That's kind of why I was a little nervous sharing my project with the world. There will be a lot of things that are not done "correctly", but I've known from the beginning that this is not going to be a true restoration. I've had this car for 28 years, and it was a sagging, worn out rust bucket when I bought it. The end result I am going for is simply to make it look as good as I can, and be able to drive it. Don't plan on ever selling it. It will eventually be my son's problem
We did make some progress recently, and I have a couple of questions for anyone who wants to chime in. First, the panel that attaches to the rear of the frame rails (behind the bumper). Why does it NOT have any holes in the middle to attach the rear valence panel bracket? Also, it DOES have four small threaded holes in a rectangular pattern close to the middle. What are those for?
Also, on a different issue. I purchased a pneumatic crimping tool that I thought was what I needed to prep the old metal for the new quarter skins. I ran it across the top, but it seems like it barely crimps the original metal. And the crimp is only a half inch wide. I'm afraid that such a small crimp will make it too difficult to fit and weld the new panel. How do you guys do this?
I'll try to attach a couple pictures of both the tail panel holes, and the wimpy crimping tool. One positive: We test fitted the deck lid, and it fit great! Happy day.