|The Forward Look Network|
|Lisa's Firedome Fun|
|Author: Lisa P (Show all albums)|
*Make sure you look at the oldest photos first* This will be one of those project cars that will never be show quality but nonetheless, fun! I am using the Firedome as a way to learn all about welding, fabricating, painting, etc. and since the FL cars are the cars of my dreams but this was the only one I could afford, it was a good fit. I know it will never be worth (in $$$) what I put into it, but it is supposed to be FUN!
New outer rocker mfg by C2C welded on. It needs a bit more metal to transition from the area near the dogleg.
After welding the sheet metal with the striker attached and removing it about 20 times, I finally have it where the lid shuts nice and tight-phew.
Trunk lip nearly ready for weatherstripping! I used 1/4" rod with 18 gauge sheet metal behind it to refurbish it.
This is an original door. The bottom half will be removed and replaced with new black marine grade vinyl. The rest will be painted with black and red vinyl paint from Duplicolor.
Quarter panel with a couple additional patches after I kept running into thin metal trying to weld the panel in. No fender lips yet, I don't know how I can make those. After I have the body filler smooth, I will try to align the front door and fender to the rear door and quarter panel working from the quarter panel forward.
What I came up with for a tailpanel using a vise to put a bend in it. 1/4" rods will make up the lips that hold the weatherstripping in.
The initial removal of rust from the tailpanel. There was more surgery ahead for this old gal.
My homemade quarter panel. I used photos found online to try and replicate the wheel opening shape as well as the angle from the bottom of the wheel opening to where the panel tucks behind the bumper.
Man I looooove this front end!
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