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Old 08-26-2022, 12:42 PM   #281
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Yes sir, he's doing a remarkable job. I've done more than my share of resto's. Usually only one or two a year as long as the customer wasn't in a hurry because insurance work comes first. One of my favorites was a green/white '57 Belair hard top that we painted all BLACK, everything, the interior, the trunk all the jambs, complete color change. Thing that blew my mind was the car was straight and original, lol.
Though money and it's not my car prevails, had to take out all the factory glass and replace the mouldings was a chore, but it got done and I charged him $25k and this was 1995 money...
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Old 09-01-2022, 05:04 PM   #282
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Some more awesome work this week... the donor car gave us it's all and the rest is going to the scrap guy (last pic). In the end, we likely should have replaced the floor pan, VIN tag, and roof skin (plus T-top conversion) and just used that shell as it might have been less work... but oh well.





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Old 09-01-2022, 05:15 PM   #283
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Kevin also noticed a lot of cracks in my dash and was able to repair them (plastic weld) and refinish the whole dash so we have something pretty to look at.

He also finished stripping the entire 92 down to it's shell, and he purchased the Engine/Trans setup from me as well as the 97 Cobra roller is sold, so the Supercharged 4.6 T56 setup basically cost me $3k. I also scored a full fuel system capable of supporting up to 1k HP today from Whiteboy for another $1k... Tank, pump, AN lines, rails, reg, return system now I just gotta get a few things shipped to TN.

Anyway, more work coming for the 92 as it still has a damaged cowl, and rust on the A pillars and driver's side rocker... The car is gonna get cut in half and the donor front end will be welded on as it's MUCH less work than replacing each part and you'll never be able to tell where it was grafted in when he's done. I asked Kevin how he would fix it if it were his car, and this is what he came up with so that's what he's going to do.






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Old 09-01-2022, 06:21 PM   #284
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Man, this is a rescue job if ever there was one!
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Old 09-02-2022, 07:13 AM   #285
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Man, this is a rescue job if ever there was one!
That's the fucking truth!
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Old 09-17-2022, 01:57 PM   #286
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Well Kevin had another busy week with the Frankenstang and the shell is now rust free, and free of crappy "repair" jobs. Since we had a complete and almost perfect front clip from the donor car (the cowl wasn't perfect) and there was a ton that would have to be replaced due to rust or damage on mine, Kevin just swapped the whole front clips. He did have to swap the cowl with a good one he had on hand though as well as the core support, but other than that it's all from the donor. He also replaced the whole driver's lower rocker panel as it also had rust issues. You can't even tell they were replaced though as it's all done to look like the factory with the factory looking spot welds.


Next up will be getting the doors (the red one in the pics is just one he had laying around), fenders, hood (which I will likely have to sell and buy a cowl to get the engine to clear it), and bumpers test fit and make sure the gaps will be good... then it will get the engine bay smoothed from the shock towers forward and finalize the T-Top frame install.


At this point, the only original untouched parts of my car will be the back half of the roof, the passenger door and front fender, and the fuel filler door.












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Wow. Keep on truckin’ man, great progress.
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Wow. Keep on truckin’ man, great progress.
Thanks! After 25 weeks he has finally started blocking body panels instead of replacing them, lol.
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Thanks! After 25 weeks he has finally started blocking body panels instead of replacing them, lol.
Hahaha, headed in the right direction 🙂
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