file 1966 Ford Galaxie 7-Litre Complete Restoration at V8 Speed & Resto Shop

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18 Aug 2015 21:11 #1310 by oestek
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Lots of news! Just need a few minutes to share it!
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21 Aug 2015 10:51 #1316 by oestek
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Next, the crew mounted the body on a fixture to begin the sheetmetal repairs. These cars are cool and have a following, but parts are not as plentiful we’d like, so restorers are faced with some decisions to make.

The wheel tubs were very rusty on this car, and replacements are not made for it. The good thing is that the tubs interchange with regular Galaxies, and there were many thousands of those made. We obtained a clean replacement set of wheel tubs removed from a car at Desert Valley Auto Parts ( www.dvap.com ) in Arizona. They cut them from a car and shipped them to us.

Upon arrival, we trimmed off the excess rough edges. The DVAP crew cut them oversize so we could do the finish work in-house.







Our crew drilled and ground away the original spot welds in the car and removed the original wheel tubs.




Original tub removed.



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21 Aug 2015 10:51 #1317 by oestek
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The DVAP tubs were media blasted and epoxy primed.



After priming, we repaired any rust pinholes or damage in the DVAP tubs. They were very clean, but sometimes the steel peels when being un-installed, etc.



Edge repaired





Holes in edge to be repaired





Edge repaired



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24 Sep 2015 10:16 #1515 by oestek
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Many 1960’s cars held leaves, pine needles, dust, and debris at the bottoms of the fenders and in the lower cowl boxes, and that stuff holds moisture and eventually rusts the car from the inside out. This one was no different. Here, the original rusty panels are drilled and removed, and repair panels are fabricated and welded in place.











The new front piece welded in



And the new side piece attached.

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24 Sep 2015 10:22 #1516 by oestek
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A new inner rocker section was made to replace the rusty original.




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27 Sep 2015 19:39 #1532 by z282nv
z282nv replied the topic: Re:1966 Ford Galaxie 7-Litre
The car is coming along great Kevin. Just wondering how rare are these cars, here is a gold colored one I saw at Street Machine Nationals this year.


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