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1970 Boss 302 Street/Touring Build Blog

Discussion in 'Member's Build Threads' started by swpruett, Jun 26, 2012.

  1. Applejack

    Applejack New Member

    Sven, I for one hope to be present for the first burn-out. This car is going to be fantastic!
     
  2. swpruett

    swpruett Member

    Ya know what Jason? I'm thinkin I might need a ride and handling eval from an expert and well.......ya know.......things happen :whis
     
  3. swpruett

    swpruett Member

    After a rough month where November came and went with ZERO progress, we are finally back on the Boss project and making smoke!

    Finished up filling the firewall holes and we are off to start the work at the rear of the car! Very excited for the change of pace and work!

    Sven Pruett
    Lake Orion, MI

    1970 Boss 302 -
    http://1970boss302.blogspot.com/
    1956 Thunderbird
    1988 Mustang Hatchback - NHRA Super Pro
     
  4. swpruett

    swpruett Member

    Making steady progress on the rear quarters in preparation for "real" bodywork and panel fitting at the rear of the car. Both quarters are in pretty reasonable shape and should be pretty straight forward to get into shape!

    Also, I took the opportunity to share a good lesson/tip to anyone who is considering "saving" original paint during their restoration.

    http://1970boss302.blogspot.com/2014/01 ... on-to.html

    Enjoy!

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    Sven Pruett
    Lake Orion, MI

    1970 Boss 302 -
    http://1970boss302.blogspot.com/
    1956 Thunderbird
    1988 Mustang Hatchback - NHRA Super Pro
     
  5. Midlife

    Midlife Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator

    Most interesting.
     
  6. AzPete

    AzPete Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator

    I found that issue when I stripped my '66 Coupe back in Az. in '99. At first I thought it was from the water cleaning the remover off but with more paint coming off, I noticed some rust before the wash step. I just figured the paint was old and loosening on the metal but my painter informed me differently.
     
  7. swpruett

    swpruett Member

    Can you imagine how many well-intended restorations have fallen victim to this phenomenon Pete? As you pointed out, even in a climate like AZ, it never sleeps! Tricky stuff!
     
  8. Midlife

    Midlife Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator

    I wonder if that rust found on the sheet metal was due to it being improperly prepped prior to original paint. Do you think that, or do you think that the rust developed after paint was applied?
     
  9. swpruett

    swpruett Member

    Midlife,

    Excellent question. Had I posted a few more pictures of the other quarter panel, it might have been more clear (I will cover that in my next update). I am absolutely convinced that the rust developed after the original paint finish was applied.

    Studying the patterns of the rust and the intensity of it up close, it is clearly radiating from a single point of origin that was the exact point that the speck of visible rust above the original painted surface was detected. At the same time, the more "damaged" surface was directly under this same point as well. It really is very interesting to study it up close and there certainly is a lot of story there.
     
  10. swpruett

    swpruett Member

    Another productive week spent on the Boss and some more tips to share along with the progress update. This week, I am covering surface rust removal on the rear quarters and how to find and remove "micro-rust" that lives in tiny pits and pores of what is visually clean metal. I hope you find the tips useful!

    http://1970boss302.blogspot.com/2014/01 ... osing.html

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    Sven Pruett
    Lake Orion, MI

    1970 Boss 302 -
    http://1970boss302.blogspot.com/
    1956 Thunderbird
    1988 Mustang Hatchback - NHRA Super Pro
     
  11. swpruett

    swpruett Member

    First, let me just say this: Winter SUCKS! :cens

    However, in spite of nature's little tantrum here in Southeast Michigan, progress on the Boss continues!

    I am finally engaged in doing "formal" bodywork and the process began at the left rear quarter. 44 years of mistreatment is slowly being unwound and things are starting to (slowly) take shape!

    http://1970boss302.blogspot.com/2014/02 ... -left.html

    Thanks!

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    Sven Pruett
    Lake Orion, MI

    1970 Boss 302 -
    http://1970boss302.blogspot.com/
    1956 Thunderbird
    1988 Mustang Hatchback - NHRA Super Pro
     
  12. swpruett

    swpruett Member

    I managed to get the left rear quarter smoothed up with a bit of filler and it's ready for a coat of primer/sealer before it's on to the right rear quarter. So far, the winter work plan is coming along quite nicely.

    I also included a few tricks and tips for anyone interested in this phase of work on their own projects. I hope you enjoy!


    http://1970boss302.blogspot.com/2014/02 ... arter.html

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    Sven Pruett
    Lake Orion, MI

    1970 Boss 302 -
    http://1970boss302.blogspot.com/
    1956 Thunderbird
    1988 Mustang Hatchback - NHRA Super Pro
     
  13. swpruett

    swpruett Member

  14. swpruett

    swpruett Member

    Hello Everyone!

    I managed to make some pretty good headway on the right rear quarter metal work over the past few weeks since my last update. With this work done, I can head into filling and blocking the panel in prep for primer/sealer! Getting there!


    http://1970boss302.blogspot.com/2014/03 ... right.html

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    Sven Pruett
    Lake Orion, MI

    1970 Boss 302 -
    http://1970boss302.blogspot.com/
    1956 Thunderbird
    1988 Mustang Hatchback - NHRA Super Pro
     
  15. swpruett

    swpruett Member

  16. swpruett

    swpruett Member

  17. swpruett

    swpruett Member

    Hello Everyone,

    After an unfortunate delay in the progress of life in general, we're back in the shop and making smoke! New trunk lid and rear valence work is well on its way and things are looking pretty good! Gapping panels ain't much fun, but it sure is worth the effort!

    http://1970boss302.blogspot.com/2014/06 ... tting.html

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    Sven Pruett
    Lake Orion, MI

    1970 Boss 302 -
    http://1970boss302.blogspot.com/
    1956 Thunderbird
    1988 Mustang Hatchback - NHRA Super Pro
     
  18. swpruett

    swpruett Member

  19. swpruett

    swpruett Member

  20. riles

    riles New Member

    That's some beautiful work. Love the 69 /70 fastbacks.
     

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