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...and we are back... I cut out all the rot and welded in some bracing to keep every thing straight. After a healthy sand blasting and coating with "After Blast" form Eastwood to limit any flash rust...it was time to start putting things back together... You can see the drivers side torque box is in as well as the drivers side rear floor pan. And here is the finished floor install. I did overlap the floors on the trans hump a bit. I used weld through primer on the overlap sections to prevent moisture and rust. We will focus on the left rear quarter panel since I have some reasonable shots of that area throughout the project...( before sand blasting ) Unfortunately, there are no full quarter panels for the '66 - '67 Rancheros. You can find fairly low quality 3/4 quarter panels on Ebay if you do a search. You can see the moch-up with the clecos installed. Panel welded in...I did take my time but still had some warpage. I probably need to work next to someone like Stacey a bit longer to get these perfect. This was about the best I could do with a Miller mig... I truly understand the value of more precise "tig" welding with regard to heat managment. You can see where I had to use a torch to heat then squelch the metal with a cold water soaked rag to shrink the metal and remove the warping. Yes these quarter panels are long... ...really long...oh I can't wait to sand all this real-estate After much sanding... And even more sanding... Note the plumb line taped to the car to get the body line good and straight... You get to a place where the "car" will tell you, you are done sanding...phew! And then you get your painting zen on... 6 coats of color and 6 coats of clear... Well I know it was at least 6 coats of clear...I think I lost count after 12hrs of spraying paint...I did use a charcoal mask, but would opt for a fresh air system if I was spraying more regularly. The clear coat did build up on my eye lashes Next week I will post some shots of the interior... Until next time, remember GearZ Nation never sleeps... We are just thinking about our projects with our eyes closed.
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yeah, five percent paint ninety five percent prep - mainly sanding though I do believe that sand/soda blasting your entire car counts as well I cheated and I know how nice this one turns out. WE DO APPRECIATE THE PICTURE ALONG THE WAY, we are visual bunch keep those pictures coming. thx joedietzjr, that is one nice ride for sure. jim