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  • #41751
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    Torchie
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    Great job on the dash.
    The wrap around style can make things interesting when it comes to fitting.
    I agree with you on the Oldsmobile dash boards as they had some really neat looking ones.
    Can’t wait to see more…..
    Torchie

    #41752
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    Bert Gustafsson
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    Great thread, thanks for sharing.

    #41780

    That dash looks right at home now.. All your thinking, planning and fitting paid off in spades!

    Dave

    Jus' creepin' along..

    #41793
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    mike sutton
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    thanks guys i appreciate the positive comments. one other thing about the dash swap, there is twice as much room under there as there was with the stock dash. i will probably hide an ac unit under there at some point.i don’t seem to take the heat as well as i used to and i plan on driving the wheels off this thing.

    #41794
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    mike sutton
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    decided to clean up the rear a little by shaving the trunk lid and sinking the license plate into it. this will also help to clean up the rear bumper (which will also be swapped.) started by taking off all the old trim and mount.

    after welding up some unneeded holes i cut the opening for the recessed box.

    set the box in place and marked and cut how deep it needed to be.

    kind of a pet peeve i have is people using boxes with square corners when the license plate does not have square corners!?!? maybe it’s just me but if the whole body is rounded why add a square? and maybe i’m just over thinking it.

    #41795
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    mike sutton
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    then fit in and weld it up.

    then spray some temporary primer on it to protect it for awhile and there it is.

    one of the easier and quicker changes i’ve made but definitely cleans up the trunk.

    #41860
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    mike sutton
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    next up, every good custom needs custom taillights! one of the very first customs to have an influence on me was ray soffs “connecticut yankee”. a chopped ’50 ford convertible with ’54 packard taillights. that was actually the first time i ever saw these taillights and i thought they were so cool! here’s a picture of rays car built by bob karcher in 1956.

    so after finding some taillights, i found some rough quarters off a junkyard car. figured i could use the quarters as a rough guide and make the rest of it. here’s an idea of where i started.

    #41861
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    mike sutton
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    since the packard taillight lens and housing have a peak on them, i decided to use the whole top edge of the quarter panel so the peak extended the whole way down the ford quarter. this also got rid of the shoebox lead bead that i didn’t want anyway.

    once i set the length, you can see the difference in the trunk shape in this photo.

    all in all not a bad fit. i could cut and butt weld the top edge and the bottom and just have to make a filler piece at the curve of the trunk.

    #41862
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    mike sutton
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    here it is welded at all the flush areas and showing the area left to fill.

    i ended up cutting out a section and making a patch. since it’s a reverse curve it was a pain to make. it curves one way top to bottom and the other way side to side.

    and after plenty of swearing i got it fit and welded.

    #41863
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    mike sutton
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    sprayed some primer on it for now and here’s how it looks.

    did the same on the other side then some rust repair on the bottoms. still had work to do on the outside quarters, i’ll show that next time.

    #41864
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    Torchie
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    Great job on the plate recess and the rear quarter graft.
    Looks like the swearing helped.:)
    Torchie

    #41865
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    Larry Pointer
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    I’m living it! Thanks again for all the photos of steps along the way. Inspiration to all!

    #41866
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    mike sutton
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    thanks guys, and your right torchie, swearing fixes everything!

    #42410
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    mike sutton
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    once the taillight sections were done i started to figure a plan for the outer quarters. i started by cutting out the wind split areas of the stock quarters, then wound up cutting off the badly rusted lower quarters which revealed the badly rusted inner rockers, wheelwell and body mounts! funny how quick plans can change. anyway, since the original shoebox quarter is a lot rounder and the packard quarter is a lot flatter, the first thing i did was make a pair of contour gauges using my shrinker/stretcher.

    these i could use to ensure a smooth transition front to back and to make sure both sides match.

    #42411
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    mike sutton
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    once everything was cut away, here’s what i was left with.(not much!)

    before i could go any further on the outside i had to rebuilt the front of the wheelwell

    build a new inner rocker

    and make new body mounts

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