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  • Found some old pictures of the car my Gpa taught me basic bodywork on.....

    Back in '92 I needed some basic cheap transportation....... and a neighbor had this car that his son wrecked.


    I bought the car, and my Grandpa tucked me under his wing and oversaw my labors. He coached me on what to do, and stepped in to lend a hand when needed. We ended up needing to cut the fender completely off to straighten it out, just wouldn't move otherwise.

    I wish I had more pictures of this time. I miss my Grandpa everyday, extremely glad for all of the goofy projects we spent time on together though.



    This is what the car looks like today, 18 years & 70,000 miles later. Our work wasn't perfect by any means, infact a blind man would chuckle over the work. But quarters simply weren't available for this year/model, and we made it useable for very minor outlay.









    Of all the paths you take in life - make sure a few of them are dirt.

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    Re: Found some old pictures of the car my Gpa taught me basic bodywork on.....

    WOW!

    That's great stuff.

    You still have it?

    That's even better.
    There's always something new to learn.

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    • #3
      Re: Found some old pictures of the car my Gpa taught me basic bodywork on.....

      That is cool - what is it a Skylark ?
      Good memories too - priceless !
      Phil / Omaha

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      • #4
        Re: Found some old pictures of the car my Gpa taught me basic bodywork on.....

        '66 Special. The blue parts were from a rusted out Skylark though, Skylarks had fancier level of trim. Same bodies in '66.

        Notice how we spiced on the non-rusted-but-bent edge of the trunklid to the the rusted out one?

        Memories are flowing back, its like I am there again.....

        Yeah, still have the car. Nobody else wants it.... :'(
        Of all the paths you take in life - make sure a few of them are dirt.

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          Re: Found some old pictures of the car my Gpa taught me basic bodywork on.....

          That is one crazy looking dashboard.
          Life is short. Be a do'er and not a shoulda done'er.
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          • #6
            Re: Found some old pictures of the car my Gpa taught me basic bodywork on.....

            that is awesome... 18 years gained. :D

            I am just learning since 2006 what happens when steel is corrected, welded, gauges a bit different, underlying paint and fillers beyond oe...

            realizing this clock in reality, after just four years of seeming stopped in time... I could take a day out and perfect things. It is so very satisfying. Great stuff to learn. Rust, and bangups aren't all that intimidating. It helps teach the car and what it does in such messups.
            Previously boxer3main
            the death rate and fairy tales cannot kill the nature left behind.

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            • #7
              Re: Found some old pictures of the car my Gpa taught me basic bodywork on.....

              That's cool! I wish I had taken pictures of my Torino when my dad and I were doing the bodywork when I first got it. Of course, our idea of bodywork was two 1 gallon cans of Bondo. :
              Just groovin' to my own tune.

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              • #8
                Re: Found some old pictures of the car my Gpa taught me basic bodywork on.....

                You where lucky ;).I had to learn by myself..no grandpa or dad to help with that kind of stuff.I would have problems with gettin rid of that car.....a special with its lack of chrome.could be made sinister lookin in wide steelies...

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                • #9
                  Re: Found some old pictures of the car my Gpa taught me basic bodywork on.....

                  Looks like you got alot of practice on the patient there Stiney. Think you'll ever get her mobile again? It would be a unique cruise-in car or Power Tour car.
                  Phil / Omaha

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                  • #10
                    Re: Found some old pictures of the car my Gpa taught me basic bodywork on.....

                    Sure, it runs right now, just kinda loud and doesn't really stop. A weekend of lovin' would have her back on the road....

                    Of all the paths you take in life - make sure a few of them are dirt.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Found some old pictures of the car my Gpa taught me basic bodywork on.....

                      That is one I think you should keep forever - the story and learning experience behind it alone make it worth keeping.

                      That's way cool.
                      There's always something new to learn.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Found some old pictures of the car my Gpa taught me basic bodywork on.....

                        Excellent - the patient is a survivor too!!!
                        Phil / Omaha

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                        • #13
                          Re: Found some old pictures of the car my Gpa taught me basic bodywork on.....

                          I'd have to have the ol' girl MAACO'd, check her over, and go drivin'. You WILL NOT kill that V6, but she might need a timing chain from time to time. I wonder if Jessel makes a drive for those......

                          Dan

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