Its About Time

Started the metal work on the Trans Am

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Cut the lower quarter and dogleg out. Lower quarter had pinholes and previous Bondo repair, dogleg had damage, holes, rust, Bondo, everything. Metal was all original though.

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I... have some additional work to do behind that dogleg. Shit.

I plan to cover/weld up all the old side spoiler holes (which cause most of the rust to begin with), as I am running without them. It’s going to be a Trans Am by name (and in fender vent) only. The rest is going to be very Formula-esque.

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Anyways, I need to fab a channel to replace the rotted inner fender so I have somewhere to attach the outer patch panels I got. The rest I will just treat and forget existed.

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I also need to make a new striker plate. Its toast.

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And then there’s the frame rail. I thought I could get away with just plating or patching the hole I found, but when I started to grind and cut away the small trunk floor section I need to replace, I found more thin metal, and rust holes.

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I’m just going to find a nice used, or chintzy aftermarket new frame rail to section in. Yay, more work!

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Speaking of work, at least the floors the PO put in just need some finish welding. Been putting that off for years, and it shows.

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The right sides are 99% done, just need to grind back the welds if I want to make them pretty. The left sides are welded up on top, just need to be finished down below, and possibly ground down.

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Oh yeah, then I need to do the OTHER rocker and dogleg. Shit, almost forgot.

I don’t know... Its not going to be a factory correct resto, just a resto-mod for me to have fun with someday so it doesn’t need to be perfect.

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But dammit, that someday needs to get closer.

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