1967 Family Patrol Project

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Postby faux40 » Sat Nov 02, 2019 7:47 pm

Made a little more progress today -- Removed both fenders and the inner fender panels. Boy, I hate those capture nuts that the fender bolts to. One of three things happens when you try to take them apart...

    1) 48.7% of the time, the bolt breaks off.
    2) 47.9% of the time, the square nut spins inside the capture bracket and no matter how much you mess with it and try everything you can think of, you end up jamming a sawzall in it and cutting bolt
    3) 3.4% of the time, the bolt unscrews cleanly

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I guess my next step will involve a lot of drilling and coming up with something to replace those pesky capture nuts! Anyway, after hours of frustration, Aerogirl looks like this...
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On another note -- Jay, my youngest, just got his first car. Won't be able to drive it for a couple years, but he can get started on it now and have it ready by the time the DMV gives him the go-ahead!
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Happy Saturday!
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Postby Esteban » Sat Nov 02, 2019 11:32 pm

Wow! Great first car! Congratulations.
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Postby RiverPatrol » Sun Nov 03, 2019 9:55 am

I feel your pain with the capture nuts. :(
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Postby 50car » Sun Nov 03, 2019 2:58 pm

Great old Volvo! My family had one jut like that when i was a youngster.... I remember my dad having to constantly adjust the dual carbs. Should be a fun first car.
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Postby faux40 » Thu Nov 07, 2019 9:24 pm

Made some progress this afternoon -- I removed the hood and then stripped the body panels to get them ready for cleaning, repair and priming...

Inner and outer fenders
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The replacement radiator support I got from River... one year ago this month!
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And the hood... the majority of the damage is right on it's nose.
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And the wounded Patrol. I'll be tarping her up in the next day or two to prepare for rain!
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Postby RiverPatrol » Fri Nov 08, 2019 12:47 pm

What is this rain you speak of? You do live in the same California that I do as I recall. :lol:
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Postby faux40 » Fri Nov 08, 2019 2:03 pm

Ha! It's a new and exciting feature of Climate Change... we could be in a drought this week and torrential rains next... then back to a drought. Toss in an earthquake or two just for the excitement (this is California after all!)!

On another note... I did it. Several chunks of Aerogirl are all the way across town this morning!

The hood, two fenders, two inner fenders, & the radiator support
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By mid-next-week, we should have some naked patrol parts to ogle!

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Postby RiverPatrol » Fri Nov 08, 2019 5:25 pm

I have to admit, the earthquakes are pretty exciting. Nothing better to get the adrenaline pumping in the wee hours of the morning. Better than having to lock up your brakes to keep from rear ending someone that stops for a yellow light. :lol:

Looking forward to seeing those naked parts! :drool:
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Postby G60michael » Fri Nov 08, 2019 9:06 pm

G'day there John, I'm not as active on the forum these days due to work and having to many g60 Project on the Go, but my passion has not dampened, but sorry to here about the bingle in Aerogirl, she's defiantly fixable mate and im sure she will be back better then ever. What is the Plan on straightening them front rails, they don't look to be to bent, maybe the very front bit forwards of the front furthers crossmember, you could always try using a 4x4 High lift Jack and Jack it back straight. Take care G60michael
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Postby faux40 » Fri Nov 08, 2019 11:52 pm

Thanks! I've been busy too -- finally have some time to dig back into the Patrol fam!

Not sure on the frame repairs... but I have a neighbor who works on repairing crashed railroad locomotives -- I plan to enlist his help with the frame!

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Postby faux40 » Sat Nov 09, 2019 3:05 am

Okie doke -- Since those body panels will be bare in a few short days, I'm researching primers... Well, more accurately, body work and paint. I need to know basically everything from primer to finish coat. Of course, I have never done any automotive painting... at all! The one thing I do know is that I need advice!

Here's the plan -- I'm starting off with a front-end redo! All the removable panels forward of the firewall will be blasted to bare metal, the firewall will be cleaned, wire brushed and sanded as needed. Next I'll paint everything firewall forward in pieces and parts. I am seriously considering removing the engine/trans at this point too. This will give me access to clean up the frame way back under the firewall and do the mods to install the Marks 5-speed that's been quietly living in its crate under the pinball machine for the past few years!

I may be way off on this, but it looks like I should start with an epoxy primer or urethane primer as I'll be painting large areas of bare metal and over some existing paint. The firewall isn't getting sandblasted, but I will give it some pressure washer love, then some hand sanding, etc. to get it ready for paint.

Questions:
1) What should I pre-wipe down the panels with before sanding/priming?
2) What primer I should start with?
3) Will the el cheapo HVLP gun from harbor freight work for primer?

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Postby RiverPatrol » Sat Nov 09, 2019 11:04 am

Robert Moore is the expert in the paint realm. Shake his tree.
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