To The Scrap Heap

Well it’s the second week in succession I haven’t managed to get to my car and it feels very strange now. But things have not been allowed to stand still at Mustang Maniac, the guys have been turning bits of my car into scrap! Of course I knew what they were going to do it and why. The left side rear quarter panel which was in the worst condition and the outer wheel arch have been cut away to leave an exposed rear chassis. The full quarters have to be unleaded from the rear roof supports. Once that is done then the “B” pillar posts spot welds are drilled out along with the spots for the outer wheel arch. The panels were cut away in small easier to manage sections and thrown unceremoniously into the scrap bin.

Considering these were the original quarters then it’s hardly surprising they have gone rotten in the usual place around the arch itself.

To remove the quarters correctly the car should be bolted to a proper jig to stop any movement, if anybody offers to do it without a jig beware! The panel was removed then the outer wheel arch.

The lead has to be removed, cleaned up, preped ready for the full quarter to be re-fitted. In these pics you will see the lead being worked by Yogi.

I replaced the hinge pins a while ago (click here for the link) so there is no movement on the doors which is always a good idea when doing this type of work in order to avoid the door dropping on the hinge. You will also notice that the doors are still in place for a good reason, with the rear quarter removed from the car, the door is now the only constant to work from at this point, you will need as little movement as possible, hence the hinge pin replacement I completed a while ago because I knew this work was coming up. The full replacement quarter panel would need to do the same obviously but in reverse, matching up to the door now. Any misaligned panels at the rear will be multiplied considerably due to the length of the door and the fenders themselves. By the time you get to the stone bumper guard and the bumper itself, depending how bad the misalignment is, it could be enough to stop the panels being bolted back together again. The very common mistake is to take everything of the car and then weld the quarters on. The panel alignment should always be worked from the back going forward, the fenders and hood will have to line up correctly with the doors and hence the rear quarters. This is a very timely and tedious but critical part of the process, get it wrong and the car will look very odd. Or even worse, if this type of work is done without a purpose-built jig, beware!
Once the arch and the quarter were out-of-the-way, the old rotten section of the chassis rear left leg was to be cut away at the point where there is plenty of good metal.

A butt weld is not acceptable due to the stress on this part of the chassis so the guys make up a heavy plate which is to fit inside the original chassis leg and the new section of replaced chassis. The new section of rail was welded to the plate and the joint welded together to give the support for the welds and new rear rail.

With the chassis rail now in place the trunk cover panel section was placed over the rail and welded into place to offer more support and look a lot nicer in the trunk area.

I dare say I will have more red oxide painting to do when I am down at Mustang Maniac again to match it all up.

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7 thoughts on “To The Scrap Heap

  1. It is a titanic work, Mart and i do not want to think or discuss about the cost… I really appreciate this passion of you and the steps to the final test. brrrrrmmmm

    1. Hi ya Dana, yeah it can be a bit costly, but the end result will be another of these beautiful cars back on the road to be enjoyed and not kept in a garage and looked at. Dedication is the name of the game. Thanks for the kind comments. 🙂 Makes it all seem worth while.

        1. Agreed, I want to drive it so much it hurts. But I must be patient and do it properly. That can be frustrating. I probably could of have had it on the road by now if I done a patch up job on it, but I would end up doing it all over again so short term gain, long term pain.

  2. Great update even if you didn’t get to do anything yourself. I find it fascinating to see the car without its panels to see how it is constructed. It is looking good now.

    1. Thanks. I could of just patched her up, but the guys advised me to do it properly. Knowing that I realised I couldn’t do some of the panel work. But it is coming along all of a sudden, it’s amazing to see the chassis as it is. I have seen these cars as a chassis only with just running gear and it’s amazing.

      1. Yes, if you don’t have to have the vehicle back on the road urgently then it is best to get it done properly. Yes it costs more but the extra cost can be spread over the longer time frame and at the end of the day you will have a vehicle that is worth considerably more so it is an investment unlike simply blowing the money on booze, fags etc.

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