Thursday, January 11, 2018

Coming into shape

From idea to real world. Props to Cody Keeble of Glitter Garage for taking on the fab work on the front valance mod. Cody and his crew are local drift scene regulars. This request to make a one off all metal front valance vent is looking great! Rock on Cody, rock on.


Friday, December 29, 2017

Starting at the bottom

The new body plan is slated to happen in 3 phases.

Phase one:

Finish all welding and metal fabrication - inner fender wells, micro tub work, seams and trunk. Clean up all welds inside and outside of vehicle.  Modify front radiator opening for larger radiator and better cooling. Panel bond and seam sealer on all surfaces excluding dash and exterior body panels for rust and corrosion prevention.

Prep interior floor surfaces and truck then paint with selected body color. Prep and detail engine compartment and paint with color. Undercoat under complete and paint to match. Progress pics as of today.











Thursday, December 21, 2017

2017 comes to and end with a restart

The year went fast, really fast but in the end the project has sprung back to forward motion.

A few steps forward is always good.

Custom metal valance mod as there was not a manufacturer located that makes a gt350 style metal front valance. Local good guy Cody Keeble stepped up for the task to make a one of a kind metal gt350 style valance with the large cooling area opened up. This will retain the front bumper and allow more airflow for the build.



The chassis has been dropped at the shop for the following:

Finish all welding and metal fabrication including inner wheel wells. 

Modify front radiator support for larger radiator install.  

Clean up all welds inside ans out of chassis. 

Use panel bond adhesive and seam sealer on all panel joints ans connections for corrosion and rust prevention. 

\Prep interior floor surface including trunk then seal coat. Prep engine department for engine mock up and coat. 

Prep and undercoat seal entire under carriage. 


Single turbo kit acquired and ready for mock up. This used kit has some impressive performance numbers behind it when installed on a 347 stroker. 




Friday, August 12, 2016

Changes

A recent bad turn put our friend Jeremy and his Wife in harms way this past weekend. A very serious automobile and motorcycle accident left the both of them badly injured in life changing ways.

As a  result the fastback was picked up today and brought it back to base camp. Wishing a quick recovery for Jeremy in this new chapter in their life.


Thursday, July 28, 2016

July 2016 Progress

A few pics of the latest progress from the body shop:

More smoothing of the exterior a super long process prepping for black paint.

A cleaning up of the rear inner fender mods. The rear inner wells have been moved inboard all the way the the frame, the micro tub has been opened up and smoothed with larger patch panels. The front inner side of these wells from the factory are very limiting. Will be fun to see what size of tire we can actually fit!

A new radiator core support has made it's on the nose. Next it will be modded with a wider opening to allow for more airflow for the aftermarket three core fox style radiator. This will help keep things cool in the New Mexico heat. We have experienced a number of weeks now at over 100 degree temps this summer in the land of enchantment. 

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

June 2016 progress

Jeremy's team is back on the body here are some pics.

Inner fender well work so we can fit even more tire.


more smoothing here


passenger inner fender well widening


more smoothing...


Getting all the small ones


laying it down

Sunday, February 21, 2016

February 2016 Progress

Panel Prep in the paint booth!


Sunday, January 10, 2016

January 2016











Friday, December 18, 2015

December 2015

Gary @ Superior Customs, giving the fastback some holiday spirit.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

November 2015 Progress

Some more bump & grind over at Superior Customs. At times it is unbelievable how little body damage there is on this old steed.



Sunday, November 8, 2015

And the beat goes on November 2015

After some dust gathering at the body shop, activity on the bodywork has resumed.





Saturday, August 15, 2015

Project Updates August 2015

The project is moving forward. This stage the radiator core support removed for modification. The undercarriage will get some clean up love. The 2" widening of the rear inner fender wells. The front valance gains a license plate delete with a custom metal mod to improve airflow to the larger aftermarket radiator. Shaved rockers and emblem holes.



The 8.8 rear rebuild was performed by Dixon Racing.  A complete late model 5 lug swap, jig welded axle tubes 3:73 gears & disc brake hardware. Ford Racing differential cover. 


Monday, August 18, 2014

Strip!

More "spy photos" from friends keeping me updated as they visit the body shop...

Saturday, August 9, 2014

The new test rims

So the first test rims for the rear of the car have been acquired. 10.5 X17 FR500 style wheels are what will be used for the testing rear wheel spacing and install of the late model disc equipped 8.8 rear.


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Nearly Naked

The crew over at the body shop has put the sanders to work! Nearly stripped of all the paint the raw body is in clear site now. The shape of the panels is surprisingly good.