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Re: Pinto Powered Mustang Roadster
« Reply #270 on: June 14, 2024, 08:32:31 PM »
Tomorrow is Saturday and I need to make the best use of the morning and early afternoon.  I have to go to a neighbor's kid's birthday party (begrudgingly) and then I will be participating in a Father's Day Car Show on Sunday in my home town which means no Sunday progress.  I mowed the lawn yesterday so I don't have to do it tomorrow and maybe I can get some more time on my project.  I will report tomorrow evening on what I am able to get done.
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Re: Pinto Powered Mustang Roadster
« Reply #271 on: June 15, 2024, 09:42:55 AM »
I will report tomorrow evening on what I am able to get done.

I'll be waiting for your report!  Have a great weekend!

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Re: Pinto Powered Mustang Roadster
« Reply #272 on: June 16, 2024, 07:39:11 PM »
Yesterday (Saturday) I cleaned, sanded, and did body work on the Mustang II header panel (nose piece).  I used body filler on the top and sides where it will be visible and only sanded the underside and other unseen parts.  It will get few coats of primer surfacer, then bodycolor.  After that I got the dash pad back out for a little more massaging.  So more body filler and sanding.  I think I have it as good as I am going to get it.  I also continued stripping the green paint off the rear inner quarters.  The need to be scuffed, then epoxy, then interior black.  For only a few hours  of work I did OK. 

Today we went to a car show in the fastback.  I had a great spot next to the lake (Owasco Lake, one of the Finger Lakes in NY).  80 degrees, low humidity and sunshine all day.  I heard they had a record # of cars, but don't knw the actual count.  I know they have topped 700 cars several times in the past so there were at least that many. 

We are in for a heat wave this week.  I hope next weekend will be more productive on my project.  That's all Folks... ;D

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Re: Pinto Powered Mustang Roadster
« Reply #273 on: June 17, 2024, 01:23:48 PM »
I'd say you made pretty good progress, all things considered.  We're going to be experiencing that heat wave too.  Stay hydrated and try to stay in cool places!

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Re: Pinto Powered Mustang Roadster
« Reply #274 on: June 18, 2024, 05:39:07 PM »
Hopefully a lot more this coming weekend!
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Re: Pinto Powered Mustang Roadster
« Reply #275 on: June 22, 2024, 05:37:34 PM »
Today I reviewed my inventory of paint products and made a list of what I need.  I want it all in stock so when the time is right I can prep, mix and spray.  I went to NAPA and placed my order.  They had everything except for the quart of FP 410 Primer/Surfacer.  That will be in Monday.  Afterward I went home and sanded the dash, glove box door, and ash tray.  They are all but ready for epoxy and black paint.  I may spray them with a few coats of primer/surfacer before the paint.  Tomorrow I will do the final prep on the rear inner quarters.  They will then be ready for epoxy.  I made lists of which parts and assemblies need which coatings so I can be organized and not have to re-mix any products.  I'm sure something will be forgotten but if I can keep that to a minimum, that will be a win. 
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Re: Pinto Powered Mustang Roadster
« Reply #276 on: June 24, 2024, 02:37:34 PM »
Yesterday (Sunday) I wire wheeled the inner quarters from the Mustang.  Paint removed and wiped down with paint prep solvent.  They are ready for epoxy.  That was pretty much it for my project work. 

I think next will be to scuff the body that is in epoxy in case I sand through to metal or body filler so I can touch it up while I have epoxy in the gun spraying other parts.

Most of the day was spent weeding the garden, weeding around the patio, trimming shrubs, raking the clippings, weed whacking, mowing.  Worked like a dog!
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Re: Pinto Powered Mustang Roadster
« Reply #277 on: July 01, 2024, 12:43:07 PM »
I made 0 progress on my project this past weekend.  I am cleaning out and organizing two rooms that my wife and son have badly cluttered over the last several years.  I am reclaiming one for a grandchild nursery and the other to be a guest room.  I found things I haven't seen in years.  Tossed some, will donate some, some have been stored in a better way, and some will be returned to use now that I know they are still in existence.  I hope next weekend is more productive on my project!
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Re: Pinto Powered Mustang Roadster
« Reply #278 on: July 07, 2024, 06:30:34 PM »
This morning I sanded the body.  I had sprayed the epoxy 2 or so years ago so it needed to be abraded.  I used 600 grit.  Next weekend I plan to spray more epoxy on various parts, brackets, etc and weld the Pinto transmission hump to the Mustang driveshaft tunnel to tie it all together.  That work area will need a squirt of epoxy too.  I also found a high spot on the left sail panel and sanded it down so that will need a squirt too. 

I am going to paint the dash pad with Krylon Fusion Hammered Texture Black.  It claims to adhere to plastic and vinyl so it should be suitable to spray on the body-filler repaired dash pad and the hammered texture should hide the repaired areas better.  I will clean with solvent first, then adhesion promotor, then the paint.  Fingers crossed it comes out looking nice.

I leave for San Antonio on the 16th and am taking the 15th off.  I am hoping by then I will have sprayed 4 coats of urethane primer surfacer.  When I get back I can sand it smooth in preparation for color coat.  Hopefully in 2-3 weeks the body and paint portion of this project will be over! 
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Re: Pinto Powered Mustang Roadster
« Reply #279 on: July 08, 2024, 02:19:18 PM »
You seem to be very happy having the weather to get back at it. it is really coning along. I was curious what the plans for the area circled in red are? It would seem wood might be a good product to make a "finisher" on that end.


BTW (as inspiration) I finally got my Corvair wagon running decent enough to get it to Cars & Coffee last weekend.


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Re: Pinto Powered Mustang Roadster
« Reply #280 on: July 10, 2024, 07:52:43 AM »
I love your 'Vair!  A friend in HS had a '66 2-door that we used to tool around in.  Another buddy had a '65.  I like the ones that were like a pick up but you (I) never see any of those.

As for the door jam area, I am planning to just paint it body color.  I am also looking to fabricate a triangulated piece out of round tubing that will be welded to a hinge at the firewall and extend back to where the striker plate would be to function as a door.  Really it will give the illusion of safety so neither driver nor passenger accidentally falls out.  It will just be pinned closed.  As for wood to give it a finished look, I have no talent with wood and limited wood working tools.  I am planning to cover the sides of the firewall with diamond plate to give it a "finished" look and also diamond plate on the floor sections to cover up the raggedy transmission hump and give that a more finished look.

Last night during my "I can't get back to sleep" session, I remembered that I still need to get the clips that will hold my windscreen to the cowl fabricated.  I need them ASAP as they will also need to be epoxy coated and painted.  I would like to not have to do another epoxy session...I want to spray everything at once while I have it mixed and in the spray gun.  Especially the small amount I will need to mix and spray on the clips.  Improper planning on my part...I should have had them fabbed already.  I may opt to have them powder-coated at the sheet metal shop as they perform that service too.  Then I won't have to worry about epoxy and paint.  Anyway, we're getting closer to the weekend so I hope to have more progress to report by Sunday.

Edit: on the inside vertical edge, I am going to install black windlace over the edge to cover it up.  It is the same material that the Mustang had from the factory. 
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Re: Pinto Powered Mustang Roadster
« Reply #281 on: Today at 03:39:50 AM »
Yesterday I did something that I have thought about a lot but didn't want to do.  I tied the rear of the Pinto transmission hump to the rear floor section/driveshaft tunnel of the Mustang body.  The hump and tunnel are of different shapes and sizes so I knew it was going to be a PITA to fabricate with no special metal working tools and then getting it tacked and welded in place.  The right side was pretty easy as it was just a filler piece that with a little massaging, it went together pretty easily.  The left side was a little more complicated.  I had to fab a sort of a block off panel, then the filler piece.  Neither side is pretty, but with a little grinding, primer, seam sealer, and paint, it will be a functional repair.  It is solid and now the firewall/trans hump are tied to the rear of the body.  Like most parts of the project, it took way more time than I thought it would at the onset.  My plan is that once all together I want to cover the hump and down over the frame rails with diamond plate.  That will give it a more "finished" look.  It is still going to be a "step into" cockpit and will not have full floors.  I'll be sure to post pics when complete.

The other thing I have in work is I have a small metal shop fabricating the 9 windshield clips I will need to hold the windscreen in place at the cowl/firewall.  They are making them out of stainless so I won't have to coat them.  Not sure of ETA, but I don't need them right away anyway.

I will make more progress today and will try to get a progress report posted this evening. 
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