the begeaning of the 40 years crisis
#31
I think you are doing a decent job!
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#32
I just had a great idea for you to consider.

First of all that floor pan you made would work but will severely flex when heavy people get in and press down.
How about getting a good battery operated hand grinder if you have one and hit your local junk yard and just cut out some comparable ribbed floor pan section and use that instead of that weaker flat sheet metal you have there.
I'll bet it would work great and functionally work strong and look way better.
The other would be to just make one large USA order and save on overseas shipping by consolidation of it all on one shipment. (Better make that order detailed enough for the whole car up to the finish).
For what it's worth..... Wow.
You really surprised us in sheer determination on your car.
Get it driving ASAP and your restoration energy will remain very high.
Great job so far.?
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#33
(03-07-2016, 03:45 AM)Masterblaster7212 Wrote: I just had a great idea for you to consider.

First of all that floor pan you made would work but will severely flex when heavy people get in and press down.
How about getting a good battery operated hand grinder if you have one and hit your local junk yard and just cut out some comparable ribbed floor pan section and use that instead of that weaker flat sheet metal you have there.
I'll bet it would work great and functionally work strong and look way better.
The other would be to just make one large USA order and save on overseas shipping by consolidation of it all on one shipment. (Better make that order detailed enough for the whole car up to the finish).
For what it's worth..... Wow.
You really surprised us in sheer determination on your car.
Get it driving ASAP and your restoration energy will remain very high.
Great job so far.?

Thanks for the idea
I'll serch option to emplement it
I have the same problem in the trunk

I will make the reinforcement any way

add some more progress....


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#34
I am trying to figure out what is going on in your recent pictures. Are you installing a roof support brace? It looks like you drilled a couple of holes in the roof to plug weld it and possibly scratched in a few lines on the inside to stitch weld it. Please help me out.
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#35
(03-21-2016, 05:40 AM)Mustangmike Wrote: I am trying to figure out what is going on in your recent pictures. Are you installing a roof support brace? It looks like you drilled a couple of holes in the roof to plug weld it and possibly scratched in a few lines on the inside to stitch weld it. Please help me out.

Hi will try to explain
at drawing 1 we can see how it was in the original (as far as I understand)
at drawing 2 you can see the status right now after Harsh environmental conditions and rust.

at drawind 3 there are 2 option that I plan to implement "rebuilding" the rear window support& the roof support.

how is look like? do you prefer option 1or 2?

have nice day: senior


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#36
Either of those two options will be much beefier than the factory as long as it is tied into the side support.
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#37
Like Steven noted either option will work. However, looking at your weld points in the diagrams I would caution you to go slow with the welder. The roof is such a large flat panel too much heat will warp it and I heard it is not a fun panel to do bodywork on because you end up chasing the highs and lows over the entire surface.

Also, I may be wrong in my assumption but your support brace seems to be thicker than the original. The only reason I bring this up is due to the headliner fitting correctly.

After going back and looking at your pictures of the work you did on the roof and the car so far, I think you know how much heat to apply. I respect your motivation on this project!
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#38
(03-22-2016, 08:55 AM)Mustangmike Wrote: Like Steven noted either option will work. However, looking at your weld points in the diagrams I would caution you to go slow with the welder. The roof is such a large flat panel too much heat will warp it and I heard it is not a fun panel to do bodywork on because you end up chasing the highs and lows over the entire surface.

Also, I may be wrong in my assumption but your support brace seems to be thicker than the original. The only reason I bring this up is due to the headliner fitting correctly.

After going back and looking at your pictures of the work you did on the roof and the car so far, I think you know how much heat to apply. I respect your motivation on this project!

yes the support are 3 mm and the original was 1-1.2 mm, the main fear is that the window support will be to Mach stiff for the window, hope that the window sealing will do the work.

I need to work on the connecting the support to the rest of the car structure.

thanks' for the moral support.
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#39
(03-22-2016, 03:44 PM)senioryefet Wrote: yes the support are 3 mm and the original was 1-1.2 mm, the main fear is that the window support will be to Mach stiff for the window, hope that the window sealing will do the work.

First of all, I am impressed you were able to bend your support to get the curve of the roof. Now, I am just thinking out load here but would it make sense to cut your brace down (almost in half) so it approximates the same thickness as the original and then weld on a lip for the window making a 90 degree angle using 16 gauge sheet metal.

Also, I am not sure how the window molding clips are installed on your car but if it uses screws it is going to be difficult to drill through your brace so you may want to think about that as well.
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#40
i can appreciate your hard work but this car is going to continue to rust inside. You are only fooling yourself. There is no way to make lasting repair. That sail panel is a trouble spot with new metal installed. Tacking patches in like that there is no way its going to hold. Look at the rust on underside of roof. new holes will apear as time goes on. You have to cut off rusted parts . Rust is still there growing. Like building a beautiful house with no foundation underneeth. You need a doner shell. once you weld to metal rusted like this it accelerates the rust. When you are done you will still be able to hear it rusting because its all over with a few patches thrown over. This is probably hard to hear but it is reality.
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