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JTurbo 11-10-2011 10:36 PM

82 GT T-Top Rusty Resto
 
Hi All, not a huge poster here, but I thought I would highlight my current project - my 82 GT T-top that I've nick named "the rotter". I actually bought this car about 4 years ago and it's basically sat on (and off) my car trailer ever since. And a few other projects in between have pushed this car to the back burner several times. I've nicknamed this car the rotter for obvious reasons. In fact my wife has advised more than once to simply take this car to the JY. If it wasn't for the fact that this car is a T-Top, I probably wouldn't have ever bought it and it likely would have been history by now. Here are a few pics of the car back when I first brought it home:
http://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s...onTrailer2.jpg
http://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s...TonTrailer.jpg

Well I finally got the fire under my butt to get going on this car.
Now I bought the car basically as a roller and over the last several years I have picked up quite a bit of the parts I need to put it back together. So I unloaded the car, pressure washed it and stuck it in the garage:
http://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s.../DSCF1188a.jpg
First problem is that some rodents have taken up residence in the car and it smelled like, well just use your imagination. So I decided to strip the car of just about everything that's bolted down inside. This is a first for me, I've never taken a car down this far :help:

JTurbo 11-10-2011 10:38 PM

Here are a few shots of the gutted car. I've even removed 90% of the wiring from the interior and engine bay:
http://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s.../DSCF1215a.jpg
http://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s.../DSCF1189a.jpg
And I pulled off the nose as well:
http://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s.../DSCF1197a.jpg
After I completed the initial disassembly, I washed the inside of the car with Mr. Clean and a scrub brush and then hosed it out. So the rotter is lemon fresh clean! The basic structure of the car is in decent shape, especially considering it's an original Mass car (from Cape Cod, last registered owner).
http://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s.../DSCF1222a.jpg
http://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s.../DSCF1223a.jpg
http://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s.../DSCF1221a.jpg
http://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s.../DSCF1224a.jpg

JTurbo 11-10-2011 10:43 PM

About a month ago, I started inside on the floor, first up was to remove the support brace that the front seats monut to, lots of spot welds:
http://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s.../DSCF1259a.jpg
and fully out:
http://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s.../DSCF1265a.jpg
Then removed the driver side pan:
http://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s.../DSCF1262a.jpg
Took it out in pieces, here's the scrap that's left:
http://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s.../DSCF1261a.jpg
Need to do the same to the passenger side, it looks like Swiss Cheese:
http://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s.../DSCF1263a.jpg
Even with new floor pans, you need to re-use this stuff:
http://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s.../DSCF1264a.jpg
And here is the front end, all stripped down:
http://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s.../DSCF1258a.jpg

JTurbo 11-10-2011 10:44 PM

After more cutting, spot weld drilling, etc: Yabba Dabba Dooo - we now have a Flinstone Mobile.... :noesrun:
http://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s.../DSCF1267a.jpg

JTurbo 11-10-2011 10:46 PM

I got tired of working inside the car on the floors, so I dug into the passenger front frame rail. Looked like a past issue with battery acid:
http://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s...SCF1198a-1.jpg
I cut out a pretty good section ~ 17" overall:
http://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s.../DSCF1268a.jpg
http://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s.../DSCF1269a.jpg
Then started to patch in new metal:
http://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s.../DSCF1270a.jpg
http://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s.../DSCF1272a.jpg
http://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s.../DSCF1274a.jpg

JTurbo 11-10-2011 10:49 PM

Next up was to finished up the outter & bottom of the passenger side frame rail.
http://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s.../DSCF1280a.jpg
And then I worked on the area under the brake booster on the driver side frame rail:
http://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s.../DSCF1277a.jpg
http://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s.../DSCF1281a.jpg
Again, welded in - just need to grind down:
http://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s.../DSCF1282a.jpg

JTurbo 11-10-2011 10:51 PM

Then the engine bay underwent some additional clean up work:
http://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s.../DSCF1811a.jpg
http://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s.../DSCF1810a.jpg
Worked on the driver side floor. First grind down all of the old spot welds and hit with weld-thru primer:
http://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s.../DSCF1798a.jpg
http://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s.../DSCF1799a.jpg
Then fit the pan and trim excess metal. Also need to drill holes along rocker panel and to the subframe for roset welds:
http://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s.../DSCF1797a.jpg
Then go to town with the welder....
http://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s.../DSCF1803a.jpg
http://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s.../DSCF1808a.jpg
http://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s.../DSCF1807a.jpg
And finally, fixed the lower cowl area with a patch panel:
http://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s.../DSCF1800a.jpg
http://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s.../DSCF1806a.jpg
That's all for now.

93 LX 5.0 11-12-2011 06:56 PM

that is some great work. inspires me to work on my rustang lol

keep it up

JTurbo 12-14-2011 09:17 PM

Thanks. I keep pecking away at it as time allows. Floor pans are finally welded in:
http://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s.../IMG_6252a.jpg
And welded back in the cross member:
http://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s.../IMG_6255a.jpg
Got a bunch of other smaller spots fixed, no pics though....
JT

JTurbo 01-26-2012 07:12 PM

Engine bay cleaned / sanded:
http://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s.../IMG_6394a.jpg
http://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s.../IMG_6396a.jpg
http://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s.../IMG_6397a.jpg
http://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s.../IMG_6398a.jpg

Finished the prep then threw a coat of primer on the engine bay.
http://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s.../IMG_6406a.jpg
http://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s.../IMG_6405a.jpg
http://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s.../IMG_6407a.jpg

JTurbo 01-26-2012 07:14 PM

Painted the engine bay, First pic with flash:
http://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s...401-Jan24a.jpg
The rest with natural light in the garage:
http://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s...402-Jan24a.jpg
http://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s...6403Jan24a.jpg
http://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s...408-Jan24a.jpg
Now I can start cleaning up all the stuff that goes in the engine bay. :beertoas:

MustangGTorg-David 01-27-2012 07:14 PM

GREAT THREAD !!! thanks for posting:thanks: I have moved this so more people will find it should they decided to tackle a project like this.

Looks like you found a nice '82 GT !! Be sure to get it in the registry if you havent already. Someday we will have a '82 sitting in the garage:naughty:

Keep those pictures coming !!!!!

Fasick 01-28-2012 08:50 AM

Are you for hire?! Looks very nice so far!!:great:

SVO4PWR2 01-29-2012 02:04 AM

Quote:

Are you for hire?

Grab a number and get in line :thumbsup:

-RICH-

Chris-90LX 01-29-2012 08:07 AM

Good work!

Some day I want to be able to weld like that.

What are the plans for the car?


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