Startin to work on the Clone Runner

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Re: Startin to work on the Clone Runner

Post by 71Beeper » Sun Jan 29, 2017 9:05 pm

At least for now the AMD quarter panels are side by each.
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I can't believe I've had them close to 5 years now.....
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So after getting all of the dust off the car it was nice to see some shiny paint on it (even if it is going to be sanded off)
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Anyway, getting back to the inside of the firewall & starting to strip it clean.
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Re: Startin to work on the Clone Runner

Post by 71Beeper » Tue Feb 14, 2017 9:31 pm

So I finally got all of the inner firewall stripped clean.
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Moving on to drilling the proper holes in the floor for the bucket seats.
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And also installing the floor braces (kudo's to steved for sending me the dxf file for the braces)I cut the braces from some 304 SS I had laying around.
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Then welding them on.
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Now to prep the rest of the floor and get it ready for some epoxy primer.
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Does anybody know where to get a new inner firewall insulation kit?

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Re: Startin to work on the Clone Runner

Post by rr6pak » Wed Feb 15, 2017 1:18 am

DMT for the firewall insulation or you can go with some other sound dedener

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Re: Startin to work on the Clone Runner

Post by steved » Wed Feb 15, 2017 12:35 pm

[quote="71Beeper"]So I finally got all of the inner firewall stripped clean.
And also installing the floor braces (kudo's to steved for sending me the dxf file for the braces)[\quote]

You're very welcome! I have 5 sets more cut if anyone needs some. 10GA Steel. i'll pick them up this afternoon.

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Re: Startin to work on the Clone Runner

Post by 71Beeper » Tue Feb 28, 2017 8:36 pm

rr6pak - I plan on putting down sound deadener of some kind, I was wondering if you could get the plastic pins that push thru the firewall separately or will I have to purchase an insulation kit and remove the pins from the kit.
Anyway, this past 2 weekends I was able to put down some 2 part epoxy on the inside firewall and floor.
Here's what the first coat looks like. I put it on back on Feb. 19th. It went from this....
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to this......
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From this...
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to this....
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Then I left it for a week. This past Saturday I was able to put the second and final coat on.
Here's the result...
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Re: Startin to work on the Clone Runner

Post by 71Beeper » Tue Feb 28, 2017 8:38 pm

Here's some pics of the firewall area.
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I'm really happy with the way it turned out. :D

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Re: Startin to work on the Clone Runner

Post by 71Beeper » Mon Mar 13, 2017 8:25 pm

Now that the floor has two coats of regular primer on top of the two coats of epoxy, it's time to move on to the trunk.
But before that I was able to remove the rear window trim, with no damage to the trim (Thank God :D )
Then the next thing is to remove the trunk lid...
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Then scrap off all the old trunk weatherstripping. I started looking for the partial VIN stamping on the area where the weatherstripping sits but could not find anything - what gives?
The only info I did find was this..
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which was in the middle of the trunk on the upper part close to the dutchman panel.
I also found this number in the upper drivers side corner....
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Anybody know what that number is?
Anyway, on to the trunk floor....here's the drivers side..
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and here is the passenger side..
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Re: Startin to work on the Clone Runner

Post by 71Beeper » Mon Mar 13, 2017 8:37 pm

Looking a bit closer I see a patch on the passenger side..
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and remove the screws and crude looking patch.......
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Yikes!! :shock: I see the floor......sheesh.

Moving on I see where the quarter panels were changed - here's the drivers side..
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you can see the cut line below the side marker opening.

It's the same with the passenger side..
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Moving on I start to scrap off all the seam sealer and man was there a ton of it! Good thing the stuff is so old as it scraped off pretty easily.

Here's a shot of the inner wheel well area and the trunk floor, where the cavity is full of seam sealer..
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You know, I'm gonna take a much closer look at these rear quarter panels, they may not be as bad as I originally thought them to be. I'll run a magnet all around first to see if there's steel all around.
Then I'll sand the outside down to bare steel to see how the lower piece was attached to the original one.

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Re: Startin to work on the Clone Runner

Post by sdweatherman » Tue Mar 14, 2017 9:28 am

The stampings in the trunk area are just parts and pieces part numbers or reference numbers. No partial vins in the trunk area that I am aware of for our 4th gen Plymouth B bodies.
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Re: Startin to work on the Clone Runner

Post by rr6pak » Tue Mar 14, 2017 10:11 am

71Beeper wrote:rr6pak - I plan on putting down sound deadener of some kind, I was wondering if you could get the plastic pins that push thru the firewall separately or will I have to purchase an insulation kit and remove the pins from the kit.
Anyway, this past 2 weekends I was able to put down some 2 part epoxy on the inside firewall and floor.
Here's what the first coat looks like.
Not 100% sure if the plastic pins are available separately. Why do you want the pins only? You could call Jim at DMT.

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Re: Startin to work on the Clone Runner

Post by 71Beeper » Sun Mar 26, 2017 4:41 pm

Scott - thanks for updating me that there is no partial VIN on 4th gen. RR's.
Continuing on, it was major surgery time and cut out the whole trunk floor and trunk extensions.
I took it out in pieces. Here's the first major cut.
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Then either side.....drivers side first....
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Then passenger side.
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Here's all the rusty pieces..
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Here she is with a lightened back end.
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Next step is to clean-up the insides of the frame rails and put on some rust bullet before the new pan goes on.

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Re: Startin to work on the Clone Runner

Post by 71Beeper » Thu Jul 13, 2017 8:25 pm

Whew!!! that was quite a lengthy down time for the site - But I'm glad it's back up and running!!!! :beer:
I was still busy workin away in the trunk area. Now that the old floor is out I got in and put some rust bullet on the shock cross-member.
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Next thing to do is to position the gas tank strap holders onto the new trunk pan.
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Using the old pan as reference I punched holes in the holders and then transferred the hole position to the pan.
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Then some grinding & plug welding and a coat of primer they are on.
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Re: Startin to work on the Clone Runner

Post by 71Beeper » Sun Jul 30, 2017 7:42 pm

So the next step is to prep the inside of the frame rails before putting the new pan in.
I sanded it as best I could with 40 grit sandpaper and applied Rust Bullet to them.
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The next step I applied the copper weld prep.
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Then it's on to do a fit-check before final welding.
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Also I had to make sure I cleared the bumper supports.
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Re: Startin to work on the Clone Runner

Post by 71bird » Sun Jul 30, 2017 7:52 pm

I sure hope that it's not sitting on the suspension while you're doing this.
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Re: Startin to work on the Clone Runner

Post by 71Beeper » Mon Jul 31, 2017 7:55 pm

Actually it is.
Please explain.

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