Progress Thread The "grátis" 1966 Coupe

02 281 GT

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The cowl is in excellent overall shape, however, the vent hats have some small rusted through areas in the vertical sections and the seams where they meet with the lower cowl.

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CJ sells these plastic pieces as inserts to "fix" lower cowls that are leaking around the vent hats. I was thinking I might get a set of these and use them to replace the vent hats entirely. Probably use some PBA to attach them.

@horse sence @Davedacarpainter does this sound like a good idea? I was thinking of buying the lower cowl patches just to use the vents off of them, but they're almost $70 each.
 
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Those suck
Your already in there! Do it Once! Do it Right!
I'm not actually talking about just inserting them like they're intended. I'm talking about removing the upper portion of the vent hats from my lower cowl and replacing them with these. The lower cowl is solid with no rust through anywhere. The only rust holes present are in the vent hats themselves. I would get the patch pieces, but they're too expensive to justify the cost.

I could get some strips of metal from the hardware store and fabricate new vent hats, I suppose. It might be worth the experience to give it a shot.
 

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yes weld some thing in but no plastic insert crapola

The old vent hats always seem to have rust sandwiched in them.

Also for some clutch cable kits there will need to be a small dimple going up in the lower cowl, right above the clutch pedal for clearance (bracket bolts on top of pedal and sticks up)
If you go that route. I love my MDL clutch cable set up, one adjustment once and has been good for many years.
 

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I’m back down in Fort Worth for the weekend. Peter is doing well. We’re going to go ahead and have them put in the GI tube so he can come home. Hopefully he can be discharged by the end of the week.

In the meantime, my new sheet metal is projected to arrive this Thursday. One piece is back ordered I guess so I can feel like a real body man like @horse sence always waiting on sheet metal to arrive.

All that I ordered is everything I need to repair the rusted passenger quarter and rebuild the tail panel area. I’m looking forward to that!
 
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Everything remaining that I needed to rebuild the tail panel area of the car arrived today (extension brackets, trunk floors, bumper brackets, and passenger quarter skin). Not pictured is the passenger quarter panel skin.

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I'm thinking I'll start by installing the trunk support. I'll also need to rebuild the flanges for the extension brackets on the driver's side and the upper part of the passenger side (still haven't gotten to that). I'll then do the trunk floors and follow that up with the tail panel. I think it would be best to wait on doing the passenger quarter skin until everything else is put back together to help take some of the guesswork out of making it fit. I'll be sure to bolt the trunk lid back on when I'm working on the tail panel. Can't wait to start getting the exterior of this car back together.
 

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NEW STUFF!!
YES!

Loving all the great pictures, keep em coming
 

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Not related to my car, but I just won an auction for these on eBay!


I'm going to give these to my father-in-law (same one who gave me the '66) in hopes of motivating him to restore the '71 convertible he still has that took the place of the '66 in the same broken down garage.

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