What do I need to do?

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Re: What do I need to do?

Post by Steve68Cougar » 25 Feb 2018, 09:43

That looks similar to what mine did, and I ended up replacing the torque box (actually, both of them). I'm very much an amateur, but I did it myself. I didn't have a show car before, and I don't have one now. Anyway, along with the torque box, you will very likely have to do repair to the firewall, outer frame rails and inner frame rails. I just cut out rust spots and replaced minimal sheetmetal rather than taking everything out. I measured everything beforehand and was careful to make sure things didn't move around. There was quite a bit of grinder time getting everything out. I got one of the reproduction torque boxes that is spot welded together. They aren't ideal, as you end up having to do something to them in order to get them in the correct position. There is a flange on the inner rail that it is supposed to sit on top of, and there was no way to get it there without some work. Some people just put it below the flange and call it a day. I've heard of people cutting them apart and rewelding them together once everything's in place (which I ended up having to do additionally on the passenger side because of a poor fit otherwise). I cut some notches in it where the flange is and bent the interfering area out of the way until it was in place. Afterwards I bent it back into place and welded everything back together. It seemed to work pretty well. Overall, the project was pretty involved. If I was planning on having a concourse show car or had a rare car I was concerned about value with I would have had someone else do it. One other thing I'll mention is that the reproduction floor pans I got (Spectre?) were not 100% correct as far as ribbing goes. I just cut out bad areas and patched in new pieces where necessary, so I had to be a little careful to get ribbing to line up.
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Re: What do I need to do?

Post by fishboy » 25 Feb 2018, 15:04

Thank you for the detailed response. I did purchase a new Mig welder recently so I will just have to start cutting and welding.
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Re: What do I need to do?

Post by howcanea » 17 Mar 2018, 02:07

His name is Mitch Rumer he is in Rockford Il 815-399-4847 PhenQ Review

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