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Re: Sure... I'll Give It A Try.
« Reply #30 on: April 02, 2010 - 11:55:20 am »
I hope everyone had a good April 1st! Got most of the car ready for final panel welding. Used weld through primer before attatching drip rails.

Cleaned and por 15 except places for future welds.

Weld through primer on weld surfaces.

Fit trunk floor.
Mike    Yakima, Washington

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Re: Sure... I'll Give It A Try.
« Reply #31 on: April 02, 2010 - 10:24:33 pm »
Looks great! I'm at the same spot in my build. I decided to mini tub and notch the frame for 335-345 tires so a little more work but very close to the same progress. I had to rebuild the unibody structure under the roof also. New skin too. Are you going to weld the skin or use panel bonding adhesive? There are a lot of people using panel bond adhesive for roof skins so you don't have all the plug welds in the drip rail. Any thoughts? Nice progress!

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« Reply #32 on: April 04, 2010 - 12:55:59 am »
CHALLENGER III , I see my future in your pictures !  GREAT Job  :cheers: :working:

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« Reply #33 on: April 05, 2010 - 12:18:53 pm »
Thanks for the encouragement guys! Wes, I welded the roof skin on due to the fact that I'm more comfortable with my welding than I am with "more advanced" body work methods. Plus, I don't own enough clamps to panel bond.  :lol: I look forward to seeing your results!
More progress: Finally welded the panels in  :woohoo: I will show how I got the contour of the QP to match the door: You can see here the slight difference.

Here's the notches I put in to move the contour.

Here's the final fit.

I might be doing this different than I should, but it seems to work.  :dunno: I do know it takes me a LOT longer than it would take anyone else! Fit the tail panel late last night before welding the roof skin and area around rear window.
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Mike    Yakima, Washington

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« Reply #34 on: April 11, 2010 - 09:04:12 am »
lookin good.  just take your time to get the panels lined up nicely...   :bigshades:
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Re: Sure... I'll Give It A Try.
« Reply #35 on: April 11, 2010 - 02:38:32 pm »
you are doing a great job , more pictures please!! :working:
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« Reply #36 on: April 16, 2010 - 11:49:41 am »
Top and quarters are all welded in. Put on the old deck lid to check my work. I managed to salvage the old gas tank braces and welded them to the trunk floor. Lots and lots of holes to drill for the floor! I will weld that in tonight.


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Re: Sure... I'll Give It A Try.
« Reply #37 on: April 17, 2010 - 09:48:32 am »
I managed to salvage the old gas tank braces and welded them to the trunk floor. Lots and lots of holes to drill for the floor!

 :iagree:  I remember doing mine, lots of time with the drill and welder for sure!

Looking great, btw! Keep at 'er!
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Re: Sure... I'll Give It A Try.
« Reply #38 on: April 19, 2010 - 01:03:55 pm »
Everything welded in!  :cheers: Trunk floor, drop offs and tail panel. I'm finally out of parts.  :money: Next comes floor panels.

I'll post some more pictures with detail later.
Mike    Yakima, Washington

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« Reply #39 on: April 19, 2010 - 01:14:10 pm »
      :bigshades:     PROGRESS   :bigshades:  
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Re: Sure... I'll Give It A Try.
« Reply #40 on: April 19, 2010 - 04:55:30 pm »
nice project!  Makes me look forward to mine someday.  Keep it up!

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Re: Sure... I'll Give It A Try.
« Reply #41 on: April 19, 2010 - 09:38:09 pm »
You are right this car does look very similar

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« Reply #42 on: April 28, 2010 - 12:51:26 pm »
 Hey Mike, finally made it to your resto thread  :jumping:
Dude........how the hell did you get so much work done in such a little amount of time?!?  :clapping: :worshippy
And this is coming from someone who says.....and I quote you............

" I'm not a body man"
"Starting to get the hang of this!"
" If a novice like me can do this"
"I do know it takes me a LOT longer than it would take anyone else"

You are FAR too modest Mike.
Your doing one hell of a great job, and I really appreciate the way you described what and how you did it.
I have learnt, (yes that's still a word Steve/quap  :poopoke: )
a ton from your posts already  :2thumbs: and really glad that you used an outside image host too, so many can learn from you in the future without the next cleanup around here wiping your pics out  :thumbsup:

 If you have any additional pics of you side roof structure/drip rail install, PLEASE feel free to put them up whenever you get a chance.
Like I said before, we definitely share identical Chally's  :scared:

Keep up the kick @ss work man  :cheers:





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Re: Sure... I'll Give It A Try.
« Reply #43 on: April 29, 2010 - 08:54:26 pm »
 :) Thanks Jeff and others for your kind words of encouragement... They really mean a lot! Seriously, I've never tried this before (I'm a boiler mechanic by trade) other than a Quarter Panel swap on my '71 around 27 years ago (boy I feel sorry for the guy that ended up with that car... I hope it wasn't anyone here!).
My '71 when I was 19 years old:

Two years later after a couple of wrecks: Notice the gold QP. No it wasn't all welded in. filled the trunk with water when it rained. (No the 442 didnt get the launch, we were staging) Worn out photo!

Here you go, Jeff.


The recessed groovy thing on the structure was done by overlapping 2 pieces then welding. Looking back, I don't think the extra work was necessary. Fit your drip rail by attatching the stainless trim to locate the rail. Works really well, the top fit great!
Mike    Yakima, Washington

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Re: Sure... I'll Give It A Try.
« Reply #44 on: May 06, 2010 - 12:46:46 pm »
 Awesome!
Thanks a bunch Mike  :2thumbs:

Every pic I see is giving me a better grasp on my nightmare.
Love the oldschool pics too  :ylsuper:
 That'd be funny if your old 71 Chally ended up in the hands of a member here, and they put pics of your quarter panel "fix" in the "hack job pictures" section  :lol2:

http://www.cuda-challenger.com/cc/index.php?topic=55886.0


 Thanks again for the additional pics there Mike.
Really appreciate it dude  :cheers:





Jeff     
    Defending the Earth from "uptight" mods!!   an endless crusade..........

1970 Dodge Challenger R/T 440 4speed Dana
1970 Dodge Super Bee
1969 Barracuda
 Massachusetts