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Thursday, February 4, 2010

Birdcage Repairs

This picture of the inside of the drivers side A pillar was taken just after the dash was removed. As you can see the rust is not centralized to just the top of the A pillar but it also extends up the windshield post. All of this rust was removed in total. New sheet metal was cut, bent, hammered, and welded into place. We decided to replace large sections instead of numerous small repairs.
Here I am holding one of the rusted sections next to it's corresponding repaired area. After many evenings the inside of the left front pillar was complete. This is a very solid repair and will last many years.
Ty has been working on the passenger side A pillar. In this picture Ty has already removed the rusted sections and is now welding into place new sheet metal. Work on this pillar is still in process.
And finally I thought I'd include a picture of some newly acquired bling for our 63 Corvette. These Fuel Injection emblems were the only way you could tell from the outside that the car was fuel injected. Imagine how that guy felt when he pulled his hot rod alongside a Corvette only to see the Fuel Injected emblem. How sweet is that!

11 comments:

  1. Holy crap dog. Those a pillars were gone gone gone. Good job. Can you guys see the entire bird cage yet ? I wonder how much more rust is lurking? Jim

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  2. We were able to inspect the entire birdcage the day we removed the dash. Except for the 4 pillar areas everything else is solid. The windshield channel, upper door channels and the overhead channels are fine. Once all the welding repairs are done we will treat the inside if the channels with Napa's Rust Treatment (neutralizer) then a rust inhibitor. The outside will get House of Kolor's two-part epoxy primer, the green stuff you see on the car. The birdcage will be pretty much bullet proof when we're done. Thanks for the comment.

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  3. Did you guys actually fabricate the A Pillars, or did you have them subed out? Seems some complicated turns and radius etc? Jim

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  4. Everything has been hand made right here in the garage and that goes for everything we've done to date. We have yet to go out and pay for someones services. That's not how I had originally envisioned this build. I thought for sure we would have gone out for assistance by now.

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  5. Keep up the good work. I've always loved the solit window. Glad to see your doin' it right.

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  6. Thanks for the words of encouragement! This will be a beautiful car some day and I am sure everyone that's been involved with this restoration will be very proud of the final results. Thanks again for your comments.

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  7. Johnbo. You were gonna post some pics around the 63 during your big party ? Jim

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  8. I was only able to find 3 pictures. I'll post them today.

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  9. Thank you for your nice post.I really enjoy to visit your post.Good job keep posting..
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  10. Glad you like the postings. The car continues to just get better and better as repairs are made. Keep watching. I promise to have it completed before 2050.

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  11. i have a 65 with rust above the doors. is it better to cut out the fiberglass above the doors to do a frame repair? and do they have replacement channels for the area above the door?

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