Startin to work on the Clone Runner

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Re: Startin to work on the Clone Runner

Postby 71bird on Mon Jul 31, 2017 11:03 pm

Because the body structure won't be sitting square when it's on the suspension. Any unibody is built in a jig, so that everything is lined up, and square when it's welded. It should be locked down on a body jig like AMD does, and the factory did. I saw a GTX that had all of the rear floor pans, and trunk pans replaced this way, and the body was so warped that it all had to be tore back out and redone , but the second time it was on a jig. Call AMD, and ask them. Just trying to help.
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Re: Startin to work on the Clone Runner

Postby 71Beeper on Wed Aug 02, 2017 6:58 am

Many Thanks for the info 71bird.
I do have frame connectors on the car, so I hope that would make it more sturdier.
In addition I do have rear torque boxes in place too.
The trunk pan is welded in now, but this will be a live and learn lesson for me.
Lots of good things to learn here at the nest! :D
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Re: Startin to work on the Clone Runner

Postby rr6pak on Wed Aug 02, 2017 10:38 am

Also, if you're planning on sub frame connectors, they should be installed as well while its on a jig
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Re: Startin to work on the Clone Runner

Postby 71Beeper on Sat Aug 05, 2017 3:59 pm

Frame connectors were already there when I bought the car. :D
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Re: Startin to work on the Clone Runner

Postby 71Beeper on Wed Sep 20, 2017 8:23 pm

Soooo - moving on. Did some prepping and put down some primer on the new trunk pan.
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So now it's time to tackle the rear panel. Here's the drivers side not touched while the center area where the gas tank neck sticks thru was cleaned up.
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Here's the passenger side with a light coat of primer on it.
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Re: Startin to work on the Clone Runner

Postby 71Beeper on Wed Sep 20, 2017 8:29 pm

Here's some of the top where the trunk latch goes.
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Here's some more of the cleaned up area's.
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Even more pics.
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Now it's time for some primer......
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Re: Startin to work on the Clone Runner

Postby rr6pak on Thu Sep 21, 2017 3:54 am

Looking good!!
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Re: Startin to work on the Clone Runner

Postby 71440 gtx on Sat Sep 30, 2017 7:54 pm

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Re: Startin to work on the Clone Runner

Postby 71Beeper on Sun Oct 01, 2017 7:46 pm

So I finally got some primer on the whole back panel.
August 26 (9).jpg

I made sure I got primer on the underside too.
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And I finished up the top panel.
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Some more pics.
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So the next thing to do is get her on her side to clean up and finish the underside.
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Re: Startin to work on the Clone Runner

Postby 71Beeper on Mon Oct 09, 2017 2:33 pm

Happy Columbus day to our US friends - us Canadians are enjoying our Thanksgiving this weekend.
So I finally was able to set-up the rotisserie and mount it to the car.
First, to make sure there is enough room away from the wall.
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So, this specific rotisserie mounts to the wheel hubs. Here's the front wheel mount.
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and here's the rear mount.
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Then there's a tie bar that holds them together.
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Then from the other side there is a draw bar attachment that attaches to the 2 mounts that you will see in later pictures. Going to the other side of the car, i hook the draw bar attachment to the engine hoist.
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Re: Startin to work on the Clone Runner

Postby 71Beeper on Mon Oct 09, 2017 2:45 pm

So making sure all connections are tight, I now start to lift.
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Next is to pull the rims from the drivers side to keep the weight off the lifted side.
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Then just keep lifting (you can now start to see the draw bar attachment)
Sept 30 (8).jpg
I had to make sure there was enough ceiling clearance - which is why I chose this type of rotisserie over the conventional kind as I only have an 8 ft. ceiling in my garage.
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Then i just kept lifting till she was right on her side.
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Re: Startin to work on the Clone Runner

Postby 71Beeper on Mon Oct 09, 2017 2:50 pm

The final step is to secure the steady brackets - here's the front one.
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and here's the rear one.
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Then I removed the draw bar attachment and placed it under the car.
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Now the underside work can commence! :beer:
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Re: Startin to work on the Clone Runner

Postby rr6pak on Tue Oct 10, 2017 12:40 pm

WOW. I haven't seen a rotisserie that that before
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Re: Startin to work on the Clone Runner

Postby 71Beeper on Thu Oct 12, 2017 8:23 pm

That rotisserie was manufactured at a company called MPS international. They were around in the late 80's early 90's. I've attached pictures showing a feature story on it in an old issue of Mustang monthly.
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Re: Startin to work on the Clone Runner

Postby 71Beeper on Sun Oct 15, 2017 8:05 pm

So now that the car is on her side, its time to start from the top....er...I mean the drivers side.
I started by digging into the body work that was done on the rocker sill where it meets the rear quarter.
This is what one of the previous owners did when they put another lower panel on.
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Here's the lower lip going towards the rear tire.
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Then I stripped down the rest of the rocker sill.....well almost all of it. :D
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I do have a question for the guys that have changed the quarters on thier cars...do I just close up this gap and plug weld it?
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