the push rod was more at 2 p.m. instead of 12.
Removed and replaced all the pushrods, worked on some of the brake system and got it on the road. Actually was able to get it inspected and drove it 2 to 3 days a week.
I had heard about and later met a local Restorer that I wanted to do the work on the car. He came over and looked at the car and gave me a quote to do the frame off. It was time to start saving up money after that conversation.
So now we're current today and I decided to get it started and the Restorer was able to put me on a schedule.
The teardown begins.
 

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Had some big ideas for this car over the years while waiting to get it restored.
Although I originally thought of restoring this car back to original, I decided to change some things up. The one thing I knew I was changing in this car was the interior. I really never did like the look of the dash in this car. So before I sent it to the restorer, I decided to make my own. The dash will have all new custom autometer gauges installed when it's finished (already designed and ready....added a pic), of course a new marine bluetooth radio to work with a new 10.5" Samsung tablet along with Vintage Air controls and unit installed in place of the original. The firewall will be cleaned up as well.
It will have bucket seats (out of a 67 thunderbird) and a custom center console to go along with the new dash that will end up looking like one piece when finished.
Before sending it to the restorer, I started by making a wooden template of the new dash and installing it to the original dash frame.
Then using the wooden template to fabricate and fiberglass my new dash pad for the new dash.
 

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Good to see another 66 being restored. Keep the pics. coming! Finished mine 4 years ago and try to get it out each weekend when the weather is nice. here is a recent pic.

 

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Good to see another 66 being restored. Keep the pics. coming! Finished mine 4 years ago and try to get it out each weekend when the weather is nice. here is a recent pic.


Thanks........Nice looking car 66F.

I owned the same year and style in high school and then joined the military. Come home after training and my father had sold it.
Always said I would get one back and the restore was a wish.
Lovin the process.
 

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After hauling the car to the restorer, I started blasting and etch priming loose parts and hardware to simply give myself something to do (just a few).
Due to work of course, my car visits are first thing each and every Saturday morning.
 

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Found and bought a floor shift column and decided to keep/use the original steering wheel and horn ring. Found a really nice ring on ebay and am currently still restoring the steering wheel. Even though it's eventually going to be leather wrapped, I'm still carving, filling and sanding to repair.
 

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Im not 100% what these plastic trim pieces are called but have been looking for replacements since mine were pretty brittle and were falling apart coming off. Not sure if i'll be able to find some good ones out there but if anyone has a good set they are willing to get rid of, I'd sure appreciate it.
Will have to fabricate something farther down the road if I don't have any luck
 

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After the car was completely blasted, I went over to see how she (yep, have named her ethel) came out. It came out really well. Areas needing additional attention outside the obvious repairs we knew needed to be done before blasting were some rear quarter repairs, roof and the core support frame mounts. This car was built in Dallas, sold out of Dallas and lived in Fredricksburg pretty much it's entire life so I luckily had no repairs needed on any floor/trunk pans. BUT, I did have an @#$hole decide to hit my drivers rear corner sitting in front of my house just before taking it over to the restorers. Just my luck and the driver hit and run, adding to my repair bill. [email protected]#$.
 

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A good story about the purchase of this car and what will end up being a good conversation piece after its completion will be the decklid spear emblem inlay I'm having made for the car.
After driving over the second time to meet with the 2nd owner to finally pick up this car, the gentleman was standing close to me as the car was being driven onto the hauler. I had glanced at him and noticed he was getting a little emotional. He wasn't crying or nothing like that but I could tell he was upset. I simply walked up beside him and told him I could just as easily remove it from the hauler if he wanted me too. He nodded no and mentioned he simply had a lot of good memories of the car and that he used to take it to the track and race sometimes on the weekends. Said his friends used to call the car "white lighting". That moment has always stuck with me and I wanted to do something special so when it was done, I intended to drive it back over so he could see it finished and see if he will catch the addition inlay I'm putting on the car.
It's nothing elaborate per say but the inlay will fit inside this 1965 Galaxie trunk spear and simply read "lightning". I have a friend in the sign business that is going to cut it out 3D style in the shape of the emblem. I attached one of the first CAD drawing ideas of this inlay to give you an idea of what I had in mind. Its changed quite a bit since this drawing looks, font and size wise but at least gives you an idea.
Looking forward to that ride back to Fredricksburg.
 

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Hi,

Great project! If I may ask, what parts are you tackling specifically and what parts are the restorer tackling? Just curious :)

Aside from the dash, are you going to remain original or do you have other ideas for it?

Thank you for the pictures, please keep us posted.

Cheers
 

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Hi Desert66,

I did the complete disassembly and will be reassembling as well.
I also have been blasting and priming all loose parts, ordering new and using them to assemble once the body work, frame and painting has been completed.
I'm a fairly hands on guy and like to do as much as I can during the process.
The restorer I am using primarily restores older cars. He is known for his paint and body and is the main reason why its there with him. I have been on his "waiting list" per say for about 3 years. I understand there may be others out there that may/may not be able to do the same work but with his experience and the recommendations I received from others and actually seeing some of their final projects, the wait was worth it.
Concerning other modifications? Several. Come back often and see. I will posting more real soon.
 

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Wow looking good man great job. Gonna have to keep an eye out on this build.. Gets me motivated to get mine done?
Thanks Amasian

Yeah, as I mentioned to Desert66, I will have a lot going on with this car soon to show and will need some help along the way I'm sure.

You have a 66 fastback as well?
 

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Firewall repairs. Asked to have "Hi" removed as well..........(had to go)
 

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