The Snowball Saga - '68 Standard Revitalization Project

From dusty barn find to daily driver, it seems our cars are never really done. This is the place to share your progress on your project car. We will celebrate your victories and commiserate over your tragedies. But most of all this is a great place to learn!
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Re: The Snowball Saga - '68 Standard Revitalization Project

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Post by 67.5xr7 » 26 Apr 2012, 19:22

Was curious to how things were going since Oct. Development for the site revamp,,I'm sure has keep things busy,.....not to mention....WINTER.
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Re: The Snowball Saga - '68 Standard Revitalization Project

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Post by mo2872 » 26 Apr 2012, 20:03

Blitz wrote:Also, what I'd like to make clear is that I don't really know what I'm doing, just going with what other people tell me to do . The cool part is, I've had the ability to do almost everything so far except the welding. I think it's cool to prove that this is a doable job, as long as you know how to use tools, and are surrounded by good advice (and that you listen to it).

That right there is the best advice given on any of these forums! Looking great, and :beerchug: to continued success!
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Re: The Snowball Saga - '68 Standard Revitalization Project

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Post by 1967 S Code » 26 Apr 2012, 20:56

Ditto what T3 said. Ask and take advise. By the looks of your work so far you have done a great job. I enjoy following the progress.
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Re: The Snowball Saga - '68 Standard Revitalization Project

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Post by snafu » 27 Apr 2012, 08:02

Good to see that the snowball is still rolling!
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Re: The Snowball Saga - '68 Standard Revitalization Project

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Post by SalD » 27 Apr 2012, 08:09

Your doing a great job Blitz,
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Re: The Snowball Saga - '68 Standard Revitalization Project

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Post by Blitz » 27 Apr 2012, 11:53

Thanks guys!

So, to pick up where I left off, I don't think I ever posted pics of the quarter panel repairs. This was the same day as the last pictures (10/17/11). At this stage, I'm merely an observer, watching the pro body guy do his thing.

DS didn't need much work

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PS was another story... here is an inside view after stripping down the outside

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Here is an old picture from the WCCC open house last August, not long before I started tearing into the roof. This is just to show what the rusty quarter looked like. You can also see the scraped wheel arch, the rust in the lower door area, the ding on the door, etc.

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For some reason I don't have a pic of the completed patch, but we ended up using one of the repro patch panels. He didn't like it, said it too a lot of work to get it to fit properly. From then on, we tried to use good original panels wherever a patch was needed, instead of repro stuff. The end result looks good though, and you'll see it here in a little bit.

After this point, the car was relocated to a different shop off-site. Rainy season was coming, and we didn't have a good covered area for him to work on it. Because of this, I was only able to go look at the car / take pictures on occasional evenings after work.

The next job was to patch the floors. They were mostly good, except for the RH front, and the RH rear wasn't great either. He ended up removing the seat riser, patching in replacement (good original) floor pans and then replacing the seat riser. Sorry these pics are so crappy, taken at night. (11/16/11)

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By the next time I went to look, it had transformed into this: (11/23/11)

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Products used:

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Also, he had begun the process of patching the trunk side panels. Unfortunately, both sides were pretty rusty. RH side cut out:

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More to come soon!
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RIDES:
-1968 Mercury Cougar: original family owned, Polar White, 289-2V, auto, AC / "Snowball" view project thread
-1973 Opel Manta: 1.9L, 5-speed (restored)
-1991 Mazda Miata: fun driver
-1992 Volvo 240 wagon: classy hauling machine

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Re: The Snowball Saga - '68 Standard Revitalization Project

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Post by Blitz » 27 Apr 2012, 17:56

12/1/2011

Trunk patch progress! RH side done:

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LH side cut out:

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Fast forward to 1/12/12 when I got back from vacation.

Both trunk patches finished and coated with the same black undercoating stuff.

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LH rear wheelhouse actually needed a little love too.

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Here's the RH quarter patch from the inside:

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And the lower drop-off area needed help too:

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Some work on the fenders:

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Front end stripped down:

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He's even paying attention to the door jambs, sanding them down and making them smooth.

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The car as a whole - you can see the repaired quarter, front and back.

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This is how it stayed for a few months. Logistical and monetary issues were getting in the way of progress. But now I'm happy to report that work has started up again all this week and will probably continue through next week as well. My next post should bring this up to date, but I'll keep you in suspense until Monday. :lol:
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Photo/Video guy for WEST COAST CLASSIC COUGAR, INC.
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RIDES:
-1968 Mercury Cougar: original family owned, Polar White, 289-2V, auto, AC / "Snowball" view project thread
-1973 Opel Manta: 1.9L, 5-speed (restored)
-1991 Mazda Miata: fun driver
-1992 Volvo 240 wagon: classy hauling machine

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Re: The Snowball Saga - '68 Standard Revitalization Project

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Post by Blitz » 01 May 2012, 14:48

And now, a look at last week's progress.

Trunk prepped:

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The lip needed a little work but wasn't too bad.

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Doors prepped (inside):

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RH fender removed:

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Then the next day, the insides of the doors, trunk, and rear valence were primed.

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Some prep work up front, and a little brazing by the windshield:

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...and a look at the prep work on the front side of one of the doors:

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Later in the day I returned to find that the front sides had also been primed. I stood on top of a table to get this shot, haha..

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Anyways that pretty much brings it up to speed! I'll go over there later today and see what else is new, but it is coming along nicely. He is doing a lot more detail work than I expected, and the good news is that I'm all paid up (gave him a flat amount to finish the car ahead of time, which was actually a pretty dumb thing to do) but he is not half-assing anything. He's also going to paint the engine bay / aprons black and plans to just leave the engine and components in place and paint around them. Not sure how much I like the idea, which may lead me to pull the engine / trans. But that's a whole 'nother snowball that I may want to postpone getting into.
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-Andrew Chenovick
Photo/Video guy for WEST COAST CLASSIC COUGAR, INC.
Side Gig: FLYING A PHOTOGRAPHY


RIDES:
-1968 Mercury Cougar: original family owned, Polar White, 289-2V, auto, AC / "Snowball" view project thread
-1973 Opel Manta: 1.9L, 5-speed (restored)
-1991 Mazda Miata: fun driver
-1992 Volvo 240 wagon: classy hauling machine

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Re: The Snowball Saga - '68 Standard Revitalization Project

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Post by Al Bundy » 01 May 2012, 15:05

You've gone this far, and it looks great by the way, pull the engine and do it right.
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Re: The Snowball Saga - '68 Standard Revitalization Project

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Post by cougarshaman » 01 May 2012, 16:24

You know, this whole rebuild is a great example to people who feel that a car is too far gone to do the roof or floors, let alone the rear window panel and quarters.
Really, you just have to be willing to learn and get your hands dirty.

*thumbs up* Thanks for saving it and not just junking it. Your stock will have risen greatly in the community because of this build, and Don will have fostered another person in his outfit that people trust.
Not a bad net product for just fixing up an old car. :beerchug:
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