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Front wheel wells primered and ready to paint.

front suspension primered and ready to paint.

Paint the wheel wells.

Painted, wells. Nice!.

Getting there. Little more to go.

Rust busting! at it's best.

Nasty rusting. But, we bust!.

Patching, This went on for 3 years!.

New wheel bearings, front and later on, the rear.

Original brake fluid, Crystalized.

Going to a car show that day.

Burke car show, 2016.

Cape May. Bystander takes a picture.

Wildwood convention center circle car show.

Holloween 2016 walk through.

headlight switch replacement.

Cleaning up for restoring inside parts.

The door panels came up nice too!.

The inside door panels. Nice yo!.

Bumping some stainless trim.

Buffing the aluminum rear trim.

Masking with flat black.

Removing masking after the paint job.

The new cover. Made from Bulletin board vinyl.

New voltage regulator. Finding one was 1/2 the fight.

Painting the outside body of the 62.

Painting, don't forget under the rockers.

Center beam rust replacement.

Fender: Just removed from the car.

Fender: Just removed from the car.

Fender: Removed the rust.

Fender: Removed the rust.

Fender: Removed the rust.

Fender: Removed the rust.

Fender: Removed the rust.

Fender: Removed the rust.

Fender: Removed the rust.

Welding in new metal.

The restoration picture book.

Changing working position.

Block it for front wheel work.

Painting the edges. Edges first, dry, paint again.

Prepping the roof.

May need to also see previous page.

  Today was nice day, EXCEPT just after I got home. Windy, and threat of rain, then rain.... Well, maybe tomorrow... I did manage to get some wood. All I really need right now is about 10 2x4's. 2x2's would be better. Keep checkin' Craigs List. Check dumpsters.. Eventually, I'll find em. Tomorrow if nice I work on the fender... Till tomorrow evening. Chow.

  Nice day today!. Nice temps, and sun. No Rain.... Went to breakfast early. Came home at like, 10:30, started on this fender. This one, was a little more intense. Had to make the lower mounting bracket, and had to make the lower side rim that holds the mounting bracket. Had to do this fender in six parts. Upper and middle, Lower, bracket, side patch and fill in two holes on the side patch that was used for I don't know what. Looks like holes for mud flaps... I don't know....

  So, today alone there are 9.5 hours just in this fender. Whew!. It's NOT done yet. Have a few places to sand again. A few "bumps" that need to be flattened. Can't see them in the pictures though, but they are there. They will bug me even though it takes a bit to see them... LOL... So, here are todays pictures and captions.

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  Last week, remember (Look above picture) we welded the first peice into place... Now, it's the bottom part, and then the side and under and the mounting bracket.

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  Here's what it looks like from the other side. Notice there is still a part missing from the rim area under the clamps. The two screw holes a little ways up the fender. More patching...

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  The lower half has to be cut to size. Used the home made bender bench to make all of these kinds of bends, even the "slight rolling" bends in the larger part... patching...

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  Time for a test fit.... So far so good. Even the line lines up.

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  Now, we make the supporting beams and brackets. Had to test fit 4 times before all was good. Had to remove the new beam metal and make it lower seating to the outer metal. Nice fit now...

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  Another angel so you can see the bends. Weld up grind a little, and primer.

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  Hit it with a few coats of primer. Hit it heavy, and used a brush to get some of the hard places. The beam metal was not grinded underneith.

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  Now we are ready for the Bondo... Sorry everyone, I don't have pics of the Bondo process. It's the same as the drivers fender. Put on, sand off, put on sand off....

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  The first coat of primer. There are a few high spots still. More sending, more Bondo will be done this week. Not too much more.

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  Got home a bit late today. Not enough of time to return to the larger side of the fender. I did have enough of time to fix the front part of the fender with the little scrape. I did nicely with that. Took about an hour. Below, are the pictures of todays progress.

  Got home a bit late today. Not enough of time to return to the larger side of the fender. I did have enough of time to fix the front part of the fender with the little scrape. I did nicely with that. Took about an hour. Below, are the pictures of todays progress.

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  Here's what it looks like. It's upside down was preping to remove the undercoat. If you want to see what it looks like right side up, look at one of the pictures above. Or turn your monitor upside down. LOL... Passingers side, front "lobe" part.

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  Heat up the undercoat from the underside. Don't be afraid to really heat it up, but don't boil or melt the undercoat to a liquid Don't let it catch fire either. You just want to get it hot enough to scrape off with a putty knife.

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  See how the undercoat glides on to the putty knife?. Thats what your looking for. This is done because the dolly (Your going to hammer against) wount bounce.

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  After using the dolly, and gingerely "bumping" out the folds. After I bumped out the folds, I used my hand to feel the smoothness of the metal. That lets me know it's time to stop or keep going. You don't hammer hard.

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  Another angel.... Nicely progressing.....

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  Now, you take a file. Not too couse, and file down the bumps. Not too much. Don't want to have paper thin metal. After it feels smooth, feather the paint, clean off and prep for

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  Ta Da!.... Now, wet sand and hit it again with primer. And another shot of primer. Maybe one more coat of primer. Then wet sand for color paint (when the time comes)

NOTE: I used a wire brush on a drill (rounded type) to clean up the undercurve, and mounting part. Wiped all with paint thinner. (Can't use paint thinner to clean Bondo, so don't even think about it. Water and lint free rag... There is NO bondo on this part of the fender. for

  I diden't play with the other side today. Not enough of time. Tomorrow after I get my running done I'll work on that side again. Hopefully, I'll have it all done. ..... I desided to leave the doors on and continue on to the doglegs and then on to the 1/4's and the trunk. A few reasons. Checking looks and fit with the new fabricated doglegs.... I also dont have the spray booth made yet. Still, looking for boards. That will be a priority after the fender. The fenders do not go back on until the car is painted. I need to color paint the inside area by the cow.

  The doors will come off a little later on. The fenders, hood, doors, and some more of the black on smaller parts, like the bolt heads, will also happen in the booth before the car goes in. This way, the drying and curing of the car, will also ensure the other parts will also be dry and cured by the time it gets put together.

  The trim will also be fixed, and the dents will also be removed. The trim, should look like they were just made with a new and factory shine and finish. The aluminum trim around the headlights should also look new when I'm done. I will also need to fabricate trim holders for the underside, or purchase. More on that later.

  Take note. These is still a lot, lot, lot to do before we get to that part of the restoration. We are still looking at maybe a year to go. But, progression is good. I'm concerned about when it gets cold. Not the best of conditions for the car and me. Okay, see ya next time.

  Let's see..... Started this project in December of 2011. It's now September 11, 2012.... I'd say I have found time to do a LOT! to this car. WOW, I have really progressed in this restoration.... Hopefully, the winter won't slow me down. Can't paint below 50 degrees. I don't think I would attempt below 60. But, after I get the booth done we'll see how a electric heater will work. Hey!. Yea, maybe???.... Time will tell.... Okay, now let's continue our adventure....

  We are still on the passinger's fender. Almost done with this fender, but still a few more layers of Bondo, and sanding. So, without further delay, here's the continued account of the 1962 Ford Fairlane 500 restoration project...

  Today got home from work, and continued on the fender. All thats left is sand and prep for painting. After that, I started on the homemade temporary spray booth. I think I may have enough of wood. Remember the bill board vinyl is the covering. That means, all that is needed is a frame. I desided to use the 1/2 gable design to keep rain water running off and hopefully, snow if we get any. Hopefully, it's slanted enough the rain and snow will run off. Snow?. Maybe. If not, there's always a push.

  For the next week I will be busy on the spray booth. really should get that going so I can paint the front parts before it gets too cold. Maybe the sun will heat it enough to work/paint in there later on. Here's a couple of pictures to feed your wondering mind. Later.

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  Did get a lot of wood yesterday. This is a little bit of it. There is some more on the other wall and in the building area. So, here we go. Can't use the neighbors garage like I did with the Ranger. She moved out of state :-(... Thats allright, this should work good.

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  Just gettin' started on the temporary spray booth. Perhaps I should build it like it's not temporary, so I can use it for storage later on LOL.

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