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Post by Dead Man on Sat Feb 28, 2015 2:00 pm

wish me luck.


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Post by Mcarlo77 on Sat Feb 28, 2015 2:36 pm

Without looking at what your trunk pans/qtrs look like, it reminds me of my '76 Laguna project that, sadly, is no longer with us. I didn't have the welding skills or fortitude to tackle such an extensive restoration. Virtually every panel on mine was badly rusted to the point where it would have been difficult to find good metal to weld to.

Best of luck!
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Post by 77mali on Sat Feb 28, 2015 3:42 pm

Good Luck! That's nothing some new floor pans & a couple of patch panels can't handle.

Get a good breaker bar for removal of those belts & retractors though- if they get ruined they're very hard to replace (almost impossible). I forget the Torx bit number they need but get a quality bit too (no made in China or they'll break with the force or worse strip the bolts).
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Post by chevellelaguna on Sat Feb 28, 2015 5:52 pm

That's not bad at all, it'll be over before you know it, and looking like new!
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Post by pila on Sat Feb 28, 2015 6:38 pm

Those hat-section support members appear to be solid yet, which is a good thing for sure. It just takes time and patience, from what I've learned. Do you have a MIG welder ? That seems to be what works good. I gas welded all my repairs, since I use that type for aircraft work.

Have fun !! Very Happy

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Post by Dead Man on Sat Feb 28, 2015 7:04 pm

well the guy that had the car before me installed new quarters, and what was weird to me is the pans and cross braces and rear shelf/package tray was so rusted/rotted but the rockers and stuff seem to be good and solid i figured those would be a goner too but guess not. luckily my in laws own a few body shops and they are gonna give me a hand with the welding.and youre right on those torx bits, got all of them off but a few and they striped out, had to cut the back seat out with a saws all lol. seat was a goner so it was ok.
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Post by fishhead on Sat Feb 28, 2015 10:13 pm

I feel your pain bro..looks to be just about the same level of work my '75 laguna is gonna require.

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Post by knightfan26917 on Mon Mar 02, 2015 6:39 am

Good luck!


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Post by dynchel on Mon Mar 02, 2015 8:22 am

I know my floor pans need replaced also, I've never pulled the carpet to see how bad they really are though. Good luck.
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Post by Wallyuph on Mon Mar 02, 2015 10:39 am

Been there and feel your pain in the butt. My back seat area was bad just like yours. Found a lot of broken glass in mine so I think window was out for some time and water got in. plus the rear widow lip was rotted out in lower corners so it was leaking a lot.
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Hang in there and keep plugging away at it.
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Post by pila on Mon Mar 02, 2015 1:33 pm

The floors get ate up mostly from water/moisture on the inside, and not so much from the bottom. I had only a few holes to weld patches on in my Elco floors, and laid a layer of fiberglass cloth & few coats of epoxy resin, on the floors before painting. At least the water & moisture wont get to the metal so much.
A friend did an S-10 resto, and used bed-liner on his new floors, which I think will work quite well.

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Post by Dead Man on Wed Mar 25, 2015 1:06 am

thanks guys, and seeing yalls finished pics makes me hopeful
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Post by Dead Man on Wed Apr 19, 2017 7:23 pm

well finally back with update, got the floor in,and its been primed and decked a few times now, and also was able to get the taillights like they was suppose to be and not full of bondo and shaved flat. should be painting in the next few weeks.



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Post by Tquillen on Wed Apr 19, 2017 10:00 pm

Looking great!! That's a lot of work there......you are inspiring me to start digging into my car, it's nowhere near as extensive as yours. But I've been dreading it.

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Post by Hs1973 on Thu Apr 20, 2017 1:50 am

Looks Real Nice. Soon the fun starts, when putting all the stuff back on and it starts to look like a car again.
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Post by thatfnthing on Thu Apr 20, 2017 9:11 am

Looks great!
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Post by Dead Man on Thu Apr 20, 2017 11:07 am

thanks guys, the floor was a pain, had to fab a lot of stuff by hand.out of all the work thats left im dreading the bumper and dash install the most lol.
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Post by pila on Thu Apr 20, 2017 5:47 pm

Nice job on the body work !! Very Happy

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Post by fasrnur on Thu Apr 20, 2017 7:50 pm

Very nice work sir! I wish mine was that close to finished. Or are they ever finished? lol
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Post by clanceman427 on Tue Apr 25, 2017 10:47 am

wow great job, it's come a long way!
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Post by pila on Tue Apr 25, 2017 3:44 pm

I know it was a lot of work, but I don't believe it was a night mare !!  It's what we do, and who we are !! Very Happy



This is where mine started !!

And pretty much where it was finished ! Very Happy


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Post by Dead Man on Tue Apr 25, 2017 5:37 pm

very true, I will now have the memory of my grandpa in law helping and fabing it all. pain but fun.
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Post by Dead Man on Tue May 16, 2017 12:43 pm

got the silver laid down now to tape off the stripes.

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Post by clanceman427 on Tue May 16, 2017 3:27 pm

Glad to see you're going back to the factory SS stripes Smile
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Post by Dead Man on Sat May 20, 2017 2:42 pm

getting closer.



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