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And in other news my favourite courier just pitched up with another batch of parts sourced from Rob at Sydney Mustang Parts.

Enough little bits and pieces to largely complete the refurb of the interior as well as the heater box rebuild.

Perfect timing. 

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Now that the dash is painted, today marks the start of the interior rebuild.

I thought I'd start at the rear of the cabin and work my way forward.

So first up is the refurbishment of the rear quarter windows and I picked the passenger side one as the first lady for a shave.

The window winds up and down pretty smoothly, but I want to rust proof the internal rear quarter panel anyway, so figured I'd gut the insides as part of the process.

The little body seals are well knackered but I've got new ones in my latest batch of parts. Looking at the window regulator and rollers they look fairly decent. The rollers are cheap as chips so I've got a fresh set to install. Apart from that everything just needs a damn good clean and a bit of new grease.

Someone has butchered the plate that holds the slides for some reason, but its only a cosmetic butcher. The metal is all jagged, so I'll tidy that up while I've got it out

With the panel gutted I was able to inspect the metal. The bottom of the rear quarter looks nice and solid inside.

Seems to be heaps of dog hair lying in there (at least I hope its dog hair) .... so I'll get rid of that before I start squirting fish oil about the place.

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Thanks for looking.

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I need to take a run into town to get more of the rust proofing goo to do the other rear quarter and both doors, but I was waiting for some parcels to be delivered this morning, so I decided to crack into the heater box rebuild.

Pulled it apart and it was surprisingly clean inside. I've seen Youtube clips of some Mericans pulling rat's nests out of their boxes, so counted myself lucky.

As previously mentioned the little plenum extension is well shagged, the internal seals have all but disintegrated and a few of the little trap doors were seized solid.

Slapped a bit of WD40 on the hinges and after a teeny bit of gentle persuasion they are now opening and closing smoothly.

The main housing appears to be made of some type of fibre based material so I just gave it a quick tickle with the water blaster and left it in the sun to dry.

The actual heater core looks mint and there is a little yellow sticker on one of the tanks, so I suspect it is a recent replacement.

The main metal trap door and housing is busy languishing in a vinegar bath and I gave the blower motor a quick rattle can reco.

I'll chuck some of that rust convertor / primer combo on the metal bits before I glue in the new seals and that should take care of that.

Thanks for looking. 

 

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While I was in town picking up the new wheels yesterday I dropped by the paint shop and purchased a 4 litre tin of the rust proofing goo, so this morning I slapped a few liberal coats inside the passenger door.

It's a real mucky task, but I'm feeling much happier now.

Just the driver's side door and rear quarter cavity to go and then the assembly work can kick off in earnest.

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And .... that's the driver's door cavity done.

Did I mention what a mucky and tedious job this is.

Spray a bit of goo about the place.... clean your hands..... wait for the mist to dissipate..... take a few photos cause my head is too big to fit inside the door ..... check for missed spots in the photos...... rinse and repeat until you are happy with the result.

A few photos to prove it actually happened:

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Even although the underlay and carpet are going to hide the 4 floor mounted cover plates, the OCD in me just couldn't leave them looking shabby.

So to reward myself for a good job done on the rust proofing I treated myself to a bit of flapper disk work followed by a light tickle of primer and then a dusting of satin black.

Even did the screws cause it's a sad life that I lead.

Smeared a little bit of non hardening sealer on the edges before screwing them down.

Final score :

OCD - 1

Me - 0

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It's another sunny day here at Rough & Ready Restos and today I thought I'd finish off the refurbishment and installation of the passenger side rear quarter window.

During the cleaning phase I noticed that the 3 rollers fitted to the window frame were seized solid. Unfortunately they are riveted in from factory so not that easy to replace. Since the rollers were still pretty solid looking I thought I'd try to free them up. After giving them a good soaking in de-greaser and a good tickle of WD40 I managed to free up the rear roller, but the front ones were still solidly seized. So I bit the bullet and ordered a new set that is supplied complete with new factory rollers.

After spanking the rivets with a flapper disk I was able to knock the old rivets out, and fitting the new rollers and rivets wasn't as difficult as I initially thought it would be

With all of the parts now spic and span I gave the mechanism and tracks a quick coat of spray grease before refitting.

The window now rolls up and down smoothly and I am one happy camper.

Thanks for looking.

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Today's little mission is the last of the panel cavities being the driver's side rear quarter.

I started off by stripping out the quarter window and mechanism.

Again, the backing plate has been butchered and since its a tetanus shot just waiting to happen I'll tidy that up. The mechanism has seen a bit of loving in the past and has a date of 2011 scratched into the surface, so I'm guessing it was done as part of the major USA rebuild back in 2010 and 2011.

The factory sheathing on the wiring harness is well shagged so I pulled that out and will give it a birthday with some cloth tape.

Apart from that the metal looks pretty solid. A bit of debris including more dog hair and a little bit of surface rust at the panel joints, but nothing a good clean and a little bit of rust converter won't cure.

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And in other news I discovered this amongst the debris.

When was the last time you saw a bobby pin ?

Probably lost by Peggy Sue during a bit of back seat passion at the drive in movies back in 1969.

I guess it might not be the only thing that Peggy Sue lost that night.

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And .... that's the last of the rust proofing done.

Pumped two litres of goo into the driver's side rear quarter inner as well as both front chassis braces.

Then spent the rest of the morning cleaning up the mess.

With that mucky job behind me at least now I can get on to the good stuff, being the reassembly.

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