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93 LX/GT getting a much needed face lift...

Discussion in 'Exterior Modifications' started by dave8338, Nov 13, 2010.

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    dave8338 FEOA Member

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    Just a few of my 'Scort, getting the much needed rust, repaired! :mad:

    For this very reason, I wish I lived in a non rust belt area.
    I did the left rocker panel, last winter and now have the right on and ready for primer.

    Trunk pans are now complete (sans the seam sealer on the metal replacement and a final coat of Satin Black.

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    I'll get more photos when things get a little closer to finished. Body-wise, I nearly done however, brake lines, ALL OF THEM, are getting replaced. Both hard and soft lines, new parking brake cables, everything. Had a line blow out due to rust, in the shop, and am not taking any chances. 8O [/img]
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    looks good for a diy sheet metal patch with the bends you did in it.. what'd you use
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    My 8" vice and a few skills that my father taught me 30+ years ago. :D

    I also have an old cast iron adjustable black smith table, that works GREAT for forming sheet metal and nearly anything else. ;)
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    With the trunk pans all buttoned up, I'm on to the much needed brake lines, ALL of them.

    Here is the first little piggy in the game. Left rear from the subframe mount to the wheel cylinder. Why the heck did Ford make the last portion of this little line a HARD LINE with two fittings and an 8" piece with an S-curve in it, I'll never know! :mad:

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    NICE one, Dave! :lol:

    Yeah "Boots" is only there to supervise. ;)
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    that is teh seckz
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    I removed the rest of the brakes line to the rear of the car and across the rear axle, and they came out in 7-pieces, without cutting a thing! 8O

    Once the brake and fuel lines were removed from their little carriers, I proceeded to spend the next two hours+ on my back with the whire wheel on the grinder and clean the drivers side floor pan, front to back, up to the tunnel, with special attention paid to the seams, then preped it for the rust reformulater.
    Applied the reformulater to the entire pan and primed last night.
    No pics but I may grab a few tonight before I apply the Satin Black.
    I'm thinking of waiting to put the undercoat on until next summer. That way IF any additional rust rears its' ugly head, I can locate it BEFORE it eats away at my little scoot. :evil:
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    cats will freakin sleep anywhere. even in their litter box. lol
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    Ya know...they really will. :roll:

    I seam sealed the drivers side floor pan tonight and it is ready for the paint. After thinking about it more, IF the rust returns, it won't be because I didn't give it my full effort. For that reason, undercoating will be applied.

    This will be a "test" for the "new" products that are available. Ya never know, they MIGHT work. :?

    Pics to come...
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    Was KBS Rust Seal part of the test? I used it on my rust repairs this summer and have high hopes for it.
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    No, no KBS was used (will look into that one too) but Duplicolor and Rust Oleum products were applied and the jury will be out until next spring as to which faired better. The Duplicolor product is a spray on application and the Rust-Oleum is a brush on. Both seem to do the same thing however...thr Rust-Oleum tends to build up a white chalky substance, when over applied. Not sure how that will effect things. Time will tell. :roll:
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    Here is a shot of the drivers side floor pan with the Satin Black (still wet) applied. There are a few areas where it is too this in my opinion however...the undercoat "should" take care of that. I layered it on very heavy, where the seams met and with a little luck, it should do the trick.

    Have a look see:

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    WOW...that is a horse crap photo! :x Let me run out and take another...

    This one is slightly better.

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    I should be able to get out to the shop tonight...we'll see what all gets done. Hope to have the undercoating on the drivers side and repair, yet another rust hole :mad: , in the right front inner structure, where the floor pan meets the subframe. It never ends. I'll post a few pics of what I end up with...
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    Great progress! This thing will be like new in no time!
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    Alrighty then... Here is what I smacked down, tonight.

    First photo shows the "Minnesota Blight" that found its' way into the drivers side sub frame connection. I know that I said right side earlier, but it is really the left. At work when I posted and was compu-drunk, at that point.
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    And after taking the drivers door off, it was time for a "little bump and grind" on the drivers side inner structure:

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    ...and while I'm at it...nothing like a little hinge fresh'n; to keep the beast alive:

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    As much as I like live'n in the Great White North, the white roads in the winter months...I can do without.
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    I LOVE your wheels!!!!~! :eek: Who, What, When, and WHERE, did you get them???????????????????????????? 8)
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    Spent some money today :mad:

    Ordered new sway bar links (rear...fronts were new last year) plus front and rear sway bar bushings. Also, picked up a new VSS (I destroyed mine trying to remove it) ad a pair of new rear hatch struts.

    This little "rust repair" project has turned into a near restoration.
    I tend to dive in deeply, when I make the decision to do so. Think I'll drive her all next summer and keep the Turbo Coupe, inside for its' turn under the knife. 8)

    Should have a few pics tomorrow evening. I have tomorrow off and will, with a little luck, get a few tasks done. :!:
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    I can relate. What started as a simple body rust repair ended with me patching the frame in several places.
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    UGHH please don't remind me about frame work and floor holes and frame connector holes. my oh my my car was a mess but you however your car looks better then when it rolled out of the factory with all the undercoating fresh metal and love its gonna and BETTER last for another 20 yrs

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