Project "Chihuahua" '65 Formula S Restoration "Estilo Mexicano"

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  1. moparmat2000

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    It doesnt look like the cowl vent standpipes stick up very far. It was my assumption that they typically stick up about 1"-1.5" and have a top lip to protect from water sloshing in the cowl from getting in.
     
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    You are correct, keep in mind that the standpipes were fabricated separately and have not been attached yet.

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      Update:
      Cowl repairs completed/painted with a coal tar epoxy. My thanks to fabricator "Gilberto." The only problem with the final coating is that I went over the wet paint too many times with the roller which caused a "grainy/non-slip" finish instead of the preferred slick surface.

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      • moparmat2000

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        Gilberto is a bad ass fabricator.
        It looks Muy Bueno !!! As does all of his fab work so far. You picked a very talented gentleman to fix your fish.

        The way thats fixed, and sealed the rust problem is all but eliminated. In the dry climate you live in, it wont ever come back. In a northern climate it will still hold up well. Though up there most of these oldies are garage queens during the winters and rightfully so.
         
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        • dibbons

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          I had some left over epoxy, so I applied some to what could be considered critical rust areas.

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            Hidden floor pan areas were prepared as well. In order of fotos: sanded, naval jelly followed by Ospho, coal tar epoxy.

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            • moparmat2000

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              We all must realize too that back in the day when our classics were built the manufacturers expected them to last at most 10 years. Typically 5 years for the first owners, then 5 years through subsequent owners, and these oldies were concidered worn out junk at 100K miles. The fact that many of them have actually survived into their 50s and 60s as far as years is testament to the way they were actually built back then. This new stuff they are making i dont think will last like this ol stuff has. The electrical issues and complexity as they get older is going to kill em off. The charm with our rides i think lies in the simplicity of construction along with the style and beauty of the designs the designers and engineers built into them. This may be why the young crowd who werent even born when these were built is still seeking them out to rebuild.
               
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            • sireland67

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              Where are you buying the coal tar epoxy.
              I have never heard of it.
               
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              Five minutes from the house there is a Mexican chain paint store called "Prisa." My sandblaster down the street (who repairs a few boats) recommended it.

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              Update: floors. foto #1 driver's side #2 passenger side.

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              Update: hole underneath battery tray. fotos: #1 & #2 from engine compartment #3 from inside driver's side fenderwell.

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              Update: perforations in firewall driver's side/fender well. fotos: #1 from engine compartment #2 from fender well #3 from driver's firewall (inside) #4 upper center of foto shows a couple of the perforations before repair (if you look closely)

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                Update: Driver's side quarter panel exterior.

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                Update: Driver's side quarter panel interior.

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                Update: Trunk patches. First foto: a) corner near driver's tail light. Following fotos: b) spare tire well.

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                  Update: Passenger side quarter panel.

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                  Update: Upper cowl finally attached (3M panel adhesive and a few spot welds). It will take some dynamite sticks to remove it next time.

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                    Update: Water tested the cowl after attachment and found a few drips along the forward firewall side. The problem lied in a few of the holes that were left after drilling out the factory spot welds (the holes did not all get completely filled in by the 3M panel adhesive). I marked the problem areas with a blue felt tip. I could not seal the drips from the inside, so I applied a little more of the panel adhesive from the outside and hoped for the best.

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                    Update: Now about six weeks after attempting to plug a few minor drips in the newly re-attached cowl I finally got around to another water test. I did not locate any more drips this time, only observed water pouring out the factory corner exits. (see the tiny water fall in the photo).

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                      Well, we began this project in earnest in March 2018 and today the body shop finally decided to finish it up!

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                        your car is looking great. It will last another 60 years.
                         
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                        Nacho, the guy who originally started the paint, then broke his foot, then went to work elsewhere, could not be coaxed back to complete the job. Miguel, an old timer that the shop owner hired previously was called back and is now employed to take over.
                         
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                      • Keith Mopar

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                        Wow I love your build and your fabricator is fantastic. Can't wait to see more, keep the pictures coming.
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                        Want quality work go to mexico, these guys know what they are doing, get on it and get it done period!!! Really good stuff!
                         
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                        A little closer to paint every day:

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