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Re: 1975 Firebird Formula Restoration.
« Reply #240 on: April 06, 2019, 09:02:10 PM »
This things gonna be way better then new  when you are done.
Nice job!
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Re: 1975 Firebird Formula Restoration.
« Reply #241 on: April 07, 2019, 06:39:29 AM »
Looks great! Glad to see updates on this project!
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Re: 1975 Firebird Formula Restoration.
« Reply #242 on: April 18, 2019, 08:42:27 PM »
a bit of progress on the new floor pan seam and cleaning that up.  These are from an hour last week, and an hour today.





absolutely LOVING this new welder.  So much better than the old one in every way.
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Re: 1975 Firebird Formula Restoration.
« Reply #243 on: April 19, 2019, 08:18:33 PM »
Would it be odd..... If I said happy 44th build day to my firebird....   Built 3rd week April 1975

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Re: 1975 Firebird Formula Restoration.
« Reply #244 on: April 27, 2019, 11:04:13 AM »
Would it be odd..... If I said happy 44th build day to my firebird....   Built 3rd week April 1975

It's way batter than saying "happy 44th build year"...If I'm not careful, that will be me!!!

The car is looking great...keep up the good work...fix what ever bothers you because it will be a thorn in your side forever if you don't
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Re: 1975 Firebird Formula Restoration.
« Reply #244 on: April 27, 2019, 11:04:13 AM »

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Re: 1975 Firebird Formula Restoration.
« Reply #245 on: June 08, 2019, 09:36:50 PM »
Finally had time and weather with a min of 65* for 24 hours.

Rear seat pan on the passenger side finally covered in Epoxy.











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Re: 1975 Firebird Formula Restoration.
« Reply #246 on: June 09, 2019, 06:57:29 AM »
Wow, that is great. I love to see updates on this car because it is saving something most would not.
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Re: 1975 Firebird Formula Restoration.
« Reply #247 on: June 09, 2019, 07:18:02 AM »
Nice work, custom mix primer or already that shade?
Handy having the extra set of little hands to help out with the work, makes it seem worthwhile completing it.

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Re: 1975 Firebird Formula Restoration.
« Reply #248 on: June 09, 2019, 08:04:25 AM »
It's actually an off the shelf red oxide epoxy primer made by southern polyurethanes. No tinting, and is UV stable, so in the end, it is safe to leave it without a top coat. I will need to rough it up when everything is fixed for a final full coat, but, in the end I will be leaving the underside and interior this color.

https://www.southernpolyurethanes.com/6620

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Re: 1975 Firebird Formula Restoration.
« Reply #249 on: June 11, 2019, 03:57:56 PM »
Bought my first gallon of rage gold filler for the floor seams, and more SPI epoxy...  Good stuff going on!

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Re: 1975 Firebird Formula Restoration.
« Reply #250 on: June 18, 2019, 05:27:53 AM »
Passenger side rear sear pan ... DONE!   This was my first experience with Rage Gold filler.  Spreads nice ... sands nice ... love it.  Speaking of sanding ... MY DA died just before this.  I tried to tear it down and re build it... which worked for a bit, then it only worked .... up side down, as in, sanding pad side facing up :? . I bought it at sears years ago, and in looking for parts found out it was the same one currently sold at Harbor Freight ... OK ... Recycle bin it goes, forget the rebuild.  Picked up an Astro Pneumatics Sander ... world of difference there too.  Nice.

Any way .. Super happy with how this turned out.  When the whole car is done i will squirt everything again so its uniform, but i figure if I epoxy coat it as I go and do the rough filler work as I go, It will not be such a huge task to block and and prep for paint when I finally get there.









Time to get that passenger floor pan wrapped up.

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Re: 1975 Firebird Formula Restoration.
« Reply #251 on: June 18, 2019, 07:40:07 AM »
Amazing work! I hope the top of my car looks as good as the bottom of yours! After I replaced floor panels and stuff I just scraped and wire wheeled it and coated it with POR15. Wish I would have used epoxy... Looks great! Keep rolling.
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Re: 1975 Firebird Formula Restoration.
« Reply #252 on: June 18, 2019, 07:46:25 AM »
I thought I was crazy using filler on the welded seams under my car! Glad to see someone else doing the same. I like the SPI primer. I couldn't find anything like that when I did my car and ended up getting paint custom mixed to the primer colour. Your work is coming out great!
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Re: 1975 Firebird Formula Restoration.
« Reply #253 on: June 18, 2019, 07:57:26 AM »
Not only under the car ... Under the seats too lol.

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Re: 1975 Firebird Formula Restoration.
« Reply #254 on: August 15, 2019, 07:15:16 PM »
Managed to get a new pressure switch installed on my compressor, so that's up and running again, and also tackled a long overdue job today.  I added the extension on the rear end of the rocker panel what is too short on the reproductions.  SO... with that, I am ready to fit a rocker panel.







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Re: 1975 Firebird Formula Restoration.
« Reply #255 on: August 16, 2019, 05:29:24 AM »
Nice work. That filling is one of those things you'd look at in years to come and regret if you didn't do it now.  :cool:
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Leigh

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Re: 1975 Firebird Formula Restoration.
« Reply #256 on: August 16, 2019, 07:04:31 AM »
100% agree. 

Now another personal rocker struggle.  Spear molding, or no spear molding. It would be original trim on this formula, and it was factory equipped with it. If I want to use it, now is the time to put the studs on the rocker.  Eastwood has a stud welder, specifically for trim studs.  I have the mounting hardware and the molding.  But while originally the car had it, to me it looks cleaner without it.  In the time I have known the car, it has just had the studs on the rocker with no molding.  The more I think about it, the clean look is winning.  Adding the molding will add another dirt and water trap and something to catch a foot on when getting out.  Without it .. well... It's not there to cause issue and looks cleaner.  At the end of the day, I am building the car for me, and while yes, I'm going for an original look, it is a restored car... And I get some artistic license here.

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Re: 1975 Firebird Formula Restoration.
« Reply #257 on: August 16, 2019, 11:57:21 AM »
I would leave it off. You have never really seen it that way and I think it would look odd to you. No one will say "hey, you left the molding off".
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Re: 1975 Firebird Formula Restoration.
« Reply #258 on: August 16, 2019, 12:13:33 PM »
Pretty much dead on.  The times I have held the spear in place... I look at it... Hmm... That looks stupid lol.  It will be super nice not to have the studs there when I wash it too.   I can't tell you how many sponges and towels I ripped on them things.

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Re: 1975 Firebird Formula Restoration.
« Reply #259 on: August 17, 2019, 08:25:36 PM »
The passenger rocker as now been fitted.  Just a bunch of holes and plug welds and this part is on! (no spear molding)











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Re: 1975 Firebird Formula Restoration.
« Reply #260 on: August 18, 2019, 08:19:12 AM »
Great pics & thread!!
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Re: 1975 Firebird Formula Restoration.
« Reply #261 on: August 18, 2019, 04:53:29 PM »
I know it's hard to see the finished product but that looks great! I have seen the bones of these cars and you are doing and amazing job! Keep it up. Progress is progress.  I try to do something at least once a week to mine to move it closer to being finished.
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Re: 1975 Firebird Formula Restoration.
« Reply #262 on: August 21, 2019, 07:12:03 PM »
Excellent work
Charlie

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Re: 1975 Firebird Formula Restoration.
« Reply #263 on: August 22, 2019, 06:39:14 PM »
Fender fit check to make sure we are in the ball park. for the rocker to fender gap.



For the fender floating on there, I will take it.  Also filled the top corner where the door, rocker, and fender intersect.  The way the sheet metal of the rocker was formed, it left a big nasty hole that would have driven me nuts because it would have been visible when fully assembled.








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Re: 1975 Firebird Formula Restoration.
« Reply #264 on: August 22, 2019, 07:04:19 PM »
You do some amazing work. Love the overall photo with the fender hanging out the garage door.  Soon you will have a full car.
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Re: 1975 Firebird Formula Restoration.
« Reply #265 on: August 22, 2019, 07:35:08 PM »
Thanks  :D 

Not gonna lie... I had a big smile stepping back and seeing the full shape again.

Re: 1975 Firebird Formula Restoration.
« Reply #265 on: August 22, 2019, 07:35:08 PM »
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