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BODY MODS (old skool style)

Discussion in 'Body Work & Detailing' started by flamingX, October 4, 2011.

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      briwayjones Manual Master

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    3. flamingX

      flamingX Active Member

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      My Brother-in-law just made up my mind for me on that one. He just got finished restoring a '79 Mercury Bobcat Sport and gave me his parts car (same frame as a Mustang II) But it's going to be a 27hr drive to get it so that will have to wait until summer.
       
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      pick it if by putting it in the new panel truck ;)
       
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      any updates on this?
       
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      I've finished welding up the roof (no pics 'cause it looks exactly like the last pic I posted of it, just reversed)

      Now on to the rear bumper and hatch
       
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      WOW..crazy awesome skills!! this is awesome! I have no clue about body work, but for the past 3 months I have trying to decide how to gain some headroom for a third seat, or making a drop in the floor where the spare tire used to be to create some type of room...threads of major builds like this give hopes to guys like me..lol
       
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      I finaly came up with what to do with the hatch. Being that I've decided to go with a major taillight mod and think it looks 'hookie' when someone just builds a box where the OEM tails mount and leave the notch in the hatch, I decided to relocate the latch to the bottom so that I can weld the taillight filler to the hatch.
      [​IMG]

      Then shaved EVERYTHING else
      [​IMG]
       
    9. flamingX

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      Oops Double post
       
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      im diggin that...awesome work!
       
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      I must ask why not go with a tailgate style thing that flips down or opens up like the excursion and opens left and right
       
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      Engineering nightmare to pull that off without water leaks everywhere.
      My 1st choice was acually full barn doors, but that is even worse.
       
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      I understand the water nightmare but if u used barn dors off of a delivery van you would have all the weather stripping, with your metal work you would be able to cut and mold the barn doors to fit the explorer opening
       
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      In my experience barn doors are more noisy, almost impossible to keep from rattling if not from the beginning then definitely when they get a little age on them. And they never seal up as well.
       

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      I've never worked with them so I'm going off of what seems attainable, but I understand and it would be more body work to get them to fit and look good where as what he has now looks cool and I cant wait to see the final product, I would love to be able to do that kind of work and it come out looking nice.
       
    16. MONMIX

      MONMIX I fix dents Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      where ya putting the tag ?

      (looks awesome by the way )
       
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      The long wheel base two door is really cool! Very creative, I never even imagined doing such a thing:chug:
       
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      What do you mean by 'tag'?
       
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      That's what I thought he was getting at, here in Canada we just call 'em plates. It will be staying in the bumper, only the bumper will be smoothed and tucked simular to what I did to the front one.
       
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      Do you like the body lines and curves on the 91-94 better or why did you choose to use the older versions hatch
       
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      two reasons:
      1- the 1st Gen's 3rd brake light is way easier to shave.
      2- my parts truck was a '94 and the hatch was in better shape :D
       
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      I so wanna drive to Ontario and see this when it's finished!


      Si
       
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      Ever wondered what your quarters looked like under those plastic moldings? Something like this
      [​IMG]

      With some help of a pair of donor front fenders, I was able to match the flare of the front wheel opening
      [​IMG]
       
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      beautiful metalwork!!!! Any idea how hard it would be to create a "raised roof" area where the the roof rack would normally be ala durango or xterra? Only reason I ask is that I installed a 3rd row forward facing seat with built in child seats, but when they get bigger, or the older kids cant really sit back there without having their head a few inches from the ceiling.
       

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