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

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28 Sep 2015 08:36 #1535 by oestek
oestek replied the topic: Re:1966 Ford Galaxie 7-Litre
They are a pretty rare car. There were 6952 built for '66 in auto, 4-speed, and convertible forms, and the 7 Litre registry claims that there are 466 1966 hardtops known to exist today. But even if there were thousands, it's a cool car and worth saving!

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10 Oct 2015 14:38 - 10 Oct 2015 14:40 #1582 by oestek
oestek replied the topic: Re:1966 Ford Galaxie 7-Litre
Like most old cars, there were numerous holes in the cabin floor. The crew assessed each one, and fabricated steel repair panels where needed. These were made by hand using hammer and dolly techniques, the Mittler Brothers bead roller, and other tricks of the trade.





They were butt welded in with an HTP MIG 200 welder, and the edges were metal finished, so that they were not visible when finished. New brackets were fabricated were necessary as well.









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10 Oct 2015 18:59 #1586 by Qball
Qball replied the topic: Re:1966 Ford Galaxie 7-Litre
They really hand made those patches? You gotta be kidding me. I would have thought those were stamped patches. Frickin' unbelievable...

-Mike

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16 Oct 2015 08:12 #1616 by oestek
oestek replied the topic: Re:1966 Ford Galaxie 7-Litre

Qball wrote: They really hand made those patches? You gotta be kidding me. I would have thought those were stamped patches. Frickin' unbelievable...


Thanks Q - 'Tis true, our crew has some skills, which is helpful when you cannot find replacement parts easily.

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27 Oct 2015 21:07 #1681 by oestek
oestek replied the topic: 1966 Ford Galaxie 7-Litre Complete Restoration at V8 Speed & Resto Shop
The Galaxie’s body was then mounted on the body jig using the original body mount locations. This will keep the body square and true as the crew enters the next phase of sheet metal repairs.









The rusty rear wheel tubs were removed in preparation for the installation of our replacement tubs, and eventual quarter panel repairs.



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27 Oct 2015 21:08 - 27 Oct 2015 21:15 #1682 by oestek
oestek replied the topic: 1966 Ford Galaxie 7-Litre Complete Restoration at V8 Speed & Resto Shop
The rear tail panel was riddled with rust holes, so Adam removed the piece by way of the factory seams and spot welds.

Note the cross brace bolted in to keep the body dimensions intact.



Adam begins by forming the inner structure.



This is a compound bend, and he used the Mittler Brothers box / pan brake along with some square tube stock to form the piece.



Comparing to the original..



If any one of the bends or dimensions is incorrect, the whole panel is useless and a new piece must be made.



It’s starting to look like the original…



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